New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft watches activities before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona, in this photo taken February 1, 2015.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday he will "reluctantly" accept rather than appeal a $1 million fine and loss of draft choices imposed by the NFL against the Super Bowl champions for the club's role in the "Deflategate" scandal.Electing not to escalate his team's confrontation with the league over the cheating controversy, Kraft said he disagreed with the NFL's punishment but respected Commissioner Roger Goodell and wanted to end the "rhetoric" swirling around the issue since January.The National Football League punished the Patriots, one of the league's most successful franchises, for purposely deflating footballs used in the team's 45-7 playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts that put New England in the Super Bowl.
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