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Bryant: 'I was rooting for the Patriots'

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Bryant: 'I was rooting for the Patriots'

BOSTON -- With such a deep-seeded rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers, one might think Kobe Bryant would root for the opponent of any Boston-related team.

That wasnt the case with the Super Bowl.

I was rooting for the Patriots just because of Bill Belichick and Tom (Brady) and those guys, he said after the Lakers overtime win against the Celtics. I was pulling for them. I wanted to see them do well, I wanted to see them get another one, but just came a little bit short.

During the game, Bryant chatted with tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was one of several Pats in attendance along with team owner Robert Kraft.

I told him he should go play for the Eagles, thats what I told him, said Bryant, a native of Philadelphia. Actually I just told him congratulations on a good year.

Bryant, 33, smiled at the mention of the 22-year-old NFL player smiling after they talked.

Its funny, he said. Im so old, most of the guys watched me when they were in middle school. But I appreciate their talent as well.

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

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NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.