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Patriots fan got a Tom Brady tattoo on his butt 02.15.17 at 11:40 am ET
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Sometimes, it’s not enough to wear your favorite player’s jersey. You must get his face tattooed on your rear end.

That’s what one Patriots fan did last week before the championship parade, which attracted more than 1 million people to the streets of Boston. Before the festivities began, he decided to stop by Boston Barber & Tattoo Co. on Salem Street and get Tom Brady’s mug branded where the sun don’t shine.

In a phone call with WEEI.com, an employee at the tattoo parlor said several Patriots fans came by for some ink during the parade last week. In addition to the butt tattoo, two other patrons got some Patriots-related artwork on their lips.

New England fans have a history of sporting unusual ink. Prior to Super Bowl XLII, Victor Thompson, a resident of Laconia, N.H., decided to get the Patriots’ logo tattooed on both sides of his head –– like a football helmet. The 47-year-old passed away last year.

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USA Today grossly misrepresents Tom Brady’s comments on Patriots White House visit 02.14.17 at 12:47 pm ET
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Given Brady's friendship with Donald Trump, there's been a lot of focus on whether he'll visit the White House later this year. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Given Tom Brady’s friendship with Donald Trump, there’s been a lot of focus on whether he’ll visit the White House later this year. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

When Tom Brady was asked Tuesday about several of his teammates planning to skip the Patriots’ White House visit, he gave a diplomatic answer. But that’s not the way USA Today represented it.

In an interview with PFT Live, Brady said he respects players’ decisions to boycott the ceremony.

“Putting politics aside, it never really was a political thing. At least it never was for me,” he said. “It’s just always something that was a privilege to be able to do, because it really meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team and with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice and everyone, it’s their offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends. If people don’t want to go, they don’t want to go and that is their choice.”

It’s difficult to think of a way for Brady to answer that question any more judiciously. Since he skipped the White House visit two years ago while President Barack Obama was in office, he’s wise to say he personally feels it’s an apolitical event –– especially if he plans on going this spring to see his pal Donald Trump. But he also acknowledged others may disagree. He covered all of his bases.

When USA Today wrote up the interview, however, Brady’s message was misconstrued.

In a tweet from the USA Today Sports account, the teaser for the story reads: “Tom Brady says his teammates should put ‘politics aside’ when it comes to visiting the White House.” That echoes the original headline, which has been replaced. It now says, “Tom Brady in favor of ‘putting politics aside’ when it comes to White House visit.”

That’s still misleading, because it implies Brady was preaching to others about how they should view the White House trip. But in reality, he was only speaking for himself. He couldn’t have been more clear, saying “at least it never was [political] for me.” There’s no other way to interpret that comment, unless you’re trolling for clicks.

It’s fair to criticize Brady for the way he’s handled the Trump story. It was weak for him to end his press conference when he was asked about the President’s leaked Access Hollywood video tape, in which he brags about sexually assaulting women. It also came across as phony for Brady to claim he’s oblivious to current events when asked about Trump at Super Bowl opening night.

But when it comes to his answer about the White House boycott, Brady satisfied all parties. Shame on USA Today for taking those remarks, and presenting them as inflammatory comments directed towards his teammates.

In these divisive times, it’s more important than ever for the media to serve as a watchdog. The press is supposed to disprove “alternative facts,” not create them. By publishing an inaccurate description of Brady’s interview, USA Today failed in this mission.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots missing Super Bowl game-winning football found; UConn Women reach record 100-game win streak at 8:45 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:
NBA: Cleveland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Sacramento at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Vancouver at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NHL)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at VCU, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Rutgers at Purdue, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Tennessee at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Louis, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Boise State at New Mexico, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Patriots running back James White said after the Super Bowl he forgot to take the game-winning touchdown football and didn’t know what happened to it.

“I wasn’t thinking in that moment,” White said. “I was too busy sprinting down the field.”

Thankfully, we now know, according to a team spokesman, an equipment manager picked it up and it is safe and sound and on display in the Patriots’ Hall of Fame.

The missing football was worrisome at the time because Tom Brady’s game-worn jersey was also missing and still has not been found.

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Patriots are selling way more Super Bowl merchandise this year than after last championship 02.10.17 at 3:15 pm ET
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The Patriots' win in Super Bowl LI may be the most celebrated championship in Boston sports history. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots’ win in Super Bowl LI may be the most celebrated championship in Boston sports history. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

It’s difficult to win a Super Bowl in more dramatic fashion than the Patriots did two years ago against the Seahawks. Faced with a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady orchestrated two incredible touchdown drives that put the Patriots ahead. The game ended with Seattle on the one-yard line, where Malcolm Butler jumped a slant route to record the Super Bowl-clinching interception.

But the Patriots topped that this season, storming back from a 25-point deficit to upstage the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Brady went 21-of-27 in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Patriots to the biggest come-from-behind win in Super Bowl history. On top of that, he got to hold up the Lombardi trophy in front of Roger Goodell, finally getting his revenge for Deflategate.

Amidst all of this euphoria, Patriots merchandise is flying off the shelves. According to data from Fanatics, the Pats sold as much team gear in the first two hours after their victory in Super Bowl LI than they did in 24 hours following Super Bowl XLIX. The contrast has only intensified since:

  • The Patriots sold more merchandise in the first 12 hours after Super Bowl LI than they did in seven days after Super Bowl XLIX.
  • Patriots sales this week are ahead of where they were 30 days following Super Bowl XLIX.
  • The Patriots have out-sold their 2015 championship by more than 130 percent.

These numbers are a bit surprising, considering Super Bowl XLIX attracted more viewers in Boston than Super Bowl LI. The Patriots’ matchup with the Seahawks drew a 61.0 rating in the city, whereas their affair against the Falcons garnered a 54.3 rating. It’s also worth noting that Super Bowl XLIX was a slightly better game from start-to-finish –– despite New England’s historic comeback Sunday.

But with more than 1 million people taking to the streets for the Patriots’ parade this week, in spite of snow and freezing rain,  it’s apparent this might be the most celebrated championships in Boston sports history. Maybe Roger Goodell should get a cut of all those merchandise sales. His draconian penalties on Brady and the Patriots only heightened the appetite for ring No. 5.

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Another ‘Summer of Gronk’ is the last thing Rob Gronkowski needs at 1:07 pm ET
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Gronkowski caught a career-low 25 catches this season. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski caught a career-low 25 passes this season. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

It looks like another “Summer of Gronk” is on the way. But this one may not be as well-received as its previous renditions.

Despite only playing in eight games this season, Rob Gronkowski was the star of the Patriots’ championship festivities this week. He went psychotic during the parade Tuesday, guzzling down Bud Lights and taking off his shirt to party with fans in frigid temperatures. At night, he brought down the house at Foxwoods, and even managed to outlast Rick Ross.

It was an uneventful Super Bowl for Gronkowski, who was sidelined with a back injury. The all-time Patriots touchdown leader underwent another back operation in December, the third of his career. At 27 years old, Gronkowski has experienced at least nine surgeries since 2009.

Entering the playoffs sans Gronk is familiar ground for the Patriots. They’ve been forced to play with him in a limited capacity or without him entirely in five of the last seven years –– perhaps costing them multiple championships. But they were able to pull off a historic comeback Sunday, which could put a damper on Gronkowski’s plans for a five-month stretch of debauchery. For the first time in his career, he appears to be expendable.

Make no mistake: Gronkowski remains the best tight end in football. But he was close to a non-factor this season. Twenty-one of his 25 receptions came within a four-week stretch, and he only caught one pass in two contests without Tom Brady. After Gronkowski was placed on IR Dec. 3, the Patriots went 8-0 with an average margin of victory of 17.25 points. They played their best football when he wasn’t on the field.

Over the last couple of years, it seems as if Gronkowski has operated under a different set of rules than many of his teammates. After suffering a knee injury during the 2015 campaign, the Patriots filed a joint statement with Gronkowski’s family about his status. Hours later, Gronkowski published a video on Bleacher Report, in which he said he wouldn’t return until he’s 100 percent. Bill Belichick goes to great lengths to hide injury information, but with Gronkowski, the Patriots are an open book.

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Kevin Youkilis says he supports Patriots players who want to skip White House visit 02.09.17 at 4:19 pm ET
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Five Patriots players have announced they’re not going to visit the White House this year. Tom Brady’s brother-in-law, former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, supports their decision.

Youkilis, who’s married to Brady’s sister, Julie, tweeted this week he doesn’t understand why players get criticized for skipping the customary White House trip. He followed up on those thoughts Thursday, appearing to theorize that people are afraid to mix sports and politics.

It’s been a busy week for Youkilis, who was in attendance to watch the Patriots defeat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. The three-time All-Star was included in the Brady family pre-Super Bowl photo, standing off to the right.

It takes a team. And so much love. #NeverStopBelieving

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This isn’t the first time Youkilis has commented on politics over the last couple of months. In December, he chimed in on WEEI.com’s report about President Donald Trump considering ex-Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine for United States Ambassador to Japan. Valentine questioned Youkilis’ commitment during the disastrous 2012 season, saying he wasn’t as “physically or emotionally into the game” as he had been in the past. Two months later, Youkilis was traded to the White Sox

Last month, Valentine said he was no longer a candidate for the ambassadorship.

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Patriots players who plan to skip White House trip are delivering ultimate diss to Donald Trump at 1:46 pm ET
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Trump will likely take every White House snub personally. (Jack Gruber/USA Today Network)

Trump will likely take every White House snub personally. (Jack Gruber/USA Today Network)

In nearly every liberal corner of the country, the Patriots have been castigated for their ties to Donald Trump. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are all friends with the President, defending his character at every turn. But it’s also worth noting that several Patriots players are taking a stand against Trump, humiliating him in public fashion.

In the aftermath of New England’s historic comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, five players have come out and said they won’t be going to the White House this year for a presidential photo-op. Martellus Bennett first revealed his plans to snub Trump at Media Night, saying he doesn’t support him. The tight end reiterated his feelings Sunday.

Devin McCourty, who’s one of the Patriots’ team captains, took his protest one step further. In addition to announcing his intended absence, he says he “doesn’t feel welcome” at the White House with Trump in office. LeGarrette Blount expressed similar sentiments Thursday, telling Rich Eisen he doesn’t think he’s welcome there, either.

Chris Long also won’t be in attendance, and Dont’a Hightower plans to sit out the proceedings as well. (Hightower also didn’t go in 2015 when Barack Obama was president.)

Ever since 1865, when President Andrew Johnson hosted the Brooklyn Atlantics and Washington Nationals amateur baseball clubs, sports teams have visited the White House for celebratory ceremonies. Ronald Reagan started making it a regular occurrence in the 1980’s, and today, roughly a dozen clubs stop by each year.

Throughout the last 40 years, plenty of players have skipped the customary White House trip. But it’s rare for them to say it was for political purposes. When Larry Bird didn’t go in 1984, he told a reporter the president knew where to find him. Michael Jordan golfed instead of visiting George H.W. Bush in 1991 and a family commitment reportedly kept Brady from meeting Obama two years ago.

When players do reveal their motivations behind a White House absence, it’s a big story. Former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas garnered headlines in 2012, when he said he wasn’t going because the federal government under Obama was “threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.” Ex-Ravens center Matt Birk, a pro-life advocate, made news when he declined to show up in 2013 because of Obama’s support for Planned Parenthood.

With Trump in office, a record-setting number of athletes are expected to forego the White House tradition. For a man who’s obsessed with appearance and aesthetics, that would be an embarrassing blow.

Throughout the entirety of his campaign, Trump flaunted his apparent reverence for sports stars. He campaigned with Bobby Knight in Indiana, promised to present an “Athlete’s Night” at the Republican National Convention and frequently mentioned his three good friends –– Brady, Belichick and Kraft. With that in mind, it only makes sense for Trump’s beloved Patriots to be the first professional team that visits him in office.

Except, leading up to the event, the story will likely be about the players who aren’t going. This week, running back James White said he was still considering a White House boycott, and several of his teammates probably feel similarly. When the Patriots go to the White House this spring, it’s nearly certain that more than five players will opt to stay behind.

Every other person who’s ever sat in the Oval Office probably didn’t spend any time stewing over athletes who didn’t want to come shake their hand during a ceremonial event. But Trump is different. This is a man who on the first full day of his presidency, sent out his press secretary to lie about his inauguration crowd size. He tweets constantly about Saturday Night Live and is obsessed with media coverage. Trump’s apparent insecurities run so deep, that he reportedly brags about the breadth of his electoral college win in phone calls with foreign leaders.

Given his tweet calling millions of protesters “anarchists” and “thugs,” Trump doesn’t appear to respect the right of free speech. He seems to view every sign of dissent, such as a federal judge temporarily halting his possibly unconstitutional travel ban, as a personal slight. An athlete refusing to visit the White House to meet the president –– an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity –– is the ultimate diss.

Nearly 30 years ago, Graydon Carter, now the editor of Vanity Fair, called Trump in Spy Magazine a “short-fingered vulgarian.” To this day, Carter says he occasionally receives photographs from Trump, in which the President circles his fingers in gold sharpie to showcase their length.

Whenever Trump looks at pictures of the Patriots’ visit, he’ll be forced to remember that numerous members of his favorite football team didn’t want to meet him. And by all accounts, it will bother him greatly.

Brady and Co. have long been a source of pride for Trump. But for the next couple of months, as the anticipation for their White House visit builds, they’ll be a thorn in his side.

This post was updated to include LeGarrette Blount’s comments, which were made after the article was published.  

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Browns LT Joe Thomas calls out Roger Goodell for leaving stage ‘like a rat’ during Patriots trophy presentation at 10:17 am ET
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Goodell handed the Lombardi trophy to Kraft Sunday. (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell handed the Lombardi trophy to Robert Kraft Sunday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is unimpressed with the way Roger Goodell carried himself during the Lombardi trophy presentation Sunday.

Moments after the Patriots completed their historic 25-point comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Goodell took the microphone and was greeted with an onslaught of boos. The commissioner then handed the trophy over to Patriots owner Robert Kraft and quickly exited the stage. Thomas says that was cowardly.

“I especially enjoyed how over-eager Roger was to smile at all the Patriots and give them a big handshake, but then as soon as he gave them the trophy he scurried off the stage like a rat,” he told Pro Football Talk. “It was awesome.”

Thomas, who’s made the Pro Bowl in all 10 seasons of his career and has never missed a snap, was one of the Patriots’ staunchest defenders during the Deflategate saga. The left tackle called it a “witch hunt” and also expressed disappointment last summer that Tom Brady didn’t continue his legal fight. Prior to Super Bowl LI, Thomas said he was rooting for the Patriots, because he wanted Goodell to receive some comeuppance.

During the Super Bowl MVP press conference Monday, Goodell was seated next to Bill Belichick while Brady gave his acceptance speech. When Belichick took the podium, however, Brady didn’t take his place next to commissioner. Instead, he left.

Goodell may have acted cordially towards the Patriots this weekend, but it’s apparent the stench of Deflategate still lingers over him.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Knick Charles Oakley arrested at Madison Square Garden; Rapper Nelly supports Patriots players not going to White House at 8:31 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Boston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (CSN, TNT)
NHL: NY Islanders at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Belmont at Jacksonville State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Winthrop at UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Duke , 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri State at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SMU at Temple, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UNH at Vermont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oregon at UCLA, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Washington at Colorado, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at Pepperdine, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Former Knick Charles Oakley was arrested at Madison Square Garden during the Knicks-Clippers game Wednesday and charged with three counts of assault during an altercation in the stands near team owner James Dolan.

The incident occurred during the first quarter where Oakley was sitting behind the baseline. Oakley was making comments to Dolan, who was sitting in front of him, while Kristaps Porzingis was shooting free throws. Dolan had security escort Oakley from the arena.

Oakley got physical with security guards and players on both teams stopped to watch. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” in support of the former power forward.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who played with Oakley, called the incident “sad.”

“That was tough for me to watch,” Rivers said. “Honest to God, you could see it. I actually took three steps and I swear I was going to run down there, and I thought, ‘What the hell am I going to do?’ But I didn’t like that. That’s my guy. That was tough to watch from where I was standing.”

“I was there for four minutes,” Oakley told the New York Daily News after being released from Midtown South Precinct. “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.”

On Thursday morning, Oakley posted this interview to the Instagram account of Jimmy’s NYC:

#CHARLESOAKLEY #NyKnicks #Jimmy’s

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The Root’s senior editor on Kirk & Callahan: Tom Brady might be a racist 02.08.17 at 11:24 am ET
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In a recent column, The Root’s senior editor Stephen A. Crockett Jr. called the Patriots “racist-adjacent” because Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are friends with Donald Trump. He defended his words in an appearance with Kirk & Callahan Wednesday.

Though Crockett said the article was satirical, he still believes Brady should be criticized for his ties to the President.

Brady continues to catch heat for his relationship with Trump. (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today)

Brady continues to catch heat for his relationship with Trump. (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today)

“I don’t know if you need to back off, but I feel like there needs to be something said here,” he explained. “If Brady and Trump are friends and then had a private friendship prior to this –– as he continues to escalate, as he runs for president and the White House, as he has proven himself in the first three weeks to be absolutely ridiculous. At some point, you as a public figure have to make a stand or you are agreeing with all of the policies that go along with it. I don’t see how that doesn’t work.”

When pressed about whether he thinks Brady is a racist, Crockett said it’s a possibility.

“I absolutely believe that you are the company you keep,” he said. “At the end of the day, if you are in support of a person who feels this way –– we’re not just talking about me and my friend at The Root feel this way. You’re in support of a person who’s actually changing policy and completely banning seven countries that are populated by Muslims from coming into this country. That’s where we are. I don’t know Tom Brady’s personal beliefs. I know he goes to a job that also employs black people. I don’t know if he has a friendship with them. I know that racists work in America all day. I don’t know where they stand.”

 

TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE STEPHEN A. CROCKETT Jr. INTERVIEW, CLICK HERE

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