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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is considering presidential run

05.10.17 at 3:48 pm ET
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The Rock isn't ruling out a presidential run. (Robert Deutsch-USA Today)

The Rock isn’t ruling out a presidential run. (Robert Deutsch-USA Today)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson isn’t ruling out a presidential run. In fact, he’s already beginning to speak like a politician.

In an interview with GQ, the action movie star and former WWE champion said it’s a “real possibility” he’ll seek higher office in 2020. When asked about his opinion on President Donald Trump’s first months in office, he pivoted to talk about the importance of leadership –– a telltale sign he might be serious about hitting the campaign trail.

“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important,” Johnson said. “Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. [If I didn’t agree with someone] on something, I wouldn’t shut them out. I would actually include them. The first thing we’d do is we’d come and sit down and we’d talk about it. It’s hard to categorize right now how I think he’s doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see.”

While Johnson didn’t delve into policy specifics, he did come out strongly against Trump’s travel ban.

“I believe in our national security to the core, but I don’t believe in a ‘ban’ that bans immigrants,” he said. “I believe in inclusion. Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that.”

There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the 45-year-old Baywatch star’s political career since he shared a Washington Post piece on Instagram about how he could actually win the presidency. Since then, he says he’s given the idea more consideration.

“A year ago, it started coming up more and more,” he said. “There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’ I didn’t want to be flippant.”

Las Vegas is fairly high on Johnson’s chances, given his political inexperience. Bovada puts his odds for 2020 at 125/1, tying him with Tom Brady and Kanye West.

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Aaron Hernandez fiancee to appear on Dr. Phil

05.10.17 at 12:46 pm ET
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Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez,the fiancee of the late Aaron Hernandez, will appear on Dr. Phil in a special two-part interview set to air on Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16, the show announced Wednesday.

The show’s announcement reads: “Dr. Phil, television’s #1-rated daytime talk show, continues its 15th hit season with the ripped-from-the-headlines exclusive interview with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, the fiancée of former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez, who died of apparent suicide last month while serving a life sentence following a murder conviction. In the revealing interview, Jenkins-Hernandez sets the record straight about her fiancé’s mysterious jail cell death, rumors about his purported secret romantic life, and if she thinks he killed himself so that she could collect millions of dollars.”

It also includes selected quotes from the episodes. “Our last talk had nothing to do with suicidal thoughts,” Jenkins-Hernandez said about the last time she spoke with Hernandez. “… I felt like we were looking so bright. We were going up a ladder to a positive direction.”

She also opens up about receiving the call informing her Hernandez committed suicide. “I thought it was a hoax, that this was some cruel person playing a trick on me,” she said.

This announcement also teases Dr. Phil asking Jenkins-Hernandez, “Did he kill himself so that you could collect $6.5 million?”

I, for one, did not expect this coming so soon after Hernandez’s death, but then I remembered who is likely behind this. No doubt Jose Baez told her to capitalize on timing and didn’t want to wait until this is a non-story. Baez himself appeared on Dr. Phil after Casey Anthony’s trial and he obviously knows the drill.

The quotes in this announcement are a great move by Dr. Phil, who of course knows how to hook his audience. These are the exact things I want to hear her talk about but I hope he also asks her about Kyle Kennedy and whether or not the rumors of him being gay played a role in his suicide. Watch for a Kirk and Callahan shout out if he does.

 

Wife of Chris Berman dies in Connecticut car crash

05.10.17 at 9:19 am ET
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Katherine Berman, the wife of long-time ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, died in a two-car crash in Woodbury, Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon.

State police say Berman, 67, and Edward Bertulis, 87, were both killed in the crash.

Berman was driving a 2003 Lexus SC 430 and rear-ended Bertulis’ 2003 Ford Escape X. Berman then veered off the road to the right and overturned into a body of water after going down a small embankment. Bertulis also veered off the road, hit a utility pole and overturned in the middle of the road.

ESPN president John Skipper released the following statement in response: “This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend. Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Matt Harvey skipped game after seeing Adriana Lima with ex-boyfriend Julian Edelman, reports say

05.10.17 at 8:45 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
 San Francisco at NY Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Colorado, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: St. Louis at Miami, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Boston at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NBA: Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Edmonton at Anaheim, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Matt Harvey failed to show up at Saturday’s Mets game after becoming emotionally distraught when he saw girlfriend Adriana Lima with her ex-boyfriend Julian Edelman at a Met Gala after party, according to Page 6.

Harvey’s distress began on May 2 when he saw pictures of Lima with Edelman at Rihanna’s Met Gala party at 1 Oak in Manhattan. Edelman and Lima split a few months ago and she has since been spending time with Harvey. Lima and Edelman were said to be flirty inside the party and shortly after this Lima unfollowed Harvey on Instagram. Drama!

“Adriana’s relationship with Matt was never serious. They are no longer seeing each other,” a source told the NY Post.

Harvey reportedly partied at 1 Oak himself into early Saturday morning to drown his sorrows about Lima and this is why he was a no-show on Saturday.

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Andrew McCutchen says he hasn’t experienced racism in Boston

05.09.17 at 1:19 pm ET
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Andrew McCutchen says he hasn't experienced racism in Boston. (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

Andrew McCutchen says he hasn’t experienced racism in Boston. (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

In the wake of the Adam Jones incident, scores of black baseball players have spoken about their experiences in Boston. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who played his first game at Fenway Park earlier this season, says he enjoyed his time in the city.

“Everyone was pretty cool, pretty normal. I made some friends with a few people. Got some boo’s, too. But that’s cool,” he said in an interview with TMZ Sports.

McCutchen’s sentiments are different than Yankees hurler CC Sabathia, who said last week all 62 black Major League Baseball players expect to be harassed when they visit Boston.

“Everyone has different experiences in different divisions,” McCutchen said. “CC [Sabathia] has been around longer than I have and he’s played in a different division, so he probably experiences it a lot more than I have. I’m sure he probably just expects that this is going to happen. You hate that you have to think that way, but sometimes that’s part of it. You’ve just got to turn the other cheek and move on.”

Pedro Martinez also went to bat for Red Sox fans this week, saying the person who allegedly hurled racial epithets at Jones isn’t a “true Bostonian.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: 2008 Celtics reunite, discuss Ray Allen drama; Mets security reportedly checked on Matt Harvey at his home

05.09.17 at 9:06 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Texas at San Diego, 3:30 p.m (MLB Network)
MLB: NY Yankees at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Boston at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Houston at San Antonio, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Members of the 2008 Celtics team reunited Monday night on one of Kevin Garnett’s TNT “Area 21″ segments during playoff coverage and candidly discussed the reason Ray Allen is not a part of their 10th anniversary celebration plans.

Allen jumped ship from the Celtics to sign with the Heat right after the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals when the Heat came back to beat the Celtics in seven games.

“I was initially hurt by the whole way everything went down. … I thought we formed a brotherhood here in Boston. Just how we carried ourselves, not only on the court, but off the court,” Paul Pierce said on Monday. “And I just figured if it was me leaving or KG leaving, then I would have been like, ‘Rondo, Perk, Baby, this is what I’ve been thinking about.’ That’s what I was hurt by when Ray didn’t just at least give us a heads-up about it.”

“I just feel like, it ain’t what Ray did, it’s how he did it,” added Kendrick Perkins. “We did form a family. We all shed tears together, talked about some of the deepest things — I’m talking about outside of basketball that the world don’t know about. If you felt like you wanted to go that way and [sign with a rival], I just think he could have handled it a different way.”

“Everybody’s asking us, ‘Where’s Ray?’ People don’t understand that this is real life for us,” Garnett said. “The situation with Ray is very sensitive. I think that when we all talked about doing this reunion tour, we were talking about guys who we consider loyal and part of this group. Just being honest, my two cents, when Ray decided to go to the Heat, I felt like he moved on. And he went to pursue another ring, he got another ring, shouts to him. And that’s it. There was no other Wizards, it wasn’t no other Spurs, it wasn’t no other Heat. It was all Celtics invited to this.”

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Boston doctor wants proof of whether Tom Brady’s unorthodox training methods work

05.08.17 at 4:47 pm ET
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Tom Brady credits Alex Guerrero for keeping him healthy after his 2008 ACL tear.  (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady credits Alex Guerrero for keeping him healthy after his 2008 ACL tear. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

A Boston-based sports medicine doctor is calling on Tom Brady’s fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, to be more transparent about his studies.

In a blog post, Dr. Jessica Flynn, who practices at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, responds to some of the claims Guerrero makes in a recent Men’s Journal feature story. In it, the author of the piece, Mike Chambers, chronicles his rehab sessions with Guerrero at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center. Chambers, a fervent outdoorsman and mountain climber, talks about how Guerrero urged him to put pressure on his fractured heel just five weeks after the injury had occurred:

“Is it safe?” I ask Guerrero, 51, whom I met through a mutual friend. “I’m not actually supposed to be bearing any weight.”

He pauses, giving me his undivided attention. “It’s completely understandable that your surgeon’s number one goal is to protect his surgery site,” he explains. “He doesn’t care if you ever run again. He doesn’t care if you want to climb Mount Everest. But here’s the thing about rest: It makes you feel better, but it doesn’t make you get better.”

Flynn takes issue with Guerrero’s assertion that surgeons “don’t care” if their patients fully recover from their injuries. She says Guerrero can afford to be aggressive with his treatment, because he “doesn’t have to prove” whether his therapy works in order to attract clients.

But Flynn’s biggest issue with Brady and Guerrero is their lack of transparency. She calls on them to release more information about their methods.

“While [Guerrero] and Tom Brady seem to really believe in their methods and outcomes, they don’t study and share them,” she writes. “They continue to profit from non-proven treatments, supplements, and other therapies and none of those profits seem to be invested in studying their efficacy.”

Boston Magazine published an expose on Guerrero in 2015, detailing the Federal Trade Commission’s 2004 lawsuit against him for his role as the pitchman for a fraudulent cancer cure, Supreme Greens. Eight years later, the FTC ordered Guerrero to shut down the production of Neurosafe, a phony concussion treatment drink that Brady had endorsed.

In his piece, Chambers touts Guerrero’s unorthodox methods, saying he was able to climb New Hampshire’s Black Dike just 10 weeks after the injury. Towards the end of her post, Flynn acknowledges the anecdotal success stories from Guerrero’s clients, including Patriots players.

“I truly believe there is a lot of good going on at TB12,” she says. “In fact, when I read that Chambers had seen Rob Gronkowski getting work done at the facility I let out a very loud “‘Thank God.'”

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Ex-ESPN reporter explains how he was laid off

05.08.17 at 10:16 am ET
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ESPN recently laid off more than 100 employees. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN recently laid off more than 100 employees. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

One of the more than 100 front-facing employees who ESPN laid off explained how the bad news was presented to him.

NFL reporter Andrew Brandt, in a recent edition of his podcast, detailed the call he received from a network executive on the day he was let go. Since Brandt was scheduled to appear on “Outside the Lines” the following day, he thought it was a logistical call to go over details about the show. Instead, a script was read to him while a representative from human resources listened in.

“[Jack Obringer] started reading and I just couldn’t help but realize what was happening, and broke in and said, ‘Jack. They just re-upped me. You guys just re-upped me if February,'” Brandt explained. “And he said, ‘And we will honor that.’ And continued with the script.”

Since many of the employees who ESPN laid off have non-compete clauses, they can’t take another job in sports media without forfeiting their salaries. That means those who want to get paid at the same rate will be forced to take themselves out of the job market for the duration of their contracts. It’s a difficult decision to make, especially for those with families.

Brandt, a contributor to The MMQB, said he interrupted the executive later in the call to ask why he was let go. When the question went unanswered, he realized he wasn’t going to get any insight about the process.

“I realized it was kind of a futile exercise to talk to him about anything but the script written by legal,” Brandt said. “He finished the script. I’m sure the last two words on the script were the following, because he said it very emphatically: ‘Any questions?’ And I said [as] the lawyer that I am and in the tone I usually have with these kinds of questions, I said, ‘Not at this time’ And that was the end.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes swarm the Kentucky Derby; Matt Harvey suspended for violating team rules

05.08.17 at 9:58 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
San Francisco at NY Mets, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA:
Golden State at Utah, 9 p.m. (TNT)
NHL:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The 143rd Kentucky Derby took place on Saturday and the event was loaded with celebrities, including a flock of well-dressed athletes.

Of course, Tom Brady and his contingent of Patriots were there, along with David Ortiz.

Came to watch the 🐎 and ran into the 🐐#kentuckyderby

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Michael Che reacts to Adam Jones incident on SNL

05.07.17 at 2:53 pm ET
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On Saturday Night Live this weekend, weekend update anchor and noted Boston-hater Michael Che reacted to the Adam Jones incident at Fenway Park this week when Jones said he heard a fan yell a racial slur at him from the stands.

And based on how Che recounted the incident, it seems he gets all his news from Big Lead headlines.

“In total, 34 people were removed from Fenway Park,” Che said. “You know how comfortably racist a place has to be for 34 strangers to look around and say, ‘I think I can yell the N-word here.'”

Wrong. Not only is this joke painfully unfunny, Che is implying all 34 of the fans were yelling racist slurs at Jones and that is entirely false.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy broke down the numbers on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria last week and said 20 ejections were for alcohol-related incidents, two were for marijuana, one was the fan who threw peanuts at Jones and another was for foul language directed at a player, but Kennedy didn’t say if that was the racial slur.

Kennedy also said the next day the Red Sox banned a fan from Fenway for using a racial slur to another fan.

Che didn’t mention that in the joke, though. It’s sad that he’s so untalented he needs to bend facts to make these jokes work.