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Bulked-up Brady? Here's the skinny on Brady's offseason regimen

Bulked-up Brady? Here's the skinny on Brady's offseason regimen

This morning, in reporting news we already knew (Tom Brady wouldn’t be at OTAs for the second season in a row), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tacked on a snippet of new info. That Brady “may bulk up” for 2019.

For anybody on the Brady Body Beat — and who isn’t at this point? — this is decidedly unpliable news and demands further investigation.

This is the skinny. Over the course of the nearly eight-month season (late July to early February) every player loses size. Brady usually loses about five pounds. Last year, he finished the season at about 223 pounds.

This year, the aim is to come in closer to around 232. The TB12 diet and approach will stay the same; the resistance workouts will just employ heavier bands.

There’s no singular reason for the switch. Switching up the routine and goals to keep them fresh seems the primary goal. The second is just wanting to be a little more filled out.

As for the OTAs, Brady not being there at the start pretty much seals the deal that he won’t be there for any save the mandatory minicamp in early June. As Jerod Mayo told us last year, Bill Belichick prefers players to either be all in or all out for OTAs, not saying, “I’ll be there for Tuesday and Wednesday of this session but will miss Thursday and can’t make the next one but should be at Phase 3….”

There’s a lot less hue and cry over Brady’s not being there this year because A) the Patriots ended up with another Lombardi anyway, B) the subplot of Brady seeking purpose — which the final episode of Tom vs. Time invited — isn’t present and C) the Belichick-Brady relationship seems to have come through the agitations of 2017 and early 2018 stronger than it’s been in a while.

That doesn’t remove the fact Brady is skipping workouts that for years the team has described as the first critical step in building success for the coming year. Statements we’ve dutifully reported.

But it’s hard to look at his absence as a BFD when, in the end it turned out not be a BFD at all.

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Rob Gronkowski's 'apology' for denting Patriots' Lombardi Trophy is on-brand

Rob Gronkowski's 'apology' for denting Patriots' Lombardi Trophy is on-brand

Only Rob Gronkowski would be crazy enough to deploy an actual Lombardi Trophy as a baseball bat.

And only Rob Gronkowski would get away with it.

By now, you've probably heard the incredible story of how the retired tight end dented the New England Patriots' latest Lombardi Trophy during the team's appearance at the Boston Red Sox's April 9 home opener at Fenway Park. (If not, go read it now.)

But we still hadn't heard from Gronk about the incident ... until Friday morning. Here's the one-word "statement" Gronk issued on Twitter, while linking to a story on his family's "Gronk Nation" website:

That's Gronk in a nutshell.

Some people might get in trouble for damaging the most prestigious trophy in football. But not Gronk, whose wildly bold move to drop down a bunt with seven pounds of sterling silver became a hilarious tale of harmless hijinks.

In fact, the Patriots even say they'll leave the dent in the trophy for now as a reminder of the day Gronk left one more mark with the team.

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Attorneys accuse Florida police of leaking Robert Kraft spa video

Attorneys accuse Florida police of leaking Robert Kraft spa video

As lawyers and lawmakers battle over video evidence in the Robert Kraft solicitation case, it appears some of that evidence has already gotten out.

Attorneys representing two women who allegedly worked at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., filed a court motion Thursday accusing Florida prosecutors and police of leaking video evidence of Kraft and others at the spa.

The court motion cited a report published Thursday on The Blast, a celebrity news site that claimed it was contacted by an unknown person who claimed to have video of Kraft visiting the spa, where he was accused of exchanging money for sexual favors.

The Blast claims it has seen the footage and described it as such:

"In the video, the 77-year-old is already undressed and laying on the massage table with his hands placed behind his head. The camera angle is an overhead shot, and it’s believed the camera was placed in the ceiling."

While The Blast didn't reveal who contacted them, attorneys concluded in their motion that it must have been either the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office and/or the Jupiter Police Department, since they are the only parties that have possession of surveillance footage.

The court motion demanded police and prosecutors be held in contempt of court for a "direct violation of this Court's Order," per CNN.

Prosecutors said Wednesday they were obligated to release video evidence to the public, but a judge ruled in a court order later that day to block the release of evidence until there's a hearing.

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