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Tom Brady focused more on Patriots’ miscues rather than referees

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots had one touchdown taken away from them in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs when officials incorrectly ruled receiver N’Keal Harry was out of bounds. They also potentially could have had another touchdown on a fumble recovery had the play not been ruled dead, but quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t focused on those miscues as much as on his team’s own.

“I don’t ever make any excuses, and I certainly never blame the referees,” Brady said Monday morning in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.”

Brady, 42, added that he didn’t sleep much Sunday night because he was thinking about what the offense could have done differently to score a tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter but said he was anxious to get back to work.

“When you play sports long enough, I think sometimes you’re the recipient of things that go your way. And you’re on the other side of it, too. For me, I don’t think too much about it,” he said of the officiating calls.

“I wish it would go our way. Unfortunately they didn’t. It doesn’t take away from, when you watch the game, all the different things we had in our control that I wish we could have done a little bit better. We were just trying to keep grinding them out, and just put ourselves in a position there at the end with four plays in the red area, and just didn’t produce well enough to get the job done.”

Brady had his right (throwing) elbow wrapped after Sunday’s game, but he said he will be on the field next Sunday when the Patriots visit the Cincinnati Bengals.

“It’s all right. I just took a helmet on the inside of it. Just a typical football game. Nothing I haven’t dealt with before,” Brady said in the radio interview. “I’m just going to try to get some extra treatment and hopefully be 100 percent for next week.”

The Brady-led Patriots offense has struggled for extended stretches of the 2019 season, sparking questions as to whether there is enough talent around Brady.

The Patriots were 2-of-12 on third down against the Chiefs, and their season-long struggle in the red zone continued with just one touchdown in three trips inside the 20.

“[The defense] has been playing great all season. and they gave us every chance yesterday. We just have to keep fighting and keep battling. It hasn’t been an easy season,” Brady said.

“That’s like every other year. Every season has its own unique challenges, and we’ve faced them. We have to learn from them. And our whole season is ahead of us. We have to rally together and trust in each other and go lay it on the line like we’ve been doing every week. This is about a one-week season for us and trying to go out and go to Cincinnati and win on the road.”

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Arrest warrant issued for Antonio Brown in Florida battery case

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The Hollywood (Florida) Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Antonio Brown following allegations that he and his trainer attacked a moving company truck driver near Brown’s Florida home.

Hollywood police spokesman Christian Latta said in a Wednesday news release that Brown faces charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

Brown’s trainer, Holt, was arrested on a felony burglary with battery charge on Tuesday. He posted a $20,000 bond on Wednesday and was released from Broward County Jail on Wednesday night.

Police told ESPN that they made several attempts to contact Brown to question him about the incident, but the free-agent wide receiver retreated into his home and ignored their requests to speak with him.

Brown threw a rock at the driver’s moving truck before the alleged battery outside of his home Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by TMZ on Wednesday.

The documents allege that Brown later forced his way into the driver’s side of the main cabin and began to physically strike the driver after a disagreement over payment escalated. He was then restrained by his associates.

Brown, 31, remained in or near his home throughout the day Wednesday. Now police have a warrant to go into his home to arrest him if needed.

The court documents obtained by TMZ state that the moving company was hired by Brown to deliver belongings the receiver had stored in California to his home in Hollywood, Florida.

Brown allegedly refused to pay the $4,000 fee, which initially led the driver to attempt to leave with the property in his truck, and that’s when the driver said Brown threw the rock, denting and causing paint damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The driver then called police to report the damage.

Later, the documents say, the moving company told the driver to drop off the goods because Brown agreed to pay the fee plus damages he caused. Upon arrival, however, Brown paid the $4,000 fee but refused to pay more.

Another argument ensued, and that’s when, the driver claims, Brown assaulted him, and Holt attempted to grab his keys from the ignition to open the truck and get Brown’s belongings, causing cuts and scratches on the driver.

Brown’s home is located in a gated community in Hollywood. Multiple neighbors told ESPN that they are fed up with the antics coming from the home, including multiple police encounters this month.

Brown is being investigated by the NFL under its personal conduct policy following a lawsuit filed by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, that alleges she was sexually assaulted by Brown on multiple occasions. Brown also was accused of sexual misconduct at his home by an artist who was working there in 2017.

Brown played in only one game this season — for the Patriots in Week 2 against the Dolphins. He was released by the Raiders before the season and by the Patriots before Week 3, after it was made known that he sent text messages to the artist who had accused him of misconduct.

He remains on the commissioner’s exempt list, which prohibits from playing while the investigation is ongoing. Brown has filed eight grievances against the Raiders and Patriots, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. He is seeking $39.775 million in lost salary, bonuses and guaranteed money.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arrest warrant issued for Antonio Brown on burglary with battery charge

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The Hollywood (Florida) Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Antonio Brown following allegations that he and his trainer attacked a moving company truck driver near Brown’s Florida home.

Hollywood police spokesman Christian Latta said in a Wednesday news release that Brown faces charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

Brown’s trainer, Holt, was arrested on a felony burglary with battery charge on Tuesday. He posted a $20,000 bond on Wednesday and was released from Broward County Jail on Wednesday night.

Police told ESPN that they made several attempts to contact Brown to question him about the incident, but the free-agent wide receiver retreated into his home and ignored their requests to speak with him.

Brown pelted a rock at the truck driver before the alleged battery outside of his home Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by TMZ on Wednesday.

The documents show that Brown later forced his way into the driver’s side of the main cabin and began to physically strike the driver after a disagreement over payment escalated. He was then restrained by his associates.

Brown, 31, remained in or near his home throughout the day Wednesday. Now police have a warrant to go into his home to arrest him if needed.

The court documents TMZ obtained state that the moving company was hired by Brown to deliver belongings the receiver had stored in California to his home in Hollywood, Florida.

Brown allegedly refused to pay the $4,000 fee, which initially led the driver to attempt to leave with the property in his truck, and that’s when the driver said Brown threw the rock, denting and causing paint damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The driver then called police to report the damage.

Later, the documents say, the moving company told the driver to drop off the goods because Brown agreed to pay the fee plus damages he caused. Upon arrival, however, Brown paid the $4,000 fee but refused to pay more.

Another argument ensued, and that’s when, the driver claims, Brown assaulted him, and Holt attempted to grab his keys from the ignition to open the truck and get Brown’s belongings, causing cuts and scratches on the driver.

Brown’s home is located in a gated community in Hollywood. Multiple neighbors told ESPN that they are fed up with the antics coming from the home, including multiple police encounters this month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Raiders’ Derek Carr unmoved by QB rumor mill, plans on taking ‘first snap’ in new stadium

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LAS VEGAS — Yes, Derek Carr saw the shot of Mark Davis chatting up Tom Brady at a UFC card in Las Vegas last weekend, a photo that quickly went viral.

And sure, Carr took a certain pride in participating in Wednesday’s ceremony officially renaming the franchise as the “Las Vegas” Raiders outside of the team’s gleaming new $2 billion Allegiant Stadium, given how the rumor mill works for the quarterback in the offseason.

Not that the two events were related.

“I mean, there was a lot of quarterbacks at that fight,” Carr said with a laugh of the Conor McGregorDonald Cerrone bout when speaking to ESPN. “And there was a lot of football players at that fight that are free agents. And it’s like, every time, with my job, it’s always a story. No matter what. And knowing some people that were around, I even know what the conversation was [between Davis and Brady], and it’s like, ‘C’mon, man, when’s it going to end?'”

Carr, who signed a five-year, $125 million extension in the summer of 2017, laughed again but grew serious when he spoke to the growth of the team, going from a 4-12 outfit in 2017 to a 7-9 team last year that was in playoff contention in Week 17. Carr also had career highs in passing yards (4,054) and completion percentage (70.4) last season.

“All of these things that [you’d think] everyone would be like, Yes, we’re going the right way. Everything’s getting better and we know where we need to add things and where we [need] help.’ You would think that that would be the story. But that’s not how it works. And I understand that now.

“Especially when people are seen with certain people. It’s like, oh gosh. Well, I was at dinner with [Davis] last night. Does that count for anything? Golly. It’s just funny. But I’m used to it now. But I’ll say it this way — I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out. Until I’m done.”

Carr was one of eight current Raiders players on stage when Nevada governor Steve Sisolak proclaimed Jan. 22, 2020 as “a day to celebrate the renaming of the Las Vegas Raiders,” along with tight end Darren Waller, right tackle Trent Brown, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, safety Johnathan Abram, linebacker Marquel Lee, punter A.J. Cole and long snapper Trent Sieg.

“They’re going to be the Las Vegas Raiders and they should be here on this day,” Davis told ESPN.

Raiders alumni Jim Plunkett, Steve Wisniewski, Napoleon McCallum and Marcel Reece were also in attendance.

With the Raiders’ new practice facility in nearby Henderson not expected to open until June, the team will hold its offseason training program in Alameda and hold training camp in Napa before making the full move, so long as the 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium with a translucent roof and natural grass is ready. Team officials say the stadium is 80% complete and on schedule.

Davis, who also announced a $500,000 donation from the team to the Nevada Department of Agriculture meal service program to help eliminate meal debt in schools, insisted there would be no awkwardness in straddling Northern California and Southern Nevada this summer.

“Oakland and Los Angeles will always be in the Raiders’ DNA,” he said, “but Las Vegas is Raider Nation’s capital.”

Then what about Davis’ first-ever meeting with Brady, who may be a free agent this spring and is infamously known to Raiders fans for his role in the Tuck Rule Game?

“Oh,” Davis said with a wink, “that was about Tom was going to fight [Manny] Pacquiao here to open the stadium.”

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