Robert Kraft zings Tom Brady at event honoring Devin McCourty
Robert Kraft managed to hilariously shade Tom Brady while paying tribute to Devin McCourty this week at a charity fundraiser.
The New England Patriots safety was honored for his community outreach efforts at an event benefiting local charity Boston Uncornered on Tuesday night.
While paying tribute to McCourty, Kraft acted as if he couldn’t remember Brady’s name after the the six-time Super Bowl winner left the organization this offseason after two decades.
“One of the thrills when you have the privilege to own an NFL team is you get to meet people like Devin and (twin brother and Patriots cornerback) Jason (McCourty),” Kraft said, per Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports Boston.
“You could even see that fellow — I forget his name, he used to play quarterback who left — he really wishes he was still with you here. I could hear it in his voice.”
As Kraft mentions, Brady did in fact make an appearance by way of a pre-recorded message that was played during the event, saying that he learned more from McCourty than the other way around.
“You’re using all the wonderful things pro football has taught you to bring a voice to those who don’t quite have the voice that we have,” Brady said in the message. “You fight for people that can’t often fight for themselves. It’s a very endearing quality about you, among other things.”
The trolling of Brady aside, Kraft was about much more than zingers at Tuesday’s event. The Patriots owner, along with son and team president Jonathan Kraft, pledged $100,000 to Boston Uncornered.
According to the organization’s mission statement, Boston Uncornered “redirects the entrepreneurial, networking and leadership skills of gang involved youth (we call Core Influencers) from violence and incarceration to obtain a college credential and family-sustaining wage — driving positive change in our neighborhoods,” per its site.