The Tom Brady sketch artist is fighting back over t-shirts, the Steelers have a plan for stopping Rob Gronkowski, two Texas high school football players are in big trouble, and the rest of the sports news you need to know to start your Tuesday.
Retailers steal Brady courtroom sketch for t-shirts, artist fights back: “The courtroom artist made famous by her DeflateGate renderings of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady now has to deal with people stealing her sketches.
“’Nobody contacted me to license these, so I’m having a lawyer send out a cease-and-desist tonight,’’’ Rosenberg added, calling the theft of her art ‘not fair, not right.’’’ (CBSBoston.com)
Robert Kraft and Judge Berman hang in the Hamptons: “Patriots owner Robert Kraft mingled with Judge Richard Berman, who overturned the NFL suspension of Tom Brady over his alleged role in Deflategate, at a Hamptons Labor Day party full of media and business power brokers.’’ (PageSix.com)
Dion Lewis gets back in the saddle again for Patriots: “Lewis, meanwhile, hasn’t suited up for an NFL game since December 2012, and was out of football for almost the entire 2014 season after being released by the Colts in September.
“But Lewis had such a good offseason and training camp that he sat out the Patriots’ preseason finale against the Giants, a sign of how much the team values his presence for the regular season. The Patriots kept Lewis over Gray, a fan favorite, and now Lewis is in line to have a fairly significant role for Thursday night’s season opener against Pittsburgh, and potentially beyond.’’ (The Boston Globe)
Obama references Tom Brady in his Labor Day speech in Boston: “’Even Brady’s happy he’s got a union! They had his back. So you know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions,’ the president said.’’ (CBSNews.com)
Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hat photographed in Brady’s locker: “New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady apparently wants to ‘Make America great again.’
“A writer from Barstool Sports snapped a photo Saturday of Brady’s locker in Gillette Stadium, where he found what appeared to be one of the caps Donald Trump has been using to promote his presidential bid. Notice the red hat with its distinctive rope brim and white lettering in the lower right corner.’’’ (TalkingPointsMemo.com)
The Brady would-be banner revealed: “Had Tom [Brady] been spanked and lost the Deflategate situation [the Patriots] were going to reveal a banner that said: No. 12 TOM BRADY 4-TIME SUPER BOWL WINNER 3-TIME SUPER BOWL MVP And that would be it in its simplicity.’’ — John Dennis, WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan’’ show
Steelers’ message to Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: We’re jamming: “Safety Mike Mitchell said Gronkowski is the best tight end in the world, but added, ‘He has success when people don’t put their hands on him.’ …
‘You just have to jam him up a little bit, mess with his timing,’ [Steelers linebacker RyanShazier said. ‘If you mess up their timing, they are really time-oriented. You have to mess up their timing and get in his face with pressure, then I feel we can slow him down a little bit.’’’ (ESPN.com)
ICYMI: NFL leaves Brady out of Super Bowl tweet, then deletes it: “The NFL was apparently so ticked about commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady being overturned that they left him out of a photo shared on its official Twitter account Sunday night with the caption ‘It will be [blank] vs. [blank] at #SB50,’ encouraging fans to give their Super Bowl picks.
“There was room for seven quarterbacks in the photo. Conspicuously absent was Brady, who by any account has a great chance at reaching the Super Bowl considering he helped the Patriots win one last season and he has four Lombardi Trophies to his name.’’ (NYDailyNews.com)
Hats off to colorful Rickie Fowler at Deutsche Bank: “With all due respect to the solid, stoic Swede (we’ve loved Stenson since he donated $25,000 to The One Fund after winning this event in 2013) it was more fun to see Fowler prevail. A Tiger-starved golf world needs more Rickie, and less Henrik.
“Sorry. But you know it’s true. With Tiger Woods’s world ranking down to 266, golf needs a double shot of what the late George Frazier called duende.’’ (Dan Shaughnessy/The Boston Globe)
The MMQB’s Peter King gets grilled for reporting errors: “[Kirk] Minihane called out King for his mishandling of the Deflategate story from the beginning, noting that King also made errors in his coverage of the Ray Rice situation — arguable the two biggest NFL stories of the past year.
“‘I did blow them,’ King acknowledged, later adding: ‘I don’t have any defense for it. I don’t.’
“Told by Minihane that some would view King’s behavior as reprehensible, King said, “I wouldn’t blame you at all for doing that.’’ (WEEI.com)
Julian Edelman, car salesman:
Final banner flies past Roger Goodell’s Maine home: “Beachgoers in Old Orchard Beach watched the last ‘DeflateGate’-related banner fly along the Maine coast Sunday afternoon as it flew towards NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s summer home.
“The banner read: ‘Finally, let’s play football — Go Pat’s.’’’ (WCSH6.com)
Jackie Bradley Jr. honors his grandmother and friend: “There isn’t a day that goes by, he said, when Bradley doesn’t think of his grandmother. Before every at-bat, he scratches ‘MM’ into the dirt around home plate with his bat. One M is for Grandma Martha. The other is for his best friend, Matt Saye, who was killed in a one-car accident coming back from a grocery store when he was 21.
“’Happened just before I signed,’ Bradley said, ‘back in 2011. One of those things where I think he may have overcorrected on a country back road, ditches on either side.’’’ (ESPNBoston.com)
Texas high school players suspended, may face charges for hitting referee from behind: “Two San Antonio high school football players have been suspended and could face criminal charges after one hit a referee from behind and the other subsequently speared him with his helmet during a game Friday night.
“The two defensive backs from John Jay High School hit the back judge in the waning moments of a 15-9 loss at Marble Falls, which is located about 90 miles north of San Antonio. Video shows the referee, who was watching the play from behind the defensive line, getting leveled from behind by a first player, causing the referee’s head to snap back. The other player then is seen lowering his helmet and piling into the referee after he had fallen down.’’ (ESPN.com)
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