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WATCH: Rob Gronkowski stars in erotic music video with lots of scantily-clad women 05.24.17 at 1:35 pm ET
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This year, the Summer of Gronk includes a sexy music video. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

This year, the Summer of Gronk includes a sexy music video. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski loves to party. So it only makes sense for him to star in an erotic music video with lots of scantily-clad women.

The dance music DJ 3LAU released a new video Wednesday for his single, “On My Mind.” In it, Gronkowski is featured alongside WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley, one of his real life good friends.

During the video, which features a steamy carwash scene involving Gronk and several ladies in bikinis, the Patriots tight end is cozying up to an attractive woman wearing a glittery black dress and choker necklace at a club. But Rawley, one of the establishment’s servers, seems to take exception to this budding romance. He gets his apparent revenge when he pours soy sauce all over a shirtless Gronk, who’s strapped to a table while women eat sushi off of his stomach.

The music video ends after a seductive pillow fight, with Gronkowski getting woken up on the club’s floor.

“3LAU played ‘On My Mind’ for me a couple days before the Super Bowl in Houston and asked if I wanted to be in the music video,” Gronk said in the press release. “It ended up being a lot of fun to shoot and what makes it even better is that the money from the song is being donated. It’s great when you can give back while still trying something new and having an unbelievable time.”

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Massachusetts police department names K-9 officer after Rob Gronkowski 05.22.17 at 1:36 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski will now be fighting crime –– kind of.  (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski will now be fighting crime –– kind of. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski is an unstoppable force on the football field, so it only makes sense for his canine namesake to be a police department’s K-9 officer.

The Athol Police Department named its first K-9 officer in roughly eight years after Gronkowski, with chief Russell Kleber telling the Associated Press he wanted to bestow the honor upon a Boston sports athlete. The one-year-old German shepherd will undergo 14 weeks of training before it’s trusted to track down criminals.

This isn’t the first time Gronkowski has been linked to Athol. In February, he ordered a footlong chicken, cheese and guacamole sandwich at the town’s Subway restaurant, which is now dubbed the “Big Subkowski.”

When Gronkowski saw the news on Twitter, he responded with a cheeky emoji:

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It’s not surprising if Tom Brady didn’t tell Patriots about concussions 05.18.17 at 1:19 pm ET
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Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady has suffered previously undisclosed concussions.  (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady has suffered previously undisclosed concussions. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Gisele Bundchen sparked headlines Wednesday when she told CBS’ Charlie Rose that her husband, Tom Brady, has suffered concussions during his playing career. While that would appear to be self-evident –– football and head injuries are nearly synonymous with each other nowadays –– the revelation was noteworthy because Brady has never been listed on the injury report with a concussion in 16 seasons. That means, if Bundchen is telling the truth, Brady might be hiding his symptoms from the Patriots.

In a statement, the NFL says “no paperwork indicates” Brady suffered a head injury last season or complained of concussion-like symptoms. The league’s apparent non-chalentness about the matter is telling, considering the draconian punishment that was levied on the Patriots for Deflategate. Not documenting your star quarterback’s apparent concussions, which would make him available to play when protocol states he should be inactive, seems to be a much more egregious violation than playing with slightly under-inflated footballs.

That is, unless the NFL knows this kind of alleged behavior runs rampant throughout the league.

Ever since the NFL implemented the concussion protocol in 2011, there’s been a concerted effort to stamp down on head injuries. Last season, the league says the number of reported concussions fell 11.3 percent.

But players and teams also routinely try to skirt their way around the rules. The most recent example happened in January, when the Dolphins cleared quarterback Matt Moore to return to the field in the wild card round without documenting all of his symptoms. The league was forced to introduce additional rules to the protocol last year after Rams QB Case Keenum wasn’t removed from a game after getting his head slammed to the ground (tests confirmed he was concussed).

Patriots fans saw an apparent violation of the protocol first-hand in Super Bowl XLIX, when wide receiver Julian Edelman didn’t miss a snap after Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor had laid him out with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

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Could Patriots face NFL discipline for not disclosing Tom Brady’s alleged concussion? 05.17.17 at 1:15 pm ET
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Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady suffered an undisclosed concussion last season.  (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady suffered an undisclosed concussion last season. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

On CBS This Morning Wednesday, supermodel Gisele Bundchen said her husband, Tom Brady, has suffered concussions before in his NFL career, including one last season. If true, the Patriots could face league discipline, considering Brady wasn’t listed on the injury report with a concussion at any point in 2016.

NFL policy states teams must disclose “significant” or “noteworthy” injuries on the practice report. Clubs that don’t follow the guidelines can be subject to monetary fines or lost draft picks. Last year, the league came out with a separate concussion policy, which says clubs that don’t follow protocol can face fines of up to $150,000 for a first-time violation or be stripped of draft picks as well.

But before Ted Wells parachutes into Foxborough for another league-funded multimillion-dollar investigation, some questions have to be answered. For starters, Bundchen isn’t a doctor and presumably doesn’t examine Brady. Her word isn’t enough to determine whether the Patriots and Brady are concealing concussions.

Speaking of which, even if Brady did suffer a concussion, the Patriots may not have known about it. Brady receives treatment from his personal fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, and might not have alerted the team about his alleged head injury. While that’s concerning on its own right, especially considering the Federal Trade Commission once told Guerrero to stop producing a Brady-endorsed phony concussion-preventation drink, the Patriots can’t be held responsible for not reporting something they weren’t aware of.

It seems nearly impossible to answer those questions, which is why a potential league inquiry would probably never get anywhere. But even if it did, the NFL seldom punishes teams for not following injury protocol.

The most severe penalty in recent memory was levied in 2009, when the league fined the Jets $125,000 for not placing Brett Favre on the injury report when he had a torn biceps tendon. But over the last couple of years, clubs have been able to get away with apparent violations:

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Tom Brady will be on the cover of Madden’s ‘G.O.A.T’ edition this season 05.12.17 at 10:25 am ET
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Tom Brady will be on the Madden cover for the first time this season.  (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady will be on the Madden cover for the first time this season. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady has accomplished it all during his illustrious NFL career. And now, he can add being on the “Madden” cover to his list of accolades.

EA Sports will honor some of the league’s all-time best players in “Madden NFL 18: G.O.A.T. Edition.” Brady, who’s won five Super Bowl champions and two MVPs, seems like the perfect cover choice.

“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” he said. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”

Rob Gronkowski, who was on the cover last season, succumbed to the infamous Madden Curse. He missed eight games due to injury and was forced to watch Super Bowl 51 from the sidelines after undergoing back surgery.

The cover and official trailer for the game are below:

 

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Willie McGinest thinks Robert Kraft will pay Aaron Hernandez’s family his lost wages 05.12.17 at 9:24 am ET
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The Patriots might be obligated to pay Aaron Hernandez's estate $6 million. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

The Patriots might be obligated to pay Aaron Hernandez’s estate $6 million. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Now that Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction has been overturned, former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest thinks Robert Kraft is going to pay the disgraced ex-NFL star’s family the guaranteed money remaining on his contract.

Under Massachusetts law, a defendant’s convictions are void if he doesn’t exhaust all of his legal appeals upon his passing. Judge Susan Garsh exonerated Hernandez Tuesday, because he was in the process of appealing his first-degree murder conviction when he hanged himself in his cell last month.

With Hernandez now technically an innocent man, the Patriots may be forced to pay his estate roughly $6 million in the form of a $3.5 million signing bonus and $2.5 million in guaranteed salary.  In an interview with TMZ Sports, McGinest said he predicts Kraft will pony up the cash.

“Mr. Kraft is a little more sentimental towards the lives that are lost and not really the money,” he said. “At the end of the day, it affected two families. There’s a little girl with no father and there’s a family with no son. At the end of the day, the money is minute, because you’re talking about lives and a tragedy that happened. Mr. Kraft has a heart. At the end of the day, he understands that that little girl is probably never going to have the means or a father or somebody in her life. And if it’s the law, then he’s a law abiding citizen. You’ve got to follow the law.”

Even though Hernandez’s murder conviction is void, the Patriots will likely argue he was in breach of his contract. On WEEI’s OM&F earlier this week, sports law expert Daniel Wallach said it’s unlikely the Patriots will be forced to pay, because Hernandez wasn’t available to play football after he was arrested for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

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Mike Tomlin swipes at Patriots during commencement address 05.10.17 at 9:08 am ET
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Mike Tomlin took a playful shot at the Patriots during his commencement address Friday.  (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Tomlin took a playful shot at the Patriots during his commencement address Friday. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Patriots appear to be in Mike Tomlin’s head.

While the Steelers head coach was giving a commencement address Friday at Robert Morris University, he poked fun at the Patriots in order to help articulate a well-known analogy.

“I’ll proceed with a couple of assumptions,” he said. “And I realize that assumptions are very dangerous. There’s a cliché about assuming, isn’t it? It can make Patriots out of you and me.”

This isn’t the first time Tomlin has taken a gratuitous shot at New England. During Steelers wideout Antonio Brown’s locker room Facebook Live video after Pittsburgh’s Divisional Round win over the Chiefs, he used an expletive to characterize the Patriots.

“Let’s say very little moving forward. Let’s start our preparations. We spotted those [expletive] a day and a half,” he said, referring to the Patriots’ extra day of preparation. “But you ain’t gotta tell them we coming. . . . Keep a low profile.”

Perhaps the most memorable Tomlin-Patriots moment came during the 2015 season-opener at Gillette Stadium, when he complained about his headset feed getting hijacked by the Patriots’ radio broadcast.

“We were listening to the Patriots radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headsets,” Tomlin said following the Patriots’ victory. “That’s always the case [at Gillette].”

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