New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft brushed off talk of Deflate-gate after his team’s fourth Super Bowl victory by stressing the importance of winning.
“Winning is the most important thing,” Kraft told the NFL Network. The owner’s team has appeared in seven Super Bowls since he bought it in 1994, compiling a 4-3 record.
He defended his decision to defend Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots organization after first issuing a statement dubbed insufficiently supportive of the team’s coach and quarterback. Kraft subsequently said the league would owe the team an apology should they fail to document the accusations that the Patriots deliberately let the air out of balls to gain a competitive advantage against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
“We had a lot of things going on with our team,” Kraft noted. “I wanted to speak out.”
Elsewhere, Kraft expressed his pride in his association with Bill Belichick.
Inviting NFL Network analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, and Michael Irvin to a team celebration featuring Pitbull and “Ricky Ross,” the 73-year-old owner stressed the togetherness of his team. Kraft reasoned, “You want to put your organization in the best position to win.”