A few hours ago, the internet was ablaze with a newly-minted controversy surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers’ QB Mason Rudolph and an apparent deflated football. However, the NFL is already debunking the issue.
Last night, an Eagles Sideline reporter named Howard Eskin reported and tweeted that a third quarter incompletion from Rudolph was done with the use of a football that was “like a marshmallow”. Eskin went on to chastise “the quarterback”, as he called him twice without using his name, for using the ball and wondering aloud if he has small hands to do such a thing.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the NFL has already deemed that all footballs were in compliance with league rules and all proper procedures were followed. The ball was reported as “defective” and is being sent back to the manufacturer, Wilson, for review.
From NFL’s— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 10, 2018
Michael Signora, “All footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process and all proper procedures were followed. In 3rd quarter, a football that was found to be defective, removed from play and will be sent back to Wilson for review https://t.co/TtcdPgFE80
So the controversy has already died on the table, but you can safely bet that fans in Massachusetts, Ohio and Maryland won’t forget this incident at all.