Move over, DeflateGate. There’s a new NFL controversy in town.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing sources, that the NFL is investigating whether the Atlanta Falcons have been piping in artificial noise at home games over the last two seasons.
If found guilty, the Falcons are looking at a fine and possibly losing a draft pick, according to the report.
“We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games,” a team spokesperson told ESPN. “We have cooperated fully with them, and we’re awaiting the outcome.”
The ESPN report claims the team has been accused of piping in the noise when the Falcons were on defense while the opposing teams huddled.
If the Falcons were piping in crowd noise, it didn’t make much of a difference. Atlanta went just 6-10 at home over the last two seasons.
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