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'Tom vs. Time' producer reveals what Tom Brady told him about his relationship with Donald Trump

'Tom vs. Time' producer reveals what Tom Brady told him about his relationship with Donald Trump

Many have jumped to judge Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's relationship with president Donald Trump without knowing all of the details.

Gotham Chopra, producer of Brady's Facebook documentary Tom vs. Time, provided some context for Brady's relationship with Trump on NBC Sports Bay Area's "Warriors Insider Podcast." Chopra revealed what Brady told him about the history between him and the President of the United States.

"There's a personal relationship [between Brady and Trump] back in the day, like from way back when he was a kid or -- not kid, but like 2001," Chopra said. "He hosted a Ms. America Pageant, he played a lot of golf with president -- or, you know, Donald Trump at the time. And so, there was a history far before the guy became President Trump. And then, if you actually look now, the conversation's pretty one-sided.

"[Tom Brady] never really talked publicly about these things, never even really thought about them in many ways," Chopra continued. "But all of a sudden was put on blast during this election."

In 2015, a hat with Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" was spotted in Brady's locker. Chopra explained how the criticism for Brady possessing the hat got out of hand.

"That hat thing happened like way before the election," said Chopra. "It was like the early days, like 'this guy's running for President, kind of crazy'. Like, most of us thought, 'I mean, he's not gonna win'. And so, it just kind of snowballed, and I think those guys live at a level where everything they say or do is so scrutinized."

You can listen to the rest of Chopra's interview on the "Warriors Insider Podcast" below:

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Patriots' Bill Belichick eating Subway is already a hilarious meme

Patriots' Bill Belichick eating Subway is already a hilarious meme

Bill Belichick has gone viral, folks.

The New England Patriots head coach surprised everyone Tuesday by popping up in Branford, Conn., to film a Subway commercial

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Naturally, the shoot garnered plenty of attention and allowed WTNH anchor John Pierson to produce two incredible photos of Belichick contently chowing down a footlong sandwich.

Twitter already made Belichick into a meme for drinking orange juice at the 2013 NFL Annual Meeting, and it happily did the same for Belichick the Subway pitchman.

Even Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu got in on the Belichick meme action via his Instagram story.

Here's more of Twitter having a grand old time with the Belichick Subway photos:

Belichick has made plenty of "cold cuts" during his time with the Patriots, so this might be a perfect sponsorship for the legendary head coach.

Source: 'Pretty quiet' on Joe Thuney extension as Patriots near NFL deadline

Source: 'Pretty quiet' on Joe Thuney extension as Patriots near NFL deadline

Never say never. Deadlines spur action. 

But as the NFL approaches its deadline for players who've received the franchise tag to negotiate long-term agreements with their teams, things remain quiet between the Patriots and Joe Thuney, according to a source. 

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Thuney signed his franchise tender earlier this offseason, which will pay him near the top of the market for offensive linemen on a one-year, fully-guaranteed deal worth nearly $15 million.

"Joe has been a model teammate and an essential element to our success since joining our team in 2016," a Patriots' March 16 statement read. "Utilizing the franchise designation allows both sides more time to try to reach the goal of a long-term agreement."

The Patriots have until 4 p.m. EST to strike a long-term deal with Thuney. If they do, they'd likely have to make the 27-year-old one of the league's highest-paid guards. He hasn't missed a start in four years. He's helped the Patriots win two Super Bowls. He was named a Second-Team All-Pro last season. Pro Football Focus credited Thuney with only one sack allowed over the last two years. He did not commit a penalty in 2019.

The NFL's uncertain financial future — 2020 revenues will be impacted by COVID, which will impact the salary cap — has made long-term deals for tagged players across the league a relative rarity. Again, never say never, but as of Wednesday morning it appears as though Thuney will play out 2020 on a one-year contract and then have an opportunity to hit the market again in 2021.

Though the cap could shrink next year, the good news for Thuney is that people we've spoken to consider Thuney's next long-term deal to be "COVID-proof." Players of his caliber, the thinking goes, will still be paid what they're worth.

It's the class of average veterans sprinkled throughout the league — more experienced but more expensive than players on rookie deals — who could suffer.