Report: Robert Kraft decided to cut Antonio Brown, Tom Brady disagrees

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pointedly refused to reveal his personal feelings about the team’s decision to cut Antonio Brown, but behind the scenes he reportedly disagreed with it.

Tom E. Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com reports that Brady is not happy that Brown got cut, as Brady viewed Brown as a uniquely talented receiver who would make an enormous difference to the Patriots’ offense.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft made the decision to cut Brown, despite Brady’s disagreement, according to the report.

In fact, the report says that while Kraft was emphatic about cutting Brown after the publication of threatening texts from Brown to the woman who has accused him in a lawsuit of sexual assault, Patriots coach Bill Belichick probably would have kept Brown if it had been up to him.

Ordinarily Kraft delegates personnel decisions to Belichick, but this appears to be a rare — maybe even unprecedented — case of Kraft making the decision himself, without Brady and Belichick being on board.

109 responses to “Report: Robert Kraft decided to cut Antonio Brown, Tom Brady disagrees

  1. If Kraft stepping in like that is “unprecedented” then that means a lot of rumors and reports the past couple years are completely false.

    In this case I do agree with Kraft stepping in. That madness needed to be halted. Trust that it not been we would already by now have had more madness happen.

  2. Owners gonna own….of course Brady and BB disagreed, they want another super bowl…Good for Kraft for doing the right thing!!

  3. TOM! You have him living in your house with your WIFE! AND he is charged with rape, why would you accept that? Normally innocent until proven guilty, but he was harassing the alleged victim. You have to cut ties and let it play out in the court. AND keep him away from YOUR WIFE. The potential loss is too great.

  4. pure speculation by tom “i hate the home team patriots because they shut me out and feed me disinformation” curran.

  5. Kraft is the owner and face of his company. He would do what was in the best interest of it- optics included. B&B are in the business of winning games. Sometimes what’s best for the company supersedes what’s on the field.

  6. That’s why Brady keeps “liking” AB’s social media posts. Like an adolescent. Says a lot about him and BB.

  7. Marcus Parkhill says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    Owners gonna own….of course Brady and BB disagreed, they want another super bowl…Good for Kraft for doing the right thing!!
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    Kraft’s only option was to do the “right thing.” He’s already in hot water himself for an actual crime.

  8. It was the right move. Sure you lose an extremely talented WR, but he isn’t stable from a mental perspective.

  9. If this story is true, it reflects very poorly on the character of both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. I am extremely disappointed in both.

  10. I hate to admit it, but, as much as I dislike AB as a person, I find myself less excited to watch the Patriots now that he has been cut…

    Kind of like buying a double sausage mcmuffin with extra bacon and a donut on it. You take a bite and it is delicious! After a few seconds, you realize that it is going to be horrible for your health so you throw it in the trashcan. Afterwards, you know it was bad for you and that you made the right decision, but some small part of you is disappointed that you didn’t eat the whole thing.

  11. It is interesting that Kraft, who claims he is falsely accused, does not support a fellow comrade in joints who also may be falsely accused?
    The law of slime is certainly changing our scales of justice …

  12. pretty ironic that Robert Kraft made the decision to cut Brown. Should the Patriots of “cut” Kraft after his rendezvous down in Florida…I get he is the “owner” but when does he become the moral compass for the team based on his past transgressions.

  13. Told ya. This is what I mean about Brady thinking he is entitled to All Pro weaponry all the time.

    The fact is, Edelman, Gordon and Dorsett is as talented a trio as any in the conference and Tom doesn’t think so, well, because he’s Brady.

    Love Brady, diehard Pats fan, but this stuff is overbearing.

    I loved it when BB dealt Moss to snap Brady out of it in 2010 because it made him the league MVP in 2010. And, I loved it when BB drafted JimmyG and worked everyday with him because it made him fear for his job.

    And, yes, you do have influence in personnel decisions as you were “1000% in” on the risk that was Antonio Brown.

    Button up the chin strap, Tom. You have the best RB group in the conference, the best OL coach in NFL history, the best coach in NFL history, arguably the league’s premier OC, and arguably the best WR group in the conference, with a rookie named Jakobi Meyers who you won’t look at much so far to start the season.

    Well, start looking.

  14. Good for Kraft it’s his money being spent . No matter the talent with what this guy has been accused of by multiple women . Add how he bailed on his team making a playoff run last year. Then apparently played the raiders doing all he could to be released. He doesn’t deserve another chance in NFL. Better suited for the XFL I’m sure they would love the attention seeking drama queen

  15. The Patriots will prove to the rest of the league once again that when push comes to shove, Brady and Belichick continue to rise to the occasion. It’s amazing how after so many times guys like Rob Parker and Stephen A. Smith have been proven wrong, people still bet against this team. It’s comedy gold at this point.

  16. iberiasaint says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    Did Kraft sell the team to Brady? If not, did Kraft ask for his input? IF not, Brady should shut up.

    He gets a microphone put into his face and gets asked a question. He answers the question.

  17. isn’t it interesting how one guy ( A Brown) can cause so much turmoil and problems on a team, or in his case this year two teams… stay tuned for the 3rd team for him to cause some turmoil

  18. More nonsense in the media’s never ending attempts ar driving a stake between Bill, Kraft, and Brady. Give it up media slugs it’s not happening

  19. Last I checked he owned the team. He can do whatever he wants. Don’t like it, scrape together 4 or 5 billion and buy your own.

  20. We all already knew what type of guy Belichik is.
    But this should finally prove to all, just what kind of slime that Tom Brady is.
    Wonder what Giselle thinks of Toms view of abuser Brown?

  21. We all already knew what type of guy Belichik is.
    But this should finally prove to all, just what kind of slime that Tom Brady is.
    Wonder what Giselle thinks of Toms love for abuser Brown?

  22. This is Kraft listening to the media reports and trying to save face for his franchise. A franchise that will be around after Brady, Belichick, and even himself will be gone. They were already getting dogged in the media for the way everything went down in the first place, because it did appear to be set up. Now, after he is signed, Brown does something as stupid as threaten people who have voiced these allegations? Yeah, not the sharpest tool in the shed. Now he is where he should have been from the moment Oakland released him, on the couch where he has plenty of time to be on Twitter and in the court room where he will be tried for whatever acts he has committed (sexual misconduct, destruction of property, and failure to pay alike). BB and Brady truly just want to win at all costs.

  23. trollaikman8 says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:51 pm
    Well to be fair, Kraft’s hands were tied.

    He wanted to be bound & gagged but that’s an extra $40, and Soon Yi wasn’t working that day.

    7 3 Rate This

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    So were BB’s. He took on the primadonna risk for Brady and then had to answer for it at press conferences with Brady housing Brown and using Twitter, enabling Brown.

    Face palm city.

    I am as diehard as they come but for the TEAM, not just pampered Brsdy.

  24. omniscient48 says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    If this story is true, it reflects very poorly on the character of both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. I am extremely disappointed in both.

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    I’m sure that will keep them up at night.

  25. Dublin Demons says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:41 pm
    TOM! You have him living in your house with your WIFE! AND he is charged with rape, why would you accept that? Normally innocent until proven guilty, but he was harassing the alleged victim. You have to cut ties and let it play out in the court. AND keep him away from YOUR WIFE. The potential loss is too great.
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    im not sure you realize this but AB never did live a Toms house. That was a totally false report that some of you just never bother stopping yoyr run with. AB was staying at the Renaissance those 11 days.

  26. He’s not charged with rape. If a woman randomly charged you with it, would you ok with everyone assuming you’re guilty?

    I’m not an AB fan, but it’s the accusations that the owners are worried about, it’s how AB is handling it.

  27. Brady didn’t have to pay Brown. After the latest incident, Brown was almost surely going on the Exempt List, with pay. One of the reasons nobody will touch him now. No point in keeping him.

  28. That puts Brady’s “Maybe someday I’ll be the owner and…” from Monday’s mild rant into context.

    seems to fit the speculation.

  29. mountie97 says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    Wow not sure how or why Brady would disagree. AB is a team destroying timebomb.

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    Brady’s job is not to run an organization. Its to lead the team down the field every time they are on offense. So ABs media circus doesnt exist when its time for Brady to do his job, only the receiver skills. And as much of a problem as he was off the field, on the field he has never been anything short of a huge blessing to anyone seeking to lead the team down the field.

  30. mountie97 says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    Wow not sure how or why Brady would disagree. AB is a team destroying timebomb.

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    Because Brown is an unbelievably talented and hard working player that is ruining his life and Brady thought he could help the guy and create a win-win for the team and Brown. I think what Brady said is totally honest. Which is fine.

    Kraft did his job. He assessed the risk and cut his losses. That’s also fine.

  31. Brady only *thinks* he has Rodgers like power when it comes to roster decisions.

    That’s why Rodgers is the GOAT.

  32. mybigthirdleg says:
    September 26, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    He’s not charged with rape. If a woman randomly charged you with it, would you ok with everyone assuming you’re guilty?

    I’m not an AB fan, but it’s the accusations that the owners are worried about, it’s how AB is handling it.

    ————–

    100% true. He’s totally erratic. If it were the accusations he would have been cut before his first game.

  33. Maybe Brady should take on the persona of a monotone old stone face.
    “Next question… Next question… On to Buffalo.”

  34. Kind of like buying a double sausage mcmuffin with extra bacon and a donut on it. You take a bite and it is delicious! After a few seconds, you realize that it is going to be horrible for your health so you throw it in the trashcan. Afterwards, you know it was bad for you and that you made the right decision, but some small part of you is disappointed that you didn’t eat the whole thing.

    you can get bacon on a double sausage mcmuffin?

  35. The Boston Media over the past 3 years:

    Brady wants Jimmy gone. Belichick stomps his feet. Kraft overrules him. THE SKY IS FALLING!
    Belichick wants his personal trainer out of the locker room. Brady stomps his feet. Kraft shrugs his shoulders. THE SKY IS FALLING!
    And now, Kraft wants AB cut. Brady stomps his feet. and Belichick shrugs his shoulders. THE SKY IS FALLING!

    With all this dysfunction, it’s no wonder the franchise is in shambles.

  36. MortimerInMiami says:
    September 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm
    Yet a week earlier, Kraft was all for the signing.

    4 1 Rate This

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    Umm.

    That was pre-knowledge of the suit and Brown acting like an idiot while on the team.

    Get it?

    Man, our country is so dumb.

  37. mattcro0172 says:
    September 26, 2019 at 4:10 pm
    Tylawpic6……listens to way to much Felger and Mazz. How this situation can turn into a knock on Brady is beyond me.

    3 3 Rate This

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    Nope. Haven’t listened since 2011 when they berated Jon Kraft on live radio asking why BB didn’t teambuild like the Jets do.

    I spit out my coffee and turned it off, never listening again, unless by accident ater the mid day show.

    They’re phonies.

    I’m shocked they agree with me here, though.

  38. Kraft is looking to repair his own image which took a recent hit. AB is the best WR in the world but he has a elevated view of himself. He thinks he’s the greatest ever. I mean he is but he’s not.

  39. NE should never had signed AB in the first place, no matter how gifted and unique a receiver he is. AB’s world is toxic and that toxicity attaches like a parasitic beast to all entities orbiting his world.

  40. testmicroblog22 says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm
    I hate to admit it, but, as much as I dislike AB as a person, I find myself less excited to watch the Patriots now that he has been cut…

    ***********************************************************************************

    Had the same general reaction when he left the Steelers. Phenomenal talent, stays healthy, consistently productive, fun to watch — if only it came without the unending hoards of drama and distractions. Too good to be true.

  41. Kraft got fooled by a player nine years ago. The player had him convinced that he had turned his life around, and his past troubles were just that — the past. We all know how that worked out.

    We don’t know what conversations happened over the course of AB’s brief tenure, but he got sued, there had to be some assurances from AB that the team had nothing to worry about. And, obviously, AB lied to them. I suspect that Kraft is very sensitive about that kind of thing now, and will be as long as he owns the team.

  42. Brady is a great guy unless being a decent human comes at the expense of his football team.

  43. Sadly, I believe, considering past quotes from both Belichick and Brady, their not being on board with ABs release is them having their eyes on the Super Bowl prize to the exclusion of any- and everything else.

  44. Mr. Tyreke-Hill says:
    September 26, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    We all already knew what type of guy Belichik is.
    But this should finally prove to all, just what kind of slime that Tom Brady is.
    Wonder what Giselle thinks of Toms love for abuser Brown?

    ______________________________________________________

    Says the guy named Tyreek Hill. Brown was accused. Unlike Brown, there was actually proof of Hill assaulting his child and threatening his wife. Hill should have been suspended. Brady is all about winning. Respect the man’s passion for the game of football.

  45. iberiasaint says:
    September 26, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    Did Kraft sell the team to Brady? If not, did Kraft ask for his input? IF not, Brady should shut up.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Brady was not directly quoted in the paper. He’s a firm believer in “Do Your Job.” He was filmed last week saying he does not participate in personnel decisions. Its doubtful that stance changed. He may have griped to a teammate who gave it to a reporter, but Brady did not discuss publicly. There is nothing to shut up about.

  46. tylawspick6 says:
    September 26, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    So were BB’s. He took on the primadonna risk for Brady and then had to answer for it at press conferences with Brady housing Brown and using Twitter, enabling Brown.
    Face palm city.
    I am as diehard as they come but for the TEAM, not just pampered Brsdy.
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    Oh please you are probably the the biggest fake Pats fan poster of them all. Bellichik and Brady are older school football guys who just want to win, and as long as it’s not getting into the locker room they don’t care.
    If DR. Frankenstein resurrected A. Hernandez Bill would sign him.

    To put it in perspective, Laurence Taylor is one of the greatest defensive players of all time. Without a doubt Bill’s favorite player that he has coached. If today’s social media, traditional media, and the leagues “investigations” existed back then
    Taylor would have been out of the NFL by his third year and roundly hated.

    Bill signed AB because he wants to win and it helped make the team better.
    Brady was all in because he wants to win and because he knows the receiving corp is very weak.
    Kraft stepped in and acted accordingly because he sees the big picture, not just Bill and Tom’s myopic view- it’s exactly how things are supposed to work- Bill did his job, Brady his, and the owner overruled.

  47. “Kraft’s only option was to do the “right thing.” He’s already in hot water himself for an actual crime.”

    Wow 2 misdemeanors, he’s a criminal mastermind

    SMH

  48. Dublin Demons says:

    September 26, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    TOM! You have him living in your house with your WIFE!

    ============

    There was a report that Brady offered, there was zero reports that Brown took him up on the offer

  49. Probably better to be stated that if the decision was made to have AB on the roster in the first place (which was questionable), then what changed RK’s mind? This is probably where TB might have disagreed.

    It looks like RK just didn’t want AB out in the community of Boston representing the Patriots. If AB had killed his social media, then who knows what happens.

  50. I think it is far better to groom Josh Gordon as primary receiver than Antonio Brown.
    Brown is more talented and far more accomplished but it is far better to lose him now and not after 8 weeks with something freaky he did. Josh Gordon can sync up well with Tom and if he plays the Patriots way, he can become an all-pro wide receiver, not to mention win a chip as well.

  51. Tom Brady actually met AB, in person. He had him to his house. He got to know him. Yes, AB looks like a bad guy based on all the reports, but none of you have had the same opportunities as Brady to actually get to know the man. Yet many of you are “dissapointed” in Brady; based on some report that may or may not be accurate. Like he cares.

  52. Non-issue. Brady may not agree, but he’s won SBs with the men around him. AB was icing on the cake, not the flour that made it possible.

  53. After many years of watching Curran, I have to say I take whatever he says with a whole shaker full of salt. There will be a video clip of an interview or press conference and with a straight face he’ll spin whatever he said into meaning the opposite. And that’s what he did here.

    Brady said he’s an employee and it’s not his decision to make, then joked that maybe if he became an owner someday, then he’d be in charge of personnel decisions. Curran claims that means that Kraft made the AB decision and Brady is unhappy about it. Hey, you want to speculate, fine, but Curran presents his speculations as “reports.”

  54. TB and BB’s jobs are to win football games. Period. So I understand and agree with their disappointment. However, much more than winning falls onto the shoulders of ownership, and sadly, a part of that burden is public perception and reputation. Sometimes decisions must be made that are contradictory to winning, but supportive of the organization’s overall health. And it is quite possible the league was ready to shelf AB anyway. Me? I would have kept AB on the field until the league told me I couldn’t. I don’t care about allegation or innuendo. Or what anyone says until it is verified as truth. Until he’s convicted of something, he’s playing. Because what I care about is winning, and that’s why they play the games!

  55. ajgcolorado says:

    The end is near for the Patriots-

    Karma will only put with so much
    ———————————————–
    Patriots are in the process of ‘karma-ing’ their way to a 7th championship

  56. Don’t be shocked if AB signs with the Pats again if the league decides not to discipline him. Moneywise the Pats had to act before they paid the bonus and they had no assurance he would be available. If that assurance is obtained, it could go back to where it was.

  57. I hate to admit it, but, as much as I dislike AB as a person, I find myself less excited to watch the Patriots now that he has been cut.
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    Found myself in the exact opposite situation. Disliked AB as a person and found myself less excited to watch the Pats with him on the field. Glad that’s over.

  58. Any word on whether Brown is still staying at Brady’s house?
    __________
    Brady offered but reports indicate AB never stayed in the Brady’s 2.300 sq ft guest house.

  59. Like Brady needs brown. Other than being the one to make the call, I can’t see why he would be so mad. They have a talented wr crew with out him .maybe only KC is better.

    Dorset is trash but TB sure makes him look like he belongs in the Not saying there is a power struggle but this appears to be about who makes the call. He’s never won a super bowl with a top notch wr so it’d almost better they got rid of brown

  60. omniscient48 says:

    September 26, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    If this story is true, it reflects very poorly on the character of both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. I am extremely disappointed in both.

    Well, there’s a FIRST! Bill and Tom being accused of having some CHARACTER! What’s next a claim to be “HONESTLY TELLING THE TRUTH!”

  61. I don’t get it….so now Tom isn’t allowed to have an opinion on the situation??
    As a player & option on THE FIELD, I’m sure Brady was excited to add him to his arsenal to attack other teams & make his job easier….. to see how well it went vs Miami & the potential down the road & suddenly see that go away had to stink from a player perspective.
    Hey, as a person, I am not impressed at all with AB as an individual & it’s 100% HIS FAULT that he’s off the team…. the CIVIL SUIT filed after his signing was bad, but it was really just an UNPROVEN ALLEGED ALLEGATION at the time & actually still is….. if AB could have just been smart & avoided the outside noise he’d STILL be on the team…..
    I think Brady saw him as a “PROJECT” to work on BOTH on & off the field & hoped he could PERSONALLY help AB work on his perceived image OFF THE FIELD….
    AB made ANOTHER stupid decision & Kraft supposedly went to BB & asked him if he could guarantee nothing like that will happen again & he couldn’t (which was the truth) so instead of risking more bad press & distractions, he did what he felt was best for HIS TEAMS image…..besides, AB as talented as he is on the field wasn’t a need, just a luxury….
    Point is, IF the story is even true, Tom being bummed AB is gone is his prerogative just like everyone else on here voicing theirs…… DEAL WITH IT…. or don’t thats on YOU!!

  62. this is known as a “storyline”. that means curran asked himself “what would make good click bait to get my byline out there?” he could just as well have decided to “report” that brady wanted to dump brown and belichick resisted so brady went over his head to kraft. but that angle was already used by wickersham when the patriots were falling apart 2 super bowls ago.

  63. This great. The final showdown between the two most powerful people associated with the NFL; Kraft and AB. Whomever wins the signing bonus fiasco will come out on top.

  64. Jabez caleb says:
    September 26, 2019 at 5:35 pm
    I think it is far better to groom Josh Gordon as primary receiver than Antonio Brown.
    Brown is more talented and far more accomplished but it is far better to lose him now and not after 8 weeks with something freaky he did. Josh Gordon can sync up well with Tom and if he plays the Patriots way, he can become an all-pro wide receiver, not to mention win a chip as well.
    _____________

    True, because “Josh Gordon” and “dependable” go hand in hand.

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