Patriots Notes: DeflateGate, Goodell, Kraft

Two NFL owners tell Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link) that they strongly support the punishments handed down by Roger Goodell to the Patriots, stating that he acted to uphold the integrity of the game. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has also come out in support of Goodell. All in all, Cole estimates that Goodell’s support has increased in the aftermath of DeflateGate, not down as many predicted. More on the Patriots..

  • As Jason La Canfora of talks with more people in the game about how much a mildly deflated football really matters, he’s getting the sense that DeflateGate will go down as one of the more overblown scandals in NFL history. The lengths that the investigation has gone to, in terms of time, money, and resources, are staggering to many. People are also questioning the level of scientific proof presented in the report.
  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft is taking his DeflateGate battle against the NFL to absurd new levels, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News opines. Kraft is loudly defiant that his organization isn’t guilty of what they’re accused of, but the Pats have already admitted to cheating once before. Vacchiano also pokes fun at the notion that Jim McNally, the Pats employee that supposedly deflated footballs for Tom Brady, called himself “The Deflator” because he was trying to lose weight.
  • The few passages of believability were overshadowed by mountains of nonsense, including the McNally excuse, Manish Mehta of the Daily News writes. Mehta also found it strange that the Pats went to great lengths to defend John Jastremski and McNally one week after indefinitely suspending them.
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