If Ray Rice actually laid one finger on his fiancee, he deserves a serious ass-beating ... so says his former Baltimore Ravens teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
T.J. -- who played with Ray back in 2010 -- tells TMZ Sports ... he was "completely floored" when he learned Ray had been arrested for allegedly attacking his fiancee.
"He didn't come across as a guy that would do something like that."
Housh -- who has 3 daughters -- says the footage of Ray dragging his fiancee around the casino "like a sack of potatoes" doesn't help Ray's case ... and if he actually K.O.'d her, as he's been accused of doing, Ray should pay.
"Now I look at it like, 'What if that's my child?' If that's my child, I'm whooping his ass. Or if I cant, I'll find somebody that can or something that can."
T.J. says he'll reserve judgement until all the facts are out ... and still believes Ray is a good dude ... but notes, "You don't know what people do on their own time."
Ray Rice Sponsor
WE'RE STANDING BY HIM ...
2/21/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice is getting major support from one of his sponsors -- a company that tells TMZ Sports it's STANDING BY the Baltimore Ravens star in the wake of his domestic violence arrest ... at least for now.
Michael Wehrell -- president of the VertiMax sports training equipment company -- tells TMZ Sports Ray has been working with the brand since 2012 and has done a "great job."
Now, with criminal allegations looming, Wehrell tells us VertiMax has "no plans to release him as an endorsee, but we will assess the situation once we get all the facts."
Wehrell notes, "He's had an impeccable track record off the field. He's a great guy and has done a great job working with us."
As for Rice, Ray's attorney says the footage of Ray dragging his seemingly unconscious fiancee out of an elevator on the night of the incident doesn't tell the whole story ... and insists there's more evidence that will clear Ray's name.
86'd from Charity Event
Over Domestic Violence Arrest
2/19/2014 8:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice has been scratched from a charity event to benefit abused animals ... after organizers decided the circumstances surrounding Ray's domestic violence arrest would be too big of a distraction.
Rice had been scheduled to appear at a kickoff party for the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' kickoff party on Friday ... but he's since been replaced by Baltimore Ravens teammate Haloti Ngata.
A rep for the MDSPCA told the Baltimore Sun the decision was mutual between the org. and Rice because "they didn't want to take the focus off the animals and the cause."
Of course, Ray's been the center of a media tidal wave after TMZ Sports posted footage showing the running back dragging his seemingly unconscious fiancee out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino following an alleged domestic incident early Saturday morning.
Dragging Unconscious Fiancee
After Alleged Mutual Attack [Video]
2/19/2014 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
2:01 PM PT -- According to a court summons issued in New Jersey, Rice is accused of knocking Palmer out cold on the night of the attack by "striking her with his hand" inside the casino.
TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee (who appears to be out cold) out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino ... moments after cops say they attacked each other on the property.
The footage was shot on February 15th ... right before Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer were both arrested for assault at the Revel Casino. Cops say they have video which proved both parties attacked each other.
But before the arrest, Ray can be seen trying to lift and move a seemingly unconscious Palmer out of a casino elevator.
While Palmer is sprawled out on the ground, a man in a suit -- who appears to be talking into a security microphone -- approaches the situation and confronts Rice. It's unclear if the man is security, but it sure seems that way.
Moments later, as Palmer seems to regain consciousness, Rice walks away.
Both Rice and Palmer were later arrested and taken to a nearby police station. They've since been released.
Ray's attorney Michael Diamondstein tells us ... he has not seen the video but is adamant, "Neither Ray nor myself will try this case in the media."
He adds, "However, the video that's being posted by TMZ Sports is not the complete event, but is merely the end result of what transpired."
"We'll assure the public that when this matter is fully tried and completed, you'll have a better understanding of what happened and we ask the public to reserve making any judgment until all of the facts come out."
Yeah, I Speak a Little Hebrew
2/19/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Terrell Suggs doesn't JUST have a Jewish star tattoo inked on his arm ... he also SPEAKS a little Hebrew -- and yesterday, the former NFL Defensive MVP proved it on camera.
Fun Fact -- Terrell kinda sorta considers himself to be Jewish ... hence the tattoo and the Jewish star chain he rocks around town.
So, when the former Super Bowl champ and 6-time Pro Bowler arrived at LAX yesterday, we had to ask if he considered himself the greatest Jewish football player of all time.
Think about it ... sure, there are some great Jewish NFLers (Sid Luckman, Harris Barton, Lyle Alzado) ... but Sizzle's resume has to put him toward the top, right?
'Sad, Disappointed, Grateful'
After Being Dropped By CBS
2/18/2014 11:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shannon Sharpe tells TMZ Sports ... he's bummed out after getting the news that he's out at "The NFL Today" pregame show at CBS ... but says, "I'm grateful I had ten great years."
CBS announced the move today ... Shannon and Dan Marino will not return to the show next season. Instead, Tony Gonzalez will join the cast.
"Things happen," Sharpe says ... "They made the best decision for them and now I have to make the best decision for me."
Sharpe is adamant he has "no hard feelings" toward CBS -- adding, "They've been great to me."
As for Tony G -- Sharpe says they're friends and he wishes Tony the best of luck.
"I know Tony wanted to do this so I'm happy for him and his family."
So, what's next for Shannon? He's still trying to evaluate his options, but it's clear you haven't heard the last from the Hall of Fame tight end.
"I have strong beliefs, ideas and passions. I can do more than just sports ... I don't want to box myself in."
NFL Star & Fiancee Struck Each Other
... Cops Say
2/16/2014 7:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancee were arrested in NJ on Saturday morning after cops say they STRUCK EACH OTHER inside an Atlantic City casino ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The Atlantic City PD tells us officers responded to a domestic dispute the Revel Casino at 2:51 AM involving Ray and his fiancee Janay A. Palmer.
Cops say ... "After reviewing surveillance footage it appeared both parties were involved in a physical altercation. The complaint summons indicates that both Rich and Palmer struck each other with their hands."
Both Ray and Janay refused medical attention -- and no injuries were reported by either party.
They were transported to a nearby police station where they were booked for Simple Assault-Domestic Violence. They were both released on a summons to appear in court.
A rep for the Ravens issued a statement saying, "We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancee. We have spoken with Ray, and know that they returned home together after being detained."
Ex-NFL Star Jamal Lewis
I'm a Debt School Graduate
2/15/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Congrats to retired NFL star Jamal Lewis for passing the most important test of his life -- an online financial management course -- in an effort to convince a U.S. Bankruptcy court he's a changed man.
We broke the story ... the former Baltimore Ravens running back -- who once racked up more than 2,000 yards in a single season -- filed for bankruptcy back in 2012 after racking up more than $10 MILLION in debts!!
But now, TMZ Sports has learned ... Lewis enrolled in the illustrious "Dave Ramsey Education Course" and completed an online class on February 12th ... bringing hm one step closer to financial recovery.
Hopefully, he learned his lesson ... unlike bankrupt Warren Sapp who also completed an online class back in 2012 ... and went on to stupidly make a $100k bet on the Super Bowl ... which he lost.
Hardcore Model Flirting
Is My Other Job
2/4/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Terrell Suggs found out keeping eye contact with a smoking hot Sports Illustrated swimsuit model is way tougher than winning a Super Bowl -- even with a theater full of people watching.
It all went down during an S.I. award show celebrating 50 years of hot chicks ... when the Baltimore Ravens stud DE was presenting an award with Jessica Gomes.
To be fair ... T-Sizzle performed the full body eye exam as part of a corny, scripted award show joke -- but watch the clip ... he clearly enjoyed the view. Or he's a really good actor.
I'm Going Back to School
Gotta Get My College Degree!
1/31/2014 7:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice is no dummy ... telling TMZ Sports he's GOING BACK TO COLLEGE so he can finally get his degree.
The Baltimore Ravens running back was out in NYC last night when he revealed that he recently enrolled in online classes at Rutgers University in an effort to lock up his diploma.
The 27-year-old admits he's still a long way from donning the cap and gown ... but says he's determined to finish what he started back in 2005.
We've learned ... Rice is currently taking 4 courses:
-- Intro to Logic
-- Public Speaking
-- Employment Law
-- Diversity at work
FYI -- Rutgers recently began offering a class on Beyonce ... no word if Rice plans to take that one next semester.
Jacoby Jones Sued
You Ruined Our Super Bowl Party
Who Cares If You Were Playing In It!?
1/27/2014 7:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is being sued for allegedly SABATOGING a Super Bowl afterparty in New Orleans last year by running late ... problem is, he was all tied up because he was PLAYING IN THE SUPER BOWL!!!
Jones is being sued by After Party Entertainment, which claims JJ agreed to attend a party at the House of Blues in New Orleans on the night of the SB from 11pm to 1am.
In the suit, APE says it paid Jones handsomely -- PLUS sprung for flights, hotel rooms and gifts for Jones and 20 of his closest friends.
But APE says Jones had the nerve to arrive to the party an hour and 15 minutes LATE that night ... and arrived with 40 people in tow, instead of 20. He also demanded that his entire party get in for free.
Plus, APE also says Jones only hung out with his friends that night instead of mingling ... and never promoted the party on Instagram or Twitter, as he promised.
Here's the problem ... Jones was playing in the frickin' Super Bowl earlier that evening -- a Super Bowl that was DELAYED 34 minutes because of a freak power outage. The game didn't end 'til 10:45 pm.
Plus, Jones was also probably tied up by the media ... who were hammering the guy about his record-setting 108-yard touchdown run which played a crucial role in the Ravens victory.
Still, APE is demanding $192k in damages -- plus attorney's fees.
Jacoby's rep tells TMZ Sports, "We strongly believe this will be resolved to the benefit of Jacoby. We are very VERY confident in our position."
I Hate Tom Brady
... And His Stupid Hair!!
10/2/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens badass Terrell Suggs ripped Tom Brady apart ... trashing the QB for his smug attitude, his god-like status … and worst of all, HIS HAIR!!!
Suggs spit the venom during an interview with ESPN's "E:60" when Lisa Salters asked T-Sizzle how he truly felt about the Pats superstar. T's response:
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for camera. I don’t like him. He don’t like me. I don’t like his hair.”
Suggs will have a chance to tell Brady how he feels about him in person on Dec. 22 – when the Ravens take on the Pats.
Still, we gotta ask …
Ravens Coach Rips Players
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight
9/23/2013 1:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jacoby Jones and Bryant McKinnie better like milk bones -- their coach just made it clear that they're in his doghouse for the party bus brawl that went down early this morning.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed the incident during a news conference ... saying the fight was, "Not something we wanna be known for. Not something those guys wanna be known for."
Harbaugh said all the players involved were at practice today, and they all got chewed out. Coach says he told them, "What do you wanna be known for? You wanna be known as a football player or you wanna be known for that?
He added, "Nothing good happens after midnight."
That depends on your perspective. As we told you ... there was at least one stripper on the bus.