A representative for Wilson, the NFL's official football manufacturer, says New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's explanation for why his team's footballs were under-inflated doesn't hold water.
At a press conference Saturday, Belichick posited that rubbing the footballs to break them in could temporarily raise the air pressure level by one pound per square inch.
"That's b.s.," Wilson rep Jim Jenkins told Boston.com at a Super Bowl fan convention. "That's b.s., man."
In an appearance on Good Morning America on Sunday, scientist Bill Nye also disputed Belichick's explanation.
A second Wilson rep, director of experiential marketing Molly Wallace, told Boston.com that all footballs meet league specifications when they are shipped to NFL teams. Wallace said air can't escape a Wilson football "unless something happened to a bladder, but that really doesn't happen and there's no other real way."
- Dan Gartland