At about 12:20 a.m. on Thursday, ESPN apologized to the New England Patriots for sharing a false story about the team filming the St. Louis Rams' walkthrough prior to Super Bowl XXXVI in February 2002.

SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy issued the apology, which you can see above. ESPN reporters had referenced the story as part of their coverage of the Deflategate story.

On two occasions in recent weeks, SportsCenter incorrectly cited a 2002 report regarding the New England Patriots and Super Bowl XXXVI. That story was found to be false and should not have been part of our reporting. We apologize to the Patriots organization.

This morning the Patriots retweeted the apology.