The fight is back on between Robert Kraft and the NFL!
Kraft -Patriots owner- dropped the fight back in May and accepted the league’s punishment of docking New England two draft picks and fining the team one million dollars, believing it was the right thing to do. Now, he no longer believes that and regrets putting his faith in the NFL after Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
Kraft is bringing out the gloves.
The Patriots released emails from Robyn Glaser, the Patriots’ general counsel, and Jeff Pash, the NFL’s executive VP and general counsel to their Wells Report website.
The emails begin with VP of media relations, Stacey James, sending an email to NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello about a leaked report to ESPN that the Pats Jim McNally “tried to introduce an unapproved special teams football into last month’s AFC Championship Game.”
The Pats expressed frustration that the NFL was “leaking” inaccurate information to ESPN that made them look bad and took NO steps to correct it.
The Pats become even more angry when the NFL did nothing after the false report by Chris Mortensen’s that the footballs were a full two PSI under the limit.
“What is unconscionable to me is that the league holds data that could very well exonerate us from any wrongdoing and completely dismiss the rampant reports and allegations of nefarious actions, but the league refuses to provide the data,” James wrote to Aiello.
Chris Mortensen, yesterday backed out of a Boston radio show because he refused to answer why his reporting of the PSI was so off.
“You guys made a mistake by drumming up business for the show and how I would address my reporting for the first time,” Mortensen informed WEEI. “I will not allow WEEI, Kraft, or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story that has been misreported far beyond anything I did in the first 48 hours. Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit. Don’t call.”
I figure the NFL is probably telling him to be quiet on the whole thing, since they fed him the misreport.
Back on topic, you can read the FULL emails HERE.
The way it looks and has been looking is the NFL leaked misinformation on purpose to make the Patriots look bad because from the start it was a witch hunt.
I believe it started when the Panthers and Vikings were messing with the game balls during a game, and Aaron Rodgers saying he likes to overinflate his footballs. Goodell probably realized he needed to do something about so many teams and Quarterbacks messing with footballs, that when the Ravens cried to the Colts about the Pats maybe deflating footballs, the NFL saw it as an opportunity to nail a big fish. They would never go after Rodgers, ESPN’s “Golden Boy” and fan favorite, nor would they go after the little fishes Carolina and Minnesota. Nobody would care about them doing anything considered wrong. It was the hated Patriots, and Brady to go after because they knew the public and ESPN would love it. That’s why they worked with the Colts to take down the Patriots.
Just my personal input, but the NFL set this all up to look worse than it ever really was and the media and fans who hate New England took it hook, line, and sinker.