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Full text of Patriots owner Kraft’s statement about Brady

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The full text of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s statement Wednesday after quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: In light of yesterday’s league ruling, I felt it was important to make a statement today, prior to the start of training camp. After this, I will not be talking about this matter until after the legal process plays itself out and …

Statement released by Tom Brady

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Full text of the statement released Wednesday by Tom Brady: I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either. Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, …

Players who could make breakthroughs in 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

If you’re not sure where Le’Veon Bell and Justin Forsett came from to reach the top of the NFL rushing charts, this will be helpful. If you couldn’t identify Jerry Hughes or Tashaun Gipson before they burst through as top-level defenders, read on. Here’s a road map to some likely breakthrough players – …

Patriots, Saints to hold preseason practice in West Virginia

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The New England Patriots will join the New Orleans Saints for joint practices in West Virginia in August. New Orleans Coach Sean Payton confirmed the practices yesterday after the Saints’ organized team activities in Metairie, La. The Patriots will arrive for practices at …

Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath …

Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds yesterday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by tomorrow’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition …

Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round …

Sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NEW YORK – Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. Goodell will not withdraw from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according …

Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not …

Patriots: Finally, high road traveled

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In yesterday’s Monitor, my colleague and friend Ray Duckler wrote about Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepting his team’s punishment for Deflategate. Duckler wrote that Kraft’s decision not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary action had the distinctive stink of …

Kraft: Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine, draft penalties

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said yesterday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and …

Ray Duckler: Patriots owner Robert Kraft caves, leaving a foul smell

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Inhale deeply. Do you smell it, the pungent odor of B.S. that’s worked its way from San Francisco to Concord? My eyes are watering, my betta fish went belly up and I saw a bunch of cows in …

NFL owners meet with more than deflated footballs on their agenda

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – What offseason? There hasn’t been a week – make that a day – since the Super Bowl that the NFL hasn’t made news. As the owners gather this week at their spring meetings, their plate …

‘Deflategate’ appeal could test powers of NFL commissioner

Sunday, May 17, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – This is no longer about deflated footballs. Tom Brady signaled in his appeal of his “Deflategate” suspension that he will put NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s credibility on trial, further inflating the stakes in what started …