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DeflateGate 2: Steelers under apparent investigation for deflated football in the preseason

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Oh boy.

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Sorry, I know this has nothing to do with the New England Patriots defeating Washington in week 1 of the preseason, but I just have to share this story.

But Philadelphia Eagles reporter Howard Eskin says that the Pittsburgh Steelers are under investigation by the NFL for a football in their first preseason game “that was VERY deflated...it was like a marshmallow.”

I only bring this up because anything with deflated footballs will always be important to Patriots fans, especially when it comes to highlighting the hypocrisy of the league.

Based on this solitary tweet, the most likely explanation is that the football had a hole in it and no one did anything intentionally wrong. But I’m sure the entire Steelers franchise was, ahem, generally aware of its use if it was involved in an incompletion.

I have no idea what will become of this and I’ll absolutely be sharing updates when they’re known, but I think the only acceptable penalty is for the Steelers to suspend Ben Roethlisbeger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown in week 15 and for the Steelers to forfeit their first round draft pick in each of the next five drafts.

It’s the only fair response.

Update: Super happy to report that the league dispelled any notion of wrongdoing with expediency and don’t appear to be spending multi-millions on a fraud investigation.