Kraft says he was “duped” by Hernandez

AP

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday he felt personally “duped” by Aaron Hernandez, insisting they had decided prior to the tight end’s arrest on murder charges to release him if Hernandez was charged.

“Following Aaron’s arrest, I read a number of different accounts of how things transpired in our organization,” Kraft said, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “Let me be clear, we decided the week prior to Aaron’s arrest that if Aaron was arrested in connection with the [Odin] Lloyd murder case that we would cut him immediately after.

“The rationale behind that decision was that if any member of the New England Patriots organization is close enough to a murder investigation to actually get arrested — whether it be for obstruction of justice or the crime itself, it is too close to an unthinkable act for that person to be part of this organization going forward.”

Kraft said he was genuinely surprised by the news, thinking Hernandez was a “most likeable young man,” which makes sense considering he gave him a $40 million contract extension last August.

But the arrest has also caused him to take a closer look at the entire organization, and Kraft said: “You can be sure we’ll be looking at our procedures and auditing how we do things.”

He also said he they had no knowledge of what Hernandez was doing when he left work each day.

“When he was in our building, we never saw anything where he was not polite. He was always respectful to me. We only know what’s going on inside the building. We don’t put private eyes on people,” Kraft said.

Of course, if Kraft holds to his word and there are changes to his team’s procedures, it might mean more private eyes on employees before they become employees.

101 responses to “Kraft says he was “duped” by Hernandez

  1. “We don’t put private eyes on people,” Kraft said.
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    Except for the whole “spygate” thing of course…

  2. Who knows what happens outside the building. A member of the organization might be offering money to a female young enough to be his granddaughter to get her to touch a disgusting old man below the waist.

  3. Every team was videotaping. That’s why Roger Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to EVERY team in the NFL. If the Pats were the only team using cameras, then why did Roger Goodell send that memo to EVERY team in the NFL? Pats had to unfairly take the hit for every team that was videotaping.

  4. Every team/organization has it’s stain, but the Pats organization is very classy. They demand accountability from their players, and they (I personally think) are perhaps the most well run organization in the NFL.

    -Seahawks fan

  5. No fan of the Patriots, but, come on, it’s absurd to blame them for what Hernandez did. Or is alleged to have done. I don’t think anyone would think an NFL player would moonlight as Sammy “the Bull” Gravano.

  6. Kraft sure gets duped a lot. He claimed he had no knowledge of spygate, didn’t think he was giving his ring to Putin to keep, didn’t know Aaron Hernandez was a criminal and thinks his 50-year-younger girl “pal” needed him to act in her audition for a Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson movie.

    There’s no fool like an old fool.

  7. Duped? Seriously? They saw a man with talent and saw nothing else. He had red flags but 10 percent of draftees come in with red flags and nothing happens…but with Hernandez it did. Now it leaves the team in a bind.

    Duped? Hardly Mr. Kraft. Considering how your team duped the world into thinking they won their first 3 titles legitimately…

  8. If you morons think Kraft should have known that Hernandez had the capacity to be a murderer, then go ahead and tell me who is going to be the NEXT murderer in the NFL.

    Not so easy, huh?

  9. “The rationale behind that decision was that if any member of the New England Patriots organization is close enough to a murder investigation to actually get arrested — whether it be for obstruction of justice or the crime itself, it is too close to an unthinkable act for that person to be part of this organization going forward.”

    AMEN. Something Raven fans STILL don’t understand to this very day.

  10. I feel for Kraft — he is being as reasonable and honorable as one could expect upon being thrust into such mindblowingly off-the-charts circumstances as this.

    Much respect to Kraft for being one of the good guys from a member of Steeler Nation.

  11. The good news here is that Kraft was not duped into getting into Hernandez’ vehicle.

  12. Every team was videotaping. That’s why Roger Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to EVERY team in the NFL. If the Pats were the only team using cameras, then why did Roger Goodell send that memo to EVERY team in the NFL? Pats had to unfairly take the hit for every team that was videotaping.
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    Every team was not videotaping. Goodell sending out a memo is called preventative maintenance. It’s what successful business do to prevent stupid things from happening (in the future). That’s why most businesses offer sexual harrassment training. Not because everyone sexual harrasses but to stop behaviors that could potentially become issues.

  13. Ya, Kraft will let his head coach cheat but wouldn’t allow his players to murder.

    You run a real class organization up there, no wonder you don’t know where your Superbowl ring is at, you’re dumb as dirt.

  14. Hey metitometin – No ONLY the Pats were cheating, but Goodell could not prove it initially, so he had to send it to all teams so as not to single the Pats out, and to also cater to his buddy Kraft, gave him a subtle notice that he should stop before someone really caught him, that’s why none of their fake titles were stripped, Kraft and Goodell are in each others back pocket.

  15. hmmm…
    Kraft said: “You can be sure we’ll be looking at our procedures and auditing how we do things.”
    ____

    I guess it’s alright to sign some AFTER their convicted. See Donte Stallwort, DUI manslaughter charges

  16. They ignored all the flags , and now Mr Kraft(Roger’s boy…I.e.–trashed spygate tapes) wants us to believe that they are still head of the class on you know, class….Give me a break. Hernandez was 1 of many that they took chances on and they finally got burned. Then on top of the flags that caused every team on the planet to pass on him, they gave him a raise even before his rookie deal was up despite more , you know …wait for it….flags!!!!

  17. Everyone’s been “duped”….just hope that the low-life Hernandez stays off the streets

  18. “We don’t put private eyes on people,” Kraft said.
    ————————————————————
    Except for the whole “spygate” thing of course…

    I’ll admit johnnycamparm, I laughed.

    However, private eyes ≠ Spygate. New England’s (inexplicably maligned) videotaping practices took place in plain view by uniformed members of their staff. No “spying” whatsoever.

  19. metitometin says:
    Jul 8, 2013 4:07 PM
    Every team was videotaping. That’s why Roger Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to EVERY team in the NFL. If the Pats were the only team using cameras, then why did Roger Goodell send that memo to EVERY team in the NFL? Pats had to unfairly take the hit for every team that was videotaping.

    ________________________________

    You sound like a complete moron. Know your facts.
    Was EVERY team doing it? No
    Was there other teams besides the Patsies? Probably.
    The reason they “took the hit” was because they were fairly warned and continued to do it. Typical Patsie fan…..spouts off without knowing what they are talking about.

  20. You have no credibility left after covering up the cheating scandal.
    This hollow “I have been duped” message is but a ploy for your fans and media.

  21. @ whatjusthapped

    First, way to complete the thought on your screen name.

    Second, he knows where the ring is, DA.

    Third, NE is showing Baltimore how it’s done between cutting the player immediately after his arrest for being involved in a murder (and yes, Lewis was arrested for being involved in a murder) and by offering the jersey exchange, which has cost the team over $250K by reports.

    You were saying something about someone being dumb as dirt?

  22. bmoreravens what Kraft said unlike a team you cheer for is that if Hernandez was even arrested for Obstruction of Justice he would have been cut because the Patriots do not want someone associated with a murder investigation to be a part of their team unlike the Ravens who felt that even though Ray Ray was convicted with obstruction of justice and knew who murdered those people but felt his onfield skills were more important his involvement in a murder.

  23. metitometin says:Jul 8, 2013 4:07 PM

    Every team was videotaping. That’s why Roger Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to EVERY team in the NFL. If the Pats were the only team using cameras, then why did Roger Goodell send that memo to EVERY team in the NFL? Pats had to unfairly take the hit for every team that was videotaping.

    ——————

    Let it go

  24. Kraft can’t beat the Ravens so he tries to beat them up in the media. The comment that “being close enough to a murder charge” “whether it be obstruction of justices or the crime itself.” Woldmexclude ypu from being a Patriot. BS. The two faced loser probably hugs Ray when he sees him but says that being cheats to win a Super Bowl and then lying about it and using Goodell to hide it is ok, but if your close to obstructing justice, you can’t be a Patriot. Loser, on and off the field.

  25. Way to distance yourself after the fact there Kraft. Classy…

    Point is that the franchise’s arrogance in thinking they can “convert” all the bad apples has bitten them in the arse.

    They will loss a large sum of money by rushing his extension without being smart enough to know his character.
    You’ve been exposed!

  26. Men of poor character are not always outed. When you and your employees choose to willfully cheat it screams volumes about the character of your entire organization including the owner, the head coach and the players you choose to win at all costs. Perhaps now that the true nature of this team has been outed, again, all can stop extolling the virtues of this “model” franchise. Super Bowl 36 will always, always have an asterisk next to it.

  27. Why wouldnt he have eyes on his players? A $40M contract? I would have someone checking on my product with that type of investment.

  28. u4iadman says:Jul 8, 2013 4:40 PM

    You have no credibility left after covering up the cheating scandal.
    This hollow “I have been duped” message is but a ploy for your fans and media.

    ——————-

    Logically, how could the message be hollow? If he wasn’t duped then you are saying he knew Hernandez was guy with the capacity to commit murder. Why would Kraft commit that kind of cash to a guy like that? No one would ever do that.

  29. He doesn’t want anyone on the team associated with murder yet Talib nearly murdered someone, and Stallworth committed DUI manslaughter.

  30. What a lying crock of you know what. This organization knew Aaron Hernandez had a checkered past and they took a chance on him. Don’t sit here and act like you just drew his name out of a hat.

  31. Even Vinny Cerrato knew to keep away from this guy. When this story broke a few weeks ago, Vinny said on the “Vinny and Rob” show in Baltimore that they had red flags in DC on Gronk because of his injury problems and Hernandez because of his off the field problems. That’s likely why the Ravens passed up on both of them and picked up Pitta and Dickson.

  32. Robert Kraft…..meet Arthur Blank.

    He can tell you some interesting stories about blindly trusting a star athlete….

    I know that many owners want be seen as benevolent, caring employers, but it’s a fine line between that and enablers that entitled athletes take advantage of….best to always remember that it’s a business first & foremost.

  33. As his forebearer’s agreed years ago with the Hellmann’s family…

    Hellman’s promised…. we’ll never produce mayonnaise….

    Yea just kidding….what a rube…

  34. These guys were so convinced that merely putting on the Patriot uniform makes guys fall in line, that they couldn’t see through Hernandez. The “patriot way” isn’t supposed to include arrogance and hubris. It does now.

  35. Kind of like you were “duped” into thinking Bill Belicheat wasn’t taping other teams illegally.

    Yet you still employ him because cheating helped line your pockets.

    Stay Classy Krafty.

  36. Bob I can see how you might have been duped by this since you probably had very little interaction with him but how was the genius duped by him Pats fans? With some of the characters signed over the last few years is BB sacrificing the integrity of the team to try and win?

  37. Jesus man! the Texans Bob McNair stands behind his men….Cushing told him he played pregnant his rookie season and didn’t take steriods or masking agents and Bob went to bat for him all the way to the commissioner………now that’s a boss

  38. First the Pats players say Hernandez was not a good locker room guy and now Kraft runs for cover with this. Why did Kraft no ask Belicheat he know it all.

  39. how long are you going to keep blaming the pats for doing what any other team in NFL would have done if they were in their shoes? yes he had red flags which is why they got him in the 4th round but once he signed with them gave them no problems on or off the field. when it came time to lock up a young productive player at a reasonable cost hey did just as every other team would have. in other words they did nothing wrong. hernandez did!!! he is to blame and nobody else. where were all these stories about him before he got arrested? if everyone knew and were so concerned why did no one step up and say something before he killed somebody?

  40. Kraft is a good owner in the NFL.
    He had no idea Aaron was a scumb
    bag. and Kraft did the only thing he could do when he found out. he got rid of that bum just like he should have. The pats cheated at the superbowl but that a LONG WAY from murder.

  41. I am from New England and while the events surrounding AH are extremely sad I think it is fitting that the Kraft’s get embarrassed and rightfully crucified for the wanna be’s they are.

    Anyone remember CMGi and how they could not have been more enamoured with the internet genius / ice cube salesman David Wetherall.

    Stadium naming rights, boy wonder Jonathan joined their board of directors, then bang – CMGi goes up in a cloud of smoke and quietly everything gets dusted away and hey, Gillette are the guys we really wanted all along. Point is it seems that the Kraft’s are not real big on doing due diligence (Christian Peters anyone) and when the S hits the fan it is always some version of we are just good guy fans like you that got duped.

    Really? This one is going to sting Bob.

  42. They don’t put cameras on their people.
    They just leave that for the opponents.
    RAMS won that game.

  43. Kraft sold the naming rights to the stadium to CMGI because they were the highest bidders, what a crime. That’s what all the other stadiums do too. CMGI crashed and burned when the internet bubble burst, as did 100’s of other companies. To imply that it was because JKraft was elected to the board is disingenuous at best. Grind your personal axes somewhere else.

    Kraft didn’t draft Peters, he doesn’t work in the personnel dept. He hires guys to do it. But, as soon as he found out about Peters character, he made sure he was cut, with the same speed he did with Hernandez.

  44. Hmmm why aren’t all you pats haters ripping the chiefs for the LB that killed his girlfriend then himself on stadium grounds. I bet they knew he was gonna do that before it happened. Asshats

  45. We. ‘

    We blame the Owners, the NFL , how about blaming the individual. Yes, he was drafted, he as questioned , examined, tested… HE failed on his responsibility to the contract he signed.. PointBlank… No finger poi ting Its all on him…. He chose to do the wrong thing…

  46. Just like he was duped by Putin.
    “Hey… let me take a look at that ring… Nice! Thanks!”

  47. For everyone mentioning Donte Stallworth, you may want to look in the mirror. Next time you have 4 beers at your buddy’s house and drive home, I hope you don’t look down to change the radio station while some dude jaywalks across the street. Boom…you are now him.

    He was just barely over the legal limit and stopped to call police after the accident. Tragedy, but could happen to any of us.

  48. Gee, after reading all these hateful comments towards the Pat’s I can’t get over how jealous people are of this organization. Lots of stones being thrown from people who live in glass houses.

  49. Kraft wasn’t duped. He saw talent and squired it. Accountability is a thing of the past. Kraft and the pats are an example to the rest of the league when their hoisting lombardies but when things go wrong it’s somebody else’s fault. If your gonna laud your accomplishments you must own your failures as well

  50. Everyone took hernandez off their board. Only arrogance of NE took him. Meyer bailed him out all the time at Fla.. This guy had a list as long as his arm but commissioner Kraft took him anyway. NE deserves what they got.

  51. Don’t get all high and mighty, Kraft. Aaron Hernandez is who we thought he was, and you let him off the hook.

    You’re just like any other NFL team – you’ll take a chance on low-character guys to win. Nothing wrong with that, but don’t sit there and say you didn’t know some things when you did.

  52. Kraft should just say we took a chance and it didn’t work out the way we hoped. Then shut his mouth.All these statements he makes just makes him look stupid.

  53. ravensmike410 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:02 PM

    That’s likely why the Ravens passed up on both of them and picked up Pitta and Dickson.
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    Right, because everyone knows that the Ravens wouldn’t keep a player on THEIR team who was charged with murder …… oh, wait.

  54. Hernandez had red flags on him for being a pothead. I’m pretty sure that being a pothead does not translate into being a killer unless he was killing a box of cookies with a case of the munchies.

  55. It’s amusing how the more years removed we are from spygate how the “facts” are now twisted into something that bears no resemblance to what actually happened.

  56. I’m certain Hernandez is no saint but whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty ? If he is guilty of everything that he has been charged with in the past few weeks then he deserves all the negative bs, until then all comments should be taken with a huge pinch of salt.

  57. “We only know what’s going on inside the building. We don’t put private eyes on people,” – Robert Kraft
    ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now there’s a statement that’s sure to peg the BS meter !!!!!!!

  58. Is Kraft saying he had no idea AH shot that guy in the face in Florida? Because, if he knew that happened, why would would it be such a shock that he shot someone else in the head?

  59. Kraft only knows one thing. Money. It’s all he cares about. Anyone who thinks he gives a rats ass about anyone other than dead presidents is sadly mistaken

  60. @patriotinvasion
    Please let me know your itinerary, I don’t want to be on the road with you.

    Drinking and driving is not an accident.

  61. Yeah he had the SAME red flags ( likes to party ) as Mallett. The problem was his life before college. This Urban Meyer knew well. The NFL is full of violent felons. Based on his stay in Florida he liked to smoke pot, [ and more importantly didn’t try to hide it ]. The flags, as with Mallett, was would he be serious and professional as a pro. No one expects someone to order and execute a hit, not even a crime of passion. BTW Stallworth was not charged with murder. That word refers to first and second degree only. I wasn’t there, but I have been close to hitting people who suddenly darted into the street and I don’t drink.

  62. Kraft got duped by Putin for his SB ring
    and then Hernandez duped him for millions.
    Kraft is a cry baby and he is trying to dupe the fans.

  63. got duped? Really? This was not the first player w/ a checkered history to be employed by the Patriots, it’s just the first one which really really really backfired on them. Kraft is playing the victim here when he has been signing troubled players for years. Stop trying to ‘dupe’ us Mr Kraft!! You’ve been gambling on players for years and you finally got one that backfired.

  64. All of you spy gate imbeciles are a bunch tools.
    Some moron said NE was the only team videotaping, yet videotaping was and remains legal in this league, Einstein. The issue was the location of the camera. In a copy cat league where winning means everything, some PFT Mensa members are actually naive enough to believe only NE was taping. Truly remarkable the level of naïveté with some posters- surprised you could even use a computer

    As for you arrogant beyond words New Yorkers who cling to Eli’s lucky beyond belief, eked out, pull a Rhode Island sized horseshoe from your rearend wins against NE, your teams injury faking is equal to whatever NE and all the other teams taping did. NYG cheated, period, end of story.

    STILL waiting for one of you mouth breathers to explain how and why NE got any advantage from their taping. Quantify it, prove it show me something other than your collective pu$$y-a$$ jealousy, females

    Not holding my breath though, cause no one can.

    Case closed. Back to moving your lips while read this morons

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