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President Obama makes Deflategate joke during Patriots ceremony at White House 04.23.15 at 2:59 pm ET
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For the fourth time in the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots visited the White House after winning the Super Bowl. Thursday’s visit was the first time they met with President Obama.

The team was honored at a ceremony outside the White House where President Obama started things off with a few remarks, including making a Deflategate joke.

“I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,” Obama joked. “€œAll right, all right, all right, that whole story got blown a little out of proportion.”

He also joked about Rob Gronkowski and said during the team’s meeting with him before the ceremony he told him to keep his shirt on, the secret service wouldn’t like it if he took it off. He said Gronkowski then joked, “What can they do to me?”

Following President Obama’s remarks, owner Robert Kraft presented him with a football, a No. 44 jersey and a helmet autographed by the entire team. Bill Belichick said a few words after, saying what an honor it was to visit the White House.

All members of the team were reportedly present, except Vince Wilfork, Brandon Browner and Tom Brady, who had a prior family commitment.

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Read More: Bill Belichick, Deflategate, President Obama, Rob Gronkowski
Patriots and Tom Brady loom large at Red Sox home opener 04.13.15 at 4:15 pm ET
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The Patriots were well represented at Fenway Monday afternoon for the Red Sox home opener. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert and Jonathan Kraft arrived prior to the game with all four Super Bowl trophies in hand. After that, Brady threw out the first pitch to David Ortiz.

Prior to the game, Brady took a few cuts with Pedro Martinez in the batting cages underneath the stands.

Of course, taking part in the Red Sox home opener is nothing new for Brady, who has been a regular over the years.

Read More: Bill Belichick, Jonathan Kraft, Pedro Martinez, Red Sox
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.”

Read More: Darrelle Revis, New York Jets, Robert Kraft, Woody Johnson
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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Read More: Bill Belichick, Darrelle Revis, Robert Kraft,
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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