How does a mere game played by adults end up generating million dollar fines, charges of a cover-up, a court case, thousands of pages of documents, and multi-million dollar legal bills?
That's where we are today in the stand-off between the NFL and the New England Patriots and charges that they let a little air out of their footballs last January.
If you're having trouble figuring out who to believe, there are now 4,000 pages about "Deflategate" that have been made public. The massive document dump came from The NFL Players Association, which is representing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in court.
- "The documents released Tuesday, in an amended lawsuit on Tom Brady’s behalf in the Southern District of New York, also included the entire transcript from Brady’s June 23 appeal of his four-game suspension at league headquarters. Among the other key revelations from the transcripts and evidence: Brady steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, and insisted he did not know what happened to his cellphone or whether it actually was destroyed."
- "The Globe’s NFL reporter, Ben Volin, has been sifting through the flurry of documents the NFL Players’ Association filed in an amended lawsuit Tuesday. Here are the highlights he has come across so far."
- "Coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens organization steadfastly denied having any role in warning the Colts to beware of the Patriots’ football inflation levels prior to the AFC Championship Game in a lengthy statement released Wednesday morning."