Jonathan Kraft: We never apologized to Chris Mortensen

AP

Maybe 11 of the 12 calls were apologies.

Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft said during an interview tonight on 98.5 The Sports Hub that while he’s not mad at Chris Mortensen, that he never apologized to the ESPN star reporter though Mortensen said he did.

“I think that throughout the whole situation that transpired, a lot of respected reporters have received information that was false and really could have only been leaked by the league,” Kraft said during the team’s pregame show. “And in the ordinary course we’ve talked to some of those reporters and we told them that we don’t blame them for the misinformation. We blame their sources for using them.”

While Mortensen said earlier this week the Kraft and his father had apologized, the son made it clear that didn’t happen. But rather than banging on Mortensen himself, Kraft reiterated their anger was with the league for not correcting the erroneous reports that 11 of the 12 balls used in the AFC Championship Game were significantly deflated.

“Still, it hasn’t been corrected publicly. I think when the Wells report came out, some of those details were made public,” Kraft said. “We’ve still never gotten an explanation from the league why the erroneous reports weren’t corrected. And I think the sources for the misinformation are the only ones who should be apologizing to the reporters. We haven’t, and we really have no need to.”

So while Mortensen’s version of the apology may not square with Kraft’s version of events, the salient point remains that Mort should not be the focus of this situation — the league officials who fed him the bad information should be.

67 responses to “Jonathan Kraft: We never apologized to Chris Mortensen

  1. An absolutely meaningless post. Who cares? Real games are starting soon. Fans would much rather have an emphasis on that. Try to do better.

  2. ESPN is the mouthpiece of the NFL and Mortensen is at the CENTER of the False Information DELIBERATELY fed to the public.

    We all need to group together and file a class action lawsuit against Goodel, NFL, ESPN & Mortensen.

    It is time for ‘We the People’ to stand up and sue for Billion$ these corrupt entities that believe it is their prerogative to LIE CHEAT & STEAL from the General Public.

    The arrogance of Goodel, Mortensen and the NYC NFL office has reached an all time overflow of DISGUST.

  3. Goodell needs to be fired. And NOT because of just the witch hunt against the Patriots, but for the Ray Rice drama and many other suspiciously handled PR nightmares. Just get out ‘Bad’ell. Please.

  4. I think Mort has lost his mind in addition to his credibility. Why on Earth would the Kraft’s apologize to him when he was the one who reported bad info? ESPN and the majority of its reporters are liars, or crazy. Actually, most of them are both. NFL has absolutely no shame, feeding lies to ESPN, who is willing and happy to report them. The Kraft’s are very smart-don’t be surprised if a lawsuit against ESPN comes from them.

  5. I don’t buy the “blame the source” crap. The onus is on the reporter to verify what they are going to report. Sure mistakes happen, especially in a time of quick reporting but when you make a mistake, take responsibility and learn from it.

    ~Terry Bradshaw

  6. The guy who should be on the hot seat is Mike Kensil, the Jets fan and Patriots hater, in the NFL front office. He has hated the Patriots since Belichick humiliated the Jets to take the job with the Patriots. He has never forgiven Belichick for that. This was his chance to get back at him. He’s the one who intentionally fed the bad info to Mort and he should be fired. But when he, Goodell and Troy Vincent are all in cahoots to frame the Patriots and conduct a sting operation, it would apparently go against Goodell’s script to fire Kensil.

  7. buuuuuuuut, once again Mortensen with another wrong report. So, 7 months from now we should get some sort of verification from a third party that the Krafts really did not apologize to Chris Mortensen?
    All this just show’s how messed up Goodell, NFL & Espn are.

  8. So while Mortensen’s version of the apology may not square with Kraft’s version of events, the salient point remains that Mort should not be the focus of this situation — the league officials who fed him the bad information should be.
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    The length that Mort has gone in defending his actions of not correcting the misinformation that he reported is the issue at hand. When you are given bad info and put your name on it, it’s your responsibility to let people know that the info was inaccurate when it comes to light that it was wrong.

  9. zachari14 says:
    Aug 28, 2015 8:16 PM
    Also, Tom Brady texted dude to tamper with footballs. Don’t forget. Don’t let the spin cycle sweep that away.

    —this never happened. Please make something else up to make the patriots look bad. Stop lying because your team stinks.

  10. zachari14 says:
    Aug 28, 2015 8:16 PM
    Also, Tom Brady texted dude to tamper with footballs. Don’t forget. Don’t let the spin cycle sweep that away.

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    actually that isn’t true, you sound like you are misinformed. seems like people believe anything they read, or they read smething they like, and think its true no matter what. its not a lie as long as YOU believe it i guess.

  11. Anyone who believes anything coming from ESPN at this point is a complete fool. Simmons and Olbermann criticize Goodell and they get axed but Cris Carter still has a job. The disbarred ex-lawyer Lester Munson is presented as a valid source of expertise on the lawsuit because he’ll say whatever the league wants. Just when you think those clowns in Bristol can’t be a bigger bunch of front-running, water-carrying frauds, they find a way to top themselves.

  12. Florio had it right when he referred to deflategate as a “prosecution”, not an investigation.

    NFL had already determined the outcome, just needed to connect the dots. The idiots tried and the rest is history.

    It’s no longer about an equipment violation, but the actions of the fascist Goodell.

    Mort used to have my respect. Dude’s nothing more than a mouthpiece idiot. Other than live sports, Espn has been unwatchable for years.

  13. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says:
    Aug 28, 2015 8:14 PM
    I wonder if he and his father sit in those toddler high chairs on cbs broadcasts everywhere they go.

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    Not only can they afford high chairs, they could buy and sell you a million times over little man.

  14. Mortensen and Peter King are the absolute worst NFL reporters. The second I see King’s name in any story I scroll past it. Mort is right there with him. They should both move on to globe news or national enquirer.

  15. Sorry, Mort is part of the problem too since this isn’t his first rodeo. Just to recap, Al Davis calls Mort a professional liar. Mort reports Ray Rivera as the new coach of the Cowboys, he said Michael Vick wouldn’t serve any jail time, he once reported Eli Manning would miss a month when in fact he didn’t miss a game that month, he falsely reported 11 of 12 footballs were 2 psi underinflated, and he falsely reported during SpyGate that the Pats taped the Rams walk-throughs. At least he corrected his false SpyGate story.

    Seriously, how does Mort still have a job?!?!?!

  16. I am confused. Why would one of ESPN’s most recognized pro football reporters out and out lie in public? Is he nuts? Or at the very least dillusional? His credibility is shot. Just keep quiet!!!!

  17. Seems pretty obvious this was of the “sorry you’re at the center of this controversy, we’re not mad at you, we’re mad at the NFL” sort of statement.

    As someone who often uses the term “sorry” to express my empathy for other people’s misfortune, let me help clear this up for you Mort.

    “I’m sorry your cat died” is NOT AN APOLOGY. I did not kill your cat.

    “Sorry to see you in so much pain” is NOT AN APOLOGY. I didn’t cause your pain.

    “Sorry you’re getting killed by the public because you misreported a key fact and are backtracking on who gave you this information” is NOT AN APOLOGY. No one is apologizing to you Mort. Krafts and Patriots didn’t cause your $hitstorm. And after this debacle, I’m sure they won’t be giving you any empathy any more either, you hack.

  18. jag1959 Outstanding post…

    Jonathan,

    The Patriots and NFL are engaged in a knockout fight. You grow up in Brookline and went to Williams. It isn’t your fault you don’t know how to fight… Grab a couple Dorchester, Brockton, and West Quincy kids to take on the league and the Patriots Haters in the media. I bet they’d win the fight.

    Please note: Jonathan Kraft would win a battle of brain cells with everyone in the league office as well as media members, 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.

  19. Sooo the Krafts can not even get their denials to jive Hmmmmmmm! They cheat Again, get caught Again, and want an I am sorry! Really! Cheaters Again.

  20. What is ESPN’s endgame here, anyway? Keep passing on lies and hope that Roger Goodell is Commissioner forever? Because once he’s gone, nobody is sending any business your way, liars.

  21. I always thought Mort’s days were done when Schefter came in. That didn’t happen.

    Wondering if being obstinate counts as the #1 contributer to being obsolete.

    Patriots > Schefter.

    I’ll buy that.

  22. Kensil. Kensil. Kensil.

    He has been the driving force behind this whole thing and has been backed by Roger Goodell. This whole thing starts and ends with those two along with $millions to Wells to drive an answer they wanted. The NFL needs to be investigated. Wells claimed he would do that, but was paid by the prosecution, judge, and executioner. What a clown show. They made Mortensen and King look like idiots along the way.

  23. metitometin says:
    Aug 28, 2015 8:47 PM

    The guy who should be on the hot seat is Mike Kensil, the Jets fan and Patriots hater, in the NFL front office. He has hated the Patriots since Belichick humiliated the Jets to take the job with the Patriots. He has never forgiven Belichick for that. This was his chance to get back at him. He’s the one who intentionally fed the bad info to Mort and he should be fired. But when he, Goodell and Troy Vincent are all in cahoots to frame the Patriots and conduct a sting operation, it would apparently go against Goodell’s script to fire Kensil.

    >>>>>>>>>>You are absolutely correct in that Kensil should be on the hot seat…there should be an investigation in the fact that EVERY SINGLE ALLEGATION AGAINST THE PATRIOTS has been tied, in some way, to the NY Jets organization…and ALL the allegations came AFTER Belichick dumped the Jets after ONE DAY as Head Coach to join the Patriots…it won’t take Columbo to figure this out…and I am sure a standard higher than Wells’ “more probable than not” could be applied in Kensil’s case…

  24. Patriots fans- the most think-skinned, insecure dinkiest, fans of them all. They come on PFT after listening to WEEI to “clear the [deflated] air” and make themselves feel better.

  25. Aug 28, 2015 8:47 PM
    The guy who should be on the hot seat is Mike Kensil, the Jets fan and Patriots hater, in the NFL front office. He has hated the Patriots since Belichick humiliated the Jets to take the job with the Patriots. He has never forgiven Belichick for that. This was his chance to get back at him. He’s the one who intentionally fed the bad info to Mort and he should be fired. But when he, Goodell and Troy Vincent are all in cahoots to frame the Patriots and conduct a sting operation, it would apparently go against Goodell’s script to fire Kensil.

    Yeah, this millionaire cares that much. Get a life, a patriots fan

  26. The next honest statement a member of the Kraft family make will make history as the first ever! Ban Shady, Belisheet and the krafties. Move the franchise to LA!

  27. So Schilling gets suspended for posting stupid memes on his personal facebook page and Mortensen completely makes up reports while working and faces no discipline.

    Makes sense….

  28. The Patriots continue to impress with their openness and candor. Tom Brady WAS apparently the most hinest guy in the room at his appeal hearing. The owners need to cLEAN HOUSE at 345 Park Avenue before they ever have my trust or business again.

  29. The Patriots continue to impress with their openness and candor. Tom Brady WAS apparently the most honest guy in the room at his appeal hearing. The owners need to CLEAN HOUSE at 345 Park Avenue before they ever have my trust or business again.

  30. Hey zachari how about all the false reports from the NFL? like the one about 11 out of 12 balls being 2lbs under and the finding out 6 months later that wasn’t true. That gave you trolls 6 months of orgasmic hate. I also could go on and on as the NFL’s track record is very dubious. Nah why would you mention that ?

  31. Looking at some of the comments from the LOW IQ clubbers … I see you seriously have an issue with the truth.. Chris Mortensen simply is unable to come to accept the truth just like you.. You should have him as honorary president of your simple minded club… You can accept the truth so instead insult with childish comments..Very unimpressive and shows a lack of intellect!

  32. Chris Mortensen and his employer, ESPN, have essentially behaved like a wholly owned subsidiary of the NFL.

    ESPN depends so heavily on the NFL for much of its programming and advertising revenue that its objectivity and independence has been rightfully brought into serious question.

    Chris Mortensen’s fallacious reporting is clear evidence of this. It is unforgivable of him, and his parent organization, for not correcting the deliberate lies fed to him by his sources within the NFL’s offices with respect to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

    How can anyone trust what they have to say now, particularly with respect to issues involving the NFL? Bottomline is that we can’t.

  33. Let’s face it

    With the revenue stream ESPN gets from the NFL, Roger Goodell is paying Mort’s salary.

    Literally. Same with all the ESPN executives. The Ombudsman and any reporters who speak their mind have all been muzzled or fired.

    Erroneous
    Sports
    Propaganda
    Network

  34. Regardless of your opinion of delategate or any of the other recent “events” you have to admit that the NFL office has failed to handle quite a few recent situations with any consistency. If you think of the 32 teams as spokes and the league office as the hub on a bicycle wheel, occasionally a spoke or two gets dirty. But the wheel does not look too bad unless the hub is dirty. The NFL office needs cleaning.

  35. And here’s the REALLY odd thing. Part of the reasons the owners were happy with Goodell was because he obtained major concession from the NFLPA

    Ever since that time this egomaniac has been flaunting his “right” to take that to extreme levels, even fabricating evidence when need be with sham “investigations”

    There’s going to be a long strike before the NFLPA agrees to THAT again. So Roger, by abusing a power which could actually be GOOD in the hands of a competent, non-corrupt commissioner, is now sure to be lost

    I just can’t figure out why the owners think Goodell’s done a good job in the last few years from getting caught lying under oath about Ray Rice to fabricating a scandal against the best player in the game to show the NFLPA who the boss is

    I think we need new owners if this is the guy they think has “unquestioned integrity”

  36. Jown Dowd, the guy who banned Pete Rose for Life seems like he wants to ban Goodell for Life.

    His latest commentary reminds everyone of what’s already been brought out by Judge Berman:

    That the NFL accused Brady based on faulty evidence, meaning that there’s no actual proof anyone broke NFL rules, let alone Tom Brady.

    That Brady was suspended on the basis of an awful standard of “more probable than not,” which has no place in hearings that relate to fundamental issues like a player’s job, integrity, and career. Then, without additional evidence, Goodell made the “quantum leap,” as Judge Berman phrased it, that Brady was actively involved in an inflation scheme.

    The idea that the investigation led by Ted Wells that found in favor of Brady’s suspension was independent has now been shown up as a farce, and that Roger Goodell served as judge, jury, and executioner throughout, hearing the appeal of a case he had already decided.

    Then the final kicker – the NFL confirmed the suspension on the basis of a failure to co-operate with the investigation, simply because Brady didn’t do something he was specifically told he didn’t need to do.

    The Hater’s cannot dispute this – Judge Berman himself has already affirmed all of that in court.

  37. Judge Berman’s personal comments and feelings on this case don’t matter. NFL has a solid case and have met their burden of proof. He will sit his four.

  38. i see where peter king issued an apoligy for his report mort seems to come across like.. just another drunken reporter who HEARD a rummer in a bar and your post seems to imply you are jumping in the bed with mort….mort zero credibilty..

  39. What case are you looking at? You can’t see the bad faith exercised by Goodell? That by the way IS reason for Judge Berman can overturn anything

  40. There was no bad faith. If the judge was going to do anything else than uphold the suspension, he would have done so by now. The balls were tampered with. That much he has made clear.

  41. limakey says: Judge Berman’s personal comments and feelings on this case don’t matter. NFL has a solid case and have met their burden of proof. He will sit his four.
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    The NFL’s contention is that it can do whatever it wants and has no obligation to BE fair – let alone conduct a fair proceeding.

    So Goodell’s burden of proof (no evidence needed – if he says guilty, any player IS guilty) may have been met – but it remains to be seen if Judge Berman’s burden of proof has been met.

    Unfortunately for you, Judge Berman has already given MANY indications that his feeling is the CBA does NOT give Goodell the right to ignore fairness and justice – let alone due process.

    I worry for your mental stability should Berman side with the NFLPA – you have a lot wrapped up in finding Brady guilty of something that Berman has already established that the league has not proven.

  42. I have a hard time watching NFL games because I truely believe that they are fixed.

    The NFL owns the refs and I have seen what Goodell and the NFL can do. It is not good.

    To me, now it is only WWE. Just for entertainment not real.
    The team the Goodell wants will win because the refs will make it so.

    Waste of time.

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