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Robert Kraft testifies at Aaron Hernandez trial: He said he was innocent 03.31.15 at 10:28 am ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft was called to the stand in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial Tuesday morning. Kraft took to the stand for roughly 30 minutes.

Kraft said he went to Gillette Stadium the day Hernandez was connected to Odin Lloyd’s murder where he was working out in the weight room. Kraft spoke to Hernandez asking him about the murder.

Hernandez said he was not involved and was “at a club.” He asked Hernandez if he had any involvement and Hernandez told Kraft he was “innocent.” Kraft then said after the 5-10 minute conversation the two hugged and kissed as they always did and he thanked Kraft for his concern.

Hernandez also told Kraft, “he hoped that the time of the incident became public because he was at a club at that time.” There is video evidence that shows otherwise.

Kraft was also asked about what he knew about Hernandez and Lloyd’s relationship. He said it was a social relationship because Lloyd was his fiancee’s sister’s boyfriend.

The Patriots owner also said he didn’t know much about Hernandez’s life outside of Gillette Stadium.

After his 30 minutes of testimony Kraft stepped down from the stand and did not look at Hernandez as he walked out of the courtroom.

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Report: Jets file tampering charges against Patriots for Robert Kraft’s Darrelle Revis comments Monday 03.24.15 at 8:56 pm ET
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The rivalry continues.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Jets have filed tampering charges against Robert Kraft and the Patriots based on the owner’s comments Monday about Darrelle Revis who is now a member of the Jets.

“€œWe thought we made a very competitive offer,” Kraft told reporters while speaking at the NFL owners meetings. “I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots — we wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines.

“We had hoped it worked out. It didn’€™t.”

The owner continued to say how he hated losing Revis, but trusts Bill Belichick to make the right decisions for the organization.

“As a fan, in March and April, I hate to lose [Revis],” Kraft told reporters Monday at the NFL owners meeting in Arizona. “But our real focus is what goes on in the fall and winter. I put my faith and respect with Bill [Belichick]. We have a lot of discussions, and he’€™s done pretty good the last 15 years. The fan in me argues all the time with him, but he has a pretty good record.”

Kraft was asked if he was talked out of matching the Jets offer by Belichick.

“No. I listen to what he says,” he said. “We discuss things thoroughly, but he has done a pretty good job. Once again, the emotion and fan in me, you want to keep all the good players and we have a salary cap. I know what it’€™s like when you lose a game in the fall and the winter, so the emotion of the spring has to have some discipline if you want to be good long-term. I think he’€™s proven to be a pretty good manager of our resources.”

This is likely in response to the Patriots filing tampering charges against the Jets for Woody Johnson‘s comments about Revis back in December.

Tampering rules prohibit: “€œ[a]ny public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’€™s player to that player’€™s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media.”

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Goodbye to Vince Wilfork ‘one of toughest things’ Robert Kraft had to do as owner 03.23.15 at 9:55 pm ET
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Robert Kraft and Vince Wilfork were together for 11 seasons. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Robert Kraft and Vince Wilfork were together for 11 seasons. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Seeing Vince Wilfork depart was “one of the toughest things” Robert Kraft had to endure as the owner of the Patriots, he said Monday.

“It was even harder than anything else,” Kraft told reporters at the league meetings in Arizona. “He’s someone we watched come in here; I developed a very strong personal tie to him. It’s the hardest part of this game, speaking as a fan and also someone who got to know him and Bianca and his kids.”

The veteran defensive tackle, who had spent 11 seasons with the Patriots, announced on March 5 that the team was not going to pick up his option, and that he would become a free agent. And on March 16, while bidding a fond farewell to New England, he announced he was signing with the Texans.

Kraft said Wilfork’s goodbye to the Patriots was “something beautiful.”

“He’ll always be a Patriot and he’s keeping his home here. Sometimes the player is more valuable to one team than other team given how they’re constructed. Losing Vince is probably one of the hardest things that happened. (There are) some emotional ties. He’s a pretty special guy.”

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Robert Kraft: Patriots made ‘very competitive offer’ to try and keep Darrelle Revis at 5:45 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis spent one season with the Patriots. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis spent one season with the Patriots. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday the team “made a very competitive offer” in an attempt to re-sign cornerback Darrelle Revis and “wanted to keep him,” but it simply didn’t happen.

“We thought we made a very competitive offer,” Kraft told reporters while speaking at the NFL owners meetings. “I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots — we wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines.

“We had hoped it worked out. It didn’t.”

Kraft noted that there are three key members of their defense who could be facing free agency in the next 24 months — linebackers Jamie Collins and Domt’a Hightower and defensive end Chandler Jones — and that that they needed to take their situations into account.

“We just don’t think about short-term decisions. For example, next year we have three very good young defensive players coming up and we have to factor that.”

He added: “We just don’t look at this year; we look out at the next few years. We’ve done OK doing that. As a fan, in March and April, I hate to lose (Revis). But our real focus is what goes on in the fall and winter. I put my faith and respect with (coach) Bill (Belichick). We have a lot of discussions, and he’s done pretty good the last 15 years. The fan in me argues all the time with him, but he has a pretty good record.”

To that point, Kraft was asked if he was talked out of matching the Jets offer by Belichick.

“No. I listen to what he says,” he said. “We discuss things thoroughly, but he has done a pretty good job. Once again, the emotion and fan in me, you want to keep all the good players and we have a salary cap. I know what it’s like when you lose a game in the fall and the winter, so the emotion of the spring has to have some discipline if you want to be good long-term. I think he’s proven to be a pretty good manager of our resources.”

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Robert Kraft: There’s ‘no smoking gun’ in Deflategate flap at 4:51 pm ET
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Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft said Monday “there is no smoking gun” when it comes to the deflated football controversy that enveloped the Patriots for nearly a month earlier this year.

The Patriots owner, speaking with reporters at the league meetings in Arizona, was asked about the Deflategate scandal and the ongoing investigation, but replied by saying, “I like to worry about things I can control.”

“I know that there’s no smoking gun here. I’ve chatted with our people,” he said. “I think I said it pretty well the week before the Super Bowl. We’re worried about the 2015 season and that’s our focus.”

However, Kraft did offer a clarification of his statement during Super Bowl week. In a strongly worded press conference, he appeared to take some shots at the league and commissioner Roger Goodell over the probe.

“I want to clarify,” Kraft said. “First of all, when I spoke a week before the Super Bowl, I was speaking to the league office. (Goodell) is in charge. I think he has a pretty tough job. As a matter of fact, some of my friends say there’s two jobs they don’t want: President of the United States and commissioner of the NFL. He has a very hard job. I think he does a very fine job at what he does. It’s tough, but he needs to make sure all the people working in the system are also doing it.”

For his part, Goodell told Peter King on Monday the investigation is “getting near the end.”

He added: “The most important thing is to get the right information, to get the facts and the truth. We determined that we should bring [criminal attorney] Ted Wells to further the investigation. We haven’t given him a timetable except to be thorough, be fair and get to the truth. When he’s completed his report, that will be made public as well as to all of us.”

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Bob Kravitz compares Deflategate to Aaron Hernandez trial, says Bill Belichick, Pats should get day in court 02.10.15 at 3:45 pm ET
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Bob Kravitz

Bob Kravitz

The man who began Deflategate has issued a tempered mea culpa.

No, Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com isn’t retracting the story he broke three hours after the conclusion of the AFC championship. Instead, he is clarifying his tweets and columns and WEEI appearances in the subsequent weeks in which he called for Patriots owner Robert Kraft to fire Bill Belichick immediately, draft picks forfeited and Patriots to be heavily fined.

What Kravitz made clear Tuesday was that he was not aware that each tweet and column could be taken out of context and used on its own to show he wanted Belichick fired immediately and the Patriots disciplined. Kravitz wrote Tuesday in a column that is not the case. He said he believes that, like Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots should have their day in court. In this case, justice is coming via a league investigation, purportedly conducted by an outside investigator in Ted Wells.

If the Patriots are proven clean, then the Patriots should be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing. In an interesting addition to his position, Kravitz said that if by some wild chance the Colts were shown to actually be the ones setting up the Patriots for a fall, then he would call for the same harsh penalty to be handed down to owner Jim Irsay, GM Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano.

Kraft has made it clear that he and the Patriots expect an apology from the NFL once they are cleared of any wrongdoing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Robert Kraft on keeping Tom Brady, Bill Belichick together with Patriots: ‘As long as the good lord lets me breathe, that’s my objective’ 02.06.15 at 3:23 pm ET
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Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

Appearing on CBS This Morning, Robert Kraft answered a number of questions on a number of different topics, including Deflategate, the Super Bowl, Malcolm Butler, and keeping Bill Belichick and Tom Brady together with the Patriots.

The quarterback and coach duo have been to six Super Bowls, and have won four of them, solidifying their spot as the best coach, quarterback tandem of all-time. Kraft said he does not want there to be a time where one of them is on the Patriots without the other.

“As long as the good lord lets me breathe, that’€™s my objective,” said Kraft on CBS This Morning. “We’€™ve been able to keep it together for 15 years, and I don’€™t think there is any other head coach-owner relationship like that. Tommy is just so special the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains and the kind of leader he is.”

Belichick and Brady were attacked in the media in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl with all things Deflategate related, and Kraft backed his coach and quarterback the Monday prior to the big game with a statement demanding the NFL apologize if there was no wrongdoing on the Patriots’ part.

Kraft backed his guys again on Friday.

“Whenever you’€™re privileged to get to this big game there’€™s always a lot of distractions that come about. The bottom line is we won our championship game 45-7 and we won the Super Bowl 28-24, and the league pretty much had full charge of the footballs,” said Kraft. “They’€™re looking into it and I’€™m really comfortable with the people we have in this organization.”

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