New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he had no knowledge of any intentional ball deflation by his team in the AFC Championship Game. He left it open for the NFL investigation to determine how that might have happened.
"We play with what's out there and that's the only way that I have ever thought about that," Belichick said in his first expansive comments on the controversy since Sunday night's 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
ESPN has reported that 11 of 12 balls used by the Patriots were inflated below league-required limits.
"I have no explanation for that," Belichick said. He said that would be up to determination by a league inquiry. "The NFL is investigating this situation," Belichick said.
VIDEO-- Here is his presser from earlier today, it looks like he clearly doesn't want to be there.
He begins the news conference by saying, "When I came in Monday morning I was shocked to learn of the news report about the footballs. I had no knowledge whatsoever of this situation until Monday morning"