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One of Tom Brady’s newest teammates announces retirement

Tom Brady puts up his hand

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently signed Cole Beasley to help them deal with a rash of injuries, but the veteran wide receiver’s stint with the team was very brief.

Beasley has announced his retirement from the NFL. The 33-year-old says he made the decision so he can spend more time with his family.

Beasley first signed with the Bucs’ practice squad after Chris Godwin and Julio Jones both suffered injuries. Mike Evans was also serving a one-week suspension at the time Beasley joined the team. All three wide receivers have since returned, so Beasley probably was not going to play a significant role going forward, anyway.

Though he caught just four passes in two games with the Buccaneers, Beasley had some productive seasons recently with the Buffalo Bills. His best year was in 2020, when he caught 82 passes for 967 yards and four touchdowns. Beasley finishes his career with 554 catches for 5,726 yards and 34 touchdown receptions.

Mark Cuban shares troubling update about Delonte West

Delonte West shooting

April 2, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West shoots prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Delonte West has struggled with addiction over the past several years, and the most recent news about the former NBA point guard has not been very positive.

West was spotted back in June panhandling on the side of a freeway in Virginia. He later admitted that it was him in the video and said he was “in between jobs” and needed to support his family.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has tried to help West, who spent the last season of his NBA career with the team. TMZ caught up with Cuban in New York City recently and asked if he has kept in touch with West. Cuban offered a troubling update.

“It’s a struggle for him,” Cuban said. “I mean, addiction is awful. And mental illness is awful. He’s at the point in his life where he’s got to want to be helped.”

Cuban helped locate West in 2020 when West spotted panhandling in the Dallas area. Cuban helped set West up with a rehab program at the time, and it appeared the 39-year-old was doing well for a while. Cuban indicated that West has not been receptive to help as of late.

“You know, he’s got to want to help himself first,” the billionaire said. “I’ve tried. I know it’s tough on him, but I wish him nothing but the best.”

West has had more than his share of off-court issues since his NBA career ended in 2012. He also made headlines a year ago when he was arrested at a Florida police station.

Aaron Rodgers admits he wants to play with 1 star WR

Aaron Rodgers ready to throw

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers have struggled to find their rhythm on offense after trading Davante Adams, and it sounds like Aaron Rodgers thinks one available player may be able to help the team.

Odell Beckham Jr. took to Twitter to praise Rodgers during Green Bay’s overtime win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The reigning NFL MVP was asked about that during his latest appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” He admitted that he would like to play with Beckham.

“Odell and I have been friends for a number of years now, so we keep in contact often. We’ve talked various times over the years,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, with a player like that, you’re always hoping that there’s a time where you can figure things out and play together.”

You can hear Rodgers’ full response below, but beware that the clip contains inappropriate language:

The Packers were linked to OBJ last year after the Cleveland Browns cut him. One report claimed Green Bay was Beckham’s preferred landing spot. Adams was still in the picture at the time, so the Packers had less of a need at wide receiver.

Beckham is making his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl. If he is healthy, the Packers should consider taking a close look at him. Rodgers can only do so much with Allen Lazard as his top target in the passing game.

It is no secret that Beckham wants to return to the Los Angeles Rams, but there is one thing they may need to do in order to re-sign him.

Manti Te’o signs with Hollywood agency following success of documentary

Manti Te'o before an NFL game

Sep 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te’o (50) warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego won 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Manti Te’o has been back in the news again recently after a Netflix documentary introduced more people to his story, and the former Notre Dame star may be looking to capitalize on the renewed interest in his life.

Te’o recently signed a deal with United Talent Agency for representation in all areas, Joe Otterson of Variety reports. UTA is a talent agency based in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The plan is for UTA to help Te’o across a variety of platforms including broadcasting, public speaking, publishing, unscripted television, and audio. It is unclear if there are any specific projects lined up at this time.

Te’o was a star at Notre Dame from 2009-2012. He was the anchor of the 2012 team that played in the national championship game. He then became well known across the country when he became the victim of an elaborate catfishing scheme, which is what the Netflix documentary “Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist” is about.

Though Te’o has grown tired of all the fake girlfriend jokes over the years, it makes sense for him to try to benefit from the unfortunate situation as much as he can.

Roger Maris Jr. sends message after Aaron Judge sets AL record

Aaron Judge running

Aug 23, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) runs to first base after hitting a single against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Judge set an American League record with his 62nd home run of the season on Tuesday night, and the former record holder’s son now considers Judge to be Major League Baseball’s home run king.

Roger Maris Jr. took to Twitter to congratulate Judge on homer No. 62. He said he can speak for the majority of fans in crowning Judge the “clean home run king.”

Barry Bonds holds the record for most home runs in a single season with 73. Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998, which is second all time. Sammy Sosa hit 66 that season in a battle that took place at the height of the steroid era.

Like many others, Maris Jr. believes that the seasons enjoyed by Bonds, McGwire and Sosa deserve asterisks. One of Maris’ other sons shared his thoughts on Judge’s home run chase earlier in the season.

Everyone said the same thing after seeing Victor Wembanyama play

Victor Wembanyama holds the ball

Oct 4, 2022; Henderson, NV, USA; Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 forward Victor Wembanyama (1) shoots from the free-throw line against NBA G League Ignite center Eric Mika (12) during the third quarter at The Dollar Loan Center. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

All it took was one glimpse of Victor Wembanyama on the court and fans were sold.

ESPN2 on Tuesday night televised a game between the G League Ignite team and Metropolitans 92, which is a French league basketball team. The game was designed to showcase Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, who are projected by many to be the top two picks in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Both players played well, but Wembanyama was an absolute star. The 7-foot-3, 18-year-old big man had 37 points and 5 blocks. He was 7/11 on three-pointers, showcasing his improbable range.

Wembanyama was so good that he had people salivating over his talent. Everyone was saying the same thing: teams will be tanking so hard to try and get the future star.

Wnat to see what all the rage was about? Take a look and salivate:

Ex-No. 3 overall draft pick announces his retirement

Blake Bortles holds a ball

Nov 10, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Blake Bortles (5) warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

A former first-round draft pick has quietly announced his retirement from the NFL.

Blake Bortles is a regular guest on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast. He joined the show for an episode that was released on Tuesday night. During his interview, Bortles was asked about the possibility of QB-needy teams like the New England Patriots reaching out to him.

That’s when Bortles revealed that he has retired.

“I have not touched a football since January,” Bortles told the hosts. “I quietly — I didn’t tell anybody — I retired. I guess you guys are kind of the first to hear it publicly.”

Though he said he was retired, Bortles admitted he would come back if a team offered him a crazy contract like $15 million over two years.

“I’m pretty set with where I’m at in the decision … if somebody were dumb enough to offer that kind of money, then it’s kind of hard to pass on,” Bortles said.

Bortles was asked if he could play one game.

“I’m still in shape. I work out … occasionally. I think I could play,” he said.

Bortles admitted that he played catch with some kids in the neigborhood and his arm was sore for a week.

Bortles was the No. 3 overall pick by the Jaguars out of UCF in 2014. He threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2015, but led the league with 18 interceptions that season. In 2017, he and a strong defense helped the Jags reach the AFC Championship Game.

Bortles only lasted one more season with the Jags and then headed to the Rams as Jared Goff’s backup quarterback in 2019.

Bortles last appeared in a game in 2019 and hasn’t started since 2018. He bounced around to a few different teams the last two years, earning around $500,000. Apparently it was no longer worth it to him to continue with his playing career.

The 30-year-old made $47.6 million over his career.

Braves legend gloats over team’s comeback to win NL East

Greg Maddux ready to pitch

Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves hall of fame pitcher Greg Maddux throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game five of the 2021 World Series against the Houston Astros at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves on Tuesday clinched the NL East to cap an impressive comeback, and one of the franchise’s legends couldn’t resist gloating.

The Braves trailed the New York Mets by 10.5 games in the division when June began. Undeterred, the Braves played great ball to chase down the Mets and clinch the division.

Greg Maddux, who won the NL East 10 times while playing for the Braves, loved what he saw.

“Even after 2 decades it’s still nice to see the @Braves beat the @NewYorkMets. Congrats Atlanta!” Maddux tweeted on Tuesday night.

The “after 2 decades” likely refers to when Maddux last played for the Braves, which was 2003. Maddux played for four MLB teams during his 23-year Hall of Fame career, but he is most strongly remembered for his dominant time in Atlanta. Apparently those Atlanta ties still weigh strongly for him too.

It’s hard not to be impressed with the way the Braves finished the season to clinch their fifth straight division title. The Braves went 21-6 in June and won 18 games apiece in July, August and September. They capped it all off by sweeping the Mets over the weekend to take a 2-game lead in the division.

Basketball player goes viral for his wild last name

Steeve Ho You Fat last name

One basketball player drew widespread attention among hoops fans on Tuesday night due to his name.

ESPN2 aired a game between the G League Ignite and Metropolitans 92, which is a team that plays in France’s highest-tier league. The game was billed as a showcase between Scoot Henderson and Victor Wembanyama, who are among the top prospects for the 2023 NBA Draft.

But it was another player who stole the show on social media.

The Metropolitans have a player named Steeve Ho You Fat. That’s not some sort of And1 Mixtape Tour nickname either. That’s his real name.

Ho You Fat is a 34-year-old forward from Cayenne, French Guiana. He is in his second season with the Metros and averaging 2.7 points per game this season.

Once American fans got a hold of his name, it was all over.

What do you think Ho You Fat’s sister is named?

Braves reliever sticks it to Mets reporter Sal Licata

Tyler Matzek celebrating

Oct 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Tyler Matzek (68) reacts in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2021 NLCS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Even Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Tyler Matzek is getting in on the fun dunking on Sal Licata.

Licata is a personality on SNY who has drawn attention in recent days after his bold proclamation in May blew up in his face.

Licata said on SNY in May that the NL East was a “wrap” because the Mets had such a big division lead at the time.

“No one is touching the Mets!” Licata proclaimed. “The Mets will be National League Eastern Division champs. I don’t even think the Braves will challenge them.”

Ever since the Braves swept the Mets over the weekend, Atlanta fans have been enjoying throwing the result in Licata’s face. Even Matzek got in a jab on Tuesday after the Braves officially clinched the NL East.

“Now the NL East is over. @sal_licata,” Matzek wrote on Twitter.

The Braves are 101-60 as of Tuesday night and have a 1-game lead on the Mets with a game to play in the regular season. They clinched the division with their win Tuesday because they have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Mets.