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Marcedes Lewis

Don't Suspend Tom Brady

... He's 'America's Child'

5/10/2015 3:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Brady is finally getting some support from an NFL player who's NOT his teammate -- with Jacksonville Jaguars star Marcedes Lewis saying he hopes the league goes easy on "America's Child."

The tight end was cruisin' around Hollywood this weekend when he told he's personally rooting for Brady to play this season, despite rumors Brady could get suspended by the NFL for his role in Deflategate. 

We also asked Lewis about the devastating injury to his newest teammate Donte Fowler -- the 1st round pick who blew out his ACL during practice last week.

Lewis is optimistic that Fowler will return to form ... but the fact is, knee injuries SUCK.

NFL Star Julius Thomas

I Could Survive 'Naked And Afraid'

... For 3 Days

5/3/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is a tough guy -- but could he survive in the wild if was forced to go on that show "Naked & Afraid?" 

The NFL stud says he THINKS he hang on the survivalist show for about 3 days -- but then he'd be toast. 

FYI -- "Naked And Afraid" is basically a nude version of "Survivor" where contestants are dropped in the middle of nowhere and left to fend for themselves ... without a stitch of clothing on.

Check out the clip -- Julius doesn't seem to think that his NFL toughness would come into play out in the wilderness ... saying he'd be out of the competition before you can say "chaffed balls."

#GiveItAShotBro #YouNeverKnowUntilYouTry

Dante Fowler

GOLD SPIKED LOUBOUTINS

... At NFL Draft

4/30/2015 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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fowler_gold_shoes_launch2Dante Fowler's like a young, giant Austin Powers villain ... 'cause the dude LOOOOOVESSSSS GOLLDDDD!!!

Fowler just showed up to the NFL Draft in Chicago -- where he's expected to be taken in the 1st round -- sporting a crazy pair of GOLD SPIKED LOUBOUTIN SHOES ... with the red bottoms and all. 

There's more ... dude also rocked a solid gold watch and a gold chain to spruce up his peppermint suit. 

Hey, you only get drafted once. 

#Swag

Jaguars Lineman:

Lady Ref Is A Publicity Stunt

... Just Like Michael Sam

4/4/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jacksonville Jaguars lineman Sen'Derrick Marks strongly believes ... the NFL's move to hire the league's 1st female ref is more about publicity than talent ... and compares her to Michael Sam

According to multiple reports, the NFL has hired Sarah Thomas -- a pioneer in women's officiating -- to be the first female line judge in league history.

The move has drawn widespread praise from most ... but Marks says Thomas' hiring is less about progress and more about a league desperate for positive stories.

"For women, it's great," Marks says ... "Ain't nothing wrong with it, especially as long as she knows what she's doing."

However, Marks adds ... "It's just like the Michael Sam situation -- if he wasn't gay, he would've gone undrafted. Instead the league drafts him because I think they are trying to monopolize on every aspect of the world ... the same thing with hiring a female ref."

"For the league it's great publicity. The NFL is all about monopolizing every opportunity."

No matter what the reason, it seems Thomas has finally cracked the boy's club -- and Marks says now that she's in, he's rooting for her to succeed.

"I hope it works out for her."

Jaguars Star Marcedes Lewis

AGAINST NFL N-WORD BAN

'Sometimes Things Come Out'

2/28/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
0227_marcedes-lewis_gettyJacksonville Jaguars star Marcedes Lewis says the NFL's proposed n-word ban is a BAD IDEA ... telling TMZ Sports, "These games are intense, sometimes things come out."

The league acknowledges that it's discussed enacting a rule that would penalize any player caught using the word on the field ... and Lewis says at first, he was into the idea.


"Initially, I thought [the rule] was the right thing to do -- but I've changed my mind.  These games are intense ... sometimes things come out." 

Lewis says, "I don't use the word. There won't have to be much of an adjustment for me ... but the referees are really gonna have to listen hard."

"You're telling me during a game the refs have to zero in on what someone says with a mouthpiece in? Their jobs are hard enough.  They already catch enough grief for making bad calls." 

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper -- the white guy who had his own n-word controversy -- has spoken out in favor of the rule ... because ... well ... duh. 
"Initially, I thought [the rule] was the right thing to do -- but I've changed my mind.  These games are intense ... sometimes things come out." 

Lewis says, "I don't use the word. There won't have to be much of an adjustment for me ... but the referees are really gonna have to listen hard."

"You're telling me during a game the refs have to zero in on what someone says with a mouthpiece in? Their jobs are hard enough.  They already catch enough grief for making bad calls." 

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper -- the white guy who had his own n-word controversy -- has spoken out in favor of the rule ... because ... well ... duh.

NFL Vet LaVar Arrington

Hair Pulling's a Bitch Move

2/1/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Fun Fact: In the NFL, it's perfectly LEGAL to tackle an opposing player by the hair if it's hanging out of the helmet.

Funner Fact: Players who pull hair deserve to get their ASSES KICKED because they've made things "personal" ... so says LaVar Arrington.

The former NFL defensive stud -- who has some luscious dreadlocks of his own -- says there's an unspoken code among players regarding the "mane" ... and violators NEED to be dealt with.

Of course, Arrington must REALLY hate guys like Jason Babin (JAX) ... who ripped Andre Ellington's (ARIZ) dreadlocks out of his skull during a game earlier this season ... and then displayed it to the crowd like a trophy.

No, LaVar doesn't like that one bit ...

Maurice Jones Drew

I've Dropped 15 Pounds

I'm Ready to Kill It Next Season

1/31/2014 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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is winning the battle of the bulge ...  'cause the Jacksonville Jaguars running back tells TMZ Sports he's dropped 15 POUNDS in the past 2 weeks ... and plans to keep it off.

A slimmer, trimmer MJD was out in NYC last night ... and told us why he deserves to be back in the running for top fantasy football RB next season -- and a lot of it has to do with this physique.

Maurice acknowledged that his 2013 season rubbed a lot of fantasy owners the wrong way ... but says, "It's a brand new off-season. Started working out ... I've lost 15 pounds in the last 2 weeks."

You can already see the difference -- it was just last May that MJD was out partying in Florida while smuggling what appeared to be a spare tire under his tank top.

Take THAT, Jenny Craig!

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Tim Tebow

Unemployed In Hawaii

10/14/2013 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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With his NFL career seemingly over, former pro quarterback Tim Tebow hit the beach in Hawaii this weekend ... without his shirt.

Tebow was spotted being oiled up by a woman ... but fear not, his virginity is safe -- the woman is his sister Katie.

There was a buzz that Tebow had a shot with the pathetic Jacksonville Jaguars, but when we asked Jags owner Shahid Kahn about it last week, the guy just laughed it off.

So now, Tebow is focusing on more important things ... his tan.

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Jacksonville Jags Owner

Tebow Can't Save Our Team

... By Himself

10/9/2013 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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Everyone knows the Jacksonville Jaguars SUUUCK ... including owner Shahid Khan, who scoffed at the idea of signing Tim Tebow ... and told us his team needs A WHOLE LOT of good players.

Khan -- one of the richest men in America -- was leaving the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C. yesterday when we asked him if he would consider adding Tebow to his pathetic roster.

Khan's response -- laughter -- followed by, "Ah, we need a lot of good players, OK."

Then, something even more shocking happened -- SHAHID GRABBED A NEWSPAPER.

Apparently, those things still exist.

Maurice Jones-Drew

NO CHARGES

in Alleged Bar Attack

6/25/2013 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL superstar Maurice Jones-Drew will NOT be charged with battery for allegedly socking a security guard in the face during a bar fight in Florida last month ... TMZ has learned.

The State Attorney's Office in Florida announced ... they do not believe they have enough evidence to prove the Jacksonville Jaguars running back committed a crime during the May 26 incident at the Conch House in St. Augustine, FL.

"Based on the evidence, the evidence does not support the charge," a rep for the SA tells TMZ.

We broke the story ... a security guard told police MJD suckerpunched him during a melee ... causing serious damage to his face.  Cops initially identified MJD as a person of interest.

We know the alleged incident was captured on tape ... but clearly, prosecutors didn't feel the footage proved MJD's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

No word if the security guard plans to go after MJD in civil court.

Cops: We Screwed Up

Maurice Jones-Drew Hasn't Been Charged ... Yet

5/28/2013 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0528_mjd_maurice_jones_drew_article_1_gettyThe St. Augustine PD is doing some hardcore backpedaling ... admitting they ACCIDENTALLY told the media Maurice Jones-Drew was charged with battery, when in fact, he hasn't been charged with anything ... yet.

Earlier today, the S.A.P.D. issued a statement to the media ... which stated very clearly, "The [S.A.P.D.] has filed charges of misdemeanor battery against Jacksonville Jaguars player Maurice Jones-Drew  that stemmed from an altercation at the Conch House 'Reggae Sundays.'"

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Now, a rep for the S.A.P.D. tells TMZ ... they screwed up and "misrepresented" the situation.

According to cops ... no charges have been filed against Jones-Drew, however, he IS being investigated for allegedly punching a security guard in the face ... and is a "person of interest."

Cops say Jones-Drew and his attorney are being cooperative with the investigation. After the investigation is complete, we're told the case will be sent to the State Attorney's Office, which will determine if charges will be filed.

Maurice Jones-Drew

Does This Tank Top Make Me Look Fat?

5/28/2013 11:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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TMZ has obtained a photo of Maurice Jones-Drew -- taken hours before his alleged beach bar fight -- and one thing's for sure ... tank tops are not slimming. 

The photo was taken on Sunday May 26th at The Conch House in St. Augustine, FL -- where MJD and some of his friends were partying before MJD allegedly socked a bouncer in the face. 

We broke the story ... the Jacksonville Jaguars running back has been charged with battery stemming from the incident. 

As for MJD's weight -- he's been rehabbing from a foot injury that ended his 2012 season early ... and it seems he's not exactly down to his usual playing shape ... yet.

Maurice Jones-Drew

Charged with Battery

Allegedly Socked Security Guard

5/28/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been charged with battery after allegedly KO'ing a security guard at the Conch House in St. Augustine, FL ... TMZ has learned.

According to the police report obtained by TMZ, MJD is accused of striking the security guard with a closed fist on the guard's left cheek, knocking him out.

According to cops, the punch was intentional.

The incident went down during "Reggae Sundays" at the Conch House restaurant on May 26.

According to the police report, witnesses say ... MJD's buddy was told by security to stop touching a young female. The buddy allegedly "slapped" a security guard on his chest ... and a melee ensued.

One of the security guards reportedly put MJD's friend in a headlock to stop the fight ... and that's when MJD stepped in and clocked the guard.

After the incident, the security guard spoke with police -- and cops noted that the guy's jaw was "swollen a great deal and had a large lump on his jaw bone."

The security guard was hospitalized after the incident -- and doctors found contusions and a bone bruise, but no broken bones.

We reached out to MJD's people for comment -- so far, no word back.

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1:25 PM PT -- The St. Augustine P.D. says they screwed up ... and misinformed the media that MJD had been charged with a crime when, in fact, he has not been charged ... yet.

Cops say MJD is a person of interest -- and officials are still investigating.
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