MINNEAPOLIS — ESPN’s “The Two Bills” 30 for 30 documentary illustrates a still-imperfect relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. It also provides a glimpse into the beginnings of Robert Kraft’s trust issues with the league office.
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In discussing Parcell’s infamous departure from the Patriots to the Jets in 1997, Kraft says the asked the league to look into what was clear tampering by the Jets ahead of the Patriots’ Super Bowl matchup with the Packers. Though Parcells was under contract and not allowed to coach another team without Kraft’s blessing, the Pats owner said the league’s handling planted seeds of skepticism.
“I probed the NFL office and the undercurrent was that having Parcells back in New York running the Jets was good for the NFL,” Kraft said. “It also told me that the league office was not as pure as I might have thought.”
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The Jets eventually hired Belichick as head coach in title and added Parcells as what they would call an “advisor” for a year before he would officially be the head coach. Though the Patriots got draft picks in the exchange, Kraft said he was upset because he believed the league tipped the Jets off as to how to circumvent the rules.
“I think the Jets just figured they’d be cute,” Kraft said, “and what always bothered me is I think the league office tacitly blessed it and they told them how to do it.”
“The Two Bills” debuts Thursday on ESPN.
Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.
Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."
Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:
Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.
Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.
Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."
The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.
No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England.