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Ex-Alabama Star On Josh Rosen: He's Right About SAT Scores

8/9/2017 2:49 PM PDT

Ex-Alabama football star Le'Ron McClain says he ain't mad at Josh Rosen for saying higher SAT requirements would hurt Bama football ... telling TMZ Sports the QB is dead-on. 

Of course, Rosen's been making headlines for his interview with Bleacher Report about the challenges of juggling school and sports in college. 

One quote that has everyone buzzing involved Bama -- "Raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers."

So, we spoke with McClain -- who played for the Crimson Tide from '03 to '06 (before a successful 7-year stint in the NFL) -- to see how Bama athletes feel about it. 

"I think he made some solid points," McClain tells TMZ Sports. 

"I don't think it's a shot at Alabama. It would be a lot of changes if they upped the SAT requirements. I know it would. It would be a lot of guys that probably wouldn't make it."

But McClain says Rosen's point rings true for a LOT of Division 1 schools -- including UCLA. 

Johnny Manziel Colin Kaepernick Should Be Signed

8/7/2017 12:30 PM PDT

Johnny Manziel believes Colin Kaepernick's NFL career is far from over ... and says he thinks the controversial free agent QB will find a new home once the noise surrounding him dies down.

Manziel -- who's currently working his own way back into the league -- says Kaep's already proven his worth in huge games ... and doesn't think his National Anthem protest in 2016 should affect his relationship with teams.

"Even if he's not gonna start, he's good enough to be on a roster for sure," the ex-Browns star tells Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage at the International Football Betting Conference in Costa Rica.

"I think once all the other stuff quiets down a little bit, he'll be okay."

There's more -- Travis talks with Manziel about his own NFL comeback and whether he'd consider pulling a Tim Tebow and hit the baseball diamond.

Ray Lewis to Kaepernick: Stay Quiet About Social Activism!

8/1/2017 11:52 AM PDT
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Ray Lewis has a message for Colin Kaepernick -- when it comes to your social activism, tone it down! 

The Baltimore Ravens legend just posted a video saying he applauds what Colin stood up for last season ... but says he needs to change his PR plan.

"What you do off the field, don't let too many people know," Ray said ... "because they gonna judge you anyway. No matter what you do. No matter if it's good or bad."

Ray added, "If you do nothing else young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself."

The problem with Ray's advice ... it goes completely against what Colin is trying to achieve with his "I Know My Rights" campaign and his "Million Dollar Pledge."

Colin's position has been that he's trying to shine a light on communities in need and educate young people -- and he's using his fame as an NFL player to help spread the message.

Staying quiet and sticking to football seems like the exact opposite of Colin's off-the-field goals.

Still, Ray says he supports Colin, he's praying for him and considers him a brother for life.

UCF Kicker Donald De La Haye School's Pulling My Scholarship ... Over YouTube Page

8/1/2017 10:45 AM PDT

Ex-UCF kicker Donald De La Haye tells TMZ Sports ... school officials are pulling his scholarship over his YouTube page -- and now he's trying to figure out how he'll pay for his education.

Donald says school officials and NCAA officials told him to stop monatizing his YouTube page -- which has close to 100k subscribers. They also wanted him to give up some of the profits from the page as part of the NCAA's rules prohibiting players from cashing in on their images. 

Donald refused and the University of Central Florida decided this week he's ineligible to play. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Donald who says he's extremely upset at the situation -- calling it unfair -- and says he believes his scholarship is in the process of being pulled.

"Gotta find some money to pay for school," Donald said when asked if he was planning to stay at UCF ... "Gotta scrape it up some how, some way."

As far as his plan to challenge UCF or the NCAA, Donald says his only hope is to hire a big shot lawyer -- and he can't afford it.

Meantime, he's still making videos.

Warren G Football Star Son Commits to UCLA

8/1/2017 9:24 AM PDT
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Huge news for Warren G's football star son Olaijah Griffin ... the 4-star high school recruit has committed to play college ball for the UCLA Bruins!

Griffin -- one of the top cornerback prospects in the nation -- has decided to keep close to home and suit up for the Blue and Gold after getting offers from other powerhouse programs like USC, Michigan, Clemson and Florida State.

The 6-foot, 170-pound senior is expected to play cornerback for the Bruins, but is also a stud receiver for Mission Viejo H.S. in California.

The rap legend appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show last year to talk about his superstar offspring ... and he knew back then that his son was D1 bound.

USC Football Hero Falsely Accused of Dom. Violence ... GF Says

7/31/2017 6:38 AM PDT
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The USC football player who kicked the winning field goal in the '17 Rose Bowl against Penn. State has WRONGLY been painted as a domestic abuser ... so says his girlfriend. 

Matt Boermeester was suspended from the University of Southern California earlier this year while school officials investigated him for an alleged "code of conduct issue." 

Sources close to the senior tell us the issue was a Jan. 25 incident involving his girlfriend -- a USC student athlete -- where things allegedly turned physical between the two.

Now, his girlfriend has issued a forceful statement not only DEFENDING Matt -- but slamming USC for punishing him for a crime he didn't commit. 

"I am Zoe Katz and I am a 22 year old student athlete at USC (captain of the women’s tennis team), nationally ranked singles player and have been dating Matt Boermeester for well over a year."

"Matt, the Trojan kicker who helped win the Rose Bowl, has been falsely accused of conduct involving me."

Katz says she and Matt were both mistreated by USC in a "horrible and unjust 6 month process" that included multiple interrogations as part of a Title IX investigation. 

"Terrible and untrue things have been said about Matt by people who don't even know him, including apparently the third party who contacted Title IX, and these bizarre assertions have been treated as fact in this investigation."

"Words, including mine, have been incompetently or intentionally misrepresented, misquoted and taken out of context, which should not be that surprising since no statements were recorded or verified."

Zoe says she's been wrongly stereotyped as a "battered woman" -- and she's pissed that Matt is being punished in such a way, school officials won't let him rehab his knee with USC trainers after undergoing surgery earlier this year. 

She concludes her statement, "Matt Boermeester did nothing improper against me, ever. I would not stand for it. Nor will I stand for watching him be maligned and lied about, and I implore the USC community to stand together to stop this from happening to Matt or anyone else."

O.J. Simpson Killer Non Grata ... At USC

7/27/2017 4:39 PM PDT
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USC just delivered a pretty ferocious stiff-arm to O.J. Simpson

With the ex-Trojans running back expected to be released from prison in October, USC football coach Clay Helton was asked Thursday if the Heisman Trophy winner would be welcomed back to campus.

"Currently, right now, what the USC administration and athletic department has said is, ‘No, O.J. will not be a part of our functions or invited,'" Helton told reporters at PAC-12 media day.

"That’s been the statement by the university."

When asked what he would say to Simpson if the 70-year-old wanted to come to a practice, Helton said -- "I'm cordial to every person that I've ever met."

USC shouldn't be too worried ... Simpson will most likely keep busy continuing the search for the real killer.

Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch Kaepernick's Hair Ain't A Problem He's Not Being Blackballed

7/20/2017 7:18 AM PDT

Steve Tisch says Michael Vick is dead wrong about Colin Kaepernick ... telling TMZ Sports his hair has nothing to do with his NFL return, because Tisch doesn't think he's being blackballed.

We got Steve, the co-owner of the NY Giants at Craig's out in L.A. and asked him if he thought there was any truth to Michael Vick's controversial statements about Colin Kaepernick's appearance.

Vick said Kaep should cut his afro to show NFL teams a cleaner cut look, with the thinking being that chopping his locks could make him more presentable to owners afraid of his off-the-field activism.

Tisch flatly told us he didn't think it was about the hair, and when we asked if he believed Colin was getting blackballed at all -- something a lot of NFL players think -- he said "No."

Terrell Owens Mike Vick's Wrong About Kaepernick ... His Hair's Irrelevant

7/19/2017 7:52 AM PDT

Terrell Owens says it's absolutely ridiculous for Mike Vick to suggest Colin Kaepernick should cut his afro to be more presentable to NFL teams ... telling TMZ Sports Kap's hairdo is completely irrelevant.

We filled T.O. in on Vick's comments on FS1's "Speak For Yourself" earlier this week -- when Vick said Kap's first step to finding a new team should be to cut his 'fro -- and Owens is clearly against the idea.

T.O. thinks there isn't one bit of truth to Vick's statements ... and says Kap's appearance is not the reason why he's currently unemployed.

Anthony Munoz Manziel Will Get Another Shot ... America Always Forgives

7/19/2017 6:09 AM PDT

One of the greatest players in NFL history thinks Johnny Manziel WILL get another shot in the NFL ... Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, who says America always gives second chances.

We got Munoz at LAX and asked him if the new Johnny Football has a chance to capture his old pigskin glory again, or if he's done too much to ever be taken seriously again.

When we say "new" we mean it ... Johnny has been keeping his nose extremely clean, working out, laying low, and hanging out with his brand new fianceeBre Tiesi.

Munoz says if that guy is here to stay, he thinks it's only a matter of time before some NFL GM gives Johnny a chance to redeem himself.

You hear that, kid? Don't mess it up.

Al Pacino's 1st Pics As Joe Paterno Child Rapist-Protecting Football Coach

7/17/2017 9:57 AM PDT
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Here's one of the first pics of Al Pacino on a NY movie set as Joe Paterno -- the disgraced Penn State football coach who concealed the criminal actions of a serial child rapist. 

Pacino is playing Paterno in an upcoming HBO movie about the Penn State scandal centered around PSU assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, who habitually raped children at the Penn State athletic facilities. 

Investigators later determined Paterno -- along with other PSU officials -- concealed information about Sandusky from University honchos and law enforcement. 

Paterno -- who famously nearly/probably crapped himself during a televised football game in 2006 -- was fired in 2011, one month after Sandusky was arrested. 

Paterno died 2 months later from cancer. 

Terrell Owens Hey Ice Cube ... I WANNA BE IN THE BIG 3

7/15/2017 12:25 AM PDT

Listen up Ice Cube, one of the greatest athletes of all time is about to ask you for a gig ... Terrell Owens, who is publicly asking Cube for a shot at hoops glory in the BIG3 league.

It's no secret Owens is a baller, his exploits in different leagues and charity games are well documented on Youtube, but when we talked to him, he told us he wants to try it on the pro level.

"I tried to get into that league. I gotta get Ice Cube's number to get my name in the hat to get on one of those teams."

The rub? The BIG3 league has been billed as primarily for ex-NBA and other professional BASKETBALL players to try their hand at. T.O. of course starred in the NFL.

That didn't stop him from making an impassioned plea to try his hand alongside Allen Iverson, Rashad McCants, Rashard Lewis and Kwame Brown, and it's clear he's 100% serious.

Come on Ice Cube ... SOMEBODY has got to let this man in (shame on you Hall Of Fame).

Brandon Marshall Walks Off Radio Show After Things Turn Racial

7/13/2017 7:51 AM PDT
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NY Giants WR Brandon Marshall proclaimed, "Black guys in America get treated differently" -- then he left. 

That's essentially what transpired during a radio interview with Kirk & Callahan on WEEI early Thursday morning after the hosts asked Brandon about racial comments he made in 2015. 

Quick backstory ... 2 years ago, Marshall said, "White players, specifically at the QB position are treated differently."

The radio hosts asked BM about that comment today when bringing up Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension -- but Marshall wasn't having it.

After reiterating his stance on how black men are treated in the U.S., Marshall told the hosts to change the subject or else he would leave.

It seemed as though the hosts were going to ask Brandon about his history with the law -- but Marshall cut 'em off and ended things before they could finish the question.

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