Kraft said on Tuesday he would reluctantly accept, rather than appeal, a $1m fine and loss of draft choices imposed by the NFL against the Super Bowl champions for the team’s role in the scandal.
Goodell said: “The decision that Robert made was his decision. I admire and respect Robert, as you know. We’ve had plenty of discussions over the last couple of weeks and this was his initiative and something he wanted to do. I certainly admire the step he took.”
The NFL punished the Patriots, one of the league’s most successful franchises, for purposely deflating footballs used in the team’s 45-7 play-off victory over the Indianapolis Colts that put New England in the Super Bowl.??
Deflating a football, it was alleged, could give the quarterback a competitive edge by allowing him to better grip the ball.
Star quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games next season after an investigator hired by the NFL concluded he was aware of the plan to deflate the footballs.
Brady has appealed the suspension and Goodell added:??”I look forward to hearing directly from Tom.??
“I have great admiration for Tom Brady, but the rules have to be enforced on a uniform basis and they apply to every individual. You put the game ahead of everything.”