Robert Kraft: Patriots DeflateGate Ruling ‘Exceeded Any Reasonable Expectation’

The New England Patriots are not backing down, nor are they admitting to any wrongdoing in the DeflateGate scandal.

Owner Robert Kraft released a statement Monday night that hints the Patriots could fight the ruling, which includes a loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks and a $1 million fine, despite Ted Wells absolving Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick of any guilt. The NFL also suspended quarterback Tom Brady for four games.

Check out Kraft’s statement:

“Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.

“We are humbled by the support the New England Patriots have received from our fans throughout the world. We recognize our fans’ concerns regarding the NFL’s penalties and share in their disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled, as well as the dismissal of the scientific evidence supported by the Ideal Gas Law in the final report.

“Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered.”

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