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Troy Brown: Robert Kraft surrender OK to avoid “Wrestlemania”

FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 16: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Patriots Hall of Famer Troy Brown and newly inducted member Ty Law watch the game from the sidelines. The New England Patriots took on the New York Jets in a Thursday Night Football game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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The men who’ve stood and fought in Robert Kraft’s army were a bit surprised with his decision to surrender yesterday.

And given all the bluster and posturing that preceded Kraft’s admission that he wasn’t going to fight the league’s #DeflateGate penalties, that’s almost understandable.

For longtime Patriots like Troy Brown, it was still something he wasn’t expecting.

“I didn’t anticipate him giving up the fight on that one,” longtime Pats wide receiver Troy Brown told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I’m not sure if he had enough owners supporting him. I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to him, and I didn’t hear what he had to say.

“But it really isn’t a good look for the NFL, going back and forth about the PSI of a football. I think there are so many other great topics they can talk about. But it was turning into Wrestlemania.”

Actually, your average WWE production is much more slick and buttoned-up (and arguably more legitimate, depending on your viewpoint) than the last few weeks of this story. From the 243-page Wells Report and its dubious science to the 20,000-word Wells Retort and Jim McNally’s battle of the bulge, ridiculous has been the starting point for all discussions.

But Brown, who won three Super Bowls for Kraft’s team, was still surprised to see the general stand down.

“He’s the owner. He knows what he’s doing. He knows first-hand. He’s been talking to Roger [Goodell] and the league,” said Brown, who won three Super Bowls with the Pats. “If he feels like it’s going to be a black eye for the league, I guess he’s making the right decision based on the business of the NFL, and not his team in the short run. . . .

“Well, you’ve got to get moving onto other stuff. You’ve got to get people ready to play for those four games [without Tom Brady], unless the suspension is shortened. So, I think it’s really important for them to focus. This team has been very good about that in the past, doing their job and not worry about things they don’t have control over. It’s definitely best to get going earlier, as opposed to later.”

That, as much as anything, was the message Kraft sent yesterday.