The NFL has reportedly fired an employee who sold footballs that were used in the AFC Championship Game, which later became the source of controversy due to whether they were deflated.
Adam Schefter reported on ESPN that the footballs used in the game were supposed to be donated to charity, but that one employee took some footballs and sold them instead.
“There are a few different league officials, according to people I spoke with today, at the game, who handled the footballs,” Schefter said. “League employees: League Employee 1, League Employee 2 and League Employee 3, we’ll call them, for lack of a better phrases, whose jobs are to handle the balls on game day. And League Official 1, he’s also supposed to take the balls out of play and then send them off to a charitable endeavor to raise money for a charitable endeavor that the league is embarking upon. Only on this day, and since that day, the league has since fired that employee for allegedly selling off some of those footballs on the side. So that employee — League Official 1 — has been fired since the AFC Championship Game.”