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Julian Edelman and Drew Bledsoe talk about the tension when Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft met before Tom Brady roasted
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Julian Edelman and Drew Bledsoe talk about the tension when Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft met before Tom Brady roasted

During Sunday night’s two-hour-too-long Tom Brady roast, host Kevin Hart brokered a seemingly unscripted meeting between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Kraft praised Belichick and Brady and then the two men drank shots.

Before the roasting, the atmosphere was apparently different.

Drew Bledoe (not Brady) appeared on Julian Edelman’s podcast and set the tone when Kraft arrived in the green room. This is what they said.

“For the show, we’re in the green room,” Edelman said. “Randy, Drew, me, Gronk, we were just hanging out there. Bill was open, he’s having fun, he talks about war stories, about newbies. When we do things, we know what Bill’s talking about, but it was like amplified because he’s excited to see guys because he doesn’t have a job anymore.

“Then Kraft comes in,” Bledsoe said.

“The tension in that room. . . could cut damn glass,” Edelman said. “That was so awkward.”

Bledsoe added that the players went to greet Kraft in the green room while Belichick was busy telling a story.

“I just walked away,” Edelman said. “I didn’t want to be there.”

They found a way to play nice when Belichick’s departure was announced. Last month, ESPN.com reported that Kraft told Falcons owner Arthur Blank that he couldn’t trust Belichick. And Belichick received no offers until 2023.

Reality TV is never real. The truth only comes to light when the cameras and microphones are not there. And it certainly sounds like something closer to the true state of affairs between Belichick and Kraft came to light in the green room before the Brady roast.