|Bill Belichick on report he told Tom Gill to delay Jonathan Fanene surgery: ‘That case has been over for a long time’||12.12.14 at 10:08 am ET|
Given the chance to respond to a Washington Post report that he told former team doctor Tom Gill to delay knee surgery on Jonathan Fanene to save bonus money due the player, Bill Belichick had little to say Friday.
“That case has been over for a long time,” Belichick said.
That may be the case in Belichick’s mind but not necessarily in the eyes of the NFL Players Association.
In a recently filed court document, the NFLPA alleges that former Patriots team physician Tom Gill changed his medical treatment of Fanene in an effort to strengthen a legal case that would force Fanene to return his $3.85 million signing bonus to the team.
The case appeared to be resolved in Sept. 2013 when the Patriots and Fanene reached a settlement on what the now-retired defensive lineman was owed
ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss initially reported the team and Fanene resolved a grievance over Fanene’s 2012 signing bonus, allowing Fanene to keep the $2.5 million already paid out while the team will not have to pay him the remaining $1.85 million.
After signing him in the summer of 2012, the Patriots claimed that Fanene did not disclose a knee injury. The team gave him a contract that included a $3.85 million signing bonus. The team was looking to recoup the $1.85 million and the full $2.5 million already paid.
On Friday, the Washington post reported that a grievance letter sent by the players’ union cites an e-mail from Gill that the NFLPA believes shows proof of Gill telling Patriots owner Robert Kraft and President Jonathan Kraft that he was ‘trying to put together a case’ that would compel Fanene to return the money after he suffered a knee injury in 2012.
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|Robert Kraft ‘might be a little late’ to Patriots-Chargers game if Revolution win MLS Cup||12.04.14 at 10:10 am ET|
It will be a big Sunday for the Kraft family Sunday in California as both the Revolution and Patriots will be in action roughly 125 miles apart. The Revolution will be taking on the L.A. Galaxy in the MLS Cup in the afternoon and then the Patriots will take on the Chargers in San Diego at night.
“I will definitely be at MLS Cup,” Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft told USA Today. “I am planning to get to San Diego too, as long as we get the helicopter permits.”
The MLS Cup is set to begin at 3 p.m. EST and the Patriots-Chargers has a kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. EST.
The Revolution will be playing in their fifth MLS Cup and are 0-4 in those games, so if they were to win against the Galaxy — who feature league MVP Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, and are seeking their third championship in four years — Kraft might be staying a little bit to celebrate.
“It is an important game for the Patriots and San Diego is a tough team,” Kraft said. “But if we win the MLS Cup and I am there celebrating with our team … well, I might be a little late.”
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|Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft on witness list for upcoming Aaron Hernandez trial||12.01.14 at 7:08 pm ET|
Prosecutors have listed Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft as potential witnesses in Aaron Hernandez‘s upcoming murder trial, according to a list released Monday by prosecutors.
The list is for the trial of the alleged first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. The list includes over 300 names and besides Belichick and Kraft, also listed is former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes and Dolphins lineman Mike Pouncey, both teammates of Hernandez at the University of Florida. Also on the list is Hernandez’s fiancee, Shanyanna Jenkins, and his cousin, Tanya Singleton.
Jury selection for the trial is scheduled for Jan. 9.
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|Randy Moss: ‘There is a special place in my heart for the New England Patriots’||11.20.14 at 8:46 pm ET|
The former Patriots wide receiver is in town to do some TV work for Fox in advance of Sunday’s Patriots-Lions game. Between his work, Moss sat down with Patriots.com reporter Jackie Brittain for an interview for Patriots.com.
Moss talked about a variety of topics, including how he became a member of the Patriots. Moss was traded to the Patriots from the Raiders before Day 2 of the 2007 NFL draft for a fourth-round pick in that draft.
“I’ve said this story time and time again, but I just want people to understand that I am very grateful,” Moss told Brittain. “When I came from Oakland, I was in a dark place. I was in a dark place because I was there for two years, I got traded from the Vikings and things weren’t going well in California. I was away from home, my career wasn’t going the way I wanted it to go.
“I remember I was in Houston, Texas, doing the draft and I got a call from Bill Belichick and I thought it was one of my friends playing. I was like, ‘Who is this?’ and he was like, ‘This is Bill Belichick.’ I was like, ‘Man, get real, who is this?’ Coach told me that if I am up here by 10 o’clock next morning, blah, blah, blah, then the trade would go through. Man, I started scrambling.
“When I came up here and became a Patriot I was very thankful, I was very grateful. Mrs. Myra Kraft played a role in it. When she passed away I had to pay my respects to the home, to the family, and when I go see Mr. Kraft he doesn’t call me Randy Moss, he calls me Randy Moss Kraft. They welcomed me into the family and like I said, still to this day it’s just love and anytime you come here you feel the love from the Kraft family.”
|Bill Parcells on D&H: ‘I wasn’t quite open-minded enough’ during time with Patriots||11.19.14 at 10:56 am ET|
Former Patriots coach Bill Parcells joined Dale & Holley on Tuesday afternoon to discuss his new book detailing his career in the league. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
In the book, “Parcells: A Football Life,” the former coach delves into experiences he had throughout his time in the NFL. The hosts asked Parcells if it was a difficult task to reveal so much information.
Said Parcells: “Quite frankly, when you decide that you’re going to do something of this nature, you have to be willing to, I think at least, understand that they’re going to be some things that are not very favorable that are going to be said. Quite frankly, there’s some things that I’ve done in my lifetime that I wish I had the opportunity to do over again. And there are some things I didn’t do that I wish I had the opportunity to do. But that’s the way life is.”
Parcells detailed his relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft. At the end of Parcells’ tenure in New England, there was strain between the two, but they’ve tried to patch things up.
“It’s very difficult, particularly I think the thing that precipitated some of the things, was the first year-and-a-half or so that I was there, there was a tremendous number of different agendas with the people that were in the organization. Nobody really was on the same page. We had a general manager at the time that wasn’t qualified to be one. He had no background in football. And it was a very difficult situation. And then of course when a new owner comes in, I didn’t really know what to expect and I was a bit jaded from first-year experience. I would say I had my guard up a little bit too much and I wasn’t quite open-minded enough. But since that time, Bob and I, we had a few differences, but it’s worked out — everything’s fine. The Patriots are in great hands, and they’ve done great, great things. That’s a place that I do feel some sentiment about because it was my first pro job as an assistant coach back in 1980. They gave me the opportunity. So I’ll always be grateful for that.”
|Robert Kraft told Jonas Gray he was ‘going to have a big game’||11.17.14 at 1:39 am ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Robert Kraft probably should think about playing the lottery this week.
According to running back Jonas Gray, the Patriots owner told him that he was going to have a big night against the Colts. Did he ever. Gray ran for four touchdowns and 199 yards on 38 carries to literally power the Patriots to a 42-20 win over the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. All of this from the back who was cut by the Patriots just after the last preseason game.
“I had an indication all week that I was going to be a part of the game plan,” Gray said. “We knew that getting back to the run game was going to be a big emphasis. It’s kind of funny because on Saturday I remember walking into the building, and Mr. Kraft pulled me aside and said, ‘You’re going to have a big game this week, so be ready.’ Just hearing that from the owner, hearing that from the head coach, hearing that from the leaders of the team definitely gives you a positive outlook. It definitely gives you the mindset to go out and do your best.”
Gray was added to the practice squad after no one claimed him. When Stevan Ridley went down with a torn ACL against the Bills on Oct. 12, he was activated and made his debut against the Jets on Oct. 16. He’s been gaining confidence ever since. But was four touchdowns and 199 yards part of the game plan Sunday?
“No, it wasn’t part of the game plan,” Gray said. “We had a good game plan going in. They hammered into us all week the keys to winning the game. One of them was getting the running game going. We were able to do that early and often, and the guys did a good job blocking up front.”
|Robert Kraft: Early season negative comments ‘really ticked’ off Tom Brady||11.14.14 at 6:00 am ET|
There is no question the Patriots’ season turned the week of the Cincinnati game in Week 5.
The Patriots were coming off of being embarrassed on Monday Night Football in Kansas City in Week 4 and the national media began to question quarterback Tom Brady. But, in typical Brady and Patriots fashion, the Patriots rolled to a 43-17 win over the Bengals and have now won five games straight to post a 7-2 record to lead the AFC.
In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today’s Jim Corbett, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said how fortunate the team is to have Brady as its quarterback, and the negative comments in the media may have actually helped Brady and the Patriots.
“Tommy? Absolutely. We’re so fortunate to have him as the face of our franchise in many ways as a quarterback,” Kraft told Corbett. “He’s just such a wonderful, genuine person. He works so hard. Whoever was putting those [negative] comments out there, helped us. I think it really ticked him off. You see how he trains, how he takes care of himself. He has his own personal trainer and dedicates his life to conditioning. He’s like a guy who is 10 years younger. What he puts in his body, how he works out, everything he does is done off the charts in a special way. And we’re so lucky to have him. That Kansas City game in a way was maybe a watershed moment for us. I think the whole team came together after that.”
Another star player this season has been cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis was signed this past offseason, and according to Kraft has made “a big difference.” He also compared him to a former Patriot and new member of the Patriots Hall of Fame — Ty Law.