Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes "envy and jealousy" from the other teams were huge factors in why the Deflatgate saga was dragged out and why quarterback Tom Brady was slapped with a four-game suspension even though he initially was cleared of tampering with any footballs in the 2015 AFC title game.
“Well, I don’t hold grudges, but I also don’t forget anything,” Kraft said, via USA Today. “Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. I’m going into my 24th season as an owner. I’m passionate about owning a football team in my hometown.
"If I hadn’t won, I would be so angry at our folks and thinking about what we’d have to do (to win a title). So, our competitors, I understand how they brought pressure on the league office to be very strong and (lobbied) not to compromise on an issue that was nonsense and foolishness.”
Kraft said he was proud of his team for going 3-1 at the beginning of the 2016 season with Brady sidelined. Last year's campaign ended up being the ultimate revenge for the Patriots against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell when they pushed through to win Super Bowl 51.
Kraft also lauded Brady not just as a player, but as a person, saying he was “a special human being.”
“He’s nicer than anyone,” Kraft said. “He’s genuine. He knows how to connect (with people.)”