You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Top Stories

Robert Kraft defends Tom Brady over skipping OTAs

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 5/23/2018 Steve DelVecchio

UP NEXT
UP NEXT

Video by Sports Illustrated

The New England Patriots continued to attract the type of attention they despise this week when two of their biggest star players did not show up for voluntary workouts, but team owner Robert Kraft insists there is no trouble in paradise.

While speaking with reporters on Wednesday morning, Kraft downplayed the absences of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski at organized team activities. When asked why Brady chose not to attend for the first time in years, Kraft noted that the workouts are voluntary and mentioned how the 40-year-old quarterback has a family.

Kraft also said there is no rift between Brady and Bill Belichick. He’s confident both Brady and Gronkowski will be at mandatory minicamp next month.

Brady himself has spoken in the past about the importance of attending voluntary workouts, so it’s hard to believe his only motive is to spend more time with his family. There has been talk that both he and Gronkowski want new contracts, and there have been plenty of reports about the drama involving Belichick and Brady’s personal trainer. It makes sense that Kraft is doing all he can to downplay things, but it’s not a reach to say the relationship between Belichick and some of his key players has been strained.

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Larry Brown Sports

Larry Brown Sports
Larry Brown Sports
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon