DEFLATEGATE PROBE FOCUSED ON PATRIOTS’ ATTENDANT; KRAFT LASHES OUT
A report out yesterday (January 26th) from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer cites sources as saying that the NFL’s Deflategate investigation has focused on a New England Patriots’ locker room attendant who it’s believed might have tampered with the footballs.
The NFL has interviewed the attendant, according to the report, and allegedly has video showing him taking footballs from the officials’ locker room after they’d been inspected and approved to another area on the way to the field. According to ProFootballTalk, that area was into a bathroom for 90 seconds before coming out. Although he’s considered to be a, quote, “strong person of interest,” the league is still trying to determine if there was any wrong Rdoing.
Hours after that report broke yesterday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft made an unexpected appearance before the media in Arizona, where his team and the Seattle Seahawks have arrived ahead of the Super Bowl, and demanded that the NFL apologize if and when the Pats are found to have not done anything wrong.
He declared, “If the . . . investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs, I would expect and hope the league would apologize to our entire team, and in particular to coach [Bill] Belichick and [quarterback] Tom Brady, for what they’ve had to endure this week.” He said, “It bothers me greatly their reputations and integrity — and by association that of our team — has been called into question this week.” Apparently unhappy about all the leaks that have come out, Kraft complained, “I’m disappointed in the way this entire matter has been handled and reported upon. We expect hard facts rather than circumstantial leaked evidence to drive the conclusion of this investigation.”