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Watch Celtics legend Bob Cousy's speech after receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom

Watch Celtics legend Bob Cousy's speech after receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom

Thursday was a special day for 91-year-old Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy.

The Boston Celtics legend visited the White House on Thursday afternoon to accept his Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. The medal recognizes those who make “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Watch President Trump award Cousy the Presidential Medal of Freedom below:

Cousy followed with an emotional acceptance speech:

An amazing honor for not only a legendary basketball player, but a legendary human.

NBC Sports Boston's own A. Sherrod Blakely enjoyed a great conversation with Cousy on the latest Celtics Talk Podcast. You can listen to that full interview below:

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President Trump name-drops Patriots owner Robert Kraft in Kaepernick answer

President Trump name-drops Patriots owner Robert Kraft in Kaepernick answer

President Donald Trump wants everyone to know that he knows several NFL owners, especially New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft. 

Trump cited Kraft while answering a question from reporters about former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Trump has previously been an outspoken critic of Kaepernick, who famously protested police brutality and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem. He hasn't played a snap in the NFL in more than three years. 

“Only if he’s good enough,” President Trump said on Friday when asked if Kaepernick should be back in the league. “If he’s good enough. . . . And I think if he was good enough, I know the owners, I know Bob Kraft, I know so many of the owners. If he’s good enough, they’d sign him. So if he’s good enough — I know these people — they would sign him in a heartbeat. They will do anything they can to win games.

“So I’d like to see it. Frankly, I’d love to see Kaepernick come in, if he’s good enough. But I don’t want to see him come in because somebody thinks it’s a good P.R. move. If he’s good enough, he will be in.”

Earlier this week, Kaepernick tweeted a video showing him working out. It featured a clock displaying how many days he's been denied from work, and said that he's "still ready." Considering Kaepernick led his 49ers to the Super Bowl, the consensus is that he'd be a better option than many starting NFL quarterbacks, if not almost every backup. According to Trump, Kraft and the other NFL owners disagree. Last fall, Kraft didn't deny a New York Times report that the Patriots had interest in signing Kaepernick as a backup to Tom Brady.

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Robert Kraft sits with President Trump at dinner with Emir of Qatar

Robert Kraft sits with President Trump at dinner with Emir of Qatar

Donald Trump's connection with Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots goes way back.

The U.S. President and Patriots owner have run in the same social circles for many years and are good friends, while Tom Brady has been golf buddies with Trump for years and once showed support with a "MAGA" hat in his locker.

On Monday night, Trump and Kraft added to their public relationship, even as Kraft has largely kept a low profile amid being charged with soliciting prostitution in February. Kraft sat at the same table as President Trump as the Trump administration met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, for a dinner in Washington, D.C.

According to The New York Times, Trump is eager to do business in Qatar, one of the wealthiest nations in the world. To court the oil-rich nation, Trump invited more than 40 American business leaders, including Kraft, to Washington. 

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