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From left, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom BradyMaddie Meyer/Getty Images

  • Multiple reports say ESPN plans to publish a story on
    Friday detailing a rift involving Tom Brady, Bill Belichick,
    and owner Robert Kraft.
  • One report says the rift involves a power struggle over
    who deserves the most credit for the team’s dynasty.
  • The rift is said to be so bad that some Patriots feel
    this could be the last season together for the trio.
  • There are conflicting reports about whether or not Tom
    Brady demanded the team trade his heir-apparent, Jimmy

ESPN is set to publish a story detailing a rift brewing inside
the New England Patriots involving their most prominent figures,
according to multiple reports, and it could mean the end of their

Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch first reported that ESPN
would publish the story on Friday, and that it will detail a
“power struggle” involving quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill
Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft.

“Source: ESPN readying new hit piece on Bill Belichick, Tom Brady
and Robert Kraft set to publish tomorrow morning at 8am,”
Allen wrote on Twitter. “The
topic will be a power struggle among the trio as to who deserves
the most credit for the dynasty.”

According to Allen, the ESPN story will say that the rift is “so
severe many Patriots feel this is the last year together for the
trio.” Allen also said that the story is to be authored by ESPN’s
veteran NFL writer Seth Wickersham.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk
that a story is coming from ESPN on a rift inside
the Patriots organization.

“PFT has confirmed, as reported by Bruce Allen of Boston Sports
Media Watch, that ESPN will publish a new story about the
Patriots on Friday,” Florio wrote. “The focal point reportedly
will be the relationship between quarterback Tom Brady, coach
Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft and, specifically, the
existence of a rift among the three central figures in the
16-year run of unparalleled NFL success.”

jimmy garoppolo tom brady
There are conflicting reports over whether or not Tom
Brady demanded Jimmy Garoppolo be traded.

Winslow Townson/AP

Allen also reported that the ESPN story will allege that Brady
went to Kraft to force Belichick to trade Brady’s heir-apparent,
Jimmy Garoppolo, who was dealt to the San Francisco 49ers prior
to the trade deadline. According to Florio, the ESPN report will
not make such a claim.

“A source with knowledge of the ESPN report tells PFT that the
ESPN report will not contend that Brady tried to force a trade,”
Florio wrote.

Allen later published a portion of
an internal ESPN memo
prepping staffers on what to discuss on
Friday. In the memo, it says Brady met with Kraft about playing
into his 40s and that later Kraft ordered Belichick to trade

“One key battle was over backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo,” the memo
reads. “According to Seth’s reporting, Brady repeatedly met with
Kraft to discuss playing into his mid-40s. Kraft eventually gave
Belichick a mandate to trade Garoppolo. Belichick was furious;
Brady was liberated. ‘He won,’ a Patriot staffer told Seth of

This is not the first report of tension brewing between Brady and
Belichick. Late in the season, The Boston Globe reported that
Belichick had revoked access to
the team of Brady’s personal trainer
, Alex Guerrero, saying
he was no longer allowed on the sidelines during games, he could
not fly on the team jet, and he was no longer allowed to treat
players other than Brady.

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