The day the New England Patriots arrived at the Super Bowl in Arizona, owner Bob Kraft got off the plane and was spittin’ mad at the NFL and everyone else that dared to suggest his lads had cheated, by removing air from footballs in the AFC title game.
Last week after the Wells report on the deflating of footballs, Kraft had his lawyers burning the midnight oil and they produced a 32-page rebuttal ready to counter the findings from the Wells document.
This morning at the owners meetings in San Francisco, Kraft meekly stood behind a podium and said he would accept, reluctantly, the NFL’s punishment. The Pats waived the white flag. It is somewhat an admittance of guilt.
Did they know they could not win this thing? One report suggested the other NFL owners are not impressed with Kraft and all the Pats grand standing.
The owner added he did not want to continue the “rhetoric of the last four months.”
Kraft craftily kept up the rhetoric for the last four months. The NFL did the Patriots a favour by not finding them guilty after the AFC title game and disallowing them from the Super Bowl. Remember this is the second time in eight years they have been caught cheating. They have been fined and had first round draft picks taken from them on each occasion.
Bob Kraft realized it was time to shut his mouth and spin on his bedazzled RK initialed Air Force 1’s and fade into the background, for now.
Let’s big picture this. Nobody is taking away the 2015 Super Bowl championship. The Pats still get to keep the Vince Lombardi trophy.
This tale of deflated footballs is not done. Quarterback Tom Brady is still appealing his four game suspension.