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NFL Linebacker Allegedly Strikes Woman ... After Phone Number Diss

6/27/2016 9:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta allegedly shoved a woman in the face -- sending her into a glass window -- after she refused to give him her number ... this according to the police report. 

Skuta -- 6'3", 250 lbs -- was arrested in Orlando on June 19th around 2 AM for misdemeanor battery. 

Now, we've learned the alleged victim is a woman who claims all she did was turn down his advances. 

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports ... Skuta allegedly approached the woman and began flirting with her. 

"When Skuta asked for [victim's] phone number where she told him no, a verbal altercation ensued between the two."

"The altercation turned physical when Skuta pushed victim's face with an open hand which caused the back of her head to hit a glass window."

The victim refused medical treatment. 

Cops say they believe Skuta was intoxicated at the time of the incident. 

He has since pled not guilty -- and is due back in court in July. 

NFL, Bucs, Jaguars & Dolphins Donate $400k To Orlando Shooting Victims

6/24/2016 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The NFL and its 3 Florida-based teams are opening their wallets to help those affected by the Orlando shooting -- donating $400k to help recovering survivors and families of victims.

The Dolphins, Jaguars, and Buccaneers -- along with NFL commish Roger Goodell -- announced they came together to contribute the money to the OneOrlando Fund, which was formed by Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer. 

The fund was specifically created to provide support to the victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families. 

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross issued a statement saying, "We are united with the NFL, the Jaguars, and the Buccaneers in making this commitment to the OneOrlando Fund."

"We give our heartfelt condolences to those impacted by this horrific act and are hopeful that these donations help in their time of need.”

Dante Fowler The Full Fight Video

2/24/2016 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Here is the full Dante Fowler fight video -- which shows the moment the NFL player decides he's seen enough ... and physically intervenes to end the brawl between his GF and his baby mama.

The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end has already apologized for his role in the violent incident -- saying all three people involved are dealing with the matter "as a family."

The NFL and the Jaguars have both said they are continuing to investigate the incident. 

Dante Fowler Breaks Silence On Fight Video I Am Embarrassed & Apologize

2/23/2016 12:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0223-dante-fowler-GETTY-02Dante Fowler says he is "embarrassed" over the TMZ Sports video showing him refereeing a fight between his baby mama and his girlfriend ... saying he has "apologized for my actions to everyone involved."

Here's his statement in full:

"I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions to everyone involved."

"As a family, we have been dealing with this moment and the conflict that led to it since this occurred."

"The video surfacing is a sad reminder that emotions got the best of all of us. I take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happened."

The Jaguars have also issued a statement saying, "Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video being released and was embarrassed and remorseful."

"Violence of this type against others is unacceptable in our society and to our organization. We will continue to look into the incident while offering resources and providing support to Dante and his family to help them through this private matter."

NFL's Dante Fowler REFS BABY MAMA BRAWL ... Insane Video

2/23/2016 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NFL star Dante Fowler -- the 3rd pick in the '15 Draft -- played the role of referee as the mother of his child brawled with another woman at a FL apartment complex ... and TMZ Sports has the video. 

It all went down on February 1st around 10 PM -- when 21-year-old Fowler arrived to the complex with a woman believed to be his girlfriend ... who confronted Fowler's baby mama in a common area in front of an elevator. 

Fowler (a 6'3" 260 pound defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars) gets between the two women -- but instead of breaking it up ... he steps back and uses his arm to signal for the fight to begin. 

What ensues is pure violence ... with the women wailing on each other as Fowler oversees the action. 

Once Fowler decides he's seen enough, he grabs his baby mama and throws her off the other lady ... ending the fight. 

He then hits the elevator button ... and leaves with the other woman. 

We've reached out to everybody involved to find out what the hell happened ... so far, no one is talking. 

We've also reached out to police who tell us they were not called to the scene, and no reports were filed. 

We'll have more info and footage of the fight on "TMZ Sports" Tuesday night on FS1 at 9 PM PT, 12 AM ET. 

Marcedes Lewis Blake Bortles Will Be EPIC ... Just Give Him Time

1/30/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Watch out NFL ... the Blake Bortles era is coming ... that's according to Blake's Jacksonville Jaguars teammate, Marcedes Lewis, who says the young QB could have a Brady-esque future.

Marcedes was out in L.A. when we asked him about Jags fans who aren't quite sold on Bortles yet ... despite the 35 freakin' TD passes Bortles put up in his second season.

Check out the clip -- Lewis clearly thinks Jackonville has found its QB of the future as long as the fan base can pull a Guns 'N Roses ... and have a little patience.

Alright ... there's your super public, veteran endorsement, kid ... don't blow it.

Marcedes Lewis Don't Suspend Tom Brady ... He's 'America's Child'

5/10/2015 3:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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


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. 


Jaguars Lineman: Lady Ref Is A Publicity Stunt ... Just Like Michael Sam

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


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
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
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
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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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