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By Tom E. Curran
FOXBORO - Fallout from the explosive comments made by Logan Mankins in June about the Patriots is still raining down.
Today, ESPN's Adam Schefter said that a deal with the agitated guard was close two weeks ago but fell apart when the Patriots requested Mankins apologize publicly for comments he made questioning the Patriots' integrity.
I asked Patriots president Jonathan Kraft about Mankins' June comments when we sat down at the end of August.
"Robert [Kraft]'s never spoken to Logan about his contract. Ever . . . I can tell you, I've never spoken to Logan about his contract . . . Logan, in my opinion, seriously misspoke when he said that about Robert because Robert has not spoken with Logan about his contract," said Kraft.
Asked if he felt an apology was in order, Kraft said, "Sometimes when credibility is called into question you have to address it, but Logan's not here, Logan's not under contract right now."
Mankins original comments made to Mike Reiss at ESPNBoston were, "After the 2008 season, me and my agent approached the Patriots about an extension and I was told that Mr. Kraft did not want to do an extension because of the [uncertain collective bargaining agreement]. I was asked to play '09 out, and that they would address the contract during the uncapped year. I'm a team player, I took them at their word, and I felt I played out an undervalued contract.
"That's the big thing," he continued. "Right now, this is about principle with me and keeping your word and how you treat people. This is what I thought the foundation of the Patriots was built on. Apparently, I was wrong. Growing up, I was taught a man's word is his bond. Obviously this isn't the case with the Patriots."
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Tags: New England Patriots, Logan Mankins, Jonathan Kraft