Remember when the NFL’s DeflateGate investigation was going to be completed in two to three days? Well, that’s certainly not the case anymore.
NFL-appointed lawyer Ted Wells said in a statement Monday that the probe into whether or not the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game likely will last “several more weeks.”
“We are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation on the issue of the footballs used in the AFC Championship,” Wells said, per USA Today. “This work began last week, stretched through the weekend, and is proceeding expeditiously this week notwithstanding the Super Bowl.”
Wells, who also worked on the NFL’s investigation into the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal in 2013, asked that anyone involved in the investigation not publicly comment on it.
“We are following customary investigative procedures and no one should draw any conclusions about the sequence of interviews or any other steps, all of which are part of the process of doing a thorough and fair investigation,” Wells said. “I expect the investigation to take at least several more weeks.
“In the interim, it would be best if everyone involved or potentially involved in this matter avoids public comment concerning the matter until the investigation is concluded. The results will be shared publicly.”
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