Kraft calls Gronkowski trade rumors ‘a bunch of hogwash’

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (WJAR)

Tuesday was a special afternoon in Foxborough, as the Kraft Family and the New England Patriots foundation honored 26 winners of the Myra Kraft Community MVP awards, including Cranston's Doreen Holmes and Fall River’s Irene Orlando.

"Listening to the people here today and seeing how they give themselves as volunteers is what really makes America great and we need more of that,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

While the day was all about volunteerism, Kraft talked about his team and cleared up a rumor about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"I'll just tell you it’s a bunch of hogwash that I vetoed some trade,” Kraft said. “There was never that was never in the works. It’s just completely made up and I think we have to be careful, as in society today that people just can’t come out and say things and this bit about us trading Gronk to the 49ers or Tennessee --there’s no basis to it and it gets a life of its own. I just want to go on record at today’s event to make sure that you all understand that there’s no truth to that."

The team also broke OTA's two days early than expected, with Kraft explaining Belichick's decision.

"There are great things that have happened last week,” Kraft said. “Having everyone here and then I think yesterday they had a team building activity. That was really good and the new young players we have here (and) the free agents. I’m excited about this team."

The team will take some time off and be back at the end of July to begin training camp.

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