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Real Mike Ditka Meets Drunk Mike Ditka At Bachelor Party Turn Up

5/3/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502_mike_ditka_sports-wmA bunch of drunk guys on a bachelor party weekend thought it would be funny to dress the groom up like Mike Ditka on Friday and go to Ditka's steakhouse in Chicago.

Turns out ... BEST. IDEA. EVER!!! 

The bachelor, David Barnett, lives in Florida -- but his buddies threw the party in Chicago so they could party during NFL Draft weekend. Barnett's also a huge Bears fan. 

And because every bachelor party needs drunken buffoonery ... the guys made Barnett dress up like Da Coach for their dinner at Ditka's.

As fate would have it, Mike was actually in the restaurant that night ... heard about his boozy doppelganger ... and came over for a face-to-legendary-face meeting. 

Good luck topping that, bachelorette party. 

Jim McMahon Weed Helped Me Kick Pills

1/28/2016 10:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0128-jim-mcmahon-gettyChicago Bears legend Jim McMahon says medical marijuana has been a "godsend" -- and has helped him get off the prescription pills he's been using to treat pain from his football career. 

McMahon told the Chicago Tribune that he had been taking 100 Percocet pills a month to treat pain for his shoulders, neck and arms ... but switched over to weed when medical pot was approved in AZ (where he lives) in 2010. 

"[The pills] were doing more harm than good," said Jim ... who also suffers from early onset dementia, headaches and depression. 

"This medical marijuana has been a godsend. It relieves me of the pain -- or thinking about it, anyway."

NFL's Jeremiah Ratliff I Don't Remember Threatening Anyone

10/30/2015 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1030-jeremiah-ratliff-getty-01Former Chicago Bears star Jeremiah Ratliff says he has NO MEMORY of wishing death on the children of Bears staffers ... but he's not exactly denying it either.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Bears security called police on October 21st to report that the star defensive lineman went berserk after being cut -- saying, "I am the devil" and wishing staffers' children would die. 

But Ratliff's agent has now issued a statement saying, "Jeremiah has no recollection or memory of saying anything that has been reported in the police report."

Not exactly a denial. 

The agent continued, "Jeremiah is receiving care in Dallas for a football-related medical condition that arose out of the game on the 18th with Detroit. The primary focus right now is on Jeremiah's cognitive health. I would also like to reiterate that the reports that Jeremiah showed up at Halas Hall inebriated are completely and utterly false."

Jeremiah Ratliff Police Report Told Bears Staffers ... I Wish Your Kids Would Die

10/30/2015 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1030-jeremiah-bears-getty-01Chicago Bears lineman Jeremiah Ratliff went berserk the day before he was cut from the team -- saying, "I am the devil" and telling staffers he wanted their kids to die ... this according to the police report. 

According to the report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Ratliff walked into the Bears facility on October 21st claiming he needed to get his stuff and told someone, "He felt like killing everybody in the building."

Cops say he gathered his belongings and left the property without further incident ... only to return later that day. 

According to the report, Ratliff told someone, "I am the devil" and "he wished staff member's children would die."

One Bears official told police they had concern for the safety of Bears staffers -- and warned cops they believed Ratliff owns multiple firearms.  

Bears officials told cops that Ratliff was not allowed back on the property and asked for a police presence until the staff left. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Karl Walldorf, Deputy Chief of the Lake Forest PD, who tells us, "Since the day of the call, he has not been back to the facility and they have had no further problems."

We're also told Ratliff has NOT been charged with a crime. 

Bears to Jeremiah Ratliff You Ain't Got to Go Home, But ....

10/22/2015 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Bears cut defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff on Thursday, but it sounds like things got really nasty 24 hours earlier when he got tossed out the door.

Ratliff, a veteran Pro Bowl player, got into a heated discussion with Bears GM Ryan Pace on Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The "animated exchange" reportedly went down AFTER team security was called to throw Ratliff's 6'4", 287 pound ass out of the team facility.

TMZ Sports spoke to several Bears sources who said they had no idea Ratliff had been cut ... so, seems like the argument went down well after the locker room cleared following Wednesday's practice. 

The Bears waited until Thursday to announce they were dropping Ratliff, but made no mention of the showdown with Pace. The team only said it was in its "best interest" to move on without Ratliff.

Ex-NFL QB 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
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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
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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
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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
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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). 

Congrats!! 

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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."

Congrats!

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Martellus Bennett I Coulda Dominated The NBA

2/3/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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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
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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.

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