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Cris Carter Aaron Hernandez Is Dead to the NFL ... Even If He's Freed

4/16/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

It won't matter if Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction is overturned -- he'll NEVER get another shot in the NFL ... so says Cris Carter.

Here's the thing ... Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, says he truly believes the ex-Patriots tight end is innocent in the murder of Odin Lloyd and will eventually get out of prison after he appeals.

Hernandez is only 27 -- and when he was playing, he was one of the best tight ends in the game.

But Carter says it won't matter if he's exonerated -- no NFL team will touch him.

In fact, Hernandez will have a tough time getting a job in any industry ... except one.

Aaron Hernandez Will Get Out of Prison .. Says Jose Baez

4/15/2017 12:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Aaron Hernandez will NOT spend the rest of his life behind bars ... so says his attorney, Jose Baez, who tells TMZ Sports he believes he can overturn the ex-NFL star's murder conviction.

Baez represented Hernandez in his double murder case -- but he was NOT on the team when Aaron was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, for which AH was sentenced to life in prison.

But Baez says he truly believes Aaron is innocent -- and says he hopes Hernandez will hire him to fight the conviction because he knows he can win.

"Nothing would make me happier than to prove everybody wrong."

The big question ... can Hernandez afford Baez? The short answer, no.

But Baez says there is a way Aaron can come up with the money.

Coachella Major Crackdown! No More Ripping Off Handicap Spots

4/15/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Coachella cops have a new headache -- 'cause drugs and counterfeit tickets weren't enough -- they're shutting down concertgoers who abuse handicapped parking permits.

Law enforcement sources tell us police at the festival will be on the lookout for fake, stolen or borrowed handicap parking placards. Meaning ... snatching grandma's for the weekend so you can score primo parking ... ain't gonna fly anymore. We're told it's been a big problem for years at Coachella, so 5-0's cracking down.

You've been warned, and know this ... if ya try it and get busted, it's a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 fine or jail.

Major buzzkill if ya already dropped $400 to $900 for a concert ticket.

Sean Taylor Redskins LB Cast to Play NFL Legend ... On Murder Investigation Show

4/15/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A Washington Redskins linebacker has been cast to portray slain Redskins legend Sean Taylor in a new TV show about his murder ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We've learned 25-year-old Khairi Fortt will star as Taylor on a June episode of "The Perfect Murder" on Investigation Discovery ... which will explore how cops helped solve Sean's tragic 2007 home invasion murder.

The show is a combination of real-life interviews with investigators and family members, and scenes dramatizing the actual events.

But get this ... the role of Taylor's father will be played by Fortt's father, Guy Fortt -- who was an actor working with producers on the show last year when he suggested they consider Khairi to play Sean.

Khairi got the audition and executive producers Kevin Kaufman and Rick Tirelli tell us it was an obvious fit.

Break a leg (or don't, the Redskins wouldn't like that).

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Ryan Lochte Protesters Pay 'DWTS' Thousands To Avoid Prosecution

4/14/2017 5:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The 2 protesters who bum-rushed Ryan Lochte during his live season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" have cut a deal to avoid time behind bars ... but it cost them a fortune.

Sources tell us the judge and the L.A. City Attorney's Office dropped the case after the protesters agreed to pay BBC Worldwide Productions -- which owns 'DWTS' -- and CBS -- where the show was filmed -- $20,000.

Here's the way the law goes ... there's something called a "civil compromise." It means if someone is charged with certain crimes, they can have the charges dismissed if they work out a deal with the victims.

The protesters faced 6 months in jail after being charged with leaving a spectator area and entering upon a stage as well as interfering with a performance -- both misdemeanors.

As we first reported, the protesters went to 'DWTS' because they felt Ryan's bad behavior in Brazil was the reason one of their family members got busted for something unrelated ... out of revenge for the U.S.

Jose Baez Aaron Hernandez Is Not a Killer

4/14/2017 3:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Aaron Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, is adamant the ex-NFL star is "not a killer" -- and says the jury in his double murder case GOT IT RIGHT with the not guilty verdict. 

Baez says there was "an abundance" of reasonable doubt in the case -- and tells us he's very happy for Aaron and his family now that the former New England Patriots tight end has been exonerated.

So, what's next for Hernandez? Baez says he'll start taking a look at Aaron's other murder case in the hopes of overturning the conviction. 

Rapper Cassidy Chinatown Bust ... No License to Drive

4/14/2017 4:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rapper Cassidy did not get an Uber or a taxi, so instead he got arrested at an NYPD checkpoint.

Law enforcement sources tell us Cassidy was driving Thursday morning in Chinatown area when he pulled his 2011 GM van up a checkpoint. That's when cops ran his driver's license and it came back as suspended.

We're told the Philly MC was arrested and booked for driving on the suspended license.

Free legal advice? Hustle down to the DMV sometime soon, Cassidy. Like, before your arraignment.

Cristiano Ronaldo Denies Rape Story ... 'Journalistic Fiction'

4/14/2017 2:02 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Cristiano Ronaldo is adamant he did NOT rape a woman in Las Vegas back in 2009 -- and then pay her a fortune in cash to keep her quiet ... this according reps for the soccer superstar.

Ronaldo's personal team is responding to a story in a German newspaper which claims CR7 paid a woman roughly $375k in hush money after she claimed he raped her in a Vegas hotel room.

In a statement, Ronaldo's people shot the article down as B.S. -- saying it's "nothing but a piece of journalistic fiction."

"The accusations reported by the Der Spiegel are false, and Cristiano Ronaldo will do everything in his power to react against these. An accusation of an act of rape is disgusting and outraging, and he will not allow it to hang over his reputation."

Ronaldo's people go on to explain, "The alleged victim refuses to come forward and confirm the veracity of the accusation. The newspaper has based their entire narrative on documents which are unsigned and where the parties are not identified, on emails between lawyers whose content does not concern Cristiano Ronaldo and whose authenticity he cannot verify, and on an alleged letter that is said to have been sent to him by the so-called victim, but was never received by Cristiano."

By the way, we also reached out to law enforcement in Vegas but they had no record of a sexual assault allegation involving Ronaldo from 2009.

Aaron Hernandez NOT GUILTY In Double Murder Trial

4/14/2017 12:11 PM PDT
Breaking News

Aaron Hernandez has just been found NOT GUILTY of murdering two people in a 2012 drive-by shooting.

The jury spent more than 35 hours over 6 days deliberating the case. 

Hernandez was only found guilty on one lesser charge -- illegal possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to serve between 4 and 5 years in prison for that conviction. 

Prosecutors claimed 27-year-old Hernandez killed Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012 because one of them spilled a drink on him in a Boston club earlier that night. 

The families of both Abreu and Furtado were in the courtroom when the verdict was read. 

The ex-New England Patriots player was previously convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for killing semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

The acquittal comes almost exactly 2 years after Hernandez was convicted of murdering Lloyd. That verdict was reached on April 15, 2015.

Ryan Lochte I'll Never Go Back to Brazil ... Ever

4/14/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Lochte's relationship with Brazil is dead ... the swimmer says he'll NEVER go back to the country after his infamous gas station incident at the Olympics. 

Here's the thing ... Lochte says he might be banned from the country -- but that's not exactly the case. 

The truth is it's still dangerous for Lochte to go back to Brazil since he's still charged with filing a false police report for claiming he was robbed at gunpoint during a night out with Olympic swimmers. 

Officials saw it a different way, claiming security guards drew guns on the swimmers after they vandalized a gas station bathroom ... and then urinated in public ... and demanded Lochte's crew fork over cash to cover the damages. 

Prosecutors have offered Lochte a plea deal -- essentially a $20,000 fine -- but Lochte hasn't accepted the deal. So, if he does go back to Brazil, he risks being detained and possibly jailed.

But it doesn't sound like that's gonna be a problem since Lochte tells TMZ Sports there's no chance in hell he'll ever return to Rio.


NY Giants Defend Eli Manning In Memorabilia Scheme Lawsuit

4/13/2017 5:08 PM PDT
Breaking News

The New York Giants are jumping to Eli Manning's defense against allegations he tried to defraud sports collectors into buying game used helmets that weren't really game used.

Background -- the Giants, Manning and others are being sued by 3 sports memorabilia dealers who claim the star QB was part of a racketeering scheme.

The lawsuit alleged Manning had a contractual obligation with a major NY sports dealer to provide game used helmets ... but tried to weasel his way out of it by using fakes.

In fact, the dealers submitted very old emails from Eli's AOL account to a Giants equipment manager which they claim reference the scam, according to the NY Post.

"2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” Manning allegedly wrote in 2010.

A short time later that same day, Manning emailed his marketing agent saying he "Should be able to get them for tomorrow."

The dealers claimed the Giants knew of the emails but failed to turn them over to the court.

Now, the team is fighting back in a statement through team attorneys ... saying:

"The email, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday. The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server."

They added, "Eli Manning is well-known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character."

White House 2 Secret Service Agents Fired Over Fence Jumping

4/13/2017 2:48 PM PDT
Breaking News

The Secret Service pulled the trigger on dumping 2 agents after investigating the guy who jumped over a White House fence, and roamed the grounds for nearly 20 minutes.

The fired agents were involved the in the March 10 incident ... where, as we reported, Jonathan Tran got close enough to jiggle a doorknob into the White House. The Secret Service says its investigation revealed Tran hopped a 5-foot high fence near the Treasury complex, and then hopped another 3-and-a-half foot high fence near the East Wing of the White House.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the Secret Service ... which says it's also added new posts for agents and enhanced technology to prevent a repeat.

You'll recall ... a second intruder, Marci Wahl, hopped a White House fence later in March, and a few days later, did the same at the Treasury building.

Will Smith's Killer Sues NFL Star's Widow ... You Ruined My Life

4/13/2017 10:55 AM PDT
Breaking News

The man convicted of shooting and killing ex-NFL star Will Smith is now suing Smith's widow in civil court -- claiming it was Will who triggered the violence that fateful night and ruined his life. 

Cardell Hayes is suing Racquel Smith, the estate of Will Smith and others over the events from April 9, 2016 ... when Hayes shot Smith in New Orleans following a road rage incident.

In the suit, Hayes says Smith was very drunk when he began dangerously taunting him on the road that night ... culminating in Hayes slamming his car into Smith's vehicle.

Hayes says Smith threw a drink in his face and punched him while one of Smith's associates tried to club him with a weapon.

Hayes says Smith went back to his car, grabbed a gun and shot at him multiple times. 

Cops say they found a loaded gun in Smith's car that night -- but prosecutors had said there's no evidence he ever fired it during the altercation. 

Hayes was eventually convicted of manslaughter and could face up to 40 years in prison. Sentencing is set for later this month.

Meantime, Hayes is suing the Smiths in civil court for the assault, severe emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and more.

Yeah, Hayes killed Smith ... but that doesn't mean Smith [really Smith's estate] can't also be found liable for his actions that night.