Updated: Ex-Patriot Maroney arrested

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Updated: Ex-Patriot Maroney arrested

Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney has been arrested in St. Louis on drugs andweapons allegations. His publicist said Tuesday that he did nothingwrong.
Maroney was traded to the Broncos after the first week of the season.
St. Louis police said five people inan Infiniti Q56 were arrested Monday night. Police declined to name thesuspects but said all five are accused of possessing marijuana. Three,including a 25-year-old man, were accused of unlawful use of a weapon.Maroney, 25, is a native of suburban St. Louis. No one has beenformally charged.Maroney's publicist, Jane Higgins,confirmed that he was one of those arrested in the Infiniti on theweapons allegation. She denied Maroney was arrested for drugs."He holds a permit to carry aconcealed weapon," Higgins said in a statement. "He was not arrestedfor any drugs nor was he involved in a high-speed chase. He wasreleased without being charged with any offense and we do notanticipate he will be charged with any criminal offense."Police spokeswoman Erica Van Rosssaid one of the men had a valid concealed weapon permit but that statelaw prohibits possessing a gun while under the influence of drugs. Shedeclined to elaborate.Van Ross said the process of seeking charges could take up to a month.Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said, "We're aware of the matter but have no additional comment at this time."Van Ross said that around 10:30 p.m.Monday, officers saw three vehicles near Chaifetz Arena causing trafficto slow because the vehicles repeatedly stopped so occupants could talkto people on the street. Officers also suspected those in the vehicleswere smoking marijuana.Officers pulled over the Infiniti and a GMC Yukon; the third vehicle fled.Van Ross said that inside theInfiniti officers found three weapons - a .45-caliber handgun, a 9mmpistol and a .223 -caliber rifle - along with a substance believed tobe marijuana. Five of the six people in the Infiniti were arrested andreleased pending application of warrants, Van Ross said.Five other people were in the Yukon. One of them, a 28-year-old man, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a weapon.New England chose Maroney with the21st overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was acquired by former Broncoscoach Josh McDaniels for a fourth-round draft pick on Sept. 14, one ofseveral personnel miscalculations that helped lead to McDaniels' Dec. 6ouster.Maroney was injured when he arrivedin Denver and played in just four games for the Broncos, rushing 36times for 74 yards and a paltry 2.1-yard average. He didn't play in thefinal 10 games of the season, the last eight of which he wasdeactivated.The running back spent his firstfour seasons with the Patriots, where he averaged 4.2 yards a carrywith 21 touchdown runs and 10.2 yards per catch with one TD reception.His best season was 2009, when he set career highs with 194 carries andnine touchdowns.He is in the final year of his contract, and his future with the Broncos is uncertain.Maroney's arrest is the latest in a series of legal troubles involving Broncos players.Linebacker D.J. Williams wasstripped of his captaincy following his second drunken driving arrestlast season, rookie cornerback Perrish Cox faces charges in a sexualassault case, and rookie linebacker Kevin Alexander was waived hoursafter he was arrested on a domestic violence allegation last month.Maroney was a standout at NormandyHigh School in St. Louis County, and has remained active in the St.Louis community during his NFL career. Recently, he has been helpingvictims of a New Year's Eve tornado that struck the area where he grewup. And last summer, he gave out 3,000 backpacks filled with schoolsupplies to St. Louis students.

Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended the Dayton 500 in true Gronkowski form.

He appeared to be there promoting Monster Energy drink, and was therefore hanging with the Monster Girls, who were also promoting the drink. Gronkowski's herniated disc injury, which required surgery in December 2016, does not seem to be slowing him down as he gets warmed up for the Summer of Gronk.

During the race coverage on FOX Sports, Gronk delivered a speed limit joke, which is sure to make the 13-year-old in you chuckle. (You can watch it here.)

[H/T NESN.com]

Curran: It's time to let the air out of Deflategate

Curran: It's time to let the air out of Deflategate

I think it’s time. Time to let the Deflategate wound scab over. Time to exit the active, raging, teeth-gnashing, petition-signing, lawsuit-filing portion of the program and let the hate follow its natural course into a slow-boil loathing.

If you are of Irish descent, you know how it works. Clear a big-ass space on the grudge shelf. Put Roger Goodell, Jeff Pash, Mike Kensil, Troy Vincent, Ryan Grigson, Jim Irsay, every shiv-wielding owner, all the cluck-clucking media and the legion of retired players and exiled GMs from Marshall Faulk to Joey Porter through Marty Hurney and into Bill Polian up there. Turn off light. Leave room.

When you need to piss yourself off -- in traffic, mowing the lawn, waiting for your coffee -- fetch ‘em down, blow the dust off and when you’re in a sufficiently foul mood, return grudge to shelf.

You rode the roller coaster. You’ve been there, done that and have all the T-shirts.

I came to this conclusion a few days ago, when ESPN’s Cari Champion interviewed Rob Gronkowski and asked about Goodell visiting Gillette. It was like playing “Get the Stick!” with a big goofy Lab. Champion threw the leading question, Gronk fetched -- tail-wagging --  and returned with a slobbery response that was completely implausible but still designed to dominate a four-hour news cycle.

"The fans are nuts, they’re wild, and they have the Patriots’ back no matter what,” said Gronkowski. “They have [Tom Brady’s] back. I’m telling you, he won’t get through the highway if the fans saw him. I don’t even think he can even land in the airport in Boston because Patriot fans are the best fans, they’re the most loyal fans. I’m telling you, they might just carry out Roger themselves. They couldn’t even get to the stadium in Foxboro if he landed in Boston."

Gronk’s just doing what he thinks he’s supposed to do. And Champion is, too. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

Watch these mooks up in New England get all pissed off: “Hey, hey, Chowderhead . . . Roger Goodell . . . . ”

“F*** that guy, he better never show his face in Foxboro! But I want him to come to Foxboro so I can boo the ever-living s*** out of him and maybe barricade Route 1 like Gronk said we would!”

See? Works every time.

The irony is that the person mainly responsible for turning up the burner on this is Robert Kraft.

In May 2015, Kraft said at the owners meetings in San Francisco, “I don’t want to continue the rhetoric that’s gone on for the last four months. I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what he has given to us, and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric, and we won’t appeal.

“Now, I know that a lot of Patriots fans are going to be disappointed in that decision, but I hope they trust my judgment and know that I really feel at this point in time that taking this off the agenda, this is the best thing for the New England Patriots, our fans, and the NFL, and I hope you all can respect that.”

Well, that blew up like an ACME bomb. And -- from that moment on -- Kraft has tried to recoup the fanbase that believed he sold them out by issuing a succession of calls-to-arms that the region has dutifully responded to.

The most recent was throwing down the gauntlet to Goodell by expressly inviting him to the 2017 season opener.  I mean, it would have been a conversation point anyway, but now it’s metastasized into something that will be discussed throughout the offseason, ratcheting up in early September and hitting a crescendo on opening night.

There is appeal to seeing Goodell squirm while knowing the Maras, Rooneys and Irsays will be sipping highballs and lamenting the caddish treatment of Poor Roger. But I still like the football better.

Conversation about the historic import of SB51, the legacy of Brady and Belichick, prospects for the league in 2017? I’ll take those rather than an ESPN “personality” who spent a weekend in Newburyport at a friend’s wedding telling everyone what the mindset of the New England sports fan is.  

But that’s not what we’re going to get. There will instead be ever-escalating predictions of the terrors Goodell will be subjected to fueled by interviews with tatted-up kids from the mean streets of Marshfield who wanted “Hoodie” fired when he let Revis sign with the Jets.

Unless . . . unless the region en masse decides to let its loathing mature. Mature to the point that when the carrot gets dangled in its collective face it doesn’t leap at it with teeth bared but instead says, “No thanks. Already full.”

Yeah. I don’t think it’s gonna happen either.