Patriots owner Robert Kraft writes Roger Goodell asking to give back draft picks lost in Deflategate scandal


More than a year after the Deflategate scandal broke, Patriots owner Robert Kraft is still fighting to reduce or eliminate the penalties his team received for a couple of slightly flat footballs. Kraft said Monday that he wrote a letter to Roger Goodell asking the league to give back the two draft picks that were taken from them as a result of the scandal.

Even though Tom Brady’s initial four-game suspension was vacated, the Patriots still have had a 2016 first-round pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick taken from them.

Kraft apparently didn’t sound particularly hopeful that his letter, which he said he wrote more than a month ago, would work.

“I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law,” Kraft said at the league meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., Monday, according to ESPN. “They admitted that publicly. They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there. We have laid it out pretty straightforward. And now it’s up for them to decide.”

Kraft wouldn’t answer questions about whether Goodell responded to him.

The Patriots’ owner also expressed frustration that the league did not disclose the PSI information it collected during the 2015 season.