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Adrian Peterson Pump Up Message to Vikings ... 'No Regrets!'

1/20/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

He's a legend in Minnesota ... and that's why Adrian Peterson was all about giving his former team a pump-up speech before the NFC Championship game! 

The NFL superstar spoke with TMZ Sports ... telling us why he's truly excited and happy for Minnesota's success, despite the fact he now plays for the Arizona Cardinals.  

And if the Vikings can ultimately win the Super Bowl, AP says he wouldn't turn down a ring from the team if they offered him one ... saying, "That would be awesome ... I did help build that stadium a little bit!"

There's more ... AP also updates us on his NFL future and how his body feels going into 2018. 

Spoiler alert -- he ain't even close to hangin' it up! 

Kevin Hart Eagles Will Crush Vikings ... 'It's Common Sense'

1/19/2018 9:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Here's Kevin Hart clowning the Minnesota Vikings ... telling TMZ Sports there's a ZERO percent chance Case Keenum's purple crew beats up on the Eagles this weekend. 

Full disclosure ... Hart's from Philadelphia. So, yeah ...

But Kev's pretty funny outside Catch in West Hollywood when we ask how he thinks the NFC Championship game will go down on Sunday. 

And he SWEARS he won't be betting on the game ... or at least that's the story he's telling while the camera's rolling. 

Minn. Senator Amy Klobuchar I'm a Hardcore Vikings Fan ... 'I Was at the Game!'

1/18/2018 1:18 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

You might be looking at the BIGGEST VIKINGS FAN ALIVE ... Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar -- who might have gone to work in purple face paint if she was allowed. 

Seriously, Klobuchar lives and breathes Vikings -- her dad even wrote a book about the team back in the day! 

So, when we saw her on Capitol Hill -- rocking her Vikings scarf -- there was only one thing to talk about ... VIKINGS, BABY! 

Klobuchar was at the stadium for the Minnesota Miracle on Sunday -- and gave us the blow-by-blow on how crazy it got in the stadium. She also told us about the bet she won with Louisiana Senator John Kennedy

But, how does she feel going into the NFC Championship game against the Eagles? 

Let's put it this way ... she isn't making a bet this week. 

Stefon Diggs' College Coach He's Only Gonna Get Better!!

1/16/2018 8:57 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Think Stefon Diggs' game-winning touchdown grab was nice?? Ya ain't seen nothin' yet ... so says his old college coach.

TMZ Sports spoke with Randy Edsall -- who coached Diggs during his 3 seasons at Maryland -- and he wasn't one bit surprised by Stefon's late-game heroics ... noting he's been making insane plays for years. 

"He was a tremendous, tremendous competitor. The bigger the moment or the bigger the opportunity, the more you knew he was gonna make something happen."

Edsall praises Diggs' "swag" and "bravado" ... and says that confidence rubbed off on his teammates. But, coach makes it clear this is just the beginning for Stefon.

"I don't think he's reached his full potential ... I think he can be a great one, and I think as long as he continues to stay humble and stays hungry, the sky is still the limit for him."

Asante Samuel Advice to Marcus Williams: F**k the Non-Believers!

1/15/2018 1:28 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Welcome to "Solid Profanity-Laced Advice for Marcus Williams" .... starring Asante Samuel

Remember, Samuel dropped a possible Super Bowl winning interception in '08 -- only to bounce back STRONGER the following seasons, leading the NFC in picks in '09 and '10. 

So, what pearls of wisdom is he dishing out to New Orleans Saints DB Marcus Williams -- who missed that key tackle on Stefon Diggs on Sunday??? 

There's a lot of good stuff in this video ... but the best line is this:

"If I was him, my mindset is ... 'That sh*t is over with. F*ck everybody that don't believe in me.'"

Enjoy.

Eagles to Fans: Bring Your Dog Masks!!

1/15/2018 8:39 AM PST
Barking News

Going to the Eagles playoff game this weekend? Better hit the costume shop first ... 

The team is encouraging fans to bring dog masks to Lincoln Financial Field in Philly on Sunday -- to keep the whole "underdog" theme going as they face the Vikings. 

Of course, Chris Long essentially started the dog mask thing by rocking a German Shepherd head after they beat the Falcons this weekend. 

Now, the team has sent a message to fans -- "Doggone it, you better believe dog masks will be allowed at @LFFStadium this weekend. Just make sure to take them off when you go through security."

Woof. 

Minnesota Vikings Crazy Playoff Ending Screws With Gamblers

1/14/2018 5:59 PM PST
Breaking News

The wild ending to the Vikings/Saints playoff game cost a lot of people a lot of money ... and it all came down to that extra point play.

The spread before kickoff was 5.5 in favor of the Vikings -- meaning if you bet the Vikings, they had to win by at least 6 points for you to collect on your bet.

So when Stefon Diggs caught that insane last-second pass with time expiring to put Minnesota up by 5, Vikings betters thought the extra point was a gimme ... and would be money in the bank. 

Now the twist -- the players clearly thought the game was over, as both teams started to leave the field. But when officials explained the extra point play was mandatory, both teams returned ... but the Vikings apparently didn't wanna put salt in the wound ... so they took a knee instead of kicking the field goal for the extra point.

Final spread -- 5 points. Hope you bet on the Saints. 

BetOnline.ag -- one of the biggest betting websites -- tells us that the kneel on the extra point favored a majority of gamblers ... 'cause 63% of people on their site bet on the Saints getting 5.5 points.

Nick Swardson Vikings Superfan Roasts the Rams ... Thanks for Case Keenum!

11/21/2017 7:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Swardson is a die-hard Vikings fan -- "I like the Vikings more than my family."

So, when we asked how he felt about Vikings QB Case Keenum leading his team to victory over the team that let him go last year, the Rams -- Swardson was LOVING it. 

Backstory ... the Rams let Keenum go after the 2016 season after benching him for Jared Goff. The Vikings swooped him up and the rest is history. 

Now, with the Vikings 8-2 and likely playoff bound ... Swardson's pumped -- but there's one prediction he refuses to make. 

Michael Floyd Violated House Arrest ... Gets 1 Day In Jail

6/26/2017 1:37 PM PDT
Breaking News

A judge has ordered Michael Floyd back to jail because he drank alcohol and violated the terms of his house arrest.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Floyd tested positive for alcohol several times on June 11, and claims it was because he drank too much kombucha.

The Minnesota Vikings WR wasn't allowed to have a drop of alcohol while on house arrest stemming from a December DUI arrest.

According to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss, a judge found that Floyd was in violation, and sentenced him to 1 day in jail and 5 more days of house arrest.

The Vikings wrote a letter to the judge in support of Floyd, and said they had kombucha on tap at the team facility. Floyd said that he didn't realize there was alcohol in the fermented tea.

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

6/19/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

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!"

SOLD! 

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
Breaking News

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 ...  

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