Names In The News
Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT is on a "list of cleared callers" who may contact PRESIDENT TRUMP "through this official channel" via the White House switchboard. The list only includes a "few dozen friends and family members" outside the administration (NEW YORK magazine, 5/14 issue). It is "no secret that Kraft and Trump are tight," but Kraft previously has indicated that his "relationship with the president is more personal than political." He noted that Trump "was supportive after the death of his wife, MYRA, in 2011" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/15).
SAINTS ROW: Saints and Pelicans Owner GAYLE BENSON's horse, Lone Sailor, has "officially entered" Saturday's Preakness Stakes after finishing eighth at the Kentucky Derby (NOLA.com, 5/14). Meanwhile, New Orleans-based WYES-PBS announced that the hour-long documentary "TOM BENSON: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF A NEW ORLEANS SAINT," will premiere May 23 (NOLA.com, 5/14).
NAMES: Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals last night at Toyota Center saw many celebrities in attendance, including rapper TRAVIS SCOTT, Basketball HOFers HAKEEM OLAJUWON and ELVIN HAYES, former NFLer ANDRE JOHNSON, Baseball HOFer JEFF BAGWELL and NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER (SFCHRONICLE.com, 5/14)....Sources said that ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and LEBRON JAMES are “among a group of celebrities" investing in a Hell’s Kitchen office building being renovated by the Georgetown Co., which is also "said to have obtained" an investment from Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER (NYPOST.com, 5/14)....Golf HOFer TOM WATSON and Baseball HOFer GEORGE BRETT played in a charity golf event in Overland Park, Kan., named after "iconic" K.C. Star editor and columnist JOE MCGUFF, who died from ALS complications in ’06 (K.C. STAR, 5/15)....Eagles RB JAY AJAYI is being “sued by the owner of a rental home” in L.A. who alleges Ajayi "trashed the space, refused to pay for fees charged and pushed the owner when he confronted Ajayi” (PHILLY.com, 5/14)....Actress TARAJI P. HENSON and former NFLer KELVIN HAYDEN are engaged (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 5/14)....Patriots TE ROB GRONKOWSKI celebrated his 29th birthday in Jamaica with his girlfriend, SI Swimsuit model CAMILLE KOSTEK (BOSTONHERALD.com, 5/14).
IN MEMORY: Former Twins broadcaster FRANK QUILICI died yesterday at his home in Burnsville, Minn. He turned 79 on Friday and "had been in hospice care.” Quilici “worked on Twins radio broadcasts” with HERB CARNEAL in ’67-77, ’80-82 and ’87 (STARTRIBUNE.com, 5/15).