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Diddy

RICK ROSS SHOULD BUY THE DOLPHINS

'Lemme Know If I Can Help!'

10/10/2014 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Diddy is no dummy ... so when he told us last night that he thinks it's a "great idea" for Rick Ross to buy a piece of the Miami Dolphins, The Boss should probably do it. 

Earlier this week, Rick revealed that he sat down with Dolphins big wigs and talked about owning a piece of the NFL team 

"It was a real positive conversation," Ross said. 

So when we asked Diddy how he felt about it, the hip hop mogul not only gave his blessing ... but asked how he could help make it happen. 

BTW -- Diddy doesn't own a team himself, but has stated in the past that he wants to own a MAJORITY stake in an NFL franchise in the future. 

He's reportedly worth $580 million ... so it ain't exactly out of the picture. 

Incognito to Jonathan Martin

I STILL LOVE YOU

... Please Call Me!

3/24/2014 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0214-richie-incognito-martin-gettyRichie Incognito is begging Jonathan Martin to call him ... telling his former Miami Dolphins teammate that he still "loves" him and wants to bury the hatchet. 

Incognito reached out to Martin on Twitter in the middle of the night -- writing, "Call me on my cell phone. Love you brother. S**t got crazy but we held it together.#callme #family."

Minutes later, he continued, "No hard feelings. Let's just move on."

Martin never responded on Incognito .. at least, not on Twitter. 

Stay tuned ...

Richie Incognito

I'm Out of the Psych Ward!

... and Back on Twitter!

3/18/2014 8:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0228-richie-incognito-tmz-01Richie Incognito is back -- 3 weeks after being admitted to a psychiatric care unit -- and he's already TWEETING AGAIN.

Richie resurfaced on Twitter late Tuesday night ... writing, "I missed you guys. Thanks goes out to my family and friends for the tremendous amount of support."

He added, "I look forward to getting back to work ASAP."

Incognito also said, "It's great to be HOME in Arizona."

We broke the story Richie was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold in AZ back in February after smashing his Ferrari with a baseball bat in front of his Scottsdale home.

Sources close to the situation tell us Richie didn't resist being admitted to the psych ward -- acknowledging that he needed help dealing with all the drama in his life, including the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal and his parents' divorce.

Cecil 'The Diesel' Collins

Ex-LSU Star Dodges Return to Prison

3/17/2014 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former LSU football legend Cecil "the Diesel" Collins just scored a huge victory in court -- the man who once racked up 3,079 yards in a single high school season ... is not going back to prison on a probation violation ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Collins already served 13 and a half years behind bars in Florida for committing a super creepy Miami burglary back in 1999 -- cutting short a promising career with the Miami Dolphins in the process.

Collins admitted breaking into a woman's apartment, but here's the super creepy part ... he said he only did it to watch her sleep.

At the time of the Miami incident ... Collins was already on probation for committing 2 similar crimes in Louisiana -- he was accused of breaking into homes and fondling 2 women -- so prosecutors there wanted to nail him with up to 5 years in prison for violating probation. 

Today a Baton Rouge judge let Collins off with 3 years probation and said he could move back to Florida. He will have to undergo random drug testing and check in regularly with a parole officer.

Sweet dreams, South Florida.

Jimmy Graham & Pierre Garcon

Ballin' it Up with U.S. Soldiers

... In Afghanistan

3/12/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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311_graham_garcon_uso_launch Jimmy Graham only knows one speed -- game speed -- and during a USO trip to Afghanistan last week, he broke out his basketball skills during a 1-on-1 game with a U.S. solider. 

The New Orleans Saints star -- along with Redskins WR Pierre Garcon and Dolphins punter Brandon Fields -- went to the Middle East to visit soldiers in the field. 

"It was an uplifting experience," Garcon tells TMZ Sports ... "It's amazing seeing the work they are doing to protect us."

Garcon says everyone he met was a huge sports fan -- "They were telling us stories about how they wake up at 3am to watch football. And then depending on how their team does, they're in a good mood or bad for the rest of the day."

The gang not only traveled, ate and hung out with the soldiers -- they also tossed around a football in their downtime. 

"This experience for me has truly been life-changing," Graham said in a statement following the trip ... "I grew up in a Military home and this just makes me more of a patriot. I have more of an appreciation for the little things we have back home each and every day."

Miami Dolphins Player

Stop Attacking My GF's Breast-Feeding Pic

3/5/2014 4:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0305_ash3nicole_instagramMiami Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler says his girlfriend is being unfairly attacked over a picture showing her breast-feeding their son ... and now he's calling for people to stop the boob hate, asap.

Wheeler's GF is model Ashley Nicole -- who recently posted a photo showing her son latched on to her right breast inside of their home. She included the caption, "Was on the way out the door but then mommy duty called... Everything stops for him! #breastisbest #natureisbeautiful."

Problem is ... not everyone felt the same way -- and social media erupted with people trashing Nicole for posting the pic in the first place. 

TMZ Sports spoke to Wheeler ... who says, "I wish everybody would just leave it alone" ... adding, "She's a model. She takes pictures for a living."

Wheeler pointed out that Gisele posted a breast-feeding pic back in December -- and was widely praised for it -- and doesn't understand why his GF isn't getting the same love. 

As for the pic, it's still posted on Ashley's Instagram page -- and we're told she has no plans to take it down. 

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Jonathan Martin

Cyber-Bullying Justin Bieber

You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself!

3/5/2014 6:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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File This Under: "Pot Meet Kettle" ... 'cause alleged bullying victim Jonathan Martin went online last night to CYBER-BULLY Justin Bieber ... telling the pop star he's an EMBARRASSMENT. 

Out of the blue, Martin went on Twitter and wrote: "Never be embarrassed of who you are ... Unless you're Justin Bieber."

Obviously, an attempt at a joke ... but not a great move coming from a guy who was just talking to a class about the effects of BULLYING earlier that day.

Also, don't forget ... Martin left the Miami Dolphins claiming several players were picking on him for no reason.  

Martin followed up his tweet with an attempted explanation ... saying, "Don't get it twisted... Biebs is one of the most talented artists out there... He just makes some questionable decisions."

He's not the only one.

Jay Glazer

Incognito Has Real Issues

I'm Glad He Got Help

3/1/2014 7:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL guru Jay Glazer -- the first guy to interview Richie Incognito about the Dolphins bullying scandal -- tells TMZ Sports ... Richie has some serious psychiatric issues and he's glad he's getting help.

Jay was leaving 1Oak nightclub in Hollywood Friday night, when our guy asked if Richie's decision to seek psychiatric help Thursday night was simply a P.R. move to win some sympathy ... but Jay shot that theory right down.

"Richie's got some issues there ... I'm glad he's getting help."

We broke the story ... Incognito initially checked himself into an Arizona psychiatric care center ... but when he tried to leave, people jumped into action and put him on an involuntary hold for his own good.

Richie Incognito

Involuntary Psychiatric Hold

2/28/2014 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0228_incognito_gettyRichie Incognito is being held on an involuntary psychiatric hold ... but HE was the one who initially wanted to get help ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources tell us ... Richie was hanging out with a friend last night -- when they started drinking and talking about all of the drama in Richie's life ... including why he smashed up his Ferrari with a baseball bat. Sources tell us ... Richie has been on the verge of a breakdown from all of the stress connected to the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal AND his parents' divorce. We're told Richie was aware of his situation -- and was wrestling with the idea of seeking psychiatric help for a while ... but was scared because of the frightening "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" imagery connected to a psych ward. We're told Richie got very emotional during the conversation with his friend Thursday night ... and eventually both men decided Incognito should seek immediate psychological help. Problem was ... our sources tell us they realized they were too drunk to drive -- so they called police to ask for a ride to the psychiatric facility. Our sources tell us Richie initially checked himself in to the facility ... but shortly after he arrived, he freaked out and wanted to leave. That's when multiple people sprang into action and secured an involuntary commitment order. The involuntary commitment is on a ticking clock ... and it's unclear if his family will move to get a conservatorship after the involuntary commitment runs its course.

Sources tell us ... Richie was hanging out with a friend last night -- when they started drinking and talking about all of the drama in Richie's life ... including why he smashed up his Ferrari with a baseball bat. 

Sources tell us ... Richie has been on the verge of a breakdown from all of the stress connected to the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal AND his parents' divorce. 

We're told Richie was aware of his situation -- and was wrestling with the idea of seeking psychiatric help for a while ... but was scared because of the frightening "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" imagery connected to a psych ward. 

We're told Richie got very emotional during the conversation with his friend Thursday night ... and eventually both men decided Incognito should seek immediate psychological help. 

Problem was ... our sources tell us they realized they were too drunk to drive -- so they called police to ask for a ride to the psychiatric facility. 

Our sources tell us Richie initially checked himself in to the facility ... but shortly after he arrived, he freaked out and wanted to leave. 

That's when multiple people sprang into action and secured an involuntary commitment order. 

The involuntary commitment is on a ticking clock ... and it's unclear if his family will move to get a conservatorship after the involuntary commitment runs its course.

Richie Incognito

Admitted to Psychiatric Care Center

Family, Friends Concerned

2/28/2014 8:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richie Incognito was admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona late Thursday night ... TMZ Sportshas learned.



Our sources tell us ... Incognito did not voluntarily admit himself and the Scottsdale PD filled out a petition to have Incognito admitted to the facility. 

Scottsdale PD will not comment on the situation due to HIPAA laws (patient privacy rights). 

We're told ... standard operating procedure is that the PD petition requires a detailed description of at least two incidents that show psychiatric instability, however Scottsdale PD has not confirmed this is the case with Incognito. 

We already know Incognito admitted taking a baseball bat to his own Ferrari -- unclear if that incident was listed on the petition. 

Sources connected to the situation tell us ... Incognito didn't resist ... and acknowledges that he needs help dealing with all of the drama in his life. 

Besides being the focus of a 5 month NFL investigation where he's accused of bullying Jonathan Martin, Incognito's parents are also in the middle of a divorce

We're told Incognito is being held at the facility until a bed opens up at a nearby hospital ... where he can undergo an evaluation by a mental health professional. 

We spoke to several people close to Incognito who tell us they've been very concerned about Richie in recent days and were hoping he would get help. 

Story developing ... 

Our sources tell us ... Incognito did not voluntarily admit himself and the Scottsdale PD filled out a petition to have Incognito admitted to the facility. 

Scottsdale PD will not comment on the situation due to HIPAA laws (patient privacy rights). 

We're told ... standard operating procedure is that the PD petition requires a detailed description of at least two incidents that show psychiatric instability, however Scottsdale PD has not confirmed this is the case with Incognito. 

We already know Incognito admitted taking a baseball bat to his own Ferrari -- unclear if that incident was listed on the petition. 

Sources connected to the situation tell us ... Incognito didn't resist ... and acknowledges that he needs help dealing with all of the drama in his life. 

Besides being the focus of a 5 month NFL investigation where he's accused of bullying Jonathan Martin, Incognito's parents are also in the middle of a divorce

We're told Incognito is being held at the facility until a bed opens up at a nearby hospital ... where he can undergo an evaluation by a mental health professional. 

We spoke to several people close to Incognito who tell us they've been very concerned about Richie in recent days and were hoping he would get help. 

Story developing ...

Richie Incognito

On Smashed Ferrari:

'That Was Just Me Venting'

2/28/2014 7:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richie Incognito says he decided to take a baseball bat to his Ferrari to "vent" ... explaining, "That was self expression, that's a piece of art."

Incognito finally talked about the photos posted by TMZ Sports to Fox10 in Phoenix ... and why he wouldn't explain what set him off and triggered him to go all smashy smashy to his ride, he now says he wants to get rid of it.

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"The happiest day of my life was when I got that car and now the second happiest day will be when I donate it to charity."

Richie says he now wants to focus on relaxing ... and taking his father and brother to baseball games.

As for the Ferrari, Incognito says the profits from the sale will be donated to charity ... but so far, he hasn't decided which one he'll donate to.

Richie Incognito

Smashed Ferrari Himself

... Cops Say

2/27/2014 8:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0226_incognito_ferrari_TMZRichie Incognito SMASHED HIS OWN FERRARI with a baseball bat ... at least, that's what he told police this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We broke the story ... neighbor's noticed someone had taken a bat to the front of the Richie's black Ferrari in front of his home in AZ yesterday.  

Now, the Scottsdale Police Department tells us ... they spoke with Richie early this morning and he admitted he took the bat to his own car.

Clearly, Incognito was pissed about something ... but we don't know what set him off.

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

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Richie Incognito

Parents Divorcing

Richie Supports the Whole Family

2/27/2014 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0227_incognito_gettyAs if he didn't have enough going on in his life, Richie Incognito's parents have filed for divorce ... and in docs, his dad claims Richie supports his entire family ... TMZ Sports as learned.

Richie's father filed for divorce in Arizona on October 31, 2013 ... just 3 days after Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins due to Incognito's alleged bullying.

In the court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Richie's dad praises his son for essentially keeping the family afloat for years during extremely hard financial times.

In the docs, Richie's father writes ... "If it was not for the kindness of our son we would have been living in a tent when we lost our home."

In addition to helping out with their living situation, Richie's dad says ... "I have a son at ASU. His tuition is paid by his brother."

The divorce is still in the courts. We reached out to Richie's people for comment -- so far, no word back.

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