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Report: Trump wants Kraft at White House with Patriots, aides not so sure

Report: Trump wants Kraft at White House with Patriots, aides not so sure

President Donald Trump wants Patriots owner Robert Kraft to join his players at the traditional White House celebration for their Super Bowl championship this spring despite Trump aides' worries about the controversy surrounding Kraft after his arrest for soliciting prostitution, POLITICO reports.

From THE POLITICO report: 

White House officials told POLITICO they consider it a bad idea for Trump to host Kraft for a celebratory event at the White House, where it has become customary for presidents to honor championship sports teams.

A senior White House official also told POLITICO that the President has spoken to Kraft since the Patriots owner was charged last month in Florida.

Kraft, who faces two charges of soliciting prostitution, denied any illegal activity in his initial statement and pled not guilty last month. He reportedly rejected a plea offer from the Florida state attorney's office that would drop his charges if he admitted he would have been proven guilty in court.

Trump aides told POLITICO they have not expressed their concerns about inviting Kraft to join the team at the White House to the President because he has stood by Kraft, a longtime friend of the President, since his arrest ("He's proclaimed his innocence totally," Trump said) and has told aides he wants the Pats owner there.

“But I would bet that he comes,” one official told POLITICO. “He’s synonymous with the team. He’s accused, but he hasn’t been convicted.”

Three Patriots, twin brothers Jason and Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, have said they will skip the White House visit this year. A date has not been set. The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House May 9. In April 2017 when Trump hosted the Pats after their Super Bowl 51 victory, 34 of the 68 invited players attended, along with Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and several team officials. 

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Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady took a break from the humorous social media posts to share something more sentimental on Friday.

Brady wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram for his parents on their 50th anniversary. In the post, Brady explains the core values he's learned from his mother and father.

50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. 
Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

One of the more unheralded positions of strength on the Patriots has been the interior of their offensive line.

Put dependable guys like David Andrews, Joe Thuney, and Shaq Mason under the leadership of one of the best positional coaches in the game — Dante Scarnecchia — and that's unquestionably a recipe for success.

But that triumvirate isn't going to be around forever (Thuney is set to hit free agency in 2020), and at some point, the Patriots have to plan for the future of the position.

Could this be the year that Bill Belichick looks for a succession plan in the Draft?

If so, Phil Perry has broken down which candidates in the draft pool fit the criteria that past Patriots linemen have exhibited.

Here are Phil's Prototypical Patriots for the interior of the offensive line.>>>>

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