FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using deflated footballs (all times local):
Patriots coach Bill Belichick says the four-game suspension for star quarterback Tom Brady and the saga surrounding deflated footballs won't alter his team's preparation for the season.
Belichick deflected all questions about the scandal known as ''Deflategate'' on Wednesday, one day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell affirmed the suspension for Brady for using doctored footballs in the AFC championship game. Instead of offering his take, Belichick referred to statements about the issue from team owner Robert Kraft as his team opened training camp.
When asked whether backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would get more practice in camp, Belichick replied by saying: ''We practice everybody.''
Belichick says every player needs to re-establish his level of performance.
Belichick says when asked whether he has spoken to Brady that he talks to the team every day.
He says the team is focused now on getting the team ready for the 2015 season.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he was wrong to trust the NFL in the deflated footballs case and that he regrets not appealing the penalties against the team.
Appearing at team headquarters Wednesday, a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld a four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Kraft angrily targeted the league for its handling of the case.
Kraft said that the league's claim that Brady trashed his cellphone was just the latest in a series of statements and leaks designed to impugn the integrity of Brady and the team.
Kraft said, ''I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just.''
Brady was suspended four games and the team was docked $1 million and two draft picks after the league found improperly inflated footballs were used in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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