Patriots fans donating to GoFundMe pages to help raise $1 million Deflategate fine

Jan. 27, 2015: Upon arriving to Phoenix for the Super Bowl, Robert Kraft echoes his head coach’s statements of no wrongdoing, and wants an apology if the Patriots are absolved.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft –AP/Mark Humphrey

There are far more worthy causes in need of a handout, but don’t tell that to some members of Patriots Nation.

With the team facing punishment that includes a $1 million fine for its involvement in the Deflategate scandal, one hardcore fan took it upon himself to start a GoFundMe page to help the Patriots offset the largest fine in NFL history.

“We obviously know we won’t reach One Million Dollars, however we do believe the fine is bulls**t and want to help anyway we can,’’ reads the crowdfunding page, created by Michael J. Whitman, of Spokane, Washington. “So whatever is donated will be donated to the New England Patriots in help with the fine!


“As we venture with this, we will do frequent updates to show progression of this! If enough is made to make the travel, we will fly down there (on our own expenses) and deliver a check in person!’’

Forbes lists Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s net worth at $4.3 billionand the team’sworth at $2.6 billion with revenues of $428 million. In other words, not necessarily in need of any outside help to pay the fine.

Meanwhile, the cash is slowly trickling in. As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the campaign has raised $3,194.

Another local Patriots fan, Julian Bolger, has also created a GoFundMe page, in an effort to show support for the team. That page has raised $811 so far.

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