Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss all the hijinks and shenanigans that went down in Baltimore this past weekend, and why Pedroia should be embarrassed for his apologetic nature towards Manny Machado.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss all the hijinks and shenanigans that went down in Baltimore this past weekend, and why Pedroia should be embarrassed for his apologetic nature towards Manny Machado.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss how the Bruins failed in this series, and where they should head now and for the future of this franchise.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss how the Bruins failed in this series, and where they should head now and for the future of this franchise.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a comeback weekend for the Celtics, who have now evened the best of seven series vs Chicago at two games a piece.

[0:00:38] ... Jimmy Butler but he did at the time. Little complaining yourself. So Rajon Rondo was out he's now missed two games and his 25000 dollars lighter in the wallet because of that idiotic attempted triple. Oh so he's out and the Celtics just looked like he completely different team it's Rajon Rondo. The difference. In the Chicago Bulls from games 122. Games three and four markings these non yes. Yeah it was the one ...
[0:02:35] ... big part of it. Now the suburbs also made some changes obviously Gerald Green going into the starting lineup. A Junior Johnson way back machine we did here comes Gerald Green and then they're talking about the last time he started in the Celtics uniform you know who was in that lineup and it was great effort on they west and some of those other names from both said. You know before he got traded away. But Amir Johnson we talked about him not that it was completely his all while lost two games but. He did nothing you'd be brought you absolutely nothing he got his minutes cut in half from games one to two but even silly civil what's the point what are what are we even doing it a big guy out there and you're still getting apps flew destroyed on the boards let's get something else up there was at least get somebody. Who can shoot. And that's what Gerald Green did and he was that he was and I think this is good to see Stevens changed things up enough to say ...
[0:04:12] ... Rondo have been out there are probably. At would have gone to Gerald Green and a lot in the lineup at all. Over mayor you said on a game three before even knew it was out ...
[0:04:57] ... They did their best game of the series. And also we see Gerald Green get promoted its that a deal brown that's sort of says that they did a pretty good idea of where he is as far as. What Stevens is is thinking like Jalen brown Amir Johnson we might not see them for the next couple games and answers I was. Assume it's hard to win four in a ...






Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a comeback weekend for the Celtics, who have now evened the best of seven series vs Chicago at two games a piece.
Closing out the day with the best soundbites.

[0:01:23] ... this weekend's grizzly spurs game and when it was pointed out that Peyton Manning was it building enjoy the game. We found out that Doris defends the wall this. They're building pulled out. Masquerade. That's a ...
[0:02:35] ... this weekend it. After the game cavaliers coach Tara Lu explained why LeBron James has been so good in the first round of the playoffs. LeBron hasn't lost first road game in five years we swept ...
[0:05:16] ... I don't answered it fun but this question please. Second sounds like Barack Obama ranked number eighty. I mean what's good for that cannot get is that Westbrook shot up well when you get to this ...
[0:06:12] ... Saturday they had themselves quite a Donnybrook. In the game between the Florida Everglades in the Orlando solar bears. If this isn't news to break it won't. As if it goes to apple that's about twelve ...






Closing out the day with the best soundbites.

[0:01:23] ... this weekend's grizzly spurs game and when it was pointed out that Peyton Manning was it building enjoy the game. We found out that Doris defends the wall this. They're building pulled out. Masquerade. That's a ...
[0:02:35] ... this weekend it. After the game cavaliers coach Tara Lu explained why LeBron James has been so good in the first round of the playoffs. LeBron hasn't lost first road game in five years we swept ...
[0:05:16] ... I don't answered it fun but this question please. Second sounds like Barack Obama ranked number eighty. I mean what's good for that cannot get is that Westbrook shot up well when you get to this ...
[0:06:12] ... Saturday they had themselves quite a Donnybrook. In the game between the Florida Everglades in the Orlando solar bears. If this isn't news to break it won't. As if it goes to apple that's about twelve ...






Neither major Boston daily newspaper has reported on the Aaron Hernandez sexuality story. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Neither major Boston daily newspaper has reported on the Aaron Hernandez sexuality story. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Information about the most lurid portion of the Aaron Hernandez saga can’t be found in the pages of the Boston Globe or Boston Herald. In order to read about it, one must head to New York, where it was plastered on the covers of both tabloids over the weekend.

On Kirk & Callahan last week, Boston-based investigative journalist Michele McPhee first reported how Hernandez’s sexuality may tie into the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting. Citing law enforcement sources, McPhee said Hernandez carried on an intimate relationship with a male high school classmate from Connecticut. Lloyd, who was engaged to the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, knew about the romance.

“There was a relationship with somebody from his high school years,” she said. “That may have provided –– and this was one of the investigative theories in the beginning –– because they got information from Ernest Wallace that perhaps –– and remember, Ernest Wallace was the guy who ditched the gun –– they had information from him that one of the motives is Odin Lloyd used a derogatory term for gay people in front of Aaron Hernandez and that Odin Lloyd had knowledge because of this relationship he had with the man in Connecticut.”

On Friday, McPhee published a story in Newsweek outlining the theory. In it, she writes that one of the three notes Hernandez left in his cell before he hanged himself last week was addressed to his prison boyfriend. The Daily Mail also posted its own piece about the letter and identified the alleged lover.

The New York Daily News and New York Post both picked up on these reports. We’ve covered the story at WEEI, because it’s currently one of the hottest topics on our airwaves.

A judge ruled Monday the Hernandez family will receive copies of his suicide notes, so perhaps the truth about the prison letter will come out. In the meantime, it’s worth examining the legitimacy of the reports regarding his sexuality, and whether the Boston papers are right to ignore them.

Why is there doubt about sexuality reports?

It’s safe to say the Daily Mail doesn’t have a sterling reputation. The tawdry British tabloid recently paid Melania Trump almost $3 million in a libel settlement and was banned on Wikipedia as an “unreliable source.”

Typically, editors need more than the Daily Mail before they green-light stories. That’s where McPhee comes in. A former police bureau chief for the Daily News and Boston Herald, she’s plugged into law enforcement agencies across the region. But so far, she’s the only non-Daily Mail journalist who’s reported on this. A source tells me journalists at the Globe and Herald are digging into it, but haven’t come up with the same information. In an email, Boston Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca said the paper “doesn’t report rumors.” Boston Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan declined comment.

There’s also the theory, perpetuated by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, that police officials are trying to smear Hernandez in order to distract from any possible investigations into his suicide attempt.

What’s believable about the sexuality angle?

Since McPhee is attaching her name to the story, it’s apparent Hernandez’s alleged bisexuality is being discussed in law enforcement circles as a potential motive for the Lloyd murder. In the Newsweek piece, McPhee says the disgraced ex-NFL star’s high school friend was even forced to testify in front of a grand jury.

She’s also been right about other aspects of the suicide. McPhee reported the tidbit on Wednesday about Hernandez writing “John 3:16″ on his forehead in red marker before he died.

Rumors about Hernandez’s sexuality have apparently circulated among police officials for a couple of years. Retired police sergeant Dic Donahue, who was injured in the Boston Marathon gun battle, tweeted Sunday he knew about it “for a while.”

There’s also the curious absence of information about the third suicide note. State officials confirmed last week Hernandez left three handwritten letters in his cell. The Globe and Herald both cite law enforcement sources who say Hernandez addressed two of those messages to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, and four-year-old daughter, Avielle. McPhee and the Daily Mail have those details as well. Neither Boston paper, however, references the third letter in any story.

If the unidentified note contains sensitive information, such as a look into Hernandez’s sexuality, perhaps the state would hold off on revealing it. The alleged boyfriend is reportedly under suicide watch, which would likely further complicates matters.

Is Hernandex’s sexuality a relevant news story?

Reporting details about Hernandez’s possible secret sex life is salacious and lewd. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant.

Four years later, there’s still no motive attached to the Lloyd shooting. Any piece of information about what may have led to his murder, such as his reported knowledge of Hernandez’s relationship with a childhood friend and alleged use of a gay slur, is a relevant news story. Murder investigations are followed until their conclusion, not until they get uncomfortable to write about.

The prison letter story seems unnecessary on the surface, but then again, so is the widely reported “John 3:16″ anecdote. Whenever famous people commit suicide, there’s a thirst for information about their lives and final days. It helps us better understand who they were, and why they may have ended it.

Should it be covered in Boston papers?

If the Globe and Herald can’t independently confirm this aspect of the story, then it’s understandable why they would opt to downplay it. But in today’s media climate, where outlets frequently aggregate reports that first appear elsewhere, it’s possible to acknowledge the existence of a story without owning it. The Sporting News did this in their write-up, which includes McPhee’s report but also outlines some of the holes in it.

Given the Globe’s and Herald’s trepidation about the accuracy of these rumors, that would be the best route to take. Acknowledge the reports are out there, and then raise doubt. Because as it stands now, there’s a disconnect between what Bostonians are talking about it, and what’s appearing in the papers.

 

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Donald Trump honored the Patriots at a White House ceremony last week. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Donald Trump honored the Patriots at a White House ceremony last week. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft is close friends with Donald Trump. The Patriots owner donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural fund and has even taken a ride on Air Force One. With that in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that Kraft may serve as an unofficial advisor to the President.

The New York Times published a report over the weekend detailing the cadre of friends and associates who Trump regularly phones for advice. Most of them, much like Trump itself, are older white men with sizable wealth.

Several of the confidants, including inaugural committee chairman Thomas Barrack Jr. and economic counselor Carl Icahn, are longtime friends of Trump who supported him throughout the campaign. The conservative media establishment is represented, too. Fox News host Sean Hannity, 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch and Newsmax Media chief executive Chris Ruddy reportedly console the President and offer advice on a regular basis.

The article says Kraft, a longtime Democrat, is an established presence at Mar-a-Lago Resort and often conversed with Trump about the Patriots during football season. Their friendship dates back several decades, but intensified in 2011 shortly after Kraft’s wife, Myra, passed away. Trump called Kraft once per week for the next year to lift his spirits.

“When Myra died, Melania [Trump] and Donald came up to the funeral in our synagogue, then they came for memorial week to visit with me,” Kraft said earlier this year, via the New York Daily News. “Then he called me once a week for the whole year, the most depressing year of my life when I was down and out. He called me every week to see how I was doing, invited me to things, tried to lift my spirits. He was one of five or six people that were like that. I remember that.”

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer