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Bill Belichick releases statement in support of Matt Patricia

Bill Belichick releases statement in support of Matt Patricia

A day after a 1996 sexual assault allegation involving Matt Patricia resurfaced, Bill Belichick came to the defense of his former assistant.

Belichick released a statement supporting the ex-Patriots defensive coordinator, now Lions head coach, and mentioned the Patriots were never aware of the allegations while Patricia was with the team.

Patricia spoke on the matter shortly after the report resurfaced, continuing to vehemently deny the allegations:

"As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation," Patricia said in a statement issued by the Lions. "I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done."

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Julian Edelman promotes Showtime documentary with star-studded trailer

Julian Edelman promotes Showtime documentary with star-studded trailer

The latest sign that Julian Edelman has become an NFL star? He's getting the documentary treatment.

The 73-minute film, titled "100%: Julian Edelman" will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime and tracks the New England Patriots wide receiver from his season-ending knee injury in August 2017 to his remarkable comeback as Super Bowl LIII MVP.

It should be an exciting watch for Patriots fans, but those outside New England might be wondering why a guy who's never made a Pro Bowl is getting his own documentary.

Showtime and Edelman are one step ahead of you. Here's a trailer Edelman shared Monday that pokes fun of that very concept. (Warning: Contains NSFW language.)

Showtime enlisted a surprising amount of big names to appear in the documentary, from Tom Brady, Danny Amendola and Deion Sanders to actor Mark Wahlberg, rapper Snoop Dogg and comedian Bill Burr.

That's quite the star-studded group for a seventh-round draft pick out of Kent State back in 2009.

But Edelman has raised his profile immensely in recent years, becoming the best wide receiver on the NFL's most successful and recognizable team. And now he's following in Brady's footsteps (again) by taking his talents to the documentary scene.

Here's a look at Showtime's "real" trailer for the Edelman documentary:

 

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Is Tom Brady the GOAT? Jets legend Joe Namath believes so

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Is Tom Brady the GOAT? Jets legend Joe Namath believes so

It's universally understood in New England that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever. He's won more Super Bowls than any player ever and is in the NFL's top five in career passing yards, touchdowns and passer rating. 

Still, some around the country — perhaps those with personal vendettas against Brady and the Patriots — refuse to hand the GOAT status to TB12. Recently, NBC Sports' Chris Simms ranked Brady ninth among active quarterbacks heading into the 2019 season. 

But one legendary quarterback, Joe Namath, is with New England — and on the right side of history. During an appearance on Howard Stern's radio show on Monday, Namath unequivocally called Brady the best to ever lace up football cleats. 

"Tom is the best," Namath said. "I've been asked that question for many years. Johnny (Unitas) was great, Otto Graham, 'Slingin' Sammy Baugh, I'll go back. But meantime, Tom has been challenged more -- in recent history, certainly -- with more huge games than anyone I can remember."

Namath makes a good point. Brady has thrown the most touchdown passes (28 more than second place Joe Montana), has the most passing yards and has led the most fourth quarter comebacks (9) in NFL playoff history. He's also 6-3 in Super Bowls.

Namath famously won Super Bowl III after guaranteeing a victory and will always be a legend in the Big Apple, but New Yorkers might not be too happy with Namath now after he anointed their rival the GOAT.

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