Patriots: “Extremely disappointed” in Goodell’s Brady decision

AP

Patriots owner Robert Kraft effectively threw up his hands in regards to the team penalties which stemmed from #DeflateGate.

But that doesn’t mean they’re going along quietly with the four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady, issuing a strongly worded statement regarding commissioner Roger Goodell’s refusal to overturn his own sentence, basically saying the league is assassinating Brady’s character.

“We are extremely disappointed in today’s ruling by Commissioner Goodell,” the team statement read. “We cannot comprehend the league’s position in this matter. Most would agree that the penalties levied originally were excessive and unprecedented, especially in light of the fact that the league has no hard evidence of wrongdoing. We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady. We also believe that the laws of science continue to underscore the folly of this entire ordeal.

“Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives.”

Brady already has the NFLPA eager to fight on his behalf, and Kraft took the position of a good company man when he yielded to the league’s $1 million fine and loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks. Based on today’s statement, you wonder if he’d be so willing again.

98 responses to “Patriots: “Extremely disappointed” in Goodell’s Brady decision

  1. Destroying phones is the Patriots Way.
    Destroy your phone = GUILTY.

    Tainted titles.
    UNearned titles.
    CHEATER

  2. Fold the franchise. An absolute disgrace to professional football. Every single championship has been linked to CHEATING.

    The tears of the delusional bandwagon fans is satisfying! The Panthers, Rams, Eagles and Seahawks deserve Superbowl trophies.

  3. Classless Kraft needs to watch his tone. Do you want to get kicked out of the nfl? It’s inevitable if you keep up this pathetic rhetoric.

  4. It’s also incomprehensible to believe “The Deflator” got his nickname because he loses weight easily.

    Or Bill’s science presentation that was complete made up nonsense.

    Or that people destroy their phones all the time.

    Or that anyone who is innocent would act like this.

    Take your medicine. You’re making your supporters look like suckers.

  5. Hey Bob Kraft, you should be extremely disapointed in your lying cheating evidence destrying quarterback instead, that’s where the fault lies!

  6. Billions can’t buy your integrity back Bob. Time to blow it all up and reclaim what you can in what little time you have left. Fire the front office, coaching staff, ball boys, cut Brady…everyone. You need to purge if you want any of us fans to not see your franchise as a cheating black mark.

  7. Kraft is a nice putz,but he never should have accepted the penalties against the team.Dumb move.

  8. Tom Brady is A-Rod, Ryan Braun and Lance Armstrong all rolled into one huge slimeball, lying cheater.

    I also lump Bobby Kraft into the same group.
    This will continue until Kraft is forced out of the league. He stands behind his cheaters because he condones cheating.
    Kraft is ruining the integrity of the league, and damaging the other LEGITIMATE owners.

    #DestroyPhonesIsThePatriotsWay
    #DestroyPhones=GUILTY

  9. Goodell has no friends.

    Instead of representing the best interest of the league, he represents the best interest of himself, at the detriment to the reputation of the league.

    Therefore, he must go…and soon.

    The other 31 owners would be foolish to not propose this.

  10. He should have showed his text! This is so dumb. If he did nothing wrong he would have. Sorry but destroy the phone act like your above it all and then complain because your being held accountable. What was on that phone he didn’t want anyone to see? Now we are going to fight the punishment because he can ; not because it’s the right thing to do.

  11. “Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives.”
    ———————————————————-
    It’s actually easily comprehensible. The science shows the balls were deflated by human hands, and his conduct shows he’s a cheater. Maybe Bobby the Mullet should read the commissioners statement.

  12. “Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives.”

    Brady did a good job of that himself by not disclosing the information they wanted. He also destroyed his cell phone (he learned that from Aaron Hernandez) instead of handing it over. Those normally aren’t the actions of someone who has nothing to hide.

    Whether or not it affected the outcome of the game (it obviously didn’t), rules are rules and regardless of what the Patriots think, they are not above the rules. Maybe if they spent more time playing within the rules they wouldn’t have to spend as much time whining about it when they get caught.

  13. And NFL fans everywhere are disappointed to see your organization cheat time and time again.

  14. Robert Kraft should be “extremely disappointed” that the people he employs have, for well over a decade, continued to cheat and tarnish his organization.

  15. Let’s see, QB dump his wife and child for a super model after becoming famous, coach dumped his wife for a hot young gal after becoming famous, cheating owner cheat on his wife with a hot young gal, a classy organization indeed.

  16. Remember that time when a “source” say that Brady gave an “A+ performance” at the hearing? LOL. Good times, good times. What a “performance” it was indeed.

  17. Kraft is a business man so he lies when it suits his goals no surprise here. He is trying to appease his fan base now….spin spin…you enabler of lying and cheating…..

  18. You guys are falling into the trap. This is what the NFL wants you to be doing. Read the footnotes. Brady turned over a log of every single one of his text messages to the league. He just didn’t physically give them his phone. And you wouldn’t either if you had half a brain.

  19. Still waiting on how Brady ‘destroyed’ his phone.

    Last I checked, trading in a phone is not DESTROYING a phone.

    Big difference.

  20. We need to have Obama declare the New England area a federal emergency site so that they can send thousands and thousands of chiropractors to New England. Why? Because there are going to be hundreds of thousands of New England fans who contort their bodies and stretch their necks trying to twist and find a way to pretend that Tom Brady is innocent after destroying his cell phone evidence.

    They are going to be in bad, bad shape!

  21. Well, I’m extremely disappointed that Bob Kraft runs such a corrupt, cheating organization and routinely gets lighter punishment than they deserve.

    Spygate – Destroy the tapes
    Deflategate – Destroy the phone
    Everything else – effectively hidden (so far)

    Cheat – it’s the Patriot way.

  22. “Why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives.”
    —————————————————————-
    Because he cheated Kraft, that’s why.

  23. The suspension is easy for everyone to comprehend except for the Pats and their fans. As I’ve said before denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. You’ll get there eventually Pats nation.

  24. terripet says:
    Jul 28, 2015 6:35 PM
    Face it pats fans the Patriots are cheaters and bill is an arrogant jerk


    But a better team and coach than the team you root for

  25. Bob Kraft “Duped” again.

    Yeah Bob he went Hillary Clinton on his phone because he had nothing to hide. His press conference was more laughable than Baghdad Bob because he’s innocent.

    The struggle is real in NE, tainted4ever!

    Bwhahahahahhahahahah****

  26. The husband in Gone Girl did less to look guilty than Brady has since he got caught. The guy deserves ever single second he gets in the suspension. He had ever opportunity to give his side and come clean, and instead he stonewalled and destroyed evidence. He’s getting what he deserved.

  27. Knee-Jerk Reactions = Displaced Anger

    Article heading should read:
    “Patriots: “Extremely disappointed” in Brady’s decision to Deflate Footballs within Games”.

    Some of the phrases they choose in their response appear to be self explanatory as to their knowledge of his guilt:

    “Most would agree that the penalties levied originally were excessive and unprecedented”

    Sooooo…you aren’t saying that he is innocent & they shouldn’t be imposed? Only that they are “excessive and unprecedented”? Interesting word selection there!

    “the league has no hard evidence of wrongdoing”

    Sooooo…you aren’t saying that there isn’t sufficient evidence? Only that there isn’t “hard evidence”? Interesting word selection there!

    “believe that the laws of science continue to underscore”

    Sooooo…you aren’t saying that he didn’t do it? Only that “the laws of science continue to underscore”? Interesting word selection there!

    Guilty!

  28. .
    I, for one, was shocked, shocked that Goodell upheld his own decision. Who would have expected that?

    The case now goes to federal court and the real fun should begin.

    And for all of you phone junkies, please point out the section of the CBA which states that players must turn over all electronic devices to the Commissioner’s designee.
    .

  29. “Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives.”

    He didn’t represent at the White House a couple of months ago. So there’s that…

  30. Destroying phones is the Patriots Way.

    Unlike yourself, the Patriots are aware that the data still exists even though the device is gone.

  31. New England Cheat-a-lots get what they deserve.

    You mean the 2014 Super Bowl Trophy, right?

    No?

    Oh, sorry.

  32. “Kraft took the position of a good company man when he yielded to the league’s $1 million fine and loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks. Based on today’s statement, you wonder if he’d be so willing again.”
    ————–
    Why, do you think he was expecting special treatment?

  33. When is Tom Lady going to speak about his cheating?

    We have not heard a word since that horrendous press conference in January where everyone in the world knew little Tommy was lying.

  34. Bob Kraft makes no sense he took the penalty and fine without a fight … He did not have Tom’s back and now he’s upset about it. Please

  35. He should have been suspended for the year and they are crying about four games.

  36. The Wells report states Belicheat first spoke to Brady about Deflategate more than 3 days after the story exploded into national media. Now, who believes that? The longtime duo were not in close contact during a crisis that threatened the availability of Brady for the SB?

    Belicheat was on Brady’s phone.

  37. There is way more to this than we are privy to. I believe if all the pertainent facts came out, it would be baseball’s 1919 season all over again. This dog and pony show is “boob bait” for us “bubba’s”. That’s why Brady destroyed the only instrument of exonoration, and Belicheck hid in the dark corners. The other owners know what could happen, and Kraft is frontman for the continued coverup that would damage the leagues bottom line.

  38. Mr. Kraft I think Brady’s reputation would be better if he would just shut up and take his suspension. Sports fans are more forgiving when players admit their mistakes and take their punishment.

  39. How else is Robert Graft’s team cheating right now?

    My guess is they are tampering with helmet communications in some form or fashion.

    Robert Graft is a loathsome man leading an organization full of lying cheaters from top to bottom: owner, coach, QB, ball boy.

  40. Extremely disappointed?

    I think the rest of the world, which happens to be more sane, is disappointed in Shady destroying his phone. NO ONE who is innocent ever does that. NO ONE!

  41. Mr. Kraft, remember when you said your organization would fully cooperate with the investigation?

  42. Goodell is scared… he is quite literally “moving the goalposts” in this situation

    Ted Wells confirmed in his interviews that they never wanted Brady to give up his phone

    NOW – at the time of the appeal, it appears the NFL insisted on having the cell phone and Brady likely refused – knowing the desparate lengths Goodell would go to find ANYTHING to use against him

    I’d refuse and say it was gone if Goodell tried to pull that on me too

    And just to show how worried Goodell is, he delayed until HE and the NFL were ready to file a proactive case in the NY courts – not wanting to chance a different judge getting the case.

    THAT’S why the delay was happening. Mark my words, the NFL has spent this time preparing their court filing – and it won’t surprise me if they file IMMEDIATELY showing just what a set up all of this is

    And bear in mind, this is regarding deflated footballs THAT WERE NOT DEFLATED

    Roger Goodell has made me ashamed to call myself an NFL fan

  43. Patriots: “Extremely disappointed” in Goodell’s Brady decision.

    ***************************************

    NFL Fans: “Extremely disappointed” the Super Bowl XLIX title won’t be stripped in addition to the suspension.

  44. It will be interesting to see if the NFL can compel him to testify under oath during an appeal. He isn’t being charged of any crime so he can’t claim the 5th. If I were the NFL I would push that angle as far as I can. Chances are the last thing Brady wants to do is to tell the truth.

  45. 3menandablog says: It’s also incomprehensible to believe “The Deflator” got his nickname because he loses weight easily.
    ========================

    Why is this even still being talked about? The Patriots and all of the NFL are in agreement about that not being why he was called that – it’s the ONE thing we all agree upon

    He was “the deflator” because his job was to deflate and re-inflate the footballs when they came from the factory

    Are you admitting to everyone you didn’t know this was a routine part of football preparation?

    Read the NY Times of 11/23/13 “Eli Manning’s Footballs Months in the Making”

    Whatever team YOU root for also employs “deflators”

    It’s the one thing everyone agrees upon and if anyone read any of the news reports they know that. There was also one text in which the phrase “Deflate and give someone that jacket” was used in reference to the Deflator needing to lose weight.

    What exactly do YOU think that phrase refers to if not weight loss?

    That doesn’t change the fact that the Patriots unabashededly admit what everyone knows – that every team has “deflators” in charge of football preparation

  46. I think Kraft is a Traitor . A million dollar fine , look at the Colts owner get and plus he did DRUGS.

  47. And after all this…the gutless, classless sham embarrassment of an organization called the New England Patriots continues to refuse to face reality and own its mistake(s). MORE denial; MORE refusal to admit the OBVIOUS; more lies. It’s a shame the punishments handed down to this pathetic excuse for a football team weren’t heavier. Maybe it’s time for Kraft to be forced to sell the team.

  48. Roger Goodell has made me ashamed to call myself an NFL fan

    Then quit being a fan and get off this site with your never ending drivel. You can talk until you are blue in the face…destroying a phone is not what an innocent man does. Outside of New England people see Brady for what he is a great QB with a spoiled entitled attitude who feels he needs to be given every break…if he doesn’t get it cheating is fine…..he is not what you think he is….Shady Brady.

  49. i’m disappointed too that the super bowl championship turned out to be a cheating event.

  50. Robert Kraft is an honorable man. He has based his total belief in Tom, on Tom’s word alone. None of our employers would. Having said that, Tom Brady alone is responsible for destroying his own credibility and name.

  51. The Brady ego is going to cost his team the playoffs when the suspension is postponed to December after the courts uphold the penalty.

  52. This is simply ridiculous. Did the locker room attendant sort through all of the balls and deflate only the Patriots balls in 2 minutes? Not likely. Did the investigators put the locker room attendant through a lie detector test protocol and ask him if he deflated the balls and if so was it at Brady’s request? No. So where is the proof that the balls were deflated and this guy actually did this? I thought in America that you were innocent until proven guilty just like OJ. How is this fair. I do not like the Pats – and now I like Goodell even less – what a teflon idiot. Nice job Goodell – keep this crap in the headlines – you did the same thing with the Ray Rice issue. All totally unneeded and unwarranted publicity – Fire this idiot.

  53. There was no “hard evidence” regarding Aaron Hernandez either. When will the Patriots and their delusional fans learn that circumstantial evidence is still evidence? Brady is a confirmed cheater and his 4 game suspension is too LENIENT if anything.

  54. This is such a farce and you lapdogs are all sucking it up. The NFL is trying to protect itself from huge ridicule by issuing this phone destruction garbage. Brady gave them all the texts transcripts just like they asked for. He is not giving up his personal property to the NFL. Wait u to, Brady defends himself in court and proves the NFL has acted like buffoons from the word go.

  55. .
    @muslimpander

    ” There was no ” hard evidence” against Aaron Hernandez either.”

    Sir, have you lost your mind? There were shell casings, surveillance tapes, car rental agreements and cell tower pings. The prosecutor could have tried the case from his Barcolounger and won.
    .

  56. I use to be a big Pats fan and Brady fan but not so much anymore. Kraft tries to come across as sincere and caring but the facts tell a different story, he continues to allow (and perhaps encourages) cheating by his team over the years. Up until today I was willing to give Brady the benefit of the doubt but when he admits destroying his cell phone right after deflategate investigation begins is a little too much for even the most naive person to swallow.

  57. .
    @denverdude

    Don’t the Broncos have a player charged with sexually abusing a child?

    Perhaps you should take your sanctimonious, self righteous attitude and work on his release. You decry Brady while worshipping a Bronco charged with child abuse. What a sicko.
    .

  58. All you useless haters do realize by taking the NFL to court he is open to everything when it comes to discovery. This includes subpoena of his phone records, the phone means jack. You think he takes a chance like this if he’s blatantly lying.

  59. Putin demonstrated to us all how the Pathetics got all their rings. By stealing them.

  60. He should be disappointed in Shady Brady for at the beginning owning up and it would be all gone.

  61. denverdude7 says:
    NFL Fans: “Extremely disappointed” the Super Bowl XLIX title won’t be stripped in addition to the suspension.
    ———————————————————-
    The Patriots beat the Seahawks fair and square, without a hint of scandal or cheating.

    Why would their Super Bowl title be stripped????

  62. Kraft chose to put the owner’s boy (Goodell) into the commissioner’s position instead of a guy like Paul Tagliabue.

    You reap what you sow.

  63. sprago15 says:
    Jul 28, 2015 9:04 PM
    All you useless haters do realize by taking the NFL to court he is open to everything when it comes to discovery. This includes subpoena of his phone records, the phone means jack. You think he takes a chance like this if he’s blatantly lying.

    ===========================

    You do realize the court case is about whether the NFL followed procedure. The court case has nothing to do whether he deflated balls or not.

    I don’t understand why you think they’d be able to subpoena his phone records as they are irrelevant to the court case at hand.

    Brady’s guilt or innocence has already been determined as much as it ever will be. This will be the equivalent to trying to get the verdict tossed on a technicality.

    The content of Brady’s phone records have no bearing on the court case.

  64. It starts at the top. Fire the coach that keeps getting you into this situation Kraft. You have your Superbowls. Get some integrity already.

  65. The whole thing just shows how tom shady feels so above the law.. Had he come clean early the discussion would never have advanced beyond the ball deflating..

    Additionally the two guys that actually deflated the balls would still have jobs.. Wait till they sue the Pats and the NFL for being fired for following Shady’s orders.. ( the texts will show he ordered the code red )

    Now Shady’s character is in question, and that will haunt his legacy forever…

    I hope they find the texts from the missing phone if this is pressed in court. I think they’ll bury shady for good!

  66. .
    @seadan73

    ” the texts will show he (Brady) ordered the code red ”

    If you know the content of all the texts, then why do they need Brady’s phone?
    .

  67. The destroyed cell phone means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Let me tell you how you can rather easily determine Brady’s role in the alleged scheme. First you identify all the people who could have handled those footballs. There can’t be that many of them. Then you look at their texts to see whether they received any communication from Brady.

    Just how lazy and unscientific are you Roger? You could have done this 10 times over in the time you spent waiting for Wells and deliberating Brady’s appeal.

  68. -Alpha- says:
    Jul 28, 2015 6:32 PM
    Well, I’m extremely disappointed that Bob Kraft runs such a corrupt, cheating organization and routinely gets lighter punishment than they deserve.

    Spygate – Destroy the tapes
    Deflategate – Destroy the phone
    Everything else – effectively hidden (so far)

    Cheat – it’s the Patriot way.
    ———————————————————————————–
    You would think from coming from this franchise that Hernandez would have learned how to destroy the recordings on his own cameras at home.

  69. Kraft, do Tom Brady a favor and quit with the “hard evidence” line. You’re not on Hillarys staff…you know the truth and pretending otherwise is hurting Brady as well as the Patriot brand. Have Tom man up…take the four games and move on.

  70. Destroying a phone doesn’t destroy any texts, any idiot knows that, well, anyone except for colts and Ravens fans. This is another NFL smoke screen to paint Brady as a bad guy. Looking forward to the court case.

  71. I think most of you are foolish and uneducated to what really takes place in life. You live in your world where rules are never broken however, in the real world lawyers have careers made out of interpreting rules, based on someone’s position.

    Here are two key points for which you must acknowledge.

    1. Spygate – The fact is that many teams were filming other teams, this was “common practice” among teams in the NFL. If you have a problem with Spygate then you have no choice but to hold the NFL accountable because they were made aware of numerous teams doing this and did not do anything. It was viewed as “part of football.” High school teams do this even today. Colleges do this today, do no let them tell you otherwise. This is still done in the NFL with teams that you can bet on.

    2. Deflategate – I do not care if Tom Brady specifically told the ball boy to reduce pressure to 11.5 PSI, it does not matter. The mere notion that the air pressure is the pivotal role is ridiculous. People believing that the PSI of a ball determines that great of an outcome, such as Superbowl’s or individual games is nonsense and you are media enriched with knowledge. Wake up and get active in sports and you can then put your two cents from that perspective. Being an athlete in many sports one thing I can say is that yes PSI does allow you to grip the ball better in particular situations and we all have a comfort “feeling” however, there is not exact PSI that any of us have ever requested, ever!

    How deflategate probably went.

    Tom “This ball feels a bit hard.”
    Ball boy “I’ll make it softer.”
    Tom “okay thanks.”

    That’s it people, simple as that. No 4 game suspension or hefty fines.

    THE REAL TRUTH

    They hate us cause they ain’t us

    When you are on top, especially for so long, people want to bring you down. In wanting someone to fail you wish and hope for the best, a result of such is picking out the most minuet details, irregardless if you favorite players or teams do it. If you do not believe my words than please ask yourself these questions.

    1. Did other teams besides the Patriots record games being played by opponents? (Yes, go research, many were.)

    2. Did other players remove air to grip the ball better? (Yes, many players came forward and told the truth.)

    Get off of this media nonsense and focus on the facts. Patriots have dominated in many areas, especially their division, that makes them a target. Tom is going to throw the ball accurately because of his training and abilities, not the pressure of the ball. Your argument is mute and falls onto the ears of the conforming societal standards of media propaganda. Best of luck to you and your team this year.

    Sincerely,
    Tom Brady & Patriots Fan

    P.S. Please forgive any errors in my writing as I have limited time to partake in voicing my opinion, yet alone review my writing for people who are only going to rip it apart anyway. I prefer to let Tom’s action speak in Week 1!

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