Robert Kraft — the New England Patriots’ owner, chairman and CEO — held a press conference in Glendale, Ariz. on Monday to discuss the Deflate-Gate allegations levied against his team.
Mr. Kraft stated he was extremely disappointed with how the NFL had handled the investigation. In particular, Mr. Kraft was critical of the way the NFL and the media have vilified coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
They are my guys. They are part of my family. Bill, Tom and I have had many difficult discussions over the years, and I have never known them to lie to me.
If the Wells investigation is not able to definitely determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs, I would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team, and in particular, Coach Belichick and Tom Brady, for what they have had to endure this past week.
Additionally, Kraft touched on the media’s role in the investigation, which he’d prefer be handled by the NFL privately.
I am disappointed in the way this entire matter has been handled and reported upon. We expect hard facts as opposed to circumstantial leaked evidence to drive the conclusion of this investigation
Kraft closed by once again defending the innocence of his team by saying that he believed “unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate.”