Jul 29, 2015 5:35 PM
Deflategate aftermath: Kraft, Brady speak out against NFL, QB's suspension
Things have changed a bit since May for the New England Patriots organization.
“I’m going to accept reluctantly what he has given to us and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric,” Robert Kraft said in May, accepting the league's Deflategate punishment.
Fast forward to Wednesday, and the Patriots owner spoke out against the league and their decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
“I, first and foremost, need to apologize to our fans, because I truly believe what I did in May, given the actual evidence of the situation and the league’s history on such matters, would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady," Kraft said. "Unfortunately I was wrong."
Earlier, Brady took to Facebook with his side of the story. Especially regarding his cellphone, which he's accused of purposely destroying.
"We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone," Brady wrote. "We exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could. There is no 'smoking gun' and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing."
The players association announced they'll appeal the league's decision - but where they file matters.
First Brady will seek an injunction meaning that he can still be on the field while the legal case plays out.
Brady will be looking to file his appeal in Minnesota and seeking the ruling of Judge David Doty who has a history of ruling against the NFL.
The NFL counsel anticipated this move and filed a request yesterday in New York City to confirm their decision to uphold Brady’s suspension - making it more difficult for the case to be heard in Minnesota.
Back in 2014 Doty was the man who reversed the hearing of Adrian Peterson reinstating the Viking’s running back after suspension.
Kraft addressed the legal proceeding at a press conference at Gillette.
“I felt it was important to make a statement today, prior to the start of training camp," Kraft said. "After this, I will not be talking about this matter until after the legal process plays itself out, and I would advise everyone in the organization to do the same and just concentrate on preparation for the 2015 season."
The clock is ticking.
The Patriots' first game is on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.