*On second thought, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has decided not to appeal the $1 million “Deflategate” fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game.
Kraft made his statement Tuesday morning at the owners meetings. He said he was putting the league before his franchise because “at no time should the agenda of one team outweigh the collective good of the 32.”
The Patriots will lose a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-rounder in 2017.
“When the discipline came out, I felt it was way over the top,” Kraft said, adding that if he had made his decision last week, it might have been a different one.
But after further consideration, he cited “believing in the strength of the (NFL) partnership and the 32 teams” for dropping any appeal plans.
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