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Aretha Franklin Detroit Lions Pay Tribute

8/16/2018 7:59 AM PDT
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The Detroit Lions are remembering the city's greatest singer -- sending their "deepest condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin."

The Lions tweeted out, "Aretha was a groundbreaker and an icon whose legacy will live on forever."

Aretha famously busted out a FOUR-AND-A-HALF MINUTE rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at a Lions game on Thanksgiving 2016 ... one of the greatest National Anthem performances ever. 

Former Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas also showed Aretha some love -- tweeting, "Rest In Peace dear friend, I will remember your wisdom, laughter and music you gave us. #aintnoway #natuaralwoman #sayalittleprayerforyou."

The Detroit Tigers honored Aretha by posting a tribute on their video board ... with the message "Forever our queen."

ESPN's Jemele Hill -- who's from Detroit -- also weighed in ... saying, "Rest in power, Aretha. You were not only the Queen of Soul, but a warrior, a survivor, an icon, and a protector. You are Detroit’s heartbeat. Rest well, Queen."

Hill added, "Aretha was Detroit’s sister, auntie, momma, Queen and homegirl — all in one career. There are few people that defend, honor and protect someone the way we did Aretha. You can talk about our economy, and our crime, but say something about Re-Re, and you’ll get dealt with. Quick."

Aretha died Thursday. She was 76

Drew Brees Kids Get SonBurned ... Trying To Cover Golden Tate

7/11/2018 3:51 PM PDT
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SonBurned: When a man or woman is forced to watch their offspring (in this case, sons) get ruthlessly burned on the football field by an elite NFL WR who's taking no prisoners.

Drew Brees' kids should now know this definition well, having been ruthlessly destroyed by Lions WR Golden Tate while trying to guard him one-on-one with no safety help.

The life lesson went down at Santa Fe Christian High School where Brees was working out alongside other NFL guys like Tate, Darren Sproles and Michael Thomas.

At some point it was time for the kids to get in on the action, and the resulting carnage was caught on video as both Brees kids get turned around like J Lo walked by.

Might be time to teach them the other side of the ball, Drew ... it worked for you, after all.

Calvin Johnson Not Coming Out Of Retirement Ever ... 'I Don't Want To Play'

7/1/2018 12:25 AM PDT
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Calvin Johnson will NEVER play football again ... telling TMZ Sports his fingers are so jacked up, "I ain't trying to catch no more footballs."

We got the future NFL Hall of Famer out at LAX ... and -- since training camps kick off in a couple weeks -- we had to ask ... when are you coming back to the gridiron?!

Megatron laughed at the idea ... and bluntly said, never.

"I don't want to play."

In fact, one of the game's greatest of all time says it's an easy decision to make, 'cause his body HURTS.

So, what's Cal doing these days to stay busy??

He tells us ... that involves getting better at a sport that DOESN'T kick his ass ... physically, at least.

Michael Irvin Nothing Worse Than Being Falsely Accused

5/10/2018 12:57 PM PDT
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Michael Irvin says if Matt Patricia is telling the truth ... there's NOTHING in the world worse than being falsely accused of rape. 

Irvin would know ... he was accused of sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman in Florida hotel back in 2017. Irvin adamantly denied the allegations and prosecutors ultimately dropped the case

Now, with Patricia denying all wrongdoing in his 1996 sexual assault case -- we asked Irvin for his thoughts. 

"It's the worst thing in the world to have to go through when you are falsely accused of anything," Irvin said. 

Patricia has said he's had to live with the "mental torture" of being falsely accused -- and it sounds like Irvin knows that feeling too well. 

Bill Belichick Didn't Know About Patricia's Rape Case ... Supports Lions Coach

5/10/2018 12:32 PM PDT
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Bill Belichick says the New England Patriots didn't know about Matt Patricia's 1996 rape case ... but he's voicing his support for the Detroit Lions head coach.

"The New England Patriots were not aware of the matter which recently came to light," Belichick said Thursday.

"For 14 years in our organization, Matt conducted himself with great integrity and is known to be an outstanding coach, person and family man. We have always been confident in Matt’s character and recommended him highly to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions."

Patricia and a college football teammate were accused of raping a 21-year-old woman 22 years ago during a spring break trip to South Padre Island, off the coast of Texas.

Patricia publicly denied the allegations on Thursday, saying "I was innocent then and I'm innocent now." 

Patricia was most recently Belichick's defensive coordinator ... and the duo won 3 Super Bowls together.

Lions Coach Matt Patricia On Rape Allegations 'Innocent Then, Innocent Now'

5/10/2018 8:34 AM PDT
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Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia says he's had to live with the "mental torture" of being falsely accused of rape 22 years ago ... but insists, "I was innocent then and I'm innocent now."

The background ... Patricia and a college football teammate were accused of raping a 21-year-old woman in 1996 during a spring break trip to South Padre Island, off the coast of Texas. 

He was indicted, but the case was eventually dismissed. 

Patricia just addressed the media about the case -- and stated over and over again that he was NOT convicted of a crime. 

"There were claims made about me that never happened," Patricia said. 

He noted it was "unfair and upsetting" that someone would bring this case back up more than 20 years after it was dismissed. 

Patricia says he did not volunteer information about the case to the Lions during the interview process for the head coaching job -- but has never lied about the case when asked about it. 

Patricia's position is clear ... since he wasn't convicted of a crime, he felt no obligation to disclose that he was falsely accused of anything. 

As far as his job status, "I'm 100% the head coach of the Detroit Lions."

Patricia says he will use the situation to educate his players about the media and to remind them how careful they need to be in life. 

NFL's Marvin Jones Sick Tribal Neck Tat ... with Football Twist

2/6/2018 8:19 AM PST
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Lions WR Marvin Jones just submitted an early entry for NFL tattoo of the year -- a DOPE neck/back tribal piece with an even doper story.

Turns out, Jones' great grandma was full Cherokee Native American ... so with the help of his Tongan teammate, Haloti Ngata, Marvin says he got hooked with one of the true OGs in the tribal game to pay tribute to his roots.

But there's a twist -- Marvin tells TMZ Sports he made sure to tie in something that reps his football background (can you figure it out?).

The craziest part -- the tattooer FREEHANDED IT ... and still finished the tat in just 2 sessions!!

Insane.

Tee Grizzley Don't Hate on Stafford 'He Gonna Show Ya'll'

9/3/2017 12:10 AM PDT
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Matt Stafford's got a lot of haters after signing the biggest NFL contract EVER ... but one of Detroit's hottest rappers has his back!

Tee Grizzley's standin' up for his boy, Matt ... telling TMZ Sports the $135 million man is about to ball out for the Lions and prove he's worth every dollar.

Tee would know -- he says he's been chillin' with Stafford ... and the QB's coming into this season ready to take Detroit farther than the team's ever gone (so at least the 2nd round).

T.G. also told us Matt shouldn't let the trolls bother him ... and had some pretty foolproof advice on how to shut 'em up.

Detroit Lions' Tavon Wilson Accused of Attacking Baby Mama ... Denies Allegation

6/23/2017 12:16 PM PDT
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1:38 PM PT -- We spoke to Wilson's lawyer, Mark Schamel, who tells us, "There's video of the incident that shows Ms. Leach is attacked. Mr. Wilson is a witness, Ms. Leach is the victim and Ms. Jackson is the defendant." 

"She's been charged criminally. Her civil claim is meritless and I think she will be convicted for this shortly."Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson is being sued by his baby mama -- who claims the NFL player punched her in the face during a nightclub altercation in May 2016 and broke her nose. But Wilson claims the case is BS.

The woman behind the suit is Alanda Jackson -- who dated Wilson from 2011 to 2014. They have a 3-year-old child together.

Alanda claims she encountered Wilson at Bliss nightclub on May 14 -- where she got into a verbal altercation with Wilson's current girlfriend, Simone Leach.

While Alanda and Simone were arguing, Wilson allegedly grabbed Alanda, threw her to the ground and began punching her in the face.

Alanda claims the attack lasted several minutes before security broke it up.

In her suit, Alanda claims a female friend who was with her at the club was stabbed by a member of Tavon's entourage during the melee. Both women were hospitalized.

Alanda claims she suffered major injuries in the attack -- including a broken nose, a black eye and cuts on her back. She's suing for more than $2.5 MILLION.

The other alleged victim is also suing Tavon -- claiming the NFL player ordered his entourage to "f*ck 'em up" when the initial verbal altercation took place.

We contacted D.C. police who confirm a report was filed at the time of the incident -- but Alanda was the one arrested because Simone claimed she was the real victim.

Wilson is fighting both lawsuits -- he's asked the judge to throw them both out.

We reached out to Wilson's camp for comment. So far, no word back.

NFL Great Blasts Ezekiel Elliott 'Insane to Justify His Behavior'

3/16/2017 12:20 AM PDT
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Detroit Lions legend Chris Spielman says he's sick and tired of people making excuses for Ezekiel Elliott -- claiming his shirt-pulling stunt was disgusting and wrong, period. 

Spielman -- who like Zeke, played his college ball at Ohio State -- says the running back needs to grow up already and start making better decisions off the field. 

"I want people to stop saying he's a 'young man,'" Spielman said ... "There comes a point in time when we all know right from wrong. At what point is it okay to pull some woman's shirt down in public?"

"He is bringing this upon himself. Nobody is bringing this upon him. And he's not young. He is of the age where he knows right from wrong, so lets stop with the young card, I can't stand it. There are no more young cards."

"It's never okay to pull somebody's shirt down. That's insane to even justify that behavior. It's crazy."

Golden Tate's BALLER Mexican Wedding ... So Many Diamonds!

3/15/2017 11:11 AM PDT
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Golden Tate TOOK OVER Cabo San Lucas for his wedding this weekend -- renting out an entire hotel on the beach ... and swapping crazy diamond rings with his beautiful bride. 

The Detroit Lions star traded "I Dos" with longtime girlfriend Elise Pollard in front of 250 guests who all made the trip south of the border. 

They had a yacht party, hit golf balls into the ocean and blew it out with a music video style pool party. The Tates did it big!!! 

And the jewelry wasn't bad either ... Golden put a 5 carat wedding band on Elise's finger to compliment the 6 carat cushion cut diamond engagement ring ... so says Chase Gregory Jewelers. 

Golden's ring is dope too ... 140 black diamonds that were each set by hand -- along with 7 larger white diamonds. 

They also traded wedding gifts ... she got a diamond tennis bracelet. He got a newly released exclusive 18k Rolex day-date President with a classic champagne color dial.

Golden says it was the best week of his life. Yeah, we get it. 

Detroit Lions Player LONGSNAPPIN' In Ancient City ... With a Camel!

2/22/2017 7:07 AM PST
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Hump, hump ... HIKE! 

Check out Detroit Lions longsnapper Jimmy Landes firing around the football -- underneath a camel -- in front of one of the most ancient buildings in the world! 

It all went down in front of the Treasury building in Petra --  built by the Arab Nabateans back in 1st century A.D. It's located in modern day Jordan. 

FUN FACT -- the outside of the building was also used as the place where the Holy Grail was kept in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."

Matt Millen I'm Pumped for the Lions ... Matt Stafford's a Beast!

12/10/2016 12:25 AM PST
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Matt Millen says all traces of his work in Detroit are "long gone" ... and he couldn't be more proud of how the Lions have bounced back into one of the best teams in the NFL.

Of course, Millen was the President and CEO of the Lions from 2001 to 2008 and posted a 31-84 record during his run with the team and took responsibility for the results.

Now that it's been 8 years since his ousting, Millen says there's ZERO hard feelings -- he's thrilled for the city of Detroit and incredibly impressed by QB Matt Stafford.

Since he was also a part of the infamous 2008 Lions team that went 0-16 (though he was let go in Week 4), we asked if he had advice for Browns fans on how to get through their toughest season ever.

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