Not only did NFL commissioner Roger Goodell not give Patriots owner Robert Kraft his first-round pick back, he also revealed Kraft to be a bit of a grandstander.
When Goodell announced at his press conference yesterday that the Patriots weren’t going to get any relief from their #Deflategate penalties, he added something to the timeline that Kraft hadn’t.
“I responded to him two weeks ago and told him that I had considered his views and I didn’t think there was any new information in there that would cause us to alter the discipline,” Goodell said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “So there will be no change to the discipline.”
Of course, when Kraft was telling reporters Monday about the letter he wrote Goodell a month ago, he didn’t mention any response he got back from the league. So while the flimsy science the league used to punish the Patriots is ripe for its own criticism, Kraft accepted their punishment for the good of the league.
Then he decided to show his fans he was fighting for them, throwing a little red meat in the cage for his constituents by telling them how hard he tried to get the pick back. But it’s harder to set yourself up as a poor and helpless petitioner at the Court of Goodell, when you already knew the verdict and left that part out.