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Marcedes Lewis On Pro MMA Fight: 'Never Say Never'

4/23/2018 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know ... NFL tight end Marcedes Lewis is a BEAST when it comes to MMA?

It's true ... both UFC champ Tyron Woodley and Jay Glazer have said he's got what it takes to compete in a pro MMA fight. 

But will we ever see Marcedes in a cage? 

"Never say never," Lewis tells TMZ Sports. 

Look, Lewis kept it all the way real -- telling us as long as he's in the NFL, there's no chance he'll take a pro fight. But once he retires ... he'll definitely considering it. 

We asked if he would ever fight Greg Hardy -- a former NFL star who's undefeated as an MMA fighter ... and Lewis agreed it would be a helluva spectacle. 

"It would be something to see, right?!"

As for his NFL career, Lewis is currently a free agent -- but he definitely has a team in mind he wants to sign with. 

Odell Beckham Trades Shots with Shawn Mendes ... In Rap Battle

4/20/2018 10:03 AM PDT
Breaking News

Before Odell Beckham hit the gym with Dez Bryant -- he hit the stage with Shawn Mendes for a rap duel on "Drop the Mic" ... and it's pretty great. 

The NY Giants star went after Shawn's whiteness ... a lot ... with some lines that included: 

"Your skin is so pale, let's call it a hunch ... you're so white, the only meal you eat is brunch."

Also ... "No matter what you say my ego won't burst because whatever you've done, John Mayer did it first."

Mendes came through with some strong shots of his own during the ep which airs Sunday on TBS. 

"A dancing athlete that's a little unusual ... its the first time I've seen that since 'High School Musical.'"

And then a short joke ... 

"You said that I'm fake, I think millions disagree. How do they ever call you a Giant when you're shorter than me!"

Saquon Barkley My Lil Bro's a Freak Athlete, Too!

4/20/2018 8:00 AM PDT
Breaking News

Saquon Barkley has a little bro ... and it's clear freak athletic talent runs in the family! 

The top RB in the draft was working out with his high school sophomore brother, Ali Barkley -- and showing off their insane bounce. 

Ali crushed a box jump that looked like it was over 4 feet tall -- and then Saquon 1-upped him ... by doing a freakin' ninja jump OVER the boxes! 

In case you're wondering, Ali is 5'11", 190 lbs and will be a junior RB at Whitehall HS in PA this fall (class of 2020). 

Ali attends the same high school where Saquon dominated back in the day -- rushing for 1,851 yards and 24 TDs in his senior year ('14-'15). 

Ali's reportedly already getting interest from schools like Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers and Temple despite only playing in 5 games as a sophomore.

Guess they see the potential ... 

Seahawks' Pete Carroll 'Opportunity Still Open' for Kaepernick

4/20/2018 6:26 AM PDT
Breaking News

Pete Carroll is not slamming the door on the Seattle Seahawks signing Colin Kaepernick -- claiming "the discussion and the opportunity is still open."

Of course, there's definitely a backstory here ... Seattle pulled the plug on a workout with Colin earlier this month because he wouldn't agree to end his kneeling demonstration. 

But, Carroll appeared on Sports Radio KJR on Thursday and essentially said Colin was still in the mix. 

"We are trying to figure it out," Carroll said ... "The discussion and the opportunity is still open."

"We're just trying to figure out what's best for us."

Carroll said he hadn't spoken with Kaepernick yet and was "not going there" when asked specifically about Colin's protest. 

Carroll did make a point to say his organization has been supportive of players who are trying to put a spotlight on social issues. 

Skip Bayless Belichick 'Sold Out' Tom Brady ... Then Sabotaged Pats

4/19/2018 2:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Skip Bayless says reports of Patriots infighting are VERY real -- claiming Bill Belichick "sold out" Tom Brady and then sabotaged the organization ... and it's all over Jimmy Garoppolo

“I think Belichick sold him out and wanted to give Garoppolo the job next year and I think Brady knew it," the star of FS1's "Undisputed" tells us. 

"[Robert Kraft] had to step in and intervene and say ‘Nope, I’m going forward with Brady. You have to trade Garoppolo.’ And then it felt to me like Belichick sabotaged the organization."

Skip says the Garoppolo drama could be the reason for all of the recent Brady retirement talk -- which Bayless added was weak -- since the 40-year-old still has AT LEAST 3 more years left in him.

We also asked about Johnny Manziel possibly joining the Pats … and you gotta hear Skip's take on why he wouldn’t work in New England.

Sean Taylor Rare Autographed Card Sells for $13,000

4/19/2018 10:58 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

A Sean Taylor autographed football card -- the only certified signed card ever released -- just fetched a whopping $13,000 at auction ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's the deal ... the card was released as part of Panini's 2017 Flawless collection ... but the actual autograph was signed on a 2004 Topps rookie card. 

We'll explain ...

A rep for Panini tells us Panini obtained the 2004 card (which was signed AFTER it was released through Topps) and independently authenticated the autograph. Then, Panini cut the card down to fit in the Flawless card frame. It was then inserted into a random card pack and pulled by a lucky collector. 

Once pulled, the card made its way to eBay where the starting bid was $900. It received 51 total bids and finally sold for $13,000! The identity of the buyer has not yet been revealed. 

Of course, Taylor passed away in 2007 -- but had never signed a card that was officially distributed through a major trading card company. 

Obviously, he's still extremely popular with football fans and collectors.

By the way ... if you're wondering what happened to the top half of the original 2004 Topps card -- we're told it hit the cutting room floor. 

Johnny Manziel Still Angling for Patriots QB Job

4/19/2018 7:43 AM PDT
Breaking News

Johnny Manziel has made it clear he wants to play for the New England Patriots -- and on Wednesday night, he sent the team a reminder ... via his sweatshirt. 

Remember ... Manziel previously told TMZ Sports he'd love to play for Bill Belichick, "I'll go to New England in a heartbeat."

Then, the Patriots reportedly met with 25-year-old Manziel at the Texas A&M Pro Day at end of March.

Next came the Spring League where Johnny put on a solid performance which left some NFL execs raving about his potential.

Fast-forward to Wednesday night ... when Johnny rocked the Patriots hoodie while his wife, Bre Tiesi, snapchatted away.

Now, with rumblings Tom Brady might retire (yeah right) the Patriots could be in the market for a QB ... and Manziel wants to make sure he's top of mind.

That ... or maybe he just likes the sweatshirt.

FSU QB Deondre Francois Busted for Weed ... Blames GF

4/17/2018 12:27 PM PDT
Breaking News

More trouble for Florida State QB Deondre Francois -- who was just busted for weed in Tallahassee ... and immediately tried to throw his GF under the bus. 

According to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, cops raided Francois' home on April 12 over a tip he may have been dealing marijuana. 

Cops say Francois' girlfriend, Diamond Simone Lindsey, was in the house at the time of the search -- and if you recognize that name, it's because she's the same person who accused the QB of domestic violence back in January. 

Francois was detained while cops searched the place -- but they ultimately determined there wasn't enough evidence to prove he was slangin'. 

Cops did however find 17 grams of "cannabis/tobacco mixture" and "items of drug paraphernalia" on the premises and asked Francois for an explanation. 

Francois -- being the quality BF he is -- tried to pin the whole thing on Lindsey. 

"Francois attempted to minimize his culpability by saying that he 'can't smoke right now' and saying that the cannabis belonged to [Lindsey]."

Cops ultimately didn't buy it and cited Francois for possession. FSU coach Willie Taggart says he's met with Deondre and is handling the matter internally. 

As for the domestic violence case from January ... the investigation was later dropped and no charges were ever filed. 

Jonathan Martin Released From Treatment Facility Ordered to Wear GPS Device

4/17/2018 10:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jonathan Martin has received a judge's permission to leave a mental health treatment facility in the wake of his arrest for criminal threats ... but he'll be tracked by a GPS device. 

TMZ Sports has obtained docs showing attorneys for the former Miami Dolphins lineman appeared in L.A. County Superior Court last week to ask the judge for his release from a facility in Malibu. 

As we previously reported, Martin was arrested back in February after posting a threatening photo on social media featuring a gun and bullets. Martin had included a cryptic message aimed at former teammates and classmates. 

When cops located Martin, they found several weapons including a loaded gun, a knife and an axe. He was immediately detained and transferred to a facility for mental evaluation.

The L.A. County D.A. later hit Martin with 5 charges ... 4 counts of making criminal threats and 1 count of possessing a loaded firearm.

Now, after the clinical director at the treatment facility vouched for Martin in court, the judge allowed him to be released with several conditions: 

1) He must be fitted with a GPS and alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet 

2) He must attend outpatient treatment 5 days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM

3) He's also been ordered to stay away from Harvard-Westlake high school in L.A. and the Miami Dolphins organization -- specifically, his former teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey

Martin is due back in court April 25. 

Stormy Daniels Sketch Man Is Tom Brady?

4/17/2018 9:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

Whoa. 

Here's the man Stormy Daniels says threatened her and her daughter back in 2011 ... and he looks just like Tom Brady

The backstory ... Stormy says this man approached her in Las Vegas 7 years ago and told her to "Leave Trump alone" and to "forget the story" ... or else.

Stormy gave her description of the man to a sketch artist last week who came up with this drawing

Even if it's not Tom Brady ... dude's handsome. 

Hey, if Jeremy Meeks can get a modeling deal ... 

Colin Kaepernick Hits NFL Headquarters to Depose Goodell

4/17/2018 6:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Colin Kaepernick just arrived at NFL headquarters in NYC flanked by his high-powered legal team ready to grill Roger Goodell like a cheeseburger ... and he had a message for his supporters. 

"I'm doing great," Colin said on his way in with attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas.

"I love y'all and we gonna keep going!" he added.

Our NFL sources tell us ... Colin and the team are at HQ to depose Goodell as part of Colin's collusion case against the NFL -- in which he claims league officials like Goodell conspired with team owners to blackball him because of his kneeling protest during the national anthem.

We know Kaep's team has already deposed Houston Texans owner Bob McNair -- and there are reports Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent were grilled this past week.

One last thing ... Kaep's team was carrying an Adidas bag on the way in -- and with reports the sportswear giant is considering signing Colin to a deal ... seems like the interest is mutual.

Tom Brady & Gisele Camel Ridin' Like Royalty On Middle East Adventure

4/16/2018 9:18 AM PDT

Step aside, Sheikhs -- the NFL's king and queen are touring the Middle East ... and they're getting the full royal treatment.

Tom Brady, Gisele and their 2 kids have left the freezing cold of Boston for the sunny skies of Qatar ... and they're enjoying all the best the country has to offer -- fine garments, waterfall grottos and, of course, camel-riding desert tours!!

But, the Patriots QB ain't just tappin' into his inner-Aladdin on this trip.

Through his Best Buddies charity, Brady kicked some footballs around with special needs kids at a World Cup-sponsored event ... and he also stopped by the local air base to hang with U.S. troops.

Yeah, Tom's missing the start of the Patriots' offseason workouts for this ... but we got a feeling he'll be alright.

James Harrison I'm Retiring 'I've Missed Way Too Much'

4/16/2018 5:56 AM PDT
Breaking News

Great news for QBs ... James Harrison says he's finally retiring from football after 15 seasons in the league. 

Yeah, you've heard the story before ... because Harrison has retired before -- but this time, Deebo says he meant it. 

"I've missed way too much for way too long...and I'm done," the 39-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers legend announced on social media. 

He also posted several photos of his kids -- suggesting he's ready to become a full-time dad. 

"Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life. #2ndAndFinalRetirement #HarrisonFamilyValues #BlessedAndHighlyFavored #GodsPlan."

Harrison was a monster in the NFL -- 5 Pro Bowls, 2 Super Bowl rings and he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

Besides the Steelers, he also played for the Bengals and most recently the New England Patriots. 

Incredible career ... just one question -- still hitting the gym tomorrow?!

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