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Christian McCaffrey Advice From SI Swimsuit Hottie ... Football > Modeling

7/24/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Listen up, Christian McCaffrey ... a (smoking hot) modeling vet has some advice for you ... STICK TO FOOTBALL ... saying there's waaaaay more money in catching passes than catwalks.

We got former SI Swimsuit model Genevieve Morton out in L.A. and asked her professional opinion of Christian's shirtless look ... the one that's been driving the ladies (and some fellas) crazy all week.

The thirst fest has been so rampant that it's made some people wonder if Christian has a future off the gridiron as the next big thing in the modeling world.

Check out the clip -- Genevieve thinks that's a BAD IDEA ... telling our guy that Christian could definitely model if he wanted to ... but he needs to keep his (hot) ass on the field if he wants to make big cash.

BTW ... Christian, if you're reading this she seems totally down ... might be worth a DM ... just sayin'.


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Florida Gators Linebacker Helps Stop Rape ... 'Girl Was Unconscious'

7/22/2016 11:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0722-christian-garcia-roster-pic-03A University of Florida linebacker is being hailed as a hero for helping to stop a man who was allegedly raping a woman behind a bar near campus. 

The football player is Christian Garcia -- who was working security at the 101 Cantina in Gainesville on Thursday night when he saw something suspicious by the dumpsters. 

Garcia told FirstCoastNews ... at first, he thought he saw two people having sex ... but quickly realized the woman was passed out ... so he decided to take action. 

"The girl was basically unconscious, so I knew there was no way she could be giving consent."

Garcia grabbed the guy and told him to stop -- but the man allegedly responded by throwing punches at the 6'1", 233-pound junior.  

The suspect escaped -- but cops launched an investigation and eventually arrested 34-year-old Christopher Shaw. Officials believe he may have raped other women as well. 

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As for Garcia, he said he never had any 2nd thoughts about going after the alleged attacker.

"I hold strong moral values and I don't think anyone should be taken advantage of in that kind of way."

LSU Football Violence Won't Keep Us Outta Baton Rouge ... Says Prized Recruit's Mom

7/19/2016 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719-Austin-Deculus-twitterViolence and civil unrest in Baton Rouge won't cost LSU one of its prized recruits ... 'cause the kid's mom says they're still headed to the bayou ... despite the recent bloodshed. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Cheryl Deculus ... whose son Austin is the 4th ranked OT in the 2017 class, and asked her if his plans to go to LSU have changed due to the recent issues in Baton Rouge.

There are some who believe the situation in Baton Rouge is only getting worse ... after the Alton Sterling killing, the violent clashes at protests and the ambush murder of 3 cops. 

Cheryl told us while she's aware of everything going on ... she can't see anything swaying her son's decision to wear purple & gold ... or her decision to support him 100%.

"We knew when Austin started playing football at a young age that he wanted to be a Tiger ... we all bleed Purple and Gold and he’s still just as excited to join the LSU family."

As far as his safety ... Cheryl says she's relying on the staff and coaches at LSU to look out for her son ... but knows that danger lurks everywhere.

"These things can happen literally anywhere. We live close to Dallas, and you see what happened there. It’s a similar situation. It’s not like he can go somewhere that doesn’t have some sort of risk. This isn’t just happening in Baton Rouge.” 

Christian McCaffrey Check Out These Abs ... Seriously, I'm Ripped.

7/18/2016 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's easy to objectify the biggest star of the Pac-12 ... especially when he has a 12-pack. 

Here's Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey -- a 2016 Heisman favorite -- going topless backstage at a college football media event in Los Angeles on Friday. 

You're welcome, ladies (and some fellas). 

Reggie Bush USC Working on Rebuilding Relationship ... Says Willie McGinest

7/17/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The powers that be at USC are actively working on a plan to bring Reggie Bush back from Trojan purgatory ... so says SC football legend Willie McGinest ... but there's one huge hurdle. 

Quick backstory ... the NCAA ordered SC to "disassociate" from Bush FOREVER as part of the punishment levied against Reggie and the school for the infamous gifting scandal. 

But Willie says "the entire SC family" has been working together to figure out a way to bring Bush back into the fold. 

He also explains why he thinks the lifetime ban is too harsh for the ex-Heisman Trophy winner. 

The problem ... we spoke with a rep for SC who tells us their hands are essentially tied.

"We all wish he could be back ... we've appealed more than several times but the appeals have been denied."

We're guessing Willie means his SC people are trying to figure out a new strategy ... but so far, it's still in the planning phase.  

NFL's Ricky Jean-Francois Tricks Out $6,000 Nikes ... With Marty McFly

7/17/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0715-back-to-the-future-kicks-instagramGreat Scott!!!! 

It ain't too common to see someone pimp out a pair of rare $6,000 Nike Air Mags -- but Washington Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois did just that ... and TMZ Sports has the pic. 

The kicks -- more commonly known as the "Back to the Future" shoes -- are hot commodities in the sneakerhead community ... but Ricky wanted to do something special with his pair. 

So, he brought 'em to Dez Customz and Kreative Customs -- who spent 50 hours lacing up the sneaks with some custom Marty McFly inspired art ... complete with Doc and the legendary DeLorean.

The artists had plenty of space to work -- considering Ricky rocks a size 15 shoe!!

Fun Fact -- British rapper Tinie Tempah once paid $37,000 for a pair of Air Mags! 

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Ray Rice My Window For NFL Comeback Is Closing

7/15/2016 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0715-ray-rice-tmz-01Ray Rice knows the clock is ticking on his NFL comeback ... but says if the window closes, he's ready to move on. 

Rice hasn't played a down in the NFL since 2013 -- after the ex-Baltimore Ravens running back attacked his then-fiancee in an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. 

The 29-year-old has been training like a maniac in the hopes of getting a second chance -- but no teams have pulled trigger ... and Rice knows his comeback chances get worse every day. 

"I know that the window for playing is closing," Rice told NJ Advance Media ... "But if my window closes, I'm going to make sure I open up a thousand more opportunities for kids, to give them an opportunity to pick up where I left off."

Rice says he's still training -- "but I'm more training for life."

"I think it's safe to say that football ... I don't want to ever say I'm giving up, because that's never going to be me ... I'm happy."

"I'm in the best shape of my life, and I know if it doesn't happen this year, it's probably something I have to deal with. But you know what? It's not the end of my life."

We got video of Rice training last year -- he still looks like he's in pretty good shape. 

[H/T NJ.com]

Odell Beckham Jr. Re-Pimping Saved My Luxury Whip

7/15/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0714-odell-beckham-wc-01Odell Beckham Jr. wasn't greeted by Xzibit at the garage doors, but he did get the "Pimp My Ride" guys to do an emergency transformation on his Benzo.

The Giants superstar brought in his Mercedes CLS63 to West Coast Customs, who hooked him up with a 3M titanium vinyl wrap, carbon fiber lip kit, upgraded his Arc Audio system ... all riding on Lexani wheels. 

The shop was tight-lipped about what Odell paid, but an average job of this magnitude costs upwards of $30,000.

We're told this was a Hail Mary job for OBJ -- who had gotten his whip customized at a different shop, but was NOT happy with the end product. He went to WCC to get something more classy, less 'Fast & Furious.' Mission accomplished. 

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And, of course, Odell celebrated in typical Odell fashion. 

How you feelin' Odell? @iam_objxiii #100itRacks #CLS63 #AMG #newWrap #newWheels #newWave @lexaniofficial #WCC #WestCoastCustoms

A video posted by West Coast Customs (@westcoastcustoms) on

Rob Gronkowski Someone Say Tacos ... I'm In, Bro!

7/4/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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If 6'6'' 265-pound Rob Gronkowski shows up to your house, you better have plenty of extra taco meat.   

Luckily for Jeff Ballard -- former rep for Charlie Sheen, Zac Efron and Johnny Depp -- he was well-stocked when he got a text from a buddy asking if he could bring a "random" +1 to taco night. 

Gronk was in town and decided to swing by the Sherman Oaks backyard party with a mutual friend of Ballard's. Rob crushed 15 carne asada and chicken tacos with the works. We're told normal humans only threw down 2 or 3. 

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Gronk stayed for almost two hours, throwing a football around with the guests and chilling poolside. Most shockingly, we're told Rob rejected Coronas and opted for water.

#TrainingCampIsComing

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Johnny Manziel Sobriety Starts .... TODAY!

7/1/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Today is July 1st ... or as Johnny Manziel calls it -- the first day of sobriety!! 

Earlier this week, Manziel told TMZ Sports ... he was cutting out all booze, partying and other stuff TODAY -- replacing it with a clean diet and exercise so he could focus on his NFL comeback. 

Manziel has been partying in an expensive mansion in Cabo -- where at least one of his fellow house guests posted pics of baggies full of white powder -- but Johnny insisted it's not his stuff. 

Question is ... can Johnny pull it together and stick to his sober comeback plan? He swears he's serious about it. 

Charles Barkley I Tried to Save Johnny Manziel ... I Failed.

6/30/2016 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Charles Barkley says he confronted Johnny Manziel about his drinking and drug use during a chance encounter in Vegas -- but despite his best efforts, he just couldn't get through to the QB.

Barkley appeared on 97.5 "The Fanatic" and said he ran into Johnny in Sin City back in May. 

"I said, 'Johnny, man you're screwing up your life, man. I'm not your dad, I'm not gonna try to lecture you. I'm just telling you I had a brother who passed away at a young age. Drugs and alcohol got him. It's gonna end like a bad movie.'"

"He said, 'Man I just like to have fun,' and I said, 'Johnny we all like to have fun, at some point it's out of control.'"

"I said, 'Man, don't screw up your career, and I'm worried about your life ... My mom, when my brother passed away, I thought she quit living after that happened. I felt bad for her, and I don't wanna feel bad for your mom and dad if something happens to you man, stop being selfish.'"

"He said, 'You know what, I'm gonna try and do better.'"

But the next day, Barkley quickly learned the message didn't get through after TMZ Sports reported he was involved in a fight in a nightclub hours after their heart-to-heart chat. 

"My friends, they were riding me, 'Yeah, you're a good mentor, the guy gets arrested three hours after talking to you.'"

FYI, Manziel wasn't arrested -- but he was kicked out of the club. 

[H/T Crossing Broad]

O.J. Simpson Man Convicted In Missing Heisman Caper

6/30/2016 12:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_oj_simpson_heisman-trophy-tmz-sports-1The man who contacted USC claiming he had the school's copy of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy has been sentenced in the missing Heisman caper ... and will NOT do any jail time. 

The story is bizarre ... Lewis Starks had claimed he bartered for the trophy after it was stolen from Heritage Hall at USC back in 1994. 

(FYI, both the player and the school get a trophy to display. O.J.'s trophy was reportedly purchased by a private collector in 1999.) 

Starks was adamant he was NOT the guy who broke the case and made off with the statue -- but says he later traded it in exchange for a Honda Accord and $500 cash. 

He contacted USC about the trophy in 2014 -- which sparked a police investigation. He was later charged with receiving stolen property

Now, we've learned he copped a deal with prosecutors -- pleading no contest to receiving stolen property ... and in exchange he was sentenced to 3 years probation. 

Case closed. 

Johnny Manziel Screw You Dad ... I'm Partying In Mexico

6/28/2016 1:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0628_johnny_manziel_cabo_instagram-2Johnny Manziel is thumbing his nose at his father's death warning -- telling his dad he ain't gonna stop partying ... just days after Paul Manziel called him a "druggie" whose life is in danger.

Johnny touched down in Mexico earlier Tuesday -- wearing Josh Gordon's #12 Cleveland Browns jersey -- and posted a photo from Cabo addressing the people who criticized the QB for wearing the jersey of the team that cut him. He also snuck in a parting shot at his father. 

"@flashgordonxii I won't take this thing off for a week. You my brother FOR LIFE. JUST WAIT ON THIS COMEBACK!!!! #CaboWabo #JoshAintHere #hiDad #HappyBdayDaveEvans."

The "Hi Dad" part is clearly a reference to the statement Paul Manziel gave to ESPN a few days ago -- in which he said, "I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t seeked it yet. Hopefully he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses."

"I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him. So we’ll see."

Johnny also says he's focused on a comeback. From what we're hearing from our NFL sources, the chances of a team taking a chance on him are zero to none. 

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