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Ravens Head of Security Allegations He Was Drinking At the Stadium

12/31/2014 12:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1231-darren-sanders-youtube-01The woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by the Baltimore Ravens Director of Security claims Darren Sanders had been drinking before groping her at the stadium ... this according to new docs obtained by TMZ Sports. 

In court docs filed in Maryland, the accuser gives her side of the story in great detail ... and claims she first came into contact with Sanders at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 14th around 7:30 PM ... hours after the Ravens defeated the Browns. 

In the docs, the woman -- who claims she works for a company that provides custodial/janitorial services for the Ravens -- claims Sanders hit on her ... telling her she was sexy and that he liked her. 

The woman claims, "I could smell alcohol on him." 

The woman claims Sanders groped her butt multiple times -- each time she swatted his hand away.

When she told Sanders he was out of line, he allegedly responded that he "did what he wanted around here."

After the incident, the woman says she immediately contacted her boss -- who contacted police ... and they immediately launched an investigation.

Cops ultimately found there was enough evidence to book Sanders with 4th degree sexual assault.

As for Sanders, he's on paid-leave from the Ravens -- but denies any wrongdoing.

Darren's attorney just issued a statement saying he will not appeal the Ravens' decision because he doesn't want to be a distraction -- but says he's innocent and "looks forward to his day in court."

Ravens Head of Security Alleged Sexual Assault Happened During Game

12/31/2014 9:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sanders has been placed on paid leave, per the NFL's personal conduct policy ... according to team officials.

He will not travel to Pittsburgh with the Ravens for the playoff game vs. the Steelers on Saturday. 
update-grey-gray-barDarren Sanders -- the head of security for the Baltimore Ravens -- is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore during a game ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We obtained the police report filed by a woman who claims she was working at the stadium on December 14th -- when the Ravens were playing the Browns -- and was asked to escort Sanders to another part of the building.

The woman claims while doing the escort, Sanders "hit and/or groped her buttocks more than once as they walked down the third level hallway."

The woman claims the abuse continued when they got to the 3rd floor lobby ... when he "pressed his body against her's and kissed her neck and attempted to force her to grab his penis."


The woman says she was able to walk away -- and immediately told 4 co-workers about the incident.

Cops investigated the situation and eventually charged Sanders with a 4th degree sexual offense. Investigators say at least one witness "observed part of the interaction" between Sanders and the woman.  

Sanders lawyers are adamant -- Darren did nothing wrong. A hearing is set for Feb. 9th. 

Sanders was famously involved with the Ray Rice investigation -- he had claimed he asked police and Revel Casino security for a copy of the elevator footage ... but failed to obtain it.

NFL Star Steve Smith My Cleat Game Is Sick!!!

12/24/2014 7:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Baltimore Ravens superstar Steve Smith Sr. pimped the hell out of his feet this season -- with at least 7 pairs of INCREDIBLE custom cleats ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

As we previously reported, cleat customization is all the rage in the NFL this season -- with huge stars like DeSean Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Bush and others going to famous sneaker artists for some added flair. 

And Smith is no exception -- tapping David Zambrano ... aka DEZ ... for several pairs of personalized kicks ... with some of the coolest designs we've ever seen. 

Dez also whipped out a pretty badass pair for Steelers linebacker James Harrison. 

As Deion Sanders once put it ... "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good."


Ray & Janay Rice Handcuffed and Making Out After Elevator Fight

12/19/2014 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice and then fiancee Janay Palmer were handcuffed the night of the Atlantic City elevator fight ... and even kissed each other in an elevator as police escorted them out of the casino.

The surveillance video posted by ABC News shows cops seated with Ray and Janay at separate tables in the Revel Hotel and Casino.

About 1 minute into the video police start to walk Ray and Janay out, they put them both together in the same elevator. Remember this isn't long after Ray knocked out Janay in an elevator.

Both Ray and Janay were arrested for assault, but charges were quickly dropped against Janay.

Joe Flacco Jabs Prez Over Name Screw Up ... 'It's Franco, not Flacco!'

12/19/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Listen up, President Obama ... Joe Flacco wants to make sure you know he's never been in "127 Hours" or "Spring Breakers" ... and he's definitely not the co-star of "The Interview."

POTUS made a huge flub during his news conference Friday -- mashing up James Franco's name with Joe's -- and the Ravens QB quickly responded.

The prez was talking about the Sony cyber attack and "The Interview" ... saying, "a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James FLACCO.  I love Seth ... I love James."

Flacco razzed the president by tweeting, "@barackobama: It's James Franco, not James Flacco ;)" He also shouted out James ... welcoming him to the fam. 

Still ... imagine Franco putting on the pads to take on J.J. Watt and the Texans this weekend. THAT would be awesome.


Ray Rice All Is Forgiven ... Surrounded by Fans at Kids Event

12/18/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1218-ray-rice-instagram-02Ray Rice is back in the good graces of many Baltimore Ravens fans ... who flocked to him last night during a Christmas charity event.

Ray and Janay Rice went to a Toys for Tots drive organized by his ex-teammate Torrey Smith -- and no one shied away from Ray as he walked around the event. In fact, he and Janay posed for several pictures with people during his first public appearance since his suspension was overturned.

Organizers say this is the 3rd consecutive year that Rice has pitched in with the charity.

He told a reporter for WJZ ... "I just made a horrible mistake in my life but you know, if they truly believe in second chances - they would forgive me "

We've said it before -- comebacks happen all the time.  

Ray & Janay Rice Fireball Shots & Card Games At Surprise Party

12/16/2014 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1216-ray-rice-cake-instagramRay and Janay Rice partied hard Monday night ... their friends threw them a surprise party -- complete with cake and hard booze -- to celebrate being in Baltimore for seven years. 

Janay posted a few pics from the party at their home -- looks like they played Cards Against Humanity and drank beers and a handle of Fireball. 

We don't know what Ray was drinking, but as we first reported -- he blamed the entire elevator incident on hard alcohol and told friends he was swearing off the stuff completely.

Janay captioned her pics with: "our Bmore family is seriously the best!!! We thought we were having a normal Monday night then the doorbell rang...little did we know there they were with drinks, food, games, and the most of all love & support!"

One of her hashtags was "#lovenomatterwhereweare" ... perhaps an acknowledgment that after 7 years they'll most likely be leaving Baltimore when -- and if -- Ray gets picked up by another NFL team. 


President Obama -- RIPS ROGER GOODELL NFL 'Behind the Curve' On Dom. Violence

12/12/2014 8:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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121214_obama_cowherd_launch_v2President Barack Obama just went after Roger Goodell -- saying the NFL Commish is "winging it" when it comes to the league's disciplinary action on domestic violence. 

Obama called in to ESPN's "The Herd" and talked to Colin Cowherd about the Ray Rice situation. 

"The way it was handled also indicates that the NFL was behind the curve," Obama said ... "As a lot of institutions have been behind the curve, in sending a clear message.”

That's when Obama took aim at Goodell -- who's been under fire for being inconsistent with the punishment he's dished out to players.  

"You don’t want to be winging it when something like this happens. You want to have clear policies in place."

Obama did say there was a silver lining from the Rice situation -- "I’m so glad we got more awareness about domestic violence. Obviously, the situation that happened in the Rice family was important, but it did lift up awareness that this is a real problem that we have to root out and men have to change their attitudes and their behavior."

Roger Goodell I Half-Assed My Job When It Came to Ray Rice

12/11/2014 7:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Roger Goodell ADMITTED he didn't thoroughly read NFL security reports about the Ray Rice elevator attack ... this according to new transcripts from the Rice suspension hearing. 

The transcript, obtained by ESPN, contains testimony from November when Goodell was asked about the NFL's investigation into the Rice elevator attack. 

During questioning, Goodell acknowledged that several of his officials gave him detailed security reports about the incident ... but Roger admitted he "didn't read it from start to finish" and "I didn't look at them closely."

There's more ... when asked why the NFL never made a "formal request" for the elevator footage from the Atlantic City PD, Goodell gave a bizarre answer. 

First, he argued that he didn't know what the word "formal" meant because "I am not an attorney." Then he admitted that he didn't "know the specifics" about if or how his team tried to get the video. 

The NFL's lead investigator, Jim Buckley, also gave a shocking statement -- saying when it came to the Atlantic City PD or the casino where the attack occurred, "I never contacted anyone about the tape."

As for Ray, the transcript shows he told NFL officials he "hit" Janay Palmer inside the elevator that day ... though Goodell insisted Rice said he merely "slapped" her. 

When Rice was questioned about the incident by the NFL in June, Goodell never asked a single question himself ... instead leaving the interrogating to his deputies.

The transcripts show that the Revel Casino put together it's own investigative report about the incident ... in which it details Rice "punching" Janay in the elevator

The NFL's chief investigator testified that the league never asked the casino for the report.

Dr. Drew on Ray Rice: 'Good They're Staying Together' ... But They're In Denial

12/3/2014 7:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
120314_dr_drew_launch_v2Dr. Drew says he's very concerned about Ray and Janay Rice -- telling TMZ Sports it's "good" they're staying together ... but says they're in major denial about the magnitude of what happened. 

Drew says the way Ray and Janay are chalking up the elevator attack to "one bad night" is bizarre -- and it "minimizes a very serious situation."

"For them to stay together is a good thing. But for them to sort of minimize it and be in such denial about the magnitude of what happened? I mean this is a violent attack. "

Drew says he's also concerned by how quickly Ray and Janay moved on -- saying their situation usually requires a year of hard work "if they're even possibly going to reduce the risk of something horrible happening again." 

Ray Rice News Conference was Horrendous Mistake ... Blames Ravens

12/2/2014 6:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Rice says the disastrous news conference he and Janay held together in May was a "horrendous mistake" ... but he's pointing the finger at the Baltimore Ravens. 

Ray broke his silence with Matt Lauer during a stand-up interview in his kitchen for the "Today" show ... and said of the P.R. debacle, "I made a tremendous mistake not apologizing to my wife."

Ray and Janay also took heat over the May 23rd event because Janay APOLOGIZED for her role in the elevator incident.

"When we was going in, we were given what to speak about. It wasn't truly coming from us," Ray says. 

So, who told them what to say? Janay claims the Ravens "gave us a general script" going in to the news conference that day ... and Ray and Janay did what they were told thinking the team would have their back.

During the interview, Ray also told Matt he had never laid a finger on Janay before the elevator attack

Ray says he wants to play football again, but if he can't get a job in the NFL -- Janay told Matt she's willing to  go out, get a job and "be the provider."

Ray Rice HITS NY CLUB SCENE After Winning NFL Appeal

12/1/2014 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201-ray-rice-instagram-01Ray Rice has finally returned to the bar scene -- partying at a NYC nightclub for the first time since he attacked his wife at an Atlantic City casino back in February ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

Rice hit up Bounce Sporting Club in Manhattan late Saturday night/early Sunday morning -- where he posed for pics with fans and chatted with anyone who approached him. 

We're told security was trying to keep fans away from Rice -- but Ray was talking and making conversation with people anyway.

The timing is interesting ... considering Ray won his appeal on Friday -- and then hit the club right after. It feels like a celebration.

One source tells us Janay was with Ray at the club -- though we can't confirm that yet.  

Everyone we spoke with says Ray was NOT drinking at Bounce.

As we previously reported, Ray claimed he was highly intoxicated when he struck Janay in Atlantic City -- and says ever since that incident, he's cut hard liquor out of his life. 


Janay Rice Elevator Incident Was God's Plan

12/1/2014 6:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Janay Rice says the elevator attack was all part of God's plan -- telling Matt Lauer she believes she and Ray were "chosen" to help bring awareness to domestic violence.

Janay says she believes there is a "silver lining" to the incident ... explaining, "I feel like God chose me and Ray for a reason, and it was definitely to bring awareness to what people are going through every day."

She continued ... "You know, it’s not what I am going through every day, but you know it’s definitely brought this topic to the forefront ... and we are OK with that."

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