Patriots owner Robert Kraft made his first public comments about the four-game suspension handed to quarterback Tom Brady in the wake of the "Deflategate" investigation, and Kraft wasn't happy.
Kraft told Peter King of Sports Illustrated he is convinced the former Michigan quarterback played no part in any attempt to deflate the ball before the AFC championship game in January.
"We had the discussion — if you did it, let's just deal with it and take our hit and move on. I've known Tommy 16 years, almost half his life. He's a man, and he's always been honest with me, and I trust him. I believed what he told me. He has never lied to me."
Kraft told King he is upset because the NFL took action against Brady — it fined the Patriots $1 million and voided a first-round draft choice in 2016 and a fourth-rounder in 2017 — without any hard evidence of wrongdoing.
"This whole thing has been very disturbing," Kraft said. "I'm still thinking things out very carefully."
On whether he would take legal action, Kraft said: "I'm not going to comment on that at this point in time. I'm going to leave it. I won't say."
Asked about his relationship with commissioner Roger Goodell, Kraft said: "You'll have to ask him."