Agent Zero’s V-Day Advice; Kaepernick Taps Goodell’s Wife; Who’s NBA Shade King? | Out of Bounds

It’s Valentine’s Day, but not everybody is spreading love. Following an article on the rise of shade in the NBA — and how it differs from traditional trash talk — Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew make cases for players who should be crowned the NBA’s Shade King. Gil also remembers his sh*t-popping prime, when he walked into the league like Tupac with his chest out, and the time he wanted to fight Shaq. Next, Gregg Popovich’s recent comments on Black History Month and institutional racism get the guys debating who the most woke coach in sports is, and Gil has precise and hilarious criteria for what makes someone woke in his eyes. Moving to the NFL, the team decides whether it’s fair or foul for Colin Kaepernick to request a deposition of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s wife in his collusion lawsuit against the league. And finally, because it is V-Day, Agent Zero comes through with Valentine’s Day advice to save clueless players. It’s definitely not PC, but it is all the way real!

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Manziel Bipolar, Making Comeback; LaVar Warns Lakers; Coke-Pushing Pitcher | Out of Bounds

Why would a former athlete who made over $40 million risk everything in the drug game? Following the arrest of onetime MLB All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza for allegedly trafficking 20 kilos of cocaine, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew tries to figure that out. Speaking of drugs ruining careers, infamous party boy and NFL bust Johnny Manziel revealed yesterday that he’s bipolar and doing much better now that he’s sober and on medication. The guys discuss whether the revelation makes it more or less likely that a team will give the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner a second shot. In “Fair or Foul,” Gil and the gang address LaVar Ball’s reported ultimatum that if the Lakers don’t sign his younger sons LiAngelo and LaMelo, that Lonzo will leave them for any team that will sign all three…. Finally, with NBA teams picking up players who’ve cleared waivers, the team debates whether any of these spare parts will actually help a contender — and if it’s just over for Derrick Rose.

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Aaron Rodgers Discusses Teammates’ Love for New Yeezys & His Partnership with Adidas

Everyone knows that Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL. But does he have any advice to help one of his few peers, Tom Brady?

Complex's Pierce Simpson sat down with Rodgers to ask him about that, his (and his teammates') feelings about Yeezys, his plans for the future (a hint: he's “as good as ever”)—and, of course, to re-live the trauma of Rodgers defeating Simpson's beloved Dallas in last year's playoffs. The QB also discusses his time with Adidas and his relationship with the three stripes family.

You can watch the whole interview above.

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Eagles White House Protest; Gilbert Arenas Fixes LeBron’s Cavs; Brady’s Pats SB LIII Faves? | Out of Bounds

Even before Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots, several Philadelphia players said they would decline an invite to President Donald Trump’s White House if they won. Outspoken safety Malcolm Jenkins has now joined teammates Chris Long and Torrey Smith in saying he would not attend. The #OutofBounds crew weighs in on champions refusing to visit Trump’s White House, and Gilbert Arenas has an unexpected and thought-provoking take on the highly politicized issue. Next, the guys discuss the Super Bowl’s relatively low ratings, and what they indicate about interest in the NFL, before tackling Vegas odds that make the Patriots — with 40-plus-year-old QB Brady — favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl. Finally, with LeBron’s Cavs struggling mightily and appearing to unravel, Gil gives advice on how to fix things in OOB’s newest segment, “The Pull-Up.” Gil being Gil, his assessment of Cleveland is far from your standard sports talk show take.

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Andrew Hawkins on What Playing With Tom Brady Is Like and How Jay Z Stunted for a Teammate

Former NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins spent six seasons in the league, playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns before closing out his career with the Patriots in 2017. With that amount of time in the league, Hawkins has certainly witnessed and learned a lot from his teammates, and he shared a little bit of those experiences with Complex.

While out in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Super Bowl Weekend, Complex News' own Pierce Simpson caught up with Hawkins at Hymies Vintage Records and the 31-year-old dished on what he learned about Tom Brady during his stint with the Patriots, as well as talked about the time Jay Z shouted out one of his teammates mid-performance. Check out the full interview above.

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NFL Star Melvin Gordon Does His Best Lil Uzi Vert Impersonation and Keeps It Real on NFL Rappers

One day, Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is hoping to play in a Super Bowl. But for now, the former Wisconsin standout had to settle for attending Super Bowl Weekend in Minnesota, and when he did, Complex News caught up with him to talk about playing in the cold weather, NFL rappers, his love for Lil Uzi Vert (he even did an Uzi impersonation!), and more.

Gordon also opened up about the trash talking that goes on in the NFL, the never-ending reign of “the G.O.A.T.” Tom Brady (pre-Super Bowl LII loss, of course), and the worst purchase he’s made since becoming an NFL player. Let’s just say there’s a jeweler out there who managed to make off with more of Gordon’s money than he should have when he sold him a chain at the beginning of his NFL career.

Check out our interview with Gordon in the video above. It shouldn’t be long before this guy is front and center at a Super Bowl himself.

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Nick Foles Out-Duels Tom Brady; Bill Belichick’s Wack D; Super Bowl Talk With Miko Grimes | Out of Bounds

Super Bowl LII is in the books! Friend of the show, Miko Grimes joins Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew to discuss Philadelphia’s “upset” 41-33 victory over New England, Eagles QB Nick Foles’ come-up, the Pats’ terrible D and shady exclusion of cornerback Malcolm Butler (contract conspiracy?), and more NFL catch rule controversy. Pierce gets NFL players’ thoughts on the impact this L will have on Tom Brady’s legacy before Miko and Gil weigh in. Then the OOB gang revisits their Super Bowl prop bets to see who came out on top. Plus, Philly’s infamous fans acted the fool after the win, breaking their city, and the team wonders how winning will change them, and if there’s a racist double standard in destructive sports celebrations. To close, we congratulate Terrell Owens on finally making the NFL Hall of Fame — along with first-ballot greats like Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, and Ray Lewis — and Miko goes in on both Lewis and the gatekeeper NFL writers who vote on the HOF.

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Did Tom Brady’s Ex Bridget Moynahan Throw Shade With This Nick Foles Tweet?

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles played a hell of a game in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night. He completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 passing yards and 3 touchdowns and even caught a touchdown pass on a trick play at the end of the second quarter. Not bad for a guy who considered retiring from the NFL just a few years ago following shaky stints with the Eagles and Rams.

As Foles was putting on the performance of a lifetime en route to a Super Bowl win and a Super Bowl MVP trophy, there were thousands of people tweeting about how well he was playing. Tweets like this flooded Twitter as Foles picked apart the Patriots secondary.

Actress Bridget Moynahan was among the many people who sent out a tweet about Foles.

While an actress tweeting about how well an NFL quarterback was playing wouldn’t ordinarily be that big of a deal, it quickly turned into one in this case because Moynahan’s ex-boyfriend is none other than Tom Brady. The two dated for about three years in the mid-2000s before Brady unceremoniously broke up with Moynahan when she was pregnant with their son John.

Moynahan has, at least publicly, been very civil towards Brady since their split. During an interview back in 2011, she said she was glad her son “is surrounded by love” in the form of “two loving parents and an extended family” that includes stepmother Gisele Bündchen. And on the outside anyway, her and Brady appear as though they maintain a decent relationship for the sake of their son.

But of course—of course!—those on social media were unwilling to give Moynahan the benefit of the doubt after she sent out her Foles tweet. They automatically assumed she was shading Brady by complimenting his Super Bowl opponent.

Moynahan certainly didn’t do herself any favors when she followed her tweet about Foles with a retweet of the celebratory message Foles himself sent out after his big game.

But we should point out that Moynahan did congratulate both the Eagles and the Patriots.

So maybe cut her some slack? If she was throwing shade, more power to her. But it’s been more than a decade since her and Brady broke up. So maybe she really was just—gasp—enjoying the Super Bowl and tweeting about Foles like everyone else when she mentioned him on Twitter.

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Rob Gronkowski Retiring? Why It’s Not as Crazy as You Might Think

Heading into Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, there were many NFL fans who wondered if they were about to watch Tom Brady play in his final NFL game. Even though Brady has gone on the record and said he plans to play for a few more seasons—and even though he just won the NFL MVP award—Brady is 40 and on the back nine of his NFL career. So it wouldn’t have been a huge shock if he had come out and said he was retiring after the game.

What was shocking, though, was that it wasn’t Brady talking retirement following the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Eagles at Super Bowl LII. Instead, it was Rob Gronkowski contemplating his future. As Gronk licked his wounds after losing the biggest game of the season, the 28-year-old was asked about a tweet Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio sent out on Sunday. It indicated Gronk might call it quits after playing in his third Super Bowl.

To the surprise of many, Gronk didn’t immediately shoot the tweet down. Rather, he said he plans to spend time thinking about his future during the offseason before making any decisions about whether or not he will continue to play football.

“I don’t know how you heard that,” Gronkowski said, “but I mean, I’m definitely gonna look at my future. We’ll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”

Gronkowski’s admission was stunning to many, but should we really be that surprised by it? It’s been seven years now since Gronk was able to play in a full NFL season. Since then, he’s sustained injuries to his arm, his knee, his back, and maybe most importantly, his head. He was questionable to even play in Super Bowl LII due to a concussion he sustained in the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars. And while it was only—er, “only”—the first concussion Gronkowski has ever officially been diagnosed with, it stands to reason that it probably got him to thinking about his long-term health.

Gronk is one of the few NFL players who could conceivably become an even bigger star once he retires from the league. Some have suggested he would be a perfect fit for the WWE and could build his brand there while protecting his body better than he can as an NFL player.

But regardless of what Gronk ultimately decides to do this offseason, it seems apparent that he’s not going to play until he’s 40 like Brady. Hell, he might not even reach 30. And if he does decide to end his career prematurely, it shouldn’t come as a surprise after seeing some of the things he’s endured in past seasons.

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