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NFL 'Deflategate' football fetches $43,740 at auction
It was consigned by a fan, who was handed the ball by Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell in the third quarter after New England's LeGarrette Blount had scored a touchdown.


LOS ANGELES (AFP).- A ball from the game that produced the "Deflategate" scandal that has seen Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suspended for four games sold at auction on Saturday for $43,740.

Auction house Lelands.com sold the ball from the American Football Conference championship game -- in which the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts to book a Super Bowl berth.

It was consigned by a fan, who was handed the ball by Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell in the third quarter after New England's LeGarrette Blount had scored a touchdown.

"The ball that will live in infamy," was Leland's introduction to the item, although it's not clear how much the particular ball was used in the first half -- when NFL investigators say the Patriots used footballs that were inflated below the league minimum before game officials corrected the problem at halftime.

The Deflategate scandal nagged the Patriots on their way to the Super Bowl title in February, with attorney Ted Wells' report into the matter finding it "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" regarding the balls.

New England were stripped of two draft picks and fined because the league found the matter struck at the integrity of the game.

Brady is appealing his four-game suspension with recent media reports saying he and the NFL Players Association will take the case to court if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell opts not to rescind the punishment.




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