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Sunday, December 15, 2019

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Antonio Brown shares fan’s criticism of Robert Kraft on his Instagram

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown recently took to social media to issue an apology to Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots, which was obviously a desperate attempt for the star wide receiver to get the team to take him back. Now that it appears that is not going to happen, Brown has reverted back to his old antics.

Following another uninspiring offensive performance from Tom Brady and company, several Patriots fans urged the team to bring back Brown. Brown shared several of those Instagram posts on his own story, including one that was highly critical of Kraft for not wanting to win and mentioned his infamous day spa scandal.

Brown ripped Kraft in since-deleted tweet back in September after the Patriots cut him, and he recently apologized. It’s difficult to imagine Kraft taking the apology seriously if Brown is still sharing criticisms of the Pats owner on his personal social media pages.

A report over the weekend indicated that Patriots players and coaches would welcome Brown back, but the NFL still has not announced whether or not he will face disciplinary action. Tom Brady may have even hinted that he wants Brown back, but it seems unlikely to happen before the end of the season, if at all.

Antonio Brown apologizes to Robert Kraft, Patriots in latest social media post

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown seems to alternate between trying to salvage his reputation and not caring what anyone thinks about him, and Tuesday was apparently a day in which he wanted to make amends for his past actions.

Brown took to social media on Tuesday morning and shared a photo of him hugging Tom Brady following the touchdown pass he caught in his lone game with the New England Patriots earlier this year. He apologized to team owner Robert Kraft and the organization for the “bad media and the drama.”

Brown shared the same post on Instagram, and it’s worth noting that Tom Brady and several other Patriots players “liked” it.

Brown signed with the Patriots earlier this year just days before it came out that a former friend and personal trainer was suing him for sexual assault. New England initially stuck with him while the situation played out, but Brown was then accused of sexual misconduct by a second woman. The Patriots decided to release him after he sent text messages to the second alleged victim. Brown unloaded on Kraft in a tweet not long after the Pats parted ways with him, though he has since deleted it.

The Patriots struggled offensively against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and could certainly use Brown from a football standpoint, so the Pro Bowler is likely trying to repair his relationship with the team. He also tried to rally for a different team to sign him, so Brown is trying to do what he can to get another chance. That chance is unlikely to come this season, as he is still awaiting word from the NFL on if, and how long, he will be suspended.

Tom Brady denies taking shot at Robert Kraft with Netflix scene, rips media

Tom Brady insists he did not intend to take a shot at New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft when he made a shocking cameo in a Netflix series that was recently released.

While speaking with reporters on Saturday, Brady claimed he was unaware that his cameo in Paul Rudd’s comedy series “Living With Yourself” would end up being a reference to Kraft’s solicitation of prostitution charge. He also took aim at the media for their “blame and shame” culture.

The scene, which has officially gone viral, features Rudd’s character pulling up to a seedy strip mall day spa and debating whether or not he wants to go inside, at which point Brady comes out looking refreshed. The establishment looks awfully similar to the one Kraft was busted at in Jupiter, Fla., but Brady says he did not know that going in.

Brady agreed to shoot the scene before Kraft’s legal trouble, and the creator and writer of the show says he was shocked the six-time Super Bowl champion still agreed to go through with it. That would seem to indicate Brady knew from the start that he would be shown coming out of a day spa, but he’s claiming that was not the case.

Tom Brady supposedly did not know Netflix scene would be linked to Robert Kraft

Tom Brady

Tom Brady made a cameo in a Netflix show recently that seemed like an incredibly obvious reference to Robert Kraft’s infamous day spa legal trouble, but the New England Patriots quarterback is pleading ignorance.

The clip, which has officially gone viral, was in an episode of Paul Rudd’s new Netflix comedy series “Living With Yourself.” It features Rudd’s character pulling up to a seedy strip mall day spa and debating whether or not he wants to go inside, at which point Brady comes out looking refreshed.

Obviously, fans want to know two things — if Brady filmed the scene before or after Kraft was charged with solicitation of prostitution, and if Kraft had any say. Timothy Greenberg, the show’s creator and writer, told Shannon Carlin of Refinery29 this week that the show’s producers approached Brady’s people with the idea last year, and the quarterback was interested but wanted to wait until after the season. Kraft was charged with solicitation of prostitution as part of a sting at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Fla., during that waiting period, and Greenberg was stunned when Brady wanted to go through with the scene anyway.

So did Brady knowingly troll Kraft without getting permission from his boss? One source with knowledge of the situation told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that Brady was unaware the scene would be a direct or indirect reference to Kraft’s legal saga. Brady was approached to do the scene before Kraft was charged, so it wasn’t a reference to Kraft’s situation at first. However, he had to have known how it would be perceived after the fact.

A lot of people think Kraft should have just owned up to what he did from the start, though the nature of the investigation seemed a lot more serious when news of it first broke. Brady and Kraft have an extremely close relationship and Kraft has said he views Brady like a son, so it would be shocking if Brady didn’t consult him. Brady claiming he had no idea how it would be perceived is a tough explanation to believe, unless of course the writers and producers of the show misled him.

Did Tom Brady troll Robert Kraft with spa visit scene in Netflix show?

Tom Brady has made cameos in many movies and shows since he became an NFL superstar, but none were nearly as shocking as the latest. Never could anyone have guessed that Brady would poke fun at New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s infamous Florida day spa incident, but it happened.

Brady made a very brief appearance in Paul Rudd’s new Netflix comedy series “Living With Yourself,” and the cameo features him coming out of a seedy strip mall day spa looking refreshed. Rudd’s character is shown pulling into the parking lot and debating whether or not he wants to go inside before being stunned to see Brady.

“First time?” Brady asks Rudd with a smirk.

“Uh-huh, you?” Rudd nervously responds.

At that point, Brady shakes his head and says “sixth” before hopping into the back of a black SUV.

Football fans are stunned, to say the least. The biggest questions are when the scene was filmed and whether or not Kraft was consulted before it was included. Timothy Greenberg, the show’s creator and writer, answered one of those questions in an interview with Shannon Carlin of Refinery29 this week. Greenberg said the show’s producers approached Brady’s people with the idea last year, and the quarterback was interested but wanted to wait until after the season. In the meantime, Kraft was charged with solicitation of prostitution as part of a sting at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Fla. Greenberg assumed that meant the scene with Brady was a no-go.

Greenberg said the spa that Kraft visited was “almost exactly like what we were shooting” and could have been used for a reference photo. He’s still in disbelief that Brady agreed to film the scene following the charges against Kraft, which still have not played out entirely in court.

“I’m writing something else now that’s about somebody getting trapped in a world where suddenly things are going too well and this was like that,” Greenberg said of Brady following through. “Like, really, something is wrong here. This can’t be real.”

With that in mind, you have to wonder if Kraft gave Brady the OK. A lot of people have said the 78-year-old should have just owned up to what he did from the start, though the nature of the investigation seemed a lot more serious when news of it first broke. Brady and Kraft have an extremely close relationship and Kraft has said he views Brady like a son, so it would be shocking if Brady didn’t consult him. Perhaps this is Kraft’s way of finally trying to downplay his involvement.

H/T Yahoo Sports

Patriots owner praying and hoping Rob Gronkowski returns to team

Rob Gronkowski

Rumors about Rob Gronkowski possibly returning to the New England Patriots this season have percolated steadily since the tight end announced his retirement, and the team’s owner is among those hoping for a return.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said during an appearance on NFL Network Thursday that they “love Gronk” and “pray and hope” he will return to the team. Kraft also noted that Gronk has not officially submitted his retirement papers.

Though Gronk has not filed for retirement, FOX announced this week that the tight end will join their “NFL on FOX” team as an analyst. Stepping into a TV role seems to be the opposite direction of training for a return to the field, but that does not mean things couldn’t change. Remember, Jason Witten was a “Monday Night Football” broadcaster last year and decided to return to the Dallas Cowboys this year.

Patriots fans — and Kraft — can continue to dream and hope. Maybe their wishes will come true.

Tom Brady seems bothered his conversation about Antonio Brown was leaked

Tom Brady

Tom Brady seems annoyed that a conversation he had about the New England Patriots signing Antonio Brown was leaked and reported.

The day after the Patriots were reported to have agreed to sign Brown to a contract, Al Michaels shared some insight on “Sunday Night Football” into Brady’s thoughts on Brown.

The NBC announcer said he was told by Patriots owner Robert Kraft that Brady was “a million percent in” on signing Brown and that the quarterback even offered to house Brown.

Brady joined Westwood One’s Jim Gray for his weekly Monday interview and alluded to Michaels’ report by talking about Brady being 100 percent in on signing Brown (audio here).

Gray: “You were 100% ‘in’ when they brought in Antonio Brown. What are your thoughts on his coming and going so quickly?”

Brady: “That was supposed to be a private conversation, but one thing I’ve certainly learned over 20 years of playing football is I can control what I can control. I’m gonna show up every day to do the best job I can do to be a leader of the team, to embrace new teammates, to embrace the coaching, the challenges that we are all going to face. It’s a difficult year; we’re all faced with different adversities, different teams at different times. We’ve had our fair share and we are going to do our very best to overcome whatever is presented in front of us the entire season.”

It’s unclear whether Brady is upset that Kraft shared the details of the conversation with Michaels, or with Michaels for sharing something on air that was supposed to be off the record. Either way, he’s obviously bothered the conversation was leaked.

Gray also asked Brady about rumors the quarterback did not agree with Kraft releasing Brown.

“There are always reports and speculation about a lot of things that I have said or have not said or been a part of. The reality is I don’t make any personnel decisions. I don’t decide to sign players. I don’t decide to trade them. I don’t decide to release them. I don’t decide to draft them. I don’t get asked. I show up and I do my job. I’m an employee like everyone else. I’m going to show up this week and do the best I can do as quarterback. Maybe one day I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want. I would probably have to play another 20 years in the NFL to be able to afford that,” Brady told Gray.

Brady appeared on “The Greg Hill Show” earlier in the day and said he wanted to keep his feelings on the matter private.

Kraft was reported to have been “enraged” over Brown’s text messages harassing a second woman and released him amid an NFL investigation. Brown has since taken a shot at Kraft and said he is done with the NFL.