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Travis Tritt

I'm Still Pissed at the Cowboys

They Screwed Over a Legend

1/27/2015 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012715_travis_tritt_launchTalk about holding a grudge ... country music superstar Travis Tritt says he REFUSES to root for the Dallas Cowboys ever again -- all because of something that went down 26 years ago.  

Tritt was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills Monday night when he told us he's still bitter at Jerry Jones for the way he axed legendary head coach Tom Landry back in 1989. 

FYI -- Jones had JUST bought the team when he rushed in and blew out the entire Cowboys coaching staff ... a move Landry (and scores of Dallas fans) felt was completely disrespectful. 

Tritt says he never got over it ... and btw, neither did Landry -- who rooted for the rival NY Giants until his death in 2000.

DeMarco Murray

Engaged To Soap Actress

1/20/2015 9:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0120-heidi-instagramWho says the Cowboys can't close? 

DeMarco Murray just popped the question to his longtime GF Heidi Mueller ... and good news for the running back, she said 'Yes.'

Mueller famously portrayed Kay Bennett Crane on "Passions."

DeMarco and Heidi have a daughter together. 

It's the first in a series of big moves for the Dallas star -- who's set to become an unrestricted free agent in a couple of weeks and may have to leave Big D if the Cowboys don't come up with a big contract offer. 

But until then ... CONGRATS!

Deion Sanders

Dez Bryant Rule Is Dumb

NFL Needs to Change It!!!

1/13/2015 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Deion Sanders says he's still upset about Dez Bryant's controversial non-catch ... saying it was the right call under the current rules -- BUT THE RULE NEEDS TO CHANGE!!! 

"[The NFL needs] to evaluate the rules and change the rules in the offseason," Sanders says. 

"I don't like it. I don't agree with it." 

The best part -- the photog tells Sanders he saw him make a bunch of catches like that back in the day, but the refs never called 'em back.

Deion's response ... classic.   

Ex-NFL Star Greg Ellis

I'm a Hollywood Producer Now

Casts Big Stars On 1st Movie

1/10/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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He dominated on defense for the Dallas Cowboys ... but now former Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Ellis is quarterbacking his first Hollywood feature film -- and he's got some pretty big stars on board. 

TMZ Sports has learned Ellis -- who made millions during his 11-year NFL career -- is the executive producer on a movie called "Carter High" ... starring Vivica A. Fox, Charles S. Dutton and David Banner



The movie is based on the real life 1988 Carter High School football team -- a team that was rocked by scandal following allegations of players committing armed robbery and cheating in the classroom. 

"As the executive producer, my role was to fill in wherever was needed. I tried to make sure everything flowed," Ellis says. 

Ellis says his team reached out to former NFL star Jessie Armstead -- who was on the '88 Carter team -- and got him to participate in the movie, which Greg hopes to release around Thanksgiving. 

"This is something I'd like to continue to do," Greg says about his new career ... "It's a lot of work but I like to inspire and shock people. Movies can make a huge impact on lives. 

Fun Fact -- the '88 Carter squad was the team that beat Odessa Permian in H.G. Bissinger's non-fiction book, "Friday Night Lights."

Jerry Jones

Unintentional Chris Christie Fat Joke

1/9/2015 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones just appeared on "Mike & Mike" on ESPN radio and told the guys he's got two seats for Chris Christie to attend the game this weekend in Green Bay. 

Hopefully, he'll get a third seat ... so Chris can bring a guest.

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Sen. Marco Rubio

Chris Christie's In a Lose-Lose Situation

... With Dallas Cowboys

1/9/2015 6:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

010815_marco_rubio_launch_v3Chris Christie got himself into one of those "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situations with the Dallas Cowboys ... so says Sen. Marco Rubio who tells TMZ Sports this won't end well for the NJ Gov. 

As everyone sits and waits to see if Christie once again joins Jerry Jones in the owner's box when the team takes on the Green Bay Packers this weekend ... Rubio says, "He can't win either way."

Check out the video for Marco's explanation.

Orlando Scandrick

I'll Propose to Draya

... 'In Due Time'

1/7/2015 6:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

010715_orlando_scandrick_launch Good news for Draya Michele ... sounds like she's gonna get her engagement ring!!!

Bad news for Draya Michele ... sounds like she's gonna have to be patient!

Draya's BF, Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick appeared on "Fox Sports Live Countdown" On FS1 (airing tonight at 9 PM PT, 12 ET) and was asked if he'll be hitting the diamond store anytime soon.

He blushed. He raved about Draya ... but he also bobbed and weaved like a champ.

Bottom line -- Scandrick says it'll all work itself out "in due time."

So ... congrats???

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Country Singer on ESPN

Jerry Jones & Chris Christie Are Gay Lovers

1/7/2015 3:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

010715_espn_homosexual_comment_launchGLAAD is probably gonna have a thing or two to say about this one ...

Because a big country music star just took a cheap shot at Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Gov. Chris Christie live on ESPN ... and let's put it this way, he suggested there were shenanigans in the owner's box. 

Kinky Friedman -- a country singer/wannabe politician/author/avid cigar smoker -- just appeared on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" to talk to Bob Ley about the famous hug during last weekend's playoff game. 

His response ... well, you just have to watch the clip. Unreal. 

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Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick

IT'S DIAMOND RING TIME

... Says Reality Star GF

1/7/2015 6:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

010715_draya_michelle_launch"Basketball Wives" star Draya Michele has been called many things ... but subtle isn't one of 'em ... and last night she told her BF Orlando Scandrick it's time to pony up for a RING!!! 

Draya was leaving Boa Steakhouse on Sunset when we asked if her Dallas Cowboys superstar BF has thought about how he's going to spend his playoff bonus money.  

That's when Draya dropped the not-so-subtle hint to TMZ Sports ... saying, "I don't plan for other people's money ... but I hope that he has a nice investment that he's going to buy that has to do with rings and things and sparkly stuff."

She playfully added, "I like diamonds!"

No pressure, Scandrick.

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Cowboys' Jerry Jones

Defends Chris Christie

'He's Part of Our Mojo'

1/6/2015 7:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

010615_jerry_jones_launchJerry Jones says Gov. Chris Christie is no bandwagon Cowboys fan -- he's been a supporter for 50 years and has become "part of [the team's] mojo."

Of course, Christie has been taking some serious heat ever since he was seen bear hugging the NFL owner in the owner's box at Cowboys Stadium this past weekend ... as the team defeated the Lions. 

0105-chris-christie-jerry-jones-cowboys-hug-FOX_NFL-01"Listen, he's a Cowboy through-and-through ... he's part of our mojo," Jones said during an interview on 105.3 THE FAN Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Jerry says if Christie's "mojo" can help the team go all the way to the Super Bowl ... "he outta be looked at as the President of the United States."

Jones takes it a step further ... and says Christie might be the most "deep-seated" Cowboys fan he's ever had in the owner's box -- and says he hopes CC joins the team in Green Bay this weekend. 

So far, Christie hasn't said if he'll be there.

Chris Christie

He's Wrong to Root for Cowboys

... Says NJ Mayor

1/5/2015 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0105-chris-christie-jerry-jones-cowboys-hug-FOX_NFL-01The Mayor of Bergenfield, New Jersey is calling out Chris Christie -- telling TMZ Sports the Governor is "wrong" for jumping on the Dallas Cowboys bandwagon.

Of course, Christie has been under fire from all sorts of Jerseyans for bear-hugging Jerry Jones in the owner's box at Cowboys Stadium yesterday when when Dallas solidified their lead over the Detroit Lions. 

Mayor Norman Schmelz says he loves Christie and thinks he's a great governor ... "but when it comes to football, he's wrong."

We also spoke with ex-NFL star Jon Runyan -- a former U.S. Congressman from NJ -- who says Christie's allegiance to Dallas is "unfortunate" ... especially with so many people from Jersey being fans of the Eagles, Giants and Jets. 

"Truly, I get why people are upset. But I love his passion for the game. It's unfortunate he's rooting for [the Eagles'] arch rival."

Though Runyan says he does respect the fact that Christie "doesn't let anyone tell him what he can or can't do."

As for Mayor Schmelz ... he tells us there's one way for Chris to get out of his doghouse -- "If he can get Bergenfield enough state aid to lower our tax burden here locally, I'll become a Cowboy's fan as well."

DeMarco Murray

Buys 22 Watches for Teammates

Thanks for Huge Season

12/30/2014 11:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1230_demarco-murray_gifted_watchesThe gifts just keep on coming for the Dallas Cowboys ... this time it was DeMarco Murray who spoiled the offense with fancy watches to thank them for his record-setting season. 

We spoke Umberto Cipolla -- CEO of Orefici Watches -- who tells us DeMarco bought 22 watches for his teammates just before Christmas ... carefully selecting each piece for specific players based on individual style and taste.

Cipolla wouldn't tell us exactly how much cash Murray dropped ... but said each watch runs between $700 and $900 ... so, it wasn't exactly a cheap shopping trip.

We're told Murray claimed he wanted to buy the gifts to show his teammates how grateful he is for helping him dominate this season. 

FYI -- Murray broke the team's single-season rushing record and will most likely sign a HUGE contract next year.

It's just the latest gift-giving act from Murray -- who had already hooked up his lineman with $1,300 iMac computers earlier this season. 

[h/t Terez Owens]

Dallas Cowboys Legends

We're Soccer Dads Now

Our Daughters Are Ballers!

11/25/2014 12:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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Three Dallas Cowboys legends are back on the same sideline ... rooting on their daughters who all play in the same elite youth soccer league ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett and Charles Haley -- together they have 9 Super Bowls, 17 Pro Bowls and 2 Hall of Fame busts -- and they get together every weekend as soccer dads. 

"[Our daughters] are out there ballin', Dorsett tells us ... "The apples don't fall far from the tree."

Tony -- who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '94 -- says his daughter plays on the same team with Haley's kid ... and even though Emmit's daughter plays on another squad, "They go head to head sometimes."

"When we're together, we talk about football. It's not usually about the old days. We talk about what's going on in the league now," Dorsett says. 

Tony says the guys are all very supportive of each other's kids -- "All of the girls are very talented" -- but says Charles' daughter is a star among stars. 

Pretty cool, right?

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