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Robert Kraft says reported tension around Patriots nothing out of the ordinary

Alex Reimer
January 21, 2018 - 2:44 pm

Robert Kraft appeared to acknowledge Sunday there’s been some tension this season between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. That tension, however, is nothing out of the ordinary. 

In an interview with NFL Network, the Patriots’ owner spoke in generalities when asked about ESPN’s report about the alleged growing rift between his Hall of Fame head coach and quarterback.

“I have a saying: Jealousy and envy are incurable diseases,” Kraft said. “I’ve been around enough, if you run any kind of company — any kind of business — the more successful you are, you have strong personalities, there’s always a certain amount of tension. That just goes with the agenda.”

Seth Wickersham’s piece, which generated widespread blowback from the Patriots organization, says Belichick and Brady are at odds over the presence of Alex Guerrero, Brady’s personal guru and business partner. The story also alleges Kraft mandated Belichick to trade Jimmy Garoppolo at the deadline in October.

Last week, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Kraft, Belichick and Brady intend to meet after the season to sort out their apparent differences.

“There’s a lot of strong-minded people, but when you have something good going, everyone’s got to get their egos checked in and try to hold it together,” Kraft said. 

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