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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Gisele opens up on marriage to Tom Brady; Former fellow Aaron Hernandez inmate trying to sell autographed note 05.17.17 at 9:46 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
: Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 12 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers at San Francisco, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, NESN, WEEI)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Gisele Bündchen sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose airing Wednesday on CBS This Morning and discussed her “wonderful” life with husband Tom Brady.

“He’s playing football. It’s a contact sport and a very aggressive sport. But he knows I will always support him. And I want him to be happy,” Gisele said. “And if that makes him happy, and he loves to do that, then I’m always gonna support him like I always have. So I want him to be happy and fulfilled.”

“You’ve changed him, and he’s changed you,” Rose said.

“Yeah, I think that’s what we’ve done,” Gisele said. “We do most of our growing in relationships because … they see all of us, right? All the sides of us … I think we have been growing and learning a lot from each other. You know, walkin’ this life with a partner where you can always grow and learn from, it’s wonderful.”

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Conan O’Brien is going to trial for allegedly stealing Tom Brady joke 05.16.17 at 2:59 pm ET
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Conan O'Brien allegedly stole a Tom Brady joke.  (Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports)

Conan O’Brien allegedly stole a Tom Brady joke. (Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports)

Conan O’Brien is going to trial for allegedly stealing jokes for his late-night TBS show, including a barb about Tom Brady.

The plaintiff in the case, a San Dieg-based comedy writer named Robert “Alex” Kaseberg, says O’Brien lifted five of his jokes from Twitter and altered them for his opening monologue. A federal judge agreed Kaseberg has legitimate claims about three quips.

The joke that involves Brady dates back to Feb. 3, 2015, after the Patriots’ victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. This is the version Kaseberg posted: “Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll.”

This is what O’Brien said that night: “Tom Brady said he wants to give the truck that he was given as Super Bowl MVP … to the guy who won the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Which is very nice. I think that’s nice. I do. Yes. So Brady’s giving his truck to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.”

O’Brien defense team is arguing the jokes used involve facts, and thus aren’t subject to copyright infringement. But U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino disagrees, saying the jokes are “sufficiently objectively virtually identical to create a triable issue of fact regarding whether a jury would find these objective similarities to be virtually identical within the context of the entire joke.”

Kaseberg, who’s been a comedy writer for more than 20 years, says he came up with more than 1,000 jokes that Jay Leno used on “The Tonight Show.”

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Tom Brady posts Instagram video denouncing Madden Curse 05.12.17 at 2:20 pm ET
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Tom Brady posted this video on Instagram on Friday in response to being Madden NFL 18’s cover boy in which he follows up on his initial comments dispelling the belief there is a Madden Curse. And it freaked me out.

Try to watch Brady smash a mirror and walk under a ladder without internally screaming, “No Tom!”

This proves nothing. If he stays healthy until the season starts and then throughout the season, then we’ll see. But until then be careful, Tom.

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

A post shared by David Ortiz (@davidortiz) on

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Woman gets Aaron Hernandez tribute tattoo; Athletes attend 2017 Met Gala 05.02.17 at 10:01 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:
Toronto at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB:
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA:
Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA:
Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL:
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL:
St. Louis at Nashville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A woman with the Instagram name MsMackHard posted a picture last Thursday of her new tattoo, which pays tribute to Aaron Hernandez.

“The most awesome tattoo I’ve ever gotten!! Dedicated to a man that had a major impact on my life.. Aaron Hernandez.. Save your negative comments I’ll delete them!,” her caption said.  

The tattoo is huge and reads “If it is to be, it is up to me” and Hernandez’s nickname “Chico” surrounded by his number 81 and “Rest in Peace” below it. This is now on her body for the rest of her life.

Her account also contains multiple pictures of Hernandez, including a repost from an account called “free_hernandez_81″ and a picture of him for “Felon Crush Monday,” which, for some reason, is a thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tom Brady takes another turn towards the bizarre with speaking gig at self-help guru Tony Robbins’ ‘wealth summit’ 04.28.17 at 2:53 pm ET
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Tom Brady is appearing at a pricey "wealth seminar" with Tony Robbins. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady is appearing at a pricey “wealth seminar” with Tony Robbins. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

It might be time to start worrying about Tom Brady.

The five-time Super Bowl champion is slated to speak at Tony Robbins’ “Wealth Summit” in Boston June 8. For those unfamiliar with Robbins’ work, he’s a self-help expert who’s perhaps best known for encouraging his followers to walk on burning coal. Tickets to attend the extravaganza cost between $149 and $2,495.

In defense of Brady, he’s not the only person who will be appearing on stage with Robbins at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. His teammate and devotee Julian Edelman will be right by his side, along with celebrity chef Bethenny Frankel and CNBC host Marcus Lemonis.

Now, there are two possible reasons why Brady is aligning himself with Robbins. Neither is particularly comforting:

TB12 is a true believer

Brady’s history suggests he might be inclined to buy Robbins’ apparent quackery. The Patriots quarterback is business partners with his fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, who was once a pitchman for a fraudulent cancer cure. Boston Magazine published an expose on Guerrero in 2015, revealing his history of nefarious business practices.  In 2012, the FTC ordered Guerrero to shut down the production of Neurosafe, a phony panacea for concussions and head trauma. Brady endorsed the product.

Brady’s weirdo plant-based diet has also been eviscerated by health professionals. Mike Roussell, who has a Ph.D. in nutrition, went as far as to call Brady’s diet “absurd” in an op-ed for Men’s Health, saying it’s “full of buzzwords, not science.”

Robbins, who earns an estimated $30 million annually, is a fixture in socially elite circles. Known as the “CEO Whisperer,” some of the country’s most successful business executives and politicians follow aspects of his self-improvement program. He was asked to advise Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings and hangs with billionaires like Virgin’s Richard Branson and casino tycoon Steve Wynn.

But all of this elbow rubbing with heads of state and business moguls doesn’t legitimize Robbins’ practices. Remember, the Church of Scientology attracts a wide collection of celebrities and movie stars. Rich people who are isolated from society sometimes adopt cockamamie belief systems. Brady is a prime example of that.

Brady is there to peddle his products

In case you haven’t heard, Brady is marketing an array of luxury items: $200 nutritional manuals, $100 recovery sleepwear and $78 “revolting vegan kibble,” to quote Deadspin. Folks who can spend thousands of dollars to hear Robbins speak would appear to be his perfect customer base.

These are Brady’s people now, and it shouldn’t be surprising. That can happen when you have a career net worth of $180 million and marry a supermodel who has even more money than that.

When Brady retires, it’s apparent he’ll exist on a level far removed from the everyday world. If he’s not a believer in Robbins now, he may soon become one.

 

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Donte Stallworth believes Tom Brady and Donald Trump are still friends; Asking price for Aaron Hernandez mansion drops 04.24.17 at 9:05 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: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: LA Dodgers at San Francisco, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Washington at Atlanta, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Golden State at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

— When Tom Brady skipped the Patriots’ trip to the White House last week, he said it was due to personal reasons. He posted a picture of his parents on Instagram for their anniversary and it is known his mother, Galynn, is battling cancer.

However, some speculated he missed the event because his wife, Gisele, is not a fan of Donald Trump and then that Trump was angry with Brady for not attending after Trump did not mention Brady during the ceremony. Donte Stallworth spoke with TMZ this weekend and said this is not the case and Brady did miss the trip to spend time with his mom.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t any other circumstance,” Stallworth said. ” … This is a very trying time for not just [Brady’s mom] obviously, but for his whole family so I would caution people against speculating before they know all the facts of what’s actually happening.”

He also said he does not believe this has affected Brady’s friendship with Trump.

“I think their relationship will probably be fine,” Stallworth said. “I don’t necessarily believe that the President would have intentionally taken a shot at– he’s very big on loyalty and I know that he and Brady have been close for a very long time.”

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Is the Trump-Brady bromance over? It sure seems like it 04.21.17 at 1:13 pm ET
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The Patriots presented Donald Trump with an honorary No. 45 jersey Wednesday. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots presented Donald Trump with an honorary No. 45 jersey Wednesday. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Donald Trump couldn’t stop talking about Tom Brady while he was campaigning for president. But at the Patriots White House ceremony this week, he didn’t mention Brady once.

What’s up with that?

According to TMZ, Trump is miffed Brady elected to skip the event. “When Donald Trump feels betrayed, it’s over,” said a source.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Brady said he wasn’t making the trip to Washington D.C. due to “personal family matters.” The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports Brady was spending time with his mother, Gaylnn, who was in town. She’s currently battling an illness.

While no rational person could criticize Brady for choosing to be with his family, the timing of his announcement was curious. The statement was released Wednesday morning, just hours before the Patriots were expected to be at the White House with President Trump. Brady’s supermodel wife, Gisele Bündchen, also posted a now-deleted tweet promoting an anti-Trump climate change rally shortly after the announcement was made.

Brady and Bündchen appear to hold dramatically different opinions of Trump. Throughout the 2015 season, Brady supported the billionaire’s then-longshot candidacy, calling him a “good friend” in the wake of several controversies. In return, Trump routinely touted his relationship with Brady on the campaign trail.

When asked on WEEI about his ties to Trump, Brady explained the bombastic real estate mogul has always been kind to him.

“He’s always been so supportive of me — for the last 15 years, since I judged a beauty pageant for him, which was one of the very first things that I did that thought was really cool,” Brady said. “That came along with winning the Super Bowl. He’s always invited me to play golf. I’ve always enjoyed his company.”

But last season, after Trump won the Republican nomination, Brady seemed less willing to talk about his longtime pal. In fact, he even ended a press conference after a reporter brought up Trump’s leaked “Access Hollywood” tape, in which the President brags about groping women.

Given the immense amount of criticism Brady received for his friendship with Trump, it’s possible the controversy-averse quarterback decided it was best to drop the subject. But Trump wouldn’t let him. On the night before the election, he told a crowd in New Hampshire Brady had voted for him.

“Great guy,” Trump said. “Great friend of mine. Great, great champion. Unbelievable winner. He called today and he said, ‘Donald, I support you. You’re my friend and I voted for you.’ I want to tell you this guy is a champ and he is a winner and he is a great person. So I said, ‘Tom, you voted for me, you support me, am I allowed to say it tonight to this massive crowd in New Hampshire?’ He said, ‘If you want to say it, you can say it.’”

Brady didn’t echo that message when his vote was brought up on Kirk & Callahan the following week. “I’m not talking politics anymore,” he said. “I’ve got other things to worry about. Just speaking with my family, it’s a bad idea.”

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Gisele Bündchen deletes tweet about anti-Trump climate rally 04.20.17 at 1:17 pm ET
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Gisele Bundchen (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Gisele Bundchen is an ardent Donald Trump critic. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

On the same day Tom Brady backed out of the Patriots’ White House visit, his supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen promoted an anti-Trump climate change rally on Twitter. But now, the message has been deleted.

Bündchen’s original tweet was posted at 12:46 p.m.Wednesday, shortly after Brady announced he wasn’t going to accompany his team due to personal reasons. It included a link to a website detailing the People’s Climate March, which is taking place at the capital April 29.

“Everything we have struggled to move forward in the United States is in peril,” the site reads. “Our loved ones feel under siege, and those in power in Washington are advancing a dark and dangerous vision of America that we know is untrue. To change everything, we need everyone.”

After staying up Wednesday morning, the tweet was taken down sometime in the afternoon or early evening. Donald Trump, who talked incessantly about his friendship with Brady during the presidential campaign, didn’t mention the quarterback’s name at the White House ceremony.

This isn’t the first time Bündchen has publicly expressed opposition towards Trump. On Instagram last year, she replied “NO!” when asked if she and Brady were backing his candidacy.

Even though Brady called Trump a “good friend,” he’s seemingly backed away from him in recent months. Following the election, he told Kirk & Callahan Bündchen “wasn’t allowing him to talk politics anymore.”

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