New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft may have chosen not to fight the NFL’s Draconian punishment for the alleged “Deflategate” saga (citing the negative impact it would have on the league as a whole), but in retrospect, those draft picks the league took away (a 2016 first-round pick – 29th, 2017 fourth-round pick) could really come in handy.
Kraft revealed Monday that he penned a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asking for the picks back.
“I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law. They admitted that publicly. They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there,” Kraft told reporters in Boca Raton, FL, per ESPN.
“We have laid it out pretty straightforward. And now it’s up for them to decide.”
When asked what Goodell’s response was, Kraft only said he was ‘moving on’ (translation – you’re not getting your draft picks back), but added this:
“They did their own testing, they have results, and for whatever reason, they haven’t shared them with any of us. We actually requested at the beginning of the season that they test every game throughout the league and do that, but they chose to do it their way,” he responded, adding that he doesn’t sense momentum among his fellow owners to overturn the penalties.