WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: DeMaurice Smith (L) executive director of the National Football League Players' Association looks on as New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (C) is embraced by Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday (R) during a news conference on July 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFL players and owners are set to agree on a labor deal and end the current lockout. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Even though I hate his franchise, I don't have anything against Patriots owner Robert Kraft. His son Jonathan? Different story, but Robert seems like a decent enough fellow. Plus, my heart went out to him roughly last year this time. The man's wife of nearly 50 years, Myra, passed away on July 20th, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. During her final days, Robert Kraft was not only dealing with her illness but also actively negotiating the terms of the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement.
It was signed six days after Myra's death. At the press conference announcing the agreement, then-Colts center and NFLPA representative Jeff Saturday famously hugged Kraft and credited his wife. Kraft looked tired, beaten down, and old as he embraced Saturday. Understandably so.
Today, Kraft seems to be moving on with his life. He's got a new girlfriend, 32-year-old actress Ricki Noel. Recently, Kraft and Noel did a video for... something. Joel Thorman of SB Nation has, what appears to be, rehearsal footage of the video posted. The bit involving Kraft has him playing a Yahoo! executive who gets angry at some random guy, calls him a "p*ssy," and then punches him.
All this is done with Noel at his side, standing in a bikini in front of a green screen.
If Kraft's heart-wrenching loss did not endear him to you last year, maybe this video will. It's awkward and clunky, as most early rehearsals for a show or televised skit are.
The key dialogue:
Kraft: Sweetheart, I don't know who this loser is but I've dropped a lot of cash here. I'm an exec at Yahoo!.
Random guy: Yahoo!, what's that? I'm not familiar with that company.
Kraft: F**k you, p*ssy!
Again, I hate his franchise, but I think I like Bob Kraft.
If you are wondering why he's in this video, it's possible he was just on the set that day and he was standing in for another actor while the camera crew and his girlfriend rehearsed the scene. Then again, maybe he's in the final, finished product... punching a dude and calling him a p*ssy.
Oddly, I'm starting to like Kraft more than I like my own team's owner. This is making me feel dirty inside.