Wednesday’s Mashup: Josh Gordon thanks Patriots on Instagram with John F. Kennedy quote, Tom Brady responds in comments

Lucy Burdge
March 13, 2019 - 6:12 am

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MLB Exhibition: Minnesota at Boston, 1:05 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
NBA: Brooklyn at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Golden State at Houston, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: New Jersey at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


-- Josh Gordon thanked the Patriots in an Instagram post on Tuesday after the team reportedly placed an original round tender on the wide receiver.

Gordon posted a photo of himself with Julian Edelman and Tom Brady and captioned it with a quote from John F. Kennedy.


“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” - JFK ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀---- Thank You @patriots

A post shared by Josh Gordon (@flash) on

‘“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.’ - JFK,” he wrote. “Thank You @patriots.”

Brady commented on the post, saying, “You got that right @flash.”

Edelman also commented with five emojis, including a lightning bolt, a squirrel and a goat.

-- The Utah Jazz have banned a fan permanently after his confrontation with Russell Westbrook during the Thunder’s win over the Jazz on Monday.

In a statement released by the Jazz, the team said the fan has been banned for "excessive and derogatory verbal abuse directed at a player.”

The fan, Shane Keisel, claims the interaction "started off as fun" when he yelled "ice those knees up” at Westbrook.

The NBA also fined Westbrook for his comments to the man and his wife, some of which were caught on video by someone else in the stands.

"I swear to god, I’ll [expletive> you up. You and your wife, I’ll [expletive> you up. Promise you on everything I love, I promise you,” Westbrook said to the fan.

After the game, Westbrook said he supports consequences for fans who are disrespectful to players.

"I know you guys only got the tail end of the video, but the start of the video is way more important and way more disrespectful than what you guys heard,” Westbrook said. “There’s got to be something done. There’s got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say. I don’t think it’s fair to the players.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The way I’ve handled things, it hasn’t been perfect. I’ve made a lot of mistakes that I take full responsibility for. I apologize.” -- Kyrie Irving, on how he has treated the media