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Colin Kaepernick’s jersey is going to the Smithsonian

05.22.17 at 11:26 am ET
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Colin Kaepernick's jersey will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Colin Kaepernick’s jersey will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Colin Kaepernick’s jersey may not appear on an NFL field again. But it will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian.

Thanks to a donation late last year from sociologist Harry Edwards, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. acquired the jersey Kaepernick wore in 2016 while he was protesting the national anthem. The museum’s curator of sports, Damion Thomas, told USA Today last week the piece of memorabilia will be showcased within the next one or two years.

Edwards, who organized the Olympic Project for Human Rights, explained why he thinks Kaepernick needs to be recognized in the museum as soon as possible.

“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,'” he said. “”‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.'”

Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality in African American neighborhoods started a nationwide movement, with high school players joining as well. He remains a free agent, leading some to ask whether he’s been blackballed from the league due to his social activism. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said recently he was open to bringing Kaepernick aboard, but there hasn’t been any reported progress on contract negotiations.

Since speaking out about police violence, Kaepernick has involved himself in a litany of social projects. This offseason, he’s helped deliver food and water to famine-ravaged Somalia and brought his “Know Your Rights” camp to Chicago, in which more than 200 students attended workshops on financial literacy, college preparation and interacting with law enforcement.

The 29-year-old quarterback recently purchase an apartment in Manhattan, where he handed out free suits outside of a parole office earlier this month.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: David Ortiz receives honorary doctorate degree from Boston University

05.22.17 at 9:34 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 Chicago Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Golden State at San Antonio, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— David Ortiz stole the show at Boston University’s graduation on Sunday and all he said was “Thank you very much.”

Ortiz received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from the university in front of more than 20,000 people at Nickerson Field.

BU president Dr. Robert A. Brown introduced Ortiz by highlighting his career stats, his leadership, charitable endeavors and speech after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

The crowd chanted “speech!” as Ortiz accepted his degree but Ortiz only said those four words when he took the mic and then returned to his seat.          

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Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with inmate he called his ‘heart,’ prison letters show

05.21.17 at 11:44 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with other inmates, according to verified prison letters. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with other inmates, according to verified prison letters. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez requested multiple times to cell with other inmates he called his “brother” and “heart,” newly unearthed prison letters show.

The five letters, obtained by the Boston Globe, are written to the Inner Perimeter Security staff at Souza-Barnowski Correctional Facility in Shirley, where the disgraced ex-NFL star was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting. In one of them, Hernandez explains why he wants to bunk with an inmate in another part of the prison. The man’s name is redacted.

“So, please make this happen and I even prefer to move in with (redacted); me and him are very close and have been since the streets and that’s FACT, not bulls–t,” the letter reads. “He’s my heart and like a real brother to me that’s why I want and am requesting to go upstairs and live with him.”

In another one, Hernandez says he wants to clear up “false gossip.” Specifics are redacted.

“I have been hearing from many or rather few thinking I’m (redacted) but that is false, people are always coming up with things that are incorrect. (redacted),” Hernandez wrote. “But a few have come up to me thinking that so it must have wrongly been circulating through false gossip.”

Hernandez was rumored to be carrying on a relationship with another inmate, Kyle Kennedy. In a press conference last month, Kennedy’s lawyer, Lawrence F. Army Jr., said the two men wanted to bunk together. Army wouldn’t address the nature of their relationship, however.

Prison officials found three letters in Hernandez’s cell after he had hanged himself in April. Army says one of them was addressed to Kennedy, but Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, said on Dr. Phil last week that isn’t the case. In the interview, Jenkins-Hernandez also denied the former Patriots tight end was gay or bisexual.

 

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Thinking out loud: What does Dan Hurley’s extension at URI mean?

05.19.17 at 1:08 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to “Never Nervous” Pervis Ellison?

— Dan Hurley’s contract extension was made official at URI this week, with a deal in place that can keep the coach around through the 2023-24 season. It’s a smart, necessary PR move for Rhody in an always-changing world, and his second extension in two years. Does this “lock him in” now, Rams fans? No, it doesn’t. But that’s the reality of big-business college basketball these days.

— The same is true for PC’s Ed Cooley. Coaches can say and DO all the right things, but in a business as volatile as coaching – and it very much IS a business – it’s better to “never say never.” You’ll be right more often.

— Providence’s home games in the 2K Classic have been scheduled, and include playing Houston Baptist University on November 10th – which would serve as PC’s season-opener – and Belmont on Nov. 22nd, which would come AFTER playing at Madison Square Garden on the 16th and 17th.

— But since Rhode Island Comic Con is scheduled for the Dunkin Donuts Center on Nov. 10-12, the Friars may be forced to play the Houston Baptist home game at Alumni Hall. The season opener on campus? That would certainly increase interest in a game with HB-who, wouldn’t it? But what season-ticket holders would be left out? Glad that call is above my pay-grade.

— Bryant’s basketball program has been hammered with two significant losses recently, largely unexpected. North Providence’s Marcel Pettway is leaving the program after playing his way into prominence within the NEC the past two seasons. Last year’s leading scorer Nisre Zouzoua also left the Bulldogs’ team and transferred to Nevada.

— It might not be time to panic, but when two of your better players decide it’s in their best interest to play elsewhere? It might be time for a little program introspection, at the very least. 6-6 forward Malik Smith will transfer into Bryant, coming from North Carolina-Asheville.

— URI picked up a commitment from Brooklyn native, junior college forward Ryan Preston out of Trinity Valley (Texas), and the 6-7 junior will have two years of eligibility. Smart move on his part, as the Rams will have one of the deepest and perhaps one of the most talented backcourts around next year. He should see a lot of playing time – somebody in Kingston needs to rebound.

— I’ve surmised for two years that Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado has, at the very least, one super skill that makes him pro-worthy – his ability to rebound. The same was said of former PC all-Big East forward Michael Smith two decades ago, and his career in the NBA spanned eight seasons.

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Trenni on Colin Cowherd: ‘If I saw him right now I might punch him in the face’

05.19.17 at 9:17 am ET
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Colin Cowherd (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Colin Cowherd (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Trenni Kusnierek went on a rant Friday morning on Kirk and Callahan about Colin Cowherd’s treatment of women in sports media, mainly in reaction to his response to Kristine Leahy confronting Lavar Ball this week.

“My theory’s always been on this is that we should give women opportunities,” Cowherd said. “When I left my former employer … and I was listening to all the radio out there and it was all guys. And I thought, you know, I finally have real power in this business. And the power is going to be to change radio.”

Trenni took issue with this statement and called him out on it.

Kusnierek called Cowherd a “lying sack of crap” because ESPN once hired Jen Lada, a friend of Trenni’s, to work on a show with Cowherd, but he ditched the show and moved to Los Angeles at the last minute.

“So don’t talk about how Fox has given you, has just given me this freedom to just lift women up from the bottom dredges of media,” Trenni said. “Screw you, you pretentious a-hole.”

“It’s so infuriating,” Trenni went on. “If I saw him right now I might punch him in the face.”

Hear is the full rant here.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Pillar gets 2-game suspension for slur

05.19.17 at 8:37 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Friday 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

MLB: Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cleveland at Houston, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Oakland, 9:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

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Kevin Pillar suspended 2 games for anti-gay slur (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Pillar has been suspended two games for anti-gay slur (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

— The Blue Jays have suspended center fielder Kevin Pillar after he shouted a derogatory term at Braves pitcher Jason Motte during a game on Wednesday night.

After Motte struck Pillar out to end the seventh inning, Pillar yelled the derogatory term toward the mound. Pillar spoke the next day about the incident and owned up to what he did.

“I regret saying it,” Pillar said. “I’m going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can’t use. It’s not a word I use ever … It’s something that just came out.”

Pillar went on to say using the word, “helped extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today. I’m completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position.”

“I will be an example of how words can offend a lot of people,” Pillar said to reporters. “I hope people see this as just an error in judgment.”

Toronto’s general manager Ross Atkins flew to Atlanta to announce the suspension and personally apologize on behalf of the Blue Jays.

“A large group decided that was appropriate,” Atkins said of the suspension. “There is no question that was in the heat of the moment, but that’s no excuse.”

Pillar will sit out Thursday’s game against the Braves and Friday’s game in Baltimore. He will also donate approximately $6,066 to charity and pay an undisclosed fine.

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Kristine Leahy says she’s receiving death threats after LaVar Ball argument

05.18.17 at 10:59 pm ET
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Kristine Leahy had a confrontation with LaVar Ball on the air Wednesday. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristine Leahy had a confrontation with LaVar Ball on the air Wednesday. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

The fallout continues from Kristine Leahy’s on-air beef with LaVar Ball.

Leahy addressed the matter Thursday, saying she’s received death threats for sparring with Ball on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Wednesday. When pressing Ball on how many pairs of $495 Big Baller Brand shoes have been sold, he told her to “stay in her lane.” The argument escalated from there, with Ball telling Leahy that Big Baller Brand isn’t for women.

“For me this wasn’t a women issue. It wasn’t a racial issue. But it has turned into both,” Leahy said, via the Sporting News.

The FS1 anchor and former WEEI.com contributor also pleaded for Fox Sports to no longer welcome Ball on its airwaves.

“I think the reason so many networks choose have him on is because he says a lot of controversial things,” she said. “He’s loud and a big personality. Which I’ve been totally fine with. But I hope that yesterday showed who he is. And that we stop putting him on all these networks just to get controversial statements out of him. Because that is potentially what can happen. I think there’s no place for that in TV — no matter what kind of ratings you’re going to get.”

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Cubs fan dies after falling over railing at Wrigley Field

05.18.17 at 1:22 pm ET
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A Cubs fan died at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

A Cubs fan has died after falling over a railing while leaving Wrigley Field after Tuesday night’s game.

Richard Garrity, 42, hit his head when he fell around 11 p.m. The game ended around 10:20 p.m.

Garrity was pronounced dead on Wednesday at 3:33 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

“The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time,” the Cubs said in a statement.

Garrity was at the game with colleagues and his wife, who was not with him when he fell and tried to call him after the game. The circumstances surrounding the cause for the fall are unknown and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

“He was a great guy, everyone loved him,” his father Richard Garrity Sr. said. “When he walked in a room, there were no strangers.”

Garrity was a marketing manager for Heineken and a lifelong Cubs fan.

Terry Bradshaw, Dr. Bennet Omalu respond to Gisele Bündchen concussion comments

05.18.17 at 11:43 am ET
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TMZ Sports — Terry Bradshaw says Gisele hung Tom Brady out to dry by talking about his alleged concussions on national TV … telling TMZ Sports, “My wife would never say that.”

In fact, Terry suspects Tom is really upset over the situation — “I would imagine someone’s having a talk with somebody.”

“I don’t know why she would say that,” Bradshaw added … while explaining that when it comes to private health matters, it’s not up to the spouse to share that information with the world.

“That’s my wife right there and she’d never say a word,” Terry said pointing to Tammy.

Terry’s wife says it’s not a black and white issue … it’s complicated.

The good news … Terry’s confident Tom and Gisele will ultimately work things out.

It’s reassuring that Terry Bradshaw thinks Gisele and Tom will make it through this.

I honestly think Gisele didn’t mean to say that because she stopped short once it came out of her mouth. She tried to backpedal slightly when she said, “I mean we don’t talk about it.” I think if she had intentionally brought up concussions she would have expanded on it and she glossed over it pretty quickly.

Basically, Bradshaw’s point is Tammy is a better ride or die wife than Gisele.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bennet Omalu, famous ‘Concussion’ neuropathologist, believes Gisele did the right thing.

“I believe it is something angelic to speak up,” Dr. Bennet Omalu told TMZ on Thursday. “She’s an angel. An angel of truth and an angel of love … The truth will always prevail. We should not be afraid of the truth because of the inconvenience of the truth. But when we embrace the truth, just like Gisele has done, the truth is empowering, is enlightening and is vindicating … So, [Gisele] is my hero.”

The NFL stated there are no records Brady ever suffered a concussion. So who is telling the truth?

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Francesa has never listened to podcasts, wants to host one

05.18.17 at 9:36 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Thursday 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:
MLB:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: NY Yankees at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Boston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NHL: Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a profile for The Ringer published on Tuesday, Mike Francesa said he has never listened to a podcast but believes he knows how to improve the art form once he retires in December.

“Problem is, they’re handing out podcasts like they’re Pez, OK?” Francesa said. “Right now, my producers have a podcast. No offense, but they have a podcast. If you showed up here as an intern, they’d give you a podcast. … They give everybody a podcast. How can that work? Can you give everybody a show? If you can’t give everybody a show, how can you give everybody a podcast?!”

Francesa said the format is flawed and he knows how to improve it even though he has never listened to a podcast in his life.

“It’s a folly. They’re doing it so wrong,” Francesa said. But when asked how he will make podcasts better he said, “I’m not telling you yet because I know how to fix it.”

He also said podcasting is “possibly” his next career move.

In this piece, the WFAN host of 30 years also revealed what his final show will entail.

“There will be no guests, no updates … No anything,” Francesa said. “I’m not even sure yet there’s going to be commercials. We’re still working on that. It’s just going to be me and the callers, that’s it.”

As an aside, in the open of his show on Wednesday Francesa hinted he is just about ready to retire. He rushed into the studio just in time for the start and then fumbled over his own name. He went on to explain he lost track of time and how much he wanted to be outside rather than hosting his show that day because the weather was so nice.

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