NFL: Patriots employees probably deflated balls

New England beat Indianapolis on their way to the Super Bowl

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NEW YORK (AP) – An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of the rules violations.

The NFL began the investigation after the Patriots won the AFC Championship game in January, when the Indianapolis Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated.

The 243-page report released Wednesday said league investigators found no evidence coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice.

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