Deflate-Gate Day 3: Current, Former Players Tweet About It
Deflate-Gate Day 3: Current, Former Players Tweet About It

According to a report on ESPN, 11 of the New England Patriots 12 game balls used Sunday in the win over the Colts were inflated significantly below the NFL’s requirements.

Should the report be true and given New England’s history of cheating under Bill Belichick (Spy-gate perhaps?) the Patriots are probably looking at a serious penalty, such as a loss of draft picks, in addition to a fine.

According to turn to ESPN Stats & Information here is a look at draft picks that have been forfeited for various reasons since 1980:

  • 2011 Lions forfeit 7th-round pick for tampering with Chiefs players
  • 2008 49ers forfeit 5th-round pick for tampering with Bears linebacker Lance Briggs
  • 2008 Patriots forfeit 1st-round pick for Spy-gate scandal
  • 2002-05 Broncos forfeit 2005 3rd-round pick, 2002 3rd-round pick for circumventing salary cap between 1996-98
  • 2001-02 49ers forfeit 2002 3rd-round pick, 2001 5th-round pick for salary cap violations
  • 2001 Steelers forfeit 3rd-round pick for exceeding 1998 salary cap
  • 1986 Patriots forfeit 3rd-round pick for illegal use of injured reserve list
  • 1981 Broncos forfeit 3rd-round pick for contract violations involving Bill Thompson
  • 1981 Raiders forfeit 5th-round pick for illegally sequestering 2 players in 1978
  • 1980 Eagles forfeit 3rd-round pick for holding illegal tryout
  • 1980 Raiders forfeit 4th-round pick for evasion of player limit

Current and former players sounded off on twitter Wednesday:

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