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New details emerge from latest Robert Kraft hearing

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New details emerge from latest Robert Kraft hearing

Sparks flew and new details were uncovered in the latest hearing in Robert Kraft's prostitution saga.

According to Terri Parker of WPBF, the judge ruled that the media "has a right to intervene in Robert Kraft's case as a surrogate for the public."

Kraft's attorneys had been fighting motions filed by a long list of media organizations, seeking to oppose Kraft's motion to suppress the release of surveillance video footage of Kraft at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Florida.

Apparently, due to the number of cases resulting from the prostitution investigation, Kraft's video is a factor not only in his case, but others, complicating efforts to suppress it:

According to Parker, a media attorney argued that "It is a clear policy of [the State of Florida] that all public records be open, except in clear and narrow exemptions." It was further argued that "in other spa defendants cases, they have asked for discovery (evidence against them) & once that happens, there is no longer an active investigation exemption [for the Kraft video]."

The State of Florida then confirmed as much:

Parker said that a media attorney also argued that Kraft's right to privacy "does not apply in this case where he is a criminal defendant based on case law."

A third media attorney then argued that "Kraft's argument reminds [them] of chicken little. He’s saying the sky is falling and what we need from this court is a protective order."

Then it was revealed that Kraft's attorneys have actually viewed the video in question, who described it as "basically pornography."

While the outcome of Kraft's case remains to be seen, especially potential punishment to Kraft by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, there is no doubt Kraft and his attorneys do not want the public to see the surveillance tape.

According to Parker, Kraft's attorney's were "hyped up" about the issue:

While Kraft released an apology on March 23rd, shortly before the NFL owners' meetings commenced, he and his attorneys continue to vigorously fight the charges in court.

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Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.