New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed on Monday that he wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a month ago. Kraft said that he was requesting the league to give back the Patriot’s 2016 first-round pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick.
Those two draft picks along with $1 million and a four-game suspension to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady were among the punishment made by the league over the “Deflategate” scandal of 2015. However, the suspension to Brady was lifted but the NFL has appealed to a District Court and is still waiting for a final decision.
“I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law. They admitted that publicly. They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there,” Kraft told reporters via ESPN.
After the issues regarding the deflated footballs surfaced last year, the billionaire said that he would accept the NFL’s punishment. But when the league announced the fine, loss of draft picks and suspension for Brady, the Patriots owner quickly changed his tone.
Kraft also mentioned that he’s “moving on” from all the “Deflategate” issues, but is hoping that Goodell and the NFL remove the penalties. He was also asked about his comments about the new football testing procedures implemented last season.
“They did their own testing, they have results, and for whatever reason, they haven’t shared them with any of us,” Kraft answered. He added that many officials were requesting PSI readings but the NFL decided not show the results with the teams.
The 74-year-old billionaire also appealed to all the Patriots fans, saying that the final decision regarding the picks is with the NFL. “We’ve done everything we can do. Actually, I want our fans to know that I empathize with the way they feel,” he said, per CSNNE.
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