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Peyton Manning

Calls In 1st Strings

... For Orchestra Debut

6/17/2015 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's 6'5", 230 pounds, and has a laser rocket arm ... and now Peyton Manning has proved -- he can also conduct an orchestra like a champ!!! 

Manning and a bunch of his Denver Broncos teammates grabbed their batons and took over the Taste of the Broncos event at Mile High last night ... hookin' up with the Colorado Symphony to raise money for the Food Bank of the Rockies

Peyton conducted the orchestra through a version of "Rocky Top" -- a tribute to the University of Tennessee. 

Overall, not a bad job ... but let's face it -- he's no Shaq

NFL's Von Miller

Let's Talk Farts and Chicken

6/8/2015 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Some life updates from Denver Broncos stud linebacker Von Miller ... apparently, he's got a new celebrity partner on his chicken farm ... and he's finally addressing his team's fart tax. 

It all went down outside Hooray Henry's nightclub in West Hollywood -- where Miller had been partying with his pal (and fellow NFL linebacker) Melvin Ingram

Seems Ingram has gotten in on Miller's legendary chicken farm in Texas (yes, he really has a chicken farm) ... though, the dudes appear kinda hammered, so they may have just been messin' around. 

As for the fart tax ... there have been reports the Broncos fine players for tearing ass during meetings. So, we asked Miller about it.

We'll take our Pulitzer now. 

John Bowlen 911

'I Own the Broncos'

'I'm the Blood of the City'

6/5/2015 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained the bizarre 911 call recording from the domestic dispute involving the son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen ... in which he claims to be "the blood of the city."

John Bowlen's girlfriend initially called 911 on Wednesday night ... but the call was cut short ... and the last thing the operator heard was the woman screaming. 

So, the operator called back ... only this time, John picked up ... and goes on a bizarre rant in which he claims to be the owner of the Denver Broncos ... says he's dealing with a "crazy girlfriend" ... and swears on his life that everything is fine. 

"As the blood of the city, I'm telling you nothing is wrong." 

He also dropped some names ... "I'm a man of the city. A friend of the mayor. And everybody knows exactly who I am. I'm going through a lot."

Bowlen continued ... "She is leaving right now, nothing is wrong. I love you guys. Thank you. Bye bye."

Obviously, the operator didn't buy Bowlen's story -- cops went to the scene and Bowlen was arrested on domestic violence charges

FYI -- Bowlen is employed by the Broncos as the Corporate Partnerships Coordinator ... and was the frontrunner to take over the team from his father, who has Alzheimer's. 

Denver Broncos Owner

Son Arrested for Domestic Violence

... Wearing Broncos Shirt

6/4/2015 12:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was arrested for domestic violence in Colorado on Wednesday ... while wearing a Broncos shirt ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

29-year-old John Bowlen Jr. -- one of 7 Bowlen children -- is being held at the Arapahoe County jail outside of Denver on suspicion of 3rd degree assault and harassment.

According to the police report, the victim told police John was under the influence of whippets and alcohol. Whippets is slang for nitrous oxide. 

The woman -- who says she has been dating Bowlen for 10 months -- says the two were inside of John's apartment when John began acting strange and "shoved her against the wall."

The woman says she called 911, but John took the phone and hung up. 

When the operator called back, John reportedly answered and said, "This is the owner of the Denver Broncos. I am sorry. K. Nothing is wrong. This is John Bowlen."

The woman says she had been drinking alcohol earlier in the evening.

John was taken into custody for domestic violence harassment and property crimes. He's being held without bail.  

According to multiple reports, John has an MBA in sports and entertainment from the University of Denver and is in executive training with the Broncos. He is one of the frontrunners to take over the team when his father (who is suffering from Alzheimer's) steps down. 

Pat Bowlen isn't the only Broncos executive with a son who's been accused of domestic violence -- last year the son of Broncos General Manager John Elway, John Elway III, was arrested and convicted of attacking his GF during a heated argument in Arizona. 

The Denver Broncos have released a statement saying, "We are disappointed to learn of the matter involving John Bowlen ... . While this is a personal issue, he is accountable to all club and league conduct policies. As such, John will be placed on an indefinite leave of absence from the organization."

Story developing ...

Broncos Antonio Smith

Related to Alleged Child Abuse Victim

Who Claims It Was Sexual

5/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_antonio_smith_gettyAntonio Smith's child abuse investigation is not only sexual in nature ... TMZ Sports has learned the alleged victim is one of his relatives.

We broke the story ... the Fort Bend County Sheriff's department in Texas has been investigating the Denver Broncos' new defensive end since late last year.

Now, a family source tells us the accuser told investigators the alleged abuse involved repeated sexual contact from December 2010 through January 2014. We're told the accuser is related to Smith, but not an immediate family member.

According to our source ... the alleged victim also told investigators about a conversation when Smith told her, "God has a plan," and "some relationships are meant to go deeper than just blood lines." 

We're told all the alleged incidents occurred at Smith's home outside Houston. He played for the Texans from 2009 to 2013.

No charges have been filed against Smith. A Broncos rep says the team is gathering information. We've reached out to Smith, but so far ... no response.

NFL's Antonio Smith

Investigated for Child Abuse

5/21/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0520_antonio-smith_gettyDenver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith -- a former Pro Bowler -- is being investigated for alleged child abuse in Texas ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke with the Fort Bend County District Attorney, John Healey, who confirms the child abuse division is handling the case against Smith -- though, so far, no charges have been filed. 

Sources connected to the case tell us ... the accuser claims there are multiple incidents dating back to 2010.

We're told the case was first reported to officials in Colorado back in November -- but the case was forwarded to Texas, because that's where the accuser says the alleged incidents took place. 

FYI -- Smith played for the Houston Texans from 2009 to 2013. 

Healey tells us, "We're trying to discern the truth from the untruthfulness of the claim to decide what charges, if any, will be filed."

A rep for the Broncos tells TMZ Sports, "Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith. We are now in the process of gathering more information."

Peyton Manning

T-Shirts in the Pool ...

They Ain't Just for Fat Guys!

3/4/2015 8:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304-peyton-manning-INFphoto-01Peyton Manning has not officially decided if he's coming back to play in the NFL next season, but one thing is for sure ... the Denver Broncos QB needs to retire that t-shirt!

The future Hall of Famer and his family were spotted poolside in Miami Beach this week, where the QB committed the personal foul of wearing a shirt in the pool ... a move usually reserved for offensive linemen.

Too much Papa John's in the off-season, perhaps? 

John Elway

RAGING IN VEGAS

... During Broncos Bye Week

9/29/2014 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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With the Denver Broncos off this weekend, John Elway decided to blow off some steam by jetting to Vegas to party with his wife ... and some little people ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

After spending some time in L.A., the Broncos' Vice President of Football Operations hit up Sin City this weekend -- where he sat VIP at Beacher's Madhouse in the MGM Grand. 

Elway's wife Paige Green -- a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader -- was there as the couple watched a variety of crazy acts ... including the world's oldest strippers and a performance by Mini-Kanye West and Mini-Psy.

We're told Elway had a blast -- and took photos with some of the mini-performers.

Perfect way to forget about losing to the Seahawks ... for the second time in a row.

Peyton Manning

Legal Weed In CO

Has Been GREAT for Pizza Biz

9/18/2014 8:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0918-peyton-manning-getty-01Legalized pot has been very, very good for Peyton Manning ... especially in Colorado ... because the QB says new weed-friendly laws in the Mile High State have been great for his pizza business. 

The Denver Broncos superstar -- who owns 21 Papa Johns franchises in the Denver area -- was talking with Sports Illustrated's Peter King when he was asked about voting and laws in CO. 

And that's when Peyton dropped this gem -- "There’s some different laws out here in Colorado. Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes."

Doesn't take a rocket-scientist to figure out he's talking about Colorado's new laws legalizing recreational marijuana ... and clearly, Peyton's learned stoners love pizza. 

So, will Peyton expand into Washington -- the other pro-ganja state? Stay tuned ...

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman

Good Riddance, Aaron Paul

... Go Be a Raiders Fan!

3/16/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0314-hillman-paul-getty-01Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has some advice for "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul -- now that you're off the Denver bandwagon ... go be a Raiders fan!

We spoke to Hillman to find out how he felt about Paul pulling a George Clooney on the Broncos -- ending his Super Bowl love affair with the team and ignoring them completely. 

But the second year running back isn't crying into his Haagan-Daaz ... telling us, "To each his own, I’ll probably go see 'Need For Speed' anyway."

Then came the shot -- "But if he don’t like us, he can always go be a Raiders fan."

Ouch.

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Aaron Paul:

Sorry Denver ...

I'm OFF the Broncos Bandwagon

3/14/2014 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bad news for Broncos fans ... "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul has given up on your team -- just months after he hopped on the bandwagon in the first place. 

Aaron -- nicest guy ever btw -- was leaving Gallagher's Steakhouse in NYC last night when we started asking him about all the moves Denver's been making in the past few days. 

That's when Aaron -- who proudly rooted for Peyton & the Broncos when he sat behind the bench at the Super Bowl -- made it clear his days of supporting the blue and orange are OVER!

In fairness to Aaron, he was only really a Broncos fan for 1 day to begin with ... but after that Super Bowl performance, we're guessing he's not the only bandwagoner to jump ship. 

Peyton Manning

My Goatee Is Back!!!!

3/4/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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For the first time since 2008, Peyton Manning is rockin' the goatee ... in what appears to be an attempt to find a new identity after that humiliating Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Evil Peyton and his facial hair surfaced at what appears to be a charity event over the weekend ... where he gave a speech, rocked a tux and even posed for pics with fans. 

Somewhere, Evil Spock is laughing maniacally. 

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Shannon Sharpe

'Sad, Disappointed, Grateful'

After Being Dropped By CBS

2/18/2014 11:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Shannon Sharpe tells TMZ Sports ... he's bummed out after getting the news that he's out at "The NFL Today" pregame show at CBS ... but says, "I'm grateful I had ten great years."

CBS announced the move today ... Shannon and Dan Marino will not return to the show next season. Instead, Tony Gonzalez will join the cast.

"Things happen," Sharpe says ... "They made the best decision for them and now I have to make the best decision for me."

Sharpe is adamant he has "no hard feelings" toward CBS -- adding, "They've been great to me."

As for Tony G -- Sharpe says they're friends and he wishes Tony the best of luck.

"I know Tony wanted to do this so I'm happy for him and his family."

So, what's next for Shannon? He's still trying to evaluate his options, but it's clear you haven't heard the last from the Hall of Fame tight end.

"I have strong beliefs, ideas and passions. I can do more than just sports ... I don't want to box myself in."

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