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Pro Football TalkOn Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke about the departure of Revis for the Jets. The next day, the Jets filed tampering charges against the Patriots.

Per a league source, the Jets have submitted to the league office a letter tracking the language cited by the Patriots when making their tampering charge in January.

“I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots,” Kraft said Monday, via Tom Curran of CSN New England. “We wanted to keep him, we wanted him in our system. We have certain disciplines and we had hoped it would work out. It didn’t. We just don’€™t think about the short-term decisions. For example, next year we have three very good young defensive players coming up [for contracts] and we have to factor that we just don’€™t look at this year, we look out at the next few years. We’ve done OK doing that.

“[The Jets] are the team that drafted him. I think he feels a great commitment there, so we understand his going back and we’€™re sorry he didn’t stay with us.”

The tampering rules prohibit “[a]ny public or private statement of interest, qualified orunqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media.” The rule includes this example of prohibited statements: “He’s an excellent player, and we’d very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights.”

I swear to you when I first read this I thought it was a joke. I had to read it five times and check the source because I thought someone was taking a snarky, satiric piece from The Onion and posting it as real news. But no. This is real. This is actually happening.

Never mind that the Jets claiming Mr. Kraft’s comments amount to tampering demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the rule, it betrays a philistine pig ignorance about the concept of time. Dictionary.com defines “time” as “the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.”

I mean, where exactly are the “sequential relations” here? The cause and effect? In late December Woody Johnson mentions a guy who’s about to enter contract talks with his own team and says he’d love to get Revis back. Then on Super Bowl Sunday, Jets sources leak to Adam Schefter they’re preparing to take a run at Revis. Then in March they do so and they land him.

Mr. Kraft says Monday that the Patriots tried to keep Revis but couldn’t. The Jets were talking future tense; he was talking past tense. Revis was about to enter talks with the Patriots when Johnson spoke, and the ink hadn’t dried on his five-year deal with the Jets when Mr. Kraft spoke. By what insane, convoluted, pretzel logic are the two even remotely comparable?

Or to put it in simpler terms, what exactly did the Patriots tamper with? No one said, “Gee, we’re really interested in getting Darelle Revis back,” thus interfering with the Jets’ ability to re-sign him in 2020. On the contrary, Mr. Kraft made it clear the Patriots had no intention of paying that much for him. That they couldn’t afford him. Again, past tense. Calling that “tampering” would be like me saying, “I wish my date put out on prom night,” and her husband of 25 years calling that “cheating.”

Of course, just because this really happened doesn’t mean it’s not a joke. And to be honest with you, not only do I not mind, I’m glad the Jets have done this. I was getting worried the AFC East was so downtrodden there was no one left to hate. But this is so ridiculous and so blatantly personal that I’m glad the Jets have put the hatred right out in the open like this. And they’ve virtually assured a good old-fashioned, unnecessary-late-touchdown, run-up-the-score, blowout game this coming season. And that will NOT be a joke.

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Jerry Thornton

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Heat at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Raptors, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Murray State at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Louisiana Tech at Temple, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Blackhawks at Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Mets at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Brewers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: White Sox at Royals, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States at Denmark, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Paul Pierce probably would like to forget his one year in Brooklyn, as the Nets went into the 2013-14 season with high hopes after adding some big names but underperformed and ended up in another rebuilding phase.

However, his former landlords aren’t ready to move on as Pierce did when he signed with the Wizards last offseason.

Rejeev Tewari and Anuragini Pandey, who own the Tribeca condo where Pierce and his wife, Julie, lived last season, sued Pierce for failing to live up to his two-year lease and for making unauthorized changes — including replacing wood floors with pink carpet in all four bedrooms. They are seeking $425,000 plus back rent.

“[They] left the apartment in shambles, converting some of the items … to their personal gain and . . . ripping out carpeting, wooden floors … a washer and dryer and an expensive and unique stone hearth from the fireplace,” the court filing reads (via the New York Daily News).

The landlords, who live in Singapore, claim there was damage to radiator covers, halogen lights, kitchen tiling, a shower head, a towel hanger, a soap dish and a cabinet door, and that it took five months and $225,000 to fix the problems.

While the Pierces were paying $32,000 per month, the landlords say now they can only rent the Franklin Street condo for $23,000 due at least in part to the issues.

— Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Tuesday to a sexual assault charge in Nevada, the third of four states in which he agreed to a plea deal that will have him serve about nine years in federal prison.

Appearing via the Internet from a courtroom in Los Angeles, Sharper said, “Guilty,” when asked for his plea. His lawyer issued a statement noting that Sharper accepted responsibility for his actions.

On Monday the 39-year-old Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and no contest to drugging and raping two women in California. He also faces charges in Louisiana. His deal allows him to serve his sentences at the same time.

Sharper played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Vikings and Saints, with whom he won a Super Bowl. He retired in 2011 and was working as an NFL Network when multiple cases of sexual abuse began to surface last year.

— Defensive end Ray McDonald, cut by the 49ers in December after he was accused of sexual assault, agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears on Tuesday.

The Santa Clara County district attorney has not decided whether or not to file criminal charges against McDonald for the incident at his San Jose house, but Bears chairman George McCaskey said he was comfortable with his team’s move after meeting the player.

“We have a 96-year tradition of doing things a certain way, of bringing a certain type of player into our team,” McCaskey told reporters at the NFL meetings in Phoenix. “And those were my concerns going into the conversation with Ray. But I think you look at every situation individually. You try to find out as much information as you can that’s reliable to make the best decision you can about whether to offer a player the privilege of becoming a Chicago Bear.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 25, 1984, the Red Sox acquired Bill Buckner from the Cubs by sending Mike Brumley and which player to Chicago?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’€™s NFL free agency. It’€™€’s like that in the NFL. Players leave teams and go to teams in free agency every year. That’€™€’s not a big story.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, at the NFL owners meetings, on Darrelle Revis leaving New England to sign with the Jets

STAT OF THE DAY: 39 – Years since the Warriors last won a division title, until they clinched the Pacific Division with Tuesday’s 122-108 victory over the Trail Blazers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Bucks forward Zaza Pachulia tracks down a loose ball and feeds Khris Middleton for a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Heat.

Pistons guard Reggie Jackson makes a nice move before feeding forward Andre Drummond for an alley-oop against the Raptors.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price turns over the puck but then makes an impressive backward skate save against the Predators.

Yankees players reenact a scene from “The Sandlot.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dennis Eckersley

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Aretha Franklin was born on this day in 1942.

Jeff Healey, who died in 2008, was born on this day in 1966.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season

[0:04:13] ... come in on the patriots opener that Thursday night this now traditional Super Bowl winner gets to open up at home. Would you think thereupon would be and does that does that jets patriots off season ...
[0:09:07] ... on this part of that tonight Chris but I did think. That Bill Belichick today was playing the role of coach Bill Belichick you know when he was asked about. Vince Wilfork and so while hardy added. A statement about that I said enough fast about Darrelle Revis is not a big deal. Yup ...
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[0:14:14] ... which the final day of the draft which also they have the Kentucky Derby. And today at Pacquiao Mayweather and the day of NFL and NBA playoffs to be very busy couple days there Chris. The ...






Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots

[0:10:36] ... got that acts. So bad but it's all good. All ever change New York Jets Les Paul ever change Woody Johnson. The organization all the way down. Banesha Matta. Who wrote a column last week in game on this ...
[0:22:29] ... emotional ties and experts question. As patriots owner Robert Kraft talking about Vince Wilfork now I'm scouring the pro football talk headlined base year. I don't I don't see. But the Texans have not yet filed ...
[0:23:19] ... yet ruled on the spot. The reality was a yacht owner comet. Rob Davis not leading the jets anytime soon as I have a one year and done contracts set up with the jets he signed ...





Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots

[0:10:36] ... got that acts. So bad but it's all good. All ever change New York Jets Les Paul ever change Woody Johnson. The organization all the way down. Banesha Matta. Who wrote a column last week in game on this ...
[0:22:29] ... emotional ties and experts question. As patriots owner Robert Kraft talking about Vince Wilfork now I'm scouring the pro football talk headlined base year. I don't I don't see. But the Texans have not yet filed ...
[0:23:19] ... yet ruled on the spot. The reality was a yacht owner comet. Rob Davis not leading the jets anytime soon as I have a one year and done contracts set up with the jets he signed ...





Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.

[0:07:09] ... right now how many games left Williams and they have nine the Ottawa Senators have ten K nine games left you know it's do or die time five of those against playoff teams went currently any ...
[0:13:04] ... noble care on here. I want people it's not interesting at my college basketball is not you know it's not Connecticut loses a patent and UConn it's all the drama right now is. Women's basketball and ...
[0:14:54] ... order that that teach it. Traded up stick around it. To the Denver Broncos are key to Lee. And sent by our loan re tweet that I have not seen anything online not seeing what whoever ...
[0:18:45] ... I just. Kentucky's two athletic you know here in West Virginia a college degrees the equivalent of progress the country like fourth grade. Are some additional media it is because it's West Virginia you know the ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Patriots... we look at the Belichick long term plan and wonder if we're spoiled around these parts for looking at the work in progress instead of judging the team by it's usually successful finished product.

[0:05:13] ... of of Bob Kraft. Right now we're saying how do you let Bill Belichick do this that's what we say in 2015. I would go back and into the time machine. And 19971998. We got Mike Barnicle calling him Amos Alonzo craft. Right you've got Dan Shaughnessy saying. All press core Democrat he's up there are Tebucky Jones CNN picket what are all of us stop a lot Jason drama wholesome beef to Seattle via. If so what he has ...
[0:06:46] ... mean. A track record here is pretty good. In the fifteen years Bill Belichick has had this system in place I love people as a yellow what was it like using Cleveland it was that. Or the other one is out the only reason this is working is because that Tom Brady OK fine. I'm OK with that tell. It it is Tom Brady and the way Bill Belichick has run that the organization. That is giving you four Super Bowl championship how about the guy. A week or so ago ...
[0:25:04] ... you really use that system to your vantage. And don't feel like Bill Belichick will absolutely use it to his advantage and I just wonder about Jacqueline just always seems to find army guys use it ...





Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Patriots... we look at the Belichick long term plan and wonder if we're spoiled around these parts for looking at the work in progress instead of judging the team by it's usually successful finished product.

[0:05:13] ... of of Bob Kraft. Right now we're saying how do you let Bill Belichick do this that's what we say in 2015. I would go back and into the time machine. And 19971998. We got Mike Barnicle calling him Amos Alonzo craft. Right you've got Dan Shaughnessy saying. All press core Democrat he's up there are Tebucky Jones CNN picket what are all of us stop a lot Jason drama wholesome beef to Seattle via. If so what he has ...
[0:06:46] ... mean. A track record here is pretty good. In the fifteen years Bill Belichick has had this system in place I love people as a yellow what was it like using Cleveland it was that. Or the other one is out the only reason this is working is because that Tom Brady OK fine. I'm OK with that tell. It it is Tom Brady and the way Bill Belichick has run that the organization. That is giving you four Super Bowl championship how about the guy. A week or so ago ...
[0:25:04] ... you really use that system to your vantage. And don't feel like Bill Belichick will absolutely use it to his advantage and I just wonder about Jacqueline just always seems to find army guys use it ...





We close out the program looking back at some of the sound you might have missed throughout the day.

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[0:03:09] ... pressure in the balls where they could take some balls out where Tom Brady and Peyton Manning lobbies. Quarterbacks be able to dictate the oppression of the balls. And so he's gone back then. And there's ...
[0:07:42] ... expert Sox. That that takes us back to and that B tomorrow Christian Fauria it will wrap on the plant's gate side. It's full plane that Aki goaltending would be easy for. Today in the column ...
[0:09:31] ... it brings are now off the I would be by goalie hope Mike Vrabel. I bet so it's wrestle mania weekend this weekend Sunday night wrestle mania takes place out in Santa Clara where would. And in an attempt to promote wrestle mania ESPN has John Bruton. Preview the battle royal like goalie Jon Gruden can't. I'm John gruden. Normally I'm only ESPN's prudent QB camp this time here. But today I'm studying that competitors. In this ...