Surveillance Video Reportedly Shows Patriots Locker Room Attendant Carry Footballs Into Bathroom
It's unclear, though, if the person of interest committed any wrongdoing, sources told FOX Sports.
The NFL has zeroed in on a locker room attendant as part of its investigation into underinflated footballs used by the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game.
The league determined that 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots used while playing the Indianapolis Colts were underinflated by a significant amount. The Patriots ended up winning the game 45-7.
Underinflated footballs can provide a competitive advantage because they're easier to grip and throw.
The first underinflated ball was noticed when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw a pass that was intercepted by a Colts defender, who notified an official.
The NFL has since launched an investigation into who deflated the footballs. Teams provide 12 footballs bearing their logo that are tested two hours prior to kickoff.
Sources told FOX Sports on Monday that there is surveillance video showing the locker room attendant taking the footballs from the official's room into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them out to the field.
The league, though, is still trying to determine if any wrongdoing occurred.
The investigation into the deflation remains ongoing.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the "other room" in question was a bathroom at Gillette Stadium, and the video shows the locker room attendant carrying 24 footballs with him.
Twelve of the footballs were for the Patriots, and twelve were for the Colts. But as Florio reports, there is one confusing detail:
"[T]he video shows the employee in the bathroom for approximately 90 seconds.
Could the employee have fished 12 balls out of a fairly large bag, deflated each of them by two pounds, put them back into the bag, and exited the bathroom in roughly 90 seconds?"