Ex-Patriot Josh Gordon Has Measured Response To Hater’s Instagram Comment

Josh Gordon clearly has a thick skin.
The veteran NFL receiver remains suspended by the NFL for violating a drug test last season. But Gordon, who has endured multiple suspensions and hardships throughout his career, apparently is working hard toward yet another return to the field.
However, the 29-year-old still has many haters, as evidenced by an Instagram exchange Saturday afternoon. The back-and-forth took place in the comments section of a post shared by Gordon.
(You can click here to view Gordon’s Instagram post.)
Here’s the caption:
“Persistence is the true nature of the warrior spirit”
And here’s Gordon’s measured response to user Coolbreezy_13:

Let this be an example of how to be civil on social media.
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NASCAR Bristol Lineup: Here’s Running Order For Sunday Cup Series Race

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The field is set for the Supermarket Heroes 500.
The lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway was determined by a random drawing. And, for the second time since the season resumed two weeks ago, Brad Keselowski won.
The Team Penske driver will start at the pole alongside Aric Almirola with Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. rounding out the top five. Yes: The random drawing produced three Penske drivers in the top five — talk about good luck.
Here’s the complete running order for the Supermarket Heroes 500:
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Aric Almirola
3. Joey Logano
4. Ryan Blaney
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Chase Elliott
7. Kyle Busch
8. Kevin Harvick
9. Matt DiBenedetto
10. Denny Hamlin
11. Alex Bowman
12. Kurt Busch
13. William Byron
14. Matt Kenseth
15. Erik Jones
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17. Ryan Newman
18. John Hunter Nemechek
19. Chris Buescher
20. Austin Dillon
21. Tyler Reddick
22. Cole Custer
23. Clint Bowyer
24. Jimmie Johnson
25. Michael McDowell
26. Bayley Currey
27. Joey Gase
28. Quin Houff
29. Ty Dillon
30. Gray Gaulding
31. Garrett Smithley
32. Corey LaJoie
33. Ryan Preece
34. Brennan Poole
35. Christopher Bell
36. Bubba Wallace
37. Daniel Suarez
38. Timmy Hill
39. BJ McLeod
40. JJ Yeley
The race is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET. There will be no fans in the stands.
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Sign Up Now To Play ‘Supermarket Heroes 500’ Predictive NASCAR Game At NESN’s New Games Site

When the field heads to green Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway, you can play along thanks to NESN Games.
NESN’s new gaming site, Games.NESN.com, is hosting a predictive betting game for the Supermarket Heroes 500, which will be the fifth NASCAR Cup Series race in two weeks. The race follows Thursday’s Alsco Uniforms 500, which Chase Elliott won in a runaway.
The rules for our “Alsco Uniforms 500” challenge are simple: Pick the outright winner and four head-to-heads! You must make your picks by the 3:30 p.m. ET start time.
Sign up now to play. Do well enough, and you could win a $25 gift code to the ’47 online store!
Go to Games.NESN.com to play!

2020 NASAR Live Stream: Watch OSS Inspection For Bristol Cup Race Online

It’s race day at Bristol Motor Speedway.
NASCAR drivers will compete Sunday in the Supermarket Heroes 500, the fifth Cup Series race in two weeks (not a typo). However, before drivers take part in the afternoon qualifying and eventually the race, they must pass OSS inspection.
NASCAR will live-stream the inspection, which we recommend all NASCAR fans watch, especially those new to the sport.
Here’s how and when to OSS inspection from Bristol:
When: Sunday, May 31 at 8 a.m. ET
Live Stream: NASCAR.com
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UFC Las Vegas Results: Gilbert Burns Dominates Former Champ Tyron Woodley

Gilbert Burns’ rise in the welterweight division continues.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist defeated Tyron Woodley in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC card in Las Vegas via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44) and cemented himself as one of the top potential challengers for the welterweight belt.
Burns controlled the fight from the get-go, landing a takedown early in the first round and dominating the opening frame on the ground. Woodley suffered a cut above his left eye during the exchange.

"Woodley's down!"
@GilbertDurinho has the former champ ROCKED! #UFCVegas pic.twitter.com/2RLPro5Ljz
— UFC (@ufc) May 31, 2020

The pace slowed down over the next two rounds, but Burns put on more pressure with occasional strikes, kicks and octagon control.
In the fourth round, Burns was more active, delivering another takedown and a flurry of strikes which knocked down the former champ.

@GilbertDurinho with a flurry of strikes in RD 4! #UFCVegas pic.twitter.com/qBfeAtePL7
— UFC (@ufc) May 31, 2020

Woodley didn’t show much desperation in the fifth round despite needing a knockout to win a fight he didn’t perform well in. Burns landed more significant strikes than Woodley attempted in the fight.
Burns’ seventh consecutive victory further complicates the crowded welterweight division. The division’s champion, Kamaru Usman, called out Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor this week, but Burns’ win against a former champion like Woodley gives Usman another option.

Scenes From Celtics’ Jaylen Brown’s 15-Hour Journey To Protest In Atlanta

The country is reeling from what happened in Minneapolis. Shocked, saddened and sick by the tragic death of George Floyd, protests and demonstrations have sprouted up all over the nation the last two days.
Meanwhile, athletes and celebrities are using their enormous platforms to speak out against racism, police brutality, and demand justice for Floyd all over social media.
Jaylen Brown, admirably, has taken things much farther than that.
The Boston Celtics star Saturday traveled 15 hours from Boston to Atlanta, helping organize a peaceful protest in his home state, and sharing much of the experience on Instagram Live and Twitter. Let’s walk you through the scene.

Atlanta don’t meet me there beat me there come walk with me bring your own signs
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) May 30, 2020

Jaylen Brown is using his Instagram and Twitter to help coordinate tonight’s march in Atlanta. https://t.co/RunjDsWAzu pic.twitter.com/jaiPpbjByW
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) May 30, 2020

“I drove 15 hours to get to Georgia, my community,” Brown said in a video. “This is a peaceful protest. Being a celebrity, being an NBA player don’t exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost, I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community … We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing. It’s not ok. As a young person, you’ve got to listen to our perspective. Our voices need to be heard. I’m 23 years old. I don’t know all the answers. But I feel how everyone is feeling, for sure. No question.”

Jaylen Brown joining the protests in Atlanta tonight. “Being a celebrity, being an NBA player doesn’t exclude me from no conversation at all. First and foremost I’m a black man and I grew up on this soil.” @celtics pic.twitter.com/O51aQVaGGQ
— Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) May 31, 2020

Celtics player @FCHWPO says “I drove 15 from Boston just to be here.” as he leads a peaceful protest at the MLK memorial site. #11alive pic.twitter.com/6heGVpqfCb
— Hope Ford (@hope_iam) May 30, 2020

Before heading out to march on the streets, Brown took a photo of him with a sign, donning all black down to his Celtics hat. His teammates showed their support of what he was doing.

As is Grant Williams: pic.twitter.com/QwpWAGmRFH
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) May 30, 2020

A rather large group of people joined Brown’s demonstration, including rapper Lil Yachty, G League player Justin Anderson and Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon.
Brogdon, another Atlanta-area native, spoke eloquently about making his grandfather proud for speaking out, and commended Brown, the NBA’s youngest-ever players’ association vice president, for leading the charge for change.

Malcolm Brogdon: "I got a grandfather who marched next to Dr. King in the 60's. He was amazing and he would be proud to see us all here."
He added "Jaylen, man, has led this charge. I'm proud of him. We need more leaders." pic.twitter.com/3r3qsojB45
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) May 31, 2020

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#icantbreathe
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“Remember why we’re here!” Protest turns into March lead by @FCHWPO who drove 15 hours from Boston just to be here for a peaceful protest in his hometown #11Alive #bostonceltics pic.twitter.com/uhow5F2Lon
— Hope Ford (@hope_iam) May 30, 2020

“This is a peaceful protest. There’s going to be a lot people trying to infiltrate us. Pay attention to your surroundings.” says @FCHWPO as he tells the crowd to watch out for anyone who wants to change the purpose and meaning of the protest. #11alive
— Hope Ford (@hope_iam) May 30, 2020

By all accounts from video that surfaced on social media, the protest looked entirely peaceful.
Apparently, however, three people joining Brown were arrested. It seems that the 23-year-old is seeking out those who were taken into custody, and publicly spoke to what he referred to as wrongful arrests.

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Terrance Foster Nicole Baker and Zachary Chenault due to the weekend have not been processed and likely won’t be processed till Monday this was a peaceful protest they should not have been arrested in the first place
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) May 31, 2020

And while Brown chanted and encouraged his followers through a megaphone on the streets of Atlanta, his message was heard everywhere, earning him tremendous respect from the likes of former Celtic Kendrick Perkins and Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas. And of course, all of Twitter.

Jaylen Brown was already becoming one my Favorite players on the court but to be this young and intelligent and leading during this crazy time he just became one of my Favorite PEOPLE!!! Keep up the great work youngin.
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 31, 2020

Proud of this young man JaylenBrown @FCHWPO #letitbeknown @celtics #FloydWasMURDERED #PoliceBrutality #icantbreathe https://t.co/AX2SbIaUIw
— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) May 31, 2020

Not to mention, it’s official that Celtics fans could not love Jaylen more.

Jaylen is going to be President one day https://t.co/pvOBaaFKbl
— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) May 30, 2020

Jaylen Brown is truly special. Not like we needed the reminder, though. If he reaches the Basketball Hall of Fame one day, I'm not sure that'll be the first line in his professional legacy. https://t.co/au2MMeU3eD
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) May 30, 2020

Gotta say, what Jaylen Brown is doing in Atlanta tonight feels really powerful.
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) May 31, 2020

This will be a rerun if you’ve listened to Celtics games the last few years, but it belongs here as well.
You will be proud of Jaylen Brown’s Celtics career on the court.
But when it’s all said and done, it will be nothing…nothing…compared to what he accomplishes off it. https://t.co/r5CM8weHVY
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) May 31, 2020

Jaylen Brown got a $100M contract and is putting his health, safety, and job at risk to help his community and the less fortunate.
Salute https://t.co/NS9S9R4L8u
— Josh Toussaint (@josh2saint) May 30, 2020

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Ex-NFL GM Makes Important Point About Patriots RBs Amid Questions About Offense

Nobody really knows what the New England Patriots offense is going to look like in the upcoming campaign.
Few notable additions were made, although there obviously were plenty of notable departures. But unless there’s a shocking turn of events, Jarrett Stidham will enter the season as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job, where he’ll attempt to keep the Patriots atop the AFC East.
Last season, the Patriots were criticized for their lack of weapons around Tom Brady, specifically in the passing game. But during an appearance Friday on WEEI, ESPN’s Mike Tannenbaum, the former general manager of the New York Jets, explained that the Patriots’ running back depth is so impressive that Stidham won’t need to pull off a miracle to keep the Pats competitive.
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“I think you can make a case that the New England Patriots running back room arguably is the best position room of any position of any team in the league,” Tannenbaum said, via WEEI.com. “They go five and six deep. I had Brandon Bolden with the Dolphins. We rarely get to talk about (Damien) Harris, who is a really good player out of Alabama. Then you think about (Rex) Burkhead, James White and obviously Sony Michel. It is a great group. One of the things that is a critical factor when you’re defending the Patriots is can you defend the running backs in the passing game?
“I don’t think Stidham has to be great for New England to be productive this year and I don’t think there’s been enough said — look, I understand their weapons may not have been ideal a year ago, but that running back room to me is dynamic and it doesn’t necessarily have to be as runners. Damien Harris can’t even get on the field and I think he has a chance to be a really good player.”
Clearly, Tannenbaum is high on Harris.
What’s also clear is that the Patriots would like for things to pan out with Stidham and that they seem to think a lot of him and his potential. They passed on drafting a quarterback and have shown minimal interest in the top free-agent signal-callers, including Cam Newton.
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Celtics’ Daniel Theis Says ‘It Doesn’t Feel Right’ Watching Sports Without Fans

Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis is ready to play basketball again.
The German native has been watching his home country’s top-tier soccer league be the world’s first team sport league to return from a COVID-19 pause, and he hopes other leagues will take notes from the Bundesliga if all goes well the next few weeks.
“They started last weekend in Germany with soccer and I was just happy watching some live sports after like two months on TV,” Theis told Brian Scalabrine on an episode of NBC Sports Boston’s “Celtics At Home.”
“I think every league, NBA, the NFL whatever, if they look at Germany and see if they get it right and everything works out, it’s probably a good sign for every other league that they can do it too.”
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One guaranteed similarity between the German soccer league and any sport that follows its return is that there will be no fans in the stadiums or arenas. Theis still is trying to wrap his head around what that will feel like, especially considering how passionate fans are in Boston.
“Just thinking about it is like, thinking back for me like playing in Germany, preseason games when you have scrimmages, no fans,” Theis said. “You hear every voice, every word, every step. it’s annoying. Also when I watched the soccer games this weekend there was just, it didn’t feel right to watch a game. I think especially in Boston, when people come to play us the fans at TD Garden are so important, it’s so loud. I can’t imagine now playing in a playoff game now with nobody in there. If feels probably like a practice game.”

"In Boston, at TD Garden, the fans are so important."In the latest episode of Celtics At Home, Daniel Theis (@dtheis10) talks about what it might feel like to play with no fans.https://t.co/yR1s3yeu1e
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 30, 2020

No fans around for the NBA Playoffs certainly isn’t ideal, but it’s a sacrifice most are willing to make to get the league to return. Speaking of, commissioner Adam Silver reportedly has set the target return for July 31.
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Are Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez Talking To Robert Kraft About Mets Bid?

Sometimes, nothing haunts you like something you didn’t buy.
For power couple Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, that thing is the New York Mets.
And according to a report by the New York Post’s Thornton McEnery, the former Yankee and pop star are making another run at buying the baseball club. This time, perhaps with the help of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Per McEnery, Rodriguez and Lopez now are working with senior investment bankers at JPMorgan Chase to put together a new offer for the Wilpons, who currently own the team. The bank’s private wealth management clients include a rolodex of billionaires who’d potentially be willing to help the couple raise money.
Apparently, that includes Robert and Jonathan Kraft.
“Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft. Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field,” McEnery on Friday reported.
Though the Krafts may not want to add an MLB team to their portfolio, they already own the Patriots, New England Revolution and Boston Uprising, so they know first-hand the financial incentives behind owning pro sports franchises, as well as Gillette Stadium and its Patriot Place shopping center.
Even if an investment doesn’t come out of the alleged conversations, for Rodriguez and Lopez, consultation from the Krafts probably is incredibly valuable.
We’ll see if it’s enough for the Wilpon family to sell the Mets.
NFL Rumors: Could 49ers’ George Kittle Be Looking To Get Paid Like A Wide Receiver?

Could 49ers’ George Kittle Be Looking To Get Paid Like A Wide Receiver?

George Kittle is more than an ordinary tight end. And it seems he wants to be paid like it.
Kittle is entering the final year of his rookie contract after a 2019 season earned him All-Pro honors. The two-time Pro Bowler has recorded 85 or more receptions and 1,000-plus yards in each of the last two seasons (nearly 1,400 yards in 2018).
That production will certainly lead Kittle to a big contract. But how big?
Well, Kittle’s agent, Jack Bechta, told NFL Network he’s hoping for a deal that does more than just make the San Francisco 49ers 2017 fifth-round pick the highest-paid tight end in football.
“I don’t care about the tight end market,” Bechta told NFL Network. “I’m being paid to do a George Kittle deal.”
Austin Hooper signed the largest tight-end contract — four years, $42 million — with the Cleveland Browns this offseason.
However, comments like that by Bechta certainly imply more than Kittle just resetting the tight end market. Kittle could, ultimately, be looking for compensation similar to that of a wide receiver. For reference, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones and Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper signed contracts for $20 million or more per season.
The 26-year-old Kittle will earn $735,000 in 2020 on the final year of his rookie contract.
NFL Network reported there has been “no movement on extension talks since preliminary discussions in February and the two sides are ‘not close at all.’”
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