Kraft: NFL labor deal 'is possible'

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Kraft: NFL labor deal 'is possible'

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he "personally believes it's possible" for the NFL owners and players to reach agreement on a new labor agreement before Friday's deadline, and that he's prepared to leave Israel -- where he's on a trade mission in a group with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick -- if an agreement is close.

"If necessary, I might have to leave early," Kraft told a group of reporters, which included New England Cable News' Alison King, on Monday. A new labor deal, he said, is "a high priority."

"I made a commitment here, so we're going to finish the important things we're doing here," Kraft said. "We're in daily contact by phone. It's unfortunate. We're supposed to be settled by now. That's why we planned this trip for this week."

The collective bargaining agreement was supposed to expire last Friday, but the sides agreed to extend negotiations for a week.

"We're doing everything we can to get a deal consummated," said Kraft. "I personally believe it's possible . . .

"The good news is, it's always good to be talking when you have differences of opinion. It's the only way you have a chance to reach an agreement. So we're talking, and I know from ownership's side that we feel there's a deal to be made and we'd very much like to do it."

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.