Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Fires Shots at Roger Goodell During Super Bowl Speech

Bryan Brandom
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not receive a warm welcome at Super Bowl 51—not from the fans in attendance, or the victorious New England Patriots.

As the commissioner stepped to the podium to present the Lombardi Trophy, boos rained down on him from the seats of Houston's NRG Stadium.

Things got loud.

Tom Brady, whom Goodell suspended four games this season over the "Deflategate" controversy, refused to let bad blood interfere with the celebration of his record fifth Super Bowl win as a starting quarterback.

“This is all positive,” Brady said when asked if the victory felt redemptive. “I’m going to go see my family.”

But Patriots owner Robert Kraft wasn't as gracious, taking a very, very thinly veiled shot at Goodell in his speech while accepting the Lombardi Trophy.

“Two years ago, we won our fourth Super Bowl down in Arizona and I told our fans that was the sweetest one of all. But a lot has transpired over the last two years,” Kraft said, as the crowd grew more boisterious. “And I don’t think that needs any explanation. But I want to say to our fans, to our brilliant coaching staff, our amazing players who were so spectacular: this is unequivocally the sweetest. And I’m proud to say for the fifth time, ‘We are all Patriots,’” Kraft continued. “And tonight, for the fifth time, the Patriots are world champions.”

To make things even more awkward for Goodell, he'll have to sit through a press conference on Monday with Brady, because the quarterback was named the Super Bowl MVP.

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