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Roger Goodell: Relationship with Robert Kraft “was never strained”

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Maybe peace in the Middle East is possible, after all.

With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell already making nice with Steelers wideout and fine-victim Antonio Brown during a trip to Israel, he’s also saying there’s never been a problem between himself and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

“Robert is very important to me personally,” Goodell said, via Allon Sinai of the Jerusalem Post. “My friendship with Robert was never strained. We both understand that we have jobs.”

Goodell and Kraft were there for the opening of the Kraft Family Sports Complex Tuesday, showing his support for a guy he hasn’t always enjoyed a chummy relationship with.

“I know how important this is for him,” Goodell said. “My respect and admiration for him has never waned. We believe our best days are ahead.”

Perhaps, but to deny there were some awkward days behind them would be disingenuous after the DeflateGate saga.

Kraft himself said in January: “I don’t know if it will ever be the same,” which is a pretty good indication there was strain at some point.

Being on the trip together at least allows Goodell a chance to take some of the steam out of his first trip back to Gillette Stadium for the regular season opener, which people are already anticipating as being awkward.

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70 Responses to “Roger Goodell: Relationship with Robert Kraft “was never strained””
  1. winningisabrees says: Jun 20, 2017 11:20 AM

    Millionaire Problems.

  2. jayhawk6 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:21 AM

    Maybe the question should be:”Who plays the Commish better, Jerry Jones or Robert Kraft?”

  3. cueghost says: Jun 20, 2017 11:24 AM

    BWAHAHAHA!!! No…. no Roger. He HATES YOU NOW!

  4. saint2112 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:26 AM

    More rhetoric…..

  5. tylawspick6 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:29 AM

    laughable

  6. tylawspick6 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:29 AM

    worst liar i have ever seen

    kraft is also way too nice

  7. weepingjebus says: Jun 20, 2017 11:35 AM

    Not pictured: vast sea of boos later edited out of the official Super Bowl LI postgame clips, including on blu ray. But they remain present on the Patriots’ independently produced Three Games to Glory V, because lol.

  8. nhpats says: Jun 20, 2017 11:36 AM

    Then why does Roger continue to avoid showing up in Foxboro?

  9. tylawspick6 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:39 AM

    at this point, who supports or who believes goodell?

    rubes?

  10. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:42 AM

    you can say whatever you want….its changed…

  11. kcchefs58 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:43 AM

    Alternative facts

  12. hang3xc says: Jun 20, 2017 11:45 AM

    The man lives in a fantasy world if he thinks their relationship wasn’t strained. Kraft may still have to work with the guy, but that friendship is over.

    And regardless how much time they spend together, the FANS will have plenty of “steam” left for Goodell at the season opener (and any other time he happens to make his way to Gillette).

    I fully anticipate the boos to be deafening whenever the fans see this pricks face looking out from the owners box or on the jumbotron.

    It would be EPIC if Kraft gave out those clown nose Goodell shirts to everyone in attendance that night.

  13. piratefreedom says: Jun 20, 2017 11:48 AM

    Greasy Goodell proving once again that he thinks football fans are really, really stupid.

  14. Obi Wan Jablowme says: Jun 20, 2017 11:49 AM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:35 AM

    Not pictured: vast sea of boos later edited out of the official Super Bowl LI postgame clips, including on blu ray. But they remain present on the Patriots’ independently produced Three Games to Glory V, because lol.
    ====================

    I love the look of detest on Jonathon Kraft’s face after Goodell shakes his hand and heads toward the back of the podium to greet Belichick. Robert Kraft may be willing to play politics and make it all look good, but Jonathon definitely doesn’t have that, or he simply doesn’t care to have it with Goodell. It is clear how the younger feels, a little more difficult to tell with Robert, though it still seems pretty clear he doesn’t consider Goodell a part of his inner circle by a long shot

  15. brwmstr says: Jun 20, 2017 11:52 AM

    Do you know how you can tell Goodell is lying…his lips are moving. Not a man of integrity. The league needs to move on…FIRE GOODELL.

  16. fireroger says: Jun 20, 2017 11:53 AM

    He paid $5 million for a lie. Why stop now.

  17. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 20, 2017 11:56 AM

    Say my name.
    Preach my name.
    Preach it till it’s done!

    🙂

  18. reprob8 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:57 AM

    Goodell is a (well paid) water boy for the owners & he’s a reflection of them.

    That said…they all look bad.

  19. ibillwt says: Jun 20, 2017 11:57 AM

    Goodell would never tell the truth if a lie would do.

  20. patriottony says: Jun 20, 2017 11:58 AM

    Ohhhhh screw you!!!!! I just watched the SB,,, for the 20th time, and Roger the dodger,,,was fuming at having to give Brady and co. That trophy,,,,AGAIN…complete crap of an article

  21. kifleheimer says: Jun 20, 2017 12:05 PM

    Of course not, Goodell gave his buddy Kraft a wink as he gently tapped him on his hand for being caught multiple times cheating and Kraft pretended he was upset in pure WWE showmanship to placate the other owners and fans. Krafts hand is still firmly planted up Goodell the puppets backside.

  22. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 20, 2017 12:09 PM

    What everyone, Pats fans and others, really wants is the TRUTH.

    So release the PSI data from 2015 and we will all know the truth.

    Or you can refuse and we of sound mind can take that as an admission that you King Roger, Royally screwed up on this ridiculous debacle.

  23. truthdispensary says: Jun 20, 2017 12:11 PM

    They had a plan from the beginning that was designed to meet both their goals. Brady sits a few games after putting up a fight that by design saves him face & then the NFL uses it’s influence to help get the Patricheats to the Super Bowl the following year. The NFL has become the WWF of national sports.

  24. tb12soundslikeavd says: Jun 20, 2017 12:18 PM

    Time for Patsy fans to grow up. The team took its punishment for it’s indescretions and it’s over. You don’t see Kraft crying anymore so why are you? Sheesh!

  25. nepatriot1 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:19 PM

    Roger, your pants are on fire………again.

  26. nflequalswwe says: Jun 20, 2017 12:24 PM

    “at this point, who supports or who believes goodell?”

    Rubes indeed…a Venn diagram of Goodell and Trump supporters would be a single circle.

  27. superpatriotsfan says: Jun 20, 2017 12:29 PM

    “Our relationship is hella good, Roger and I share a bromance when we view the local whale tails”

    Did Kraft learn another new millennial word or phrase from about 10 years ago and is going to exploit it?

  28. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 20, 2017 12:29 PM

    tb12soundslikeavd says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:18 PM
    Time for Patsy fans to grow up. The team took its punishment for it’s indescretions and it’s over. You don’t see Kraft crying anymore so why are you? Sheesh!

    Took it’s punishment for something that never happened is what you mean. With a straight face, tell us how you’d not fight a speeding ticket if you weren’t speeding.

    Time for the jealous among us to admit you were wrong.

  29. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 20, 2017 12:31 PM

    truthdispensary says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:11 PM
    They had a plan from the beginning that was designed to meet both their goals. Brady sits a few games after putting up a fight that by design saves him face & then the NFL uses it’s influence to help get the Patricheats to the Super Bowl the following year. The NFL has become the WWF of national sports

    Next up on truthdispensary news, moon landing faked, Elvis still alive!

  30. milehirow39 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:37 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:36 AM

    Then why does Roger continue to avoid showing up in Foxboro?
    ____________________________________

    Because it’s in the middle of nowhere and a dump.

  31. internetcommenter7 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:41 PM

    It’s possible he’s so delusional he actually believes that

  32. grogantomorgan says: Jun 20, 2017 12:41 PM

    Saw the title and couldn’t stop laughing …

    This guy is with Tattoo on Fantasy Island !!

  33. gisellichek says: Jun 20, 2017 12:46 PM

    Goodell has a PR problem… anyone who follows along knows this… Deflategate was a farce, the League came out hypocritical and worse he personally is loathed in an entire section of the country as a result of kangaroo court he officiated.

    Bob Kraft knows that rhetoric railing again the league is bad business, and it has already been stated that his personal relationship with Goodell has changed, ask his son Jonathan how the Patriots “feel” about Goodell… He has been very candid.

    Conclusion… Goodell is delusional, and this reeks of a PR campaign intended to soften the blow of finally coming back to Foxborough next fall.

    IMO… Just saying…

  34. exinsidetrader says: Jun 20, 2017 12:47 PM

    Roger is the son of a professional politician — he learned to lie with ease from one of the best.

  35. fireroger says: Jun 20, 2017 12:53 PM

    kifleheimer says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:05 PM
    Of course not, Goodell gave his buddy Kraft a wink as he gently tapped him on his hand for being caught multiple times cheating and Kraft pretended he was upset in pure WWE showmanship to placate the other owners and fans. Krafts hand is still firmly planted up Goodell the puppets backside.
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    While he is up there do you think he could find those draft picks?

  36. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 20, 2017 12:56 PM

    well for sure that’s not the first lie roger has told during his stint as commissioner…………..

  37. fireroger says: Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM

    truthdispensary says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:11 PM
    They had a plan from the beginning that was designed to meet both their goals. Brady sits a few games after putting up a fight that by design saves him face & then the NFL uses it’s influence to help get the Patricheats to the Super Bowl the following year. The NFL has become the WWF of national sports.
    =====================
    So to clarify, the sphere of influence to get the Patricheats to the Super Bowl happens two years after the fact and not the following year? Or three years after the fact?

  38. abninf says: Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM

    Brady smashes his cell phone every six months. Doesn’t everyone?

  39. fireroger says: Jun 20, 2017 1:01 PM

    milehirow39 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:37 PM
    nhpats says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:36 AM

    Then why does Roger continue to avoid showing up in Foxboro?
    ____________________________________

    Because it’s in the middle of nowhere and a dump.
    ===================
    The Packers say Hi.

  40. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:04 PM

    Never seen anyone that can lie with a straight face like Goodell. What a tiny little worm of a man.

  41. pastabelly says: Jun 20, 2017 1:11 PM

    Robert Kraft did sell out Tom Brady for the sake of the league (Goodell) and most Patriots fans will forgive him for that but not forget. Many of us are waiting to see if Kraft stands by when Belichick ships Brady out to the west coast.

  42. shomershabbos says: Jun 20, 2017 1:26 PM

    Wow. I guess we’re living in the Trump “post-truth” era now. Public figures lie about even the most obvious things with no thought of repercussions.

    How does Goodell still have a job?

  43. superpatriotsfan says: Jun 20, 2017 1:29 PM

    pastabelly says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:11 PM
    Robert Kraft did sell out Tom Brady for the sake of the league (Goodell) and most Patriots fans will forgive him for that but not forget. Many of us are waiting to see if Kraft stands by when Belichick ships Brady out to the west coast.
    ——————–
    If Brady goes, then Belichick goes. Belichick wants to preserve his stats. Look at his record without Brady starting, .500, nothing special.

  44. massappeal12345 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:37 PM

    There are a lot of fans out there that think Kraft threw Tom Brady under the bus. Only after he got strong pushback from those said fans did he defend his star player. Far too late for a lot of us.

    Many of US want the “Jonathan” years to start very soon.

  45. 345snarkavenue says: Jun 20, 2017 1:43 PM

    please Rog just admit it: you don’t protect the shield, you hide behind it

  46. pauldeba says: Jun 20, 2017 1:44 PM

    Jonathan Kraft didn’t shake Goodell’s hand at the Super Bowl ceremony

  47. tedmurph says: Jun 20, 2017 1:48 PM

    On the money pastabelly.

  48. vancouversportsbro says: Jun 20, 2017 1:54 PM

    Roger has more integrity than the cheating Kraft

  49. streetyson says: Jun 20, 2017 2:02 PM

    Kraft would never publicly dump on Fraudger personally as Kraft is too classy. But you only had to see the the eyes and body language when the SB trophy was handed over and hear what Kraft said about the season – and what he didn’t say to, or about, the Commish.

    But of course to all of us who read through all the info on deflategate and what Kraft either personally or through his team has said about the league’s manipulations of the evidence and the league’s concealment or misrepresentation of actual events, it’s clear what Kraft thinks of Fraudger.

  50. tylawspick6 says: Jun 20, 2017 2:12 PM

    pastabelly says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:11 PM
    Robert Kraft did sell out Tom Brady for the sake of the league (Goodell) and most Patriots fans will forgive him for that but not forget. Many of us are waiting to see if Kraft stands by when Belichick ships Brady out to the west coast.

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    lol

    not happening

    – diehard for 35 years/season tickets in family since ’78

  51. Ian Glendon says: Jun 20, 2017 2:17 PM

    fireroger says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM
    truthdispensary says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:11 PM
    They had a plan from the beginning that was designed to meet both their goals. Brady sits a few games after putting up a fight that by design saves him face & then the NFL uses it’s influence to help get the Patricheats to the Super Bowl the following year. The NFL has become the WWF of national sports.
    ===================

    They would be the World WildlifeFoundation of sports? Huh?

  52. streetyson says: Jun 20, 2017 2:17 PM

    abninf says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM
    Brady smashes his cell phone every six months. Doesn’t everyone?
    —————
    When did the NFL or Wells demand it? Never, because they had no right, and thus Brady never got rid of it when the league demanded it and only got rid of it after the NFLPA asked him not to because it would set a new precedent. And when Brady offered his phone logs at his internal appeal (claiming it would prove the NFL already had all the texts between him and anyone connected with the Pats) the Commish refused and then the Commish had that internal appeal sealed so that we wouldn’t know. The Commish had told Brady that there wasn’t time (despite 2yrs and $5M+, and then taking Brady to court twice). And yet phone logs were handed over as acceptable evidence in the NFL’s probe of your team’s Ezekiel Elliot.

  53. burtmustin says: Jun 20, 2017 2:44 PM

    Michael Corleone’s relationship with Hyman Roth was never strained either.

  54. Lisa_the_Greek says: Jun 20, 2017 2:49 PM

    Full of it!

  55. cadreamer1969 says: Jun 20, 2017 2:52 PM

    You can tell it’s the silly season. Haters that need Pats stories. It’s a twofer, add Goodell.

  56. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 20, 2017 3:03 PM

    Then why does Roger continue to avoid showing up in Foxboro?

    Once again Nhpats puts his brilliance on display. Why would anyone want to subject himself to the childish display that will take place . I mean there has never been that many ignorant people gathered in one place since Attila the Hun checked out of the Holiday Inn Express. It’s his way of tweaking those mouth breathers.

  57. veddermn8 says: Jun 20, 2017 3:09 PM

    Yea Roger , the relationship was “never strained” like a pot of pasta that sat in the water too long and turned to mush. If you mean “never strained” like that, then, well, I guess your right.

  58. fireroger says: Jun 20, 2017 3:16 PM

    abninf says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM
    Brady smashes his cell phone every six months. Doesn’t everyone?
    =============================
    Doesn’t everybody provide the cell records from that same phone if they have everything to hide? Miraculously, the same phone records are enough to vindicate Ezekiel Elliott but the NFL apparently can’t be bothered to look at the same information when it doesn’t fit the narrative they spent $5 million creating. Somehow a phone call was more than enough to determine air pressure wasn’t taken out unnaturally in a frigid game in Pit but needed a special investigator to come to the opposite conclusion.

  59. miklib says: Jun 20, 2017 3:28 PM

    It’s like he lies for the fun of it

  60. kingshmegland says: Jun 20, 2017 3:47 PM

    Then why does Roger continue to avoid showing up in Foxboro?
    ____________________________________

    Because it’s in the middle of nowhere and a dump.

    ——————————————————
    You haven’t been up to Foxboro since 2001 I see.

  61. drunkraider says: Jun 20, 2017 4:03 PM

    They both sit back and drink beer together, laughing at all the pats fans who actually care about Roger as they shovel over their money to Kraft.

  62. u4iadman says: Jun 20, 2017 4:15 PM

    We despise BOTH of you crooks.

    Go away.

  63. gimmeabruschi says: Jun 20, 2017 4:47 PM

    Funny how guys like Goodell and Mangini want to be buddies again after they screw the guy over. Don’t either of you hold your breath waiting for that. On second thought, please do.

  64. Blindsquirrelsfindnuts says: Jun 20, 2017 4:53 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jun 20, 2017 3:03 PM
    Then why does Roger continue to avoid showing up in Foxboro?

    Once again Nhpats puts his brilliance on display. Why would anyone want to subject himself to the childish display that will take place . I mean there has never been that many ignorant people gathered in one place since Attila the Hun checked out of the Holiday Inn Express. It’s his way of tweaking those mouth breathers.

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    You mean the state with the best public school systems in the country, some of the best colleges in the world and several private schools that have taught multiple presidents and captains of industry? Those people? If they’re considered “mouth breathers” what does that say about the rest of the country? You’re a Ravens guy right? Explanation given

  65. 345snarkavenue says: Jun 20, 2017 5:13 PM

    abninf says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM
    Brady smashes his cell phone every six months.

    ——–

    there’s a section in the Wells report titled “Communications about inflation and deflation”. It contains 35 text messages, all sent between Sept. 30, 2014 and Oct. 25th, 2014. They were key to Wells’ argument of a “more probable than not” conspiracy about the inflation of the balls (although they don’t really say anything other than the balls against the Jets were overinflated when they should be at 13.0).

    Brady turned over 2 cell phones which covered that period of time, ending on Nov. 6th 2014. The league has never said anything about those two phones, more probable than not because there was nothing to say.

  66. kevpft says: Jun 20, 2017 5:27 PM

    Who does he think he’s fooling? Sure, let’s take away $1 million & draft choices from your team, publicly humiliate you and question the integrity of your star and really the entire organization. But no hard feelings.

    Come ON.

  67. factpurveyor says: Jun 20, 2017 6:54 PM

    abninf says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM

    Brady smashes his cell phone every six months. Doesn’t everyone?

    ————————————————————

    “destroyed phone” was a simplistic concept marketed to simpletons. The NFL used its marketing power to get countless news outlets to all mention that same catch phrase in one news cycle.

    The Patriots had already provided the 2 team owned phones. Only clueless people believe that you need both phones to see messages that were sent between 2 phones. Brady also provided printed copies from his phone. So the NFL had 2 copies of all the messages.

    The NFL understood that that “destroyed phone” was a simple concept that would permanently dupe dimwits.

    It’s now 2017 and the NFL still can’t release the PSI information from the 2015 NFL season because it contradicts the nonsense that they spent millions convincing gullible goobers to believe.

  68. Concussion182 says: Jun 20, 2017 7:16 PM

    Brady, Kraft and the team….. CHEATERS…..
    Thier run ends this year. No more Championships. Just mediocrity.

    Ha Ha Ha🤡

  69. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 21, 2017 8:50 AM

    Tee hee 🙂 Its just way too easy and way too fun to slap Patriot Hater up and down this board 🙂 I SO own every single one of them and always will 🙂 And I ain’t going anywhere cupcakes.

    Tee hee 🙂

  70. RegisHawk says: Jun 21, 2017 9:34 AM

    Tee Hee 🙂 Whatever you believe, Kraft and Goodell are both laughing all the way to the bank.

    Tee Hee 🙂

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