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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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No prop bet? Kansas City mayor says Marty Walsh is ducking

No prop bet? Kansas City mayor says Marty Walsh is ducking

We've been having some trouble arranging prop bets lately here in Boston.

First, it was Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker firing up the crowd at last fall's World Series victory parade and announcing that California Governor Jerry Brown "never got back to us" about a prop bet, perhaps because "Maybe they knew what was going to happen."

Now, it seems Kansas City Mayor Sly James -- no stranger to the friendly poilitican's prop bet, between the recent championship runs for the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC -- is having trouble getting a return volley from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Any sort of BBQ-for-chowder arrangement won't be coming from the Mayor's office, James told reporters at a press conference Thursday, claiming, "Marty doesn't bet on games because every time Marty makes a bet they lose."

"So I tried to talk Marty into making another bet," he continued. "He wouldn't do it."

After assuming office in January 2014, Walsh indeed lost his first two prop bets with other Mayors -- the 2014 AFC Championship won by the Denver Broncos, and a Stanley Cup Playoff series between the bitter rivals Boston Bruins and Monteal Canadiens. He hasn't made one since.

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How can Patriots avoid being burned by Kelce and Hill?

How can Patriots avoid being burned by Kelce and Hill?

Phil Perry reports from Kansas City to discuss what schemes the Patriots can use on Sunday to avoid getting burned by Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

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