Roger Goodell: No changes to the Patriots’ ‘Deflategate’ penalty

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday there will be no changes to the penalty against the New England Patriots following the "Deflategate" investigation, in response to a letter from owner Robert Kraft. 

Kraft had asked the NFL to reinstate the draft picks the team lost in the deflated footballs investigation stemming from the 2014 AFC title game.

At a meeting on Wednesday, Goodell said he had received Kraft’s letter and responded two weeks ago. 

"I told him I had considered his views," Goodell said. "I didn’t think there was any new info in there that would cause us to alter the discipline, so there will be no changes to the discipline."

Kraft said recently at the owners’ meetings that he sent a letter to Goodell more than a month ago seeking a return of the two picks — a first-rounder this year and a fourth-rounder in 2017. 

But Kraft didn’t sound optimistic that the picks would be returned, or that quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension would be rescinded should an appeals court rule in favor of the league in the saga dubbed "Deflategate." Brady had the suspension overturned in an earlier court case before the NFL appealed.

In his letter, Kraft cited new evidence uncovered since the NFL investigation ended.

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