New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed in an interview on Monday that he believes the NFL should apologize to the Patriots if they are found not guilty when the deflate-gate investigation finishes.
The NFL is currently in the process of interviewing an array of people in relation to the accusation that the Patriots tampered with and deflated 11 of 12 balls they gave to officials before their AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts almost two weeks ago.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady have denied any wrongdoing or involvement in the alleged accusation, and Kraft believes that the whole saga has significantly damaged the reputations of both Brady and Belichick.
Kraft wants NFL to apologize
Regardless of the damage to the reputation of two future Hall of Famers, the NFL say the investigation could take several weeks and Brady himself expects to be questioned in some way following the Super Bowl.
Kraft certainly feels that nobody at his organization has done anything wrong, and in an honest and frank interview on Monday he directed criticism at the NFL for their handling of the so-called deflate-gate controversy.
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"If the Wells investigation is not able to definitely determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs, I would expect and hope the league would apologize to our entire team and in particular coach Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure the last week," Kraft explained on Monday, NFL.com reported.
"I am disappointed in the way the entire matter has been handled and reported upon."
Not done anything wrong
The press conference by Kraft was not expected with the owner not originally scheduled to speak on Monday, but he claims the Pats are innocent.
"I want to make it clear that I believe, unconditionally, that the New England Patriots have done nothing wrong," Kraft added.
These are pretty shocking comments from Robert Kraft. At the end of the day, the investigation is still on-going and usually its best served to not comment on matters like this unless asked or when the investigation ends.
The Patriots have previous when it comes to claims of cheating and things didn't turn out well for them following that saga. Safe to say that Kraft's comments may well and truly come back to haunt him.