|Robert Kraft regrets not having AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium||02.11.16 at 8:17 am ET|
Looking back at the 2015 season in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos, Patriots owner Robert Kraft talked about Tom Brady being booed at the Super Bowl, his biggest regret from the season, among other things.
Kraft’s biggest regret may be the same as many Patriots fans — not having the AFC title game at home.
“I think, if I have any regrets, it’s that the conference championship wasn’t played here in our hometown,” Kraft said. “We’ve won seven division titles in a row, so I am pretty proud that in my opinion, we have the greatest coach and greatest quarterback of all-time. Having that chemistry with them together, the leadership they bring.”
Despite not reaching the Super Bowl, Kraft acknowledged the team’s mental toughness as they had to deal with a lot of things during the course of the season, starting with Deflategate.
“If you’re running businesses anywhere in the world, the people who really do well are the people who have mental toughness,” Kraft said. “People talk about it, but this team had a lot of distractions, a lot of physical injuries and that whole next man up and mental toughness was amazing.”
The Patriots owner is also hopeful Brady and Bill Belichick retire as members of the Patriots.
“I sure hope so. That is my plan,” he said. “I’ve learned to take one year at a time and root for the best, but we’ve had the consistency of having Bill and Tom for 16 years. I was thinking about it — we’ve finished 22 seasons and I’ve had two quarterbacks in 22 years. Start the season, Drew [Bledsoe] and Tom. You just look at the teams in our division and see how many quarterbacks they’ve had since we’ve been in. We’re pretty lucky and part of our philosophy is to have stability and consistency.”
|Robert Kraft gives his viewpoint on Tom Brady being booed at Super Bowl||02.10.16 at 7:38 pm ET|
Patriots owner Robert Kraft was at the game and in an exclusive one-on-one interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos on Wednesday, he shared his thoughts on what happened.
“I mean, to us, we didn’t hear it,” Kraft said. “We just heard loud noise and I just heard cheers everywhere around me. I didn’t find out what people — all the social media chatter, and I think there were a lot of Denver fans and Raider fans in the audience since it was so close. I don’t know. I think they see us as a big rival.
“He is such a classy, wonderful guy. He went there representing our team, our coaches, our fans.”
Kraft also was asked if he saw Roger Goodell at all during the week.
Typically he would see him at Goodell’s state of the league address on Friday, but there was a Hall of Fame luncheon during that time so Kraft went to that instead.
The Patriots owner did say he talked to Goodell briefly at the owners meeting Thursday night, but the conversation wasn’t “eventful.”
A lot of Patriots fans have wondered why the treatment of Peyton Manning and his case with HGH being sent to his home has been handled differently both in the media and with the league than Deflategate with Brady last year at this time.
“Well, I’ll let you and all the media experts opine on that,” Kraft said. “I happened to see Archie [Manning] there. He has two sons now who have won two Super Bowls, but with all due respect, we’ve got one son who has won four.”
Kraft also shared a superstition, explaining that he typically uses an electric razor but on game days he uses a straight-edge Gillette.
|Robert Kraft explains Tom Brady’s reasons for attending Super Bowl 50||02.06.16 at 10:23 am ET|
The announcement came Thursday that Brady would in fact be in San Fransisco for the game despite his ongoing Deflategate case between he and the league.
WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton caught up with Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Friday in San Fransisco and Kraft explained why Brady is attending the game.
“I chatted with him about it and he was his usual selfless self, saying he represents all of the players on the team, the coaches and the New England market,” Kraft said. “Without that sense of team, he wouldn’t have gotten those MVP awards.”
The Patriots owner is already looking ahead to 2016 with the hope the Patriots are playing in Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
“We still have a pretty good team and there are a lot of young players on the team. We’re blessed with the best coaching staff in the NFL,” Kraft said. “We’re going to have some fun next year, I promise.”
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|Michael McCann on Dale & Holley: ‘Evidence suggests that [Tom Brady] has been defamed’||02.05.16 at 10:38 am ET|
Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Wednesday to discuss the latest chapter in Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
After league commissioner Roger Goodell announced the NFL would not release PSI measurements taken over the course of the season, many have been left searching for answers.
“I would imagine one possible answer is that the results don’t corroborate some of the theories the NFL offered last year about deflated footballs,” McCann said. “There’s also the possibility that the NFL doesn’t want to share information that could be used by Tom Brady, not in the appeal, but if Tom Brady were to pursue a defamation lawsuit against the NFL.”
The possibility of a Brady defamation suit as been thrown around a lot this week after many suspect the NFL is hiding something by not releasing its data. Although it undoubtedly would drag this case out much longer than he would like it, it is certainly an option for Brady.
“The evidence suggests that he has been defamed, in the sense that there have been things said about him that basic tenets of science repudiate,” McCann said. “If you’re him, you could clearly show that you’ve been harmed. His reputation has been harmed, he’s been embarrassed, the rest of the country calls him a cheater. … Do I think he’s going to do it? No. But I would be pretty furious if I were him.”
|Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘The league made up the rules as they went along’ regarding checking footballs||02.03.16 at 11:42 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss Roger Goodell’s comments to the media about Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
While addressing the media on Tuesday, Goodell announced that he would not be releasing the PSI data the league had previously claimed to be collecting. He said that the league only conducted “spot checks” and that no violations were found. This has left Patriots fans outraged, wondering if that data could have helped prove Tom Brady‘s innocence.
“I’ll say this, if the numbers came out and supported the league’s contention, I’m just guessing here, we probably would have heard more about that … but that didn’t happen,” Schefter said, adding: “The league has been, I think, inconsistent. In this particular case, the league made up the rules as they went along.”
Around this time last year, deflated footballs seemed to be of the utmost importance to Goodell and the NFL. Now, it seems the league has changed its tune.
“The league made a huge deal out of the Patriots’ footballs, but then this year I think it probably got a little bit more educated on the topic, more educated than it was at that particular time,” Schefter said. “I think that reflected that it was more along the lines of what people in New England thought and not along the lines of what people across the rest of the league might have thought.”
|Report: Aaron Hernandez rips Robert Kraft in letter from jail||02.01.16 at 9:16 am ET|
Aaron Hernandez might be in prison for the rest of his life, but he continues to haunt the Patriots.
In the latest embarrassment for the team, the former tight end apparently had some harsh words for owner Robert Kraft while professing his love for many of the players, including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
The website TMZ Sports viewed the contents of a Dec. 10 letter it claims has been verified to be from the convicted murderer. The letter was sent to a woman with whom Hernandez had exchanged previous correspondence. Hernandez, angry that the woman criticized him in her last letter, tells her should kill herself — and offers suggestions how to do exactly that.
He then says he has a television in his cell and, yes, I still root for my squad and still love all the ones I loved. The closest I was with was probably Brady and whom I love to death and always will and only hope the best for them. But was cool with Julez, Branch (I [expletive] with and got mad love for) and “the BEST TE ever to walk on a football field” Gronk!
Adds Hernandez: I watch every game faithfully cheering them on and always will cuz I have love for so many of them!
As for Kraft, Hernandez refers to him as the fake ass non loyal Kraft who told me he loved me every time he seen me but obviously shows his word ain’t [expletive].
Hernandez ends his letter with large, all-capitalized, “[Expletive] THE WORLD!”
|Robert Kraft likely won’t fight fine, loss of draft picks from Deflategate: ‘We’re moving on’||01.24.16 at 12:06 pm ET|
DENVER — Prior to Sunday’s AFC title game, Patriots owner Robert Kraft sat down with Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald for an inclusive 1-on-1 interview, touching on a number of different subjects.
The owner really like this year’s Patriots team, as they have battled through a number of things this year, both on and off the field.
“This team, there’s been a lot of stuff going on,” Kraft said. “Being able to bury the distractions and the negative things that have happened to get to this point, it’s hard. It’s really hard. I tell you, I think this team has a mental toughness that is special.”
This past week was the one-year anniversary of Deflategate and Kraft is proud of the way the team didn’t let it be an issue for the entire season.
“When you do well, everybody’s after you, and sometimes the motives are legitimate, and sometimes it’s envy and jealousy,” Kraft said. “Thank goodness we’re looking out at that, and not having to feel those emotions.”
The owner acknowledged he took the $1 million fine and the loss of the 2016 first-round draft pick as a way to help Tom Brady get back on the field. It obviously didn’t work as Brady’s four-game suspension still stood until the courts overruled.
“Who knows? Look, I made a strategic decision to help our guy (Brady) and to have him on the field. And then in the end, you’re appealing to the person who made the ruling,” Kraft said, speaking of Goodell. “So you can fight, and not get anything. You might look good, but you’re not going to accomplish (anything), rather than try to do the least controversial thing to get value for our guy. But things didn’t work out the way we had hoped. But that’s in the past, and we’re moving on.”
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