Roger Goodell on Robert Kraft punishment: “After we get all the facts”

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft kept a low profile at this week’s NFL owners meetings, and the NFL leaned back on previous statements when asked about his status following his solicitation of prostitution charges.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the conclusion of this week’s owners meetings that the league was still gathering information in the case.

“I think we said several weeks ago, the Personal Conduct Policy applies to everybody,” Goodell said. “Commissioners. Owners. Executives. Players. Coaches. And it will be applied to everybody.

“But it will be done after we get all the facts and we have all the information. We will be fair and smart about it, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Goodell was asked later in the press conference about his thoughts on the case and a potential punishment, and again tried to push pause.

“When we get all the information, we’ll make determinations,” he said. “I’m not going to speculate on where we are or my views on anything. Until we get all the information, we’re not to make any discussions or any comments about that. The personal conduct policy is my responsibility.”

Kraft would be subject to suspension or fines according to the policy. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He appeared at the meetings, but didn’t talk to reporters, and Goodell would not disclose any thoughts Kraft might have shared with the membership during the meeting, saying those meetings were confidential.

32 responses to “Roger Goodell on Robert Kraft punishment: “After we get all the facts”

  1. The maximum allowed fine for an organization is $500,000. That’s rather minuscule considering these teams’ (and their owners’) values. Mark Davis is considered to be one of, if not the, poorest owner just for not being a billionaire, and he’s estimated to have a fortune of $500 million. Tepper of the Panthers is worth around $14 billion. Even though Kraft is not worth that much at an estimated $6.6 billion, there’s no way that whatever punishment the NFL concocts will impact Kraft in any significant way financially. He’ll be happy to pay it and move on.

    When Jim Irsay was suspended for six games for his DUI, he was fined $500,000. That’s the maximum allowed punishment. That’s chump change to an NFL owner. And being suspended? Unlike Jerry Jones, Kraft is not the GM of his team. He doesn’t have to be there, and I doubt in my personal opinion his life gets impacted much from that. Remember, with Jerry Richardson, the NFL did not officially make him sell his team, so they can’t force Kraft to sell as punishment, before anyone suggests that. So no, that’s a no-go.

    I’d expect his punishment to be like Irsay’s-he’ll get the max $500,000 fine and around a six game suspension. This policy wasn’t really written with owners in mind, so they’ll have to go to the max in order to have anything noticeable done, but I’d expect the Personal Conduct Policy to be reviewed for owner conduct some time next year.

  2. Nothing will happen to him. His golf buddy Rog always looks out for him because that’s what we pay him for

  3. tylawspick6 says:
    March 27, 2019 at 1:34 am
    Nothing will happen to him. His golf buddy Rog always looks out for him because that’s what we pay him for
    It always amazes me when people think that Goodell favors NE in some way. Did they forget Deflategate? Both the Patriots’ and Colts’ footballs lost air in the same weather conditions. The footballs of BOTH teams measured too low, yet only NE got in trouble when the Colts ADMITTED tampering win one of the Patriots’ balls. Did they forget about Spygate? NE got in trouble for taping from the wrong spot even though it wasn’t officially a rule until the following year. Taping your opponent and stealing signals is not, nor has ever been against the rules. The camera was a few feet out of position. That’s it. Since NE’s punishment, teams have been caught doing both of those things without getting in trouble at all. You bandwagoners sure crack me up!

  4. Pats lost draft picks for the Brady deflategate. That’s about the only punishment the NFL can give that would have any substantial meaning in relation to the team. Anything else is just personal to Kraft. So regardless of punishment, unless picks are involved, teams suffer nothing when owners stray so the rules are highly skewed when applied to owners. Teams are only impacted when players are punished for the same offence.

  5. fordbw says:
    March 27, 2019 at 12:28 am
    Why should Kraft be punished at all? He’s not a player and this “crime” is a misdemeanor.

    Because they are hoping something could happen that might ultimately help their own team. Thats what all this talk is about really.

  6. He’ll be fined $500k and suspended four weeks.

    So let’s think about that. Imposing a $500k fine on him is like imposing a $5 fine on a guy who makes $80k a year. And his 4-week suspension. Ok. Big deal… he’s forced to stay away from the team. Is that really a big deal? What exactly is he missing out on? Delegate important decisions and decisions that cannot be delegated are simply delayed until he returns. At least when a player is suspended 4 weeks, he loses out on 4 week’s pay. I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works for the owner.

    There is not really going to be much of a ‘punishment’ either way you look at it.

  7. “After we get all the facts”… translation… dude, just lay back and chill, let things blow over and we’ll make a statement sometime before the season starts… we got you on this.

  8. the charges will be dropped based on legal challenges, then kraft will be suspended and fined by goodell to curry favor with and appease other owners who are eager to curb kraft’s power and influence, and who are also very jealous of his success. Most importantly, all this is very good for belichick’s team; they always thrive on detractors. I see it as a huge plus for the team and it enhances belichick’s power which I love.

  9. What difference does it make if Mr. Kraft is fined or suspended? Bill Belichick has all the power in football operations. All you need is Jonathan Kraft to sign checks. patriots still roll no matter what. Stairway to seven is upon us. This win is for BOB!

  10. RG: after considering all the facts, TB12 is suspended for the first 4 games of the season.
    TB12: That’s outrageous!! I did nothing wrong!
    RK: Me too!

  11. Kurt’s Cousin says:
    March 27, 2019 at 11:44 am
    I feel a Jussie Smollett coming on!

    Think Kraft’s tight with the DA like JS? In the realm of explanations, I want to see this one more than the Mueller thing.

  12. pensfan1 says:
    March 27, 2019 at 7:55 am
    Pats lost draft picks for the Brady deflategate. That’s about the only punishment the NFL can give that would have any substantial meaning in relation to the team.

    I recall at the outset the NFL told us that the team, coach and owner played no part in any of this. When people talk about fixing games, this was season fixing. Didn’t go as planned but points for effort.

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