McGwire’s Hypothetical Home Runs; Belichick Sons Gronk; Stupidest Athlete Crimes | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas kick things off with some words for Ray Lewis, who felt the need to preach about Odell Beckham Jr.’s relationship with God. After that ethering, with coaches and the media making a big deal out of voluntary NFL workouts and players either attending (Odell Beckham Jr.) or not (Khalil Mack), OOB breaks down the actual significance of offseason workouts in “The Step-Back.” Gil, who always says what he means, has a problem with the very concept of “voluntary” in the NFL. Sticking with football, the team tackles some Patriots drama following a report that coach Bill Belichick “chastised” star tight end Rob Gronkowski in front of the team last season over his TB12 workouts. Is it the beginning of the end for New England’s empire or just a smart coaching tactic? Next, the crew reacts to admitted steroid user Mark McGwire saying he could’ve hit 70 home runs clean. Let’s just say the panel is skeptical on several fronts. Plus, Gil and Pierce break down the fascination with hypothetical sports debates and Gil shares his favorite one. Finally, after police at LAX arrested Packers receiver Trevor Davis for making a joke about packing a bomb, OOB runs down the top five stupidest reasons that athletes have been arrested. With so much f*ckery in sports, making this list is harder than winning a championship. And as Gil gives a heartwarming explanation for his Cavs sweatshirt…Adam quickly corrupts the moment in true degenerate gambler fashion.

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Malcolm Butler Says He Almost Confronted Bill Belichick in the Middle of the Super Bowl About His Benching

Roughly two months after his Super Bowl benching, ex-Patriots turned Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler is still wondering what the hell happened. He admitted as much to Sports Illustrated during a recent interview where he talked about playing zero snaps in the biggest game of the season just two weeks after playing every snap in the Patriots' 24-21 AFC Championship Game win over the Jaguars. In addition, Butler stated that he considered asking head coach Bill Belichick mid-game about the snub but ultimately decided against it (no doubt to the chagrin of NBC executives looking for plotlines to talk about).

“There was times when I was on the sideline and I just wanted to go up and say to Belichick or [defensive coordinator] Matt Patricia and just say, ‘Is this how we’re gonna end this?’” Butler said. “I grew up in the Patriots system and I’m a man of God. I respect my authority and I just couldn’t ask them for something they didn’t want to do. I just was doing my job. I was close to going up there and saying what I wanted to say to Matt or Belichick, but I just stayed in my lane and just did my job. And I really wanted to go ask him, but I didn’t.”

Because it's not the way he does things (at all, really), Belichick still has not explained Butler's benching outside of saying it was a “coach's decision” unrelated to disciplinary issues. However, rather uncharacteristically, Belichick did say that there could've been a “much longer discussion” over Butler's benching but failed to elaborate because, again, that's how he does things. Given his track record, it does seem a little weird to be questioning him, but that's how it goes, especially when your defense gets humiliated by yielding 41 points in a loss.

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Birdman Coughed Up the $200,000 He Owed AR-Ab for the Super Bowl Bet

Birdman has finally made good on a Super Bowl bet with Philly rapper AR-Ab.

Hours before the big game, the two rap impresarios bet one another $100,000 on who would win. Needless to say, Ab put his money on his hometown Philadelphia Eagles, while Birdman went for the favored New England Patriots. As the game progressed, the bet increased by $150,000, eventually topping out at $200,000. Shortly after the Eagles snatched the title from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Birdman deleted all of his social media posts that documented the bet, while AR-Ab boasted about the winnings that were coming his way courtesy of Mr. 5 Star himself. “Actually it was $200,000,” he wrote in response to Complex's original report. “I️ ain’t gonna do nuffin but buy more houses and pay for my homies Lawyers and Appeal Lawyers.”

 

Despite Birdman deleting all evidence of the wager from social media, it seems he did make good on his word. The Cash Money mogul sent over the $200,000 he owed, which Ab is seen posing with for the 'gram. “Thank you @Birdman5star next time we can bet on the Sixers.”

 

Thank U @birdman5star Let’s Bet On The Sixers Next 😬

A post shared by El Patron (@ar_ab_32) on Feb 18, 2018 at 11:38am PST

 

Now we have no choice but to put some respek on Birdman's name.

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Patriots Fans Are Confused Over Bill Belichick Benching Super Bowl Hero Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler took part in one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history at Super Bowl XLIX. The then-rookie picked off a Russell Wilson pass near the end zone at the end of the game to secure a Patriots victory, and in the process, he solidified himself as a Patriots legend.

But for whatever reason, Butler hasn’t factored into the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII matchup against the Eagles. Butler has played on special teams, but he didn’t start at cornerback for New England—and he hasn’t played a single snap in a reserve role, either. It was apparently a “coach’s decision,” according to the NBC broadcasters.

The decision has left a lot of Patriots fans confused. They’re wondering why Bill Belichick has decided against going with Butler at all on defense, and they're speculating over what Butler could have possibly done to get benched during the Super Bowl of all games.

For now, it’s still unclear why Belichick made the move he did. NBC’s Michele Tafoya asked him at halftime, and he gave a pretty generic response to her.

But if the Patriots aren't able to overcome a second-half deficit against the Eagles, it’s pretty much a guarantee Belichick will be asked to speak about all of this again after the game.

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Former Eagles Coach Suggests Patriots Cheated During Super Bowl XXXIX

Are you still trying to decide which team to root for in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night? Maybe this will help.

The latest Super Bowl will actually be a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, which took place in Jacksonville back in 2005 and pitted the Patriots up against the Eagles. That game ended with the Patriots winning 24-21 and securing the third Super Bowl win for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. But according to a former Eagles coach, New England may have been victorious, in part, because of some signal-stealing on the part of the Patriots.

Former Eagles linebacker coach Steve Spagnuolo, who most recently served as the interim coach for the Giants, was on Philadelphia’s coaching staff back in 2005, and on Monday, he did an interview on Philly radio station 97.5 The Fanatic and made a series of serious allegations against the Patriots. Spagnuolo suggested the Patriots cheated during Super Bowl XXXIX by stealing signals from the Eagles throughout the course of the game. He claimed then-Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson realized what was happening about halfway through the contest.

“I remember through the course of the game Jim saying, 'They’re getting our signals. They know when we’re blitzing…try to hide it, etc. etc.,'” Spagnuolo said. “I remember distinctly thinking, 'Jim, I don’t think that’s true.' Now I’m not saying this to him, because I just don’t want to upset him. I’m saying it to myself. 'I don’t think so, Jim, just concentrate on calling the game.' In hindsight, he was right. When you go back and look at that tape, it was evident to us.”

Spagnuolo was also quick to point out he wasn’t necessarily trying to discredit what the Patriots were able to do during Super Bowl XXXIX. But he maintained he feels they had a competitive advantage over the Eagles during the game due to the fact they were stealing signals from Philadelphia.

“I’m not crying over spilled milk here,” Spagnuolo said, “but we believed that Tom knew when we were pressuring, because he certainly got the ball out pretty quick. But you know, you got to play the game, and they won that particular day.”

Spagnuolo would ultimately get his revenge on New England. After spending a handful of seasons with the Eagles, he served as the defensive coordinator for the Giants during the 2007-08 season and was calling the shots for New York when they knocked off the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. On Monday, he said what happened during Super Bowl XXXIX was definitely on his mind heading into that game.

“There’s no question I wasn’t going to let that happen in the 2008 Super Bowl after the 2007 season,” Spagnuolo said.

Just about all of the Eagles players, coaches, executives, and staff from the 2004-05 season are long gone. So the Super Bowl “rematch” between the Patriots and Eagles won’t really be a rematch at all. But that doesn’t mean the Eagles won’t be thinking about Spagnuolo’s accusations when they take the field on Sunday night. If what he’s saying is true, it’s not really that surprising—remember the SpyGate scandal involving the Patriots filming the Rams during their Super Bowl walkthrough a couple years before Super Bowl XXXIX?—but it should still serve as a little bit of extra motivation for the current Eagles players.

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Eli Benched; LeBron Ejected | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutOfBounds, Adam Caparell goes off on Bill Belichick. The Giants disrespected Eli Manning and Gilbert Arenas thinks McAdoo is using him as the fall guy. Arenas also explains how to cheat in the game of basketball.

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