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Ray Rice Not Giving Up NFL Dream ... Despite Mentor Role

5/28/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-ray-rice-tmzJust because he's giving life advice to NFL rookies doesn't mean Ray Rice has given up on his NFL dream -- with multiple sources close to the RB telling us he's still hoping to play this season. 

Over the past few days, 29-year-old Rice returned to the Baltimore Ravens to advise the rookies about the importance of being a good person. He also spoke with the football team at Western Michigan.  

Many people saw the moves as an indication he was finally ready to let his NFL dream go -- instead, exploring a career as a life coach or motivational speaker. 

But we're told that's just not the case.  

Our sources tell us Rice has been training like crazy -- keeping his body in NFL shape in case a team decides to kick the tires.  

As one person put it -- "his primary focus is on himself, his family and educating others but he would still like to finish what he started."

Ray Rice Returns to Ravens ... To School Rookies

5/26/2016 1:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-ray-rice-baltimore-ravens-TMZ-01Ray Rice is back in with the Baltimore Ravens -- not as a player, but as a teacher.

Rice met with his former team's new class of players on Wednesday, and Ravens officials say ... "He clearly had the attention of our rookies."

Rice hasn't played for the Ravens since his release after the elevator attack on his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer.

The team says Ray's session with the rookies is part of its "player engagement program" intended to teach them life lessons.

"Rice, who played for the Ravens from 2008-2014, delivered an important message that included his story, both the good and the bad."

Ray held a similar seminar for the NFL Players Association earlier this year. He hasn't been able to get back on an NFL roster, but seems to have found a new calling.

We're told the Ravens meeting was NOT set up through the league ... so, it's a clear sign he's back on good terms with his old squad.

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2:00 PM PT -- We spoke with Ravens rookie tackle Ronnie Stanley -- the #6 overall pick in the draft -- who tells us, "Ray was very down to earth. He talked to us about life. About how hard it is to be a pro athlete. That you have to be good ON and OFF the field."

"Everyone was honored and happy that Ray took the time to share his experience."

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Cal Ripken Jr. Marriage Streak Is Over ... Divorces Wife

4/28/2016 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428-cal-ripken-kelly-ripken-divorce-art-TMZ-GETTY-01For the first time in 30 years, Cal Ripken Jr. is a single man ... because his divorce was officially finalized today. 

A lawyer for Kelly Ripken confirmed the split to the Baltimore Sun ... saying, "Kelly has been a great mother to two fabulous children and a wonderful, faithful wife for the duration of the parties' relationship, which lasted more than 30 years."

The lawyer added, "Kelly looks forward to the next chapter in her life, which will be focused on philanthropy and her commitment to promoting women's health, most currently through 'A Woman's Journey' at Johns Hopkins Medicine."

FYI -- Ripken is reportedly worth in the neighborhood of $75 mil ... but the details of the divorce settlement have not been revealed. 

Cal and Kelly married in 1987 -- and have 2 children together. 

John Harbaugh Emotional Speech at Tray Walker's Funeral

3/28/2016 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If you have a couple minutes ... you should really watch this. 

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke at Tray Walker's funeral this weekend -- remembering his former player as a tough, sweet talented guy who didn't back down from anyone ... including future Hall of Famer WR Steve Smith

It's clear Walker -- a defensive back -- made quite an impression on Harbaugh and several Ravens players (several attended the funeral including Steve Smith) ... before passing away in a motorcycle crash earlier this month. 

Tray's family wanted the funeral to be more of a "celebration of life" -- and Harbaugh did a pretty great job painting a picture of a man who loved football and his family. 

We know how much Walker loved the Ravens -- as we previously reported, his family bought a custom Ravens-themed casket for the 23-year-old. 

#RIP

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NFL's Tray Walker Custom Louis Vuitton Casket ... With Ravens Helmet

3/27/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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tray_walker_casket_launchAn extraordinary guy deserves an extraordinary funeral ... so says the family of Ravens cornerback Tray Walker who ordered up a custom Ravens-themed casket for his final tribute. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Walker's family agreed to celebrate his life after he passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash last week -- and wanted to make a statement with his casket. 

So, the family contacted casket maker Trey Ganem and ordered something that would match Tray's flashy personality ... with Ravens logos, an NFL helmet and Louis Vuitton interior. 

Ganem (who got permission from Tray's family to speak with us) says the price tag was about $16k -- but the family was happy to pay because Tray would have loved it. 

Walker was laid to rest Saturday in Miami. 

#RIP

Tray Walker NFL Player Dies After Motorcycle Crash

3/18/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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031816-tray-walker-gettyBaltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker has died from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident Thursday night ... this according to his agent Ron Butler. 

Walker was 23. 

According to police, Walker was operating a dirt bike in the dark without lights and crashed into a 2014 Ford Escape. He was not wearing a helmet.

Walker was transported to the trauma unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Story developing ... 

Tray Walker Crash Officials Investigating Reports of 2nd NFL Player On Scene

3/18/2016 8:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0318-tray-walker-getty-01Officials investigating the Tray Walker motorcycle crash tell TMZ Sports they are looking into reports that a 2nd NFL player was on the scene at the time of the accident and left before cops arrived. 

We spoke with Det. Pinkard who tells us the Miami Dade PD has received info about an unknown New England Patriots player who may know something ... but so far, they don't know if that information holds up. 

We're told the crash was so serious, that the traffic homicide unit is leading the investigation. The traffic homicide unit handles all fatal and critical crashes. 

As we previously reported, Walker -- a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens -- was hospitalized Thursday night after his dirt bike collided with a 2014 Ford Escape. The other driver was not injured. 

We're told, at this time, officials do not plan on charging the other driver with a crime. 

Ravens' Tray Walker Critical Condition After Motorcycle Accident

3/17/2016 8:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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031716-trey-walker-gettyBaltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker is in critical condition after being involved in a serious dirt bike accident Thursday night in Miami. 

According to police, Walker was operating a dirt bike in the dark without lights. He was not wearing a helmet. Walker was transported to the trauma unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Coach John Harbaugh released the following statement through the Ravens ... "This is devastating news. Our prayers and hopes are with with Tray and his family tonight."

Walker, 23, attended Texas Southern University before being selected in the 4th round of the 2015 draft.

Story developing ...

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Terrell Suggs Arrested In Arizona Suspended License, Leaving Crash Scene

3/4/2016 6:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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8:02 AM PT -- The Scottsdale PD says Suggs told cops he fell asleep at the wheel before the crash ... and say he was also cited for leaving the scene of an accident. 

Cops tell TMZ Sports ... they were called about a crash in a grocery store parking lot at 1:20 AM -- and when they got to the scene they found a "fluid trail" that led to Terrell's white BMW 750Li which had "fresh damage."

Cops investigated and determined "Suggs was not impaired and he stated that he possibly fell asleep before the collision."

"He was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended driver’s license. He was later released from the jail."

Suggs' rep says ... Terrell did NOT leave the scene. "He walked over to a Mexican restaurant to call someone to come get him and was ticketed for leaving the scene."

"The grocery store and the Mexican restaurant are in the same shopping mall complex." 

7:37 AM PT -- Suggs' rep tells us the NFL star did suffer a minor cut to his forehead during the crash ... but says he's fine. 

Suggs also posted about the situation on Instagram saying:

"MooD:....... Driving with a suspended license!
Street Cred= 100,000 Trillion.
My bad Y'all.. Dumb Ass SiZ" 

7:28 AM PT -- Suggs' rep Denise White just issued an official statement saying, "This morning Terrell Suggs was in a single car collision, no one was injured. 

Police were called and upon speaking with Terrell found his license to be suspended for speeding tickets. 

He was detained by the police and released a couple hours later. Terrell will let the judicial system take its course and fix his license issues."

7:11 AM PT -- A rep for Suggs tells us Terrell had gotten into a minor 1-car traffic accident earlier in the night -- no one was injured -- but someone heard it and called cops. 

When cops arrived to the Mexican restaurant ... they spoke with Suggs and learned his license had previously been suspended. He was detained for a suspended license and nothing more.

We're told his suspended license was due to speeding tickets. 

The rep says Suggs notified the team as soon as possible and Terrell says he plans to make things right regarding his license, ASAP. 

update_grey_gray_barTerrell Suggs was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona early Friday morning ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement confirms the Baltimore Ravens superstar was booked at 2:03 AM -- and released on citation at 3:21 AM. 

Our sources tell us the 33-year-old -- who went to Arizona State -- was at a Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale at the time of the arrest. 

The Ravens have issued a statement to WNST in Maryland saying, "Terrell made us aware of the situation and we're looking into it."

Ravens Brandon Williams Alfonso Ribeiro Can't Touch This!

8/18/2015 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oh, how the Baltimore Ravens have changed -- defensive tackle Brandon Williams' pregame pump up would bring tears to the eyes of Ray Lewis and Alfonso Ribeiro ... for very different reasons.

As our friends at BSO pointed out -- Williams did his best Carlton dance to show his excitement for the upcoming game against the Eagles. Look, we know a 335 pound lineman can celebrate anyway he wants ... but we can't see Lewis letting Brandon psych up the squad with this act.

That WOULD be unusual. 

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Guilty of Raping 15-Year-Old Boy

6/16/2015 11:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An ex-NFL cheerleader has just pled guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy she spotted on Instagram ... and now could face up to 15 years in prison.  

As we previously reported, 48-year-old  Molly Shattuck -- who cheered for the Baltimore Ravens in '05 -- was indicted back in November for 2 counts of 3rd degree rape for incidents that took place in September '14. 

Officials say Shattuck began seducing the boy back in May after she saw his picture on Instagram -- and first got physical with him in the back seat of her car in a middle school parking lot ... with kissing and touching.

But investigators say things escalated during Labor Day weekend ... when Molly seduced the boy at a rented beach house she was staying at with her own kids -- performing oral sex on him at least 2 times. 

Now, we've learned Shattuck struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which she agreed to plead guilty to one count of rape in the 4th degree ... and could face up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in August. 

Story developing ... 

NFL's Torrey Smith Ray Rice Deserves 2nd Chance 'Good People Make Mistakes'

6/12/2015 11:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0612-ray-rice-torrey-smith-getty-01Ray Rice has paid for his mistakes and deserves a 2nd shot in the NFL ... so says Ray's ex-Ravens teammate (and good friend) Torrey Smith who tells TMZ Sports he can still be one of the best RBs in the league.

Ray is training his ass off at the moment ... hoping a team will give him the opportunity to prove he can still compete at the highest level and sign him for the 2015 season. 

The obstacle, of course, is his past -- and while Smith acknowledges what Ray did was "horrible," he believes Rice is truly sorry ... and has worked hard to become a better person. 

"Good people make mistakes," Smith says ... "I believe in second chances and I think society is supposed to be built on the idea that you can suffer consequences and come back."

"People sometimes want you to apologize a certain way, crying or all upset. He's made things right with his wife and family and earned respect with his actions since the incident."

"He's a way better person than he showed on that tape."

Baltimore Ravens Stud Uncle Sam Wants Me To Help NSA Spies!!

6/9/2015 2:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The NSA has its eyes on Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel -- but this is a good thing ... 'cause the guy is so damn brilliant, the government desperately needs his help.

TMZ Sports has learned the National Security Agency -- yes, the guys who track down terrorists -- recruited Urschel after seeing the skills he displayed while working toward a Ph.D in math.

It's pretty amazing, and kinda 'Beautiful Mind'-y -- but Urschel actually schooled NSA agents last week ... delivering a lecture filled with a bunch of math stuff way above our pay grade and education. 

But we're told John killed it ... explaining an algorithm he created that -- in layman's terms -- allows the agency to take a lot of complicated data, and present it in terms mortals can understand. Kinda like super math for super dummies. 

Urschel tells us he was pumped about his presentation, and says after the NFL ... he's open to doing more with the NSA. However he adds, "I'd have to weigh it with other opportunities ... such as being a professor, being a researcher, or working in the industry."

Our brains hurt.

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