|Robert Kraft explains relationship with President Donald Trump||02.22.17 at 10:59 am ET|
Robert Kraft sat down with Andrea Kramer on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” for a wide-ranging interview the week after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, which aired Tuesday night.
Kraft touched on Deflategate and if he holds any grudges against the league for the way it was handled, and also among other things hit on his relationship with President Donald Trump.
The Patriots owner has been spotted numerous times of late with the president, including at his inauguration and most recently having dinner with Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida two weekends ago.
He noted Trump was there for him when his wife Myra passed away in 2011, calling multiple times a week to check in on him. And just because he’s friendly with him, doesn’t mean he agrees with all of his views.
“Do I agree with everything he says or espouses? No, but he’s a friend,” Kraft said.
Kraft added: “This country is awesome, and whomever is president of the United States, I will try to support. I’ve done that since the 1960s.”
The days around the Super Bowl were quite busy for Kraft with multiple events taking place before and after the game.
“Think about the eight days I had. We had Elton John perform at a party. We have the Super bowl where from the depths of depression we go to the elation of a victory,” Kraft said. “We have this trophy and on a snowy day in Boston we have over a million people. Then the president invites you to dinner with the prime minister [of Japan]. It’s a pretty cool week.”
Another noteworthy clip was Kraft recalling the days after the team drafted Brady in 2000 and how confident he was even as a rookie.
“I’ll always remember him coming down the stairs at the old stadium,” Kraft said. “He said to me ‘Hi. I’m Tom Brady.’ He looked me in the eye and said, ‘And I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.'”
|When asked about Deflategate, Robert Kraft notes he doesn’t hold grudges, but remembers everything||02.21.17 at 6:39 pm ET|
Patriots owner Robert Kraft will join Andrea Kremer on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that premieres Tuesday night and prior to the airing a sneak preview was released.
The preview showed Kraft getting asked about Deflategate and if he holds a grudge towards the league.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft said. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on.”
Added Kraft: “Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
Kraft also defended Tom Brady, who obviously Deflategate centered around.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft said. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
The complete interview will air Tuesday at 10 p.m. on HBO.
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|Will Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey be found? Robert Kraft seems to think so||02.13.17 at 12:52 pm ET|
One of the bigger storylines from Super Bowl LI was something that didn’t even happen in the game.
Tom Brady’s jersey was taken from the Patriots locker room after the game and hasn’t been found since.
On Monday morning, Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed his frustration on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, but believes it should turn up sooner rather than later.
“It’s very sad to me that someone would do something like this, and it’s like taking a great Chagall or Picasso or something. You can never display it. And somehow, I feel there’ll be some news that’ll clear this up in the not too distant future,” Kraft said via The Boston Herald. “I hope it’ll be cleared up soon. I think that a lot of people spend a lot of time looking into the matter and what happened, and I’d rather not say anything that would cause any problems in the work that’s been done. One way or another that jersey will be back.”
Kraft also said despite trailing by 25 points, he never gave up hope the Patriots would comeback and beat the Falcons.
“When the score was 28-3, I think there were roughly three minutes to go [in the third quarter]. Our chance of winning was 0.04 percent, so 99.6 percent [to lose], but given the organization we have, I never give up,” Kraft said. “I always believe, and especially having the privilege of having a coach like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm, both of their games move up as the pressure mounts and just a lot of things happened the right way – the catch by Julian Edelman was… sort of made up for the two catches over the last few years where we lost at the last moment with miracle catches.”
|Robert Kraft addresses Patriots players not wanting to attend White House ceremony with President Donald Trump||at 9:28 am ET|
Patriots owner Robert Kraft appeared on the TODAY show Monday morning and one of the topics was the number of Patriots players who have said they will not attend a ceremony at the White House with President Trump for winning Super Bowl LI.
Kraft said players not attending the ceremony isn’t anything new.
“Well, you know what’s interesting, this is our, I’m happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years,” Kraft said when asked if his relationship with President Trump has impacted his relationship with his players. “And every time we’ve had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don’t go. This is the first time it’s gotten any media attention.
“You know, some of the players have the privilege of going in college because they’re on national championship teams, others have family commitments. But this is America. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us. We’re just privileged to be in a position to be going.”
Just a week after the Super Bowl there are already six players on record saying they will not attend: Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch and LeGarrette Blount.
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|Robert Kraft has dinner with President Donald Trump||02.11.17 at 11:02 am ET|
Several Patriots players have already said they will not attend a White House celebration this year with President Trump, but that didn’t stop Patriots owner Robert Kraft from having dinner with him Friday night.
According to the Associated Press, Robert Kraft, joined Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives for dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida Friday night.
Kraft told Trump he knew the Patriots were going to win Super Bowl LI even when the Patriots were down 28-3.
— David Wade (@davidwade) February 11, 2017
|NFL executives reportedly ‘seething’ at Patriots’ actions after Super Bowl LI, including Matt Patricia’s t-shirt||02.10.17 at 5:01 pm ET|
The Patriots apparently have some NFL executives upset.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, NFL executives are “seething” at the Patriots for their actions after winning Super Bowl LI.
The report says these executives didn’t like Robert Kraft saying his fifth title was “the sweetest” and also were upset Kraft didn’t stop Matt Patricia from wearing a Barstool Sports t-shirt of Roger Goodell as a clown on the team plane when they were returning from Houston.
The t-shirt really didn’t go over well with Goodell.
“The t-shirt really bothered him,” an ownership source told La Canfora. “The fact that Kraft didn’t stop him from wearing that ticked some people off, but did they really think he’s going to protect Goodell after all of this?”
The report also said Kraft still wants league counsel Jeff Pash out.
“Robert still wants Pash out,” an ownership source said to La Canfora. “The only way there will ever be a full reconnect between the Patriots and Goodell is if Pash was no longer there.”
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|Super Bowl LI win is ‘sweetest’ of all five titles, says Patriots owner Robert Kraft||02.06.17 at 12:41 am ET|
HOUSTON — The Patriots owner, who was handing out cigars in the New England locker room after the game, was exultant following New England’s 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons Sunday night in Super Bowl LI.
“Two years ago, we won our fourth Super Bowl down in Arizona and I told our fans that was the sweetest one of all,” he said. “But a lot has transpired during the last two years, and I don’t think that needs any explanation.
“But I want to say to our fans, our brilliant coaching staff, our amazing players, who are so spectacular, this is unequivocally the sweetest. And I’m proud to say, for the fifth time, we are all Patriots. And tonight, for the fifth time, the Patriots are world champions.”
Kraft added that he was proud of the team for hanging in and believing, despite the fact that they trailed by 25 points in the second half.
“When tough things happen and you believe in yourself, the power of will is pretty strong,” he said. “But you have to hang together. And make sure you have good people around you.”
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