Bill Belichick wears Nate Ebner rugby shirt at Patriots practice


Bill Belichick wears Nate Ebner rugby shirt at Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick and several members of the Patriots coaching staff showed their support for Patriots safety Nate Ebner, who is competing in Rio on the U.S. Olympic rugby team, by wearing a USA Rugby shirt with Ebner’s name on the back.

Ebner, a safety and special teams ace who re-signed with the Patriots this offseason after hitting free agency, has been granted a leave from Patriots training camp to compete in the Games. The U.S. played its first match Tuesday, a 17-14 loss to Argentina.

It takes on Brazil at 5 p.m. Tuesday night, and the Patriots will be watching. 

Belichick informed his team that it would be catching the second game -- which consists of two seven-minute halves -- as a group at Gillette Stadium. 

"I‘m mad we missed the first game," said Patriots safety Devin McCourty. "But we’ll go in there and a lot of us will watch that game at 5 o'clock and get to cheer our guy on."

Though USA Rugby Men's Sevens coach Mike Friday once placed Ebner's odds of making the Olympic roster at about 50-50, the former Ohio State rugby star earned one of the team's 12 spots after a few months of training with USA Rugby. He came off the bench for the U.S. in the second half of the loss to Argentina.

When the Patriots watch Ebner on Tuesday night, they'll be glued, McCourty said.

"Nate is a very popular guy on the team," McCourty said. "Everybody loves Nate, his work ethic and what he brings to the team. A lot of us can’t wait to get in there and watch him do something that he’s very passionate about.

"I think in the secondary, we know he talked to us about trying out for the Olympics before it even came up, so to now see it come full circle and get a chance to watch him in the Olympics is going to be a cool experience."

Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

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Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

According to The Costa Rica Star, airport police at Juan Santamaria International Airport found two ounces of marijuana inside an iced-tea can alongside several different types of THC based paraphernalia within Duron Harmon's suitcase.

Tonight he issued an apology to the Kraft family, Patriots, and his own family.

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Harmon traveled into the country from Fort Lauderdale and was sent back after being briefly detained.

The Patriots organization acknowledged the arrest, “We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica,” a Patriots spokesman said in a statement to multiple media outlets. “He has since returned to the U.S., and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”


Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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