Clearly, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft thought Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension appeal was going to go a different way.
However, the NFL's decision Tuesday to uphold the four-game ban left Kraft pretty agitated.
"I was wrong to put my faith in the league," Kraft complained about the NFL's final ruling via a statement, as reported by ESPN. "The decision handed down by the league yesterday is unfathomable to me."
In doing so, Kraft once again stood up for Brady, who will be able to participate in the team's training camp and pre-season, but will lose nearly $2 million in salary over the four missed games.
"Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game, both on and off the field," Kraft continued. "Yet, for reasons that I cannot comprehend, there are those in the league office who are more determined to prove that they were right rather than admit any culpability of their own or take any responsibility for the initiation of a process and ensuing investigation that was flawed. I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just."
Kraft went on to blast the NFL's handling of Deflategate, the scandal in which the Patriots were accused of deflating footballs to make them easier to throw and catch during the AFC title game in January, before going on to win the Super Bowl.
"The league's handling of this entire process has been extremely frustrating and disconcerting," Kraft said. "I will never understand why an initial erroneous report regarding the PSI level of footballs was leaked by a source from the NFL a few days after the AFC Championship game, and was never corrected by those who had the correct information. For four months, that report cast aspersions and shaped public opinion."
He added: "[Tuesday's] decision by commissioner [Roger] Goodell was released in a similar manner under an erroneous headline that read, 'Tom Brady Destroyed His Cell Phone.' This headline was designed to capture headlines across the country and obscure evidence regarding the tampering of air pressure in footballs. It intentionally implied nefarious behavior and minimized the acknowledgment that Tom provided the history of every number he texted during that relevant time frame."
Without Brady, the Patriots will begin their 2015 season facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys as their first four opponents.
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