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'Basketball Wives' Star

Draya, Orlando Split Is Sad

'They Really Loved Each Other'

5/14/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sometimes breakups are for the best ... but not Draya Michele and Orlando Scandrick -- because according to Draya's "Basketball Wives" co-star ... they really did love each other. 

We spoke with Brandi Maxiell about the conscious uncoupling -- and she broke it down this way .... "It's sad and unfortunate because I've been around them and they love each other so much."

As we previously reported, Draya had been dating the Dallas Cowboys star for about 2 years before they called it quits ... shocking considering they were just talking about marriage a few months ago

So, the question ... will the split be covered on the reality show? Brandi says it absolutely SHOULD ... "We're on a reality show!"

Adrian Peterson

SHOTS ON ME

Buys Vodka for Entire Texas Bar!

5/14/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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He may not be a Cowboy (yet) ... but they sure as hell loved Adrian Peterson in Texas this weekend ... when the guy walked into a bar ... and bought EVERYONE a shot of vodka!

It all went down at the Flying Pug Bar in Houston on Sunday night ... where sources tell TMZ Sports the running back was the life of the party from the moment he walked in the door.

We're told AP enjoyed some whiskey ... but wanted to make sure everyone else got their drank on too -- so he ponied up for a round Grey Goose on him.

The fun didn't stop there ... 'cause Peterson's group moved the party down the street to another bar called Exit 73 ... and continued to rage!

The best part of the story ... Peterson played it SAFE at the end of the night and let a sober pal drive him home. 

Even bald guys gotta let their hair down every now and then.

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Orlando Scandrick & Draya Michele

IT'S OVER

End 2 Year Relationship

5/13/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0513-orlando-scandrick-draya-michele-breakup-TMZ-01Dallas Cowboys stud Orlando Scandrick is back on the market ... 'cause his relationship with "Basketball Wives" star Draya Michele is officially OVER!!!!

Draya broke the news on social media ... saying, "After more than two years together Orlando and I have mutually decided to end our relationship."

"Unfortunately, we both live very hectic lives making it difficult to spend the deserved time together. He is a great father and athlete and I will cherish the memories that we created."

Pretty shocking ... considering the two were talking about marriage just a few short months ago. 

Story developing ... 

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Dez Bryant

I'd Love to Play w/ Adrian Peterson

... 'That Man's a Monster!'

5/11/2015 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dez Bryant + Adrian Peterson = TOTAL DOMINATION ... so says Dez who tells TMZ Sports he thinks it would be something "very special" if AP somehow signed with the Dallas Cowboys. 

Bryant was leaving The Palm in Bev Hills last night -- when he told us the two would be an unstoppable duo if they were on the field together ... but says he ultimately doesn't think Peterson's current team would let him go. 

"The Vikings not lettin' that happen, 'cause if they did ... the league would know what would happen."

There's A LOT more in this video -- Bryant also talks about "The Catch" in the NFC Championship game (says he's over it, wants to move on) ... how he REALLY feels about Tom Brady and Deflategate. 

La'el Collins

$21,000 Signing Bonus

... After Signing with Cowboys

5/7/2015 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0507-lael-collins-cowboys-GETTY-01Former LSU football star La'el Collins will get a $21,000 signing bonus ... after signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We're told he's set to make $435k in his 1st year, $545k his second year and $656k in year 3. 

Our sources tell us ... when all is said and done, Collins will get the same dollar amount as the 7th pick of the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. 

Of course, La'el's draft stock plummeted after he was questioned by police in the shooting death of a pregnant woman. Before the incident, he was projected to be a 1st round draft pick.

For the record, Collins was never arrested and has not been named as a suspect.  

Dean Cain

Adrian Peterson Learned His Lesson

... Bring Him to Dallas!

5/5/2015 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Adrian Peterson has been in NFL exile long enough ... and should come back to the league with the Dallas Cowboys ... so says Dean Cain

Cain -- who's tight with Dallas head coach Jason Garrett -- says it would be "game over" if the Cowboys were able to sign the running back in his first year back since the child abuse situation. 

But Dean says he also knows Adrian ... and firmly believes the guy has "learned his lesson" after he was convicted of beating his 4-year-old son with a switch in 2014.  

Of course, for all of this to happen, the Vikings would have to put AP on the trading block ... something the team has vowed not to do. 

Dallas Cowboys' Greg Hardy

Suspended by NFL

For Domestic Violence

4/22/2015 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0422-greg-hardy-getty-01Dallas Cowboys' defensive end Greg Hardy just got hit with a tough penalty -- he's benched for 10 games without pay, after the NFL determined he brutalized his ex-girlfriend.

A 2-month NFL investigation determined Hardy attacked Nicole Holder 4 times. They concluded in May 2014, he:

-- used physical force that landed her in a bathtub

-- used physical force that landed her on a futon that was covered with 4 semi-automatic rifles

-- grabbed her by the neck, leaving visible marks

-- shoved her against a wall

Hardy, who was playing for the Carolina Panthers at the time, had been convicted of assault, appealed and had an automatic right to a new trial. But the second time around Holder refused to cooperate and the charges were dropped.

The Panthers deactivated Hardy in September, shortly after the Ray Rice graphic video surfaced, and Dallas picked him up last month.

It's one of the harshest punishment meted out by the NFL for domestic violence.

NFL's 1st Female Ref

I GOT HER BACK

... Says Orlando Scandrick

4/6/2015 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If they can do it in the NBA, there's no reason female refs can't kill it in the NFL too -- so says Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick who says he's excited for Sara Thomas to make history. 

"I look forward to it," Scandrick said in L.A. this weekend ... "I'm sure she'll get the adequate training and she'll be fine."

There are people who are concerned that Thomas is putting herself in harm's way -- due to the risk of being hit during a play -- but Orlando says that's BS and says he's convinced she can hack it. 

FYI -- Thomas is a 41-year-old mother of 3. 

Anyone really wanna question her toughness? 

Draya and Orlando Scandrick

No Reality Show For Us

... At Least Right Now

3/26/2015 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Dallas Cowboys can rest easy for the time being ... because Orlando Scandrick and his GF Draya Michele are NOT trying to score their own reality show -- at least not yet. 

The couple hit Hollywood last night ... and with "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada scoring her own spin-off this week ... we had to ask if Draya (who stars on "Basketball Wives LA") would follow in her footsteps. 

"We really don't need to do reality TV," Draya said ... "It's not really our thing."

BTW -- Draya is currently finishing up her 4th season on "Basketball Wives."

So, is it possible the couple could change their stance? Yes. 

Watch the clip. 

Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick

'Excited' for Greg Hardy ...

'He's a Good Player'

3/20/2015 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With Jerry Jones under fire for signing Greg Hardy ... Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick tells TMZ Sports he's excited about his new teammate -- saying, "I think he's a good player." 

Of course, Hardy was found GUILTY of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-GF last year ... but the charges were later dropped because the victim refused to cooperate with prosecutors after striking a financial settlement with the football star. 

But when we saw Orlando out in L.A. Thursday, the superstar cornerback wanted to focus on Greg's performance on the field ... and clearly, he believes the dude can play.  

For his part, Jones issued a statement on the signing ... saying, "We have spent a great deal of time over the last two days in meeting with Greg directly and gaining a solid understanding of what he is all about as a person and as a football player."

"Obviously a great deal of our study was dedicated to the issue of domestic violence, and the recent events that associated Greg with that issue." 

"Our organization understands the very serious nature of domestic violence in our society and in our league. We know that Greg has a firm understanding of those issues as well."

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

There Is No (Bikini) Off-Season

3/6/2015 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0306_cowboys_cheerleaders_bikini_launchWhile most of America freezes its collective buns off, huddled around heaters and fireplaces hoping for one moment of warmth, we at TMZ Sports bring you the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in bikinis.

Enjoy.

And leave your jealousy at the door (we'll try too).

Ex-NFL Player

I'd Crush Ronda Rousey In MMA

'She Wouldn't Stand a Chance'

3/2/2015 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

030215_jesse_holley_launchA former NFL player says he's found the ONE person who could beat Ronda Rousey in an MMA fight -- himself -- saying if the two got in the octagon, Rousey wouldn't stand a chance!!!

The man talking the smack is Jesse Holley -- who played WR for the Dallas Cowboys after winning a tryout with the team on Michael Irvin's 2009 reality show "4th and Long."

Holley -- who's 6'3", 215 pounds -- was on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this morning ... when the gang began questioning if ANYONE will ever defeat the greatest female fighter in UFC history.

That's when Holley suggested ... himself. 

Holley says if he had 8 weeks to train ... he's 100% confident he'd squish her like a bug.

FYI -- Cat Zingano was also 100% confident ... and we all know how that went. 

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Dez Bryant

NFL Coach Calls BS on Tape

'It Doesn't Exist'

3/1/2015 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Dez Bryant is getting some major support from one of his former Dallas Cowboys coaches ... who tells TMZ Sports the rumors of an alleged Ray Rice-style tape are complete B.S.

We spoke with Rob Ryan -- the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys in 2011 and 2012 -- who's adamant there's NO tape. Period.

"That's a bunch of bull," Ryan told us ... "Dez is an awesome guy. He's a great competitor and probably the best receiver in football."

Ryan is currently working for the New Orleans Saints -- but he's still very plugged in with the Cowboys.

As for Dez, his family believes someone is trying to sabotage his NFL future by going pubic with rumors of an alleged tape.

So far, no one has publicly acknowledged they've actually seen the supposed tape.

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