Patriots Owner Robert Kraft isn’t ready to accept the league’s punishment against his team and his QB Tom Brady.
Last week, the Pats owner expressed his disappointment with The Wells Report and did not agree with the findings but said the team would accept the punishment by the league, but that has changed.
He released a strong statement regarding the league’s punishment against the Patriots, which will cost them $1million dollars and take away a 2016 first-round pick and a 4th round 2017 pick. He also gave his support to Brady, who received a 4 game suspension.
Below is the statement by Robert Kraft.
“Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.
“We are humbled by the support the New England Patriots have received from our fans throughout the world. We recognize our fans’ concerns regarding the NFL’s penalties and share in their disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled, as well as the dismissal of the scientific evidence supported by the Ideal Gas Law in the final report.
“Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered.”