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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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Terrell Suggs on Deflategate:

Patriots Got Off Way Easy

5/28/2015 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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We already know he doesn't like Tom Brady ... and Tom Brady's hair -- but now it seems NFL superstar Terrell Suggs doesn't like TB's Deflategate punishment either. 

The Baltimore Ravens stud was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills last night when we asked if the Pats got what they deserved -- $1 million fine, loss of draft picks and the 4-game suspension for Brady. 

Sugg's response -- "I don't know. That's not my job. I'm glad I don't got it ... but the last coach that got caught cheating got suspended for a whole year. So ..."

Seems he's strongly suggesting Brady and the gang got off SUPER EASY compared to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton who was banned from the league for the entire 2013 season for allegedly covering up Bountygate, where players targeted opponents for cash bonuses. 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he will NOT appeal the team's punishment ... maybe he sees Terrell's point -- it could've been worse. 

Ray Rice

Domestic Violence Wiped From His Record

5/21/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice is officially no longer a domestic violence offender -- the charges from the elevator beating of his then-fiancee have been dismissed and expunged.

The former Baltimore Ravens star completed a pretrial intervention program, and the Atlantic County D.A. sent a dismissal order to the court. Judge Michael A. Donio signed the order early Thursday morning.

As we previously reported, Rice struck a deal with prosecutors -- he was initially indicted on a charge of felony aggravated assault, but the D.A. lowered that to simple assault, a misdemeanor. The deal was controversial ... especially after TMZ Sports first posted the video of Rice inside a casino elevator, brutally knocking Janay Palmer unconscious.

According to docs, Rice was in the supervised intervention program for 12 months. He also had to pay a $125 fine.

So, Rice has now put the criminal case behind him -- and late last year NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated him, but Rice has not been picked up by a team yet.

Ex-Ravens RB

Arrested In Florida

In Alleged Check Bouncing Scam

5/6/2015 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Damien Berry -- who started for the Miami Hurricanes in 2010 -- was arrested this morning in Florida ... after allegedly bouncing more than $100k in bad checks. 

TMZ Sports has confirmed ... the 25-year-old, who was part of the Ravens 2013 Super Bowl championship team, is currently locked up in Lee County jail on a warrant from Maryland. 

We're told Berry is facing 1 count of bouncing a check over $100k and 1 count of unauthorized removal of property. 

In other words, it seems like officials believe he bought something with bad checks ... and illegally took possession of the goods. 

Berry recently came under fire in Baltimore ... after it was reported he sold his Super Bowl ring to an auction house ... reports that Berry initially denied. 

Lawrence Taylor

Ray Rice Deserves 2nd Chance

4/29/2015 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lawrence Taylor believes Ray Rice can still play in the NFL -- and believes SOMEONE should give the guy a second chance in the league this season.  

It's an interesting stance for Taylor, who knows firsthand about getting a 2nd chance in the NFL.

After all, he was suspended by the league for 30 days in 1988 after testing positive for cocaine ... but came back to make 3 more Pro Bowls and a 2nd Super Bowl title.  

There's more ... Taylor also believes the #1 pick in the upcoming draft should be Jameis Winston ... another guy with a rocky past.  

Question is ... will NFL owners be as willing to forgive as LT? 

Ray Lewis

STOP RIOTING IN BALTIMORE

'Violence Is Not the Answer'

4/28/2015 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428-ray-lewis-getty-01Ray Lewis is begging the people of Baltimore to STOP THE RIOTING ... explaining, "Violence is not the answer."

The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker -- and one of the most famous people in the city -- just went to social media to beg the rioters to end the chaos.  

"Violence is not the answer. We must have peace in our city," Lewis said.

"We are a city that's built on believing in each other."

Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith also spoke out on the issue -- saying, "Violent protests have never produced the results that we have wanted. Even the great Martin Luther King adjusted his strategy."

He added, "I don't know all of the facts or have the answers but I do know that a family is mourning the death of their child/brother/cousin that could have been prevented. I pray for the family of Freddie Gray during this difficult time and that they get all of the answers they need."

Ray Rice

Selling Baltimore Mansion

3/27/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327-ray-rice-tmz-02Ray Rice is moving on from Baltimore -- selling the mansion he built in 2012 ... the same year he signed a $35 million contract with the Ravens ... this according to the Baltimore Sun

The 4,736 sq. ft. home was listed at $899,000 -- and the Sun says Ray has already found a buyer. The sale is reportedly set to close in April.  

The house is pretty sweet -- 5 beds, 4.5 baths on 1.08 acres.

0327-SUB-ray-rice-house-realtor-01So, where's Ray headed next? The disgraced running back says he and his wife Janay are moving back to his hometown of New Rochelle, NY. 

Rice is still looking to sign with another NFL team ... so it's possible they could move again ... if anyone is willing to take a chance on the guy. 

Ravens' RB Bernard Pierce

Told Cops During DUI

'I'm Gonna Get Cut Tomorrow'

3/18/2015 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar11:47 AM PT -- Call him Nostradamus ... 'cause just as Pierce predicted, he was CUT by the Ravens first thing this morning. update-grey-gray-bar

Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce told cops that he KNEW he was gonna get cut from the team during his DUI arrest ... saying, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI?"

TMZ Sports obtained the police report detailing the DUI arrest ... in which the Baltimore County Police Dept. says Pierce admitted to taking "3 shots of Jack" before he was popped. 

As we previously reported, Pierce was initially pulled over around 2AM for speeding -- and then bombed his field sobriety test

In the report, the officer asked Pierce how much he weighs -- and Pierce slurred, "530." The officer pressed him on it and he repeated it twice before correcting himself and saying, "230 pounds."

While he was being taken to a nearby police station, Pierce reportedly uttered, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care." 

Pierce was clearly referring to Victor Hampton who was arrested for drunk driving in February -- and was later cut by the team. 

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Bernard Pierce

Arrested for DUI

3/18/2015 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce -- who started for the team after Ray Rice got fired last season -- was arrested for DUI in Maryland early Wednesday morning. 

Baltimore County police say Pierce was initially stopped for speeding around 2AM -- and during the stop, the officer suspected the 24-year-old was hammered. 

Pierce was asked to step out of his ride -- and then bombed some field sobriety tests. He was eventually arrested for DUI and hauled to a nearby station where he was processed and later released. 

A rep for the Ravens says, "We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously."

It's not the first time Pierce has had issues with booze -- TMZ Sports broke the story, Bernard and a couple of his teammates were booted from a Maryland bar during a party last year because "they couldn't maintain their composure."

Ray Rice

Park Football Superstar

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3/7/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Rice found a way to keep himself in football shape after he was cut by the Ravens and suspended from the NFL back in September ... he hit up a park league game ... and crushed it. 

Rice hit up a touch league game in Baltimore roughly one month after TMZ Sports published the inside-the-elevator video ... and asked the guys if he could join in one of the games. 

Sources tell us ... the guys welcomed Rice onto the squad (coincidentally named the Ravens) and he played a little wide receiver and cornerback. 

One source tells us, "He caught the game winning interception (you can see in the video) and everyone went nuts!"

We're told everyone tried to up their game to impress Rice ... but ultimately, "he was on a whole different level."

One player tells us by the end of the game, he won over just about everyone -- and says, "We would love to have him back if he ever wants to play with us again."

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