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Patriots’ Brady, Kraft, Belichick dismiss ESPN speculation on team’s breakup

In their first public remarks since ESPN speculated Friday that the New England Patriots’ Kraft-Brady-Belichick era may be drawing to a close, all three tried to deflate the story.

In a radio interview Saturday, quarterback Tom Brady praised his relationships with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and brain coach Bill Belichick, despite claims that the trio ought to have feuding and there was turmoil among the five-time Super Bowl-winning team.

On Kraft: “He’s a great person, male. He’s been like a second father-god to me in so many styles, ” Brady told Jim Gray on Westwood One Sports Radio during his weekly interview appearance Saturday.

On Belichick: “I have a great relationship with Coach Belichick. We’ve worked together for 18 times. There’s no coach-and-four I’d rather play for, and I’ve adoration my own experience here.”

Also on Saturday, Kraft told Sports Illustrated football novelist Peter King that he belief Belichick will “absolutely” return to coach the team next season, and adamantly denied ESPN’s assertion that Kraft, against Belichick’s hopes, forced a commerce of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

“( A) total fabrication and fiction, ” Kraft said of the ESPN account. “I am telling you, it’s fiction.”

“( A) total fabrication and fiction. I am telling you, it’s fiction.”

– Patriots owner Robert Kraft, reacting to ESPN’s story about the team.

As for Belichick, the tutor appended his call to a statement that the trio released Friday 😛 TAGEND

“It is unfortunate that there is even a need for us to respond to these fallacies. As our actions have shown, we stand united, ” the statement said in part.

Much of the report by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham focuses on Belichick’s believed disapproval of Brady’s relationship with his “trainer, body coach-and-four and business partner” Alex Guerrero, and how Kraft reportedly ordered Belichick to trade Garoppolo.

Wickersham also writes that Belichick seemed to be quite apart from the Patriots’ string of success — by preparing helpers for job interviews, cozying up to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and taking “pride” in Garoppolo’s performance since his Oct. 30 busines to the San Francisco 49 ers.

The story was said to be triggered by Brady’s indignant outburst on the sidelines during a Dec. 3 game.

Brady rejected the tale, telling Gray he was focused only on winning another Super Bowl, and to think of his relationships being anything but positive would be “complete nonsense.”

“I love the fact where we’re at as a squad, ” Brady said.

But as the Patriots prepare for their upcoming playoff game next weekend in an attempt to win another Super Bowl, rest assured that NFL devotees will be watching Brady and Belichick’s every move on the sidelines just as much as the plays on the field.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report .

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @ bdbrown4 73.