Robert Kraft noted President Donald Trump was there for him when his wife Myra passed away. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)
Robert Kraft sat down with Andrea Kramer on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” for a wide-ranging interview the week after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, which aired Tuesday night.
Kraft touched on Deflategate and if he holds any grudges against the league for the way it was handled, and also among other things hit on his relationship with President Donald Trump.
The Patriots owner has been spotted numerous times of late with the president, including at his inauguration and most recently having dinner with Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida two weekends ago.
He noted Trump was there for him when his wife Myra passed away in 2011, calling multiple times a week to check in on him. And just because he’s friendly with him, doesn’t mean he agrees with all of his views.
“Do I agree with everything he says or espouses? No, but he’s a friend,” Kraft said.
Kraft added: “This country is awesome, and whomever is president of the United States, I will try to support. I’ve done that since the 1960s.”
The days around the Super Bowl were quite busy for Kraft with multiple events taking place before and after the game.
“Think about the eight days I had. We had Elton John perform at a party. We have the Super bowl where from the depths of depression we go to the elation of a victory,” Kraft said. “We have this trophy and on a snowy day in Boston we have over a million people. Then the president invites you to dinner with the prime minister [of Japan]. It’s a pretty cool week.”
Another noteworthy clip was Kraft recalling the days after the team drafted Brady in 2000 and how confident he was even as a rookie.
“I’ll always remember him coming down the stairs at the old stadium,” Kraft said. “He said to me ‘Hi. I’m Tom Brady.’ He looked me in the eye and said, ‘And I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.'”