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Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters at the NFL Owners meeting Monday that he sent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a letter about a month ago asking for the team's forfeited picks back from the DeflateGate saga.
"I personally wrote a letter to the Commissioner responding to his comment that if any new facts came up he would take them into consideration. I personally believe that when the league made their decision they did not factor in the ideal gas law. They admitted that publicly last year," Kraft said according to NFL.com
"They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was and make any judgments. We laid it out pretty straight forward and now it's up to them to decide," Kraft said. "We've done everything we can do and actually I want our fans to know that I empathize with the way they feel. We have put our best case forward and that's in the league's hands now."
The Patriots lost a first round pick in this year's NFL Draft and a fourth round pick in next year's NFL Draft after the league, despite definitive evidence, said the team deflated footballs in the 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Colts. Brady and the NFL are still fighting in court over whether the league's four-game suspension of the Patriots QB would be upheld.