Neely: Invitation to White House was 'an honor'

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Neely: Invitation to White House was 'an honor'

Cam Neely stuck to the team's party line -- that Tim Thomas has the right as an American citizen to choose not to attend an event at the White House -- but made it clear Tuesday that Thomas' beliefs, at least when it comes to the ceremony itself, are not his beliefs.
"As an honor. It was an honor," the Bruins president said on 'Felger and Mazz' when asked how he viewed the team's invitation to the White House by President Obama to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship. "Regardless of what your political views are, in my view it doesn't matter. You're getting invited by the current president to be honored as a team for your accomplishment as a team.
"I am very blessed that I'm in this country," added Neely, a Canadian native who now has dual citizenship (and whose wife and children are American).
Thomas -- in a Facebook post that he vows will be his only public statement on the subject -- claimed his snub was not directed at the president but at the growing reach of the federal government. Neely feels the goalie should have set his political beliefs aside.
"Certainly Tim has the right to have his feelings and express them how he wishes," Neely said, "but I felt this was a team event and it would have been nice for him to be a part of."
Thomas' teammates say the incident isn't going to affect them or their feelings for him, and Neely agrees.
"No, I don't believe so," he said when asked if it would be a locker-room problem. "For the most part, Tim has kept his views to himself . . . being in a locker room for as long as I have, and the age group the guys are, it's shocking to say there's not a lot of political talk."
He is, however, slightly worried about the future.
"I have concerns about how the incident and its aftermath is going to affect him," Neely said. "I certainly hope it won't . . .
"But he's a pretty strong-willed individual and he's had this me-against-the-world mentality through his career."

Andrew Benintendi leads Red Sox past Nationals in 8-1 win

Andrew Benintendi leads Red Sox past Nationals in 8-1 win

Andrew Benintendi excelled in his early-game action against Nationals starter Joe Ross in the Red Sox' 8-1 win. Benintendi finished the contest 2 of 2 with a triple and two RBIs. Dustin Pedroia helped Benintendi at the top of the lineup. Pedroia was 2 of 2 with a double and two RBIs.

Kyle Kendrick got the Red Sox pitching staff off to a strong start in his four-inning appearance. The 32-year-old righty had six strikeouts and allowed five hits with one earned run. Kendricks performance should ease some anxiety in Boston, as Drew Pomeranz headed to the disabled list.

Reliever Ben Taylor, 24, pitched the final two innings for the Sox, and had four strikouts with three hits allowed and no runs.

Chris Sale will pitch Friday for the Red Sox at 4:05 a.m against the Nationals.

Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask questions

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Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask questions

BOSTON -- Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations.

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez's last name in 2015.

Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in Boston in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. He is also charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of Alexander Bradley, allegedly to silence him about the killings.

Jenkins-Hernandez repeatedly said she could not recall details about conversations with Hernandez after the 2012 killings and after Bradley's shooting in 2013.

She said she didn't ask Hernandez for details about Bradley's shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were close friends.

"[Bradley] was not my friend . . . Yes, it's a sad situation [but] why should I press about something like that?" she said.

Jenkins-Hernandez also said she did not recall getting a call from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston. Prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her at that time.

Hernandez has denied shooting the men. His lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the men over a drug deal.

Bradley testified he saw Hernandez shoot the men. He also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the Boston shootings.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Jenkins-Hernandez.