Outside of New England, it’s only natural for members of the football world to view the Patriots as the evil empire.

The Patriots have experienced an unprecedented amount of success over the past decade-plus, including five Super Bowl championships.

It’s also widely believed Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Co. don’t have the greatest relationship with the NFL, and vice versa. After the never-ending saga that was Deflategate, the sides seem to have developed a sense of tension.

And according to one league owner, it’s not even a secret New England is the black sheep of the NFL. Speaking with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, the anonymous owner vocalized just how much of an impact the Patriots have when it comes to league motions.

None of this appears to have affected New England on the field, though. The Patriots are coming off a thrilling Super Bowl LI victory and are poised to be top Lombardi Trophy contenders yet again in the upcoming season.

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