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Robert Kraft: NFL should push for team in London by end of decade 07.17.14 at 9:21 pm ET
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Robert Kraft said Thursday the league “should work very hard” to have a team in London before the decade ends.

Kraft made the comment today at a conference of television critics in California. The Patriots owner, who has been a longtime advocate of having a team overseas, has pushed for his team to play in the games in London on several occasions — New England has played games at Wembley Stadium in 2009 and 2012.

In all, the league will play three regular-season games in London in the coming season, with the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders hosting contests at Wembley. Regular-season games have been played in London annually since 2007.

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Michael McCann on D&C: ‘I don’t think there’s anything in those [Aaron Hernandez] text messages that implicates the Patriots or Bill Belichick’ 07.15.14 at 11:10 am ET
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Sports Illustrated legal expert Michael McCann joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss the latest on former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. To hear more from D&C, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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Michael McCann

Court documents on Monday revealed evidence that prosecutors turned over to Hernandez’s defense in the Odin Lloyd murder case. The documents included interviews with Patriots personnel including Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft, and 33 pages of text messages between Belichick and Hernandez from February 2013 to May 2013.

“I think Hernandez is interested in developing some type of — at least potentially — some type of defense where maybe he lacked the mental capacity to commit first-degree murder, that he doesn’t have the sophistication or there are other mental defects, if you like, that would have prevented him from engineering the murder of Odin Lloyd,” McCann said.

“I don’t think there’s anything in those text messages that implicates the Patriots or Bill Belichick. I have a feeling that they’re going to be — and again, I’m speculating — something more along the lines of conversations about plays or other teams’ players that the Patriots may have interest in. I don’t think there’s going to be anything in there that damns the Patriots.”

The content of the text messages haven’t been made public, but McCann said he doesn’t expect there to be anything in the texts that would put the Patriots in a dicey legal situation.

“I think we would have already seen the Patriots, if not charged with a crime, some indication that that would happen,” he said. “It’s now been over a year; I would be surprised that Belichick would have been able to just continue to coach without any charges if he’s in any way implicated in this case. I could be wrong, there could be something in there, but I have a feeling it’s not going to be, again, as damning of Belichick.

“Now, there is a clause in the collective bargaining agreement, Article 21, that prohibits meetings between coaches and players during the offseason. Maybe that was broken through these texts, but that’s really an NFL issue, not a legal issue.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Reports: Detectives have interviewed Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft regarding Aaron Hernandez 07.14.14 at 3:57 pm ET
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Detectives working the Aaron Hernandez murder cases have interviewed Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and Nick Caserio about the former Patriots tight end, according to multiple media reports.

The revelations were unearthed in documents filed in Fall River Superior Court. The filings, which were made public on Monday, list the evidence prosecutors in the Odin Lloyd murder case have turned over to Hernandez’s defense lawyers in advance of the trial. It includes the fact that Belichick and Kraft have made statements to authorities, as well as the fact that detectives have also interviewed director of football Berj Najarian and strength coaches Harold Nash and Moses Cabrera.

In addition, the filings revealed that prosecutors have turned over 33 pages of text messages between Belichick and Hernandez from February 2013 to May 2013.

Hernandez, who played for the Patriots from 2010 through 2012, faces two more murder counts in a July 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston.

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Rob Gronkowski and Robert Kraft dance together at Beyonce-Jay Z concert 07.04.14 at 11:24 am ET
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It’s no surprise New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski enjoyed himself at the Beyonce-Jay Z concert Tuesday night, but it was somewhat surprising who joined Gronkowski dancing in the crowd at Gillette Stadium — Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

If it wasn’t clear in that video, Gronkowski was in the blue shirt dancing alongside Kraft.

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Robert Kraft: Tom Brady ‘has a lot of play left’ 05.29.14 at 10:40 pm ET
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Robert Kraft said Thursday he believes Tom Brady "has a lot of play left." (AP)

Robert Kraft said Thursday he believes Tom Brady “has a lot of play left.” (AP)

FOXBORO — The arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo has initiated a lot of questions about the state of Tom Brady‘s football mortality, but as far as the owner is concerned, the veteran quarterback has a “lot of play left.”

Speaking with the NFL Network Thursday during a break in the action at the team’€™s Mom’€™s Football Safety Clinic, Robert Kraft said he hopes that Garoppolo “doesn’t get a chance to start for a long, long time.”

“From my point of view, and I think from our organization, we believe that Tom has a lot of play left,” Kraft said. “The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains, people look up to him.

“At the same time, that’€™s a position [where] if you don’€™t have someone strong at that position, look what happened how Tommy took over in that game after 9/11 when we delayed a week? Mo Lewis, our friend from the Jets, took Drew [Bledsoe] out, and if we didn’t have someone like Tommy in our system, it would have been very devastating. In any business, you always need disaster insurance [for] the most important thing. And now we have a young man [in Jimmy Garoppolo] that I hope he’€™s as good as everyone feels. I also hope he doesn’t get a chance to start for a long, long time.

“His drive and desire and burn — I don’€™t think people understand the amount of tape he watches and how he prepares. Whatever he feels is the biggest weakness in his game, he addresses them and comes on very strong. He’€™s gone to eight [championship games] I believe in his career — that doesn’t happen by accident. But we’€™re privileged to have a great coach and a great supporting cast.”

Kraft was asked if he believes Brady will only wear the Patriots uniform for his entire career.

“I sure hope so,” he said. “We did something creative; he was a visionary and he allowed us to restructure his contract in a way that was good for us. I know I personally and our whole fan base only want to see him always have that flying Elvis or Pat Patriot if we’€™re doing throwbacks.”

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Vince Wilfork, Robert Kraft and Patriots spending habits 04.02.14 at 10:27 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price analyze the return of Vince Wilfork, following his three-year, $22 million extension and what it means for the Patriots going forward. Petraglia and Price also discuss Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his growing fatigue with ‘petty’ financial issues every season.

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Robert Kraft issues statement on passing of Ralph Wilson 03.25.14 at 5:23 pm ET
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Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued the following statement Tuesday on the passing of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr.:

‘€œI would like to extend my sincerest sympathies to Ralph’€™s wife, Mary, his daughters and his extended family, including every coach, player, staff member and fan of the Buffalo Bills who are mourning his loss today. As one of the founding fathers of the AFL, Ralph deserves a lot of credit for taking that initial risk and for the many contributions he made to the NFL over the past 54 years. He built a franchise that the Buffalo community loves and embraces. Personally, I will always be grateful for how he welcomed me when I first entered the league. He was always a gracious host and I will never forget that. I will miss him.’€

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