With figurative war taking place surrounding the controversy known as Deflate-Gate, Robert Kraft and his Patriots announced surrender today.
By Robby Sabo
That long awaited day is finally here. The day of ecstasy for which we can point to and proclaim that Deflate-Gate is now behind us (for the most part).
The reason? Well, because New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced to the world that he would choose “not fighting” over “fighting.”
During the NFL owners meetings, currently taking place in San Francisco, Kraft said he would “reluctantly” accept the harsh punishments, among other things.
Robert Kraft says Patriots will not appeal discipline against his team, reluctantly. Tom Brady’s appeal of his 4-game suspension will go on.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 19, 2015
Kraft: I don’t want to continue the rhetoric that’s gone on the last four months. I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what he’s given us. — Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 19, 2015
Kraft says he has two options: I can try to end it or extend it.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 19, 2015
Kraft says the agenda of one team shouldn’t outweigh the other 31. — Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 19, 2015
Kraft is no dummy. There’s a reason he belongs to this exclusive club of movers and shakers in the NFL.
That’s why so many people were scratching their heads to see the Patriots fighting the Ted Wells report so fiercely. The website, the rebuttal, and seemingly everything coming from the New England camp signaled that they’d go down with the ship until they had no idiotic ammo left in the tank.
Today, Kraft finally realized he was fighting a losing battle, and this was the only way to save face.
More likely than not, Kraft and Roger Goodell cut a deal that will see Tom Brady’s ongoing appeal effected. Most around the campfire believe, that while the Pats will accept the $1 million fine and loss of two-draft picks, that Brady’s suspension will now be cut in half from four-games to two.
For now, thankfully, the Deflate-Gate talk is done with, and Patriots fans can come back to Earth a little and join the rest of the sensible human beings in society.
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