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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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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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Aaron Hernandez racked up multiple violent offenses while in prison, records show 05.05.17 at 11:39 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez was charged with 12 offenses while he was in prison. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez was charged with 12 offenses while he was in prison. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

The attorney for Aaron Hernandez’s close prison friend, Kyle Kennedy, portrayed the disgraced ex-NFL star at a press conference last week as a kind and gentle individual while he was behind bars. But prison records show he was anything but.

CNN reporters Eric Levenson and Evan Simko-Bednarski obtained Hernandez’s disciplinary records through a public records request. The paperwork shows Hernandez was charged with roughly a dozen offenses while he was an inmate at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley: Three for fighting, two smoking-related incidents, two prison tattoos and possession of a nearly six-inch sharpened metal shiv.

The first reported violent episode involving Hernandez occurred May 17, 2015, roughly one month after he was convicted of first-degree murder for the Odin Lloyd shooting. Hernandez served as a lookout while two inmates fought in his cell, entering and exiting multiple times.

Three months later, while living in a different area of the prison, Hernandez started a fist-fight with an inmate who wanted to shake his hand. Officials blamed the altercation on an “ongoing feud” between unnamed parties.

Hernandez’s last recorded fight happened on June 10, 2016, when he was swapping punches with another prisoner. The former Patriots tight end lost visitation privileges for 45 days after the incident.

Interestingly enough, Hernandez appeared to become more religious while he was incarcerated. An alleged close friend of Hernandez’s told investigators he was “very spiritual” and “always quoting the bible.” His body was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell with the biblical verse “John 3:16″ written in ink on his forehead and in a “substance consistent with blood” on the walls. A drop of blood was placed on the verse in an open bible near him as well.

Though Hernandez may have immersed himself in the bible, he didn’t seem to practice its teachings. Shortly after arriving at the maximum security facility, he reportedly told guards he was “going to run this place.” But judging by his lengthy disciplinary record, it appeared to be the other way around.

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ESPN’s Sara Walsh announces lay off news on day she would’ve returned from maternity leave 05.04.17 at 3:10 pm ET
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ESPN laid off dozens of reporters last week. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN laid off dozens of reporters last week. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

It must have been a whirlwind couple of weeks for ESPN’s Sara Walsh.

The “SportsCenter” anchor was slated to return from maternity leave Thursday. But instead, she announced she was a part the company’s layoffs.

“I was truly excited to return to work today from maternity leave with the twins,” she said in an Instagram post. “Unfortunately, I will not be coming back as I was included in the recent layoffs. Much appreciation to those I worked with, and especially those who watched.”

Walsh joined ESPN in 2010. She previously worked in Georgia, Nashville and Washington D.C.

Several “SportsCenter” anchors have been included in the mound of layoffs, such as Jay Crawford, Jaymee Sire and Jade McCarthy. ESPN plans to pay laid off employees for the duration of their contracts, provided they don’t take another job in sports media.

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Jay Cutler reportedly wants to announce football games now 05.04.17 at 1:44 pm ET
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Jay Cutler only played in five games last season. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Jay Cutler only played in five games last season. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

It appeared unlikely Jay Cutler was going to get a job playing quarterback this year. So now, he’s reportedly setting his sights towards the announcer’s booth.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, Cutler, 34, flew to Los Angeles and auditioned with Fox on Thursday about a role next season on the network’s NFL coverage. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo was the first to report Cutler’s interest in broadcasting.

With John Lynch being named general manager of the 49ers, Fox has been looking for a color analyst to join its No. 2 team with Kevin Burkhardt. Last month, CBS signed former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to replace Phil Simms as its lead analyst.

Few players are more polarizing than Cutler, whose eight-year career in Chicago was mired by turnovers and silly off-field controversies. Though he owns almost every Bears passing record, they only reached the playoffs once under him.

Numerous clubs, including the Jets and Browns, have been in contact with Cutler this offseason. But as training camp inches closer, it doesn’t seem as if he’s any closer to landing a gig. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported last week the Texans never even returned his calls.

Fortunately for Cutler, he doesn’t appear too stressed about his unemployment.

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SNL’s Michael Che invites Adam Jones to Boston show, says audience will be frisked for ‘racist contraband’ 05.04.17 at 12:04 pm ET
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“Saturday Night Live” weekend update host Michael Che once called Boston the “most racist city he’s ever been to.” This week’s alleged racial incident involving Adam Jones at Fenway Park has only seemed to embolden him.

In an Instagram post, Che invites Jones to his show at the Wilbur Theatre June 13, pledging the audience will be frisked for “batteries, bananas and all other old timey racist throwing contraband.” Che also asked Mayor Marty Walsh to attend.

In March, Walsh proposed meeting with Che to discuss the comedian’s grievances.

“He’s clearly had some bad experiences in this city, in this state, because I think it’s more than Boston,” he said on Boston Public Radio. “But, hopefully, I’d love to sit down and talk to him about it and express what we’ve done in the city and the things that we’ve done over the last three years with the race dialogues and diversity office. That won’t erase his experience but what it will do is help us understand better.”

Jones said fans at Fenway Park called him the N-word a “handful” of times and threw a bag of peanuts on him following Monday night’s game between the Red Sox and Orioles. On Wednesday, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said a fan has been banned for life after he had directed a racial slur at another fan.

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Rob Parker on FS1: ‘Boston is the most racist sports town in America’ 05.03.17 at 3:41 pm ET
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Adam Jones says he was called the N-word at Fenway Park Monday. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Adam Jones says he was called the N-word at Fenway Park Monday. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Parker has weighed in on the Adam Jones situation. His commentary is as bombastic as one would expect.

During a segment Wednesday on FS1’s “Undisputed,” the former Detroit Free Press sports columnist laid into Boston, calling it hostile towards African-Americans athletes.

“Atlanta is the worst sports town in America, and Boston is the most racist sports town in America. It just is,” he said. “And it’s not just this situation, there’s a laundry list of things that have gone on in that town and how people were treated. PK Subban a couple of years ago, Joel Ward –– that happened.”

The Ward incident occurred in 2012, when the ex-Capitals forward eliminated the Bruins from the playoffs with an overtime goal in Game 7 of the series. Following the game-winner, he was pelted on Twitter with racist insults from Bruins fans. Two years later, Subban was also barraged with racial epithets, but research showed none of the eight offenders were from Boston.

Parker went on to reference the bigotry Bill Russell experienced in Boston during his playing career in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

“All you need to do is go to Bill Russell –– who played there and won 11 championships in 13 years –– who called the fan base ‘racist.’ Plain and simple.”

Anti-Boston commentary from Parker is nothing new. He was one of Tom Brady’s staunchest critics during the Deflategate saga, saying he’s “Lance Armstrong without the bicycle.” Parker brought up Deflategate again in the midst of his latest rant against the city.

“The pushback you always get from Boston is, ‘It’s not us; Ted Wells is a liar.’ It’s always somebody else,” he said. “The radio ‘foofs’ up there in Boston, Skip, had the nerve to ask the president of the Red Sox, ‘Did you hear it? Did you hear it?’ And question that Adam Jones, a 12-year vet, who has no history of nothing but playing baseball, is going to make up a story and they’re going to say, ‘Well, did you hear it?’”

Following the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Red Sox Monday, Jones said fans called him the N-word a “handful” of times. The Red Sox issued a statement the next morning, saying the team is “sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”

A number of professional baseball players, including members of the Red Sox, have also said they’ve heard racial taunts at Fenway Park. Parker, who admittedly dislikes Boston, explained that most black athletes don’t want to play in the city.

“When I hear that stuff, it bothers me. But then again, Boston has never been one of my favorite towns,” he said. “If you talk to black athletes, most of the time [they say], ‘Hate that place. Don’t want to go up there.’ That’s just the way it is.”

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Aaron Hernandez’s alleged ‘murder car’ has been pulled from eBay 05.03.17 at 1:19 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez's alleged 'murder car' is no longer on eBay. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez’s alleged ‘murder car’ is no longer on eBay. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

The silver SUV that was a center piece of Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial has been pulled from eBay without an explanation, the car’s owner says.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Buddy Clair, who owns Westford Auto Sales and put the car on the website, said he found out about the post’s removal at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. The infamous vehicle attracted 115 bidders and had reached $101,005 before eBay took it down.

“It’s valuable to somebody and somebody should have the right to own it without being criticized,’’ Clair told the Globe. “If we got lucky on this and sold it, we had talked about donating to the people that were involved in the history of it.”

The car’s listing billed it was the “REAL DEAL !!!,” saying it still contained police fingerprint dust. The winner of the auction was also supposed to be awarded $53,000.

Prosecutors say Hernandez was in the front passenger seat of the Toyota 4Runner when he killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting in Boston on July 16, 2012. Jack Fox, a Rhode Island car dealer, leased the car to the disgraced ex-NFL star in exchange for tickets and other perks.

Hernandez, who was acquitted of double-murder charges in April, hanged himself at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley two weeks ago. He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

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Roger Goodell reportedly angered by ESPN’s Ed Werder firing 05.03.17 at 12:41 pm ET
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Former ESPN reporter Ed Werder says Roger Goodell reached out to him last week. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Former ESPN reporter Ed Werder says Roger Goodell reached out to him last week. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN’s decision to lay off several dozen employees last week sparked outrage across the sports media landscape. It also reportedly caught the attention of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who reportedly contacted one of the reporters who was let go.

On his “Doomsday Podcast,” former ESPN NFL reporter Ed Werder, who was the first prominent personality to announce his dismissal on Twitter, said a number of league executives and players reached out to him to express their condolences. One of the well-wishes was Goodell, which surprised the longtime reporter.

“He said he was angered by it,” Werder said. “I haven’t spoken to him yet, but that surprised me. And that tells me something about Roger Goodell as a human being.”

Werder went on to say he offered to be Goodell’s body guard if the commissioner visits Gillette Stadium on Opening Night. The Super Bowl champion Patriots host the Chiefs Sept. 7.

Ironically, ESPN’s gargantuan rights agreement with the NFL is one of the reasons why it was forced to trim millions of dollars from its payroll. The WorldWide Leader pays the league $1.9 billion annually to air “Monday Night Football” and use video highlights.

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