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DeSean Jackson I'm Fitzpatrick's Stylist Now! Gotta Keep Him Conor McGregor Fresh!

9/17/2018 10:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DeSean Jackson says Ryan Fitzpatrick looked SO GOOD in his borrowed clothes after Sunday's game ... he's gonna make it his mission to keep him fresh all season long!! 

TMZ Sports spoke with the Bucs star WR after he lit up the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday -- a team he takes great pleasure in torching ever since they let him go back in 2014. 

"It felt like no other, bro" DeSean said when asked about that 75 yard TD on the first play of the game ... "It was like surreal. It was a great feeling."

Jackson says the whole team is in a good place after the win -- but tells us they're staying focused on the long-term goal, "We're not peaking too soon."

As for Fitzpatrick, DeSean says he's been getting high praise for the way he dressed up his QB after the game ... some even compared Fitz to Conor McGregor ... so DJ says he's gotta keep the tradition going! 

"I had him looking fresh ... I might [have to dress him] every week!" 

We also talked about Jameis Winston -- and how he's handling watching the team kill it while he serves his 3-game suspension

Jackson says Jameis has been nothing but supportive and the team can't wait to have him back. 

As for who will get the starting nod once Jameis returns ... DJ says, "I'm not sure how that's going to play out."

DeSean's a busy man these days ... he's also launching his own podcast, "One-on-One" -- where he drills down on everything from the national anthem demonstrations to Serena Williams

Dorial Green-Beckham Pleads Guilty to Drunk Driving

9/17/2018 9:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NFL wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has pled guilty to misdemeanor DWI stemming from a December arrest in Missouri ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The story behind the arrest is crazy ... 

The 25-year-old had gotten a call around 3 AM on Dec. 30 from a friend -- who was being arrested for DWI -- and needed Dorial to come pick him up. 

When the WR arrived to the scene in his white Cadillac Escalade, cops say they noticed Dorial seemed drunk too and administered field sobriety tests ... which he failed. So, Dorial was arrested too. 

Green-Beckham was later charged with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated -- and, according to court records, he appeared in court on Monday and pled guilty. 

Sentencing is set for October -- he's facing up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

Dorial Green-Beckham was one of the top high school WRs ever -- but never reached his potential in college or the NFL due to off-the-field issues

He was drafted by the Titans in the 2nd round of the 2015 Draft but didn't last there long. The Eagles picked him up in 2016 and he played 1 season -- racking up 36 catches for 392 yards and 2 TDs. 

The Eagles released him before the 2017 season. 

Josh Gordon Browns Don't Trust Me? ... HAHAHAHAH

9/17/2018 8:01 AM PDT
Breaking News

Josh Gordon is reacting to reports he's being shipped out of Cleveland for "breaking the team's trust" -- and he ain't exactly broken up about it.

The Browns announced on Saturday they're moving on from the troubled WR after he injured his hamstring during a photo shoot. 

Gordon was on thin ice with the team after racking up multiple suspensions over the years for substance abuse. The latest incident (though not substance-related) was clearly the breaking point for the Browns. 

Gordon couldn't help but laugh at the reports that Browns management couldn't trust him anymore ... though he hasn't exactly opened up about his side of the story yet. 

He did give a few shout-outs to some of his Browns teammates -- including Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and Tyrod Taylor ... calling them "Brothers 4 life."

So, what does it all mean? Seems Gordon doesn't think the reports are accurate or that he's getting a fair shake. 

Don't feel too bad for Gordon ... there are reportedly a bunch of teams licking their chops for a shot at signing him. 

Meek Mill Dropping Kaepernick Song 'They Lynch His Bank Account'

9/17/2018 6:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

Meek Mill has a song about Colin Kaepernick in the works -- saying the way the QB's been treated by the NFL is essentially a financial "lynching."

One of the lyrics -- "They won’t lynch him by hanging from a tree. They lynch his bank account." 

Meek gave a preview of the song to Page Six ... saying the song will appear on his upcoming album. Other lines include ... 

-- "They told Kaep to stand up if you want to play for a team, and most of his teammates said the same thing."

-- "Back in the ’30s you would be killed if you kneeled. They won’t kill you now, they just take you out of the deal."

A strong defense of his friend -- as we previously reported, Colin and Meek spoke over the phone while the rapper was locked up. 

In fact, while he was imprisoned, Meek joined Colin's philanthropic offensive -- each pledging $10,000 to Philadelphia's Youth Service Inc. 

Now that he's out, Meek is taking his support to the next level by doing what he does best -- rapping about it. 

Ex-NFL Star Shawne Merriman I'm Down to Fight Greg Hardy ... After Bare Knuckle Fight

9/16/2018 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Greg Hardy vs. Shawne Merriman ... in a fist fight?! 

Yeah, this could actually happen. 

Shawne -- the former NFL superstar -- is about to compete in his first bare knuckle boxing match ... and if he wins, "Lights Out" says he'd LOVE to get in the ring against Hardy. 

Of course, Hardy has been crushing everybody since transitioning from the NFL to MMA -- and has already earned a development contract with the UFC. 

Now, Merriman is following Hardy's lead ... sorta. 

The ex-Chargers Pro Bowl linebacker signed a deal with the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation to brawl on Nov. 9 against Mike Bourke -- a dude who once knocked out Ken Shamrock.

If Merriman wins, he tells TMZ Sports ... a superfight with Hardy would be awesome. 

"I'll definitely be open to see what Greg Hardy got to offer."

By the way, this isn't some fun experiment for Merriman -- he's been seriously training for years and believes, since he's only 34, he can have a real future in combat sports. 

It all starts with Mike Bourke -- and Shawne says he's already putting together his fight plan. 

Kiara Mia Guarantees Big Week 2 for Jimmy G He's a 'Motherf***in' Star!!!'

9/15/2018 1:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kiara Mia isn't bailing on 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo after one bad game, because she says he "radiates greatness" ... and you can't hold him back for long.

We got the popular porn star at the Century City Mall in L.A. Friday night and asked about Jimmy G's poor week 1 performance -- in which he threw 3 interceptions against the Vikings and lost for the first time as a starter.

She tells us it's no biggie, and we can bank on Garoppolo bouncing back Sunday against the Lions because he's a star ... and that's what stars do. Kiara better be right ... otherwise, her Super Bowl prediction will be looking a bit dicey.

We broke the story ... Jimmy and Kiara made a big splash this summer when they were spotted on a date, resulting in mini-controversy in the football world. The QB later called it a "good learning experience" ... and we hadn't heard about it much since.

Kiara doesn't tell us if she's still in touch with Jimmy G, but she clearly still supports him and has some advice -- don't worry about fitting in a certain box ... and ignore the haters.

Cousin Sal Bet the Farm On the Redskins ... Lock of the Week

9/14/2018 3:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Alex Smith is gonna make you a LOT of money this weekend -- if you put your cash on the Redskins to beat up the Colts ... so says Cousin Sal

Sal's now a pro gambling adviser on FS1's new show, "Lock It In" -- so, with the NFL entering Week 2, we asked for a freebie. 

And, why's he so confident Washington will cover the 6-point spread over Indy? 

Two words -- Alex. Smith. 

"Alex Smith is gonna expose [the Indianapolis defense]. I think he throws for like 2 or 3 TDs. They're gonna win like 30 to 13. 

By the way, Sal is Jimmy Kimmel's real-life cousin (hence the name Cousin Sal) -- and the two have been making friendly wagers with their pal, Bill Simmons, for years. 

And, what do they bet on? Everything from inappropriate Al Michaels comments to "Dancing with the Stars."

Get that money!!!

Michael Irvin I'm Not Gonna Fight Steve Smith ... But I Ain't Backing Down!

9/14/2018 2:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Everyone wants to know ... did Michael Irvin and Steve Smith throw fists after their heated smack talk session on "NFL Network" Thursday night???

Michael tells TMZ Sports ... when the cameras shut off, it was definitely more love than war -- but their dispute ain't over yet. 

The whole thing started during the TNF pregame show -- Smith was offended when Michael said the Ravens haven't had a solid go-to WR since Anquan Boldin.

Smith shot back saying his stats (and his route running!!) dominated Irvin's -- and at one point, it seemed like the two might come to blows!!!

So, what happened after the show? Irvin says the two made peace ... sorta. 

"Steve and I are great. I love Steve," Michael tells TMZ Sports ... "He's a competitor."

"He's a good friend but [being on the NFL Network pregame show] is also like a locker room."

Irvin also made it clear Smith's allegation that he wasn't a master route runner is B.S. 

"I was pure route runner ... I ran routes that ended up in championships! That's all I keep telling people."

"Don't talk about how many receptions everybody had. Tell me about how many championships because that's all we're playing the game for."

"I understand you got those many receptions," Irvin said referencing Smith's impressive career stats ... "but I got the ring-a-ring-a-ring!!!"

"I dominated! I should have won five!"

Johnny Manziel 'Don't Rush Back' After Concussion ... Says Eric Dickerson

9/14/2018 1:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel hasn't played a snap of football since he was placed in concussion protocol a month ago ... but Eric Dickerson says the CFL QB needs to trust the process and "don't rush back" to the field.

TMZ Sports spoke with the L.A. Rams legend -- who says he's a fan of Johnny's and even golfed with him in the past -- about the Heisman winner getting sidelined after a vicious hit he took in a 24-17 loss to Ottawa on August 11.

"A concussion is serious. They take it more serious these days than when we played," Dickerson says.

Johnny vocalized his frustration to reporters on Thursday ... saying he feels like he's ready to get back on the field, but wonders if the team still believes in him.

"If the club had faith in me, I feel like I would be the guy ... I feel like I would've been the guy after I came back from the concussion,'' Johnny said.

"That hasn't happened. So, I need to continue to get out here. And, it's the hardest part about missing practice, I need these reps to try to leave as little doubt as possible in my ability to play.''

But, E.D. warns Johnny to not get too eager to play just yet ... "My advice is don't rush back. There's a lot of football to be played.

Jerry Jones Didn't Talk Football with Dez ... at Beyonce Concert

9/14/2018 10:41 AM PDT
Breaking News

Jerry Jones says his Jay-Z and Beyonce concert date with Dez Bryant was strictly bro time ... insisting the 2 didn't talk about football at all during the show. 

Jones and Bryant caused a stir when they were spotted hanging out at the Dallas stop of the On the Run II tour ... leading people to believe a possible Cowboys reunion was in the works.

But J.J. says that's just not true ... revealing he's tight with a lot of his former players -- and Dez's dramatic exit from the team hasn't affected their friendship one bit.

"We didn't talk about football," Jones told the GBag Nation on 105.3 the Fan. "With Dez, that's not uncommon."

"With Dez, a nice percentage of our conversations over the years football didn't come up, and we had other things to talk about." 

Jerry added he wasn't surprised to run into his former WR1 at the show, either ... saying "I knew he was going to be there. It would have been a surprise for him not to be there."

"I’m with our former players from time to time, not only socially, but I’m with them in everyday business. It’s not uncommon for me to have business with former players."

Emmitt Smith & Jason Witten Tell DeMarcus Ware ... Don't (Pass) Rush Through 'DWTS'!!

9/14/2018 9:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

The greatest running back of all time, a future Hall of Fame tight end and a Super Bowl-winning pass rusher met up Thursday night ... and guess what they talked about??

DANCING!!!!!!

It's true ... Dallas Cowboys legends Emmitt Smith and Jason Witten caught up with DeMarcus Ware -- and instead of football talk, D-Ware wanted advice on his two-step.

If you're wondering why ... it's 'cause Ware's a new contestant on the new season of "Dancing With The Stars" -- and Smith was a former winner on the show.

As for Witten, not too sure why his dancing advice was necessary -- but Ware got it anyway!!

Sooooooo ... what were their messages to the newly-minted, 6-foot-4, 258-pound ballerina??

"Get them toes pointed in the right direction," Emmitt says.

Witten added, "Don't treat it like a pass rush!!"

Seems like solid intel ... but gotta wait until the show premieres on Sept. 24 to see if Ware follows it.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Nobody Hated Tebow for Taking Knee ... So Why Kaep?

9/12/2018 9:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rev. Jesse Jackson has a message for all the Colin Kaepernick haters -- Tim Tebow took a knee too ... and nobody had a problem with that! 

We got Jesse leaving Reagan International Airport this week when he used the ex-Heisman Trophy winner to explain what he believes is the hypocrisy surrounding the outrage directed at Kaepernick. 

"It's interesting that when Tim Tebow took a knee, it was accepted," Jesse tells TMZ Sports.

"Kaepernick takes a knee and he's rejected. Both of them took a knee in protest of what they believed in. One was religion. One was for justice. Okay."

Remember ... Tim used to take knees prior to every game -- albeit not DURING the national anthem -- and it was so widely praised, a social media meme came of it.

Clearly -- Jesse thinks Kaep deserves the same treatment.

Colin Kaepernick Going Into Hall Of Fame ... At His High School

9/12/2018 9:14 AM PDT
Breaking News

The Colin Kaepernick haters will have to address him as a Hall of Famer now ... 'cause the ex-NFL superstar is going into his old high school's HOF in November!!

Pitman High School -- the Turlock, Calif. program Colin beasted for in football, basketball and baseball -- announced it's giving Kaep its highest honor on Nov. 3.

“Colin was chosen, like all the others, for their contribution to the history of athletes here at Pitman,” the school's A.D., Dave Wells, tells KCRA.

“Of course, he was an outstanding athlete and a three-sport star.”

It's sure to ruffle some feathers -- given anything involving Kaep since he knelt during the national anthem does -- but a former Turlock mayor says none of that minimizes what he did for the H.S.

"Colin Kaepernick still has much respect,” says John Lazar, who also once gave Kaep a key to the city of Turlock.

“Although citizens differ on his approach, he is still a proud son of Turlock.”

FYI ... Colin led his high school to its first-ever playoff win as a senior -- AND was nominated as an All-State player in hoops, football and baseball that same year.

Check out some of his high school highlights -- dude was HUGE!!

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