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Antonio Cromartie New Colts Cash Well Spent ... Pays Off Back Child Support

8/23/2016 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0823-antonio-cromartie-tmz-01update_graphic_red_barCromartie's rep says the only reason he didn't pay the support is because he was fighting Pierre over custody. The rep claims she had ongoing legal issues, and says Cro felt Alonzo wasn't safe with her. update_grey_gray_barAntonio Cromartie took his $3 million deal from the Coltsand immediately used it to settle a child support dispute with a baby mama ... and avoided a possible arrest in the process.

Cromartie was delinquent on child support payments to Rosemita Pierre -- the mother of Alonzo, his oldest child ... aka #1 of 13. According to docs, AC was ordered to pay her $4,000 per month, starting in January 2016 but failed to do so.

He was due in a Florida court last week to either pay up or explain why he couldn't -- but Cro was a no-show. Then the cavalry arrived in the form of the Colts one-year contract ... which he signed Monday. 

We're told Cromartie made a payment Tuesday afternoon. It's unclear how much he forked over, but it was enough for the judge to withdraw a warrant that had been issued earlier in the day.

Crisis averted. 

Jon Jones NFL Star Brother Busted for PEDs ... Suspended 4 Games

7/22/2016 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0722_arthur-jones_gettyIt's keeping up with the Jones' ... gone wrong. 

Jon Jones' NFL star brother, Arthur Jones, has been suspended 4 games for violating the league's PED policy ... this according to Ian Rapoport.

The Indianapolis Colts defensive end will be suspended WITHOUT PAY. He'll return to action on October 3rd. 

Of course, Jon was also popped for PEDs recently ... and faces a 2 year ban from the UFC. 

Jon says he's not a cheater and vows to prove it. 

So far, no comment from Arthur. 

NFL's Robert Turbin Marijuana Bust Video Cop Finds 'Rolled Joint-Type Thing'

7/21/2016 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's the body cam footage from the moment Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin was popped for weed in Utah earlier this month ... when cops say they found a "rolled joint type thing."

The footage begins after the 26-year-old was pulled over for running a stop sign around 11:20 PM on July 8th ... and cops inform Turbin they are going to search the car because they smelled weed. 

The officer later informs Turbin of "a rolled joint-type thing that was found in the center console."

Turbin was not arrested -- instead, he was simply given a citation and was ordered to appear in court later this month. 

He tweeted about the incident -- saying, "My mistake. Won't happen again."

Colts' Sio Moore Arrested for Reckless Driving

1/22/2016 9:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0122-sio-moore-gettyColts linebacker Sio Moore was arrested in Indianapolis last night ... after cops say he was burning rubber like a maniac on I-65.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept. says the 25-year-old was hitting speeds around 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic in his Jeep.

He was issued a court summons at the scene -- and was NOT taken to jail. 

NFL's Ahmad Bradshaw Convicted In Marijuana Case Banned From Driving!

5/11/2015 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511-ahmad-bradshaw-getty-01It's a good thing Ahmad Bradshaw can afford Uber ... 'cause the NFL running back's driving privileges have been REVOKED after he was convicted in his weed possession case. 

Bradshaw -- who played with the Indianapolis Colts last season -- was arrested for marijuana possession back in February after cops say they found a small amount of the green stuff in his car during a routine traffic stop in Ohio. 

Now, officials say Bradshaw cut a plea deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead no contest -- and in exchange he can't drive for 6 months and must pay around $351 in fines and other court costs. 

Case closed ... although now it's up to the NFL to decide what punishment he'll face from the league. 

Colts Linebacker Yeah, Pats Cheated ... But They're Still the Champs

5/6/2015 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0506-erik-walden-getty-01Fully inflated balls wouldn't have changed the outcome of the AFC Championship game ... the Pats still would've won BIG ... so says someone who was there, Colts linebacker Erik Walden

Walden -- who racked up 5 tackles in that game -- says it's "gross" that Brady would resort to cheating ... but says, "I don't think that s**t made a difference in our game."

For the record, the Pats beat the Colts 45-7. 

"They're already hard to beat and now we know they do that extra s**t to win. They're coming at you from every angle."

Walden added, "It's unfortunate that they did this, but they're still the champs. You gotta give them credit, they did it, and they got away with it, and they won the Super Bowl."

"At the end of the day, you still gotta play the game ... and in our game, it wouldn't have mattered if we were playing with a frisbee. They whupped us. They always find a way to win."

Indianapolis Colts Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson Arrested Allegedly Punches Pizza Boy

2/4/2015 7:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0204-dqwell-jackson-gettyIndianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson -- the guy who intercepted the pass that started Deflate-gate -- has been arrested ... for allegedly punching a pizza delivery boy in the face.

The 31-year-old NFL star was busted in Washington D.C. for assault around 8PM on Tuesday night. 

The pizza boy involved in the incident told police the two were arguing over a parking spot ... when Jackson punched him in the face and in the back of the head. 

Jackson was cited for simple assault. 

Story developing ...  

Colts Linebacker BALLS MADE NO DIFFERENCE ... 'Pats Whooped Our Ass'

1/21/2015 10:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Under-inflated footballs had NOTHING to do with the outcome of the Pats vs. Colts game ... so says Indy linebacker Erik Walden who tells TMZ Sports they got outplayed ... period. 

"I don't think it made any difference," Walden says of the flatter pigskins ... "They whooped us.  We got our asses whooped."

"It doesn't matter what was wrong with the balls ... they beat us by such a large margin."

Walden also says he doesn't think it's worth the NFL's time to punish the Pats -- saying, "You just got to give them credit for how they played."

"Hats off to [The Patriots]. They were the better team."

But when it comes to the Super Bowl, Walden joked ... "Just know I'm rooting for Seattle."

Rodney Peete Deflate-Gate Is Stupid Balls Didn't Make Colts Lose

1/21/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Deflated balls or not ... the New England Patriots kicked Indy's ass this weekend -- and the amount of air in the pigskin had NOTHING to do with it ... so says ex-NFL QB Rodney Peete

Peete -- who played in the NFL for 16 years -- says the whole "Deflate-Gate" scandal is being blown way out of proportion ... because despite the pressure in the footballs, "you still gotta play the game."

Rodney also says slightly deflated balls don't give a QB an advantage -- "You still gotta make the throws." 

The NFL is not commenting on the investigation into the Pats -- but multiple reports say the league found 11 of the 12 balls were under-inflated by 2 pounds-per-square inch.

Colts' Sergio Brown Ric Flair Victory Speech ... After Beating Broncos

1/12/2015 5:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


WOOOO!!!!!

Indianapolis Colts star Sergio Brown has kinda made it his "thing" to lead the team in a Ric Flair-style celebratory chant after a big win ... and after Indy whomped Denver, Brown came through strong! 

So, how does the Nature Boy feel about the tribute? He loves it. In fact, he called Brown during a radio interview last week and told him the impression was "phenomenal." 

Now, the big question is ... will Flair fly out to the AFC Championship for a tag team celebration? 

Billy Bob Thornton Andrew Luck Could Be Greatest QB Ever

1/8/2015 7:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL coach Jim Fassel wasn't talkin' crazy when he said Andrew Luck could be the best QB to ever play the game ... so says Billy Bob Thornton who tells us #12 has insane potential. 

Billy Bob was out in Nashville when he told us Peyton Manning is still his favorite quarterback of all time -- but explains that when it comes to the future, he's a big believer in Luck. 

There's more -- Billy Bob (who's a HUGE sports fan) says the league is packed with talent at the QB position and gives props to another signal caller ... but it ain't Tom Brady.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay DUI VIDEO RELEASED Wobbling, Stumbling, Hammered

10/17/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Officials have finally released dash cam footage from the night Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for DUI ... and the guy was a complete mess.

The 55-year-old was popped just before midnight on March 16th ... and as you can see in the clip, he could barely keep his balance as he stumbled out of the car. 

Cops say Irsay had multiple painkillers in his system, including oxycodone and hydrocodone. 

Irsay eventually pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated -- and was sentenced to 1 year probation. 

The NFL also suspended Irsay for 6 games ... and fined him $500k.

It's a miracle this guy didn't kill anyone on the road that night.

Donte Stallworth Jim Irsay's Arrest Is Blessing In Disguise

3/23/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jim Irsay's DUI arrest could be the best thing that ever happened to the Colts owner ... so says ex-NFL star Donte Stallworth who tells TMZ Sports he has an opportunity to change his life BEFORE it's too late. 

Donte knows what he's talking about ... 5 years ago, he killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes in a drunk driving accident in Florida and says he still lives with tremendous regret from the incident.

"Hopefully, [Jim] can look at the unfortunate decision I made, and learn from it," Stallworth says ... "He's lucky it wasn't more serious."

Donte says he's happy Jim has checked himself into treatment -- "It’s good he's going to get some help. The first step is admitting you need it."

"I've talked with people who lost family members to drunk driving. They come up to me randomly. It's a constant reminder of the decision I made" "

Donte recently tweeted about the lessons he's learning -- saying, "There’s nothing I can do to reverse that day, but hopefully you guys will think of me and make better decisions than I did that morning. You don’t want to live with these regrets I have from my irrevocable decision… Trust me."

Ultimately, Stallworth tells us his message can be summed up in a quote from Otto Von Bismark -- "Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others."

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