As the NFL gathers in New Orleans for annual meetings occurring during the first work stoppage since 1987, Patriots owner Robert Kraft won’t be present.
Per Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, team P.R. chief Stacey James said that Kraft will be absent due to a “private family medical matter.”
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that team president Jonathan Kraft will arrive in New Orleans on Sunday night.
Robert Kraft, one of the most influential owners, was on a trade mission to Isreal during the league’s most recent labor negotiations. Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, who now plays for the Chiefs, said that the players want to negotiate directly with Kraft, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
We extend our best wishes to Mr. Kraft and his family at this time.