Roger Goodell traveled to Jerusalem for the inauguration of the Kraft Family Sports Complex on Tuesday.

"Robert is very important to me personally ..." Goodell told The Jerusalem Post's Allon Sinai. "My friendship with Robert was never strained. We both understand that we have jobs ...

"I know how important this is for him. My respect and admiration for him has never waned. We believe our best days are ahead."

The tension between the Patriots and Goodell was palpable during the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy following New England's Super Bowl LI victory.