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Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt

8/20/2015 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0820-erik-kramer-getty-01Former Chicago Bears quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself Tuesday night in an attempted suicide ... but survived ... and is currently recovering in an L.A. hospital. 

Kramer -- who played 13 seasons in the NFL -- was discovered by law enforcement in a motel in Calabasas around 8 PM, according to NBC. The extent of his injury is unclear.  

The 50-year-old's ex-wife Marshawn told NBC News Kramer has suffered from depression for years ... which she believes is a direct result of the hits he took during his time in the league. 

"He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears. I can promise you he is not the same man I married."

Marshawn and Erik divorced back in 2010 and their 18-year-old son, Griffen, died from a drug overdose the following year. 

Ray McDonald's Mom

My Son Is Innocent

But His NFL Career Is Over

5/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Ray McDonald's parents are adamant their son did NOT attack the mother of his child ... claiming he's a good man whose NFL career has been destroyed by his accuser's lies. 

Labrina McDonald tells TMZ Sports she and her husband have spoken with Ray since his domestic violence arrest and he says there's a WITNESS who can prove McDonald never laid a finger on his accuser. 

"[Ray's] personal driver witnessed everything that happened. He never touched her."

As we previously reported, Ray's ex-fiancee claims McDonald was drunk and aggressive toward her and their baby during an incident early Monday morning

But Labrina says her son was NOT the aggressor -- adding, "Ray is never going to hit a woman. He may say some stuff to piss them off, he may kick them out of his house. But he'd never lay his hands on them. We didn't raise him that way."

Ray was arrested for a second time on Wednesday for violating a restraining order when he returned to his ex's apartment.  McDonald's father tells us bluntly, "He should not have been there."

Ray's dad says the family knows the reality of the situation -- that Ray will likely never play in the NFL again -- but it could be the best thing for him.

"He can move on from football, develop a business mindset like my wife and I have. He'll be okay.  He's going to be successful. He comes from a great family."

"He just needs to get the hell out of Dodge and get his life together."

Brian Urlacher

NFL Turned Blind Eye ...

To Patriots' Deflategate

4/24/2015 7:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former NFL superstar Brian Urlacher clearly believes Roger Goodell treats the New England Patriots like they're above the law ... and Deflategate is the definitive proof. 

Urlacher was hanging with Jay Glazer at their Unbreakable Performance Center in West Hollywood ... when we asked how he felt about President Obama joking about the scandal yesterday. 

That's when the former Chicago Bears star attacked the issue with biting sarcasm. 

"That didn't happen right? I thought it went away. No one ever got fined for it right? I haven't heard anything since the Super Bowl."

Urlacher proceeded to explain how the Falcons and the Browns got in trouble for far less serious infractions ... yet the Patriots have yet to face ANY consequences for the alleged cheating scheme. 

Check out the clip. 

'New Girl' Star

Jay Cutler Can Be a Winner

... If He Starts Bangin' Gisele

4/3/2015 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Well, this doesn't bode well for Kristin Cavallari

If Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler wants to turn things around and start playing like a winner ... he's gotta do things that winners do -- and that starts with banging Gisele

At least, that's the strategy "New Girl" star Lamorne Morris -- a HUGE Chicago Bears fan -- was recommending when we talked to the guy at The Improv in L.A. last night. 

"Until [Cutler] starts inserting himself into Gisele every night ... she has a magical vagina ... then I will believe in him."

Hey, at least he has a plan. 

Bears QB Jimmy Clausen

Marries Hot Volleyball Star

... NFL Stars Attend

2/16/2015 10:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0216_Jimmy_Clausen_wedding_photos_launchChicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen tied the knot this weekend ... marrying pro volleyball star Jess Gysin ... and a bunch of NFL superstars were there to watch the whole thing go down. 

Jimmy and Gysin had been dating since 2012 ... despite the fact they attended rival colleges -- he went to Notre Dame, she played ball at USC. 

The two tied the knot in a ceremony in Palm Desert -- in front of some of Jimmy's old teammates ... including Golden Tate (who played with JC at ND) and Jonathan Stewart (who played with JC in Carolina). 




Brandon Marshall

My Wife Just Had Twins

And She's Already Pre-Baby Weight!

2/6/2015 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0206-brandon-marshall-mich-marshall-instagramBrandon Marshall is a dad ... TIMES TWO ... 'cause his wife Michi just gave birth to twins last month -- and the NFL star says she's already bounced back to her pre-baby weight! 

The Chicago Bears wide receiver says the kids just celebrated their 6 week birthday -- and just like Wladimir Klitschko, he's super impressed with his bad ass wife. 

"My beautiful wife is not from this planet," Marshall says ... "6 weeks post baby (×2) and she's already at her pre baby (×2) weight. Her discipline with her diet and mutant genes has her #snapback game #CRAZY."



Martellus Bennett

I Coulda Dominated The NBA

2/3/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James and Blake Griffin should consider themselves lucky ... 'cause Bears TE Martellus Bennett tells TMZ Sports he could be PUNISHING the NBA if he'd chosen the roundball life.

Bennett was showing his skills at the Gridiron Celebrity Hoops charity game in Phoenix this past weekend ... absolutely bruising other stars like Romeo Miller and fellow NFL'er Dez Bryant.

But when we asked Bennett -- who was an All State hoops player in high school -- if things would be different against the best in the world he seemed oddly ... confident.

A lot more confident than Pete Carroll was in Marshawn Lynch. #NeverLettingItGo.


Brandon Marshall

Cleared for Takeoff

... After Punctured Lung Injury

1/31/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0130-brandon-marshall-airplane-getty-01Chicago Bears fans can take a deep breath, 'cause Brandon Marshall's punctured lung is doing MUCH better ... so say his doctors who allowed the WR to begin flying again ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Marshall had to miss a court-ordered deposition last month stemming from a case in which he's accused of attacking a woman outside of a NYC nightclub in 2012.

Marshall claimed doctors told him it was unsafe to fly since he had just suffered a punctured lung from a hit he took during a Thursday Night Football game. 

But everything's been healing well ... and earlier this month, Marshall told the court he's been cleared for takeoff ... and was willing and able to attend a makeup depo on January 30th. 

Sources tell us Marshall made his appointment and sat for a deposition without a hitch ... or a breathing issue.

In fact, now that he's got the green light to fly, Marshall's been traveling like crazy -- hitting PHX, CHI, NYC and L.A. in just the last few days.

Chicago Bears DUI Arrest

I'm Late for Parent/Teacher Conf.

... Police Report Says

1/8/2015 5:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Chicago Bears player who was arrested for DUI Wednesday told police he was going nearly 100 mph on the Interstate because he was late for a parent/teacher conference ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports

According to the report, Tim Jennings was arrested around noon in Gwinnett County, GA ... when an officer saw the 31-year-old hauling ass in a white Mercedes. 

During the stop, the cop says he could smell booze on Tim's breath ... and wanted to perform field sobriety tests.

But according to the report, Jennings was ADAMANT he wasn't drunk -- telling the cop he had stopped drinking about 10 hours before the stop (2AM).

The cop asked Jennings if he had brushed his teeth or used mouthwash to cover up the scent -- and Jennings replied, "What kind of question is that?"

The officer shot back, "Sir, you can brush your teeth and still have the smell of alcohol on your breath, you know that." 

The cop says Tim admitted to speeding and said he was running late for a parent/teacher conference for his 2-year-old child. 

Jennings refused to take a breathalyzer but bombed several other field sobriety tests and was eventually arrested for DUI, speeding and reckless driving. 

We reached out to Jennings for comment -- so far, no word back.


Bears Should Hire Rex Ryan

'That'd Be Dope'

1/6/2015 6:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
010615_common_launchRex Ryan to the Bears???

There's one huge Chicago guy who likes the idea -- Common -- who tells TMZ Sports it would be "dope" if the former NY Jets coach blew into the Windy City. 

Sure, he was ran outta NY, but Common says Rex could be a perfect fit in Chicago ... where Bears chairman George McCaskey just ousted the previous head coach Marc Trestman. 

So, why does the "Hell On Wheels" star like Ryan so much? He's got an interesting reason ... check out the clip.

NFL's Brandon Marshall


... Over Collapsed Lung

12/31/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brandon Marshall Collapsed Lung

Chicago Bears superstar Brandon Marshall says he's on a 4-week timeout from flying -- and can't get on a plane to NYC for a deposition in his assault case ... all because of his collapsed lung. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the wide receiver was scheduled to appear for the depo on December 9th to defend himself against allegations he punched a woman in the face outside of a nightclub back in 2012. 

But in court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Marshall claims there's no way in hell he could've made it to the deposition because doctors have put him on a "no-fly restriction" due to injuries he suffered during a Thursday Night Football game on Dec. 4th. 

According to docs submitted in the case ... the WR's overall condition is "good" and doctors had planned to reevaluate the NFL star toward the end of December. 

We did a little digging ... and according to the British Lung Foundation, the reduced cabin pressure in planes makes it more difficult to breathe. 

For his part, Marshall has denied any wrongdoing -- and has said his wife was the real victim during the night of the incident ... claiming she was hit with a bottle while leaving the club after a scuffle had broken out.


Brandon Marshall's Mom

I'm Honored

He Would Fight On My Behalf

11/14/2014 7:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1114-brandon-marshall-mother-chicago-bearsBrandon Marshall's mother says it's "very sweet" that her son is willing to fight a smack-talking Lions fan who dissed her on Twitter -- telling TMZ Sports, "I'm honored."

As you know ... the Chicago Bears star offered $25k to FIGHT a man named Anthony Kalla after Anthony went on a social media tirade this week and called Brandon's mother a w**re.

"I am honored that my son wanted to have a duel on his mother’s behalf," Brandon's mother Diane tells us. "I think this is Brandon’s way of getting the guy’s attention."

Still ... when push comes to shove, Diane says she does NOT believe Brandon was being serious when he made the offer.

"He’s not going into a boxing ring and putting gloves on to fight anytime soon."

As for Brandon's initial challenge to Anthony -- that Kalla would have to work in an orphanage if he lost the fight -- Diane says she still expects the less fortunate to benefit from the situation.

“Brandon has a lot of charities that he already donates to -- and I know he’ll probably end up making that kind of a donation even though there will be no fight."

Tom Brady and Gisele


After 51-Point Beatdown

10/27/2014 5:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1027-tom-gisele-instagramTom Brady and the New England Patriots beat up Chicago so badly this weekend, even Tom's wife couldn't help herself from trolling the Bears online ... by bragging about the 51 points TB hung on 'em. 

After the game, Tom and Gisele posed for a couples photo ... with Tom holding up 5 fingers, Gisele holding up 1 ... representing the 51-23 beatdown the Pats delivered at Gillette Stadium. 

Gisele added the caption, "So happy for my love!!! Go Pats!!! 51 points!!!"

The supermodel has gotten into trouble for talking smack about Tom's teammates in the past -- but blasting opponents is OK, right?


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