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Report: Brady angered Trump by skipping last year's White House visit

Report: Brady angered Trump by skipping last year's White House visit

President Trump's abrupt cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House -- which carries a "You can't quit, you're fired!" tinge amid reports that fewer than 10 Eagles players planned to attend anyway -- apparently isn't the first time he's been angered prior to a scheduled visit of a Super Bowl champion.

The New England Patriots -- and specifically Tom Brady -- had Trump fuming last year, too.

From the Washington Post:

Trump grew angry in April 2017 when Tom Brady said he planned to skip the White House visit with the Patriots, huddling angrily with aides and even calling Patriots owner Robert Kraft. One former senior administration official described a chaotic scene unfolding over the heartlands of America, as Trump flew back from an event in Wisconsin. Trump made a number of calls and asked aides to help fix the situation, worried that Brady’s absence would reflect poorly on him.

Brady later said he skipped the event to be with his ailing mother, while another half-dozen Patriots skipped to protest Trump.

Eventually, Trump was calmed down, and the Patriots came to the White House.

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Breakfast Pod: It's a Bruins-Blues in Stanley Cup Final; Julian Edelman sticking around awhile

Breakfast Pod: It's a Bruins-Blues in Stanley Cup Final; Julian Edelman sticking around awhile

We know Julian Edelman will be a Patriot for likely the rest of his career after he agrees to an extension, and we now know who the Bruins will face in the Stanley Cup Final, the St. Louis Blues.

1:12 - Julian Edelman and the Patriots agree to a two-year, $18 million extension. Tom E. Curran discusses the move and journey Edelman has gone through to reach this point.

7:42 - The Blues beat the Sharks, 5-1. They will now face the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final, DJ Bean discusses the matchup.

12:46 - Eduardo Rodriguez gives up three homers in the Red Sox' 10-3 loss to Toronto. John Tomase joins Boston Sports Tonight to break down the loss.

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Prosecutors' appeal in Kraft case won't be heard before Sept. 4

Prosecutors' appeal in Kraft case won't be heard before Sept. 4

Prosecutors' appeal of the Florida judge's decision excluding videotape evidence in Patriots owner Robert Kraft's solicitation of prostitution case won't be heard until at least Sept. 4, meaning the case likely won't be resolved until after the NFL season begins.

On Tuesday, Judge Leonard Hanser agreed to allow the case to run through the appeals process before it goes to trial. Last week, Hanser ruled two videos that police say show Kraft paying for sex when he visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, in January can't be used as evidence in a trial. The Palm Beach County State Attorney is seeking to have that ruling overturned.

Kraft issued a public apology after the arrest and has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of solicitation. The Patriots owner also faces discipline from the NFL but the appeal and subsequent delay in the trial and resolution of the case could put that on hold as well.

The Patriots open their season and will raise their sixth Super Bowl championship banner Sunday night, Sept. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. 

At a press conference in March, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the Kraft case and said, "The Personal Conduct Policy applies to everybody. Commissioners, owners, executives, players, coaches. And it will be applied to everybody. But it will be done after we get all the facts. When we have all the information, we'll be fair and smart about it. That's what we'll do."

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