New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says there is “no smoking gun” that proves his team used underinflated footballs during the first half of the 2015 AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The NFL is expected to conclude its Ted Wells-led investigation of New England in the near future.
Kraft had said that he was “ticked off” that the NFL investigated his team and expected an apology from the league if the investigation showed no wrongdoing.
"I like to worry about things I can control. I know that there's no smoking gun here," Kraft said, according to USA Today. "I chatted with our people. I think I said it pretty well the week before the Super Bowl. So we're worried about the 2015 season, and that's our focus."
Kraft said he wasn’t referring to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell when he previously criticized the way the investigation has been handled.
"He's in charge," Kraft said of Goodell, according to USA Today. "I think he has a pretty tough job. As a matter of fact, some of my friends say there's two jobs they don't want: President of the United States or commissioner of the NFL."
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick have denied any knowledge of wrongdoing. The Patriots won the AFC championship 45-7, advancing to Super Bowl XLIX and ultimately prevailing 28-24 over the Seattle Seahawks.
- Scooby Axson