Robert Kraft Says Patriots Haven’t Discussed Contract Extension For Tom Brady Yet

There are currently two years left on Tom Brady's contract. He's also set to turn 41-years-old this upcoming preseason. The standard practice in this situation has been for the team to extend Brady, which the Pats have done in four out of five instances where he's had two years left on his deal (with the lone exception being when he returned from a torn ACL in 2009). But, again, he's soon to be 41-years-old. Any other dude (who hadn't retired several years ago) would serve as a veteran backup as they draft a quarterback in a few weeks. But he's Tom Brady and he's a freak of nature.

Because of that Pats owner Robert Kraft seems totally unconcerned with his longtime quarterback's current status, which sees him making a big enough salary to give the team a serious cap hit over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Kraft seemed as if he couldn't give less of a crap about the current situation with the default face of the league.

“He'll be 41 when the season starts,” Kraft said. “Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we'll deal with it.”

Kraft, who has reportedly played a central role in past negotiations with Brady, also spoke on the QB's intent to play into his mid-40s, which he has publicly reiterated on a number of occassions. “I hope he plays,” he said. “He's at a different point in his life. He talked about it. It's interesting to see that Tom vs. Time and see where he's at, his kids growing up. But that is something for he and his family to decide what is right for him.

“Me personally, I'd like to see him play as long as he can. I don't think anyone would have believed 10 years ago that he would have played this year, gone to the Super Bowl and been MVP of the league at 40 years old. It's just unbelievable. It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains, how much film he watches, one of the hardest working guys. He is driven to excel. I think as long as he feels he is like that, he'll keep playing. We're so lucky to have him in our system.”

Five more years, man. You heard it here first eighth or ninth.

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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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Kansas State Players Call Out Kentucky for Not Shaking Hands After NCAA Tournament Loss

Heading into their Sweet 16 matchup with Kansas State on Thursday night, the general consensus was that Kentucky was going to be able to work their way to the Final Four this weekend without much resistance. The Wildcats would be able to get by K-State and then beat the winner of the Nevada/Loyola-Chicago matchup to make it to the NCAA Tournament semifinals next weekend. But unfortunately for Big Blue Nation, that isn’t how things ultimately worked out for John Calipari & Co.

Kansas State stunned Kentucky 61-58 to advance to the Elite 8 on Thursday. They took advantage of some sloppy offensive play on the part of Kentucky to beat them for the first time ever. And after the game, several Kansas State players accused Kentucky players of not sticking around long enough to shake hands after the game. Junior guard Amaad Wainright was especially upset about what happened when reporters caught up with him in the Wildcats' locker room.

“They didn’t shake our hands,” Wainright said. “It’s sorry…They know what they did.”

Wainright went on to say he was looking forward to shaking Calipari’s hand. But when he tried to track him down, Calipari had apparently already left the court.

“It’s all about respect,” Wainright said. “That’s what it should have been—all about respect.”

Wainright’s teammate Levi Stockard III was also upset about Kentucky making a break for it without shaking hands. He said it felt like an intentional act on the part of the Kentucky players.

“That’s not the sportsmanship you like to see, but that’s them,” Stockard said. “They just walked off the court. I don’t know what it was. I don’t know.”

Calipari defended his actions and the actions of his players. He acknowledged leaving the court without shaking the hands of the Kansas State players, but he said he had a good reason for doing it.

“They were turned and celebrating, so I walked off,” Calipari said. “There was no disrespect for anything. It’s just that they were celebrating, and I was happy for them…My team’s not like that. There’s no disrespect in any way. They beat us. They deserved to win the game.”

This isn’t the first time one of Calipari’s teams has been accused of refusing to shake opposing players’ hands after losing an NCAA Tournament game. The 2014-15 Kentucky team, which included Willie Cauley-Stein and Aaron and Andrew Harrison, was also publicly criticized after refusing to shake the hands of Wisconsin players following a Final Four loss.

Kansas State will play Loyola-Chicago on Saturday for a chance to make a trip to the Final Four in San Antonio.

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Malcolm Jenkins Supports Meek Mill; Shaq Solves School Shootings; Tourney Picks! | Out of Bounds

For gambling man Adam Caparell, the start of #MarchMadness is like Christmas — or whatever other day makes you so excited you can’t sleep at night. As the NCAA tourney kicks off, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew react to the brackets that former president Barack Obama tweeted out yesterday and compare them to their own. Plus, for all you degenerate gamblers, OOB makes picks for some choice prop bets you can get rich with. Next, Gil and the gang discuss Eagles safety and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins speaking out on behalf of incarcerated Philly rapper Meek Mill at a panel on criminal justice reform. While the consensus is that athletes using their voices is a good thing, Agent Zero has some thoughts on probation violations and shares his own experience stemming from his gun charge. Speaking of guns, the solution Shaq gave to school shootings on a radio show is not a ban on assault rifles but more cops in schools. The guys have some strong feelings about the Diesel’s idea and break it down like prime Shaq used to body other big men in the paint. Finally, with Julius Peppers signing a deal that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history in his 17th season, the team debates the risk vs. reward of such a long football career. Gil takes us inside the mind of athletes when weighing riches, fame, glory, and passion for the game against potential serious health consequences, plus makes an argument that Peppers won’t be the only non-QB to stack so much in the changing NFL. 

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LeBron James Stiff-Arms Steelers’ Recruiting Efforts

Two of the Pittsburgh Steelers' best players, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back Le'Veon Bell, are going all-in on recruiting LeBron James. That's right—JuJu and Le'Veon want King James to ditch the hardwood and come over to the football field to play with the Steelers next season.

JuJu, who's a great Twitter follow, announced his “official campaign” to recruit James Tuesday afternoon. He claimed James could become the greatest athlete—not basketball player, but athlete—of all-time if he were to win a Super Bowl.

Bell, who appeared on Wednesday's episode of Out of Bounds, has gotten behind the idea, too.

LeBron, who was an all-state wide receiver in high school, is committed to basketball, though. He was asked about the Steelers' recruiting pitch at practice Wednesday. LeBron laughed when he heard the question and said the situation was “pretty funny.”

Watch Le'Veon's Out of Bounds appearance—in which he discusses his contract and Kevin Love's mental health, among other things—below.

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We Rode Around L.A. in a Rolls Royce With Karl-Anthony Towns

Complex News' Speedy Morman linked up with Karl-Anthony Towns during NBA All-Star Weekend, and they roamed the streets of L.A. in luxury.

Check out the video above to find out what KAT had to say about making his first All-Star team, the confidence he has in his game, and showing support for Meek Mill at the Super Bowl while riding around in a Rolls Royce.

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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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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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