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Robert Kraft trying to thread the needle with statement/apology

Robert Kraft trying to thread the needle with statement/apology

The septuagenarian speaketh. Or maketh a statement as the case may be.

Which was a good idea.

The stupidity exhibited by Patriots owner Robert Kraft leading to a month all of us gasbagging about multiple ill-fated visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

It needed input from the guy who made the decision to go there in the first place. Twice. On consecutive days.

Kraft made it clear in his statement that it wasn’t his choice to dummy up and not own his decisions. He said he wanted to do it a month ago. The lawyers wouldn’t let him.

What’s changed?

A few things.

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First, earlier this week, Florida prosecutors offered a plea deal only a drooling moron would agree to.

“We’ll drop the charges if you tell everyone you’re guilty and you know it, clap your hands…deal?”

Then Kraft let it be known that he wasn’t taking that deal and that he was still maintaining he “hadn’t done anything illegal” (a wise semantic dodge, keeping the word “innocent” out of this mess).

Then, Sheriff Buford T. Pusser 2.0 saber-rattled that video of Robert Kraft’s saber-rattling was inevitably going to get out there and that most folks might not like it.

Then, Kraft’s attorneys returned fire Friday intimating that the full legal fury of a multi-billionaire would visit upon the precinct house if that damn video – part of an investigation they allege was illegal – got out.

And of course, the NFL’s Annual Meeting convenes Sunday in Arizona and the image of Kraft scuttling from elevator to meeting room to limousine without comment for four days while his fellow owners had to answer for him was destined to be some of the worst optics since … well, since whatever’s on that video.

So what to make of the statement? I dunno.

Kraft was trying to threading the needle between apologizing without admitting guilt while saying, “I’ve been meaning to tell you this for a long time but couldn’t…” On that front, it worked.  

Also, without saying the women he interacted with were specifically disrespected by him, he at least acknowledged that transactional sex in general isn’t the highest form of love.

Personally, I loathe that he brought up Myra Kraft in the statement. Regardless how important she was in shaping your morals and respect for women and how deep your love for her continues to be, references to her in a statement regarding? What are we doing?

The last bit expecting to be judged by his words and not his actions and working to regain trust? Good. Fine. ‘Nuf said.

We are a long way from reaching the point of, “Remember when Kraft got pinched at the massage joint …” and having a good nostalgic laugh about it, though.

There’s a court date next Thursday. The ever-present specter of the video being released is dangling. The NFL has to decide how it proceeds with punishment.

There are miles to go before we sleep but at least Kraft’s head can hit the pillow tonight knowing he’s publicly acknowledged … something.

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Here are Patriots' options at tight end with T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant off the board

Here are Patriots' options at tight end with T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant off the board

The two top-tier tight ends in the 2019 NFL Draft are off the board.

Iowa's T.J. Hockenson went eighth overall to the Detroit Lions and his teammate Noah Fant went 20th to the Denver Broncos.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the Patriots are SOL in the TE department.

There’s Alabama’s Irv Smith, Dawson Knox from Ole Miss, Jace Sternberger from Texas A&M, Kahale Warring from San Diego State and Foster Moreau from LSU all remaining on the board. Within that group alone there’s a variety of talents the Patriots can target. And all should be on the board at No. 32 and into Friday.

Meanwhile, there’s been no run at all on wide receivers yet. All are still on the board so, with the bottom tier of the first round closing in, we’ll see if Bill Belichick is interested in veering off his “no first-round wideout” philosophy.

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2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Live results of all 32 first-round picks

2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Live results of all 32 first-round picks

After many long months of scouting and preparation, the time has come for teams to make the first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Round 1 will take place Thursday night in Nashville, where the Arizona Cardinals will open the night with the No. 1 overall selection. 

Unlike previous years, the quarterback class isn't amazing, but that isn't likely to stop multiple teams from addressing this important position in the first round. This draft class is most deep and rich at talent on the defensive side of the ball. There are several defensive lineman and defensive backs who project to be very good NFL players, and we should here many of their names on the first night of the draft.

The New England Patriots will close out the first round at pick No. 32 as the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Patriots have traded out of the first round on several occasions during Bill Belichick's tenure, but there haven't been any recent reports suggesting New England is looking to move down from No. 32.

Here's the updated first-round draft order. We will add every pick to the right team as it happens, so be sure to follow this article throughout Thursday night. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky
8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Denver): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, LB, Florida State
17. New York Giants (via Cleveland): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State
19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
20. Denver Broncos (via Pittsburgh): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. Houston Texans
24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)
25. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas)
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City)
30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans)
31. Los Angeles Rams
32. New England Patriots

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