Although the ball caused a lot of trouble for Tom Brady and the Patriots, the ball known in the “DeflateGate” scandal recently made its way to auction… fetching over $43,000.
Auction house Lelands.com sold the ball on Saturday morning (July 18) on behalf of Laura Nichols, who was given the ball by Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell in the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game.
The ball sold for $43,740, one of the highest prices ever paid for a football.
Last fall, a ball used in the most lopsided game in college football history (Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College 222-0 in 1916) was sold for $40,388.
In May, the NFL docked the Patriots two draft picks and fined the team $1 million for its role in Deflategate, while quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games, though he’s appealed the penalty to commissioner Roger Goodell.
Brady and the NFL Players Association intend to take the case to federal court if the league doesn’t eliminate his suspension, according to reports.