On Monday, Robert Kraft, Patriots owner, showed up at the team’s Super Bowl news conference saying that the league should apologize if foul play isn’t found in their investigation into “Deflate-Gate”, and pay per head services would like to see what will the final verdict will be.
“If the Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure on the footballs, I would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team and, in particular, coach [Bill] Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure this past week,” said Kraft, when he spoke about attorney Ted Wells, who leads the league’s probe into the Patriots’ deflation scandal with Jeff Pash, executive vice president of the NFL.
Wells was the one who conducted the NFL’s investigation into the Dolphins’ bullying case.
Kraft, who didn’t take any questions, said how in the last week plenty of momentum was created by the story – something that pay per head services could clearly see – and he also said that he was “confident that this investigation will uncover whatever the facts were that took place last Sunday and the science of how game balls to 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,” said Kraft.
“Because of this, many jumped to conclusions and made strong accusations against our coach, quarterback and staff, questioning the integrity of all involved. …
“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 draw a conclusion of this investigation.”
The Patriots’ owner also showed his backing of Belichick and Brady.
“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,” said Kraft.
“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.”