Kraft found Haynesworth to be 'genuine and sincere'

Kraft found Haynesworth to be 'genuine and sincere'
August 10, 2011, 6:25 pm
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By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- Less than a week ago, columnist Joan Vennochi wondered in the Boston Globe whether the Patriots had stained the memory of Myra Kraft by signing Albert Haynesworth. Her premise, based on a situation that happened more than 15 years ago, was that the Patriots wouldn't have traded for a player with Haynesworth's history of violence on the field and offif Mrs. Kraft hadn't died in July. Vennochi didn't make it to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday to make that suggestion to Robert Kraft's face. Perhaps she's already done so in private or will make her way down during the season. Either way, I asked Kraft about the deal for Haynesworth and what his impressions of the player is. "I met with him," Kraft explained. "I've learned in life and in business that people sometimes have different agendas. I met with him and I like the guy. He didn't come here for the money, he came here to be part of a team and win and I think in some ways improve his reputation."Which is something Haynesworth himself alluded to in his meeting with the media last week when he said, "This is all about me rewriting my name as Albert Haynesworth the Patriot."Hiring players with checkered histories comes with the territory. The Patriots have done well helping those players who then proceed to keep their noses clean while here.Still, a player like Haynesworth needs Kraft's blessing. And he's given it. "I found him to be genuine and sincere," said Kraft. "So, now I hope he gets out on the field and does his thing." Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran