Boston’s Robert Kraft explains why he went out of his way to help New York

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So much for that Boston-New York rivalry.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, appearing Thursday night on CNN, explained why he wanted to purchase and send to New York City 300,000 of the 1.2 million N95 masks the team’s plane retrieved from China.

“I’ve been watching Governor [Andrew] Cuomo over the last few weeks, and I just think he’s done an outstanding job,” Kraft said. “He’s at the epicenter of this crisis, and he has a calming way about him and he brings confidence.

“And I have a personal tie to New York City. Columbia was good to me and gave me a full scholarship as a kid. I love the city, I love the people there. I don’t think what’s going on is something any of us could imagine.”

Beyond those ties, Kraft saw this as a chance to bring people together.

“We agreed to buy the masks and give them to the people of the City of New York just to try to bring some hope and goodwill and let people know we’re trying to bring everything together and generate some good feelings,” Kraft said.

And so the 300,000 masks will arrive in New York tomorrow morning, thanks to Kraft’s efforts.

“I think that was the only good call I’ve gotten in about 10 days,” Cuomo said on CNN. “Mr. Kraft is a special man and what he did here is pure generosity and goodness.”

It’s more than that. It’s a sign of hope and inspiration that hopefully will spread as more Americans of means look for ways to help those who are fighting this battle on the front lines.

“People are looking for good things,” Kraft said. “This is the greatest country in the world. It’s time for us to rally together and solve these kinds of issues.”

40 responses to “Boston’s Robert Kraft explains why he went out of his way to help New York

  1. ’It’s a sign of hope and inspiration that hopefully will spread as more Americans of means look for ways to help those who are fighting this battle on the front lines.’

    Well said

  2. He doesn’t have to explain himself! He’s helping where help is needed. Here in NY is the epi-center right now. Rivalries mean nothing.

  3. Class move by a man who has been often verbally attacked, most often with lies and innuendo.

  4. Anyone that buys into these rivalries after the game has ended needs their heads checked. I don’t care where you’re from, who you root for, or who you vote for, if you’re a red-blooded human being, I want your doctor to have the proper equipment to treat you. Even if you’re my worst enemy.

    Yes, that means you, Roger Goodell. Even you.

  5. More like American helps out Americans…

    Or Human helps out other humans.

    The Boston – New York rivalry seems so petty at the moment.

  6. I love Bob, but honestly, he voted for Trump. Someone must ask him if it was worth the shortsightedness to lower his taxes by voting for Trump.

    Great leadership here from him, but seriously. Trump slashing the cdc budget in 39 countries, including China, has caused this.

    Stay safe, everybody.

  7. POTUS could take a note or two on leadership from Cuomo. He’s really inspirational. And kudos to Kraft. Good man.

  8. A very good example of Americans helping Americans. We must be one to get through this.

  9. >”Kraft explains why he went out of his way to help New York”

    This makes it sound like it would be unusual otherwise. I get that in sports he’s the bad guy in NY, but when the game’s over, he’s just one of us. We are all in this together. We are going to need articles non-stop from here on out about people “going out of their way” to help others in places they don’t live if that’s the case.

    I’m not belittling Mr. Kraft’s contribution. I think it’s absolutely fantastic. Just not a fan of it being framed as somehow out of the ordinary on a human-helping-fellow-human level.

  10. I respect what he has done, and people of means can also help out, doing good makes one feel better. The nation needs all the help it can receive. Bill

  11. I know they are sports rivals but didn’t realize Kraft would have to explain himself like they are at war.

  12. ….how could anyone with the resources just sit on them? Rivalries be damned.

    Since the mayor of America’s largest city is afraid to call out his homeboy for fear of petty retribution, Krafty rose above all that. Setting the example.

    #loudisnotleading

  13. We hate our rivals but we love our rivalry. The rivalry binds us together in a form of mutual dependence.

  14. I find it interesting that some attack Trump for this but praise Cuomo, who is presiding over the hot spot for this in the entire world. Seems like an odd dynamic that one get blamed for all of it but the person the heads up the worst area now in the world is praised

  15. I have a question. Why can’t people get issued x amount of masks then sterilize them for reuse? I’m a high risk person and i was using isopropyl alcohol to do just that. Hang to dry then reuse. The masks i have didn’t dissolve.

  16. tigerlilac says:
    April 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm
    Class move by a man who has been often verbally attacked, most often with lies and innuendo.
    ===========================

    There are actually people in the media criticizing for this move.

  17. You nailed the essence of the problem …

    jmethane says:
    April 2, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    More like American helps out Americans…

    Or Human helps out other humans.

    The Boston – New York rivalry seems so petty at the moment.

  18. POTUS could take a note or two on leadership from Cuomo

    Trump already started travel restrictions in January and everybody on the other side criticized him for it.

  19. Those calling for a return of manufacturing to the USA – I’m all for it, but are you willing to pay higher prices for the goods, or will you demand that people making the stuff work for the same low wages as in China? Our desire for low-cost goods is why they’re made out of country.

    Including footballs, to keep this on topic… 🙂

    We should at a minimum have the ability to make critical medical goods here (PPE, basic medications), even if it means some form of Federal subsidy.

  20. Newsflash to Tylawpick6: China caused this. Period. Odd how Doctors and any other whistle blowers in China on COVID-19 have been disappeared. Nice of you to do their propaganda work though.

  21. I love Bob, but honestly, he voted for Trump.
    ————–

    Didn’t BB vote for Trump too. I seem to remember a letter he penned to Trump that was read at some press conference. Shortsightedness on BB as well or is he teflon?

  22. A more classy act would have been doing this without the media finding out as Kobe Bryant often did sneaking off to spend time in hospitals with kids who were dying, his only stipulation was no media, no PR.

  23. nrings says:

    Those calling for a return of manufacturing to the USA – I’m all for it, but are you willing to pay higher prices for the goods, or will you demand that people making the stuff work for the same low wages as in China?
    ================================================

    With the gain of millions of jobs back into the USA, yes, I’m willing.

  24. I have never been a Patriots fan but when I heard the news of this start circulating I could not help but give a HUGE kudos to Mr.Kraft for stepping above and beyond for this country. Numerous celebrities have planes, why have they not stepped up to help bring shipments of crucial supplies back to the US? This goes beyond the Patriots, beyond Bellichek, beyond Mr.Kraft, no feelings of deflate gate and any other “cheating theories” this goes to being a American, being a human being and caring for the well being of others in the face of the worst times that most Americans have ever (hopefully will ever) experienced in their lifetime.

    As a American, as a Paramedic, as a human being with a heart for humanity I say THANK YOU, Mr.Robert Kraft!

  25. jmethane says:
    April 2, 2020 at 10:24 pm
    More like American helps out Americans…

    Perfectly stated!!

  26. A Barrera says:
    April 3, 2020 at 12:41 am
    I have a question. Why can’t people get issued x amount of masks then sterilize them for reuse? I’m a high risk person and i was using isopropyl alcohol to do just that. Hang to dry then reuse. The masks i have didn’t dissolve.

    Doctors and nurses and EMT’s etc. don’t have time to hang and dry.

  27. Great job, Kraft!

    On a related note, it’s a shame American companies have been exporting medical equipment during this pandemic. The flight by the Patriots plane was unnecessary.

  28. I find it interesting that some attack Trump for this but praise Cuomo, who is presiding over the hot spot for this in the entire world.
    ——
    Not Cuomo’s fault that NYC is one of the biggest metropolis’ on the planet. Also, not sure people are blaming Trump, it’s not his fault, he was just way behind the curve. Cuomo didn’t come on the air a couple weeks ago and say we had corona under control, Trump did. He changed messages 3-4 times in March. Just not strong leadership, sorry. To this day he still seems more concerned with the political fallout of this than the real world costs. Nothing to do with his political bend, the guy personally is just a hot mess.

  29. Of course NYC is going to be the hardest hit. Anyone ever been there? It’s like the port for America – millions travel in & out of there every week. Cuomo has been awesome.

    Kudos to Mr. Kraft. I think it’s silly to even play up the “rivalry” aspect of this story, though I get it. At a time like this, there is no red/blue, and similarly, no Red Sox/Yankees.

    “We’re all in this together” is a cliche, but very true.

  30. Class act MR Kraft but no surprise here! Glad to see you taking the same path as our president who is doing a great Job!

  31. The NY – Boston rivalry in sports has been great and spirited and fierce. But the two cities/regions have far more in common than not. Socially, historically, politically, etc. Tons of NE kids go to college in NY and tons of NY kids head to Boston. NE is a beautiful part of the country and I say that as a lifelong NY area person and Jets fan.

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