Bill Belichick Denies Deflating Footballs

In a brief statement Thursday morning, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick denied knowing anything about deflated footballs that the Patriots allegedly used during their AFC championship game with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Belichick, who did not take questions, said he was "shocked" to learn of the "deflate-gate" controversy on Monday morning, maintaining that he did not know how the balls may have been altered. "In my entire coaching career, I have never talked to any player or staff member about football air pressure," he continued.

The NFL found that 11 of the 12 footballs used during Sunday's game were deflated two pounds per inch below the required level. The league is investigating the matter. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is expected to address the media at 4pm on Thursday.