Kraft 'disappointed' with decision to decertify

Kraft 'disappointed' with decision to decertify

By Tom E. CurranHere's a statement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the lockout. AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 tdcolor: black; @font-face font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; @font-face font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 p.MsoNormal,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 li.MsoNormal,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 div.MsoNormal margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 a:link,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 span.MsoHyperlink mso-style-priority:99; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 a:visited,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; text-decoration:underline; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 p.msochpdefault,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 li.msochpdefault,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 div.msochpdefault mso-style-name:msochpdefault; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 span.emailstyle18 mso-style-name:emailstyle18; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:1F497D; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 span.EmailStyle20 mso-style-type:personal-reply; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:1F497D; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 .MsoChpDefault mso-style-type:export-only; font-size:10.0pt; @page WordSection1 size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 div.WordSection1 page:WordSection1; Statement from Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft: "Going into these union negotiations, I was very optimistic that an agreement could be reachedbefore the end of December if both sides were committed to the negotiations. The same was trueas we approachedthe end of the NFL calendar year. We are fortunate to be operating in an industry that is thriving and I know that there was a deal to be done that was a win-win for both sides.I know thatCommissioner Goodell and his staff invested a tremendous amount of time and resources to negotiate an agreementthat wouldbenefitboth parties and allow the league to continue to build for the future without interruption.I remained in constant contact with Roger and the members of the CEC this week andfully supported the proposal we made to the players' union on Friday.I think the actions of the union to end the mediation processand walk away fromFriday's offer clearly showed their true intentions to take this process to litigation all along. While disappointed by their action to decertify, I remain confident thatan agreement will be reached and that the 2011 season will be played. I know that the owners are committed to this process, butthat the quickest way to do so is through continued negotiation, not litigation. For the sake of all involved, the owners, the players and most importantly, the fans,I hope we return to the negotiating table very soon."
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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.