Todd Clever: “Major League Rugby has been the missing link for USA”

first_imgAn expanding pro league, a winning Eagles team and talk of a World Cup stateside. Former USA captain Todd Clever explains why there’s a positive vibe in American rugby Taking off: the USA team finally has a professional foundation from which to build success (Inpho) Blaine Scully, the ex-Leicester and Cardiff Blues wing, is the captain and the only man in the squad currently without a club. That’s if you discount Madison Hughes, Martin Iosefo and Ben Pinkelman, who are part of the USA Sevens squad that came so spectacularly close to winning last season’s HSBC World Series.Must dash: Blaine Scully is captain of a USA side hoping to make some dents at Japan 2019 (Getty Images)However, Samu Manoa, once such a formidable force with Northampton Saints, has retired from international rugby having initially been named in Gold’s training squad. The 34-year-old, now playing for Seattle Seawolves, last played for his country in the defeat to Ireland last autumn that ended the team’s nine-match winning run.After their six-try triumph against Canada, the Eagles continue their Pacific Nations Cup campaign in Suva against Samoa and Japan. They meet Canada again in a Vancouver friendly on 7 September before launching their World Cup in Kobe on 26 September against England, who they met in the 1987, 1991 and 2007 tournaments. France, Argentina and Tonga complete their Pool C opponents.Great hit: Paul Emerick tackles Jason Robinson during USA’s clash with England at RWC 2007 (AFP)Brett Gosper, World Rugby’s chief executive, has said that a USA bid to stage the Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031 is now likely and would be “highly attractive”, not least because of the broadcast revenues it would bring. That is music to the ears of Clever.“To be part of something like that, to attract that, would be massive. In 1994 the USA hosted the Soccer World Cup and that changed the landscape of soccer here, the MLS is very strong.“So if we’re able to put in a bid for 2027 or 2031 and have a World Cup in the States, it would be massive. You would have a huge spike in commercials and sponsorships and fill stadiums because of what a huge draw the Rugby World Cup brings. It’s the third-largest sporting event in the world and for us to capitalise that and to turn Americans into rugby fans, and see the cultures and values it has, would be huge.”Big support: home fans would fill the stadiums if the USA hosted a World Cup, says Clever (Clicks Images)At 36, Clever could technically still be involved as a player but he’s happy adjusting to life as a former pro. His extensive CV includes a record 51 Tests as USA captain, World Cups in 2007 and 2011, and contracts in England, Japan and New Zealand – he was the first American to play Super Rugby.“I’ve been a full-time athlete for 15-plus years and the transition has been pretty smooth; family enjoyment, spending time with my daughter, travelling. I’m still heavily involved in rugby as you can tell on the Major League side of things and also the USA Rugby board, and I also have the opportunity to work with some amazing companies.“For example, I’m a brand ambassador for SleepScore Labs. I was using the app for almost a year before it was official, so I’m a user. I know how important sleep is, being a father and going through the motions of ‘You have a big day tomorrow’, but every day could be a big day and that should start with a good night’s sleep. Working with them is close to my heart because leading a healthy and happy life is important to me.” New opportunities: his rugby playing days behind him, Todd Clever is keen to promote healthy livingClever will be in Japan to see if USA can ruffle some feathers. They have only won three World Cup games in their history and lost all four pool games last time. Their easiest-looking match in Japan, against Tonga, comes just four days after they play Argentina. No one is expecting miracles at RWC 2019 – but the feel-good factor stateside is unmistakable.Spreading the word: Clever with students in LA during the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour (World Rugby)Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Todd Clever: “Major League Rugby has been the missing link for USA”All smiles for Uncle Sam. A 47-19 defeat of Canada this weekend maintained USA’s upward trajectory under head coach Gary Gold ahead of the World Cup in Japan. Since Gold took charge at the start of 2018, the Eagles have won 13 out of 15 Tests, including an historic victory over Tier One opponents (Scotland) last summer.“Those wins have come on the back of a lot of hard work and the foundation that USA Rugby has put in,” says Todd Clever, the country’s most celebrated player with a record 76 caps before he retired in 2017. “Gary has instilled a great culture within the squad; they’re playing with cause and he’s reaping the benefits of the work that has gone in.“Great culture” Head coach Gary Gold is getting results (Sportsfile/Getty)“And especially now with Major League Rugby (MLR) taking place here and having our athletes as full-time rugby players, along with players scattered across Europe and the southern hemisphere, that’s a major part of the success.“Major League Rugby has been the missing link in our pyramid scheme of getting international rugby. We had a national team and then we had amateur university rugby all the way to youth rugby; our best players, and we’ve only had about ten, 12 guys at most, had the opportunities to play top-level rugby and the rest of the team was made up with teachers or plumbers or painters or whatever, playing part-time rugby. But now we’re fielding a whole squad and we have over 100 American full-time rugby players (to choose from), which is raising the bar.”MLR, a nation-wide professional club competition, has been going for two years, with Seattle Seawolves emerging as champions in both finals to date after nail-biting wins against Glendale Raptors and San Diego Legion.Growth spurt: Utah Warriors and Houston SaberCats compete in an MLR match (Icon Sportswire/Getty)The competition will expand to 12 clubs next season and, increasingly, is attracting household names from Europe. Ben Foden, who plays for Rugby United New York, has likened the standard to the top of the RFU Championship but it will only grow stronger. Mathieu Bastareaud is joining New York for next year’s competition while Steffon Armitage and Dom Day are linking up with San Diego Legion.“It’s exciting times for the league, with a lot of interest from overseas,” says Clever, a board member of USA Rugby. “One of the attractions is living in the States, playing in the States, travelling to great cities like San Diego, Seattle, New York, all cities that have teams.Sure-footed: Todd Clever in action against Russia during the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand (Getty)“For the guys coming here, it may not be the same salary that they’re used to in Europe or in the southern hemisphere, but they’re enjoying the rugby and there are opportunities for commercial sponsorships. That’s some of the conversations I’m having with them, the agents that are bringing the players over; the contracts aren’t worth bragging about but the opportunity to work with companies is what matters.“So we see a very bright future for MLR. There’s a process of educating the general public on the league and professionalism. People will grow up with it. Once we’re turning sports fans into rugby fans, with its family entertainment, it’s great to see the strides and opportunities.“In ten or 12 years’ time the MLR I’m hoping will be one of the best competitions in the world, and showered with the best players in the world, from the southern hemisphere, Europe, all over. And obviously USA Rugby will benefit, the national team will benefit from that strength.”The US Eagles have spent the past month in camp in Colorado Springs and Glendale, and with all players now full-time, the coaches are pleased to be working from a higher fitness base.last_img read more

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The best news of the week

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSGood News Previous articleEverything Coming to Netflix in JulyNext articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 6 “good news” stories this week in The Apopka Voice:Here are seven articles published this week in The Apopka Voice that will enlighten, inspire and engage you. Enjoy.Mr. Rogers, when we need him mostWekiva’s Norell Pollard makes his collegiate choiceThe Apopka Voice hits another publishing milestoneCity Center to break ground on hotel “relatively soon”Apopka’s Joel Berry II signed by the Los Angeles LakersWhen music is life… Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

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Sightsavers Ambassador Graeme Le Saux in webchat at midday

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 30 September 2007 | News Sightsavers Ambassador Graeme Le Saux in webchat at midday Tagged with: Celebrity corporate Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img He will talk online today about his experiences in Kaduna and the issues Sightsavers faces combating river blindness.Le Saux became an ambassador ten years ago when he was approached at the peak of his Chelsea career. Over the past decade, Graeme has supported Sightsavers in various campaigns and in the summer of 2007 visited Sightsavers projects in Nigeria. Since his retirement from professional football in 2005 Graeme has worked in TV and radio, including presenting on BBC2’s ‘Working Lunch’ and featuring in ITV series ‘Extinct’. He is also an ambassador for Chelsea FC, working with them on their CSR programmes.  27 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Former footballer and Sightsavers Ambassador Graeme Le Saux will be chatting online today to mark the 20th anniversary of the largest online medical donation programme, in which Merck & Co. Inc donated treatment for prevention of river blindness for as long as it was needed.As a major supporting partner of the Mectizan® distribution programme, Sightsavers International provided treatment in 2006 alone to over 11 million adults and 3 million children across West Africa.As a Sightsavers Ambassador, Graeme Le Saux visited Kaduna state in Nigeria where river blindness is endemic to see the progress made by the Mectizan® distribution programme and how it is changing the lives of so many men, women and children across Africa. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Kettering Town FC saved by crowdfunding campaign

first_imgKettering Town FC saved by crowdfunding campaign Howard Lake | 14 October 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  91 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 The fans of football club Kettering Town’ have turned to online crowdfunding to raise the money that will save the club from closure.The club has debts of £58,000, so the fans decided to use JustGiving’s new crowdfunding tool. They have set up a campaign and invited football fans from around the world to contribute.Within its first few hours the campaign had raised £3,000, including from fans at many other clubs. One Crystal Palace fan who has contributed said: “I know how it feels for your club to be threatened with extinction. Glad I’m able to help save this club.” A Manchester United fan said: “I’m a Manchester United fan, but also a fan of the game. No club should be wound up!”Kettering Town FC was formed in 1872 and is a central part of the town and its community. It is currently in Southern League Division one.The campaign aimed to raise £20,000 towards the £58,000 debts. It has now achieved that goal.Mark Severn, head of Kettering Town Supporters Club, said: “With the likes of Gareth Bale earning £300,000 a week it seems unfair that our club could go under for the amount he roughly makes in two days.“We’re campaigning through outreach on Twitter, thanks to enormous help from Matthew Timms of Footy Accumulators and their magnificent army of followers, to save Kettering Town Football Club ourselves, and discovering JustGiving’s crowdfunding tool has given us a great starting point to help make this happen.”JustGiving’s new community crowdfunding platform is designed to help bring people in local communities together in order to fund social projects at grassroots levels.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Kettering Town Football club crowdfunding case study – JustGiving.com Tagged with: crowdfunding Individual giving Justgivinglast_img read more

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Three foreign journalists released in Tripoli

first_img Organisation RSF_en News Four foreign journalists were released in Tripoli – US reporters Clare Morgana Gillis and James Foley, and Spanish freelance photographer Manu Brabo. center_img May 18, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three foreign journalists released in Tripoli Help by sharing this informationlast_img

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Second-tier healthcare workers can sign up for COVID-19 vaccine

first_img Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Second-tier healthcare workers can sign up for COVID-19 vaccine Pinterest Local News Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Second-tier healthcare workers in Odessa, including physicians, nurses, clinical and pharmacy staff can now sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the City of Odessa COVID-19 Incident Command and Medical Center Hospital. To register, or receive more information, email [email protected] Others who are included in the second-tier category include corrections and detention facilities staff, embalmers, school nurses and employees at outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Healthcare officials say local vaccination efforts are ahead of schedule, with most first-tier healthcare staff having already received vaccines during the past week. As of 2 p.m., Tuesday, MCHS has vaccinated a total of 1,591 front-line health care workers, MCHS Director of Public Relations Trevor Tankersley, confirmed on Tuesday. A total of 65 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized at MCH on Tuesday, according to a hospital news release. Twenty-five patients were in critical care and 21 on ventilators. The hospital so far this year has tested a total of 15,164 people for COVID, with 10,834 negative results and 14 tests still pending. According to the Ector County website, a total of 181 people have died of COVID-related illness in 2020. The County has recorded a total of 11,541 cases this year, with 9,911 people recovered. The County currently has a total of 1,649 COVID-19 cases pending. Sixty-four percent of county residents who have contracted COVID are of Hispanic descent, versus 36 percent non-Hispanic. About 61 percent of county residents are Hispanic. Fifty-five percent of residents who have tested positive for COVID this year are female, 45 percent male. The average age of those diagnosed with COVID was 39; the youngest person so far, was four. Previous articleLots of snow? Maybe 2 to 10 inchesNext articleFormer university-level professor a ‘tough,’ well-respected instructor Digital AIM Web Support Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – December 29, 2020 WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Transposit Among Industry Leaders Presenting at API- and DevOps-Focused Postman Galaxy Virtual Conference

first_img WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Transposit Among Industry Leaders Presenting at API- and DevOps-Focused Postman Galaxy Virtual Conferencecenter_img Facebook SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– Transposit, the DevOps process automation company, today announced that founder and CTO Tina Huang will participate in a panel discussion at this year’s Postman Galaxy: The Global Virtual API Conference on technology adoption with Elmer Thomas, staff software engineer at Twilio, Brian Douglas, staff developer advocate at GitHub, Gigi Zanolli, developer advocate at Tableau, and Camunda’s director of developer relations Mary Thengvall. The virtual event will be held on February 2 to 4. Postman Galaxy brings together API builders, testers, managers, and C-suite enterprise executives to learn about the latest innovations in API testing and automation, API design and architecture, DevOps, and API development. Panel: “How do people find and use technology?” What: The discussion will focus on how APIs—along with tools for empowering users—are changing the technology-discovery game, and what’s most important in building awareness, onboarding, and retention for an organization’s technology. Who: Tina Huang is the founder and CTO of Transposit, the DevOps process automation platform for the modern stack. She believes in taking a human-centric approach to solving complex engineering problems and encourages engineers to practice end-to-end ownership while breaking down the silos in engineering organizations. Prior to Transposit, Tina began her career at Apple designing and building APIs for Apple’s application framework. As an early Google engineer, she worked on Google’s Blogger team and played an instrumental role in re-architecting the Google News frontend. At Twitter, she architected, built, scaled, and operated the social media company’s notification platform. Tina received her electrical engineering and computer sciences degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She studied humanities at the University of Chicago, framing her viewpoint on human-technology interaction. When: Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST via Zoom Where: To register for the event, visit https://hopin.com/events/galaxy About Transposit Transposit delivers DevOps process automation. Its fully integrated, human-in-the-loop approach empowers engineering operations teams to streamline DevOps practices, enhance service reliability, and resolve incidents faster. As the glue between tools, data, and people, Transposit codifies institutional knowledge to make processes data-driven and repeatable with runbooks that help teams incrementally automate tasks. Transposit’s automatic timelines capture the complete history of all actions taken through the system and surface actionable insights that drive operational improvement. Powered by the Transposit Integration Engine that combines hundreds of pre-built integrations with code-level customization, the cloud-based platform is able to connect to any service with an API. Organizations rely on Transposit to improve workflow agility and keep services healthy so they can deliver more value to their business. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005337/en/ CONTACT: Diana Brodskiy Bhava Communications for Transposit [email protected] 415-306-6199 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: INTERNET ELECTRONIC DESIGN AUTOMATION DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE SOURCE: Transposit Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 01/27/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005337/en Previous articleThe National Health Mission of Madhya Pradesh Selects Glocal Healthcare Systems to Bring Telehealth to 13.75 Million Citizens in the Republic of IndiaNext articleShare the Love Survey Reveals Smartphones at the Center of Valentine’s Day 2021 Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Pinterest TAGS  last_img read more

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Council tackles social care staff crisis

first_imgA range of ambitious schemes have helped North Lanarkshire Council toaddress Scotland’s social worker recruitment crisis. Tax-free lump sums of £5,000 to attract and retain staff have been ashort-term solution, strengthened by imaginative training and recruitmentschemes. “In a fiercely competitive job market, we were at our wits’ end tryingto recruit social workers,” said Jim Dickie, director of social work.”This has led us to introduce new initiatives.” The cash incentive also enabled the council to rapidly recruit 56 employees,bringing numbers up to a respectable level. It is offered on the basis that staff stay for three years, and was alsoawarded to existing staff. The council has continued recruiting university graduates studyingthree-year distance learning courses for social work diplomas. Training willeventually be extended to a four-year course, enabling trainees to work indifferent department areas. Unqualified staff also have the chance to train for professionalqualifications. The schemes have enabled the council to cut its social workervacancy rates from 30 per cent to 5 per cent. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Council tackles social care staff crisisOn 9 Mar 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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These were the top outer-borough loans in December

first_imgRXR CEO Scott Rechler with 56-19 Grand Avenue, Queens (Getty, RXR)The 10 largest outer-borough loans in December totaled $1.17 billion, a sharp drop-off — about 40 percent — from the November total of nearly $2 billion.But one loan stood out from rest, and it’s no surprise Amazon was involved. That $272.9 million loan from JPMorgan Chase partially finances a project to develop a mega warehouse in Queens for the e-commerce behemoth.Five of the loans last month were for properties in Queens and four were for Brooklyn parcels, with one in the Bronx.Overall, the industrial real estate sector was one of the few bright spots in New York’s pandemic-ravaged market in 2020. Here are the largest outer-borough loans for the month of December:ADVERTISEMENT1) Amazon effect | Queens | $272.9 millionRXR Realty and California-based LBA Realty secured the loan from JPMorgan Chase for their five-story warehouse development project at 55-15 Grand Avenue in Maspeth. RXR general counsel Jason Barnett signed the loan document. The loan is part of the $316 million financing package to construct the 770,000-square-foot facility reportedly leased to Amazon.2) Sun shines | Queens | $59 millionSun Equity Partners refinanced its retail development at 40-31 82nd Street on the border of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, with the loan provided by New York Community Bank. The privately-held Sun Equity, in partnership with Heskel Group, has been working on the project for several years. The developers once wanted to construct a 160,000-square-foot building, but after meeting community opposition, they downsized the facility into about 38,000 square feet, according to a zoning diagram filed with the Building Department.3) Trust Zara | Queens | $54 millionZara Realty Holdings refinanced its loans for the two multifamily properties at 166-33 89th Avenue and at 87-50 167th Avenue in Jamaica, with the loan from the Northern Trust.4) Rose in bloom | Bronx | $53.4 millionJonathan Rose Companies secured a $53.4 million loan from Merchants Capital Corp to finance its $64 million purchase of a 190-unit affordable housing building at 350 St. Ann’s Avenue in Mott Haven. The seller was Omni New York, which bought the complex for $15.5 million in 2004.5) Towers rising | Queens | $49 millionFlushing Point Holding, led by Maohua Dong and Yong Qin, secured a $49 million loan from Delta FP Holdings for the property at 131-02 40th Road in Flushing. The company wants to eventually construct a three-tower mixed-use complex, to be known as Flushing Point Plaza. The development will consist of two 20-story towers and one 19-story tower, with 469 hotel rooms and 330 residential units, along with commercial space, according to documents filed with the Department of Building.6) Prime time | Queens | $43.5 millionA joint venture of Circle F Capital and ZD Jasper Realty took out a $43.5 million loan from Maxim Credit Group for the property at 22-43 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. The venture is constructing a 11-story, 71-unit residential building called the Prime, designed by SRA Architecture + Engineering. A Trader Joe’s is set to open sometime this year in the property’s commercial space.7) Daten develops | Brooklyn | $40 millionDaten Group has taken out a $40 million loan from Mack Real Estate for its condominium development at 575 Fourth Avenue in Park Slope. Condo units at the 70-unit complex are priced between $699,000 and $1.5 million, according to the 575 Fourth website.8) Secured from Signature | Brooklyn | $34 millionYehoshua Leib Fruchthandler and Jeffrey Zwick, under the entity 615 East 104 Holdings, secured a $34 million loan from Signature Bank. It will finance their $51.3 million purchase of the five-story building at 633 East 104th Street. The seller was E&M Management, a major apartment landlord in Northern Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. E&M bought the building for $12.5 million from Canarsie Hotel.9) Dealing on Delavan | Brooklyn | $31.5 millionAcuity Capital Partners took out a $31.5 million loan from Northwind Group for three parcels at 21 and 35 Delavan streets in Red Hook, and 2269 First Avenue in Manhattan. At the same time, the ownership of 21 and 35 Delavan streets was transferred from Eugene Mendlowitz to Acuity Capital Partners, according to the property’s deed, which did not include the sale price. The Manhattan parcel has been owned by Acuity Capital since 2014, according to property records.10) Ballgreen baller | Brooklyn | $31.3 millionMontreal-based Rester Management borrowed $31.3 million from Canadian Imperial Bank for its purchase of a 62-unit multifamily property at 186 Lenox Road in Flatbush. Rester’s Nitanel Deitcher signed the loan document. The property, listed as the Ballgreen on Streeteasy, was recently developed as a luxury rental apartment building.Read moreAmazon nears lease at RXR’s Queens warehouse developmentSun Equity, Heskel Group land $60M loan for controversial Queens developmentJonathan Rose nabs Bronx apartment project for $64M TagsamazonCommercial Real EstateIndustrial Real EstateMultifamilyRXR Realty Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message*center_img Share via Shortlink Full Name* Contact Akiko Matsudalast_img read more

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Tom Brady calls Netflix cameo ‘bad assessment’ of relationship with Patriots owner

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJoe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots star Tom Brady threw a flag on an off-field play that he said misrepresented team owner Robert Kraft. The Patriots quarterback said his recent cameo appearance in Living With Yourself, a new Netflix comedy series, was “taken out of context.”According to ESPN, the scene shows Brady walking out of the “Top Happy Spa,” which is located inside a strip mall, and asking Paul Rudd’s character if it’s his “first time” there. “Uh-huh,” Rudd responded. “You?” “Sixth,” Brady said with a smile, in a reference to his six Super Bowl championships. Many viewers thought the scene, which director Timothy Greenberg told Refinery29 he wrote years ago, was a reference to Patriots owner Kraft’s arrest for solicitation of prostitution at a Florida massage parlor in February. Brady strongly pushed back against that assessment. “That’s not what that was about,” Brady, 42, told reporters inside the Patriots locker room on Saturday. “The blame and shame media atmosphere that’s percolated for a while, I think that was taken out of context, just like you’re taking it out of context and trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don’t appreciate,” Brady further said. “It was meant to be something different than that. The fact it’s a distraction or you’re bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about.”The star quarterback also said he did not know what the final scene would look like because it was shot in front of a green screen. Living With Yourself director Greenberg admitted to Refinery29 that after Kraft’s arrest, he thought, “‘Alright, this is clearly not going to happen now.’” But Brady honored his commitment to the show.“It’s unfortunate that people would choose to think I would ever do something like that about Mr. Kraft,” Brady added. “I think that’s a very bad assessment of my relationship with him. I would never do that.” “I think everybody knows what our relationship is about. For 20 years, it’s nothing but love and respect,” Brady said. “I’ve been through a lot of tough things with him. I love him dearly. I sympathize with a lot of things that he’s gone through in his life. I empathize with a lot of people that get taken advantage of and get used and understand that’s part of what we’re living in.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. October 21, 2019 /Sports News – National Tom Brady calls Netflix cameo ‘bad assessment’ of relationship with Patriots ownercenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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