#Urinate-gate was trending on Twitter Monday night and Tuesday morning as it was learned that the NFL's prime suspect in Deflate-gate – a locker-room attendant - took footballs into a bathroom at Gillette Stadium for 90 seconds prior to the AFC Championship Game.
Pro Football Talk reported Monday night that the bathroom “on the way to the field” at Gillette Stadium consists of one toilet, one sink and a door that locks from the inside.
The question now, of course, is could the attendant have had enough time to deflate 11 balls in 90 seconds? According to the PFT report, the attendant brought two bags of balls into the bathroom with him – the 12 balls to be used by the Patriots and the 12 balls to be used by the Colts.
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The two non-playing figureheads of the Patriots franchise, head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft, have appeared angry at separate press conferences in recent days as they claim innocence.
“I am disappointed in the way this entire matter has been handled and reported upon,” Kraft said at a press conference in Phoenix, Arizona Monday. “We expect hard facts as opposed to circumstantial leaked evidence to draw a conclusion to this investigation.
“I want to make it clear that I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate in this process or in violation of NFL rules.
“If the [Ted] Wells investigation is not able to definitely determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in footballs, I would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team and, in particular, coach Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure this past week.”
Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman said this week that he doesn't believe the Patriots will be punished for the incident due to the “close” relationship between Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Will they be punished? Probably not,” Sherman said. “Not as long as Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes … You talk about a conflict of interest. As long as that happens, it won't affect them at all. Nothing will stop them.”