On Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced he wrote a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell asking for the Patriots' draft picks back. The Patriots were penalized a first and a fourth round draft pick after the Deflategate scandal last season. Goodell came out on Wednesday to announce that the Patriots would not be awarded their draft picks.
In a response to Ben Volin's question, Goodell stated "I responded to him two weeks ago and told him that I had considered his views and I didn't think there was any new information in there that would cause us to alter the discipline. So there will be no change to the discipline."
So, now the question is does Kraft have another reason to be angered with Goodell, or is it the opposite? Whether or not you agreed with the decision, Kraft came out and publicly stated that they would reluctantly accept the penalties handed down by the NFL. Knowing that, why would he then write this letter?
Many people, myself included, believe that Kraft made a mistake by giving up on this fight so early. If you're going to roll over and accept the ludicrous penalty that Goodell handed you, then you have no right to then send a letter asking him to rescind that penalty.
Kraft came out on Monday and announced that he sent the letter, already knowing that Goodell had denied his request. So, why not state that you wrote the letter, and include the fact that it was denied? I believe that Kraft wrote that letter knowing it would be denied, but that it would make a large number of fans happy. He underestimated the repercussions that came from laying down to Goodell, and now he is in damage control mode, and trying to appease the angry fans.
Volin also asked Goodell about a possible settlement involved with Brady's suspension, to which Goodell replied "I am not aware of that".
There it is, no draft picks returned and back to months of aimlessly waiting for a decision on Brady. As much nonsense as the NFL spews, I'll give them this, they sure know how to stay in the headlines.
By Matt Watts