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NFL's Devon Still

Throwing Anti-Cancer Bash

to Celebrate Daughter's Remission

3/26/2015 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


There's only one way to celebrate a 4-year-old girl beating cancer ... and that's with a Disney princess themed anti-cancer party!

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still and his adorable daughter Leah will be doing just that, now that her cancer has gone into remission. 

The two were on FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia" on Thursday where Devon talked about how he broke the good news to Leah.  

He explained, "For the past 296 days, I’ve been daydreaming about what that feeling would be like, and then finally, I just looked at my daughter and started crying. She knew why I was crying and she asked me ,‘Did I beat up cancer?’ And I told her ‘Yes’ and we just kept hugging and kissing."

Leah, who still has one more round of chemo to go through, talked about wanting to get a pony and about her upcoming party to celebrate her good health ... complete with all the princesses from "Frozen."

And be sure to check out Leah's advice on where she wants her dad to play football. Hint: it's not the team he actually plays for!

NFL's Devon Still

My Daughter's Cancer's In Remission!!!

3/25/2015 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0325-devon-leah-still-instagram-01Great news for the Still family -- Cincinnati Bengals lineman Devon Still just announced his 4-year-old daughter Leah is WINNING her battle against cancer .... because it's officially in remission!!!

You know the back story ... Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma back in June and doctors said she had a 50/50 chance to live. 

Despite the fact he wasn't supposed to make the team, the Bengals signed Devon to a contract so he would continue to get health insurance to cover Leah's medical bills.  

Leah's been fighting like hell ever since ... and Wednesday, Devon announced the tide has turned in her favor. 

"Today we received news from Leah's oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of daydreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling."

"When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her."

"I'm so proud and blessed to call her my daughter. She has made an impact on me and on the world, at the age of four, that I can only wish to make in a lifetime." 

Thank you to my family and friends for the support through all those tough days. Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter to give Leah and our family motivation to keep fighting, a toy that helped Leah get through her days in the hospital, and more importantly a prayer that helped God hear our cries for healing." 

He added, "Thank you to the Bengals for taking on my situation and standing by me and my family and for helping to raise money to fight pediatric cancer."

"Leah is not done with treatments yet. She still needs more to make sure the cancer cells do not return and to build back up her immune system and other damage from the chemo but I know my little warrior will get through it!"

AJ Green's Wife

DANCE CREW BREAKDOWN

... At Huge ATL Wedding

3/23/2015 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cincinnati Bengals superstar A.J. Green is officially a married man -- after tying the knot at a SICK star-studded wedding in Georgia ... complete with a hip-hop dance routine featuring his bride. 

With teammates like Andy Dalton, Carlos Dunlap and Mohamed Sanu in attendance, Green married his longtime girlfriend Miranda Brooke at the historic 200 Peachtree venue in Atlanta. 

The highlights: 
-- A.J. had a "Hot Dawg" stand
-- There was a masquerade dance with cool masks
-- And everyone went crazy when they busted out a traditional "second line" dance 

As one person who was there put it, "It was the craziest wedding we've ever been to -- beautiful! So happy for A.J. and Miranda."

Mazel! 

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Pacman Jones

Off the Hook

... In Casino Ejection

3/6/2015 8:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0306-pacman-jones-getty-01Pacman Jones will NOT be charged with a crime for his role in a late-night casino incident back in February ... after prosecutors say he couldn't have been more cooperative with police. 

We broke the story ... officers responded to a "disorderly person" at the Hollywood Casino in Indiana after an incident with a casino employee.

But officials tell TMZ Sports ... while he definitely WAS causing a disturbance that night, he cut the crap when cops arrived to the scene and left the casino without further incident. 

"He exited. No one got hurt. He did cooperate by leaving. Given all that – we didn't feel it appropriate to charge him," prosecutor Aaron Negangard tells us.

Case closed. 

Pacman Jones

Apologizes for Casino Incident

2/13/2015 12:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0213-adam-pacman-jones-getty-01Cincinnati Bengals star Pacman Jones has issued an apology for his actions at an Indiana casino this week ... saying he's sorry if anyone thought he was acting inappropriately. 

We broke the story ... Jones was kicked out of the Hollywood Casino and cops were called to the scene after getting a complaint that he was acting "disorderly" inside the building. 

Jones -- who was NOT arrested -- denied breaking any laws ... but now, he seems to understand that his actions pissed some people off that night

Pacman released this statement via Instagram -- "... I also realize that actions of mine which I think are innocent may be interpreted by other people as otherwise and that as a public figure I owe it to my supporters to act with the utmost of class and dignity at all times."

Now for the apology ... "If for whatever reason anyone at the casino on Tuesday night thought my behavior to be inappropriate then I apologies [sic] as I only want people to see me as a great and humble father, husband, person and Bengal." 

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Pacman Jones

Video Shows Casino Ejection

... NFL Star Was Fuming

2/12/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021115_pacman_jones_casino_launchTMZ Sports has obtained video showing a pissed off Pacman Jones being escorted out of the Hollywood Casino in Indiana Wednesday morning ... and we're told it was all over a dispute at the casino cage. 

We broke the story ... cops were called to the casino to respond to a "disorderly person" after an incident inside the building.

The footage, which begins after Jones was confronted by police, shows the Cincinnati Bengals star passionately pleading his case to the officers ... and claiming he didn't do anything wrong. 

You can hear him say in the video, "Where I'm from, if I ain't threatening you, if I ain't do s**t to you, then I ain't disorderly conduct."

Our casino sources tell us ... the incident began at the casino cage, when Jones got into it with an employee ... who immediately got security involved. 

As for what they were arguing over, we're told it had to do with casino chips -- but the specifics are unclear. 

At one point in the video, you can hear Pacman say, "Y'all trippin' over a couple thousand dollars?"

Jones was eventually asked to leave the casino and was NOT arrested. Pacman's agent insists he never broke the law.

Cops say they're still investigating the incident. 

Devon Still

Crucial Day For Leah ...

Starts New Treatment This A.M.

1/30/2015 7:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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013015_devon_still_launchBig day for Leah Still -- because her father told us the 4-year-old starts a new round of chemotherapy this morning that will hopefully crush her disease so badly, she can finally begin stem cell therapy.  

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still is out in AZ -- and told us that while the cancer is still in Leah's body, she's fighting like hell to beat it. 

"We're just hoping for the best and just trusting in the doctors to their best for her," Still told us. 

Still also told us why he and Leah decided to write a children's book about Leah's battle with pediatric cancer -- and it's truly inspiring stuff.  

#LeahStrong

Devon Still's Ex

Child Support War Is Over

'We're Working Together'

1/17/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1126-devon-still-and-family-FACEBOOK-01Devon Still's ex is waving the white flag in their fight over child support -- telling TMZ Sports the two sides have reached a financial agreement that's in the best interest for their daughter Leah. 

The Cincinnati Bengals player -- whose 4-year-old daughter is ferociously battling cancer -- had been at odds with Leah's mother ... who claimed Devon wasn't living up to his end of a "voluntary" child support arrangement they struck over the summer. 

Leah's mother, Channing Smythe, claimed she needed the cash for living expenses ... saying she couldn't work because caring for Leah is a full-time job in itself. 

But now, Channing says the two sides were able to work out their money issues -- telling us, "He is helping me out financially" ... noting that Devon is still playing a huge role in parenting Leah. 

"I am very happy that we are working together for Leah."

As for Leah, Devon says she's been unable to shake the cancer -- but says, "We are going to keep faith and keep fighting no matter what. #LeahStrong #BeatCancer."

Ellen DeGeneres

$10K DONATION TO DEVON STILL

10/17/2014 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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

[Video]

9/29/2014 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
092914_aj_green_launch 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.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

I Would've DESTROYED Richard Sherman

3/17/2014 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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031714_tj_houshmandzadeh_launchRichard 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.

Bengals Star

DUMP ETIQUETTE

Don't Crap Until AFTER the Maid Leaves

3/10/2014 1:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0310_George-Iloka_gettyHere'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. 

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NFL Linebacker

Killed in 100 MPH Car Crash

1 Other Driver Dies, Another Hospitalized

11/18/2013 4:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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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 ...

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