New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft stopped by the CBS This Morning show Tuesday, where he opened up on a variety of topics including Aaron Hernandez, Tim Tebow, and the recent huge settlement reached between former players and the NFL. As for whether Russian President Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl ring, The Patriot’s owner said it was in fact a gift, according to Politico on Sept. 3. Well, sort of.
As the Patriots ready for opening day of the NFL regular season Sunday, owner Robert Kraft visited the CBS studios in New York to talk first about the recent settlement the league reached with former players over concussions.
Kraft defended the settlement saying at least the dialog is open, and now the players can get back to playing football. He basically did some PR by saying he thinks it’s a bit unfair to single out football as the sole cause of all the former players’ problems.
The Pats’ owner also pointed out that statistically, more people suffer injuries skateboarding than they do on the football field. He said because football is so popular, the spotlight focuses on the sport.
But ultimately, Kraft is eager for kids to continue growing up playing football, because as he pointed out, he thinks it’s the best life lesson tool for them as they develop.
Moving on to the subject of releasing Tim Tebow recently, Robert Kraft said, “I love Tim Tebow”, as he went on to quip that he wishes he could represent him as his agent.
Kraft explained that the Patriots have only carried two quarterbacks over the last several years, and, he would have really loved to have had a slot for Tebow on his team.
Kraft gave high praise to his star Tom Brady by telling the hosts that he thinks he’s the best quarterback in the history of the game.
He said the team simply needed the last few slots on the roster for depth in other positions. Kraft said they were all rooting for Tebow, and he knows he’ll be a great success off the field, but still hopes he gets the chance to be a great success on the field.
He did add, you never know what’s going to happen. Perhaps Kraft is leaving the door open for a Tebow return. He said you’re always just one play away from turning your whole game around, and so you just never know what’s going to happen.
When the touchy subject of murder suspect Aaron Hernandez came up, Kraft was even more diplomatic. He said everything about Hernandez was “first class” as far as he could see.
He called it a very sad situation and made it clear, especially in light of it being an ongoing situation with a trial expected, that he’s said all he’s going to say about it already.
Kraft was even more dodgy when the topic of the infamous Super Bowl ring came up. When pressed by Gail King about whether it was a gift to Vladimir Putin or not, Kraft responded that he had the opportunity to show him the ring, and it “worked out” that he gave him the ring.
Whatever that means is left for the rest of us to decipher, but Norah O’Donnell did jump in and ask with a smile, whether he’d been instructed to say that by the White House.
Kraft could only smirk at the question, adding that he understood the New England Patriots Super Bowl ring was now on display in a Moscow museum alongside Faberge eggs.
He also joked that his team is so popular in Russia right now that there’s even a Moscow Patriots team.
Kraft ended that topic by saying he understood Putin was having a ring made for him, and he invited him to come to the U.S. and present it to him.
The last topic of conversation was all about Tom Brady and his family. Kraft praised them highly of course, and when Tom’s wife Gisselle’s name came up, he couldn’t help but point out that she’s a “vicious fan”.
He told how Brady’s wife doesn’t hold back, and let’s him know when his performance is sub-par on the field.
It’s a good thing Brady is as good as he is.
The New England Patriots open their season at the Buffalo Bills on this Sunday, Sept. 8, at 1:00 p.m. EST on CBS.