Pretty cool moment from Ellen DeGeneres -- when she hooked up Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still with a $10,000 DONATION to help his 4-year-old daughter in her fight against cancer.
Still's story has captivated the nation -- his daughter Leah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer in June, and doctors have told her father she has about a 50% chance of survival. Still says she's fighting like hell.
The Bengals announced proceeds of his #75 jersey sales would be used to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer research ... and so far, more than $1 million has been raised.
But Ellen wasn't just wearing his jersey when Still appeared on her show Friday -- she also hooked the NFL player up with a $10k donation to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ... where his daughter Leah is being treated.
There's more ... Ellen also said she'll be getting celebs to sign her jersey which she plans to auction off to raise even more money for Leah's fight.
Check out the clip -- Still also says Leah has told him what career she wants to get into when she grows up ... and it's awesome.
NFL Star AJ Green
I Don't Just Juggle Balls
9/29/2014 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's made plenty of circus catches, but AJ Green has other circus skills too ... THE DUDE CAN JUGGLE.
The Cincinnati Bengals superstar wide receiver showed off his hidden talent on an NFL produced web series called, "Tough Season 2" ... where he juggled a ring, a baton and a ball -- AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!!
Good to know if the whole NFL thing doesn't work out, Mr. Green always got a career waiting for him at Barnum & Bailey.
I Would've DESTROYED Richard Sherman
3/17/2014 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Sherman would've had "no chance" of stopping T.J. Houshmandzadeh when the receiver was in his prime ... so says T.J. himself.
The former Cincinnati Bengals receiver was outside Greystone this weekend when we asked if he thought Sherman could've shut him down ... like he shut down Michael Crabtree in the NFL playoffs.
But T.J. says his route-running abilities were just too strong for Sherman -- who T.J. also PRAISES as a helluva football player.
Watch the clip -- you can tell T.J. respects Sherman ... but still dishes out some quality smacktalk.
Don't Crap Until AFTER the Maid Leaves
3/10/2014 1:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a tip Emily Post would approve of ... when nature calls, consider the help ... at least, that's the Brown Code that Bengals safety George Iloka lives by.
The 23-year-old defensive stud just faced that exact situation in his home ... tweeting:
"I gotta take a big ol s**t but my cleanin lady still here. And she super nice so I dont even wanna do her like that by tearin up the bathroom."
Way to do her a solid, man.
Killed in 100 MPH Car Crash
1 Other Driver Dies, Another Hospitalized
11/18/2013 4:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Thomas Howard – an NFL linebacker who was cut by the Falcons last week – killed himself and another person this morning when he slammed into a big rig truck at more than 100MPH ... officials say.
Witnesses told the CHP ... Howard -- a 2nd round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft -- was blazing down a highway in Oakland, CA when he lost control of his BMW 750Li and smashed into the back of a semi.
Howard's car went airborne and flew across the center median -- and eventually collided with a Chevy Monte Carlo AND a Honda CR-V.
The collision was bad, both Howard and the driver of the Honda -- a 55-year-old man -- died at the scene.
The driver of the Chevy was transported to a nearby hospital. The condition of the semi driver is unknown.
30-year-old Howard was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and blossomed into a star. He also played for the Bengals and most recently the Falcons. He was cut by ATL on November 12.
Story developing ...
Adam 'Pacman' Jones
Vindicated in Woman Punching Case
10/8/2013 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adam "Pacman" Jones was found not guilty today of punching a woman at an Ohio nightclub ... and surveillance video of the whole confrontation may be what saved his frequently arrested ass.
A judge ruled in Jones' favor in the misdemeanor assault case stemming from the June 5 incident ... where he appeared to punch, or at least slap, the alleged victim as she stood in an outdoor area of the club.
But the attorney for the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback argued Jones was only acting in self-defense because the woman had hit him with a beer bottle.
The surveillance video clearly shows her making the first move -- and although prosecutors claimed Jones started everything by calling the woman and her friends "fat and ugly" ... that wasn't enough to convict.
Translation -- the judge told the woman to follow 3rd grade rules: Sticks and stones ...
Makes It Rain With The Homeless
Still Owes $11 Mil to Strip Club Shooting Victims
10/1/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Good News -- Adam "Pacman" Jones dished out a bunch of $100 bills to homeless people yesterday.
Bad News -- He still owes more than $11 million to the victims of a 2007 strip club shooting that left 2 men wounded, 1 of whom was paralyzed from the waist down.
The Cincinnati Bengals defensive back tweeted about his good deeds ... writing, "I just give 15 homeless people a 100 next I'm pay for 15 mothers bills that's in need."
He added, "That's what I'm doing for birthday. CauseI'mblessed."
It's a great gesture ... we support helping the homeless ... but there's a reason the Nevada court ordered Jones to fork over millions to the shooting victims -- they need $$$ too.
In fact, just last year, a lawyer for one of the victims told a media outlet he was happy about the ruling because the victim could use the money to buy better medical equipment.
Of course, the strip club incident is infamous -- a scuffle broke out after Pacman "made it rain" and someone in his entourage fired gunshots that struck two bouncers.
Jones denied having a role in the shooting -- but nevertheless, he's still on the hook -- and sources tell us he has yet to settle his debt.
Adam 'Pacman' Jones
Allegedly Ripped Cops During DUI Stop
9/23/2013 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adam "Pacman" Jones -- aka the NFL's version of DMX -- was arrested again, this time during a DUI stop where he wasn't even the suspect ... for once.
Jones was the passenger in a car Ohio State Patrol pulled over early Monday morning -- and he reportedly mouthed off to officers while they were conducting a field sobriety test on the woman was driving.
The Cincinnati Bengals' star cornerback was arrested for disorderly conduct and released. The driver was also arrested for OVI ... operating a vehicle impaired.
Jones has a string of legal issues -- 8 arrests since entering the league 2005 -- and could be suspended by the league or the team for this latest one.
Most recently he was caught on surveillance cameras hitting a woman outside a nightclub back in June -- and already has an Oct. 7 court date for that case.
'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL'
Steelers vs. Bengals (MASCOTS)
WHO'D WIN IN A FIGHT?
9/16/2013 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's the handsome Pittsburgh Steelers' Mascot "Steely McBeem" smiling for the camera (left) -- and the ferocious Cincinnati Bengals' mascot "Who Dey" pumping up the crowd (right).
Linebacker Aaron Maybin
Art Business Is BOOMING
After 'Hard Knocks' Rejection
8/21/2013 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Maybin's career took a surprising turn for the better last night -- 'cause after the linebacker was 86'd from the Cincinnati Bengals on "Hard Knocks," demand for his artwork went through the roof ... TMZ has learned.
Maybin's demise from the team was chronicled on the HBO docu-series last night -- along with his passion for painting. Cameras rolled as he worked on two pieces ... and his stuff was actually pretty good.
In fact, after the show ... Maybin tells TMZ his online gallery had “one of, if not THE biggest nights” of sales he’s ever seen.
AM says he was bummed out that his release from the team was televised -- telling us, "I turned my phone off last night, I just didn’t want to talk to anyone.” But when he turned it back on, Aaron says he was bombarded with messages from people asking how to get their hands on his artwork.
Maybin says he's feeling much better about his future today -- saying, "Regardless of whatever happens football-wise, I'm probably gonna make more money in my art career."
Dude could have a point -- we're told some of Aaron's pieces have sold for up to $20,000.
Broken Leg Rookie Vows
I'M COMING BACK
8/17/2013 12:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You saw the injury ... you saw the tears ... but Cincinnati Bengals lineman Larry Black tells TMZ he is DETERMINED to get back into the NFL after mangling his leg in a freak accident captured on "Hard Knocks."
Millions watched as Black's promising rookie campaign came to a heart wrenching end last week when he suffered a dislocated ankle and broken fibula during a routine practice drill.
The big man's tearful phone call to his parents to pick him up from the hospital was... gulp, tissue... was the most poignant scene in the gritty behind the scenes show's history.
"The outpouring of support has been crazy ... thousands of tweets and letters coming from all over the world."
Black says doctors estimate his recovery will take between 6 and 12 months ... but he's confident, the injury won't stop him from pursuing his NFL dreams.
"If for some reason I don’t make it back – I've got a degree in Sports Management from Indiana and I’ll try to get a job with either a college or pro team helping to work with the athletes."
"But honestly I’m not even thinking about that right now. I’m just focused on getting back as quickly as possible. I’ll definitely be back."
There's a silver lining for the big man, who was an undrafted free agent ... because the injury was sustained on the field, he'll still get paid for the season -- and will pull in a figure just north of $200k ... in addition to his medical care.
In the meantime, Black says he's still rooting hard for the orange and black -- telling us he expects nothing less than a Super Bowl season.
As for Black's coach -- Marvin Lewis tells TMZ, "It’s an unfortunate thing. He’s a good kid and a good prospect. I met his family the other day. Guys get hurt, but it is something he can come back from. He gets that medical redshirt, and we’ll see where he goes from there.”
Adam 'Pacman' Jones
Pleads NOT GUILTY
to Woman Punching
6/11/2013 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cincinnati Bengals star Pacman Jones just pleaded NOT GUILTY to assault ... after allegedly socking a woman in the face outside of a Cincinnati nightclub last week.
Jones insists he was "protecting himself" during the June 5 incident ... after a woman appeared to pour a drink on the 29-year-old cornerback outside of a Cincinnati nightclub.
Just yesterday, surveillance video of the incident surfaced ... appearing to show the woman lunging toward Jones with a drink in her hand. The person believed to be Jones reacts by clocking her in the face ... hard.
The woman pressed assault charges ... police characterized her injuries as minor ... and just yesterday, Pac turned himself in to police.
Now, with Jones entering a not guilty plea ... it's clear he's digging in for a legal war.
Adam 'Pacman' Jones
NFL Star Appears to Punch Woman In Face
6/10/2013 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New surveillance footage has surfaced appearing to show NFL star Adam "Pacman" Jones bashing a woman in the face outside of an Ohio nightclub after she seemingly poured a drink on him.
Pacman insists he was merely "protecting himself" during the Wednesday night altercation outside of a Cincinnati nightclub ... and judging from the video, it seems the woman made the first aggressive move.
The footage (around the 1:55 mark) shows a woman reaching over to Pacman with what appears to be a drink in her hand. It seems the woman poured her drink on Jones ... and he reacted by unleashing a punch to her head.
The woman filed a police report accusing Jones of assault -- and earlier today, the Cincinnati Bengals player turned himself in.
Pacman has defended himself on Twitter -- writing, "Just got arrested for protecting myself ... I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for ... ."