Falcons’ Blank says failure to admit mistakes hurt Patriots

ATLANTA (AP) – Falcons owner Arthur Blank says there is a “general feeling” that the Patriots’ failure to acknowledge mistakes hurt the them when it came to the punishment they received for deflating footballs.

Blank stressed Thursday while at a community improvement event that he has no direct knowledge of the Patriots’ case, but couldn’t help but contrast what happened to his club less than two months ago. The Patriots were hit with more severe punishments than the fairly light penalties the Falcons received for pumping fake noise into games

Blank and Patriots owner Robert Kraft took different approaches when faced with allegations.

Blank told The Associated Press in early February his team was wrong to pump in fake crowd noise in 2013 and 2014. The NFL said the Falcons cooperated fully in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Kraft and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady haven’t acknowledged wrongdoing.

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