PALM BEACH -- Robert Kraft applauded the penalty handed down to the New Orleans Saints for their bounty program because of the message it sent to corporate partners.
Speaking Tuesday at the NFL Owner's Meetings, the Patriots owner said, "(Commissioner Roger Goodell's) job is to protect the game. We're privileged we have a 10-year labor agreement, 11-year TV contracts. Anyone that's gonna brand with us wants to know that the league is being run by a strong hand and I think he's done that."
Kraft passed on commenting on the Saints specifically, offering that, "The commissioner is the person who had the most information . . . We don't have the information. He came out with his decision and he has the support of the membership."
He also sidestepped questions about the salary cap penalties handed down to the Redskins and Cowboys that both teams are vehemently fighting this week.
"I think that's in the litigation phase so I'm gonna let the lawyers deal with that. (I'll) pass on that," Kraft said.
In years past, Kraft would be more free with his opinions. On Tuesday he said that, as he's grown older, he's made it a point to resist weighing in as often.
Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed.
The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month.
“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.
Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.”
Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player.
“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”
Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots.
The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message.
Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.
Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.