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Goodell waiting on 'all the facts' before making a determination on Kraft discipline

Goodell waiting on 'all the facts' before making a determination on Kraft discipline

PHOENIX -- The NFL is going to wait and see on Robert Kraft.

Roger Goodell fielded questions on a variety of topics Tuesday at the close of the league's Annual Meeting at the Biltmore Arizona, including a handful pertaining to the Patriots chairman and CEO.

Goodell, who was spotted with Kraft on multiple occasions between meetings this week, explained that the commissioner's office would be withholding any judgement — and any punishment — until "all the facts" had been gathered.

In broaching the subject with Goodell, the Boston Globe's Ben Volin pointed out that the commissioner has suspended players — Kansas City's Kareem Hunt and Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott, in particular — who have not been charged with crimes based on the league's collectively-bargained personal conduct policy.

Because Kraft has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting a prostitute, Volin asked, does the precedent Goodell has set mean Kraft will be suspended as well?

"The Personal Conduct Policy applies to everybody," Goodell answered. "Commissioners, owners, executives, players, coaches. And it will be applied to everybody. But it will be done after we get all the facts. When we have all the information, we'll be fair and smart about it. That's what we'll do."

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Kraft waived an arraignment scheduled for Thursday and entered a not guilty plea. He also requested a jury trial after having requested a non-jury trial late last month.

Kraft categorically denied that he had done anything illegal on the day charges were brought against him. Police claim they have captured Kraft on video twice paying attendants at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa massage parlor for sex acts in January.

Earlier this month, Kraft did not accept a plea offer made by the prosecution that would have required from him an admission that he would have been found guilty at trial.

Goodell was asked if gathering "all the facts" meant that he would hold off on a determination on discipline until Kraft's case is resolved.

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"No," Goodell said. "When we get all the facts. That includes anything that might be pertinent to this."

Goodell added: "When we get all the information, we'll make determinations. I'm not going to speculate on where we are or my views on anything. Until we get all the information, we're not going to make any discussions or comments on that."

Goodell was definitive in his response to the final Kraft-related question lobbed his way. Will it be ownership or the commissioner who determines the discipline in this case, if there is to be any discipline meted out?

"The Personal Conduct Policy is my responsibility," Goodell said.

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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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