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KRAFT'S COMMENTS NO "ULTIMATUM"; WELD PLEDGES STATE SUPPORT
Published January 31, 1995
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, "distressed" to find his comments on the state of his franchise on the front page in the BOSTON GLOBE on Sunday, said he gave no "ultimatum" for the state to help his team. Kraft said comments attributed to him asking for state financial help or he would have to sell or move the team are not accurate. Asked if selling the Patriots is an option, Kraft said: "No. Of course not" (George Kimball, BOSTON HERALD, 1/30). MA Gov. William Weld said he did promise assistance to Kraft, and he "intends to honor that promise." Weld said within the next 30 days he would submit "a legislative package to pay for a combination" of highway and parking improvements around Foxboro Stadium. Although the team wants help building new luxury seats, Weld said the state was not prepared to "go that far" (Kindleberger & Black, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/30).