Author Mark Leibovich says other NFL owners taking some enjoyment from Robert Kraft saga

Alex Reimer
February 27, 2019 - 10:29 am
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Other NFL owners don’t have a lot of sympathy for Robert Kraft, according to Mark Leibovich of New York Times Magazine. 

In an interview Tuesday with NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran, the author of “Big Game: the NFL in Dangerous Times” says he’s spoken to some owners in recent days about Kraft’s charges for soliciting prostitution. "There's not a lot of, sort of a groundswell of 'Oh, poor Robert,’” Leibovich said. “I think as we've seen around the Patriots over the last few years, but especially around Mr. Kraft, there's a level of glee when things go wrong.”

Many NFL owners publicly cheerleader Roger Goodell’s pursuit of the Patriots during Deflategate, with Jerry Jones saying one of the commissioner’s best qualities is his “fairness.” Amazingly, Jones felt differently when Goodell suspended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games due to domestic violence, despite his investigators’ questions about the veracity of the allegations.

Unlike Spygate and Deflategate, however, it’s unlikely the NFL will strip the Patriots of their draft picks due to this ordeal. This is about Kraft, not the football team. Colts owner Jim Irsay was suspended six games and fined $500,000 in 2014 for driving under the influence with a litany of prescription pills in his car. It’s possible that will be the barometer for any discipline Kraft faces for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

With Kraft, 77, facing sanctions, Leibovich said it’s possible his and president of the team, Jonathan, could take over the team’s day-to-day operations sooner than originally thought.

"There's obviously been a plan of succession for Jonathan eventually taking over the team," Leibovich said. "You do sort of wonder whether that time will come sooner rather than later."

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