Robert Kraft defends being outspoken about Deflategate
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft was one of the most outspoken people when it came to Deflategate, otherwise known as the most ridiculous sports scandal ever.
While the scandal has been mostly dead since Tom Brady returned from his four-game suspension in Week 5, it is being talked about again because the Patriots are in the Super Bowl and many are wondering what a possible trophy presentation between Roger Goodell and Kraft, Brady and Bill Belichick will be like.
Last night, Kraft was asked why he was so defensive about everything that went on.
“Well, everyone wants to protect their family,” Kraft told reporters. “I think our family was involved, or accused of being involved, in something that was mishandled and inappropriate, became a big distraction. Leadership is about stepping up when it’s the appropriate time and then making sure everyone knows that we’re all on the same page.
“Sometimes when you’re in complicated situations in a business, people start pointing fingers, and we want to assure everyone that we’re all together. When tough times come – actually, this is something in the Old Testament – there’s nothing bad that happens that doesn’t have good associated with it, if you manage it properly, and I think, in a way, that galvanized our whole team. We came very close last year, just at the end up in Denver, not getting to this game. We’re really pleased we were able to get to this game. It has been sort of a peaceful year, and we hope we have the privilege of winning on Sunday.”
If the Patriots win on Sunday, I want to see Kraft, Brady and Belichick unload on Goodell. It'd be so perfect.