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NFL Rumors: Robert Kraft Wants Rob Gronkowski To Return For Stretch Run
https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x ns uj You knew this was coming. Rob Gronkowski who retired from the NFL in March has until Nov. to decide if he wants to return to the game that clearly inflicted so much mental and physical anguish on him. And, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, that's exactly what New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft hopes the 30-year-old will do. When Gronkowski cleared out his locker last spring, Kraft reportedly told the Patriots legend he wanted him to return for the stretch run of the 2019 season.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft was never on the same page as President Donald Trump when it came to players protesting racial injustice at NFL games.
In a leaked audio recording from a 2017 NFL meeting, Kraft can be heard criticizing Trump for being "divisive and horrible." The meeting came one month after Trump rippedfor kneeling during the national anthem and disrespecting the American flag.
"I must tell you, I think these dialogues are great," Kraft said in a recording. "But the elephant in the room now, in my opinion, is this kneeling, which every player has a right to do if they feel it's right. The problem we have is, we have a president that will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don't feel is in the best interest of the matter.
Robert Kraft reportedly told Rob Gronkowski he wants him to come back before season’s end
If Gronkowski decides to return, it would have to be by Nov. 30, one day before the Patriots’ Week 13 game against the Texans.According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Kraft talked to Gronkowski in the Patriots’ locker room after Gronkowski announced his retirement in March. Kraft told Gronkowski he wants the tight end back for November, December, and a playoff run. NFL rules say Gronkowski and the Patriots agree must agree to a return by Nov. 30, a day before the team’s Week 13 game against the Texans in Houston.
"It's divisive, and it's horrible. And it's actually the opposite of what you all are trying to do."
Kraft added that the NFL had "lost the message to America" because nearly half of the population would be on Trump's side.
"I just hope one of the things that can come out of here is that we find a way to be unified, and be able to carry through and follow through," Kraft said.
About 30 people attended the meeting, including owners, executives and players, according to. Team owners were reportedly focused on finding a way to avoid Trump's disapproval and warned players not to get drawn into a war of words with the president.
Despite all of the controversy at the time, this disagreement doesn't seem to have hurt Kraft's longtime friendship with Trump.
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Kraft praised Trump during a February interview, saying he's "working very hard to serve the best interests of the country." Kraft also sat at Trump's table during an official state dinner in July, according to .
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