Statement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft on NFL’s inflation investigation


On Monday night, Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed the NFL’s investigation into allegations the club used under-inflated footballs in the AFC title game. Here are his remarks, which were provided by the NFL:

“On the plane ride out to here, I prepared a few remarks which I would like to read to you.

“On behalf of the entire organization, I want to express what an honor it is to be here and represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. I know how difficult it is to get to this game and I appreciate the work of everyone who helps host the event. We are anticipating a great game against the defending Super Bowl champs, Seattle Seahawks.

“Given the events of the last week, I want to take a minute to address the air pressure matter before we kickoff this week’s media availabilities. I have spoken with Coach (Bill) Belichick. I have spoken with Tom Brady. I have taken the time to understand to the best of my abilities what goes on in the preparation of gameday footballs. And I want to make it clear that I believe, unconditionally, that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate in this process or in violation of NFL rules.

“Tom, Bill, and I have been together for 15 years. They are my guys, they are part of my family. And Bill, Tom, and I have had many difficult discussions over the years, and I have never known them to lie to me. That is why I am confident in saying what I just said. And it bothers me greatly that their reputations and integrity, and by association that of our team, has been called into question this past week.

“As I said on Friday in my prepared statement, we welcome the League’s investigation and the involvement of Attorney (Ted) Wells. I am confident that this investigation will uncover whatever the facts were that took place last Sunday and the science of how game balls react to changes in the environment. This would be in direct contrast to the public discourse, which has been driven by media leaks as opposed to actual data and facts. Because of this, many jumped to conclusions and made scarring accusations against our coach, quarterback and staff questioning the integrity of all involved.

“If the Wells investigation is not able to definitively 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. 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.

“In closing, I would like to say to all the fans of the National Football League, and especially the amazing fans of the New England Patriots, that I and our entire organization believe strongly in the integrity of the game and the rules of fair play properly, equitably and fairly enforced. Thank you.”

15 responses to “Statement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft on NFL’s inflation investigation

  1. Once again, we’re led to video taped evidence, involving a yet TBD individual, handling game balls, post pre-game League inspection.

    Somehow video evidence and ‘The League’ are far too challenged to make any sense of it.

    Maybe TMZ should be conducting these investigations?

  2. Mr kraft is once again lying to us all, the same man who denied spygate even though his own former employee Eric Mangini blew the whistle on him. Robert Kraft, the same man who defended Adrian Hernandez, despite all evidence to the contrary. Robert Kraft who demands an apology despite evidence that once again his staff has cheated again and again and again.

    We dont believe you Mr Kraft. you have shown time and time again that you will Deny, Deny, Deny, until hell freezes over. How dare you speak of integrity when you have shown such blatant disregard for the word.

    there is a joke that says how do you tell when Robert Kraft is lying? the Answer of course is his lips move.

    You Mr Kraft are a disgrace to the NFL, Your parents, and anyone who knows you. Keep lying, keep denying all you wish, because every one sees you as you are a liar, a cheat and a disgrace to everything you claim to hold dear.

    Just because you havent been taped while authorizing these actions, doesnt mean your innocent when it happens again and again and again under your watch, no amount of denials will absolve you of your responsibility. you think society is stupid. we arent.

    You are a liar Mr Kraft, you know it, The NFL knows it, and even your children know it.

    You sir are a disgrace

  3. He believes unconditionally that they didn’t cheat. Which means that there is nothing that could happen (i.e. no condition) that would make him realize that his team did cheat. Which means there is no reason to listen to him gasbag about how his poor cheating team is really the victim here.

    This sounds like if OJ stood up after being acquitted and demanded an apology. Kraft can shove it.

  4. Kraft demands an apology? LOL.

    Deflategate didn’t tarnish the Patriots and Belichick’s reputation.

    It’s just added to the legacy and is showing a pattern of what we already know-

    Bill and the Pats love to push the boundaries of the rules and have the arrogance that they will get away with it.

    The original cheating incident of Spygate and the way Bill treats the media created THIS mess.

  5. What RedSox/Patriots fans don’t understand is people are allowed to think for themselves.

    Is Tom Brady great? No doubt!

    Is Bill Bellicheck Great? No doubt!

    Are there issues, unresolved in some cases, that point to rules infractions? No doubt!

    Do other teams have issues too? No doubt!

    Please Boston fans, just take your medicine.

  6. And so we should believe anything and everything the Cheaters tell us, including the owner Bob Crap?
    Yeah, right!
    Bunch of liars sticking up for other liars.

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