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KC Star Eric Berry

Diagnosed With

Hodgkin's Lymphoma

12/8/2014 1:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1208_eric_berry_gettyKansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which his doctors have described as "very treatable and potentially curable" through chemotherapy. 

Dr. Christopher Flowers, a lymphoma specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, said in a statement, "The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now."

Berry said through a statement, "My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes."

He continued, "I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I’m praying for you and keep fighting!"

KC Chiefs Star Eric Berry

Team Doctors Believe

He Has Lymphoma

11/24/2014 2:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1124-eric-berry-getty-01Kansas City Chiefs star safety Eric Berry has been placed on the non-football injury list after doctors discovered a mass on the right side of his chest ... which they believe to be lymphoma.

Berry is expected to go to Emory University hospital for further evaluation.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of the situation, "Right now, he needs to be a beast. He'll attack this."

Berry released a statement, saying, "I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom. At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent."

He added, "I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!"

Tony Gonzalez

I DON'T WANNA COACH

'Waste Of My Time'

11/4/2014 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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110414_tony_gonzalez_launchBill Cowher did it. So did Herm Edwards and Jim Harbaugh ... but Tony Gonzalez says there's NO CHANCE he's gonna join that gang as the next NFL player-turned-coach.

The future Hall of Famer -- who still gets calls from NFL teams to come back and play -- arrived at LAX yesterday when we asked if he had gotten any calls to COACH as well.

Tony's response is classic ... and he makes it clear his future's on a set or in the broadcast booth -- not on the sidelines.

NFL Star Brandon Flowers

I 'HEAR' the Best Strip Clubs Are ...

2/27/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0226_Brandon-Flowers_stripclub_compositeCheck this out ... TMZ Sports recently asked Kansas City Chiefs defensive stud Brandon Flowers to name his Top 3 favorite strip clubs in the country.

But since Brandon says strip clubs are "kind of frowned upon in the NFL," he agreed to tell us about the one he "hears" about the most instead.

So, here's Brandon's official Strip Club Breakdown:

1) Onyx in Atlanta -- "I heard that one's pretty good"

2) Tootsies in Miami -- "I heard Tootsies has the best lobster tail and rice on earth."

3) 11 in Miami -- "It's a new club that's supposed to be pretty good so I'm looking forward to 'hearing' about that one."

Brandon says he usually only "hears" about Florida strip clubs ... and says, "If anyone has any suggestions, please tweet me ... I'd love to 'hear' about it."

KC Chiefs Star Eric Berry

'I Threw a Tantrum' After Playoff Loss

Then I Hit the Beach!

2/9/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Nothing takes the sting out of a brutal playoff loss like week on the beach on the beach ... so says Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who tells us he went straight to the tropics after KC's devastating 1st round defeat to the Colts. 

"I threw a tantrum for about a week then went to Hawaii with my loved ones," Berry says. 

We're told the 25-year-old Pro Bowler took roughly 15 family members on the trip to help him get over the bitter end to the 2013 season. 

But what really put him in a good mood is when he found out his little brothers (who happen to be twins) accepted football scholarships to the University of Tennessee ... where he and his father played their college ball. 

"It's one of those feeling that's hard to translate into words. Just seeing the twins grow up into the young men they are makes the whole family proud."

He continued, "Pops always talks to us about doing something great, leaving our mark and creating a legacy. They're handling their end of it very well."

Chiefs QB Alex Smith

Still Getting Screwed in SF

Takes Massive Real Estate Loss

2/7/2014 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chiefs QB Alex Smith is so desperate to put his 8 years in San Fran behind him ... he just slashed a cool $300K off the asking price on his CA mansion, TMZ Sports has learned.

Smith originally listed the 5,650 sq ft, Los Gatos home for $3.25 mil -- after getting traded to the Chiefs last year ... but now he's settling on $2.95 mil in a last ditch effort to unload the place.

The 4 bedroom, 4 bath crib includes a massive 1,200 sq ft master bedroom ... and sits on a shaded hilltop an hour south of soon-to-be demolished Candlestick Park.

Here's what's inside -- high vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and huge windows with amazing views. What's NOT inside? A Lombardi Trophy, cause y'know ...

Fun Fact: Our friends at Realtor.com tell us there are now two CA homes on the market owned by former No. 1 picks. Ex-Texans star David Carr is also trying to unload his Bakersfield mansion for $2.8 mil.

Ex-NFL Star Larry Johnson

I'm a STRIP CLUB DJ Now!

10/7/2013 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1004_larry_johnson_getty2Ex-Kansas City Chiefs superstar running back Larry Johnson no longer plays football ... but he DOES play strip clubs ... as a guest DJ ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple TMZ strip club sources ... yeah, we got those (a lot of those) ... tell us Johnson has been spotted manning the DJ booth at Tootsie's Cabaret in Miami several times this year.

We're told Johnson isn't the main DJ -- but every now and then, he'll take over the booth for a quick guest set ... and the crowd loves it.

For the record, Tootsie's is HUGE with pro athletes ... like Aaron Hernandez who allegedly shot his friend in the face after patronizing the club back in February. Good times ...

We called the Cabaret for comment on the DJ situation -- but unlike their dancers, management was tight-lipped.

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Jovan Belcher's Baby

Custody Decided After

NFL Player's Murder-Suicide

6/20/2013 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0620_jevon_belcher_article_gettyIt's been 7 months since Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then shot himself ... but now a judge has finally decided who will get custody of the NFL player's 9-month-old daughter.

A probate judge in Missouri has appointed Sophie D. Perkins as the legal guardian of Zoey Michelle Belcher.  Perkins is Zoey's first cousin (once removed) on her mother's side.

Zoey's mother -- Kasandra Perkins-- was shot to death by Belcher on December 1st, 2012. Belcher then drove to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City ... where he killed himself.

Jovan's mother had tried to obtain custody of the child -- but the judge clearly felt Perkins was the better choice.

According to court docs, Zoey will inherit Jovan's estate -- which has been valued at $799,119.85. She's also reportedly set to receive at least $1,000,000 from the NFL ... plus $1.2 million from a life insurance policy.

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Jovan Belcher's Coach

Pled with NFL Player

'You're Taking the Easy Way Out'

12/18/2012 9:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel begged Jovan Belcher to put down his handgun and not kill himself during a tense standoff on December 1st ... telling the player, "You're taking the easy way out."

The Kansas City PD just released new documents from the murder/suicide investigation ... in which witnesses describe the sad moments before the NFL linebacker shot himself in the head.

Belcher had driven to the Chiefs practice facility after shooting the mother of his child Kasandra Perkins at their home ... and, while carrying a handgun, had a conversation with Chiefs GM Scott Pioli in the parking lot.

According to witnesses, Belcher told Pioli ... "I'm sorry Scott, I've done a bad thing to my girlfriend already. I want to talk with Gibbs and Romeo."

He continued, "You know that I've been having some major problems at home and with my girlfriend. I need help! I wasn't able to get enough help. I appreciate everything you all have done for me with trying to help ... but it wasn't enough. I have hurt my girl already and I can't go back now."

According to witnesses, Crennel arrived to the parking lot and pled with Belcher to put the gun down ... saying, "You're taking the easy way out."

Crennel told cops Jovan briefly lowered the gun to chamber a round, then he blessed himself by making a cross sign on his chest ... and then he fired one shot into his head, killing himself.

During the investigation, witnesses -- including Crennel -- told police that Belcher and his girlfriend had been arguing about money.

In the report, cops say, "[Crennel] stated that he got the impression that Ms. Perkins wanted to live a better life and expected to live a better life because she was with an NFL player."

Crennel also told cops Jovan was "smart with his money and didn't live outside his means."

Then again, he was driving a Bentley on the day of the murder.

Jovan Belcher

KC Chiefs Bankrolling

Player's Funeral

12/7/2012 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Kansas City Chiefs organization is paying for Jovan Belcher's funeral arrangements ... and has offered financial assistance to Kasandra Perkins' family as well ... TMZ has learned.

Sources directly involved with the situation tell us ... the Chiefs have made it clear they don't want either family to be stuck with the massive bills stemming from the funerals or memorial services.

We're told members of Belcher's family -- which now has custody of the couple's orphaned newborn baby --  graciously accepted the offer ... and the team will cover all of the costs of Belcher's memorial in KC and funeral in NY.

It's unclear if Perkins' family has accepted the offer as well.

When called for comment, a rep for the Chiefs told us, "We are assisting both families with arrangements ... We just prefer not to get into specifics of what we are doing or have done."

Calls to the Belcher and Perkins families have not been returned.

Jovan Belcher 911

'I Don't Know How Many Times He Shot Her'

12/5/2012 5:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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's mother frantically called 911 moments after the Kansas City Chiefs football player shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins multiple times Saturday morning ... pleading with the operator to send help ASAP while Jovan's newborn baby cried hysterically in the background. 

During the call, Jovan's mother told the operator "Oh my God. Oh my God, Cassie ... The baby is crying ... get the ambulance here please!"

She continued "She is still breathing but barely. Please hurry. I don't know how many times he shot her. They were arguing."

The 911 operator asked if Kasandra was bleeding -- Belcher's mother replied, "Yes she is."

Kasandra was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

As for Belcher, he drove to the Kansas City Chiefs football facility at Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself in the head in front of team staff.

The baby is now in the custody of Belcher's mother.

Jovan Belcher's Family

'We're Overwhelmed with Sadness & Confusion'

12/3/2012 11:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jovan Belcher's family tells TMZ ... they are desperately trying to understand why the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker snapped this weekend ... and are praying for the family of the woman he killed. 
 
As we previously reported, Belcher shot himself at the Chiefs facility in KC early Saturday morning after murdering Kasandra Perkins -- the mother of his newborn baby daughter.

Now, Belcher's family has issued a statement to TMZ ... saying, "As a family, no words can express the sorrow we feel over the loss of Jovan and Kasandra."

"The impact that this inconceivable tragedy has had on our heart is immeasurable; we are overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion. " 

"Jovan was our son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, grandson, and friend and we will miss him and Kasandra dearly.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perkins family as they mourn.

We loved Jovan.  His kindness, humility, respect and gratitude for family and friends were steadfast.  The man we know and loved for 25 years embraced life and excelled at all he put his energy behind.  Jovan was overjoyed when Kasandra gave birth to their daughter, Zoey. 

He was happy to be a new father both he and Kasandra loved Zoey greatly.  The immense outpouring of sympathy and support from Jovan’s friends, teammates, coaches and fans have been a reflection of the impact he had on so many people.  Like them, we will cherish the wonderful memories we have of Jovan and we pray that those memories will bring us peace as we grapple to understand the unpredictable and tragic ending of his life and the life of Kasandra Perkins.  

As we attempt to grieve in the aftermath of this tremendous loss we ask that you please respect our privacy in doing so.  Only GOD can mend our hearts."

Kansas City Chiefs

Victorious the Day After

Jovan Belcher Tragedy

12/2/2012 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1202_CHEIFS_GAMEJust one day after linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Carolina Panthers, 27-21. 

Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and Jamaal Charles added 127 yards on the ground in the victory ... which is just the second of the season for the Chiefs.

Early Saturday morning, Belcher shot his girlfriend at their home, then drove to the team facility and thanked team personnel before he shot himself.

Belcher was 25.

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