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Mike Vick

When I Play Madden ...

I Use Tom Brady!

12/17/2014 6:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

121714_michael_vick_launch_v2Michael Vick still loves playing football video games, but NOT as himself -- instead he told us he prefers to "play with a passer" ... who goes by the name of Tom Brady!

Vick was in New York on Tuesday donating Nike sneakers to the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. With Christmas right around the corner ... he revealed his favorite holiday memory is getting his first Nintendo.

And that's when the Madden issue ... or rather, the Brady issue comes up. Considering the NY Jets play Brady and the Pats this week -- his comment might piss of loyal Jets fans. But honestly ... Jets fans, players, and coaches have more to worry about.: 3 and 11, dude. 

As for his future with Gang Green -- Vick says he's not sure about next season. Hey, someone's gotta backup Brady.

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New England Patriots

Rocking Out to Katy Perry

for Charity

12/16/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

121614_patrick_chung_launchThe New England Patriots are all business on the field, but they know how to have fun off it ... because a bunch of the team's stars rocked the mic at a karaoke event on Monday benefiting sick kids.

The "Open Mic Holiday Party" in Foxboro, Mass was hosted by safety Patrick Chung (who rocked out to Katy Perry's "Firework") with fellow Pats Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, and Devin McCourty in attendance.    

Chung and the Pats raised $80,000 for "Chung Changing Lives" --  an organization that supports personal and academic development in kids -- and several other Boston area charities.

Pats owner Robert Kraft even made a cameo, and promised to perform an Elton John song next year.

Here's hoping he keeps his word.  

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Tom Brady

I'm Too Old to Party with Gronk

12/2/2014 5:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

120214_tom_brady_launchTom Brady says his days of raging around Hollywood with pop stars are OVER -- claiming he refused to hit the town with his teammates (and Justin Bieber) last night because he just wanted to SLEEP!!!

The 37-year-old QB called in to WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” on Tuesday -- and told the guys the days of partying on a Monday night "have come and gone in my life."

As you know ... Rob Gronkowski -- along with Jonas Gray (RB), Shane Vereen (RB), Akeem Ayers (LB) and Darius Fleming (LB) -- hung out with the L.A. Clippers last night ... with 25-year-old Gronk eventually hitting the Hollywood clubs. 

"Those guys should go out and have fun," Brady said ... "They're young guys."

As for why he stayed home while the Pats are on the West Coast to play the Chargers -- "This is my first time away from my kids for a while so I was trying to get some decent sleep."

NFL Star Stevan Ridley

Buys $20k In Bling From Bravo Star

... For Teammates

11/19/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley got a jump on the Xmas season -- dropping $20k on some sick bling for some of his favorite teammates ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Ridley -- along with Pats teammate Danny Amendola and former LSU teammate Ron Brooks -- recently hit up the Nialaya jewelry store in L.A. ... which happens to be owned by "Euros of Hollywood" star Jannik Olander.

We're told the guys picked out all sorts of rings, bracelets and necklaces ... but when the $20k bill came, Ridley picked up the tab.

Friends ... they're better when they're millionaires.

Check out the hardware ...
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New England Patriots

Apologize For Racist Auto-Tweet

... Our Bad

11/14/2014 6:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The New England Patriots have issued an apology for one of the biggest Twitter backfires EVER -- when the team celebrated it's 1 millionth follower ... by retweeting a user with a SUPER RACIST handle.

The NFL team decided to celebrate reaching the 1 million follower milestone by allowing creating custom webart for anyone who retweeted the team's original celebratory post.  

The Patriots team account would then automatically tweet the custom art for ever single person who took part in the publicity stunt. 

Problem is ... one of the users was using the Twitter handle "IHATEN**GERSS."

Long story short ... the Pats Twitter page retweeted the super racist jersey that had been auto-created to their 1 million followers ... and all hell broke loose.

The team eventually deleted the racist piece of art ... and issued an apology:

"We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future."

[Insert Bill Belichick disapproving scowl here]

No one in the Pats organization caught the problem ... and team's account RETWEETED the congratulatory message. Oops.

Now, the team is issuing an apology ... saying, "We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future."

[Insert Bill Belichick disapproving scowl here]

Mike Vrabel

Cops Looking for Couple

in Super Bowl Ring Theft

11/10/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1110_mike_vrabel_gettyFormer New England Patriot Mike Vrabel could be one step closer to recovering his stolen Super Bowl rings ... because cops finally have a couple suspects.

Vrabel -- who is currently a linebackers coach with the Houston Texans -- tweeted over the weekend that someone broke in his backdoor and stole the rings.

Police in Bellaire, Texas believe the break-in is part of a string of recent break-ins in Vrabel's 'hood. The cops believe the crimes were committed by a black male and black female.

According to police ... they believe the woman waits in a newer model Chrysler 300 down the block while the guy rings the doorbell of the targeted home. If nobody answers ... they go around back and break into the home.

Local pawn shops have been put on alert to keep an eye out for the rings.

Investigators say the video below shows the alleged suspects leaving a ransacked house (not Vrabel's) last week.

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Tom Brady

Scores Role

In 'Ted 2'

11/6/2014 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1106-wahlberg-brady-ted-2-fb-01Tom Brady's got TWO big movies in the works ... so says Mark Wahlberg who revealed that Brady will appear in "Ted 2" and the upcoming "Entourage" flick.

Wahlberg was talking to ESPN's Bill Simmons on "The B.S. Report" this week when he dropped the details about Brady's role in the Ted sequel.


"Tom’s in the movie. He plays himself, but he does an amazing job. Funny, funny moment."

Mark says he plays a Boston repair man guy who gets a call to service Tom's house -- and hilarity ensues when he tries to play it off like he doesn't recognize the QB.

"I'm playing an air conditioning guy, so I'm asking [Tom] to sign the paper ... and then I say, 'Can you sign that to me and Ted' ... and, you know, 'Put #12 there' ... and 'Can you put Eli Manning Sucks?' and 'Can you put Wes Welker's a traitor?'"

Funny stuff.  Check out the clip ... it all goes down around the 2:00 mark.

Tom Brady and Gisele

TROLL CHICAGO BEARS

After 51-Point Beatdown

10/27/2014 5:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-tom-gisele-instagramTom Brady and the New England Patriots beat up Chicago so badly this weekend, even Tom's wife couldn't help herself from trolling the Bears online ... by bragging about the 51 points TB hung on 'em. 

After the game, Tom and Gisele posed for a couples photo ... with Tom holding up 5 fingers, Gisele holding up 1 ... representing the 51-23 beatdown the Pats delivered at Gillette Stadium. 

Gisele added the caption, "So happy for my love!!! Go Pats!!! 51 points!!!"

The supermodel has gotten into trouble for talking smack about Tom's teammates in the past -- but blasting opponents is OK, right?

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Tom Brady

Reveals Halloween Costume

... Just Call Me 'Barf'

10/21/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

102014_tom_brady_audio_launchWell, this is the most adorable thing you're going to hear all day -- Tom Brady's 4-year-old son revealing that he and his famous daddy are gonna have matching Halloween costumes. 

Tom was having his weekly conversation with Westwood One's Jim Gray on Monday ... when Brady's son Benny grabbed the phone and the cuteness took over. 

So what's the big Brady family theme this year?? Hint: it all has to do with a character named "Barf" ... but it's not the guy from "Spaceballs."

R.I.P. John Candy.

Maria Menounos

Boston Should Be Ashamed

For Turning On Tom Brady

10/18/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Maria Menounos is calling out the whole city of Boston ... telling TMZ Sports she was "embarrassed" by the way her city turned on Tom Brady during his early-season slump.

Menounos was in NY when we asked the Patriots superfan how she felt about Tom now that the veteran QB seems to be hitting his stride ... and that's when Maria called out Beantown. 

Watch the video -- Maria isn't afraid to take her hometown to task on Tom's behalf and even manages to save a little love for his hoodie-clad head coach.

#Loyalty

Aaron Hernandez

FULL FRONTAL NUDITY

... In New Jail Letter

10/5/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1205-aaron-hernandez-MAIN-letter-01He's like a young Peter Paul Rubens ... if PPR was accused of murdering a bunch of people ... because Aaron Hernandez is making a hobby out of drawing curvy naked women.

TMZ Sports has learned ... the former New England Patriots tight end has fired off another hand-written letter to a jail pen pal featuring a full frontal sketch of a nude woman.

In the letter, sent from his new home in Suffolk County Jail, the murder suspect also brags about his new digs:

"I'm on the block here lovin' it.  I got my own cell too and n**ga. I'm out all day only lock in 4 [hours] a day ... So we be ballin'."

Aaron says he's also reading behind bars -- keeping himself busy with stories about a real gangster ... Harry Potter.

"You know, my realest n*gga I ever fucked with, I'm still fuckin' with -- Harry motha fuckin' Potter."

Of course, it's not the first letter Hernandez has sent from lockup ... back in December he fired off another nude lady sketch for a penpal. Though that one contained no Harry Potter references.

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Rob Gronkowski

Breakin' Out The Guns

... For Charity

9/23/2014 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Gronk like gun. Gronk shoot gun. Gronk raise money for charity. 

Rob Gronkowski was one of several New England Patriots players who picked up a gun and blasted away on Tuesday to raise money for an ex-teammate's charity ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

It all went down in Mapleville, RI -- where Pats players like Julian EdelmanStevan Ridley and Nate Soldier participated in the 10th annual "Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out" ... which features a skeet shooting competition.

We're told the event raised more than $800k for Matt's charity -- which is dedicated to helping at-risk youth. 

So who was the top shot?? Pats OL Marcus Cannon -- who our sources say is an absolute SURGEON with a shottie.

Unfortunately, Tom Brady couldn't make it ... but he hasn't been hittin' his targets lately anyway. 

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