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Ex-NFL RB Kevin Smith

Arrested On College Campus

... After Alleged Car Crash

4/8/2015 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Smith -- former Detroit Lions running back -- was arrested on the campus of UCF earlier today ... after cops say he fled the scene of a car accident and then disobeyed a police officer. 

According to campus police, the 28-year-old was walking to class (apparently he's back in school) ... when he was approached by a University of Central Florida officer who was investigating a car wreck that occurred over the weekend. 

Cops say Smith was involved in the accident and was driving with a suspended license at the time. Officials also believe Smith left the scene without providing information. 

Fast forward to Wednesday ... when a UCF police officer tried to issue a citation to Smith -- but he refused to cooperate. 

Instead, cops say Smith blew off the officer and continued to walk to class. 

That's when the officer decided to "seize" Smith -- and arrested him. He was taken to a nearby jail where, in addition to refusing to sign the citation, he was also charged with resisting arrest. 

Story developing .. 

Matthew Stafford & Wife

THE 2-Minute Wedding Drill

QB Recaps Party, Gifts, Honeymoon

4/7/2015 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's your 2-minute Matthew Stafford wedding recap -- where the Detroit Lions QB and his wife Kelly breakdown their entire insane weekend in 120 seconds. 

Among the topics: 
-- The free Nike giveaway to party guests
-- The honeymoon plans
-- Some of the best gifts they got  
-- Close up shots of Kelly's massive ring 

040715_matt_stafford_ringThe Staffords are great -- in fact, Kelly was still wearing her custom "Mrs." baseball cap from the reception while strolling through LAX on Tuesday. 

There's more ... Matt also reacts to the crap he got from a Detroit media outlet last month for not clapping enough during Michigan State vs. Oklahoma game. 

Kelly blasted the outlet at the time -- but now, it's Matt's turn ... pretty funny stuff. 

Lions QB Matt Stafford

JUST DID IT

Nike Giveaway At Wedding Bash

4/6/2015 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0406_wedding_free_nike_shoes_sub2Matt Stafford is officially a married man -- tying the knot with longtime girlfriend Kelly Hall ... and every single guest got a FREE PAIR OF NIKES!!!! 

The two got married in a lavish ceremony in Atlanta on Saturday night -- in front of friends, family members and several Detroit Lions teammates including Golden Tate (pictured below) and Joe Fauria (above left). 

But the coolest part (besides the couple getting married) ... was the wedding swag -- a free pair of Nikes to every guest and a custom airbrushed trucker hat for all.  

At the end of the night, the couple got into what appeared to be a vintage Rolls-Royce ... and well, you know what happens next -- TOUCHDOWN!!!

Mazel!  

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NFL Star DeAndre Levy

Insane Wing Walking Video

... Dude's a Maniac!

3/31/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's CRAZY video of NFL linebacker DeAndre Levy ... WING-WALKING on a bi-plane ... while only relying on a tiny little safety rope in case he slipped during the flight. 

Again, this video is NUTS!!! 

Levy is no scrub ... the Detroit Lions stud is one of the best linebackers in the league and he's heading into the final year of his 3-year $9.75 million contract. 

So, he's got a lot to live for. 

Still, Levy decided to risk it all for the thrill of some in-flight stunts -- as the pilot of the plane executes some barrel rolls and crazy inverted flying tricks. 

Ya gotta wonder how the Lions feel about Levy's hobby -- considering they wouldn't even let Matt Stafford ride a motorcycle when he signed his big contract. 

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Matt Stafford's Fiancee

BACHELORETTE PARTY

... Suns Out, Buns Out

3/15/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0315-matt-stafford-wife-INSTAGRAM-01It's 48 degrees and cloudy in Detroit ... so Matt Stafford's future wife hit Vegas for her bachelorette party -- and proved her ass can hang with the best of 'em!!!

Kelly Hall and her gal pals hit the pool party at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand ... where she did some bikini crowdsurfing ... bikini cheerleading ... and other bikini-clad activities -- under the 85 degree Vegas sun.

0315-SUB-matt-stafford-wife-INSTAGRAM-02bThe Detroit Lions quarterback and his college sweetheart got engaged last year ... and they famously broke the news at a Cold Stone Creamery.

Now, the wedding is right around the corner -- hopefully, the reception will be half as much fun a the bachelorette party!!

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Reggie Bush

I'm Not Quitting Football

... Just Because I Got Cut

2/27/2015 6:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022715_reggie_bush_launchIt sucks to be released ... no doubt ... but Reggie Bush tells TMZ Sports he's not giving up on the NFL just because he got cut by the Detroit Lions.  

Just 24 hours after the Lions announced the move, Bush was out at Madeo in Beverly Hills ... in a pretty good mood for a guy who just lost his job.   

But when we asked if it was time to throw in the towel on his football career, Bush was clear that ain't gonna happen.  

It's not the craziest question ... considering Bush is about to turn 30 ... the same age as former Lions running back Barry Sanders when he decided to hang 'em up.   

Bush probably won't have trouble getting another job -- but it'll be interesting to see where he goes ... and for how much. 

NFL's Titus Young

Football Hits Caused Mental Issues

... Doctors Say

2/1/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL star Titus Young is suffering from a traumatic brain injury caused by repeated blows to the head ... which contributed to his alleged violent behavior ... so say the specialists treating Young at a mental health facility in San Diego. 

As we previously reported, the 25-year-old former Detroit Lions receiver was arrested last year after allegedly attacking people in 5 separate incidents ... and was locked up in a L.A. County jail. 

Now, we've learned Young recently bonded out and has been receiving treatment at the Crosby Center in S.D. -- where specialists believe Young's issues come from the hits he took playing football. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Pete Daniels, intake coordinator at the Center, who tells us Young was admitted to the facility last weekend and has been working with a team of specialists and doctors non-stop. 

Despite the short stay, Daniels says the doctors say Young's symptoms include hypervigilance, mood swings, emotional instability and more. 

"All of the these are results of Young taking hits to the head for long periods of time," Daniels says ... "without a doubt."

Daniels says Young has been responding positively to the treatment -- he's feeling better and more in control of his life. 

Young -- who's still facing criminal charges for the alleged assaults -- is expected to remain at the center for least 6 more weeks. Daniels says he hopes the judge will allow him to continue treatment instead of putting him back behind bars. 

"He’s trusting us and he's allowing a family member to stay with him to provide support," Daniels says ... "We should have a good, accurate diagnosis and plan of how to address his treatment in the next 21 days."

Barry Sanders

Why No TD Dances??

I've Got 'No Rhythm'

1/22/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012215_barry_sanders_launchBarry Sanders got jokes!! 

The NFL Hall of Famer was out in NYC Thursday when we asked why he never broke out any TD dances when he hit paydirt back in the day. 

Barry's response is great ... turns out his wit is as quick as his feet.   

We also brought up Tecmo Bowl -- and the infamous debate between who was the better T.B. running back ... Barry or Bo Jackson?  

Even Bo knows ... Sanders was a BEAST in 8 bit. 

NFL's Golden Tate

I Didn't Bang Russell Wilson's Wife

1/16/2015 11:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0116-golden-tate-russell-wilson-getty-01Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate says he DID NOT have sexual relations with Russell Wilson's wife ... despite rumors to the contrary ... and he claims the Seahawks QB knows it. 

Of course, Wilson and his wife Ashton split up back in April -- and there were rumblings that it all had to do with an alleged affair involving one of Russell's Seattle Seahawks teammates. 

Golden -- who played with Seattle at the time --signed with Detroit a short time later ... fueling the rumors.  

But now Tate is denying everything in a statement posted on TheCauldron -- writing:

"I did not have an affair with Russell Wilson’s wife, nor did I have anything to do with his divorce."

"That is laughable for anyone who knows us. His ex-wife, Ashton, is still best friends with my girlfriend."

"Russell and I were good friends when I was in Seattle, on and off the field — he knows the rumors about me were unfounded, damaging to my reputation, and an attack on my character."

In fact, Golden's GF posted a pic with Ashton just 4 months ago (pic below). 

As for Russell, the details surrounding the split were kept super quiet. Neither he nor Ashton have talked about why they broke up.  
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Matthew Stafford

My GF Is a Frickin' Baller!

(And She's Super Hot)

3/10/2014 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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's girlfriend is a MONSTER on the basketball court ... sinking 3-pointers like the female Reggie Miller (only she's way hotter than Reggie) ... and she's got the video to prove it. 

The Detroit Lions QB hit the gym with Kelly Hall recently ... and fed her the rock over and over as she hit 4 threes in a row from various spots on the court

Aaaaand ... when she was done heating up the hardwood, Kelly put on her yellow bikini and hit up Mexico with the girlfriend of NFL draft prospect Blake Bortles (in the purple bottoms). 

Maybe Brent Musburger was right ... it's good to be the quarterback
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William Clay Ford

Owner of the Detroit Lions

Dead at 88

3/9/2014 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R.I.P.
0309-william-clay-ford-getty-01William Clay Ford, owner of the Detroit Lions, has died from pneumonia. He was 88.

Ford was the last surviving grandson of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford. 

Lions team president Tom Lewand said in a statement, "It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Mr. Ford and extend our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Ford and to the entire Ford family. No owner loved his team more than Mr. Ford loved the Lions."

Ford owned the Lions since November 1963, during which time the team won only one playoff game.

Detroit Lions

Former O-Lineman

at Center of Murder-for-Hire Case

3/7/2014 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops are investigating text messages in a murder-for-hire case in which a skin specialist to the stars bragged about soliciting former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Chris Geile to kill a rival skin specialist ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Geile was a guard who played 3 games for the Lions in 1987. 

We reached out to Chris for comment -- but could not reach him. 

We know ... skin specialist Dawn DaLuise was arrested on Wednesday for solicitation to commit murder .   

Our sources tell us ... the text messages in question were allegedly sent from Dawn to a friend -- and in them, she brags that Chris will "take out" her intended target. She also mentions that Chris is 6'7" and 315 lbs. She also claims he was a QB ... but that just ain't true. 

As for DaLuise -- she's currently being held on $1 million bail.

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Ex-Detroit Lions Player

Suspected HIT MAN

In Murder-for-Hire Plot

3/7/2014 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A former Detroit Lions football player is suspected of being the hit man in a real-life Hollywood murder for-hire-plot ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports

The identity of the former NFL player has not been released ... but sources tell us the guy is VERY big (in size). 

Here's the backstory -- we know ... celebrity skin specialist Dawn DaLuise was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill a skin care competitor. Sources tell us the person she contacted once played for the Lions. 

FYI -- The murder was never carried out ... cops stepped in after someone tipped them off about the alleged plot.

Story developing ...

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