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Report: Trump watched Super Bowl with founder of spa linked to Kraft

Report: Trump watched Super Bowl with founder of spa linked to Kraft

There are mind-boggling coincidences, and then there's ... this.

President Donald Trump hosted a Super Bowl LIII watch party at his West Palm Beach country club to cheer on the New England Patriots and his good friend, team owner Robert Kraft. At one point in the night, a woman at a table next to Trump snapped a selfie with the president.

According to a report from the Miami Herald, that woman was Li Yang, the founder of a chain of Asian day spas in South Florida -- including the Orchids of Asia spa in Jupiter, Fla., where Kraft allegedly was busted soliciting prostitution prior to the AFC Championship Game.

To recap: Trump apparently watched the Super Bowl with a woman who founded the spa that hosted Kraft's alleged illegal activity.

Per the Herald, Yang opened the Orchids of Asia day spa in 2007 under the name "Tokyo Day Spa" as part of a large South Florida chain. She sold that specific spa in 2013 to another businesswoman and has had no involvement with the Tokyo Day Spas chain since, although her husband still owns and operates the flagship spa in Palm Beach Gardens, the Herald reports.

Yang also was not charged in the late February bust that resulted in Kraft and 24 others being charged and has no current ties to any of the South Florida spas that were shut down as a result of the investigation, according to the Herald.

But how did this woman wind up at the table next to the president at a Super Bowl party?

As the Herald reports, Yang announced on Facebook about three years ago she was pursuing a "new life" that would include an investment consulting business, a travel agency and a charity.

Near the end of 2015, Yang began donating to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign. But when Trump emerged as a more viable presidential candidate, she threw her support behind him, later appearing at Trump's presidential inauguration in 2017.

Yang also donated tens of thousands of dollars to both Trump's political action committee, Trump Victory, and his presidential campaign, at one point earning a personalized note from Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in September 2018.

Yang told Herald she doesn't know the president personally but shows up at some of his events. So, in a wild bit of coincidence, she was in the room with Trump when Kraft's Patriots won the Super Bowl, just two weeks after Kraft allegedly made a trip to her former spa that would lead to him being charged in late February.

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Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady is admiring ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with the 49ers from afar.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on Monday night vs. the Seahawks, the former Pats backup quarterback is thriving as San Francisco's starting QB. Garoppolo, like Brady, has his team off to an 8-1 start and pegged as a favorite to compete in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady talked about Garoppolo's early success on Monday during his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray.

"He's done a great job. The point of playing football is to win, so when your team's winning and you're the quarterback, you're doing your job," Brady told Gray. "I'm certainly proud of everything that he's accomplished. He was a really great guy for me to get to know and to see on a daily basis.

"I think the great thing to see if players who take advantage of their opportunity. He had an organization that put a lot on the line to get him, and he's taken advantage of that opportunity. I know he had a tough injury last year, but he showed a lot of mental toughness in coming back from a tough injury and is playing great football."

Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and served as Brady's backup until he was traded to the 49ers in 2017. The Eastern Illinois product got the chance to showcase his talents in two starts during the 2016 season, going 2-0 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Since then, the 28-year-old has overcome a devastating knee injury and become the leader of an NFC powerhouse that looks like it'll be in the mix for years to come. Not a bad deal for the man once thought of as Brady's potential successor.

As for Brady and the Patriots, they'll look to bounce back from their Week 10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday when they face off against the Eagles. If all goes according to plan, a February reunion for Brady and Garoppolo in Miami could be in the works.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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