NBA star Kenyon Martin has picked a longshot to win the Super Bowl ... a reaaaaal longshot.
Martin was leaving a shoe store in Harlem last night when we asked for his pick to win the big game -- his answer? THE COWBOYS!!!
Obviously, there's a bit of a problem with that pick ... since, you know, they're not exactly playing.
But hey, ya gotta respect the enthusiasm.
Calls Off Engagement
With NFL Boyfriend
11/22/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eat your vitamins and say your prayers brothers ... 'cause TMZ has learned Brooke Hogan is officially single again.
Sources close to Brooke tell us Hulk's daughter ended her engagement to Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa a few weeks ago ... after he proposed in Vegas back in June.
We're told Brooke realized things had moved way too fast, too soon ... so she decided to call it quits and focus on her music -- before making things official forever.
Our sources say Hogan recently moved back to L.A. to put the finishing touches on her new album ... and she wanted to be closer to Momma Hogan.
Brooke posted this ringless photo a few days ago.
Looks like she won't have much trouble finding a rebound dude.
'Basketball Wives' Star
11/13/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives LA" star Draya Michele has had just about her fill of the show -- after cast tensions culminated in an all-out brawl last month inside an L.A. nightclub, leaving one girl with a black eye.
Sources close to production tell us, the fight broke out after co-star Sundy Carter badmouthed Draya's new boyfriend Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick -- and Draya snapped.
We're told it got so bad, the girls had to be physically pulled apart, and Sundy walked away with a black eye.
We're told the trash talking has been a huge issue the last few weeks, with cast members maligning Scandrick, basically calling him a philandering scumbag ... among other things .. and Draya simply reached a breaking point.
It's unclear if it's related to the fight, but we're told Draya bailed on the cast trip to Paris last week, where they were supposed to film the finale.
Sounds like trouble in paradise. Calls to Draya and VH1 were not returned.
NFL Star Major Wright
Sued Over Giant African
10/10/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NFL star Major Wright just got into serious heat over his side hustle -- AFRICAN DIAMONDS -- and now he's being chased down by a couple of scary loan sharks.
Here's the short of it ... when he's not playing ball, Wright operates a diamond trading company called TDW Diamonds, and allegedly borrowed $75,000 last year in order to purchase raw South African diamonds (ranging from 21-31.5 carats).
Problem is ... the lenders are saying they still haven't been repaid, and the interest rate is borderline mafia-level.
According to their lawsuit, lenders Jimmy Michel and Marc Geffrard claim Wright promised to repay the loan PLUS 100% interest by March 2012 ... a total of $150,000 ... but that never happened.
It's now been more than a year and Michel and Geffrard say they still haven't been paid. They're suing for the full $150,000 plus even more interest.
P.S. -- the loan sharks are gonna get screwed because under Florida law, if anyone charges more than 18 percent on a loan, they forfeit their right to collect any interest at all. So, by (allegedly) signing a dumb contract, the two footballers may have outsmarted the sharks in the end.
Calls to Wright weren't returned.
Drops Millions On 2nd Home In 3 Months
10/7/2013 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman needs just one more home in Dallas ... then he'll have one for each of his Super Bowl trophies ... cuz dude just dropped millions on ANOTHER swanky new mansion ... TMZ has learned.
The Fox Sports commentator paid $4.3 million for a 5-bedroom red brick home overlooking Turtle Creek Lake in the Highland Park area. One of the main selling points -- according to the listing -- DUCKS in the backyard. Obviously he's never had ducks in the backyard ... because they crap everywhere.
The neighborhood must be great ... because this is the 2nd crib he's bought there in the last 3 months --- in July, Aikman spent $4.25 million for a 10,000 sq. foot house not far away.
We're no mathematicians ... but that's almost $9 million dollars in new real estate. Money shouldn't be an issue, though -- Aikman made more than $11 mil on the sale of his last home 2 years ago.
Cowboys Players Sued
Our Son Almost Drowned
And It's Your Fault
9/24/2013 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Three Dallas Cowboys stars are personally responsible for a boy nearly drowning at a football camp this summer -- at least according to the kid's parents who are now suing for at least a MILLION BUCKS.
The parents of 13-year-old James Jackson Jr. filed the suit against Miles Austin, Anthony Spencer, and Brandon Carr ... claiming it's their fault James nearly drowned during a football camp held at the University of North Texas, and bearing Spencer's name.
The boy reportedly sank to the bottom of a pool -- while there were roughly 125 other kids in the water -- and had to be pulled out, given CPR, and taken to a nearby hospital.
Now his parents are pointing the finger at the players and the company that organized the camp -- claiming it was their responsibility to hire better lifeguards, and make sure the pool was safe for swimmers.
The lawsuit doesn't specify the boy's injuries, but says he suffered mental anguish, disfigurement, and physical impairment.
We called Cowboys HQ for comment ... so far, no word back.
Harvey Levin Picks NFL Winner
'Football Is a Theatrical Sport'
9/8/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's that time of the year ... THE NFL IS BACK ... which means it's time for our resident sports expert Harvey Levin to start picking winners!!!!
First up, The New York Giants vs. the Dallas Cowboys!!!
And heeeeeeeeere we go!!
Evan: Who ya got ... New York or Dallas?
Harvey: Wait, the Giants or the Jets?
Evan: I already told you the Giants
Harvey: Oh right. Well, given that it's the Giants I'm definitely going with the Giants.
Harvey: Because I think Steve Tisch is awesome and I think the fact that he has 2 Super Bowl rings makes me as confident as Sully flying an airplane ... and I loved 'Forrest Gump.'
Evan: But Jerry Jones has 3 Super Bowl rings
Harvey: But he doesn't have an Oscar ... and that's gotta count for something.
Evan: In football?
Harvey: Sure. Football is a theatrical sport. Just watch what they do in the endzone.
Harvey: I like 'em both ... but I gotta go with Eli because he's got such pressure now to do well because of what his brother did on Thursday. Not that he's gonna get 7 tds, but I could see 4.
Evan: What about Romo?
Harvey: He's good too.
Cowboys Are Winning the Super Bowl ... Period.
8/12/2013 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's confidence. There's overconfidence. Then there's Jerry Jones ... who made it clear, the Dallas Cowboys are WINNING the Super Bowl this year. Period.
The Cowboys owner was leaving Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills last night when he told us how it's gonna be in 2013 ... SB or bust.
The Cowboys haven't looked too shabby in their first two pre-season games -- with Dez Bryant looking especially beastly.
But do they have what it takes to go all the way this year? Or will Tony Romo find yet another way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory?
God, we love football.
I'm the 'Future of the NFL'
3/27/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Crabtree's ego has fully recovered from that huge blown call that cost him the Super Bowl -- because he now boldly predicts ... he is the FUTURE OF THE NFL!
The funniest part is ... we weren't even talking about him when he said it.
Here's the scene: the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver was leaving BOA Steakhouse with Dallas Cowboys stud receiver Dez Bryant last night -- and we asked the young stars about NFL rule changes intended to protect players from head injuries.
Neither guy replied ... so we moved on to another topic.
Now, let's play this like "Jeopardy."
Crabtree's answer is ... "You ever seen the future of the NFL? The 2 hottest receivers in the game?"
So, what is the question?
Hint: it has NOTHING to do with Crabtree's or Bryant's talents ... but it IS a hot topic in the NFL.
I'm 46 Years Old
... AND I'M STILL RIPPED!!!
2/1/2013 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's been 14 years since Dallas Cowboys superstar Michael Irvin hung up his cleats ... but the guy is still SHREDDED ... and last night, he proved it.
The 46-year-old Hall of Famer was outside of a party in New Orleans last night -- talking about his new vitamin company -- when he and our camera guy started braggin' about their physiques.
But Irvin -- always one to back up his talk -- lifted up his shirt and proved he's still got a killer 6-pack.
How 'bout that Cowboy.
Dallas Cowboys Star
INDICTED After Deadly
Crash Killed Teammate
12/26/2012 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has been indicted on one count of intoxicated manslaughter ... after allegedly killing his teammate in a drunken car accident earlier this month.
Brent was indicted by a Texas Grand Jury today following the December 8th crash that killed his friend and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.
Police in the Dallas suburb where the accident took place claim Brent was speeding when his Mercedes struck a curb and flipped over. Officers believe Brent was under the influence of alcohol.
Brent is currently out on $100,000 bail and, if convicted, faces up to 20 years in prison.
Dallas Cowboys Tragedy
Horrific Crash Scene Photo
12/13/2012 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained an image of the crash scene following the highway disaster that killed Dallas Cowboys star Jerry Brown last weekend -- and the Mercedes he was riding in had flipped upside-down.
As we previously reported, Brown's teammate Josh Brent was driving at the time of the accident in Texas Saturday morning. Brent was subsequently arrested on the scene for intoxication manslaughter.
TMZ has also obtained the 911 calls placed by a passing motorist just moments after the accident -- and according to one of the callers, "There was smoke everywhere."
Dallas Cowboys Player
Dies in Car Wreck
12/8/2012 11:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, died early this morning in a single-car accident -- and his teammate, Josh Brent, was arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter.
According to police, Brent (see above) was driving at a high rate of speed at around 2:20 AM when his car "hit the outside curb," flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road.
When cops came to the scene, Brent was dragging Brown away from the vehicle ... which had come to rest upside down and was on fire. Brown was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Officers at the scene suspected alcohol to be a factor, so they gave Brent a field sobriety test, which he failed. His blood was later drawn at the hospital to determine his blood alcohol level. Those results are not yet known.
Brent was arrested by Irving PD and booked on a second degree felony charge at 4:14 AM and is being held without bail.
Brent pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge while in college ... where he and Brown were teammates.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement today, saying, "We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him."
The incident comes just one week after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself.