Though absent from the opening Patriots preseason game of 2016, Tom Brady was still a focal point of discussion.
The 39-year-old quarterback is suspended for the first four games of the regular season, and team president Jonathan Kraft made it known just how unhappy he is with the outcome.
“So for us, seeing him treated him in a way that we don’t perceive to be fair eats at us greatly,” said Kraft on 98.5 The Sports Hub during Patriots pregame. “And there’s still a tremendous amount of, there’s frustration around how the pure facts of science and lack of any type of tangible, hard evidence that certain people can look at those circumstances and then try to taint him or his legacy without that type of evidence.”
Kraft is echoing sentiment that Patriots fans have voiced ever since the suspension of Brady was reinstated earlier in April. Jonathan’s father, Robert, has also been a vocal critic of the league’s handling of the so-called “Deflategate” issue.
Brady is eligible to play in the preseason, but was absent on Thursday for personal reasons.
Tom Brady was excused from the team tonight to attend the memorial services of a family member.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 11, 2016
Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start in place of Brady for the first four games of the regular season. Brady will then return for the October 9 game in Cleveland against the Browns.