Patriots owner says team will not appeal ‘Deflategate’ punishment

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(CNN) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday that he will not appeal the punishment levied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell related to “Deflategate.”

Speaking at the NFL owner’s meetings in San Francisco, Kraft said that while he disagrees with Goodell’s decision to fine the Patriots $1 million and strip them of future draft picks, he no longer wants to “continue the rhetoric” over the controversy.

Kraft’s decision does not affect Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his own punishment in the matter, which was a four-game suspension without pay.

The NFL suspended Brady for four games without pay after an independent investigation found the Patriots used underinflated footballs for an advantage in last season’s AFC Championship game. Brady has since appealed the suspension.

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