|According to Rob Gronkowski, Patriots fans wouldn’t let Roger Goodell get to Gillette Stadium||02.24.17 at 10:12 am ET|
Everyone knows by now Roger Goodell hasn’t been to Gillette Stadium since Deflategate.
During Super Bowl week the Kraft family made sure to let Goodell know he is welcome at the stadium if he would like to attend a game, but according to Rob Gronkowski, Patriots fans wouldn’t let the commissioner even near the stadium.
“To tell you the truth, I really don’t think so,” Gronkowski said in an interview with ESPN’s Cari Champion. “The fans are nuts, they’re wild, and they have the Patriots’ back no matter what. They have Tom [Brady]’s back. I’m telling you, [he] wouldn’t get through the highway if our fans saw him. So I don’t think he can even land in the airport in Boston, because Patriots fans are the best fans. They’re the most loyal fans.
“I’m telling you, they might just carry out Roger themselves. He couldn’t even get to the stadium in Foxboro if he landed in Boston.”
Even though Gronkowski wasn’t able to play in Super Bowl LI, he felt part of the team and was especially happy for Brady given what he went through during the year.
“It was great to see [Goodell] hand over that trophy, for sure,” Gronkowski said. “I was super happy for Tom.”
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|Tom Brady details at great length why he’s such a positive person, including after Deflategate||02.15.17 at 10:11 am ET|
Tom Brady has always been an extremely positive person.
Roger Goodell suspended him for four games, but he still won’t say a negative thing about him. Reggie Wayne called him out this year and Brady said he was a great player. Earl Thomas called him out during the playoffs and Brady said he is a great player.
The list goes on and on.
Why exactly does Brady act like this? The quarterback gave an in-depth answer to MMQB’s Peter King in a very long and wide-ranging interview this week.
“When you play professional sports, there’s a choice that you’re going to be … you subject yourself to a lot of criticism,” Brady said. “After 17 years in the NFL, there’s a lot of criticism. I started experiencing that in college. College wasn’t an easy go for me … But I guess the point is, when you subject yourself to a lot of criticism, what I’ve learned from myself is, I don’t want to give my power away to other people by letting my own emotions be subjected to what their thoughts or opinions are. So if someone calls me something, that’s their problem. It’s not my problem. I’m not going to give away my power.
“You can call me an asshole and I am going to smile at you probably. I’m not going to say, ‘No, you’re an asshole.’ Because that person is controlling me with what their thoughts and actions are. How can you go through life, now at this point, 17 years, being affected by everybody all the time with what someone says?”
Goodell was different in the fact he didn’t say anything bad about Brady, he just suspended him for four games.
“Well, what’s the best way to fight?” Brady said. “There’s only one fight I can win and that is how well I play. That’s the only one I can control, because I tried to play for 18 months and it didn’t work. So finally I said … ‘My team is going to go out and play great, I know they are going to, and when I come back, I am just going to do what I’ve always done.’
|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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|Tom Brady Sr. opens up on Super Bowl week, offers update on wife Galynn, says Roger Goodell is ‘a meathead’||02.09.17 at 2:13 pm ET|
It’s been a few days since the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Falcons, but for the Brady family, it’s back to fighting Galynn’s illness.
Tom Brady Sr. opened up on that, as well as a number of other topics to the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian.
Brady’s mom was able to attend the Super Bowl, but now is back home in California fighting the illness she’s been dealing with for the last 18 months.
“The Super Bowl was an unbelievable deal,” Brady Sr. said. “It was so exhilarating, but we’re back to reality. We’re back to where we were a week ago trying to deal with this stuff. Look, by no means is Galynn’s condition damper on anything, it just is what it is. We’re keeping the faith. We’re going to beat this thing.”
He added: “It was great, it was one of the happiest moments that we’ve had in a couple of years, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Brady Sr. was so proud of his son last week with how a different side of him was able to come out throughout the week of just how much his family means to him.
“People this week got a much bigger window into Tommy Brady’s soul than they ever had before,” he said. “The fact of how much, how sensitive and kind and emotional and responsive he is to his parents. … I’m telling you, I’ve had people say this to me, there’s never been anybody in sports like Tommy Brady … when he talks about his family, what kind of dad he is, he is absolutely the best. I’m telling you. I’m in awe when I look at that man. I’m just in awe of how he conducts himself.”
As for the Patriots getting the Lombardi trophy from Roger Goodell, the man who suspended Brady four games for Deflategate, that made Brady Sr. feel good.
“I absolutely felt vindication,” he said. “And I think Goodell realizes how big a meathead he is. But, frankly, the vindication in this was the fans letting him know, when he was talking, what they felt about the whole situation.”
|Danny Amendola: Patriots invited Roger Goodell to post Super Bowl party||02.07.17 at 5:54 pm ET|
After defeating the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, the Patriots had a postgame party at NRG Stadium with many family, friends and invited guests in attendance.
According to Danny Amendola on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, commissioner Roger Goodell was invited, but didn’t show up.
“Roger Goodell, the commissioner, did he come to the party? Was he invited to the party?” Kimmell asked.
“I think we invited him,” Amendola said.
Added Amendola: “I don’t know that he came, though. I was with Snoop, so…”
|Roger Goodell praises Tom Brady, calls Patriots QB ‘maybe one of the greatest players of all time’||02.06.17 at 10:49 am ET|
HOUSTON — There was no throwdown between Roger Goodell and Tom Brady at the Super Bowl MVP press conference on Monday morning.
The two, who were locked in a legal battle over Deflategate for an extended period of time, came face-to-face less than 12 hours after Brady and the Patriots beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl Sunday night for the traditional day-after press conference.
“His legacy is not just a great Super Bowl performer, but maybe one of the greatest players of all time,” Goodell said of Brady.
When it came to coach Bill Belichick, Goodell was similarly effusive in his praise.
“His success in five Super Bowls, [cements] his legacy as perhaps the best coach of all time,” said the commissioner.
“A great honor for us — for me personality — to have both of these guys here this morning,” he added, before calling Brady to the podium to receive the Super Bowl MVP trophy.
“Tom, come on up,” Goodell said with a smile. “Get your trophy.”
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|Robert Kraft: Roger Goodell welcome at Patriots home opener if team wins Super Bowl||02.01.17 at 8:11 pm ET|
HOUSTON — Following Roger Goodell’s state of the league address Wednesday afternoon, there were still several questions about when Goodell would return to Foxboro.
The NFL commissioner hasn’t been to Gillette Stadium since Deflategate began in the 2014 AFC title game.
Speaking Wednesday, he seemed to indicate he didn’t attend the AFC championship this year because he wasn’t invited, but then later on in the press conference said the Krafts would likely welcome him back.
To make things clear, the Krafts essentially have already indicated Goodell is welcome at the season opener if the Patriots win the Super Bowl.
“I’ve talked to a lot of fans who would love to welcome Roger back to Gillette Stadium,” Robert Kraft said to the Boston Globe. “If we are fortunate enough to win on Sunday, the kick off of the NFL season would present the perfect opportunity.”
In recent years the Super Bowl champions have been part of the NFL Opening Night, the Thursday before the regular season.
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