New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks at the NFL owners meetings in San Francisco May 19. (NFL Photo via AP)Follow @alexmoss
Enough is enough! It is time for you to channel your inner Al Davis and sue the pants off of Roger Goodell and the NFL. Count me as one of many who believed you made the right move at the owners meetings in San Francisco, last May, when you decided to end the rhetoric and accept the penalties levied on your franchise by the NFL. I applauded you for taking the road that you thought was best, to get the suspension of quarterback Tom Brady thrown out the door. Alas, it did not work and as you so eloquently said in July “I was wrong to put my faith in the league”. In your statement, you also said: “It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players and a man for whom I have the utmost respect”. Now it is time to show the utmost respect that you have for Brady and to a fan base that knows the NFL has totally made deflate-gate a mountain out of a molehill. Roger Goodell has made a mockery of the “shield” that he wants to protect with integrity.
Roger Goodell said on the ‘Rich Eisen Show’ “What the league did this year was what we do with a lot of rules and policies designed to protect the integrity of the game, and that’s to create a deterrent effect,” Goodell continued “We do spot checks to prevent and make sure the clubs understand that we’re watching these issues. It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks.” Goodell once again has not been truthful with what he is saying. This article by the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin points out, Goodell has said the NFL isn’t keeping the PSI data. Volin points out that the NFL has gone against it’s own safeguards. Which are listed below. Thanks to Ben Volin’s research.
■ The NFL designated random games in which to test the football PSI at halftime and after the game. The kicking ball coordinator collected the footballs from both teams at halftime, was escorted to the locker room by the league’s security personnel, measured and recorded the PSI of all 24 footballs, removed the footballs from play, and introduced 24 backup footballs for the second half.
■ Before the game, the referee designated two members of the officiating crew to inspect the balls. The officials numbered the balls 1-12 and recorded all PSI data. Previously, the balls were not numbered, the data were not recorded, and only one member of the officiating crew inspected the footballs.
■ At the end of each randomly selected game, the kicking ball coordinator again inspected all game balls from each team and recorded the results. All recorded information was supposed to be reported back to the league office.
The league now says that it has not kept the PSI measurements. Integrity-smegrity Goodell! In this ESPN outside the Lines article, it was said that Deflate-Gate was a makeup call for Spygate. It is true that the Patriots were wrong in Spygate. The commissioner was wrong for destroying the evidence in that case. Goodell’s bosses were pissed about this. Now, Mr. Kraft, you must be pissed that once again, Goodell looks to be throwing out the findings. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Goodell must not get away with this.
Mr. Kraft, your legacy in the NFL is set. It is time to step up and join Patriots Nation, and defend the wall that Pats Fans have been defending for well over a year now. You grew up with this team, you were a fan of this team and now you are the owner of this team. The NFL can not and should not be allowed to just dump the findings. The Patriots should not be punished for something that is not fully understood. Why would the NFL say before the season that all recorded information would be reported back to the league office, and then not keep it? There is only one reason for such trash, and that is the readings proved that the New England Patriots and Tom Brady did nothing wrong.
The league is a better place because of you Mr. Kraft. The Patriots are a better team because of you. Now cement your legacy as the greatest owner in Boston sports history and go to bat for your team, your quarterback, and most importantly the fans of the Patriots. Nothing short of a full pardon from the league and a resignation from Mr. Goodell will do. For we are all Patriots and Patriots fight for what is right.