If you were expecting Patriots owner Robert Kraft to publicly go against his coach, Bill Belichick, you aren't familiar with how the organization works.
On Monday, Belichick defended his decision to put Gronkowski in the game for the team's 59th point simply saying that, "football players play football."
Belichick has 100-percent support of the Kraft family, and that didn't change when Kraft was asked if he agreed with Belichick leaving Gronkowski in the game.
He does make a good point, Kraft said of Belichick in a Tuesday interview with Mike Lupica on ESPN New York Radio (listen to it here, around the 9-minute mark). Ive had this discussion (with Belichick) previous years, taking (Tom) Brady out or whatever, and he says, and I think its a valid point, when you start taking players out -- and youre saying this guy stays in, hes not as important as the other guy -- remember going back to that 01 Super Bowl, weve always put team first and trying to treat everybody -- no matter where they stand on the pecking order -- the same, you cant do it differently. I now accept that even though it hurts to see what happened to Gronk.
We always hear players -- no matter what their role is -- say that they've never experienced playing in an organization like the Patriots. Perhaps that idea of "we're all equals" goes further than we think.
The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being.
Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona.
The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012.
From the It’s About Time department, the Giants announced Tuesday that they have released kicker Josh Brown.
Brown’s release comes after a messy week for both the organization and the NFL as details about Brown’s admitted domestic violence emerged. The NFL, which initially suspended Brown for one game for a 2015 fourth-degree domestic violence charge, placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list Friday. While on the exempt list, Brown was still under employment with (and therefore paid by) the Giants. His release ends a four-year stint in New York after previously playing for the Seahawks, Rams and Bengals.
"We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh," Giants president and co-owner John Mara said in a statement. "Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.
"We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father. We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.
"We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters' Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."