Despite what he said last week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft doesn't sound as if he's going take his medicine and go away quietly.
Kraft lashed back at the NFL on Monday night, hours after the league lowered the boom on the Patriots for the Deflategate scandal. The league announced that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would be suspended for four games, the Patriots would lose two draft picks -- including their first-rounder next year -- and be fined $1 million.
"Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league," Kraft said in a statement on Monday. "Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.
"We are humbled by the support the New England Patriots have received from our fans throughout the world. We recognize our fans’ concerns regarding the NFL’s penalties and share in their disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled, as well as the dismissal of the scientific evidence supported by the Ideal Gas Law in the final report.
"Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered."
Brady's agent has already announced that Brady will appeal the suspension. You can bet the NFL hasn't heard the last from Kraft about this, either.