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Falcons Owner Arthur Blank Supports Robert Kraft

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(ATLANTA) -- After receiving the largest fine in NFL history, the New England Patriots and owner Robert Kraft have the support of another owner, who was recently fined too.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank threw his support behind Kraft in light of the punishment levied against the franchise for the Deflategate scandal.

The Patriots were penalized in the form of a $1 million fine and a loss of two draft picks. Quarterback Tom Brady also received a four game suspension.

"I’m not in the league office and so I don’t consider judgment," Blank said, speaking of the Patriots’ penalty. "I think the process that (the NFL) went through was very thoughtful. Mr. (Ted) Wells is a highly regarded independent investigator. I read the report ... I read the appendix. I read the independent reports done by the 'experts,' if you will."

"What he’s going through has nothing to do with my respect for him," Blank said of Kraft. "My respect for him is well earned over my 14 years of working with him as an owner. He’s one of the owners that when he stands up and talks in the room, everybody listens, and the reason is Robert has earned the reputation of thinking about the league first; not about my club first. He takes care of his club as well, but the league first.

"I’m confident that Robert will work through this," he continued. "Obviously, he’s not happy about it. He shouldn’t be happy, just like I was not happy about what happened to our own franchise. The league is not happy about having to be put in a position where they’re dealing with fines, suspensions and things of that nature. It’s painful for them as well. There’s no joy in the league office when they’ve got to make those kinds of decisions."

Blank and the Falcons were punished by the League for artificially pumping noise into the Georgia Dome during home games. Atlanta lost their fifth-round pick for the 2016 season and was fined $350,000.

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Deflategate Report Says Patriots Probably Knew About Footballs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A report released on Wednesday by the independent attorney hired by the NFL concludes "it's more probable than not" that New England Patriots personnel "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots games balls after the balls were examined by the referee."

The investigation, led by attorney Ted Wells, stated it "is more than probable" that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" involving the release of air from the Patriots' footballs. But the report said there was no deliberate attempt by the Patriots to introduce a non-approved kicking ball during the AFC Championship game against the Indiana Colts on Jan. 18.

The Patriots won 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

The report names Jim McNally, the Patriots' locker room attendant, and John Jastremski, a Patriots equipment assistant, as having "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee."

Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement, "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement. In addition, given our level of cooperation throughout the process, I was offended by the comments made in the Wells Report in reference to not making an individual available for a follow-up interview. What the report fails to mention is that he had already been interviewed four times and we felt the fifth request for access was excessive for a part-time game day employee who has a full-time job with another employer."

He added: "While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me."

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Patriots Owner Wants Apology if No Findings in Deflate-Gate

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the NFL will owe the team an apology if its investigation into deflated footballs doesn't find any wrongdoing on his team's part.

"If the Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure on the footballs, I would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team and, in particular, coach [Bill] Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure this past week," Kraft said during an news conference on Monday.

Attorney Ted Wells, along with NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash, are heading up the investigation.

The league found that 11 of the 12 footballs used during the Patriots' 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game were not inflated by the minimum level of 12.5 pounds per square inch, according to ESPN. In that game, Brady passed for 226 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

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Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

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(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets over comments made by team owner Woody Johnson during an end-of-season press conference.

The NFL office is looking into whether Johnson committed a violation for comments he made regarding cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a December 29th press conference, when Johnson announced the firing of Rex Ryan and John Idzik, a reporter responding to Johnson's acknowledgement that the team should have spent more money last season asked, "how much of it was your decision [to not re-sign Revis], when he made it clear he wanted to come back?"

"Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten him for that, I probably would have taken him," Johnson responded. "It was our best judgment to do what we did, but I'd love for Darrelle to come back."

Johnson realizing he made a mistake in his comments issued a statement the next day saying he, "misspoke" and called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to "emphasize those points."

If found in violation of the league's anti-tampering rules, Johnson could face a fine or the team could forfeit a draft pick.

Revis is due $20 million next year as a contract option with the Patriots.  If they decline the option, he will become a free agent. 

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Patriots' Owner Robert Kraft Breaks Silence About Aaron Hernandez

NFL via Getty Images(FOX BOROUGH, Mass.) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft finally spoke to a select number of reporters to discuss the murder charges facing former tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Against advice from his legal counsel, Kraft took the time to address the issue and his personal feelings on the matter. Kraft couldn't get into specifics because of the ongoing investigation, but he did his feelings regarding the circumstances.

"If this stuff is true, then I've been duped and our whole organization has been duped," he said.

Hernandez was recently charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was a semi-professional football player. About an hour following his arrest, the team released him.

"The rationale behind that decision was that if any member of the New England Patriots organization is close enough to a murder investigation to actually get arrested -- whether it be for obstruction or justice or the crime itself, it is too close to an unthinkable act for that person to be part of this organization going forward," Kraft explained.

In his three years with the Patriots, Hernandez was an emerging star in the NFL. He was one the team's most popular players and was one of Tom Brady's go-to targets.

There were concerns over Hernandez' character when coming out of Florida prior to the 2010 draft. The team decided to take a chance on him when they selected him with a fourth-round pick. He had been so productive and was not a problem in the locker room, so the team rewarded him with a $40 million contract extension.

The Patriots recently held an Aaron Hernandez jersey exchange event at Gillette Stadium. Fans who bought Hernandez jerseys at the team's pro shop had the opportunity to exchange their jerseys for new ones. Over 2,500 Hernandez jerseys were exchanged.

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Vladimir Putin Denies Stealing Robert Kraft's Super Bowl Ring

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out and admitted Russian President Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl ring during a business trip back in 2005, Putin and his camp are now denying the theft ever happened.

While giving a speech last Thursday, Kraft claimed that during a trip to Russia, he let Putin put on the ring and instead of giving it back to him, Putin put it in his pocket and walked away with it.

Kraft wanted the ring back, but was apparently told by White House officials to let it go and give it as a gift in order to preserve relations between the two sides. Now, Putin and his staff are denying any kind of theft or deception.

Responding to Kraft's accusation, a Putin spokesman said, "What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird.  I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."

The Super Bowl 39 ring currently sits in the Kremlin Library.

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Robert Kraft Claims Vladimir Putin Stole His Super Bowl Ring

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in 2005, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined several other American business leaders at a meeting in Russia with President Vladimir Putin. Little did Kraft realize, he'd lose a precious piece of jewelry in the process.

Even though Kraft orginally claimed he gave a Super Bowl ring to Putin as present, he's changing his story. According to Kraft, Putin stole the ring.

"I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he puts it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring," Kraft said at a speech this week according to the New York Post. "I put out my hand and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."

Kraft wanted to get the ring back, but he claims the White House asked him not to pursue it or claim theft in order to keep the incident from damaging United States-Russian relations.

"I really didn't [want to]. I had an emotional tie to that ring, it has my name on it," he added. "I don't want to see it on eBay. There was a pause on the other end of the line, and the voice repeated, 'It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present.'"

Kraft never asked for the ring back after that.

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Tom Brady Embracing Tebow Signing

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady isn't concerned about Tim Tebow being at minicamp.  The Patriots signed Tebow on Monday and will receive all the Tebow-mania that he brings.

"I don't worry about much these days," Brady told reporters on Wednesday. "I've been around long enough to see all different kinds of things happen -- trades, people being cut, guys joining the team and all the media attention, what happened in 2007 [Spygate controversy], post-Super Bowls, tough losses. It comes with the territory."

Brady plans on showing Tebow the way things are done in New England, after Tebow spent a season in New York.

"Certainly any time a new teammate comes in, you welcome him and you try to do whatever you can to help them fit in and understand what we need to do," Brady said.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a fan of what Tebow brings to the table as far as leadership.

"I think he's hard-working and he's very cooperative. I don't think there's any coach who wouldn't like to have a team full of people like he is," Kraft said on Wednesday.

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Robert Kraft Wants Tom Brady to Be a Patriot for Life

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There have been times in the NFL over the years where a superstar will spend a majority of his career with one team, and retire with another. Patriots owner Robert Kraft does not want that to see happen to Tom Brady.

Brady was already under contract until the 2014 season when he recently signed a contract extension with the team until the conclusion of the 2017 season. Kraft doesn't ever want to see Brady put on a different uniform.

"I was probably wearing my fan hat as much as anything else," Kraft told Peter King of Sports Illustrated. "I just didn't want to ever see this become like Joe Montana leaving San Francisco, Emmitt Smith leaving Dallas, Brett Favre leaving Green Bay, Peyton Manning leaving Indianapolis."

Brady has been with the Patriots since 2000. He is one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, yet was picked in the sixth round of the NFL Draft back in 2000.

He has won three Super Bowls with the team and if Kraft has anything to say about it, he'll remain a Partiot for his entire Hall of Fame career.

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Source: Rob Gronkowski Has Ankle Surgery

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday, according to ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The recovery time expected for this surgery is 10 weeks.  He suffered the injury during the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Despite the injury, Gronkowski was still able to play in Super Bowl 46 and dance around after the Patriots lost to the Giants at an after party.

"The one thing I do know is the guy absolutely is 100 percent a passionate, passionate competitor when it comes to football. He loves football. He wants to win," said Patriots president Jonathan Kraftt on the after party situation on Friday. "He wants to get better. He doesn't like losing. ...He's an ultimate competitor; we're excited he's on our football team."

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