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Rob Gronkowski press conference: Ex-Patriot partners with CBD company

Rob Gronkowski press conference: Ex-Patriot partners with CBD company

Rob Gronkowski's "next chapter" has been revealed -- and it actually has something to do with sports.

At a press conference Tuesday in New York, the retired New England Patriots tight end announced a partnership with CBDMedic, a subsidiary of Abacus Health Solutions that produces a line of Cannabidiol-based pain relief medications.

"I decided to walk away from the game for one main reason: I had to recover," Gronkowski said during his press conference. "That's why you haven't seen me in five months. I've been rebuilding myself and finding a new way."

CBD is a banned substance in the NFL, but Gronkowski insisted the substance has helped him recover from the pain he suffered through during his nine-year NFL career. Gronkowski also wants to be an advocate for getting CBD approved in major professional sports so other athletes can benefit from the substance.

"I'm here today to appeal to the sports governing bodies of the world to update their position on CBD, whether that's the NBA, MLB or NFL," Gronkowski said. "It's just time."

Gronkowski made his partnership with CBDMedic official on social media shortly after the press conference.

The 30-year-old also left the door open for an NFL comeback during an emotional Q&A session, but his current focus will be on this business venture with CBDMedic.

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Patriots Report Card: Pats make Jets lives miserable

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Patriots Report Card: Pats make Jets lives miserable

The Patriots did enough early on Monday night that they made their jobs a little bit easier later on. They jumped out to a commanding early lead by scoring on three of their first four drives with varied personnel packages. They confounded Sam Darnold early and forced him to play spooked to the point that he made mistakes even when he wasn't pressured into them. 

It wasn't perfect. And the grades reflect that. But it was yet another dominant effort from Bill Belichick's point as they get closer to the season's midway point. 

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Bill Belichick reacts to Mohamed Sanu trade, calls new Patriots WR 'a talented player'

Bill Belichick reacts to Mohamed Sanu trade, calls new Patriots WR 'a talented player'

The Atlanta Falcons made the Mohamed Sanu trade with the New England Patriots official Tuesday, but the defending Super Bowl champs have not yet acknowledged the move.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn't have anything to say about the trade during his morning conference call with reporters, but he was a little more forthcoming on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" show Tuesday afternoon.

“Well, I think we are working through that," Belichick said. "We'll see. We’ll put (Sanu) in and see how it goes. He’s a talented player. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s done different things, so we’ll see how it all fits for us.”

The Patriots gave up a 2020 second-round draft pick for Sanu, which is a fairly steep price, but he's not a rental. The 30-year-old wide receiver is signed through the 2021 season.

Sanu's addition upgrades the team's depth at wide receiver, which has been a concern throughout the season amid injuries and roster turnover. He's been quite durable over the last six seasons with only two games missed over that span. Sanu also was among Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's top targets, tallying at least 66 receptions, 700-plus yards and four touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.

The Patriots did not practice Tuesday but they'll be back at it Wednesday, when Sanu is expected to make his first appearance in New England colors. His first game action with the Patriots should come Sunday afternoon when the Cleveland Browns visit Gillette Stadium for a Week 8 matchup. 

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