Irsay ‘Not Really Surprised’ of Lengthy Deflate-Gate Investigation


According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay isn’t surprised that the ongoing Deflate-Gate investigation has yet to reach a conclusion. Irsay spoke to the media at the 3rd annual “Chuckstrong” gala hosted on Friday night:

"“It could be a few days, it could be a month or more,” said Irsay on the NFL’s investigation.  “I really don’t know.  They’re working to be, again, comprehensive and thorough, and when [Ted] Wells gets done with it, he’ll let us all know.”“…He’s a very thorough investigator, and he’s gonna do what he thinks, sort of in his vacuum, so to speak,” added Irsay. “He’s not concerned about when he gets the results, how long it takes.  He wants to be thorough.  So I know he operates that way.  So it’s not a shock, but I think everyone has wondered exactly when he’ll come through and let us know what he’s learned.”"

The results that were originally supposed to be released by the Super Bowl have seemingly dragged on for months. There’s no telling when Wells will release his report, but it’s starting to look like any conclusive evidence that may exist has been hard to come by for the NFL’s investigative team.

Of course, Deflate-Gate started when Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson caught an interception in this year’s AFC Championship game and took it to the sideline, where a member of the Colts personnel team noticed it felt under-inflated. The rest is history, as it sparked both a league-wide and national controversy of whether the Patriots are once again bending the rules in order to help themselves win football games.

While the Deflate-Controversy has been beaten like a dead horse, it will be interesting to see what the results of the Wells investigation are and whether the Patriots will be subject to severe punishment by the league. While the Colts were beat handedly by the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, regardless of potential deflated footballs, any fair punishment that weakens the Patriots is probably a good thing for the Colts, all things considered.

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