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PJ Washington deletes tweet amid drama with girlfriend Brittany Renner

PJ Washington

PJ Washington appears to be in some bad shape with girlfriend Brittany Renner.

Washington and Renner welcomed a baby boy on May 5. But two months later, their relationship seems to be over.

Washington and Renner unfollowed each other on Instagram this month. They also scrubbed photos of the other from their respective accounts.

Last week, they both posted messages on their Instagram Story seemingly addressing the relationship. Renner shared a message expressing optimism that something better might be coming. Washington seemed to take a shot at Renner.

“You can never build a kingdom with someone who still craves attention from the village,” Washington wrote.

Then on Monday, Washington seemed to address the relationship again.

He wrote “you was faking it all along,” but later deleted the tweet.

What does this all mean? Many people thought the tweet was about Renner and that Washington feels like he was duped by the woman. They just had a child together and are now broken up and will have to arrange difficulties such as child support and custody. Many also think Washington got played by the Renner, suggesting she targeted him.

Renner has said on video before how easy it is for a woman to capture money from an athlete.

Washington is 22 and just completed his second season in the NBA after playing at Kentucky in college. The 2019 first-round pick averaged 12.9 points per game with the Hornets last season.

Antonio Gates Jr. commits to Michigan State as their highest-rated recruit

Antonio Gates Jr

Michigan State on Monday secured its top-rated recruit for the 2022 class.

Antonio Gates Jr., the son of legendary tight end Antonio Gates, announced he is committed to Michigan State.

Gates Jr. chose Michigan State over Florida, Penn State, Kentucky and Tennessee, who were also in his top five.

The wide receiver is a four-star recruit from Dearborn Fordson High School. He is the 16th commitment Michigan State has secured for the 2022 recruiting class and their highest-rated recruit.

Gates’ father actually was originally planning to attend Michigan State. But the elder Gates went to Eastern Michigan and Kent State so he could basketball. He eventually made his way to the NFL and played 16 seasons for the Chargers, making eight Pro Bowls.

Gates Jr. is listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds.

Tom Daley shares the secret that helped him finally win Olympic gold medal

Tom Daley Matty Lee

Tom Daley is competing in his fourth Olympiad, but it wasn’t until this week that he finally won a coveted gold medal.

Daley and partner Matty Lee won gold in the men’s 10m platform synchronized diving event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The two won by an extraordinarily narrow margin, claiming Daley’s long-awaited gold.

So what was the secret to finally win a gold at the Olympics? Daley provided the answer during an interview with NBC after the event.

“To go to my fourth Olympic Games now and to finally do it, it’s such a magical moment,” Daley said. “I think the big difference this year was that I never ever visualized anything other than that gold medal. And Matty did the same. Every day, every night before bed, the gold medal, what we were going to do to get there. Never ever visualizing anything going wrong.

“I think the power of visualization and imagining yourself on the top, is what you got to do,” Daley said.

Visualization is an important part of the mental process in preparing for athletic competition. Visualizing yourself doing something before it happens can often help that picture come true in real life. It sounds like it worked perfectly for Daley, who also has won two Olympic bronze medals in the past.

Jamal Adams, Seahawks ‘far apart’ in contract talks

Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams is expected to report to training camp for the Seattle Seahawks, but he and the team reportedly are not close on a new deal.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Adams and Seattle are “far apart” in contract talks.

The Seahawks acquired Adams in a trade with the Jets last July. He is making $9.8 million this season, which is the price of his fifth-year option the Jets had picked up.

Seattle acquired Adams with the intention of signing him to a long-term deal. They offered him a long-term deal that would have made him the highest-paid safety in the league. However, Adams turned that down.

One issue may be that Adams is trying to get paid like a hybrid linebacker/safety rather than just a safety. Adams had 9.5 sacks last season and was used in many blitzing scenarios. The Seahawks likely do not plan to deploy him in so many blitzes this season.

Seattle would not have surrendered two first-round picks if they weren’t planning to keep Adams long term, so expect them to work out a deal with him.

Tom Brady not wearing brace or sleeve on knee at training camp

Tom Brady Bucs

Tom Brady underwent knee surgery this offseason, but he seems to be completely recovered.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was not wearing a knee brace or sleeve at training camp practice on Monday, NFL Media’s Sara Walsh reported.

There was talk about Brady dealing with a knee injury, but we didn’t learn the extent of it until recently. Brady played on a partially-torn MCL last season (another report said it was fully torn). The injury actually occurred in 2019.

Brady was seen working out in a video in June without a knee brace on. Him continuing to play without any specific support device for his knee seems to be a good sign about his recovery.

Brady turns 44 next week and is looking to repeat as a Super Bowl champion. He passed for 4,633 yards last season. His 40 passing touchdowns were the second-highest total of his career for a single season.

Packers will reportedly let Aaron Rodgers choose his next team

Aaron Rodgers

The Packers are close to an agreement with Aaron Rodgers that would give the quarterback assurances he can leave Green Bay after the 2021 season. Rodgers is unlikely to become a free agent at that point, but it sounds like he will still have a say in where he plays next.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers have made a number of “concessions” to convince Rodgers to return to the team this season. The most noteworthy is that they will allow him to choose his next team if he decides to leave in 2022.

Rodgers has three years remaining on his current contract, but the Packers have reportedly restructured the deal in a way that assures him he will not have to stay in Green Bay beyond 2021. The 2023 season will be voided, and the team cannot use the franchise tag on Rodgers. The reason they’re keeping Rodgers under contract for 2022 is so they can trade him and get something in return for him rather than simply letting him walk.

So, if a situation arises next offseason where several teams want to trade for Rodgers, it sounds like the Packers will work with the reigning MVP to send him where he wants to go. We know of at least one team that had significant interest, though that may have changed in recent months.

Report: 10 women have filed police complaints against Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is not currently facing any criminal charges stemming from the sexual assault allegations against him, but several women have now filed complaints with the police.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, told ESPN’s John Barr on Monday that 10 women have made formal complaints to the Houston Police Department. Eight of those women are among the 22 who have filed civil lawsuits against Watson, while two are not involved in the suits.

Hardin says Watson’s legal team is fully cooperating with the Houston police and the Harris County District Attorney’s office. They also plan to cooperate with the NFL when the criminal investigation concludes.

Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the 22 women who have filed lawsuits against Watson, said in a statement to ESPN that “almost half of these women have given sworn statements to the police, and almost half have spoken to the NFL’s investigative team.” He also called the processes with the police and the NFL “very lengthy,” which has created uncertainty with Watson’s situation.

Depositions for the alleged victims in the lawsuits have not yet been scheduled, but they will not begin before September. Watson will not be deposed until February 2022.

Settlements are always possible, but Hardin has been adamant that Watson will not sign any settlement that includes a confidentiality agreement.

“I do not want anybody to be saying that this guy paid off women to stay quiet and so, if there ever was a settlement of any kind, it would have to be public and therefore both sides, [Watson] and the women, would be able to say to the world at large whatever they wanted,” Hardin told ESPN.

Hardin also insisted there several NFL teams that are “ready to jump now” at the opportunity to trade for Watson, even with numerous legal issues pending.

A report on Monday claimed the Texans are open to trading Watson, but the asking price is still very high. Teams will likely want to wait until they can at least be sure no criminal charges will be filed against the star quarterback. It also remains possible that Watson will be suspended or placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, which complicates things further.

Davante Adams reportedly open to remaining with Packers

Davante Adams

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have reportedly reached an agreement that will allow Rodgers to leave the team after the 2021 season, but that does not necessarily mean Davante Adams will follow him out the door.

Adams is entering the final season of his contract with the Packers. He and Rodgers have a close relationship, and many have assumed he won’t want to remain in Green Bay without Rodgers. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Adams is still willing to discuss a possible contract extension with the Packers.

The new agreement between Rodgers and the Packers (more details here) is expected to create immediate salary cap space. If Green Bay wants to use some of that to make Adams the highest-paid receiver in football, he is apparently all ears.

Rodgers and Adams both shared the same photo on social media over the weekend and made it seem like 2021 will be their last hurrah. That could simply mean their last hurrah as teammates, even if Adams chooses to stay.

Despite missing two games, Adams led the NFL in touchdown receptions last season with 18. His 115 catches were tied for second in the league and his 1,374 yards ranked fifth. Contract talks between him and the Packers were said to have fallen apart recently, but they are surprisingly back on.

Report: Packers agree to let Aaron Rodgers leave after 2021 season

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have reportedly made significant progress toward settling their differences, but the reigning MVP is likely entering his final season with the team.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Rodgers and the Packers are close to an agreement that would bring Rodgers back to the team for one more season. The deal, which Schefter describes as “close,” does not include more money. However, the Packers are tweaking Rodgers’ contract in a way that would assure he can leave Green Bay next year.

Rodgers has three more years remaining on his current deal, but the Packers have agreed to void the final year in 2023. They also have assured him they will not place the franchise tag on him and will “review” his situation after the 2021 season.

By keeping Rodgers under contract through 2022, the Packers will still be able to trade him next offseason if his feelings toward the franchise don’t change.

This has seemed like the most likely outcome for a while. Rodgers obviously wants to play elsewhere, and the Packers traded up in the first round to draft Jordan Love last year. With assurances that Rodgers will be able to leave next offseason, the two sides can chase one more Super Bowl together before parting ways.

The structure of the agreement is very similar to what the New England Patriots did with Tom Brady the year before he left and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One NFL executive recently said Rodgers wants to take the same approach as Brady, so that makes sense.

We knew things were headed in this direction when Rodgers and Davante Adams, who is in the final year of his contract with the Packers, shared the same photo on social media over the weekend. Unless something drastic changes over the course of the next several months, a new era will begin in Green Bay next season.

Video: Boat nearly ran over Olympic athletes at start of triathlon

Olympics triathlon boat

A terrifying scene unfolded at the start of the men’s triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, and it was fortunate that no one was injured.

Half the field dove into the water when the starting gun sounded, but the other half was blocked by a television boat. The boat quickly reversed out of the way and luckily avoided driving over any of the athletes. You can see the video below:

As you might expect, there was a great deal of confusion following the incident. Boats and jet skis began driving toward the athletes to make sure there were no injuries and everyone could get back to the starting point. Eventually, all 56 athletes took their positions again for a restart.

Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt won the race. It’s safe to say it was one that neither he nor the rest of the competitors will ever forget.