Before the New England Patriots officially put Deflategate behind them, team owner Robert Kraft decided to take one final shot at the NFL for its flawed investigation that led to Tom Brady's four-game suspension.
Just hours after Brady released a statement on Thursday saying that he would no longer fight his suspension, Kraft released his own statement that ripped the league for running a "biased" investigation against Brady.
"While I was disappointed with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision not to rehear Tom Brady's case, I am most frustrated that Tom was denied his right to a fair and impartial process," Kraft said. "The league's investigation into a football pressure matter was flawed and biased from the start, and has been discredited nearly unanimously by accredited academics and scientists."
The team mainly used the website to link off to stories that were written by experts who debunked the science that was used in the Wells Report. The releasing of the Wells Report in May 2015 is what led the league to suspend Brady for four games.
"The penalty imposed by the NFL was unprecedented, unjust and unreasonable, especially given that no empirical or direct evidence of any kind showed Tom did anything to violate League rules prior to, during or after the 2015 AFC Championship Game," Kraft said. "What Tom has had to endure throughout this 18-month ordeal has been, in my opinion, as far removed from due process as you could ever expect in this country."
Kraft also indirectly mentioned NFL commissioner Roger Goodell by pointing out that the Brady's suspension "stopped being about air pressure a long time ago."
"From day one, I have believed in Tom and given him my unwavering support in his pursuit to rightfully clear his name of any wrongdoing," Kraft said. "That support extends throughout our organization and has only grown more steadfast as the preponderance of scientific evidence has exonerated Tom. Unfortunately, this stopped being about air pressure a long time ago."
Kraft added that Brady "reluctantly" made the decision to stop battling the NFL.
"This entire process has indelibly taken a toll on our organization, our fans and most importantly, Tom Brady," Kraft said. "His reluctant decision to stop pursuing further action and to put this situation behind him is what he feels is best for the team in preparation for this season and is fully supported by me and our entire organization."
Brady will miss the Patriots' first four games of the 2016 season. Despite his absence, oddsmakers still seem to think that the Patriots are the team to beat in the NFL. Just hours after Brady accepted his suspension, Bovada.lv said that the Patriots are still the favorites to win Super Bowl LI.