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Sen. Dan Coats tweeted Thursday that the Indiana Colts, not the New England Patriots, should play in the Super Bowl, as the National Football League controversy surrounding the use of under-inflated game balls in Sunday’s AFC Championship continued to unfold.  

Taking to Twitter , the Hoosier State Republican proposed that Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick should be suspended, and Tom Brady should be benched. Anything short of this, Coats then tweeted , and Hoosiers “file suit” and ask Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, an Indiana native, to take up the case “immediately.”  

Asked about so-called deflate-gate outside the Senate chamber, Coats walked it back.”Obviously, I was a little over the top,” he said of the tweets. But Coats echoed calls from Nevada’s senators for action from the NFL.  

“I think the league should thoroughly investigate this, because there have been other accusations relative to the Patriots before,” Coats said. “Let’s put it to bed. I’m sure the Patriots would want to put it to bed also.”  


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