Thursday's Morning Mashup: Johnny Damon endorses 'good friend' Donald Trump

March 10, 2016 - 3:39 am

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(Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)[/caption] -- Tom Brady and Robert Kraft might still be unwilling to publicly endorse controversial Republican presidential candidate (and good friend) Donald Trump, but former Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon is completely on board. "I want [Trump] for president," Damon told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. "I'm a Trump fan every since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class -- his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, [Trump] is bringing us up to speed." The 42-year-old Damon once appeared on Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" and is friends with Trump's children. He dismissed concerns about Trump's apparent bias toward immigrants. "Everyone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. That's how I'm viewing it," Damon said, adding: "He wants to watch out for [terrorist attacks like last year's in Southern California]. He wants everyone documented and in this country legally." Damon, a Florida resident, said he did not oppose Trump's plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, but he wasn't sure it would be possible. "I can see other people's views. The country is so split. Building a wall is going to be tough to do, and there would have to be beefing up of patrols," Damon said. "He's trying to make the country great. We're worrying too much about what's going on in Cuba, the Middle East. We have enough to worry about here." Damon -- whose endorsement follows that of another ex-Yankee, Paul O'Neill -- said he is willing to offer his support to Trump during the campaign. "If [Trump] needs me anywhere, I'll be there," Damon said. "He's a good friend." -- As the exodus from the Broncos continues -- quarterback Brock Osweiler is the latest high-profile player to depart Denver one month after its Super Bowl championship -- executive vice president and general manager John Elway defended the team's offseason strategy. "We've stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here," Elway said Wednesday. "That's been a successful approach for us." Osweiler, a 2012 second-round pick who was the heir apparent to Peyton Manning in Denver, agreed with the Texans on a four-year deal worth a reported $72 million. "While we did offer a very competitive and fair long-term contract to Brock, we ultimately had to remain disciplined while continuing to assemble a roster that can compete for championships," Elway said. Osweiler's arrival in Houston finally gives the Texans a reliable quarterback, and he said he sees big things ahead for the team. "Coming to Houston was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up," Osweiler said after arriving in his new city on Wednesday night. "What I see with this football team is something special. I believe this organization is on the cusp of doing something great. That's something I want to be a part of. I'm very excited to be here and just get to work." There have been rumors that Osweiler harbors some hard feelings after Broncos coach Gary Kubiak replaced him with Manning at the end of the season, but Osweiler said his decision to leave did not come easy. "It was very difficult," Osweiler said. "I'd be lying to you if I said anything else. I had a tremendous four seasons there in Denver, and you know those are four years that I'll always hold very close to my heart." The Broncos are left with just one quarterback on their roster: 2015 seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian. There is speculation that the team might pursue the recently released Robert Griffin III or free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick or attempt to trade for disgruntled 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. Already this offseason Denver has lost two key defensive players: defensive end Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan. -- The Dolphins released cornerback Brent Grimes on Wednesday, and that's not sitting well with Grimes' wife -- especially because she's getting some blame for the move. Miko Grimes has a long history of obnoxious behavior -- making public comments disparaging players and management and getting arrested before a game last season after a confrontation with police. Miami Herald writer Armando Salguero tweeted earlier this week: Dolphins have been trying to trade Grimes. Fact his wife continues to act like a fool no doubt hurts trade value. Miko called his suggestion "a lie" and tweeted: the fat bitch armando thinks he's safe from bullets bc we might be released is the funniest part of this whole thing. After taking some heat, Miko insisted the "bullets" were only aggressive tweets. However, she continued: u will never be safe!! keep ur head on a swivel fat [expletive]! ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 10, 1986, the veterans committee voted which Red Sox legend into the Baseball Hall of Fame? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It wasn't brain surgery. We just walked in and said, 'They're beating us to every loose ball and getting every rebound. This is the way they [can] beat you tonight. So, we either have to change that or we won't win.' " -- Celtics coach Brad Stevens, on the Celtics turning a three-point halftime deficit into a 116-96 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night for their 14th straight win at home STAT OF THE DAY: 14-19 -- Holy Cross' record after Wednesday's 59-56 victory over Lehigh in the Patriot League championship game, earning the Crusaders a trip to the NCAA Tournament 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors star Steph Curry hits another halfcourt shot, beating the first-half buzzer against the Jazz. The ninth-seeded Idaho State women's basketball team knocks off top-seeded Montana State in the Big Sky Tournament on a long 3-pointer by Juliet Jones in the final second. TRIVIA ANSWER: Bobby Doerr SOOTHING SOUNDS: Edie Brickell was born on this day in 1966.