An earlier version of this post used a photo and story that incorrectly identified Judge Richard M. Berman as the man in the photo with Robert Kraft, when it was Ron Perelman.
Robert Kraft, you just saw your quarterback defeat the NFL in the Super Bowl of suspension appeal hearings, what are you going to do next? “I’m going to hang out with the federal judge who made that ruling at a swanky party in the Hamptons!”
Just a few days after U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman handed the NFL a legal smackdown, overturning Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in DeflateGate, he and the owner of the Patriots were spotted chatting about … well, something.
The New York Post published the photo below, noting in the caption that Kraft, middle, was enjoying a moment with Berman, right, and Jack Welch, left. However, the newspaper has since corrected that mistake, and the caption now notes that businessman Ron Perelman is on the left, followed by Kraft and Welch, so we don’t know if the Pats owner and Berman were actually yukking it up in any way.
According to the New York Post, Kraft and Berman, along with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, NY Giants co-owner Jon Tisch, Katie Couric, and Alec Baldwin, were at a soiree Saturday hosted by Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav.
So it’s not like Kraft invited Berman over for a beer, or vice versa. There were plenty of luminaries on hand, although one wonders if Berman would have been invited if not for his sudden fame as the DeflateGate judge.
The Patriots offered the New York Post this statement:
“It was a chance encounter at a social event with hundreds of guests. There was a brief introduction and an exchange of pleasantries that lasted no more than a couple of minutes.”
It’s also worth noting that the DeflateGate case wound up in Berman’s court because the NFL took a preemptive strike, filing a motion in New York to prevent the case from being heard in a supposedly less favorable court in Minneapolis. Others on the Internet agreed that there was no reason to break out the conspiracy theories.
At the least, though, one wonders what sort of comments formed the “exchange of pleasantries.”