Patriots’ Brady, Kraft, Belichick dismiss ESPN speculation on team’s breakup

Patriots’ Brady, Kraft, Belichick dismiss ESPN speculation on team’s breakup

January 07, 2018 10:45 AM

In their first public comments since ESPN speculated Friday that the New England Patriots’ Kraft-Brady-Belichick era may be drawing to a close, all three tried to deflate the story.

In their first public comments since ESPN speculated Friday that the New England Patriots’ Kraft-Brady-Belichick era may be drawing to a close, all three tried to deflate the story.

In a radio interview Saturday, quarterback Tom Brady praised his relationships with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick, despite claims that the trio have been feuding and there was turmoil among the five-time Super Bowl-winning team.

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On Kraft: “He’s a great person, man. He’s been like a second father to me in so many ways,” Brady told Jim Gray on Westwood One Sports Radio during his weekly interview appearance Saturday.

Fox News sports analyst Jim Gray shares his take on the reports of a rift between Belichick and Brady.

On Belichick: “I have a great relationship with Coach Belichick. We’ve worked together for 18 years. There’s no coach I’d rather play for, and I’ve loved my experience here.”

Also on Saturday, Kraft told Sports Illustrated football writer Peter King that he believes Belichick will “absolutely” return to coach the team next season, and adamantly denied ESPN’s assertion that Kraft, against Belichick’s wishes, forced a trade of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

“(A) total fabrication and fiction,” Kraft said of the ESPN account. “I am telling you, it’s fiction.”

“(A) total fabrication and fiction. I am telling you, it’s fiction.”

– Patriots owner Robert Kraft, reacting to ESPN’s story about the team.

As for Belichick, the coach affixed his name to a statement that the trio released Friday:

“It is unfortunate that there is even a need for us to respond to these fallacies. As our actions have shown, we stand united,” the statement said in part.

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