Friday’s Mashup: Gambler charged with making graphic threats to Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski

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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:MLB: Exhibition: Boston vs. Atlanta, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN, WEEI-AM 850)NBA: Utah at Boston, 8 p.m. (NBCSB)AROUND THE WEB: 

-- A 23-year-old gambler could face up to five years in prison after he was charged by a U.S. Attorney in Florida with threatening athletes, including Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, with acts of violence. 

Ben “Parlay” Patz used multiple anonymous Instagram accounts to make threats against members of the Patriots, MLB teams and college basketball and football players.

“Your throat will be severed open with a dull knife," he wrote to one Pepperdine player. "Your entire family will be beheaded and burned alive. I will enter your home as you sleep and kill you. Watch your back, you're a dead man walking."

After Patz bet $10,000 on the Rams to beat New England in Super Bowl LIII, Patz sent threatening messages to Patriots players named in court filings as “J.E.” and “R.G.”

“I’ll rape and murder your entire family,” he wrote to Edelman. 

To Gronkowski, Patz wrote, “I will brutally rape and murder your family. … I will enter your home while you sleep and sever your neck open with a dull knife.” 

Patz is charged with transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce. He turned himself in Thursday, when he is due to appear in federal court.

-- Gordon Hayward and his wife, Robyn, will welcome their fourth child in September, the couple announced on Thursday. 

And it is a boy. 

Baby G coming in September -- *** yes, it’s a boy.

A post shared by Robyn Hayward (@robynmhayward) on Mar 5, 2020 at 2:49pm PST

In a famous gender reveal video for his youngest daughter in 2018, Robyn asked Hayward if he was happy with having another girl and the way Hayward said, “Daddy’s always happy,” made people believe he was hoping for a boy. 

That “Daddy’s always happy” was rock bottom.Gordon Hayward wanted a boy so damn bad

— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 10, 2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can tell you this, all the Boston fans that are worried about where Tom Brady is going, Mr. Kraft wants Tom Brady to be with the Patriots so bad. I just talked to him today and Mr. Kraft wants Brady back.” -- Dana White, to OMF, on Tom Brady’s free agency