Listen: Ben Rothlisberger, Robert Kraft, GM discussed on NFL Live
"On crafts solicitation charge, quote, the NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter, and we'll continue to monitor developments, and if nation patriots reporter, Mike Reece has covered the organization and Robert Kraft for years, and my joins us now by phone to might what has been the reaction from around the team. We'll see, you know, many are obviously very surprised by this. And I think the thing to highlight from a team perspective is just how involved Robert Kraft is with everyone in the organization. This is an owner that walks through the locker room on a daily basis and converses with players Tom Brady calls them almost like a second dad him over the years. So whenever something like this comes up, you know, it's great surprise his reputation. Robert Kraft means a lot to him. He's talked about that many times over the years. So to sum it up in one word surprise is what I would say many around the patriots feel at this time. Mike, Lee, appreciate you. Checking in with us. A spokesman once again for Robert Kraft, categorically denies the charges Jupiter. Police department says they have video tape evidence. So in the wake of criticism by an Tonio browns-steelers GM, Kevin Colbert on Wednesday. Call Ben Rothlisberger. The question leader of the locker room with freedom to publicly criticize image. If he sees fit added. He's the elder statesman and the only Super Bowl winner. I think there might have been a little heat from that. Because he has since softened his stance. There are other leaders cetera cetera. Yeah. I mean when we first heard these comments we kinda scratched our head. I think all three of us here that were here yesterday kind of, you know, went in deep about what type of leader Ben is and what the GM was referring to. And we were just kind of just thinking about Ben, you know, other players won't be comfortable going up to Ben because of the things that have transpired beforehand because of the type of person and the type of leader in the type of team mate that. Ben has shown to be within that locker room or hasn't shown to be. It's difficult for the younger guys that go up to him and feel comfortable getting information about whether it's about the offense or about the culture of the team and things of that nature. So when the GM came out and said, this we all kind of scratched our heads. Because we knew what type of team been robbers burgers apart of what type of leader. He eventually it sounds like Kevin Colbert is is is trying to clarify what he meant by this. But it is disconcerting the initial comments. Just because of the disconnect like I don't from talking to people in Pittsburgh, like, I don't sense that anybody necessarily views Ben Rothlisberger that way in the locker room. And that's not a knock on Dan. It's just a point about who he is and the type of player slash leader that he has always been like no one has ever projected that Ben Rothlisberger. Is this sort of listen this? This was a demeaning. However, you wanna cut it. And I'm glad he did softened his stance because the grow men playing this game. Yeah. No kids playing this game. Let me tell. Man, you sacrifice your body potential your health to go play this game that what these men do not just on the field. But off the field, they are community leaders. So when when you start talking about a bunch of kids and one guy, I don't care how many Super Bowls he won. I mean, that's irrespective of winning Super Bowls. When you talk about leadership. It's a completely different mantle than just what this guy has done the field. I can tell you right now. Payton mini was a great leader Bill pulling when that so we got fifty two kids in one guy. I'm telling you right now, you would hurt all kinds of problems if that was ever said, he wouldn't even begin to it shows you in my opinion. I'm glad he did softened his stance, and we talked about there are other leaders. But this shows you GM's aren't in the locker room leader is developed organically inside the locker room. And it's not only about what happens on the feeling what transpires there it's in the locker room. Do you show me you care? Can you connect with me on different."