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Johnny Manziel Accuser

I've Got Pics Of Fight Injuries

11/25/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The man who claims he was attacked by Johnny Manziel and his "entourage" last week says he's still in pain from the alleged hotel beatdown ... and says he's got pics to prove it. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Chris Gonos ... who claims his left elbow was jacked up by Johnny's crew during a fight at The 9 hotel in Cleveland late Friday night. 

Gonos says the picture shows severe swelling and a nasty bruise -- but claims he also suffered a swollen lip and and injuries to his eye. 

Gonos says he's not sure who hit him -- but he's confident the assailant was part of Johnny's crew. 

Police are investigating the incident ... but so far, no arrests have been made. 

As for Johnny, he tells a very different story ... saying he was "accosted by a very aggressive man and his associates" at the hotel that night. 

Manziel also says he was never rolling with an "entourage."

Johnny Manziel

I Was Accosted

By an Aggressive Fan

11/24/2014 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1124_johnny_manziel_gettyJohnny Manziel is painting a completely different picture of the alleged fight that he was involved in over the weekend ... instead claiming he was the victim of an aggressive fan.

Manziel who is being accused of taking part in the beatdown of a fan who claims he was just trying to shake his hand -- said through his agent on Monday that there was no "entourage" with Manziel on the night in question.

Instead, Manziel -- through his agent, Erik Burkhardt -- claims he and his roommate were returning from dinner with Johnny's mom when they were "accosted by a very aggressive man and his associates."

Manziel claims he let Browns management know about the incident "immediately."

The accuser, Chris Gonos, previously told TMZ Sports he was simply trying to shake Manziel's hand when Johnny Football's entourage jumped him.

No arrests were made at the time, but police are investigating.

NFL Star Joe Haden

Opening Dope Sneak Shop

... On Black Friday

11/21/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Cleveland Browns superstar Joe Haden is such a huge sneakerhead -- HE JUST BOUGHT AN ENTIRE STORE ... and TMZ Sports has learned he's having a massive grand opening party on Black Friday!

Here's what we know ... Haden has been wanting to get into the shoe biz for a while -- and bought out an existing sneaker shop in downtown Cleveland, which he renamed "The Restock."

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We spoke to Joe's business partner David Damier, who tells us ... "It's a consignment-based store. We specialize in offering shoes that you can no longer find in stores. Rare shoes are our specialty."

Doors open on Black Friday -- and David says Joe will definitely be on hand to celebrate ... even though the Browns have a game in Atlanta that weekend.

"They don't fly out until Saturday, so Joe will definitely be there. There will be a bunch of athletes there."

No word if Haden will be selling anything from his personal collection -- which is stocked with some of the most sought-after sneakers ever made ... including Air Yeezys, South Beach LeBrons, Corks, and some ultra-rare Air Jordan VIIs.

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Josh Gordon

Ends Car Dealership Job

'He Was a Helluva Salesman'

11/17/2014 6:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Josh Gordon's 10-week stint at an Ohio car dealership was NO JOKE ... the guy worked his ass off and was a big part in several car sales ... multiple employees tell TMZ Sports.  

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver has been reinstated -- and is officially back with the team -- which means he will no longer be working with the sales team at Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio. 

It seemed like the gig was a joke at first ... but we're told Gordon took the job seriously and treated the whole thing like a very serious apprenticeship. 

"He was totally into it," one employee tells us ... "He was very patient with customers. He answered their questions. Josh knows a lot about cars."

We're told Josh often shadowed one of the owners -- spending most of his time at the Chevrolet dealership -- and showed real potential when it came to working in the car biz. 

"He was working a full schedule. 8AM to 8PM Mondays and Thursdays ... 8AM to 6PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. He also worked 8-3 on Saturdays."

We're told several of Gordon's teammates visited the WR on the lot -- unclear if any of them actually bought a car. 

But get this ... Cleveland Cavs player Mike Miller leased a car from the dealership ... and we're told Gordon had a lot to do with the sale. 

"You can tell he's looking at the business long term. He's a really nice kid."

Johnny Manziel

Hot GF Scores Modeling Gig

11/4/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1103-collen-crowley-modeling_launchJohnny Manziel's career might be in idle ... but his super hot GF is crushing it -- scoring a modeling gig with a clothing company ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Colleen Crowley just inked a deal with a brand called No Rulez NY -- which makes hats, shirts, sweaters, etc. -- and she's already knocked out a photo sesh featuring some of the items. 

The man behind the company is 19-year-old Brian Wolfe -- who says he met Crowley through a mutual friend earlier this year and thought she'd be a perfect fit for the brand. 

So far, the decision to sign Crowley is already paying off ... with not only Manziel sporting the gear, but Browns teammate Donte Whitner has also been seen rockin' the clothing out in public. 

Wolfe says he does not have a deal with Manziel but hopes he can work out a deal with 35 in the future -- "I’m such a fan. He’s such a motivator for kids to make it and become successful. It would be an honor if he’d endorse it."

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Johnny Manziel

Curses Out Referee

At Cavaliers Game

10/31/2014 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



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Johnny Manziel
 went on a cursing rant on an NBA referee during LeBron James' homecoming game in Cleveland last night ... and his rage was captured on video.

Johnny Football was pissed off after what he clearly felt was a BAD call, and repeatedly yelled -- from his courtside seat -- "Bulls**t" and "F**k" ... for a solid minute.

Here's the question, though -- is Manziel really that passionate about Cavaliers hoops ... or does the Browns backup QB just want Cleveland fans to THINK he loves 'em that much?

Josh Gordon

Pleads GUILTY to DWI

9/16/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cleveland Browns superstar Josh Gordon plead guilty to driving while impaired in North Carolina this morning ... and if he stays out of trouble for 12 months, he'll stay out of jail. 

As we previously reported, the WR was pulled over on July 5 in Raleigh after cops say he was speeding -- and during the stop, officers noticed he was boozed up (blew a .09). 

Gordon was sentenced to a 60-day suspended sentence -- with 12 months unsupervised probation ... which means if he does anything stupid during the next year, like break the law, he'll have to serve the 60 days. 

But if he keeps his nose clean, he'll stay out the joint -- the operative word being "if."

Bernie Kosar

ARRESTED

For Drunk Driving [Mug Shot]

9/29/2013 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Cleveland Browns QB Bernie Kosar was arrested for drunk driving in Ohio this morning, and his mug shot reveals ... a lot of scalp.

A rep for the Solon PD says ... officers pulled Bernie over at 2:52 this morning and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his car when they approached it.

After a series of field sobriety tests -- police hauled Kosar off to a nearby station for operating a vehicle impaired ... where he was booked and released on a $500 bond.

Burned by "The Drive" again ... allegedly.

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Blake Griffin

Obsessed with Baby Mama's Bro

I Love that Tight End!

9/24/2013 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Blake Griffin had it bad for his baby mama Brynn Cameron's brother ... and the NBA star even filmed a video to prove it.

A little background: Brynn's bro Jordan Cameron was a standout tight end for USC football back in 2011, and for some reason, Blake really really wanted to make sure Jordan got drafted by an NFL team.

So ... Blake filmed a hype video (and homage to Mars Blackmon) for Jordan -- co-starring Jordan -- before the draft. 

Guess it worked ... the Browns picked Jordan -- mazel tov -- but did Blake only agree to shoot the hype video because he was banging Jordan's sister at the time? We can't say for sure (probably).

As we reported, Brynn JUST gave birth to Blake's child in August. They're no longer dating.

Trent Richardson

Browns Ditched Him ...

Now You Can Ditch Jerseys

9/20/2013 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0920-trent-richardson-jersey-gettyTrent Richardson's back on the trading block, or at least his jerseys are -- the Cleveland Browns are running a free exchange program for pissed off fans ... TMZ has learned.

Ever since the Browns shocked the NFL by trading their star running back to the Colts ... Cleveland fans have been almost as heated as they were when some guy named LeBron left town.

Now the Browns team shop is throwing the Dawg Pound a bone. A rep tells us fans can exchange T-Rich jerseys purchased within the last 30 days -- or get a full refund.

The team's going even further to make good -- we're told ANY jersey purchased in the last 30 days can be exchanged ... but only for another Browns jersey.

Sorry, no Colts jerseys available.

Eddie George

Trent is Lucky

The Browns Dumped Him

9/20/2013 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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No offense to Cleveland, but Trent Richardson is in a better place now ... and the Browns probably did him a huge favor when they unloaded their star player -- this according to another former first round draft pick, Eddie George.

Eddie says the Browns' decision to trade away Richardson -- their first round pick from a year ago -- was "shocking to me. They went up and got him, and now they're reneging on the draft pick."

But Eddie adds ... Trent should be excited 'cause, well ... he's playing with a winner now.

"They might have done him a favor actually. Sending him with Andrew Luck ... I think he's in a good situation there."

Eddie also talks about how the Browns pick up the pieces -- perhaps drafting Johnny "Football" Manziel -- and even explains why this is actually a GOOD time to be a Browns fan.

Interesting take.

NFL Refs

Make Triumphant Return

To STANDING OVATION

9/27/2012 5:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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The NFL's regular referees returned to the gridiron tonight to a thundering applause from the crowd -- and even got a personal welcome-back hug from the scariest man in football ... Ray Lewis.

As you know by now ... the NFL reached a deal yesterday with the real refs -- ending the Reign of Error ... courtesy of the infamous replacement refs.

As the entered the field for tonight's Ravens-Browns match up, the refs each tipped their caps in a show of appreciation for fans' support.

Now it's only a matter of time before they screw up a call and we can trash them too.

NFL Players

Concern Over REAL Refs

'They're Coming Off Cold Turkey'

9/27/2012 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The REAL NFL refs will return to the field for tonight's Ravens vs. Browns match-up in Baltimore ... but some of the players are still concerned ... telling TMZ, "They’re comin' off cold turkey, so it’s going to be very interesting."

TMZ spoke with a member of the Cleveland Browns who reminded us, "The refs usually have a pre-season."

Overall, the players are fired up about the end of the replacement ref era.

We spoke with Ravens player Bryant McKinnie who says he's "very glad" they're back ... adding, "The real refs have better control of the games."

A member of the Browns, who wished to remain anonymous, tells us, "People will be so happy to see the refs. They will be the highlight of the game … at least for the first quarter."

“I’m sure they will give them a standing ovation, especially in Baltimore," the player told us ... adding, "If a call goes against the Browns I’m sure they will give [the refs] a standing ovation.”

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