NEW YORK (AP) -- An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

Tom Brady (L) and Rob Gronkowski attend the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

The NFL began the investigation after the Patriots won the AFC Championship game in January, when the Indianapolis Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated.

The 243-page report released Wednesday said league investigators found no evidence that coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice.

 

 

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