New England Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft spoke to the media Monday about the ongoing deflated-football controversy, and he isn't happy.
The 73-year-old reiterated what head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have said in the past couple of days—that the Patriots didn't knowingly do anything wrong. He went even further, though, and demanded an apology from the NFL if the league finds no wrongdoing.
NFL Network's Albert Breer, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols gave a look at some of the most intriguing quotes from Kraft:
Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported what he was hearing regarding Kraft's concerns about the Deflategate scandal:
Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms doesn't believe the league owes the Patriots an apology for the ongoing situation:
As ESPN's Ed Werder noted, Kraft didn't say what would happen if the NFL found evidence of tampering:
This is a stringent and unwavering stance that Kraft is taking.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King summed up his reaction in one brief question:
Nichols passed along a comment from Sal Paolantonio of ESPN on why Kraft felt so comfortable taking a strong stance:
Mark Maske of The Washington Post called Kraft's comments "stunning":
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald was surprised at the way Kraft addressed the situation:
Kraft stated that the Patriots unequivocally did nothing wrong, suggesting there is zero reason to believe there will be any potential outcome other than the NFL needing to apologize for its handling of this matter.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer applauded the statement:
Ralph Vacchiano of New York's Daily News and Pro Football Focus' Tyler Loechner put it simply:
La Canfora noted the quickly increasing stakes of the controversy:
It's pretty amazing that the NFL and one of its most notable owners are butting heads, especially with the marquee game of the year on the horizon. As a result, there has been shockingly little talk about the actual Super Bowl just six days before the big game.
Kraft's comments came just hours after Glazer reported that the NFL has video of a Patriots locker room attendant taking footballs from the locker room to another area on the field, noting that "he is a strong person of interest."
It's unclear exactly what that means for the ongoing investigation at this time, but it's becoming more obvious that once this controversy comes to a head, one side—whether that's the Patriots or the NFL—will be in some boiling-hot water.
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