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Patriots TE Ben Watson reveals feelings about Panthers DB Eric Reid on Twitter

Patriots TE Ben Watson reveals feelings about Panthers DB Eric Reid on Twitter

As Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid awaits his expected punishment from the NFL for his dangerous late hit to the head of the Patriots' Ben Watson that has the 38-year-old tight end in concussion protocol, Reid has insisted the hit had nothing to do with the recent Twitter beef between the two.

Watson hasn't talked publicly since the hit, but he tweeted about it Saturday.

Our Tom E. Curran tweeted his disdain for the hit just after it happened. 

That, of course, garnered a number of reactions, including a "like" from one Benjamin Watson, as this screengrab shows:

Looking back at the play (via a tweet from the NFL Network's Mike Giardi, above), Watson had already been tackled following a reception from Tom Brady. Reid, a 27-year-old veteran safety, was penalized for unnecessary roughness but escaped ejection.

Now, for the backstory between the two, Reid recently was critical of the Players Coalition as well as Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL. That didn't sit well with Watson, who responded with the tweet below:

Reid has drawn multiple fines for unnecessary roughness and was ejected from a game for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last season. He also contends that he's been unfairly targeted for drug testing by the NFL because of his kneeling during the national anthem.

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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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Robert Kraft addresses role in facilitating Jay-Z, NFL partnership

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Robert Kraft addresses role in facilitating Jay-Z, NFL partnership

Robert Kraft did, in fact, play matchmaker to help Jay-Z partner with the NFL.

Jay-Z's entertainment company, Roc Nation, recently brokered a deal with the NFL to lead the league's music and entertainment efforts as it enters its 100th season. In an interview Wednesday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," Kraft confirmed he helped get the ball rolling on that deal by setting Jay-Z up with the NFL.

"We're involved with the NFL, and Jay-Z is a good friend and we've been doing some stuff in some charitable areas," the New England Patriots owner said. "We were happy to introduce each side and try to help them work together."

Kraft developed a relationship with Jay-Z while both were working to free rapper Meek Mill from prison. Both Kraft and Jay-Z played a role in launching the Criminal Justice Reform Organization earlier this year, and according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, Kraft took NFL commissioner Roger Goodell out to Los Angeles in January for an initial meeting with Jay-Z that eventually led to this partnership.

Jay-Z has taken criticism for partnering with the NFL, as players like Eric Reid and Kenny Stills believe the rap mogul is selling out the protest movement initiated by Colin Kaepernick by siding with the organization that continues to blackball the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

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