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DEBUT OF THAT 617 LIFE POD: The Pats, Patrick Chung, and the Jay-Z/NFL partnership

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DEBUT OF THAT 617 LIFE POD: The Pats, Patrick Chung, and the Jay-Z/NFL partnership

In the premiere episode of "That 617 Life" podcast with Shanda Foster, Cerrone Battle, and Leroy Irvin, man do we have a lot to get through!

Off the top, we discuss the Patriots third preseason game against Carolina, including how Tom Brady looked, Jakobi Meyers with an uneven game, plus what to expect from Josh Gordon this season.

15:31: Shanda sounds off on the tattooed Larry Bird mural, Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers, and James Harden's magical beard powers.

21:51: Patrick Chung got in some hot water over a possible cocaine charge...lots to unpack of what happened at his New Hampshire house.

28:25: Cerrone's "Cold Cuts and Hot Takes" calls out Carmelo Anthony for not taking the hint and going away.

32:34: Jay-Z and the NFL announced a partnership this week, and there's been a lot of chatter on social media relating to Colin Kaepernick. A great discussion from the crew on this topic.

46:11: We finish out the show with "Playa's Call", including an unlikely choice from Shanda.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: A conversation with Bob Cousy

Celtics Talk Podcast: A conversation with Bob Cousy

The Celtics icon, who turned 91 Aug. 9, talks about receiving the Medal of Freedom, speaking out for civil rights, his legendary career and more. 

0:45 - Bob Cousy discusses where the Medal of Freedom ranks on his long list of accolades and accomplishments

3:30 - Cousy discusses his childhood, growing up poor, and what impact that had on his competitive side. He mentions how his only regret is that he wishes he could’ve done even more for people throughout his life, “who need a boost.”

8:58 - When Cousy was in the NBA, speaking up for civil rights wasn’t very easy. He discusses his journey as an advocate, and how he would have coached Colin Kaepernick through his kneeling protest in the NFL.

17:24 - Having black teammates put racial issues at the top of mind for Cousy, he discusses his experience with the Jim Crow South and how it is important for current Celtics to understand the history of race relations in Boston.

26:06 - Cousy discusses his philosophy to “fight hate with love” in an emotional moment.

29:37 - Cousy discuses the importance of great leadership for the success of a team, how teams have changed the way they handle a loss, and how money impacts basketball.

33:00 - Finally, Cousy reflects on his seven invitations to the White House over his lifetime, and the five times he has attended.

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Martellus Bennett calls on Brady, Brees, Manning to join NFL players' protests

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Martellus Bennett calls on Brady, Brees, Manning to join NFL players' protests

Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is an athlete who's never been reticent to speak out on social causes.

At a forum titled "Athletes + Activism" in Washington, Bennett said if Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning would join the protests begun by Colin Kaepernick, "the conversation in the NFL would change."

"If Peyton Manning joined the conversation, the conversation in the NFL would change,” Bennett said, per Yahoo's Jason Owens. “If Drew Brees came in and really joined the conversation, it would change. Tom Brady. All these great white heroes that they have running around, throwing the football — if they jump into the conversation, it would be so much bigger.”

Kaepernick, while with the San Francisco 49ers, kneeled during the national anthem to draw attention to racial inequality and police brutality. It led other players following suit, President Trump weighing in against the protests and NFL owners having to address the issue by requiring players who wanted to protest to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

"If they were to take a knee with Colin Kaepernick, that conversation would totally change," Bennett said. "If Tom Brady took a knee, white America would be like, 'Oh my God. What is this that Tom Brady's talking about?'

“They would start doing research and would join in the conversation. It would pique their interest. But since it's a black guy taking a knee, it's like, 'Alright, these guys, here he goes again. It's another one of these guys out here doing this.’”

While with the Patriots, Bennett, who retired in 2017 after 10 years in the NFL, stayed in the locker room during the anthem. With the Green Packers, he protested by raising a black-gloved fist while the anthem was being played. His brother, Michael, a defensive end who came to the Patriots via trade this spring, has said he'll continue to stay in the locker room during the anthem, as he did with the Philadelphia Eagles last season.

Martellus Bennett said another former Patriot, defensive end Chris Long, who joined his teammates in protests during the anthem while with the Philadelphia Eagles, didn't have the impact that white quarterbacks would have.

"Chris Long [joined] the conversation, but he's a defensive end," Bennett told the forum. "I love Chris Long. Chris Long is my boy. Shoutout to Chris. But it's not the position.”

Last summer, when interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Brady said the controversy surrounding the protests prompted "a lot of good healthy conversations ... in our locker room."

"I respect why people are doing what they are doing. And they’re doing it for different reasons, and that’s okay. You know, you can do things for your reason," Brady told Winfrey. "They can do things for their reason, and you have respect for that. But, I thought it was great."  

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