Speaking at the Bloomberg Breakaway summit on Tuesday, Kraft said "envy and jealousy" had at least some role in the NFL suspending Tom Brady for four games, fining the Patriots $1 million and taking away the team's 2016 first-round draft pick and 2017 fourth-round draft pick (via ESPN.com).
Kraft called New England's Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons in February "unequivocally the sweetest" of the five championships the franchise has won since 2001.
"Well, I don't hold grudges, but I also don't forget anything," he said. "Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. I'm going into my 24th season as an owner. I'm passionate about owning a football team in my hometown."
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The Deflategate saga lasted more than 17 months starting with the initial complaints of deflated footballs by the Indianapolis Colts after the 2016 AFC Championship Game to the time Brady decided to withdraw his appeal of the NFL's suspension.
The Patriots ultimately got the last laugh in the situation, going 3-1 in games not started by Brady last season and having their future Hall-of-Fame quarterback lead a 25-point comeback against the Falcons in the Super Bowl.