Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti denied a report that he is one of the NFL owners pressuring commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold a four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The Ravens' website posted a statement from Bisciotti on Sunday.
"I have not and will not put any pressure on the Commissioner or anyone representing the NFL office to take action in what everyone is calling 'Deflategate.' The story circulating that I have put pressure on Roger [Goodell] is 100 percent wrong. The reports are unfair to Robert Kraft, who is an honorable person, and to his franchise. Let's talk about football and the start of training camps. Fans and people like me want the issue resolved now," Bisciotti wrote.
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, in an appearance on a San Diego radio station, said Bisciotti and Colts owner Jim Irsay were among the "hardcore owners" who would be angered by a reduction in Brady's penalty in the Deflategate controversy. A subsequent update to the story on ESPN's website adds that "a league source tells ESPN that Bisciotti has not spoken about Deflategate publicly or privately."
The Paolantonio comment that prompted Bisciotti's response was as follows:
"Add in that you're angering some of the hardcore owners out there, and I know who they are, and I'm going to name them right now — Jim Irsay of the Colts, Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens, and others in the AFC who believe that the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly."
Paolantonio also said he believes the NFL thinks it can't win if Brady takes his case to court.
"If they can't come up with a ruling on this appeal that is defensible in court, then they are going to look awful silly," he said.