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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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Tom Brady is reportedly demanding to live on the 12th floor of an apartment building in New York City 04.05.17 at 10:51 am ET
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Tom Brady reportedly has specific demands about where he wants to live.  (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady reportedly has specific demands about where he wants to live. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady doesn’t wish to live in a building’s penthouse. Instead, he wants to be on a floor number that’s familiar to him.

The New York Post reports Brady and Gisele Bündchen recently toured their new $20 million luxury apartment in Manhattan. Though the couple’s unit is on the 11th-floor of the building, a source tells the Post Brady wants to be on floor 12 instead. It makes sense, considering all of the success Brady has enjoyed with No. 12 in his life.

Brady and Bündchen currently own a lofty apartment in the Flatiron District, but are expected to move once their new unit is complete in 2018. The 12th-floor residence they’re coveting features five bedrooms, 5½-baths and a 1,900-square foot terrace. It’s listed at a cool $32 million.

In addition to their New York City residence, the power couple also owns a 14,000-square foot estate in Chestnut Hill.

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Bomani Jones: Only way Tom Brady plays 6 or 7 more years is if he takes steroids 03.29.17 at 9:29 am ET
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Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP last season.  (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP last season. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Earlier this week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tom Brady hopes to play for another six or seven more years. Given that Brady will turn 40 in August, that means he expects to stand under center until he’s 46 or 47. It would be a superhuman feat.

On ESPN’s “Around the Horn” Tuesday, panelist Bomani Jones insinuated he doesn’t think Brady can last that long unless he takes illicit substances.

“At his age, the only people you’re playing six or seven more years is not legal as things stand right now,” Jones said. “I’m saying to play until you’re 45 years old, you can’t quite do that naturally.”

Jones didn’t back down when he was pressed about whether he was implying Brady would be forced to turn to performance-enhancing drugs to realize his goal.

“That is exactly what I’m saying, because nobody can play NFL football until they’re 45 years old unless they’re a kicker,” he said. “That is an insane thought to have. But part of him being so good is being insane.”

While Brady shows no signs of slowing down –– he led the AFC in passer rating last season –– it’s unfathomable to imagine him continuing to play quarterback into his late 40s. But then again, it is rather reckless to preemptively accuse somebody of using PEDs.

The only time Brady has even been remotely linked to steroid use was in 2006, when Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer Greg Anderson revealed to prosecutors he once spoke briefly with the Patriots’ quarterback on the phone. Anderson said he didn’t have any conversations with Brady afterwards.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Under Armour NCAA tournament teams get Tom Brady pajamas; truTV responds to Twitter trolls 03.15.17 at 8:41 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: Boston at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. MLB Network
MLB: LA Angels vs. San Francisco, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Israel vs. Japan, 6 a.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: US vs. Venezuela, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Portland at San Antonio, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Milwaukee at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Boston at Calgary, 9 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: St. Louis at Anaheim, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: N.C. Central vs. UC Davis, 6:40 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: UNCG at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Akron at Houston, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Dakota at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: USC vs. Providence, 9:10 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: UC Irvine at Illinois State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UT Arlington at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Players at Under Armour school in the NCAA Tournament can now sleep like Tom Brady.

Teams that have apparel deals with Under Armour, including Notre Dame, Mexico State, South Carolina, Northwestern, South Dakota State, Maryland, Seton Hall, Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, Kent State and Cincinnati, all reportedly received $200 Tom Brady pajamas.

This performance sleepwear promises to help the body recover during sleep to help people achieve greatness.

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ESPN’s Max Kellerman: Bill Belichick will retire this season 03.14.17 at 9:18 am ET
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Last year, ESPN’s Max Kellerman predicted Tom Brady would soon “fall off a cliff.” Considering Brady led the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl championship last season, he couldn’t have been more wrong.

But that doesn’t mean Kellerman is out of the Patriots hot take business –– no, no. The bloviating talking head now says Bill Belichick is getting ready to retire, perhaps as early as this season.

On “First Take” Monday, Kellerman said he thinks Belichick’s impending exit is the reason why the Patriots have been so aggressive in free agency. Last week, the team handed cornerback Stephon Gilmore $40 million guaranteed and traded its first-round pick to the Saints for star wideout Brandin Cooks.

“He knows that Brady’s, and his, days are numbered –– obviously. Since when do the Patriots load up by trading their highest draft picks for players?,” Kellerman asked. “When does Belichick trade his highest available draft picks for the present? You know when? Right now. He is getting ready, for his and Tom Brady’s swan song. Now, my belief is, that will be this season. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe his belief is he’s got another two seasons. But the point is, he knows the end is coming. He is absolutely loading up to win a least one more Super Bowl, because at this moment they are so clearly the odds on favorites.”

Prior to Super Bowl LI, Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed he knows when Belichick is going to hang it up. But unfortunately for Kellerman, Kraft guaranteed it won’t be this year.

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Tom Brady’s 2020 presidential election odds are better than Donald Trump’s three years ago 03.10.17 at 1:58 pm ET
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Tom Brady has a better chance to be president than Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady has a better chance to be president than Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Three years ago, Donald Trump’s odds to be elected president were 150/1. Tom Brady’s chances to be sworn into the Oval Office in 2020 are better than that.

According to Bovada, Brady’s chances to be the next President of the United States sit at 125/1. That puts him in line with U.S. senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chris Murphy (D-CT). Leonardo DiCaprio, Chelsea Clinton, George Clooney, Kanye West and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have 125/1 odds as well. Johnson is the only person in that group who’s hinted at making a presidential run, telling reporters last year he “wouldn’t rule it out.”

In an interview with GQ in 2015, Brady said he doesn’t have any desire to seek higher office.

“There is a 0.000 chance of me ever wanting to do that,” he said. “I just think that no matter what you’d say or what you’d do, you’d be in a position where –– you know, you’re politicking. You know? Like, I think the great part about what I do is that there’s a scoreboard. At the end of every week, you know how you did. You know how well you prepared. You know whether you executed your game plan. There’s a tangible score.”

While Brady expressed support for Trump during the campaign, he never explicitly revealed his political views. Earlier this year, Brady implied on Kirk & Callahan he might disagree with some of Trump’s policies.

“If you know someone, it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do,” he said. “You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”

Thanks to Trump’s improbable rise, the next presidential race will likely feature some unorthodox candidates. Oprah Winfrey, who Bovada says has 66/1 odds of winning in 2020, signaled last week she might be warming up to the idea of giving it a shot.

Currently, Trump has 9/4 odds at being reelected. The person most likely to unseat him is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who’s chances of winning are 8/1.

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Conspiracy theorist says Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are ‘transgender illuminati’ 03.09.17 at 12:26 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have been dating since December 2006. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have been dating since December 2006. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen are one of the most powerful couples in the world. But one conspiracy theorist says they’re living a lie.

In a YouTube video viewed nearly 33,000 times, a blogger named “MrE3000″ makes an outlandish claim: Brady and Bündchen are ‘transgender illuminati.’ Let’s unpack this declaration step-by-step:

Illuminati (secret organization of the most powerful elite in the world):

At the start of the video, a couple pictures of Brady and Bündchen show up on the screen. In all of them, they’re photographed sticking up their pinky, index finger and thumb. According to Illuminati Rex, this gesture is called the “El Diablo” –– otherwise known as the University of Texas’ ‘Hook ’em Horns’ hand signal. Other notable people who have flashed this supposed Illuminati symbol are President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Rihanna.

Transgender:

For the duration of the commentary, “MrE3000″ analyzes pictures of Brady’s and Bündchen’s abdomens. On men, he says the belly button should be above the smallest part of the waist. But that’s not the case with Brady.

“Tom Brady has an indentation above the belly button. Is Tom Brady a woman – a female-to-male Illuminati [transgender]?,” he asks.

He says Bündchen, meanwhile, has masculine features.

“She has a little indentation here [below the belly button] – that’s a masculine feature – then it goes straight up from there,” the conspiracy theorist says. “Some photos are Photoshopped and in others she’s bending her back to give the illusion of an hour glass figure – but it’s an illusion.”

“MrE3000″ isn’t just singling out Brady and Bündchen. He’s also recently released videos theorizing Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Miley Cyrus are transgender as well.

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TMZ founder reportedly asked Donald Trump to help him book Tom Brady for an interview 03.08.17 at 4:38 pm ET
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Tom Brady hasn't said whether he's visiting the White House with the Patriots this year. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady hasn’t said whether he’s visiting the White House with the Patriots this year. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

President Donald Trump often boasts about his friendship with Tom Brady. TMZ founder Harvey Levin is reportedly looking to parlay that into an interview with the Patriots’ quarterback.

According to the New York Times, Trump granted an unannounced White House meeting to Levin last week. Sources say the topic of their conversation largely focused on securing Trump’s participation for Levin’s new Fox News series, “Objectified.” The President sat down with Levin for a softball Fox News interview last fall.

But apparently, the tabloid tycoon’s guest wish list extends beyond Trump. The Times reports Levin wants Brady to appear on the show, and planned to ask Trump if he could help the two connect with each other.

Though the extent of Trump and Brady’s friendship remains uncertain, they do seem to keep in touch. At a celebratory dinner before the inauguration, Trump said Brady called him to send his well wishes. In an interview with Kirk & Callahan last November, Brady declined to say whether he had voted for his pal.

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