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Vikings' Latavius Murray Draft Me In Fantasy ... You Won't Regret It!

6/19/2017 12:35 AM PDT

First things first ... Latavius Murray says he's NOT replacing Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. You can't replace a legend. 

That said, LM says if you get the chance to draft him in your fantasy league ... DO IT!!!! 

The Vikings running back tells TMZ Sports he's fired up to get on the field with his new squad -- and promises to be your secret weapon when it comes to punishing your FF opponents. 

"Draft me man ... 'cause I'm a guy that has a nose for the end zone and I'm gonna continue to do that and do all I can to put them points on the board!"


Latavius also has some thoughts on his former squad, the Oakland Raiders, moving to Vegas -- and explains why he's not worried one bit. 

Michael Floyd Blames Booze Test On Late Night Kombucha Binge

6/16/2017 3:20 PM PDT
Breaking News

Michael Floyd wants you to believe that he failed his alcohol test after a long night of watching movies and pounding kombucha tea ... and NOT because he was drinking booze.

The Minnesota Vikings WR issued a statement through his agent explaining why at least 4 of his breath tests were flagged for alcohol ... despite the fact he was ordered by the judge to refrain from taking a single sip while under house arrest.

Here's the explanation from his agent:

"On June 10, 2017, Michael watched movies at his place of residence until 3:00 a.m. During that time, he drank several bottles of kombucha tea drinks, unaware that the drinks contain alcohol."

"On June 11, 2017 at 5:30 a.m., Michael was tested and his blood alcohol content was .055. Michael was tested again at 5:54 a.m. and his blood alcohol content was down to .045. Michael was tested again at 6:23 a.m. and his blood alcohol content was .044. He then went back to sleep and missed a test at 6:33 a.m."

As we previously reported, kombucha is a fermented tea that contains a small amount of alcohol -- typically the same or less than a non-alcoholic beer. 

The story seems fishy ... a late-night binge fueled by tea? It's possible. We'll see if the judge buys it when he appears in court on June 26. 

Michael Floyd Tests Positive for Alcohol ... During House Arrest

6/16/2017 8:50 AM PDT

Bad news for Michael Floyd ... the Minnesota Vikings WR tested positive for alcohol during his house arrest this week, TMZ Sports has learned -- and it could mean jail time for the NFL star. 

A rep for the Scottsdale City Court confirms ... Floyd's alcohol monitoring system flagged 5 events during June 11th and 12th. At least three of the events were described to us as "high alcohol tests."

Floyd is not supposed to have a single drop of booze while on house arrest, as part of the sentencing in his Arizona DUI arrest from Dec. 2016, when he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car

As we previously reported, Floyd begged the court to remove his alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet because it would hinder him from playing football. The judge granted the request but ordered Floyd to undergo random breath tests. 

A court rep tells us Floyd blamed the positive tests on Kombucha -- a fermented tea that contains a very low amount of alcohol. Typically, Kombucha contains equal or less alcohol than a non-alcoholic beer. 

The issue for Floyd ... his alcohol tests all came back showing a B.A.C. of between .044 and .055, which would be hard to do on Kombucha alone. He also skipped one of his breath tests altogether. 

If the court rules he violated the terms of his house arrest, Floyd could be ordered back to jail. 

He's due back in court on June 26th.  We reached out to Floyd's camp for comment. So far, no word back. 

10:33 AM PT -- Floyd denies any wrongdoing saying, "Totally false. The whole thing is false."

Despite his claims, the Scottsdale City Court records show he's due in court on June 26th for an "Order to Show Cause" hearing. 

And furthermore, Floyd's house arrest was scheduled to end Friday -- but in light of the flagged tests, he will remain on house arrest at least until the June 26 hearing, so says a rep for Scottsdale City Court. 

9:44 AM PT -- The Minnesota Vikings released a statement, saying "We are aware of the situation involving Michael Floyd and are looking into the matter. We are still gathering facts and will withhold any further comment at this time."

Latavius Murray: I Won't Wear #28 On Vikings ... Too Much Respect for AP

3/16/2017 8:18 AM PDT
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Latavius Murray -- who just signed with the Vikings -- says he will NOT continue to wear #28 on his new team ... because he doesn't want to disrespect Adrian Peterson

The former Oakland Raiders running back has been rocking #28 on previous teams for years ... saying he was initially inspired by Jags RB Fred Taylor

But now that he's rockin' the purple, he's changing things up. Here's his explanation: 

"There wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28. I have too much respect for AP and so much respect for what he's done and what he means to this organization."

"Many people don't know, but I wore the #28 as a kid because of Fred Taylor who played for the Jaguars at the time. When AP came onto the scene and Fred retired, he was my reason for keeping #28."

"I want to say to Vikings fans: I'm not here to replace #28, he's irreplaceable. I'm not here to be #28, there's no one like him. I ask that you accept me for the player I am and know that I'm here to give you all I got and to win."

As for Peterson, he has yet to sign with a new team. Oakland's got an opening though ...  

Fetty Wap Hey Mike Zimmer ... I'll Be Your One-Eyed Mentor!

12/22/2016 6:10 AM PST

With Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer gearing up for his 5th surgery on his right eye ... Fetty Wap is offering the guy some ocular advice about how to get through life with one less peeper. 

Of course, Fetty ain't shy about only having one eyeball -- he lost the other to congenital glaucoma as a young boy -- and with a detached retina threatening Zimmer's right eye, Wap wants to help out. 

"Tell him to come holla at me. I'll show him how to get right with one eye!"

By the way, Fetty says his eye issues haven't held him back at all -- telling TMZ Sports he can still play football ... as long as he's on the left side of the field! 

Nick Swardson Advice For Adrian Peterson ... Shut It Down, Bro

12/21/2016 10:45 AM PST

Minnesota Vikings super fan Nick Swardson is giving some free advice to Adrian Peterson ... shut it down ... take it easy ... as in DON'T PLAY AGAIN THIS SEASON, DUDE.

We got Swardson out at The Grove and asked him about all things Vikings and he hit our camera guy with two things ...

1. The Vikings have no earthly chance of making the playoffs.

2. Adrian Peterson needs to ditch his comeback plans this year ... and take a load off while chilling in Hawaii.

Check it out ... Nick also tells us why he REALLY wanted the Vikes to draft Johnny Manziel ... and it's a really solid reason.

Minnesota Vikings' Anthony Barr Secret To Our Dominant Defense? We're Gettin' Help From PRINCE!!

10/17/2016 12:40 AM PDT

Vikings star Anthony Barr says Minnesota's M.V.P. may NOT be on the field ... it might be the big guy above ... ya know, Prince!!

TMZ Sports ran into Barr last week at LAX ... and had to ask him whether he thought the undefeated Vikings were getting outside help from the late pop icon and Minnesota native.

Barr -- who says the Vikings dominant defense could go down in history as the best of all-time -- gives a great answer.

The Vikings didn't play this weekend ... so A.B. also breaks down his plans for his mini vacay in L.A.

Check out the clip!

NFL's Kyle Rudolph Wife Gives Birth ... TWINS!!!

10/5/2016 6:27 AM PDT
Breaking News

Kyle Rudolph's stellar season just got even better -- his wife just gave birth to twins!!! 

Jordan Rudolph delivered Andersyn and Finley late Tueday night -- and the Minnesota Vikings tight end is pumped!! 

In fact, he was right there by her side for the whole delivery -- which is awesome considering it's the middle of the NFL season ... and Kyle's job has serious travel demands. 

But everything worked out -- Rudolph says the kids are "happy and healthy."

"Thank you to everyone including family, friends, teammates, coaches and Vikings fans for all your support and well wishes!"


Adrian Peterson Dr. Oz Breaks Down Injury He'll Be Out This Long...

9/22/2016 9:40 AM PDT

Dr. Oz has a message for Adrian Peterson ... even though you might be able to come back this season, it's not necessarily the best idea for your long-term health.

Ya gotta check out this clip ... Dr. Oz breaks down Adrian Peterson's torn meniscus knee injury ... demonstrating how it got hurt, and most importantly, how doctors will fix it.

It's good news, bad news for A.P. and the Vikes ... 'cause Oz says although he might be ready to ball in 3 months, if the team wants a healthy Peterson down the road ... sitting out the season makes sense.

Just a heads-up, this video may make your knees hurt.

Vikings Ronnie Hillman 'Not Replacing Adrian Peterson' ... 'I'm Gonna Be Me'

9/21/2016 10:48 AM PDT

Ronnie Hillman's NOT going to the Vikings to fill the shoes of future HOFer Adrian Peterson ... he's goin' to help them win a Super Bowl, the newly signed RB tells TMZ Sports.

We talked to Hillman -- who was signed in the wake of reports that Peterson needs surgery and could miss the rest of the season -- about stepping in for one of the greatest backs of all-time.

"I'm not here to replace anyone. I'm just here to be me," Hillman told us. "I'm excited. It's a fresh start for me. I'm here to do whatever they ask me to do. Run, catch. Whatever I can."

Hillman -- who hasn't played a down of football this season -- says he's not thinking about whether he'll strap 'em up this week in Carolina ... 'cause his full concentration's on mastering the Vikings playbook.

As for joining a squad with Super Bowl aspirations ... R.H. says that was one of the main things that attracted him to the Vikes.

"It's always good to play on a team that wants to win the Super Bowl. Everyone works hard."

Vikings Star Kyle Rudolph We're Not Screwed ... Thanks To Sam Bradford

9/7/2016 9:35 AM PDT

Great news, Vikings fans, the season ain't totally doomed with Teddy Bridgewater on the shelf, 'cause new QB Sam Bradford's already lightin' it up.

TMZ Sports spoke to Pro Bowl TE Kyle Rudolph, who says only a few practices in, it's already clear, "why [Bradford's] a former Heisman trophy winner and a first overall pick."

So, what's been S.B.'s biggest issue in Minnesota? Learning a fat NFL playbook in such a short time.

"It's a steep learning curve when you come into a new offense and you have a new playbook, so his head was spinning a little early. Each and everyday, things have slowed down for him."

Check out the clip!

If you're more Fighting Irish than Viking ... Kyle's part of a dope package that includes ND football tix, a private jet, his old off-campus pad!

Joe Theismann Teddy Bridgewater Will Be Back Trust Me, I Know Leg Injuries

8/31/2016 1:00 PM PDT

Teddy Bridgewater WILL BE BACK under center in an NFL game ... so says former star QB Joe Theismann -- who sustained possibly the most gruesome sports injury of all time.

TMZ Sports spoke to the former Redskins signal caller -- who had his career ended after Lawrence Taylor snapped his leg back in '85 -- about Bridgewater's prospects of returning to the league after dislocating his knee and tearing his ACL at practice Tuesday.

Good news, Vikings fans ... Theismann says he fully expects T.B. will be the starting QB for Minnesota next season. But the question is, does Joe think Teddy will ever be the same player?

Check out the video.

Adrian Peterson I'm Gunning for Rushing Record ... 'That's My Goal'

6/28/2016 6:24 AM PDT

Adrian Peterson says he ain't ready to retire anytime soon -- telling TMZ Sports he's got his sights set on breaking the rushing record in 2016.  

The Minnesota Vikings running back was leaving The Argyle with a buddy when we asked about a recent interview in which 31-year-old AP discussed how much longer he'd like to play in the NFL. 

When our guy asked if there was a chance he'd hang it up before the season starts, Peterson quickly shut him down -- and told us he expects nothing short of another spectacular season. 

Moral of the story -- get Peterson on your fantasy team ... even if it's a keeper league. 

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