Is Bob Kraft going Hollywood on us?

Published On July 15, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

Patriots owner Bob Kraft has found himself in quite the embarrassing situation after a video was released of Kraft helping lady friend Ricki Noel Lander audition for a Vince Vaughn movie. According to a report by The Huffington Post, Barstool Sports first had the video and uploaded it to YouTube, but it has since been removed due to a copyright claim by Fox.

It might not seem so strange for Kraft to want to help out a young, burgeoning actress, but the weird part here is the premise of the audition tape, in which Kraft played a Yahoo! executive who has a potential relationship with an exotic dancer. Needless to say, the lewd dialogue and dance moves in the video weren’t 71-year-old Kraft’s forte, but luckily he’s sticking to owning football teams for the time being.

Lander has been referred to as Kraft’s girlfriend in a few reports floating around the Internet. For anyone who has blocked out the entire Patriots season after the Super Bowl (I’m with you), the Patriots dedicated their season to Kraft’s late wife Myra Kraft with “MHK” patches on their uniforms. Myra was well known for her philanthropy and was popular with the team until her death resulting from cancer in the summer of 2011.

Kraft was first spotted out in Boston with the 32-year-old actress about a month ago at a June 7 Celtics game where, according to The Boston Herald, he referred to her as his “pal” and the pair left at halftime holding hands. Lander accompanied Kraft to Spike TV’s 6th Annual Guys Choice Awards in Los Angeles a week prior to the Celtics game and has apparently visited his home on Cape Cod. Barstool posted the video around 9:30 p.m. on July 10 and as expected, the video went a bit viral before it was removed around 3 p.m. less than 24 hours later on July 11.

The Patriots released a statement addressing Kraft’s role in the audition video.

“I tried to help Ricki prepare an audition tape for an upcoming Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy by reading Wilson’s lines,” Kraft said in the statement from the team.  “I never intended that it would be made public and I regret that it has.  I think we can all agree that Owen Wilson has nothing to worry about. I am going to stick to my day job.”

For now, let’s just be grateful Kraft isn’t sending out his own audition tapes.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.