Patriots owner Robert Kraft took time during a charity event Tuesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium to answer a few questions about the offseason.
“We’re part of a system and we’ll follow the rules,” said Kraft when asked how he feels about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hearing Tom Brady’s appeal. “It’s our hope that opening game here that we’ll have the privilege of having everyone who deserves to be on the field starting that game. I know that’s what our fans want and what we want.”
Kraft was the host of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards. The program is part of the ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative in honor of Myra Kraft’s example of being a lifelong volunteer. The foundation donated $200,000 in the names of 26 volunteers.
The event came one day after the team released linebacker Brandon Spikes. Massachusetts State Police said a Mercedes-Benz Maybach registered to Spikes had been found abandoned on Interstate 495 and may have been involved in a hit-and-run accident that sent three individuals to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
“I think we’ve always wanted to do what was best for our football team in both the short and long term, and that’s how the decision was made,” said Kraft.
From the departure of Darrelle Revis to the Wells Report, it’s been a tumultuous offseason for the Patriots.
“Functioning in life is not easy for anyone, and when you’re privileged to have great things happen, with more responsibility comes more stress,” said Kraft. “[We] just have to deal with it and hopefully good things happen.’’
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The Patriots released rookie defensive back Eric Patterson, 22, who was signed as a free agent out of Ball State May 8.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 193-pounder, started in 28-of-41 games during his four-year college career and finished with 135 total tackles and six interceptions.
He was used as a kickoff returner as a senior in 2014 and was named to the 2014 All-Mid-American Conference first team after finishing with 23 kickoff returns for 590 yards.