Patriots owner Bob Kraft made a surprise press conference appearance Monday night at Super Bowl XLIX to defend his team in the #DeflateGate investigation.
Kraft says he believes head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and his organization broke no rules and demanded an apology from the NFL if no definitive evidence is found.
Here's the full transcript:
"Given the events of the last week, I want to take a minute to address the air pressure matter before we kick off this week's availabilities," Kraft said. "I have spoken with coach Belichick. I have spoke with Tom Brady. I have taken the time to understand to the best of my abilities what goes on in the preparation of game-day footballs.
"I want to make it clear that I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate in this process or are in violation of NFL rules. Tom, Bill and I have been together for 15 years. They are my guys. They are part of my family. And Bill, Tom and I have had many different discussions over the years, and I have never known them to lie to me.
"That's why I'm confident in saying what I just said, and it bothers me greatly that their reputations of integrity -- and by association that of our team -- has been called into question this past week.
"As I said on Friday in my prepared statement, we welcome the league's investigation and the involvement of attorney [Ted] Wells. I'm confident that this investigation will uncover whatever the facts were that took place last Sunday and the science of how game balls react to changes in the environment.
"This would be in direct contrast to the public discourse which has been driven by media leaks as opposed to actual data and facts. Because of this, many jumped to conclusions and made strong accusations against our coach, quarterback and staff, questioning the integrity of all involved."
"If the Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure of footballs. I would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team and in particular coach Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure this past week. I am disappointed in the way this entire matter has been handled and reported upon. We expect hard facts as opposed to circumstantial leaked evidence to draw the conclusion of this investigation.
"In closing, I would like to say to all the fans of the National Football League and especially the amazing fans of the New England Patriots, that I and our entire organization believe strongly in the integrity of the game and the rules of fair play, properly, equitably and fairly enforced."