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Jessie James Decker Cool With Her Kids Playing Football ... Dad Will Teach 'Em!!

10/7/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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Brett Favre wouldn't allow it ... neither would Barack Obama, LeBron James and Adrian Peterson -- but Eric Decker WILL let his kids play football when they grow up -- so says his famous wife.

We got Jessie James Decker out in NYC this week when she didn't seem to have one bit of concern over letting her sons strap on the pads.

"I'd be alright with it," the country singer tells TMZ Sports.

There is a catch for the Decker's kids -- a 4-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and a newborn baby boy -- Jessie tells us her ex-Broncos star hubby HAS to show them the way first.

A lot of celebs seem to disagree ... everyone from Obama to LBJ to even Rodney Peete have said they'd be hesitant to let their kids play the sport 'cause of the long-term health effects.

But, Jessie tells us she's banking on Eric's 8-plus years in the league to help prevent those.

"[Their] daddy knows enough to help [them] through the process of what's healthy and what's not."

No pressure ...

Milwaukee Brewers Fan Gets Kidney Donor After Stadium Pic Goes Viral

10/5/2018 3:23 PM PDT
Breaking News

Here's your feel-good story for Friday afternoon ... a Milwaukee Brewers fan just had HIS LIFE SAVED and it's all because he put his need for help on a t-shirt and wore it to a game.

The man's name is Lenny Zweig -- a 43-year-old father of 3 -- who became so desperate for a kidney transplant after falling ill several years ago ... he took his plight on a t-shirt and wore it to a Brewers game last spring.

A fellow Milwaukee fan spotted the shirt -- which had Lenny's contact info and blood type listed on the back -- at Miller Park and threw a pic of them on social media.

The picture went viral ... and fast forward to Thursday -- Lenny announced that all the noise his shirts made had resulted in a donor!!!

"I’d like to thank this person for all she is doing for me and the gift of life she is willing to share," Lenny shared on his Facebook page.

If you're thinking Lenny is going to take the donor out and buy her a beer (least he could do right??), he can't because, of course, the donor is anonymous.

"In this situation, I do not know who my donor is. It is hard to thank people you don’t know, and you aren’t sure if they are even reading but I am so truly grateful."

For anyone who says sports doesn't matter ... here's why you're wrong. 

NFL's Everson Griffen Police Video Shows Ambulance Escape ... Cops Trying to Help

10/5/2018 11:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Everson Griffen moments after he jumped out of an ambulance on his way to a mental health evaluation ... and you can hear cops talking football to Griffen in an effort to calm him down. 

It all went down on Sept. 22 after cops had been called on the Minnesota Vikings star following a string of bizarre and troubling behavior in the Minnesota area. 

As we previously reported, Griffen allegedly threatened to shoot somebody at a hotel, wandered into a teammate's yard and forced a stranger to drive him around town against his will. 

Cops ultimately got Griffen to agree to take an ambulance to a nearby hospital to be evaluated -- but he jumped out during the ride fearing someone was trying to harm him. 

When cops approach Griffen, you can hear him saying, "I jumped out because I was scared for my life."

Griffen then explains that someone in the ambulance was "digging in his pocket pulling out something. He was digging in his pocket pulling out something and I called him. They had gloves on there’s something in here and they tried to get me. I’m not crazy."

Griffen mentioned that he plays for the Vikings -- and cops began talking football with him. That's when everything starts to cool down. 

Ultimately, cops got Griffen to agree to get back in the ambulance and they took him to the hospital without further incident. 

Griffen has since apologized for the incidents and said he is "focused on resolving personal issues with which I have been dealing for a long time."

Benicio Del Toro What Memory Loss? ... I Forgot

10/5/2018 6:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Benicio Del Toro proved to us he really does have short-term memory problems when he's not acting. 

We got the "Sicario" star at LAX and asked about his recent revelation that he has "hyper sensitive" memory when he's immersed in a role, and terrible recollection during his daily life.

It seems like he's playing along with our photog. But again, dude's a great actor, so you be the judge. 

Benicio's long-term memory seems to be intact. He definitely knows who won last year's World Series.

Ben Affleck Completes 40-Day Rehab ... For Alcohol Addiction

10/4/2018 12:55 PM PDT
Breaking News

Ben Affleck has completed a 40-day stay at a California rehab facility for alcohol addiction ... and is now in outpatient care.

Affleck posted a message Thursday, saying, "The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say. It's given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others."

TMZ broke the story ... Jennifer Garner staged an intervention at Ben's Pacific Palisades home back in August. Garner then drove Ben to a Malibu facility where he's been in treatment ever since, with occasional breaks for work and trips to his home gym.

Ben continues, "Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle ... As I've had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure."

Matt Barnes Yes, I Faked Ball AT Kobe ... End Of Mystery

10/3/2018 1:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

All the Internet detectives can put their magnifying glasses down ... Matt Barnes is ending the debate, telling TMZ Sports he DEFINITELY faked the ball RIGHT AT Kobe Bryant.

And, of course ... Kobe didn't flinch.

The debate over this 8-year-old NBA occurrence started when a Twitter user floated the theory that Kobe's all-time tough guy move wasn't that ... because Matt didn't put the ball directly in his face.

BTW -- If you don't remember the incident we're talking about ... you need NBA league pass ... BADLY.

We talked to Matt -- who was just thrilled to discuss it AGAIN -- and Barnes says he definitely faked the ball at Kobe's face and Mamba kept his cool.

"As far as I know that sh*t went in his face and he didn't flinch. I thought that was a dead story."

See ... 

BTW -- If you want to hear about something IMPORTANT that Matt cares about ... he also talks to us about the medical cannabis initiative he's started with his alma mater, UCLA.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Head vs. Razor For Women Fighting Cancer

10/3/2018 6:39 AM PDT
Breaking News

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare won't have to worry about helmet hair when the NHL season kicks off Thursday night ... 'cause the Vegas Golden Knights star got a fresh bald haircut from some tough ladies battling cancer!!

The French winger joined a ferocious group of breast cancer patients for a head-shaving bash outside T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday ... as part of the beginning Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Not only does P.E.B. go all the way in with the fresh cut ... he returns the favor and puts his barber skills to use as well!!

Bellemare loved it. The women loved it. We're loving it.

And, if this gesture wasn't awesome enough for you ... the event raised $20,000 for the American Cancer Society (click here to donate). 

Props to everyone involved.

Kanye West Celebrates Dad Beating Cancer In Weirdest Way Possible

10/2/2018 5:02 PM PDT

Kanye West and his father are buggin' out -- in a good way -- to celebrate his old man beating cancer.

Ye just announced in a very unique way that his dad, Ray West, has kicked cancer's ass ... by sharing a photo of a plate full of bugs.

West says ... "My dad and I are going to eat this plate of bugs to celebrate him beating cancer. No more fear." 

Kanye's in Detroit Tuesday ... so it's unclear where he was able to find this cuisine. 

We broke the story ... Ray was diagnosed with prostate cancer in July -- not stomach cancer as was first believed -- and Kanye dropped everything to help out upon getting the news.

Fortunately, it seems like it's all good for his dad now.

Can't wait to see how they celebrate when Ye releases his new album.

Anna Faris Photo Triggers Body Shaming Onslaught ... Photo Deleted

10/2/2018 2:53 PM PDT

Anna Faris posted a photo she thought was innocent enough, but people on social media almost instantly began an attack over her weight ... and the onslaught was so brutal she deleted the pic. 

Anna posted the photo with the caption, "Having pre-show jitters- so glad Michael Sherman captured it- also I eventually decided to put on pants." Michael Sherman is her assistant for her podcast, "Unqualified."

People on social media pounced, saying things like ... "You look so unhealthy, eat." Another says, "This is alarming!" And yet another says, "I feel this pic is a cry for help, I hope you get the help you need."

There are people who are embracing Anna, one saying, "You are beautiful at any size. Health is our concern. If you're healthy and happy that's all that matters! Continue to be awesome!"

Anna deleted the photo around 15 minutes after posting it.  

Ryder Cup Fan Exploded Eyeball Injury The Gruesome Photo

10/2/2018 7:51 AM PDT
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12:19 PM PT -- TMZ Sports has obtained a photo of the "exploded eyeball" injury ... and warning, it's pretty gnarly.

The person who shot the photo tells us everyone in the area was "freaking out" -- but fortunately, medical personnel were able to keep their composure and treat the victim.

Brooks Koepka also issued a statement saying, "I was deeply hurt and saddened by the tragic accident that occurred when a shot I hit off the 6th tee struck Miss Remande."

"I spoke to her at the time on the golf course and after now learning her condition is worse than first thought, I have made contact with her/family to offer my sincere and heartfelt sympathy."

"I am heartbroken by the incident. My thoughts remain with Miss Remande and her family, and I have  asked to be kept informed on her condition."

The woman lying on the ground in this photo claims her eyeball "exploded" when she was struck by a Brooks Koepka tee shot at the Ryder Cup ... and now she's threatening to sue. 

49-year-old Corine Remande was watching the USA vs. Europe event on Friday morning at the Le Golf National club in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (near Paris) ... when Koepka's 6th hole tee shot hooked left and smacked her in the face.

Remande crumpled to the ground while fans and medical personnel rushed to tend to her. Koepka also raced over to check on her and gave her a signed glove. 

The woman was transported to a local eye specialist. It was revealed she had suffered a "fracture of the right socket and the explosion of the eyeball."

Now, Remande is pointing the finger at Ryder Cup tournament officials -- claiming they failed to properly warn and protect spectators from wild golf shots.

She's considering her legal options -- but hasn't filed a lawsuit yet. 

However, a Ryder Cup spokesperson says "fore" was shouted several times before it hit the fan.

Koepka commented on the incident after winning his match with Tony Finau, saying "It doesn't feel good, it really doesn't. You feel terrible for them."

"You don't want to hit anybody in the face, especially not a woman, and it's not a good feeling."

Tyler Eifert All Smiles After Ankle Surgery ... 'I'll Be Back!!'

10/2/2018 6:25 AM PDT
Breaking News

Great news for Tyler Eifert -- who had his ankle snapped in half on Sunday -- 'cause the Cincinnati Bengals TE is in good spirits after going under the knife ... and vows to be back better than ever!!

ICYMI -- Eifert suffered a nasty right ankle injury in the 3rd quarter of the Falcons game this week ... after De'Vondre Campbell accidentally fell on him while making a tackle.

It was a disgusting sight ... and if you haven't already seen it, DON'T CLICK ON IT.

Eifert shared a post-surgery pic with a thumbs-up on Monday night ... saying "At least my end zone celebration was fun! Thanks to everyone for the kind words. I’m all fixed, Dr. Anderson is the best. I’ll be back!"

Eifert has had his fair share of injuries since he was drafted in 2013 ... a dislocated elbow in 2014, stinger injuries in 2013 and 2015, back injury in 2016 and 2017. But, he's clearly not fazed by his history.

Get well soon, Tyler!!

Ben Affleck Back in Tip-Top Batman Shape ... During Rehab Stint

10/1/2018 3:56 PM PDT

Ben Affleck may or may not don the cowl again for another 'Batman' movie -- especially after heading back to rehab -- but based on how he looks right now ... dude totally could.

The actor was seen heading to a meeting Monday in L.A., and he was looking completely yoked in a fitted tee. Don't worry, this ain't just a good angle of Ben from the front ... he had a full-blown gun show on display from the side as well. It was sunny out, so ... ya know.

Looks like all that working out at his home gym a few weeks ago really paid off while he was attending rehab. Also worth noting -- we haven't really seen him without a jacket on for a minute now, including Sunday's outing with Jen Garner and the kids. Who knew?!

It's unclear if Ben has finished his treatment, but we have seen him out in public more regularly in recent weeks.

As for the Bruce Wayne thing -- sign him up.

Ernie Johnson Diagnosed with Blood Clots ... Missing MLB Playoffs

10/1/2018 9:00 AM PDT
Breaking News

Legendary sportscaster Ernie Johnson has just announced he will NOT be covering the MLB playoffs for TBS ... after doctors diagnosed him with blood clots in both of his legs. 

The 62-year-old says he was undergoing a routine physical when doctors found the clots -- which can be fatal if not treated immediately. 

The danger with blood clots ... they can break off and enter the blood stream and, in some cases, can cause a pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage of an artery in the lungs. 

Johnson says he understands the situation -- and he's treating it aggressively with blood thinners and compression socks. 

Flying in planes can be dangerous when diagnosed with clots -- and since Johnson would be taking a bunch of flights in a relatively short time period, his medical team advised him it wasn't worth the risk. 

"The best course of action is to just stay grounded at this point, not fly," EJ said ... "blood clots are nothing to be messed with."

While recovering and treating the clots, Johnson says he'll be preparing to cover the NBA when the season kicks off in just a few weeks. 

Get well soon, EJ! 

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