American football/NFL - Patriots will not appeal 'Deflategate' suspension

(FILES) - File picture taken February 1, 2015 shows quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots preparing to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at the at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Brady has been hit with a four-game suspension for his role in the "deflategate" scandal, the NFL announced May 11, 2015. The league also fined the Patriots one million USD and stripped the team of their 2016 first round draft pick and the 2017 fourth round draft pick, a statement said. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (AFP Photo/TIMOTHY A. CLARY)

- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced Tuesday the club are willing to accept the penalties handed down by the National Football League in the "Deflategate" scandal. Speaking at the NFL owners meetings, Kraft said it is time to move on because the fiasco had already taken up too much of everyone's time. "I don't want to continue the rhetoric that's gone on the past four months," said Kraft. "I'm going to accept, reluctantly, what (NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell) has given to us and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric and we won't appeal." The NFL slapped the Patriots with a $1 million fine and docked them two draft picks while quarterback Tom Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion, was suspended for the first four games of next season.

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