Bill Belichick didn’t want to talk about Deflategate.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO — Although it wasn’t much of a surprise, Bill Belichick wasn’t in the mood to talk about Deflategate during his post-draft press conference.
Belichick was given the chance to address the matter as Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated last Monday, but he didn’t want to go there.
The coach interrupted the question and said, “I’ll talk about the draft. You good on that?”
Although it wasn’t in front of the media, owner Robert Kraft addressed the matter Friday night at the Patriots draft party at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots owner said he and Brady are on the “same page” with the case and have been in “constant communication.”
Besides Brady being suspended, the team lost its first-round pick in the draft. Belichick was asked if not having a first-round pick impacted the team’s overall philosophy in the draft, but he said it didn’t.
“No. You control what you can control,” Belichick said. “What we had, we tried to do the best we could. That’s how we approach it — whether it is picking guys or moving positions or trading into next year, whatever it was, we just tried to make the most of it. We traded up, we traded down, we [got a draft pick in 2017]. Not saying it was great or anything, we just tried to do the best we could.”
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