In a brand new episode of "Quick Slants The Podcast presented by Papa Gino's", Tom Curran weighs in on the ESPN story by Seth Wickersham on dysfunction among Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, including what his sources are telling him concerning different parts of the story.
Two key questions Tom discusses - Are there people in Foxboro that feel there are real issues? Also, are we at the end...Will Belichick and Brady be back in 2018?
Curran also talks about the contract offer for Jimmy Garoppolo. Was the money ever the real issue, or did it always come down to playing time?
Also, the Alex Guerrero aspect. The Wickersham story made to sound there was a quid pro quo…see Alex, you’re Brady’s friend. The truth is players go to him because he’s good. Gronk couldn’t keep training the same way he had been. Gronk went to Guerrero because it’s good for Gronk, not because of Brady. Did Alex Guerrero cold shoulder Jimmy Garoppolo?
Plus, Tom Brady wasn't a mentor to Garoppolo, but that’s no sin as a teammate.
Is there really a power struggle between Kraft, Belichick and Brady of who is most responsible for the franchises' success?
Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.
Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."
Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:
Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.
Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.
Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."
The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.
No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England.