Kraft: Tom Brady a ‘classy person of the highest integrity’

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses a room full of reporters to make a statement condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate" suspension during an NFL football training camp media availability at the team's facility Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Patriots owner Robert Kraft has stood by Tom Brady throughout the entire ‘deflategate’ controversy. And Thursday was no different when a federal court decision overturned the quarterback’s four-game suspension.

In a statement released to the media, Kraft said,

“As I have said during this process and throughout his Patriots career, Tom Brady is a classy person of the highest integrity. He represents everything that is great about this game and this league. Yet, with absolutely no evidence of any actions of wrongdoing by Tom in the Wells report, the lawyers at the league still insisted on imposing and defending unwarranted and unprecedented discipline. Judge Richard Berman understood this and we are greatly appreciative of his thoughtful decision that was delivered today. Now, we can return our focus to the game on the field.”

In addition to Brady’s four-game suspension, the NFL also punished the Patriots franchise with a $1 million fine and a loss of two draft picks.

In May, Kraft said the Patriots would not appeal the team’s punishment. However, after Brady lost his appeal in July, Kraft said he was wrong to put his faith in the league, at the time saying “This was never about being fair and just.”

 

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