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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.”

Miami Dolphins Combing Argentina For New Cheerleaders

3/7/2016 8:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Miami Dolphins are going international to find new talent for the cheerleading squad ... sending a team of scouts south of border ... starting with Argentina.

The team is holding auditions in Buenos Aires Tuesday morning -- and they've sent a couple of current Dolphins cheerleaders as ambassadors, Jessica and Monica. 

After B.A., the scouts will hit Rio, Mexico City and Bogota.

Don't worry Americans, there will also be a tryout in Miami. 

Buena suerte ...

Mercury Morris Props to Panthers ... But You're No '72 Dolphins

12/8/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1207-mercury-morris-panthers-GETTY-01TMZ Sports asked Mercury Morris -- the mouthpiece of the '72 Miami Dolphins -- how he felt about the Carolina Panthers making a run at an undefeated season. His response:  

"Go ask the Patriots how difficult it is to do it and how they feel about some little kid in Guatemala wearing those perfect 19-0 Super Bowl tees."

The 68-year-old running back says he's impressed with Cam Newton and company, but says at the end of the day -- it only gets harder from here. 

"I have to take my hat off to them. It's not easy to get 12 wins," Morris says. 

However, Mercury warns that a "ton of teams" have made it to 12 only to lose at game 13. "The Broncos did it, Colts and the Saints a few years back."

"Let [the Panthers] get past that jinx of the 13th game and then come ask me again if I think they will have a perfect season."

Still, Morris says even if they run the table, they'll always play second fiddle to the '72 Fins. 

"Do you know the second biggest canyon in the U.S.? No, because everyone only knows about the Grand Canyon. No one cares about the second to do anything." 

For the record, it's Palo Duro Canyon in Texas

Gloria Estefan Dolphins Part-Owner Calls Out Team ... How Bout a Win?!

11/24/2015 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

You know things are bad when your celebrity minority owner is begging her team for a VICTORY for her Xmas present. 

That's what happened when we ran into Gloria Estefan in D.C. Monday. Of course, Gloria owns a piece of the Miami Dolphins ... who've lost 3 out of their last 4 games. 

We brought up NY Giants owner Steve Tisch -- who recently told us he drops $30k per player when it comes to team gifts -- and asked if she plans to follow suit. 

Short answer -- no. 

In fact, she's calling out the team ... saying THEY need to play Santa Claus and deliver some damn wins down the chimney. 

Rick Ross Pumped For Miami Dolphins Thank God We Fired Coach!

10/6/2015 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Boss is pleased ... with Rick Ross telling TMZ Sports he's THRILLED the Miami Dolphins axed head coach Joe Philbin -- because now things are finally looking up for his favorite NFL team. 

Ross isn't just a HUUUUGE Dolphins fan -- he also says he's still VERY interested in buying 5% of the team ... something he's been trying to do for the past year. 

So, when we saw him out in NYC Tuesday, we had to ask about the change of the guard this week -- and Ross made it clear, he doesn't think it can get any worse! 

BONUS -- During the clip, Rick totally makes our camera guy his bitch! Good times ... 

Irving Fryar Star NFL Teammate Concerned Over Prison Sentence

10/3/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1002_keith-jackson_irving_fryer_gettyAt least one of Irving Fryar's old teammates still has his back -- ex-Miami Dolphins star Keith Jackson ... who says he believes Fryar is a good person at heart and is very concerned that he'll be spending the next 5 years in prison. 

Jackson tells TMZ Sports ... he's remained friends with Fryar ever since they played together back in the '90s -- "That's my boy. I love him like a brother."

As we previously reported, Fryar was sentenced to 5 years behind bars this week for bilking people out of $1.2 MILLION in a mortgage fraud scheme. 

"I'm concerned," Jackson says about the sentence ... "It's not good."

Jackson says he has a hard time accepting that his friend is now a convicted criminal ... but he's refusing to turn his back on Fryar. 

"I'm still with him. I'm standing with him. It's hard for me to believe he did this... he was always a trustworthy, good person."

'Ninja Warrior' Star Joey Porter Got Me Cut From NFL Team

9/10/2015 11:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Ninja Warrior" star Akbar Gbaja-Biamila may have Joey Porter to thank for his budding TV career -- 'cause AGB says it's because of Porter his NFL career was cut short!!!  

It's a pretty funny story ... Akbar was a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins in 2007 -- when he claims he was supposed to sub in for Porter for a specific 3rd down defensive package. 

Problem is ... Porter REFUSED to the leave the field -- and the ref threw a flag for too many guys on defense. But because JP was such a high-profile, high paid guy at the time ... Akbar was the one who paid the price. 

You gotta watch the clip ... it's pretty funny the way Akbar tells the story. 

And don't feel too bad for Akbar -- star of one of the biggest shows on TV -- things seemed to have worked out ... 

Ex-NFL Star Will Allen Alleged Ponzi Schemer Blew Fortune In Casino, Nightclubs

4/7/2015 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen is a mini-Bernie Madoff ... so says the SEC which claims the ex-NFL player ran a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme and blew some of the cash in clubs and casinos. 

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Allen -- who signed a $12 million contract with the Dolphins in 2006 -- was a co-owner of Capital Financial Partners, which made loans to pro athletes. 

The SEC says 36-year-old Allen and his partner raised $31 million from investors but only loaned out $18 mil ... and used some of the remaining money to PARTY THEIR ASSES OFF! 

Now, the government agency is going after Allen and his partner for all of the money they allegedly stole -- plus interest and penalties. 

FYI -- Allen was a 1st round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft ... and played in the league until 2012. 

Story developing ... 

Rick Ross I'm Still Gunning for Dolphins Ownership

2/26/2015 3:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rick Ross says he still wants to be Tha Boss of the Miami Dolphins ... telling TMZ Sports he "can't wait" for team officials to invite him to become a minority owner. 

As we previously reported, Ross met with the Dolphins last year -- and said he was willing and able to buy a piece of the team ... just like Serena Williams, Gloria Estefan and others. 

But the hold up is the Dolphins ... who ultimately decide which rich people they'll "invite" into the ownership group and when to invite them.

So, when we saw Ross out in NYC Wednesday night, we had to ask if he was still into the idea ... or if all of the waiting had turned him off. 

Check out the clip ... it's clear Ross is willing to be patient to get what he wants. 

BONUS -- Ross also screws with our photog ... and it's pretty funny. 

Ex-Dolphins Player Boat Suffered $70k In Damages After NFL Player Fell Overboard

2/18/2015 3:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0218-robert-konrad-getty-02The ex-NFL player who fell overboard during a fishing trip and swam 9 MILES to shore finally got his boat back -- but officials say it suffered roughly $70,000 in damages after crashing on a beach.  

You know the story ... 38-year-old Rob Konrad says he lost his footing and fell off his boat in the middle of the ocean back in January ... and was forced to swim about 16 hours to shore. 

The boat -- which was on autopilot at the time -- eventually crashed in the Grand Bahama Island near an area called "Deadman's Reef" ... and sustained major damage in the process.  


Here's a summary of the damages, according to the incident report, obtained by TMZ Sports: 

-- Damage to the gel coat and fiberglass on the bottom and side rails
-- Damage  to the gear cases on both motors along with the skegs 
-- Stress fractures on the top frame  
-- Damaged windows  

Note -- Konrad is submitting the damages to his insurance company.  

Ex-Dolphins Player Rob Konrad 'Circled By A Shark' During Frightening 9 Mile Swim

1/12/2015 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0112-robert-konrad-twitter-02Former Miami Dolphins player Rob Konrad says he was bitten by several jellyfish and circled by a shark during his incredible 9-mile swim to shore after he fell off a fishing boat last week. 

38-year-old Konrad and his family just spoke with the media in Miami ... and while fighting back tears, he explained how he found the mental and physical strength to make the 16 hour swim. 

"I have 2 beautiful daughters. I was hitting that shore," Konrad says. 

Konrad says he saw boats in the water -- but the boats didn't see him -- so, "I had to get my mind right."

As for the shark, Konrad says it circled him in the water, but never attacked. Konrad said it was nothing short of a miracle. 

When he finally got near the beach, Konrad says he could hear the waves crashing on the shore -- "It was a beautiful sound."

Ex-Miami Dolphins Player I Fell Overboard While Catching a Fish

1/9/2015 11:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Miami Dolphins player Robert Konrad told police he fell off his boat when he lost his footing while catching a fish late Wednesday night ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

TMZ Sports has obtained the police report taken by Palm Beach PD after Konrad swam 9 miles to shore ... and the 38-year-old explained that he "had hooked up a fish when he lost his footing and fell overboard."

There's more ... the report says when Konrad reached land, he approached an officer who was working a security detail around 4:42 AM... while wearing only "jockey shore underwear."

Emergency responders were called to the scene to treat the former NFL player -- who was then transported to a nearby hospital.  

As we previously reported, Konrad's boat was eventually recovered as well. He has since been released from the hospital.

Ex-Miami Dolphins Player RUNAWAY BOAT RECOVERED ... In Insane Survival Saga

1/9/2015 10:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0109-rob-konrad-getty-01Authorities tell TMZ Sports ... they have recovered the fishing boat that was carrying former Miami Dolphins player Robert Konrad -- the guy who miraculously swam 9 miles to shore. 

The story is insane ... 38-year-old Konrad was knocked out of his boat off the coast of Florida -- and the boat, which was on autopilot, drifted away from him. Konrad spent between 10 and 12 hours swimming back to shore.

Now, the Coast Guard tells us they have found the boat -- which finally washed ashore on the Grand Bahamas Island. 

As for Konrad, he was hospitalized for hypothermia ... but has since been released. 

No word on if he plans to keep the boat.

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