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There’s no racial double-standard between Rob Gronkowski and Ezekiel Elliott 03.16.17 at 11:46 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski is perceived as a good-natured party boy. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski is perceived as a good-natured party boy. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

There’s no racial double-standard when it comes to the way Ezekiel Elliott’s bra-pulling incident has been portrayed in comparison to Rob Gronkowski’s off-field shenanigans. Context matters, and given Elliott’s alleged history of violence against women, his behavior can’t be excused as harmless debauchery.

At a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dallas last weekend, Elliott exposed a woman’s breast while he was partying on a rooftop. It’s apparent the act may not have been consensual, because the woman slaps away Elliott’s hands when he goes for her cleavage a second time.

Two years ago, Gronkowski was also involved in a breast-touching incident. He buried his face into a woman’s cleavage at a nightclub in Charleston, while she danced with a half-empty bottle of liquor in her hand.

If the female on the receiving end of Gronkowski’s motorboat felt victimized, she didn’t show it. The woman who Elliott touched, however, seemed uncomfortable with his hands on her. The evident differences between the two episodes means they’re not comparable. But that didn’t stop some from trying.

On ESPN’s “First Take” Wednesday, Max Kellerman said he thinks race plays a factor into the way Elliott’s actions were perceived.

“Why are we asking about the double-standard in the first place, given the differences in the set of facts?,” he asked. “We’re asking because it does play into stereotypes. On the one hand, good-natured party guy, who tends to be white –– at least as depicted in popular culture –– versus more menacing.”

Orlando Sentinel columnist David Whitley seems to agree. In an op-ed, he asks his readers to imagine if Gronkowski and Elliott were to switch places.

“Imagine if Elliott’s history included countless displays of public intoxication; videos of him gyrating his pelvis into women; getting naked and exposing himself to a bikini-clad babe in a GQ photo spread; organizing a party cruise where he autographed women’s bottoms, breasts and who-knows-what-else?,” he wonders.

It’s worth noting one of Elliott’s representatives told TMZ Sports the woman wasn’t upset, and continued partying with the Cowboys running back afterwards. But before taking that as gospel, one should consider the source. Also, the woman’s apparent decision to keep hanging with Elliott doesn’t mean she gave him permission to expose her breasts in public. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Trump taps Florida Panthers owner for Secretary of the Army; Salvation Army sees spike in donations after Ezekiel Elliott’s touchdown celebration 12.20.16 at 8:25 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:
NHL: NY Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Memphis at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Washington at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charlotte at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maine at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charleston Southern at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Dakota at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Notre Dame at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: New Orleans at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Donald Trump has nominated Florida Panthers owner Vincent “Vinnie” Viola for Secretary of the Army.

Viola is a New York financier and founder and chairman of Virtu Financial.

He graduated from West Point and is a former Infantry officer who served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Viola said his primary focus if confirmed “will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict.”

In a statement, Trump said of Viola, “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets WR Brandon Marshall defends Colin Kaepernick, ‘one of the biggest patriots out there’ 09.07.16 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Padres, 9:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Rangers at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

— Outspoken Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he will continue to stand for the national anthem, but he heaped praise on Colin Kaepernick for taking the opposite approach.

“This guy, he is one of the biggest patriots out there. Because he’s standing up for human rights,” Marshall said during an appearance on WFAN radio’s “Boomer and Carton” on Tuesday.

Esiason previously said Kaepernick’s protest was “disgraceful,” but Marshall disagreed.

“When I look at the American flag I see a bunch of fights. You know how much we have overcome,” Marshall said. “When you look at it the American flag is bigger than just one thing. And, you have the civil rights movement, you have sex trafficking, immigration law. There’s so many different fights there.”

Marshall said his fellow Jets have discussed the issue, and it’s a good discussion to have.

“This conversation is happening in every locker room across America and also across the world as well,” Marshall said. “This is a huge topic and I’m glad that [the conversation is] being had.”

Added Marshall: “I think President Obama said it best — that’s his constitutional right. That was Colin’s right and that’s all the other guy’s right. But I do think this is very thought-provoking for all. I think that the message was a little diluted because of how much respect a lot of us have for those that served . . . and gave us our freedoms, fought for our freedoms. But the message was clear.”

Meanwhile, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, the Concord native who is coaching the U.S. team at this month’s World Cup of Hockey, said he will not tolerate a similar protest from any of his Team USA skaters.

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” he said.

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