Robert Kraft speaks on Gronk's future, visits Meek Mill in prison
Robert Kraft has had a busy couple of days. The Patriots owner recently paused to talk about star tight end Rob Gronkowski's future, and to visit (and voice his support for) imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.
Per NFL.com, Kraft was very vocal in saying that Gronk's status was nothing to be worried about for the team.
"It's not even an issue for me," Kraft told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. "I didn't know about it until I read about it in the paper. I saw (Gronkowski recently at Gillette Stadium). We have a fun, good relationship. He is one of the most up people I know. I was impressed that he was coming in late and doing whatever he had to do to make himself feel right and get his body right...
"Look, things can change, but I've been dealing with this for 24 years," Kraft said. "It's always something. My job is to try to keep things cool, have continuity and attract the best people. And we've done OK over the last 24 years from where we were the (previous) 35."
Kraft's no-nonsense statement should come as a relief for Pats fans everywhere. With trade rumors and retirement questions swirling around the big tight end, Kraft's assertion that he should be back for next season is helpful. Meanwhile, Kraft also took some time to visit rapper Meek Mill in prison and to advocate for criminal justice reform. Per ESPN:
"Every time I see him, I just come away more impressed. It makes it clear to me we have to do something with criminal justice reform...
"It's really bad. I know some of our players in the NFL have talked about this. I see it firsthand. It's just wrong. We have to find a way to correct it and also help the community help themselves. It's just sad. This guy is a great guy. Shouldn't be here. And then think of all the taxpayers here paying for people like this to be in jail and not out being productive."
Meek was sentenced to two to four years in state prison last year after violating the terms of a 10-year probation stint. After his jailing, many athletes and prominent celebrities have argued for his release. ESPN also noted that "The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office filed a motion last Thursday to the court that it does not oppose Mill being released on bail. Mill's attorneys have reportedly filed motions to release Mill from prison, but the judge overseeing the case has not relented."