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Robert Kraft, Judge Richard Berman Have 'Chance Encounter' At Party Over Weekend

BOSTON (CBS) -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Judge Richard Berman walked into a party in the Hamptons.

No, that's not the beginning of a really bad joke. It actually happened over the weekend, leading to a few conspiracy theories on social media.

While at a Labor Day party hosted by Discovery Communications chief David Zaslav in the Hamptons, Kraft was spotted chatting with Judge Berman, the man who overturned the NFL's suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady last week after a lengthy battle between the NFL and NFLPA over the league's DeflateGate investigation and commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment.

Some media members and fans from other cities found Kraft and Berman's interaction a little suspicious, but a Patriots representative said it was simply a "chance encounter."

"It was a chance encounter at a social event with hundreds of guests," a team rep told the New York Post's Page Six. "There was a brief introduction and an exchange of pleasantries that lasted no more than a couple of minutes."

Kraft and Berman were hardly the only notable names at the gathering. New York Giants co-owner Jon Tisch and New York Knicks owner James Dolan were in attendance, as were Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Katie Couric and Alec Baldwin.

We'll probably never know what the Kraft and Berman actually talked about, but odds are there were likely a few good Roger Goodell jokes mixed in, just four days after the judge vacated Brady's four-game ban.

A "chance encounter" shouldn't really be a big deal, but if Berman ends up in Kraft's suite at Gillette at some point during the season, that would be a whole other story.


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