Robert Kraft weighs in on ‘Lasergate’ controversy
The NFL is currently conducting an investigation into evidence that Tom Brady had a laser pointer shined in his eyes during last Sunday’s overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Regardless of the investigation’s findings, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made an intriguing observation about the so-called “Lasergate” controversy.
Footage from the fourth quarter during the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win captured a green dot flickering on Brady’s face and upper torso on a handful of occasions.
The NFL is investigating reports of Chiefs fans flashing a green laser on Tom Brady’s face pic.twitter.com/GVjqpcTqAk— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) January 22, 2019
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Kraft seemed to somewhat imply that “Lasergate” would never have occurred at the Patriots’ home stadium.
Patriots owner one-on-one with @MichaelStrahan; Robert Kraft talks Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and 10th Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/BcT6Rmjtt1— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 23, 2019
“It doesn’t happen when you come to Foxboro,” Kraft told Michael Strahan.
Kraft went on to make light of the entire situation by making a reference to Brady’s “laser focused” demeanor down the stretch in Sunday’s victory.
“I just hear the word ‘laser’ and I think of Tommy and his eyes,” Kraft said. “And that last drive, we had three third-down-and-10s, and he was laser focused. So, whatever it was, I think it was a positive influence.”
Nicely played, Mr. Kraft.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, to no surprise, had little to offer when asked Tuesday about “Lasergate.”
Asked if he has any comment on a report of a laser pointed at Tom Brady on Sunday in KC, Bill Belichick said, “Yeah, right now we are really focused on getting ready for the Rams. That’s what I’m working on.” Asked a follow-up, he said, "Working on the Rams.” #laserfocused— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 22, 2019
The Patriots are not about to allow any distractions, including an incident in a previous game, distract them from their preparations for a Super Bowl LIII showdown with the Los Angeles Rams. While the organization obviously would appreciate the NFL getting to the bottom of it, “Lasergate” is in no way on the Patriots’ radar.