Robert Kraft: New England Patriots Owner Says He Requested Return of 1st-Round Draft Pick From NFL

March 21, 2016 Updated: March 21, 2016
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Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots owner, said he wrote a letter to Roger Goodell, the NFL’s commissioner, over a month ago asking for the first-round pick that was surrendered as part of the “deflategate” scandal punishment be returned.

New England was fined $1 million and had to forfeit a first-round pick in 2016 and a and fourth-round selection in 2017 as punishment.

Kraft has said before that he accepted the league’s punishment in hopes it would lighten the punishment on star quarterback Tom Brady. That tactic didn’t work, at first, as the NFL gave Brady a four-game suspension—though a court threw out Brady’s punishment. The NFL and NFLPA are now back in court as the league seeks to reinstate his suspension.