Patriots owner backs Tom Brady, says NFL ‘has no hard evidence’ in ‘Deflategate’

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday he “unequivocally” supports quarterback Tom Brady, who has been suspended four games for his role in “Deflategate.”

The National Football League “still has no hard evidence of anybody doing anything” to tamper with inflation levels of footballs, Kraft said during a press conference at the team’s training camp.

Kraft apologized to Patriots’ fans and said, “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”

His statement was the latest round in a controversy in which the Patriots were accused of using underinflated footballs to gain a competitive advantage in January’s AFC championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Brady denied involvement, but the NFL suspended him four games without pay.

On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell affirmed the suspension he handed down in May, saying new information showed that Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, “sought to hide evidence…

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