Robert Kraft’s New Admission Shows How Out of Touch He Is

Jan 17, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses media on the
Jan 17, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses media on the / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

With his public perception still reeling following The Dynasty documentary, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft didn't do himself any favors while speaking on Tuesday.

The NFL Players Association released their annual survey and report cards on Feb 28, and only three NFL teams received a lower grade than Kraft's Patriots. Pressed on the results of that report card on Tuesday, Kraft addressed one specifically damning section of the report, New England's weight room. The Patriots' weight room was rated 32nd out of the 32 franchises in the NFLPA's survey.

"Out of touch" is perhaps the worst label that can be placed on an owner in any sport, and Kraft's answer that "I must tell you, I was unaware of how bad it was" epitomizes the "out of touch" label. The Patriots owner's response might have been intended to rid himself of any responsibility, but rather it appears to have backfired into suggesting that he doesn't have his finger on the pulse of the day-to-day happenings at One Patriot Place.

Fresh off the heels of The Dynasty documentary, which many Patriots fans perceived as an effort on Kraft's part to claim credit for much of the team's success, the owner's recent comments run contrary to that idea. Patriots fans are supposed to believe that Kraft played such a pivotal role in the team's success, but he didn't know that the weight room was outdated by 20 years?

Kraft further addressed several parts of the documentary during his comments on Tuesday, echoing the sentiment of many New England fans:

"I felt bad that there was so much emphasis on the more controversial and, let’s say challenging situations over the last 20 years. I wish they had focused more on our Super Bowl wins, our 21 game win streak...So, little disappointed that there wasn’t more of a real positive approach, especially for Patriot fans who have lived the experience with us."

Robert Kraft on The Dynasty

Kraft's comments on the documentary also rubbed many Patriots fans the wrong way, as many believe that the story of the historic dynasty run was told through a lens favorable to Kraft. This narrative is further fueled by "Kraft Dynasty LLC 2024" holding the copyright for the production. Director Matthew Hamachek has staunchly denied that there is "no great conspiracy where the Krafts are behind the scenes” and that the Krafts had “no editorial control” over the documentary, but New England fans haven't shown an appetite to take the cheese on that one.

For an owner that revived the Patriots franchise from irrelevancy and captured a record-breaking six Super Bowl titles, Kraft's perception among his fanbase has taken a shocking hit over the last few months.

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