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Cam Newton CUSTOM DABBING CLEATS ... For Turkey Day Game

11/26/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1125-main-cam-newton-tmz-01Cam Newton could deliver an epic SCREW YOU to all his anti-dabbing critics -- 'cause he's got a pair of custom cleats coming his way for his Thanksgiving day game ... featuring Cam doing his dance. 

Here's what we know ... the cleats were commissioned by Under Armour -- which sponsors Cam -- and designed by two artists, Dez Customs and Kreative Customs. 

We're told the artists were informed Cam wanted a special pair of custom kicks when he takes the field against the Cowboys. 

The result? Imagery of Cam doing his signature moves ... dabbing and striking his Superman pose. The shoes also include the words "grateful" and "thankful."

1125-sub-cam-newton-tmz-01We're told he's expected to wear 'em for the game ... but there's always a chance he could change his plans. 

Cam's dancing has been a lightning rod for critics lately -- so it'll be one hell of a statement if he straps on the shoes on one of the biggest stages in sports ... the Turkey Day classic. 

For the record, we're fans. 

Gloria Estefan Dolphins Part-Owner Calls Out Team ... How Bout a Win?!

11/24/2015 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

You know things are bad when your celebrity minority owner is begging her team for a VICTORY for her Xmas present. 

That's what happened when we ran into Gloria Estefan in D.C. Monday. Of course, Gloria owns a piece of the Miami Dolphins ... who've lost 3 out of their last 4 games. 

We brought up NY Giants owner Steve Tisch -- who recently told us he drops $30k per player when it comes to team gifts -- and asked if she plans to follow suit. 

Short answer -- no. 

In fact, she's calling out the team ... saying THEY need to play Santa Claus and deliver some damn wins down the chimney. 

Johnny Manziel Starting QB Job In Jeopardy ... Over Party Video

11/24/2015 9:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Johnny Manziel's party weekend may have cost him his starting job ... with Browns coach Mike Pettine saying he's not ready to commit to Johnny as the #1 guy on Sunday. 

Pettine just spoke to the media about the TMZ Sports footage of Manziel partying Friday night at an Austin nightclub with bottles of champagne

Pettine says the Browns are still investigating the situation -- but admits he's disappointed in Manziel. 

"I can't stand here and say it's not disappointing," Pettine said ... noting the whole thing was "frustrating."

Pettine says he'll have more information on the QB situation in Cleveland Wednesday. 

NY Giants Co-Owner BEST.BOSS.EVER. Dropping $1.6 Mil on Team Xmas Gifts

11/23/2015 10:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Santa ain't got NOTHIN' on NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch ... who tells TMZ Sports he's planning on dropping $30,000 PER PLAYER on holiday gifts this season.  

For real. 

FYI -- An NFL roster is comprised of 53 players ... so Steve's budget is right around $1.6 MILLION ... and that doesn't even include the coaching staff. 


NFL's Corey White Yes, Cowboys Cut Me Over Clothes

11/23/2015 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1123-corey-white-dallas-cowboys-gettyEx-Dallas Cowboys cornerback Corey White tells TMZ Sports ... the reports that he was cut for not wearing a suit on a travel day are TRUE -- though he says, "I was wearing slacks and a button down."

White, along with running back Christine Michael, got the ax last week -- with the Dallas Morning News claiming it was all because they broke team rules by not wearing a full suit to a road game. 

"I'm not angry," White tells us ... "It's the rules."

White says he thought his outfit would be acceptable -- "I tried to dress like a pro."

White says after he was cut, one of the coaches on the team told him it was specifically because of the dress code violation ... "It was about what I wore."

As for his future, White says he's hopeful he'll get picked up by another team -- and next time, he'll make sure to invest in a suit.

Legends Football League Star WR Upset She Can't Date Opposing Player

11/21/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1120-alli-albert-lfl-instaOne of the biggest stars in the Legends Football League is upset she's been BANNED from dating an opposing player ... but the head of the league tells TMZ Sports ... the rules are the rules. 

Multiple sources tell us ... the woman at the center of the controversy is Alli Alberts -- a star WR for the Chicago Bliss and the unofficial face of the LFL (formerly the Lingerie Football League). 

Our sources tell us ... Alberts -- who's open about her sexuality -- is in a relationship with a woman who also plays in the league and has been warned by league officials that if they continue the relationship into the season, they will NOT be able to play in the LFL.

We're told ... some women in the league are upset -- claiming the rule only exists because the league is afraid players dating would take away from the sex appeal of the brand and push a more "butch" image instead.

But Commissioner Mitch Mortaza -- who founded the league -- tells TMZ Sports that's just plain WRONG.

Mortaza says the dating policy affects both male AND female LFL employees -- meaning a male coach can't date a female coach either.  

The policy, Mortaza says, was put in place to protect the integrity of the game -- "It's all about fairness. The rules are in place to ensure we put the best product on the field."

"As for being open to the gay community, I don't think there's another league that's been more receptive.  We'd never regulate what sex people could date." 

He adds, "If two people have feelings, I say all the power to them. They just cant both be involved in the LFL."

Our sources tell us Alberts has no plans to end her relationship -- and Mortaza has no plans to back down.  

Stay tuned ... 

Kurt Warner I Cracked My Jaw ... Took Elbow To The Face

11/20/2015 12:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1120-kurt-warner-broken-jaw-twitter-3Kurt Warner's jaw is ALL JACKED UP -- and it's all because the 44-year-old took an ELBOW TO THE FACE!!!

It's unclear exactly how or why Warner got bashed in the mouth -- but it looks incredibly painful judging by the pics he posted to social media. 

Warner says his jaw is broken in multiple places -- and the hit was so jarring, it separated his teeth. 

We're working on details ... stay tuned. 

Michael Sam I Wish I Didn't Get Drafted

11/20/2015 11:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Sam says he appreciated the way he was treated in St. Louis -- but says being drafted by the Rams was the WORST thing for his NFL career.  

Sam just appeared on the "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" and was asked if he regretted coming out before the NFL Draft ... his answer is very interesting. 

Of course, Sam made history becoming the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team -- but says the historical milestone put him in a really bad spot.   

Sam says the Rams accepted him as a person -- inviting him to hang at their homes and with their families -- but he knew he didn't have a shot at making the team because they were already stacked on the defensive line. 

Instead, Sam says he wishes he was NOT drafted -- so he could've handpicked a team that needed his skill set.  

If that had happened, Sam says he truly believes he would still be playing in the NFL. 

NFL's Michael Pittman My Kids Are Ballers High School Football Phenoms!

11/20/2015 8:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Like father, like SONS (plural) ... at least for former Super Bowl champ Michael Pittman -- whose two kids are DOMINATING the high school football landscape. 

Of course, Pittman played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Cardinals, Bucs and Broncos -- and clearly, he passed on the athletic gene to his 2 sons Michael Jr. and Mycah

Both kids attend Oaks Christian high school in So. Cal -- where Michael Jr. (6'4, 205) has become one of the top WRs in the country. In fact, he's already committed to USC and has been nominated for the prestigious U.S. Army Player of the Year award.  

His little brother Mycah is only a freshman -- and he's crushing it, too -- as a wide receiver on the varsity team. 

Both kids showed off their talents last week during a playoff victory against Jordan High School -- each catching touchdowns (video above).  

Michael Sr. tells TMZ Sports he couldn't be more proud -- "I love them to death. To see them doing something they love ... it's amazing."

Michael says both kids have NFL dreams and they know their dad is a great source of advice when it comes to reaching their goals. 

"They ask me so many questions... 'Dad, what does it take to be successful? How'd you do this?' They're hungry. As a father, I don't push anything besides getting good grades. This is something they love doing themselves."

Michael's gonna join us on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 tonight (Friday 9 PM PT) -- don't miss it!


Michael Irvin Quit Bitching Cowboys Fans ... You NEED Tony Romo!

11/19/2015 8:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Irvin's got a message for Dallas Cowboys fans -- you should ALL be kissing the ground Tony Romo walks on ... and never complain about him again.

The Playmaker was at LAX when he went on a rant about Cowboys nation's need to realize how good they have it when Tony's on the field. He's returning to the field this weekend after suffering a broken collar bone early in the season, and Mike thinks he could get the 2-7 'boys back in the playoff hunt.

Check out his passionate plea -- it might make a Cowboys fan think twice about bringing up Tony's past failures.

But probably not.

LaDainian Tomlinson I'm The Dogfather Of The NFL ... My Pet Resort Is BOOMING

11/19/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

LaDainian Tomlinson's career has totally gone to the dogs since he retired from the NFL ... 'cause the future Hall of Famer says he's now a first ballot pup groomer.

LT was leaving LAX when we asked about his newfound commitment to canines ... a "pet resort" he opened up in San Diego towards the tail end of his playing career.

Tomlinson proceeded to talk Lassies and Fidos like they were x's and o's ... saying his resort is frequented by TONS of NFL guys ... and that things are going so well he's thinking about expanding the business to L.A.

Bonus wisdom ... he tells all the thirsty guys out there exactly which dogs you need to get the best reaction from chicks.

See, the man can still score for you.

NFL's Aldon Smith Hit With 1 Year Suspension ... Over DUI Arrest

11/17/2015 2:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1117-aldon-smith-getty-02Oakland Raiders star Aldon Smith will be suspended by the NFL for an entire year -- starting Tuesday -- for his role in a DUI arrest back in August ... so says Adam Schefter

As we previously reported, Smith was arrested on August 7th -- after cops say he tried to get out of his car in a lot about a mile from Levi's Stadium when he swung the door open into the car next to him, causing roughly $500 in damage.

Cops say Smith got back in his car and left ... only to return to the scene on foot, where cops were waiting. Aldon then bombed a sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, hit and run and vandalism.

Smith was charged with DUI and a hit and run -- and pled not guilty. 

Smith was on thin ice with the NFL -- after already being suspended for 9 games back in 2014 over a DUI arrest in 2013. 

Smith was cut by the 49ers after the DUI incident back in August -- and the Raiders must have known a suspension was a possibility when they signed him. 

Smith was seen saying goodbye to teammates earlier today. 

It'll be interesting to see if he ever plays another down in the NFL. 

Al Sharpton Ray Rice Got Screwed ... No Equal Justice In NFL

11/17/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The NFL is still screwed up when it comes to meting out justice for domestic violence -- so says Al Sharpton.

Sharpton cannot understand how Ray Rice was ultimately banished from the NFL while Greg Hardy was given a second chance

He thinks it's not only unfair to the players ... but to the women they abuse

Check out the video -- think he's got a point? 

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