The Patriots landed in Arizona and faced the Super Bowl media for the first time this week. Team owner Robert Kraft began the press conference before Bill Belichick and Tom Brady took the podium. Obviously the only topic on everyone’s mind was the DeflateGate controversy.
Kraft, whose chummy relationship with NFL commish Roger Goodell is worth remembering, opened the presser reading a statement and not fielding any questions. Kraft appealed for the public to listen to facts, not “media leaks.” Filled with hubris, Kraft also said he’d want a full apology from the NFL if the team is found to have done nothing wrong with the pressure of the balls in the AFC Championship Game vs. the Colts.
Kraft added, “If the Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs, I would expect and hope that the league would apologize would apologize to our entire team, and in particular Coach Belichick and Tom Brady, for what they have had to endure this week.”
Man … to be an NFL owner, right? Kraft also called Belichick and Brady “family.”
As expected Belichick stonewalled the first (and second and third and fourth) question about the balls, saying he is 100 percent focused on the Seahawks.
So … it’s on to Media Day Tuesday. Hope you’re ready for some ball jokes. Those aren’t tired in the least bit after two weeks at all.
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