I was expecting the Patriots to fight the sanctions brought against them by the NFL for the 'Deflategate' controversy, but that's not going to happen. The Patriots will NOT appeal the punishment.

They will pay a 1 million dollar fine and  lose two draft picks, a first rounder in 2016 and a fourth rounder in 2017. Harsh.

From ESPN:

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the reigning Super Bowl champions will accept their punishment from the NFL in the Deflategate investigation.

The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked two draft picks, a first-rounder in 2016 and a fourth-rounder in 2017.

Kraft, speaking Tuesday at the owners meetings in San Francisco, said the Patriots will not appeal the penalties, stating that they will "accept reluctantly what [commissioner Roger Goodell] has given us."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was suspended four games for his role in Deflategate, previously stated that he plans to appeal the suspension.

 

I think this is part of a bigger deal though. Brady is appealing his suspension. I think Goodell and Kraft agreed to uphold the team punishment in exchange for Brady's suspension to be lifted.

Let's hope so. I'd hate to think the Pats just folded. In fact, I'm not willing to believe that at all. NO GAMES FOR BRADY!