Robert Kraft on Deflategate: “I don’t hold grudges but I never forget”

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week that his relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft “was never strained” despite the #Deflategate investigation.

Kraft may not be reading off the same script.

One of the commissioner’s 32 bosses told Claire Atkinson of the New York Post a slightly different version.

I don’t hold grudges but I never forget,” Kraft said. “Sometimes people mess up at when they’re doing their jobs, but it most organizations people make bad decisions. I’m about the present and the future.”

So, yeah, no strain. Ever. Clearly.

As much as Goodell might want to believe (and sell) the idea that he and Kraft are arm-in-arm again, it’s clear that the Patriots owner hasn’t fully let go of what he seems to have perceived to be a witch hunt. If only he had a Twitter account with which to talk about it more.

46 responses to “Robert Kraft on Deflategate: “I don’t hold grudges but I never forget”

  1. Come one, now, admit it.
    Everyone enjoyed seeing Belichick and Brady laughing on the podium behind them when Goodell was presenting the Super Bowl trophy to Kraft.
    Not really a fan of either team–but That was Gold!

  2. We don’t forget either, Mr. Kraft. That’s why there are asterisks by so many of your team’s records.

  3. Only a complete psychopath would put every thought that crosses their mind on Twitter for the world to see, like that nutjob, what’s his face, I swear just saw him, oh yeah, Jim Irsay.

  4. The real question is whether you believe Kraft here after he willingly went along with the penalties and many Patriots fans believed he sold Brady out. It wasn’t until Kraft felt the backlash that he backtracked and took an anti-Goodell position. I think Kraft is playing the middle here.

  5. Regardless of the original intent, the commissioner embarrassed himself and the league getting caught publishing outright lies in his arbitration finding. It’s there in black and white for anyone that cares to look, just compare Goodell’s arbitration decision and the transcript of the hearing the league fought to keep sealed but the court made public. Compound that with admitting in open court there was no real evidence and I doubt any of the non silver spoon owners, never mind the owner whose quarterback was the target, could forget that level of arrogant incompetence. It’s not just Kraft, it’s difficult to believe Ross, Bisciotti, Allen, Khan or any of the other self made billionaire owners would tolerate that type of very public ‘mistake’ from anyone they entrusted to oversee any of their other business interests. They might never make it public but Goodell has to be on thin ice with most of the non inheritor owners.

    As to the Patriots, New England dominates my team and division but I want to see them beaten fairly on the field not hammered with a load of manufactured manured as punishment for being the best run franchise in pro sports.

  6. I don’t think it has anything to do with Kraft “reading off the same script”. Goodell was lying. Surprised?

    Hey Roger, release the PSI information.

  7. @corkspop,

    Could you please share with everyone where we can see the asterisks by the teams record ? Besides in your mind ?

    I have been to 1 Patriots Place and I have seen the 5 Lombardi’s and didn’t notice any asterisks?

    Jealousy rears an ugly head.

  8. To all you asteriskers – stop by Gillette stadium on historic Rte 1 in Foxborough Mass. There are five beautiful trophies on display. Not an asterisk on any of’m. It will make for a wonderful family vacation to see what a championship organization looks like.

  9. Glad you don’t hold grudges. Better hope the teams you cheated for 7 years don’t either.

  10. Living well is the best revenge and no one lives better than Tom Brady and Belichick. Absolutely phenomenal to be universally recognized as the greatest leader and competitor in sports history while still be playing at the top of your game no less!

    BUT speaking for myself, I need more. Tom takes the high road Being a smaller person, I want scorched earth. I want that lying pos to release the psi data and suffer further public humiliation, and be fired. Then I might let it go.

  11. Reminds me of Michael in The Godfather…”It’s not personal, it’s business.” Goodell should never accept an invitation to a baptism of any of Kraft’s grandchildren.

  12. ‘“Sometimes people mess up at when they’re doing their jobs, but it most organizations people make bad decisions. I’m about the present and the future.”’

    ‘…mess up at when…’ ? ‘…but it most…” ?

    No way that’s what he said…if he’s not either senile or partying with Jim Irsay. Those comments make Gary Busey sound lucid after a 5 day bender.

    OR perhaps the Post writer is just being as thorough as the rest of the media has become. The evidence over the last decade probably means it’s the writer’s error.

  13. The funniest part about the cheat brigade is if you ever ask them to articulate what they think was the cheating, all you get back is a semi-coherent Wikipedia article filtered through vodka and sadness. Tragically we will lose these hilarious comedians after week 1 as always.

  14. Kraft was far too nice with Framegate I (Spygate), the Boston Herald lying about a phantom “walkthrough tape” on the eve of SB 42 for the cheats and liars to try to distract from a 19-0 season, and really, he was too nice conceding on Framegate II (Deflategate) as well.

    Gloves need to stay off, Robert. You’re 75 years old and playing politics with scummy owners clearly isn’t working.

    Take them out. Bury them.

    Woody Johnson is down, now it’s just a few more to go.

  15. If the Patriots rack up trophy #6 next February, I could give a crap about whether Bob Kraft and Roger Goodell are bros or not.

    Nice to see the trolls are out in droves already and season doesn’t start for another 2 plus months. This Patriots team is stacked. Looks like you’re all going to have to come up with another idea about how the Patriots will cheat this year. We here in New England would all love to hear it.

    So all of you outside of New England start making excuses for the Patriots’ success and enjoy looking “up” in the standings and towards the Northeast well into the latter parts of 2017 and the early months of 2018. Roger is gonna have to hand another trophy to his bro Robert. We’ll all be watching, won’t you?

  16. “I don’t hold grudges but I never forget” –
    Sounds like something Mr. Trump would say.

  17. weepingjebus says:
    Jun 23, 2017 3:39 PM
    The funniest part about the cheat brigade is if you ever ask them to articulate what they think was the cheating, all you get back is a semi-coherent Wikipedia article filtered through vodka and sadness. Tragically we will lose these hilarious comedians after week 1 as always.

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    What’s funny is, someone literally just said yesterday”brady destroyed his phone” when he never did. He bought a new phone weeks AFTER his 4 hour interview when he OFFERED UP HIS PHONE.

    The idiots don’t even know you can scout with video either. They literally think the Pats are/were the only team to employ a video coordinator and scout with film. They still don’t get Goodell cheated at the behest of Woody Johnson who was still annoyed Belichick left the Jets in 2000, drafted Brady, formed a dynasty and then was embarrassed Moss/Welker were streaking up and down the field in the 2007 opener, blowing the Jets off the field.

    Our country has become dumber over the past 10 years, and this is a great example of it. And now, Woody Johnson, the scummy moron he is, is now the Ambassador to the UK for the absolute worse human ever to take office in the White House.

    What a world.

  18. steelcurtainn says:
    Jun 23, 2017 3:08 PM
    Fans don’t forget what a cheating organization you have either.

    Ever look into the mirror? Steelers are the biggest cheaters of all!

  19. Jealously is so ugly. The haters must have had to change their shorts when the Pats overcame a 25 point lead in the third quarter to win Brady’s 5th SB trophy. REPEAT 5th SB trophy.

  20. posers2015 says:
    Jun 23, 2017 2:04 PM
    Will we ever stop talking about this?

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    No offense, but this was something the cheating owners and Goodell started back in 2007.

    And since that time, Pats fans have had to deal with people in person calling us cheaters and little turds on the interwebs who have never even kissed a girl (or boy) before, because of the cheating owners and Goodell enabling such corrupt behavior.

    So, now that Goodell has been exposed in a federal court as a cheater, admitting they had no evidence and they conjured this whole thing up, educated people know the score.

    And, quite frankly, if the Pats keep winning SBs here and there, we have every right to rub it in your faces.

    It’s beyond appalling what Goodell has done. He’s a disgrace as are the owners involved who put him up to it so he can continue collecting his 40 million per year.

    Again, Kraft, Brady and BB are way, way too nice. I would have sued and buried the SOB and gotten the owners involved on a federal stand under oath to expose the corruption to cheat my team for parity purposes and attempting to expand overseas.

    Oh, yes I would have.

    If Kraft had sued the Herald for slander/defamation in the spring of 2008 instead of just taking their apology, what ESPN did with Deflategate (as if the Spygate lies weren’t enough), never would have happened. It would have completely changed the landscape with how media outlets report the news.

    Yep.

    Again, he’s been far too nice.

  21. Lots of haters out today. But the best one posted today stated that there are asterisks* all over the record books by the Patriots SB’s…I looked, but I didn’t find one!

    All of the hate and jealousy, (or most of it), could probably be swept away just by releasing the PSI Data from the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

  22. u4iadman says:
    Jun 23, 2017 1:47 PM
    Krapft is THE biggest cheater.

    proven dude

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    He is a proven dude. Don’t think he’s a cheater though.

  23. Not reallly haters. You guys have been on top for quite awhile. It all crashes this year. Watch out for the Raiders. Your time is up. All good things come to a end.

  24. The Pats will always be known as cheaters. This run will forever be tainted by it. No other dynasty has that taint, unless you consider the donkeys a dynasty. (they aren’t, but are also serial cheaters)

  25. Fans don’t forget what a cheating organization you have either.

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    It’s awesome when steeler fans have nothing left to do but call the Pat’s cheaters. Their lack of self awareness is world class. Their head coach steps on the field to trip an opponent. Their team doctor is busted for HGH. Their long ago dynasty was built on being the first team to embrace steroids.

    All class as always Steeler nation.

  26. A special thanks to the dimwits who will forever repeat the “cheating” accusations, along with the Gaussian function, which allows the rest of us have permanent residence on the right side of The Bell Curve.

    It’s sad that the duped fools either don’t have the mental capacity to locate and watch a video online or that they wouldn’t understand what they were watching even if they could find it.

    The rest of us can find a video which refutes the “cheating” nonsense by searching on the popular online video site for: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    The NFL still hasn’t released the PSI information from the 2015 NFL season which would show the same thing happening during cold weather games.

  27. All that fans want is FAIRNESS in sports

    The fact that the Patriots go to the Super Bowl every other year of course makes fans of other teams INSANELY jealous – as well as the owners who pull Goodell’s strings

    So while there will always be those who will parrot Goodell’s assertion that the Laws of Physics somehow are magically suspended – the rest of us know the facts say that the Patriots did NOTHING

    Meanwhile – look at Goodell and the NFL

    They had to doctor the PSI readings – assuming that the Ref had an AMAZING memory when it came to remembering the PSI (he didn’t write it down – mainly because no one in the NFL cared until they attempted a “gotcha” on the Pats) – but THEN his memory was in question and they assumed his memory of the half time PSI was the OPPOSITE to fabricate a scandal

    And after pledging to take PSI readings the next season and release them to the public – they reversed course and refuse to release the PSI because – of course – they showed that footballs lose pressure in the cold!

    I have NO idea how some fans delude themselves and side with Goodell – a known and proven liar.

    But we all remember the Packers/Vikings game where they were actually HEATING footballs on the sidelines in full view of TV – and of course that resulted in a warning – no 18 month long saga – simply because neither of those teams was a road block to the rest of the 31 owners dreams of hoisting the Lombardi

    As long as Brady and the Pats continue to be top contenders, other owners and Goodell will do whatever they can to try to stop them

    That is inherently unfair – and when the NFL is unfair, the state of the game is in trouble as last year’s ratings showed.

  28. Patriots = CHEATERS. They will never be known otherwise. It all started Eagles/Patriots Super Bowl with spygate. So spare us all your pathetic excuses. They are cheaters period.

  29. Concussion182 says:
    Jun 24, 2017 9:16 PM

    Patriots = CHEATERS. They will never be known otherwise. It all started Eagles/Patriots Super Bowl with spygate. So spare us all your pathetic excuses. They are cheaters period.

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    There are many stupid people in the world who will agree with you and call the Patriots “cheaters”. There has never been a shortage of idiots.

    Science says that the Patriots and Colts footballs dropped PSI due to cold weather & rain. I’m going side with science on this one…and continue to laugh at the drooling hoard of morons.

  30. Concussion182 says:
    Jun 24, 2017 9:16 PM

    Patriots = CHEATERS. They will never be known otherwise. It all started Eagles/Patriots Super Bowl with spygate.

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    Although occasionally mentioned to this day by crybabies it was almost 10 years ago. A camera needed to be moved a few feet to comply with a poorly worded memo.

    The Patriots received a lesson in human nature when they told a petty tyrant that his memo was poorly worded. The Patriots were subsequently over punished when that petty memo writing tyrant got to also be the judge and the jury.

  31. Concussion182 says:
    Patriots = CHEATERS. They will never be known otherwise. It all started Eagles/Patriots Super Bowl with spygate. So spare us all your pathetic excuses. They are cheaters period.
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    Where to start? I’m tempted to ask what you THINK Spygate was!

    Pats/Eagles Super Bowl was in 2005!

    The obscure rule regarding sideline camera placement wasn’t even proposed until 2006! The Patriots violated that in the first half of the first game of 2007 (though really Belichick actually outsmarted Goodell by utilizing a loophole – which infuriated Goodell, starting all of this!)

    Oh sure – players and fans have fabricated other stories. But let’s all remember – of all the players and coaches that have gone through the Patriots ranks over the last 17 years not ONE has come forward to say “I was on the Patriots and here’s how we cheated!”

    Not ONE! Even Mangini states that the camera placement was a minor rule that he was in the right to point out – but never imagined Goodell would go bonkers the way he did!

    So if you’re going to accuse the Patriots of being cheaters, at least try to understand what Spygate actually was!

    The whole Eagles/Patriots Super Bowl is a brand new one you just fabricated right here!

    LOL!

  32. As a long suffering Falcons fan, the Patriots are the best team. They were brilliant in the comeback. I don’t believe in the asterisk non sense and I am looking forward to our regular season game with them. All teams break or bend the rules,I know we cheated with the sound system but took the punishment,adjusted and ended up with the honor of playing against a legendary coach and quarterback . It was a thrilling season,win or lose,I have no regrets. So let it go about the cheating.

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