Patriots owner Robert Kraft delivered a host of scathing comments regarding Roger Goodell’s decision not to reduce quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
Speaking before Bill Belichick’s press conference Wednesday, Kraft left no doubt that he is at odds with the NFL commissioner and the league office.
Many Ravens fans must love this. The defending Super Bowl champs, who defeated the Ravens on the road to the Super Bowl, are opening training camp publically feuding with the league office.
Here are some of Kraft’s strongest statements:
- “The decision handed down by the league yesterday is unfathomable to me."
- “Six months removed from the AFC championship game, the league still has no hard evidence of anybody doing anything to tamper with the PSI levels of footballs.”
- “I continue to believe, and unequivocally support Tom Brady.”
- “The league’s handling of this entire process has been extremely frustrating and disconcerting.”
- “There are those in the league office who are more determined to prove that they were right, rather than admit any culpability of their own, or take any responsibility for the initiation of a process and ensuing investigation that was flawed.”
- “I’ve come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just.”
- “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”
- “It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of it’s all-time great players and a man for whom I have the upmost respect. Personally, this is very sad and disappointing to me.”
Imagine a player or coach making those comments about the NFL, and not having to reach for a checkbook. This makes the bad blood between Brady and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs look mild.
Think Goodell will be on the guest list for Kraft’s next dinner party? I don’t.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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