Jonathan Kraft hopes Brady was 'conflicted'

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Jonathan Kraft hopes Brady was 'conflicted'

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
NEW ORLEANS - Tom Brady's name gets top billing -- because, alphabetically, it's the first on the list -- on the players' antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. That hasn't escaped the attention of Patriots' president Jonathan Kraft. Asked his reaction to seeing "Brady (et. al.) vs. NFL (et. al.)" Kraft said through a strained smile, "Look, on a personal level, myself - and I think every member of my family - feels extremely close to Tom. Id like to think Tom was conflicted before he made that decision, but youd have to talk to Tom about it."Kraft said he hasn't spoken to Brady, but theorized, "He obviously feels like, I guess, that he made a business decision that was the right thing for him. Id like to think he was conflicted in making it, but I dont know that.
"I havent talked to him about it, Kraft said, so he didnt consult me when he was making it.Kraft's counsel probably would have been to keep his name out of it. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.

The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.

“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”

And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.

“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.

Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.

Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.