Robert Kraft: We will always have Tom Brady’s back

AP

Patriots owner Robert Kraft didn’t wear a Tom Brady jersey to the podium at the team’s draft party at Gillette Stadium on Friday night, but he did wear his heart on his sleeve while talking about the quarterback.

Brady had his suspension reinstated by an appeals court ruling last week, setting up another round of legal squabbling. While Kraft didn’t fight the penalties levied on his team as a result of Deflategate, he made it clear that the team will continue to support the quarterback’s fight to get his four-game suspension overturned.

“Number one, there is no finer ambassador for the game of football, and the New England Patriots, than Tom Brady,” Kraft said. “We always have had, and will continue to have, Tom’s back. Especially when he’s being treated unfairly. He knows that. All the decisions that this organization and I personally have made throughout this ordeal have been focused on putting Tom in the best possible position for success.”

“Number two, I have been in constant communication with Tom over the past 16 months and we’ve had numerous conversations this past week. We are both on the same page and he knows exactly where my allegiances, and the total team’s [allegiances] are, relative to the extremely unfair discipline that he has been subjected to.”

“I share in our fans’ anger and frustration with the penalties the league has levied, and the entire process and how it was conducted. But please trust that I am always trying to do what I believe is best for this franchise, and pledge that I will always continue to do that.”

While the Patriots support Brady, they also need to make sure they are prepared in the event they have to open the season without him. They took a step toward doing that by selecting Jacoby Brissett in the third round, assuring themselves of another quarterback behind Jimmy Garoppolo on the depth chart.

64 responses to “Robert Kraft: We will always have Tom Brady’s back

  1. If you’re not cheating you’re not trying = the patriot way.

    Translation – we all cheat here and we’ll lie for each other

    It sucks the commissioner finally said enough is enough and put his foot down to it

  2. I would like to see Kraft just do something other than talk about his support for Brady. I like Kraft as an owner but other than say you have toms back what have you done for our QB?

  3. Being a patriot fan I’d like to believe this but Kraft is a sellout owner pretending to have a player’s back. If he really had his back he’d fight the injustice against his fellows owners with the vigor he does as a successful CEO of his other businesses.

  4. What Kevin Faulk did last night will always be legendary up here in New England.

    “The Patriots, AND TOM BRADY, select….”

    Right in Troy Vincent’s eye!!

  5. Every Pats fan out there knows we are going to make the post-season regardless of this witch hunt, and God willing, Gooddell will hand that shiny trophy to Tom once again. Go Pats.

  6. Whatever, Krafty Bob. We’re not buying “I am always trying to do what I believe is best for this franchise.” We all know that underlying it all, you are still one of the money grubbing crooks who’ve chosen to run (or is that ruin) this league without a true commissioner.

  7. Except when we have a chance to show solidarity and fight the ruling for the first round pick, then we will concede for “the good of the league” aka show that the owners will always close ranks when real change/dollars are at stake. I’d rather have Kraft than any other owner and he’s done an incredible job, but the idea that he’s different than any of the others in terms of his priorities is a fiction.

  8. Kraft just reworked Toms contract so IF he sits he loses 250,000 NOT 2.5 million….I’d say that’s doing more than talking…. & I bet Kraft is helping out on the lawyer fees as well…

  9. Every player should strive to emulate Tom Brady’s preperation and execution. He has worked to make himself the greatest winner in NFL history.

  10. Take the 4-game suspension, for these reasons:

    1. The first 4 games are Arizona on the road, then Buffalo, Houston, and Miami at home.
    2. Jimmy G is a good enough QB, he knows the system, and he’ll be well-coached for those 4 games. We could go 3-1 no problem.
    3. I’d want Brady back on the field later in the season against tough teams like Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Denver where we’ll really need him.
    4. When we win SB 51 Brady can do like Burt Reynolds did at the end of the movie The Longest Yard by taking the trophy and shoving it into Goodell’s gut, saying “Stick this in your trophy case!”.

    The haters are going to hate Tom Brady and call us cheaters no matter what. These idiots will never be convinced no matter how hard we try. We of Patriots Nation know the truth – that Brady is innocent and is being treated unfairly by Goodell and the NFL. So let’s get the whole Deflategate thing out of the way once and for all and let’s stick it to the league by winning another Super Bowl.

  11. “Number one, there is no finer ambassador for the game of football, and the New England Patriots, than Tom Brady,” Kraft said.

    There is; but of course you have to support him, he brought you multiple trophies.

    Better ambassadors for the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald comes to mind and I am not an ARZ. fan.

    Anyway…no surprise the owner supports his QB.

  12. If we assume a perspective that’s based on reality, there’s very little he can do at this point except openly supporting him like this and maybe a few private powerplay discussions, which would be useless if not private. I have a feeling if clueless people stopped talking, the amount of silence would be surprising.

  13. Is this the closest he’s come to expressing that he was wrong to sacrifice the draft picks? He doesn’t quite say it but you sort of feel it now, much more than in previous statements. Patriots nation is pissed.

  14. “I share in our fans’ anger and frustration with the penalties the league has levied, and the entire process and how it was conducted. But please trust that I am always trying to do what I believe is best for this franchise, and pledge that I will always continue to do that.”

    THIS… From the guy that acquiesced to the league regarding fines and punishment and screwed over his loyal fan base .

    I’m sure Pats fan can crowd fund the money Tom Brady will lose out on because of Krafts decisions “in the best interest of the franchise”.

  15. Brady cheated.
    Period!
    He is a great QB no doubt and he probably did not need to cheat to be a great QB, but, he is also a cheater.
    He cheated to gain a competitive advantage and therefore he is a cheater.
    Kraft and Patriot fans can spin and deny all they want but the facts remain, Brady along with the Patriot teams complicity cheated to gain an unfair advantage to win games.
    Therefore, all their winning seasons fall to reasonable suspicion that since they cheated with football pressures. what else have they done to win past games but were never caught.

  16. We already know you have his back. You had your employees help him cheat then take the fall for him. He and your cheating coach are the cash cows of your organization.

  17. Kraft raised the white flag to early and Bradys been left hung out to dry……you better have his back the rest of his life for what hes done for you and your franchise……..

  18. Yeah, O.K. Robert!
    That’s why you quickly caved in and accepted the NFL punishment of 1 million and lost #1 draft pick? Not to mention firing “The Deflator”, Tommy boy’s text buddy.
    To me that is admitting wrong doing.
    Patriots Superbowl wins all include a *

  19. Brady is done. He’s got no WR’s and no RB’s and a fading OL. The defense is in shambles. If they weren’t in such a weak division they would miss the playoffs this year.

  20. I hope Kraft encourages Brady to sue Goodell personally and the NFL organization for defamation of his character. Something like $250 million. Brady has a strong case. Let his new attorney Ted Olson argue the case. I’d love to see Goodell and the rest of his corrupt mob dragged into court.

  21. If Kraft hadnt stood by Goodell during his discipline to other teams, they wouldnt have been so eager to drop the hammer on him now. He should have fought all discipline, not assumed that taking the penalties would help Bradys suspension.

  22. Of course you will, the cheating and arrogance starts at the top.
    Nice to see you beg for the return of that first round pick. How did that work out?

  23. Pats organization will always have his back – they will even cheat for him, find fall guys (i.e., the Deflator) to cover for him, restructure his contract to minimize the dollar hit when suspended, etc.

  24. Brady is done. He’s got no WR’s and no RB’s and a fading OL. The defense is in shambles. If they weren’t in such a weak division they would miss the playoffs this year.

    11 17 i Rate This

    How does one respond to such a comment…………..

  25. Brady cheated.
    Period!
    He is a great QB no doubt and he probably did not need to cheat to be a great QB, but, he is also a cheater.
    He cheated to gain a competitive advantage and therefore he is a cheater.
    Kraft and Patriot fans can spin and deny all they want but the facts remain, Brady along with the Patriot teams complicity cheated to gain an unfair advantage to win games.
    Therefore, all their winning seasons fall to reasonable suspicion that since they cheated with football pressures. what else have they done to win past games but were never caught.

    0 0

  26. Kraft screwed up by not fighting the “Serial Liar” and bowing to his jealous billionaire partners, but he is right we all stand behind Brady and his completely unjust and criminal treatment by the “Serial Liar”, the owners, the “Liars” minions at 345 Park Avenue and the lazy headline grabbing unethical Media.

  27. So even if he knows Brady is a cheater he still has his back. Good to know. Or he says this just because Brady knows of a lot more cheating and he doesn’t want him to roll over when he’s not allowed in the hall of fame after he gets cheating again probably soon.

  28. canetic says:
    Apr 30, 2016 11:07 AM
    Brady is done. He’s got no WR’s and no RB’s and a fading OL. The defense is in shambles. If they weren’t in such a weak division they would miss the playoffs this year.
    ——————————————————————–

    If you keep telling yourself this, maybe you might really believe it! Either that or you got some bad crack!

  29. If Kraft means what he says he needs to pressure the other owners to intervene and stop pretending that he is helpless. This is the time to stand up if you mean what you say, Mr. Kraft. You should have already done this to protect your team and the fans. Time to be counted if you have the courage.

  30. Even Kraft admitted Brady’s guilt…accepting all the punishment!

    If he was innocent, NO owner would have done that

  31. Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback in the history of football, second to nobody.

    All other opinions are trash.

    🙂

  32. Why wouldn’t Bobby have Tammy’s back? For 16 years Brady has been the unquestioned triggerman to the most sophisticated cheating and espionage techniques in professional business. Tammy has single handedly cheated the Pats to $ Lombardis. Kraft will always love Tammy and her Daddy, Big Bill.

  33. Brady is done. He’s got no WR’s and no RB’s and a fading OL. The defense is in shambles. If they weren’t in such a weak division they would miss the playoffs this year


    So we heard in 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015 🙂

    How did that work out?

    🙂

  34. canetic says:
    Apr 30, 2016 11:07 AM

    Brady is done. He’s got no WR’s and no RB’s and a fading OL. The defense is in shambles. If they weren’t in such a weak division they would miss the playoffs this year.
    —————————————

    He had even less last year and they were still in it until the last play of the AFCCG.

  35. cornerstone2001 says:
    Apr 30, 2016 12:47 PM
    Even Kraft admitted Brady’s guilt…accepting all the punishment!
    If he was innocent, NO owner would have done that
    _______________________________________
    Ha! Nice one! Unfortunately, you’re wrong.

    Kraft would’ve had to sue the NFL which would be suing himself. Not a smart business move…
    You stick to making up accusations, nicknames and cute little “#s”…Let the self-made multi-millionaire worry about his business…

    Run along now, back to the kids table…

  36. jimjets says:
    Apr 30, 2016 10:25 AM
    If you’re not cheating you’re not trying = the patriot way.

    Translation – we all cheat here and we’ll lie for each other

    It sucks the commissioner finally said enough is enough and put his foot down to it

    ———–
    LOl you’re a Jets fan? Jets caught taping the Pats after he memo- nothing. Actually caught tampering with the footballs- equipment guy suspended 1 game. Tampering? They get much less punishment than other teams. Coaches tripping players…

    More cases of YOUR team cheating than the Pats. Actually, caught, proven. Buts Jests fans run the league so they always skate. And the Jets still suck!

  37. I don’t care, any more, if Brady is forced to sit even the first note of the National Anthem Week 1 – I will never watch another NFL game as long as I live.

  38. jimjets says:
    Apr 30, 2016 10:25 AM
    If you’re not cheating you’re not trying = the patriot way.

    Translation – we all cheat here and we’ll lie for each other

    It sucks the commissioner finally said enough is enough and put his foot down to it
    —————————————–

    We cheat all the time and we don’t care who knows it = the jet way.

    Translation — we cheat all the time and we still haven’t won anything since the moon race.

    It’s great the commissioner is a Jets fan and never puts his foot down.

  39. Oh Dear Lord….I grow tired of asking. Dear Haters, please provide some evidence that Brady and the Pats cheated. Anyone?

    You don’t have any and wont find any cuz it
    Just ain’t true.

    Please try and be objective. Your hatred is just sad…and you should be better than that.

    I’ll keep asking for proof. Will u at least look?

    A former NFL/PACKERS FAN

  40. Oh Dear Lord-
    Draft picks lost, fines levied, jobs lost, rules changed, phones busted, penalties accepted by the owner, lengthy investigations levied, several court rooms and judges times wasted, and a scrub QB drafted early in the draft…

    …all because of the Ideal Gas Law.

    Yeah, I’m still not buying it…

  41. bubbybrister/shovelpass says:
    Apr 30, 2016 7:53 PM

    Oh Dear Lord-
    Draft picks lost, fines levied, jobs lost, rules changed, phones busted, penalties accepted by the owner, lengthy investigations levied, several court rooms and judges times wasted, and a scrub QB drafted early in the draft…

    …all because of the Ideal Gas Law.

    Yeah, I’m still not buying it…
    ————————————

    No, all of that happened because the corrupt commissioner of the NFL perpetrated a fraud against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

    The Ideal Gas Law should have stopped the whole fiasco, but the bozos in charge of the operation didn’t know anything about it, and they started the propaganda machine before the stadium was even empty, and by then it was too late to turn back.

  42. “We will always have Tom Brady’s back”.
    Apparently just not as much as he has the backs of the other owners in the league.
    What conversations did Kraft have with Brady before he agreed to the fine and loss of draft picks?

  43. bubbybrister/shovelpass says:
    Apr 30, 2016 7:53 PM
    Oh Dear Lord-
    Draft picks lost, fines levied, jobs lost, rules changed, phones busted, penalties accepted by the owner, lengthy investigations levied, several court rooms and judges times wasted, and a scrub QB drafted early in the draft…

    …all because of the Ideal Gas Law.
    ______________________________________

    Yeah Bubby, that pesky Science. So inconvenient to the attempted character assassination.

    Kiss The RingS!

  44. Easiest Test in the World.

    Question –

    Should you believe:

    A) 100+ Years of Proven Science

    B) 56+ Proven NFL lies?

    Not so surprisingly, 98% of Troll Fantasy Island would fail this simple test.

  45. zoxitic says:
    Apr 30, 2016 10:40 AM

    We will always defy the NFL. Even when we are wrong. Because we are above the rules.
    ______________________________________

    We will always make things up about the Patriots to deflect attention away from their utter and complete domination of our teams.

    20+ Years of Dominance! Fact not Opinion!

  46. I don’t know if Kraft reads PFT but if I had his ear I would tell him “accepting” Fraudgers penalties was the single worst move he’d ever made for this team and it proves he is out of touch with the fans and the NFL community in general.
    Like a true 1%er, at the time he had no vision or foresight into all of the problems he has caused by falling for Goofdells’ lies.
    Mr. Kraft, step aside and let your son take-over, you are too old and gullible to run this franchise any longer.
    Go enjoy your trophy wife and all of your money before it’s too late. You are wandering dangerously close to Jerrah Jones territory.

  47. I will start off by saying I think the Pats have a history of rule bending and cheating. Brady I believe DID NOT tell they ball boys to deflate the balls. I think they acted alone because by any means necessary attitude is so ingrained in the organization, and also because Brady is a whiny brat. I think the “generally aware” statement means that everyone in the organization knows this culture. I think Brady is just the scapegoat of years of bad behavior on part of the Patriots. Bit unfair as he did not act alone, but I have no sympathy for him

  48. Despite what the Hatriots fans say, the “evidence” Goodell himself produced in his “independent investigation” actually exonerates Brady and affirms that no unnatural deflation took place

    Even if Goodell or Hatriots fans want to assert that circumstantial evidence makes him look bad, if this was a murder trial, well, then the supposed “victim” strolled into the courtroom

    With this proof that Goodell and the NFL are corrupt – with the Commissioner himself the tarnish on the shield he claims to oppose – nothing short of Kraft calling for a vote of no confidence among other NFL owners will suffice for NE Fans

    At the very least we’d have a public viewing of which owners actually assert that Roger has “unquestioned integrity” in the NFL

  49. 315judman says:
    Apr 30, 2016 12:03 PM

    I’ll never get tired of this story. Lol @ those cheaters and their championships****
    ______________________________________

    Of course you won’t… It is a distraction from your under preforming team.

    We’ll celebrate championships, you keep celebrating the dreams of “*****”. Yay Loser’s Circle!

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