Patriots owner will not appeal NFL’s ‘DeflateGate’ punishment

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(May 19, 2015) – The New England Patriots won’t fight the NFL’s punishment for “DeflateGate.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he would “reluctantly accept” the sanctions imposed by the league after two locker room attendants and quarterback Tom Brady were accused of deflating footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The league fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks. Brady was suspended for four games as a result of an investigation ordered by the NFL; his appeal was filed last week and will be heard by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Kraft’s statement Tuesday does not affect Brady’s appeal.

“I don’t want to continue the rhetoric,” Kraft said Tuesday during the Spring League Meeting. “I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what (the commissioner) has given to us. We won’t appeal.”

Kraft said the interests of the league trump the Patriots’ own interest. He says the Patriots will pay the fine and accept the loss of draft picks.

That’s a sudden reversal from last week, when the Patriots released a scathing critique of the Wells Report and its findings.

Read more about Kraft’s announcement at Indy Sports Central.