New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft reveals that he made an attempt via a letter to Roger Goodell to get the first-round draft picks reinstated for the team. Kraft outlined the reasons in this letter why the team should get their first-round draft picks, which were taken away as part of the Deflategate punishment bestowed on the team.
Deflategate pokes its head into the headlines today after months of lying dormant in the news as Kraft reveals the behind the scenes action of this letter that he penned toward the end of the season, reports MSN News on March 21. Kraft asked Goodell to “take note of new information while reconsidering the punishment handed down to the Patriots over Deflategate,” writes MSN.
The Patriots were handed down the largest fine against a team in the history of the NFL, along with the loss of their first-round draft picks as punishment in the Deflategate fiasco. Kraft accepted this punishment at the time, but he did so with another thought in mind. Kraft hoped that by accepting the penalties, he’d give quarterback Tom Brady a better chance to win the appeal of his four-game suspension, which was another Deflategate sanction.
Karen Guregian, who is the Patriots beat columnist for the Boston Herald, said that “Kraft didn’t say if Goodell responded to his letter: “we’re moving on from that,” is what he said when asked to elaborate on the results, if any, of the letter. Guregian also said on Twitter that Kraft indicated that he wrote that letter “over a month ago.”
ESPN’s Mike Reiss writes about the mood that set over the Patriots’ fans back when Kraft accepted the punishment passed down from the NFL. Riess writes: “When taking the general pulse of New England Patriots fans and their stinging disappointment regarding how things unfolded with the NFL’s Deflategate punishment, a defining moment occurred when owner Robert Kraft accepted the sanctions in May of 2015.”
Kraft penned this letter to Goodell making a case for his team to get back their first-round picks. At the same time he apologized to the Patriot’s fans. Brady’s four-game suspension may very well stick, but it is currently in the appeals court where the final decision on game suspensions will be made.
Kraft didn’t disclose if he happened to get a response to the letter from Goodell, but what he did say was that the team has done everything possible in an attempt to get their first-round pick back. MSN puts Kraft’s chances at getting this wish granted as “slim to none.”