Report: Welker and friends 'tackled' by Aspen security


Report: Welker and friends 'tackled' by Aspen security

A little over a week before his wedding, Wes Welker and a group of his buddies found themselves in a scuffle with local security in Aspen, Colo., according to a report.

The New York Post says that Welker and six of his friends tried to rush into the Patrn-sponsored Summerology event on Friday night.

According to the report, Welker's group didn't check in with party staffers beforehand, and as a result, some riled up security guards got an opportunity to make like middle linebackers, tackling Welker and his friends.

From the NY Post:
Security tried to subdue the group when a brawl almost broke out, a source told us. Security then physically restrained Welker and his group to break everything up.Were told Welker and his rowdy crew werent arrested, but cops threatened to do so. Security calmed them down and kicked them off the property, a source told us.Aspen police confirmed there was a record of a lecture and release incident at the Aspen eatery Friday night, but couldnt confirm if Welker and his crew were involved.

This all went down early last weekend. A look at Welker's Twitter account shows that it hasn't kept him from enjoying his time out west over the course of the last few days. But obviously this isn't the kind of thing that Welker wants out in the open -- especially when he's hoping to land a long-term deal with the Patriots some time in the next three-and-a-half weeks.

But no arrest. No injuries. By and large, major bullet dodged.

Patriots players got a refresher on NFL social media policy because of Brown

Patriots players got a refresher on NFL social media policy because of Brown

FOXBORO -- Antonio Brown's live stream of coach Mike Tomlin's postgame speech on Sunday had a ripple effect that traveled all the way to New England: Just in case Patriots players weren't familiar with the league's social-media policy, they were reminded of it this week. 

"We were reminded of that," receiver Chris Hogan said. "I’m not sure what the timing is, but obviously, I don’t think we’ll see guys doing that in the locker room."

Players are prohibited from using social media in the locker room until media outlets have been given an opportunity to talk to players following games. Brown's Facebook Live video, which garnered national attention almost as soon as it went online, was shot well before the visitor's locker room at Arrowhead Stadium opened following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City.

"We have a team policy on that," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "Strictly enforced. We go from there."

Of course part of the reason the video became as widely disseminated as it did was because it caught Tomlin calling the Patriots "a--holes."

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Tomlin," Slater said when asked about Tomlin's speech. "I appreciate the way he prepares his team. I’ve had a good working relationship with him over the years, and it will continue to be that way."

Both Slater and Hogan insisted that their focus will be trained solely on preparing for what Tomlin and his players will do when they arrive to Gillette Stadium Sunday night -- not what they say leading up to kickoff.

"You come in here, you're automatically bought into what we preach here, what coach [Bill] Belichick preaches," Hogan said. "It's football. We're 100 percent football here. It's not about anything outside. Between the media or whatever it is outside of football, whatever we're doing. When we come here, it's 100 percent football. That's all we're focused on is the opponent we're playing that week."

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

FOXBORO -- Roger Goodell will reportedly be in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game this weekend and therefore will miss the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. His absence will mean he hasn't been to a Patriots game in more than two years, when he was present for the AFC title game in 2015 -- the birth of Deflategate. 

It's news that broke on Tuesday and sent some Patriots fans into an uproar. Patriots players, though, sound like they're having a hard time caring one way or the other.

"He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Monday. "If he wants to come, that would be -- yeah, he can come."

In the Patriots locker room on Tuesday, others struck a similar tone.

"I could not care less," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. "I'm focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so that I can go out there on Sunday and be prepared."

Special teams captain Matthew Slater was similarly disinterested in the discussion.

"The game's going to be played," he said. "Whoever's in attendance is in attendance. We'll just worry about trying to play well."