"It's fundamental fairness. It's playing by the rules," Starr said Monday in the Senate chamber. "It’s why we don't allow deflating footballs, or stealing signs from the field. Rules are rules. They are to be followed."
We're not sure what inspired Starr to bring up Deflategate -- the allegation that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady used deflated footballs in the 2015 AFC Championship Game that eventually led to Brady's suspension -- or the recent sign-stealing scandal that already cost Red Sox manager Alex Cora his job and could implicate Boston in addition to the Houston Astros.
A trial that could lead to removal of a U.S. president doesn't seem like the best platform to rehash New England-area cheating scandals.
But Starr -- the former Baylor University president who resigned in 2016 amid the school's mishandling of rape allegations -- apparently chose those two examples as a means to question whether prosecutors properly followed impeachment proceedings after the Senate rejected Democrats' call for witnesses at the trial.
That audio features Kraft taking Trump to task for his fiery criticism of Colin Kaepernick and other players who knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice in America.
"The elephant in the room now is this kneeling, which every player has the right to do if they think is right," Kraft is heard saying in the meeting.
"The problem we have is, we have a President that will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don't feel is in the best interest of the matter.
"It's divisive and it's horrible. And it's actually the opposite of what you all [the players] are trying to do."
The Boston Celtics legend visited the White House on Thursday afternoon to accept his Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. The medal recognizes those who make “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Watch President Trump award Cousy the Presidential Medal of Freedom below:
"Today is it my privilege to present our nation's highest civilian honor to a beloved basketball legend and a true American original," Pres. Trump says ahead of presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy. https://t.co/20NWyrahhTpic.twitter.com/zmREuLWy7K
Cousy followed with an emotional acceptance speech:
"Mr. President, I know in your world, you're well on your way to making America great again. In my world, it's been great for 91 years. Only in America could my story have been told," NBA legend Bob Cousy says at his Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony https://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5pic.twitter.com/d0qZiZ2akI