FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (CBSNewYork/AP) — If they’re going to go down, they’re going to go down swinging.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension on Wednesday, and team owner Robert Kraft opened training camp by saying he continues to “believe and unequivocally support” the three-time Super Bowl MVP.
“It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect,” Kraft said. “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”
Taking the podium a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady’s suspension, Kraft said he didn’t fight the team’s penalty — a $1 million fine and the loss of two draft picks — because he thought the league would go easy on the star quarterback.
Now, he said, he regrets his decision.
“I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just,” Kraft said, apologizing to fans and to Brady. “I truly believe that what I did in May … would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. Unfortunately, I was wrong.”