New England Patriots off-season has been a turbulent one. The controversy surrounding the Patriots started before they won an historic fourth Super Bowl title in February and has continued ever since.
The Patriots were accused of deflating several balls during their AFC Championship Game victory over Indianapolis Colts in January. Following an investigation into the claims, the NFL found that New England quarterback Tom Brady was "generally aware" of the ball tampering.
As many will know, Brady has subsequently been suspended by the NFL for four games, a decision which the Patriots have admitted they are very angry about. Pats owner Robert Kraft was the man who dominated the headlines following the NFL's decision to ban Brady, with the powerful owner claiming the league only made their decision based on "circumstantial evidence."
But despite all of the strong words and bizarre rhetoric from the Patriots proceeding the ban, Robert Kraft surprised the football universe and legendary Pats receiver Troy Brown on Tuesday when he accepted the punishment by the NFL.
Brown was an integral part of New England's first Super Bowl winning campaign when they culminated the 2001 NFL season with a famous 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. The wideout and cornerback was left more than confused after Kraft's decision not to appeal Brady's ban, but he understands the desire to move on from the situation.
“I didn’t anticipate him giving up the fight on that one,” former Pats star Troy Brown told the Boston Herald. “I’m not sure if he had enough owners supporting him. I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to him, and I didn’t hear what he had to say.
“If he feels like it’s going to be a black eye for the league, I guess he’s making the right decision based on the business of the NFL, and not his team in the short run."
It is certainly a surprise to see Kraft accept Brady's punishment. After all, the Pats owner has talked constantly about how innocent Tom Brady and his team are, but when it comes down to it he would much rather brush the topic under the carpet.
That does not sound like an innocent team and it sounds more likely that the Patriots secretly know how guilty they are.