Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored a major victory Thursday when U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman ruled to nullify the quarterback’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate.
That doesn’t mean the team is letting the league off the hook.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has been highly critical of Roger Goodell and the NFL in recent months, addressed Berman’s ruling in a statement Thursday. While he didn’t mention Goodell by name, Kraft had plenty of harsh words for the NFL’s legal team.
Read Kraft’s full statement below.
“As I have said during this process and throughout his Patriots career, Tom Brady is a classy person of the highest integrity. He represents everything that is great about this game and this league. Yet, with absolutely no evidence of any actions of wrongdoing by Tom in the Wells report, the lawyers at the league still insisted on imposing and defending unwarranted and unprecedented discipline. Judge Richard Berman understood this and we are greatly appreciative of his thoughtful decision that was delivered today. Now, we can return our focus to the game on the field.”
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