FOXBORO -- The Patriots took the unusual step of filing an amicus brief to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last week, urging the court to grant Tom Brady and the NFLPA a rehearing for a case won by the NFL. Though the Patriots are one of 32 teams that make up the league, and thereby technically winners in the Second Circuit's initial decision, they're hoping to get Brady's case back in court.
The team's motivations were spelled out clearly in their letter -- they would be better served by having their future Hall of Fame quarterback under center for the first quarter of the season -- but when asked to comment on the filing Thursday, Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft declined.
Kraft had just handed out hardware at the annual Myra Kraft Community MVP Luncheon Awards Ceremony and wanted to keep his focus there.
"I appreciate you asking that question, and I respect it, but today we're celebrating volunteerism," he said. "We always start this right before the start of the season. We're excited football's back, seeing these guys work out. I'm gonna try to keep all our discussions today on a high plane in the spirit of what this day is about."
Following the ceremony, Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared at the Gillette Stadium Putnam Club to meet with award winners and take photos. When Kraft was asked if he felt "things would work out" in regard to Brady, he didn't want to delve into the details of what he hopes happens with the four-game suspension.
Instead, Kraft took a team-wide view.
"Things working out, to me, means we make the playoffs," Kraft said, "then hopefully take the next step to do what we would all like to see happen here. When you go through the locker room you get a feel for what's going on. I think the people that've come in are pretty special. There's a great chemistry in the locker room. People have worked very hard with the offseason training proram and we're very excited to have football back. I can't wait for the season to start."