The New England Patriots owner blew into the Super Bowl scene with his team Monday night and essentially dared the NFL to come up with some iron-clad evidence in the Deflategate mess – or else.
Then he pretty much dropped the mic – and left the questions for Bill Belichick.
The questions went nowhere, which is how Belichick can roll.
Kraft’s passionate four-minute prepared statement provided another historic chapter in this surreal storyline that has overshadowed Super Bowl XLIX.
Kraft has demanded an apology on spec from the NFL (if the league finds no wrongdoing by New England), taking this drama to yet another level.
If the NFL uncovers damaging evidence that implicates Belichick, Tom Brady or others in the Patriots’ organization, Kraft’s credibility will take a major hit.
After Spygate in 2007, Commissioner Roger Goodell promised that the ante would be raised with further violations. If there’s punishment to come from Deflategate, Kraft’s comments might have lit the torch for harsher discipline.
He’s apparently willing to take that risk.