New England Patriots are no strangers to controversy. Some fans even claim that cheating is in their DNA. While these claims are certainly overzealous, there is no doubt that the Patriots' latest Super Bowl win did not come without a huge degree of controversy.
The Patriots won the AFC Championship Game in style when they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in January, but during the game it was claimed by the Colts that the Pats deflated one of the balls they gave to officials pre-game. Then post-game it was claimed the Pats deflated 11 of 12 balls they gave to officials pre-game.
The controversy then spilled over in the proceedings days as the NFL media dubbed the saga 'deflategate'. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick denied any wrongdoing, but nonetheless the NFL asserted that they would run an independent investigation into the claims made by the Colts.
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Kraft left furious
Finally, after almost four months, the Ted Wells investigation into 'deflategate' was published today and it makes pretty grim reading for the Patriots. The report itself is 253 pages long, but the crux of the report suggests that the Patriots are guilty of breaking NFL rules and it states that Tom Brady was "generally aware" of the tampering of balls during the AFC Championship Game.
It's safe to say that the Patriots and their owner Robert Kraft were not amused by the findings of the Ted Wells Report and went straight on the offensive on Wednesday.
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"To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement," Kraft said in a statement released on the Patriots website.
Willing to accept punishment
These are pretty explosive comments from Kraft and he certainly doesn't hold back on his true feelings about the whole Ted Wells investigation. Even though Kraft's comments appear to be very critical of the investigation and the NFL ultimately for letting it be conducted, the Patriots owner insists he will accept any punishment from the NFL.
“While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me. Knowing that there is no real recourse available, fighting the league and extending this debate would prove to be futile.
"We understand and greatly respect the responsibility of being one of 32 in this league and, on that basis, we will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”
What do you make of Kraft's comments on the findings of the Wells Report? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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