Mike Mutnansky, Butch Stearns, and Jon Meterparel discuss the absence of Malcolm Butler at last week's OTAs and replay a sound byte of Butler from May 21st on WEEI not wanting to discuss his contract. Is Malcolm Butler headed for a contract dispute, and how valuable is he?
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Twins at Athletics, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Warriors, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Stanley Cup Final: Sharks at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Lacrosse: NCAA championship, North Carolina vs. Maryland, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 11 a.m. (NBC)
AROUND THE WEB:
Alan Pulido is safe after being rescued following his kidnapping. (David Banks/USA Today Sports)
— Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido made an appearance before the media Sunday night, hours after being rescued by government forces from kidnappers in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in the troubled state of Tamaulipas.
The 25-year-old striker, a member of Mexico’s 2014 World Cup team who plays professionally for Olympiakos, held a press conference outside a hospital, wearing a bandage on his right hand.
“I’m very well, thanks to God,” he said.
Pulido reportedly had been kidnapped after leaving a party late Saturday night, as masked men surrounded his car and took him away while his girlfriend was left unharmed. State and federal forces launched an aggressive response and retrieved Pulido on Sunday, with one suspect arrested.
Tamaulipas, which borders the southernmost part of Texas, has one of the world’s highest kidnapping rates, with hundreds — possibly thousands — held for ransom each year.
Pulido formerly played for the Mexican club Tigres. He left in 2014 to play in Europe, but he has been locked in a dispute with Tigres about his contract. He was left off Mexico’s Copa America team due to the legal issues.
Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend in Dallas and went for a walk early Saturday morning. When he returned, he went to the wrong apartment, agent Scott W. Nichols said. Dejean-Jones kicked down the front door, then started kicking at the bedroom door. The resident, inside the bedroom, took out a handgun and shot Dejean-Jones, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“It’s shocking this happened,” Nichols said. “Wrong place, wrong time, I think.”
Dejean-Jones signed with Pelicans last summer after going undrafted out of Iowa State. He started 11 of 14 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds before breaking his right wrist. His agent said the player had nearly completed his physical rehabilitation and was ready to being shooting again next week.
“We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life,” the Pelicans said in a statement.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 30, 1997, which Red Sox player hit three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He understands how I’ve felt about the whole situation. I don’t think anybody would be human as a baseball player if they didn’t take it as a slap in the face or as ‘You’ve got to get better.’ That’s sort of how I took it, and he understood that.” — Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, after picking up the win in relief in Sunday’s 5-3, 11-inning victory over the Blue Jays following his removal from the rotation
Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?
Jon Meterparel handles Kirk Minhane's Headlines segment with sound from Robert Kraft at a Jewish University's commencement speech, Julian Edelman screaming 'Free Brady', and Johnny Depp in trouble with his ex Amanda Heard
Mike Mutnansky and Jon Meterparel are in for Memorial Day to host for Dennis, Callahan, and Minihane. Butch Stearns shows up claiming he was booked to host. Since Butch won't leave, the trio then recap the Red Sox weekend in Toronto and discuss the squad moving forward, including whether Dave Dombrowski will make trades.
The boys discuss the awesome Western Conference FInals that will now go to a Game 7. Has some of the hardships that Durant has faced in this series changed anyone's opinion on wanting him to come to Boston? Most likely not. They then discuss what the C's will do and what they should be willing to give up to get OKafor from Philly.
Mike and Rob discuss how OTAs are not the forum to make decisions on the future of the team and how fans on Twitter can't accept that. They also get into the contract situations for Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower.
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