Gronkowski nabs HR derby title, ESPN magazine cover


Gronkowski nabs HR derby title, ESPN magazine cover

It might be easier at this point to chronicle what Rob Gronkowski hasn't done this summer.

This week New England's top tight end added two more highlights to his offseason resume: Triple-A celebrity Home Run Derby and The Mag cover model. Might as well get it all in now; Patriots training camp is less than three weeks away.

Gronkowski mashed 17 home runs in two rounds of the Buffalo, New York derby. After starting slow -- hitting just five in round one -- he finished in dramatic fashion by hitting the final 12 when the pressure was on.

He crushed one ball beyond the 325-foot outfield fence. Gronk smash, indeed.

Second place finisher Russ Brandon, CEO for the Buffalo Bills, didn't threaten the title too seriously with just seven home runs. He gave Gronkowski a gracious nod Tuesday morning via Twitter.

Congrats again to @robgronkowski on the W.Great guy and a great ambassador for Buffalo. Russ Brandon (@RussBrandon) July 10, 2012

As for the magazine cover, Gronkowski graces the front of ESPN The Magazine's infamous "Body Issue." This means he's naked -- all but for a large, strategically-placed dot.

I'll let you look that one up for yourselves.

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

LONDON — Coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that the New York Giants have not yet decided whether Josh Brown will remain on the team after admitting to abuse of his former wife.

McAdoo faced repeated questioning about the kicker following the Giants' first practice in London for a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s a teammate and a guy who we’re hoping makes strides.”

Brown did not travel to London and the team has yet to say if he will be suspended or cut following this week's publication of King County Sheriff's Office records in which the player said he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in those documents that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he pounded on her hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the investigating detective, King County Sheriff's Det. Robin Ostrum.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information. Finally, he answered: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments earlier this year suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a practicing Christian who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants supported him or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The Giants have signed Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old will practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," the coach said of Gould.



Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Trenni Kusnierek is outraged, and rightfully so, by the actions - or lack thereof - by the NFL regarding domestic violence by Giants kicker Josh Brown.

Tom E. Curran details the NFL's botched investigation here.