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Jets Fans

Troll Patriots Practice

You're All Cheaters!!

7/30/2015 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-jetsfan-twitterLeave it to the NY Jets fans to throw salt in the Patriots wounds -- trolling the team by flying a "CHEATERS" banner over the New England practice today. 

The sign, created by Jets Fan Media, read ... "Cheaters Look Up."

Don't worry, Pats Nation is already firing back on the Jets Fan Media twitter page -- one guy wrote back, "The only banner Jets fans will see for a long time." 

Touche'. 

Mike Epps

The NFL Is Better Off

Without 'Tom Shady and Bill Bellicheat'

7/29/2015 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Count Mike Epps among the people piling on to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's terrible week ... 'cause the movie star tells TMZ Sports the NFL will be far LESS SHADY now that the Pats have been punished. 

Epps was out in NYC promoting his (and LeBron's) new show "Survivor's Remorse" when we asked the die hard Colts fan how he felt about the NFL upholding Tom Brady's suspension.

FYI -- the Colts got SMASHED in the AFC title game last year ... the contest that sparked Deflategate.

Check out the clip -- Epps is locked and loaded with his jabs ... coming up with a brand new nickname for Brady while hitting Belichick with an old standard.

Sour grapes? Maybe ... doesn't mean he isn't right though.

Tom Brady

DISSES SAMSUNG

I Replaced That Crap with iPhone 6

7/29/2015 5:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Brady took a shot at Samsung while defending himself in the Deflategate scandal -- claiming he didn't randomly destroy his cell phone ... but junked it because it was broken .. in exchange for an iPhone! 

After the NFL issued a statement claiming Brady was more than suspicious when he 86'd his phone on the same day he was supposed to meet with investigators, TB finally fired back. 

"I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances."

"To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested." 

"We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time."

"Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing. There is no 'smoking gun' and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing."

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NFL

Tom Brady Destroyed Cell Phone

... Suspension Upheld

7/28/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-tom-brady-NFL-GETTY-01Tom Brady told the NFL he could not submit his cell phone as evidence in the Deflategate investigation because he destroyed it ... this according to the NFL.  

The league just issued a statement saying it would UPHOLD Brady's 4 game suspension -- without pay -- for cheating by instructing staffers to deflate the balls in the AFC Championship game. 

Brady allegedly texted clubhouse attendants about the plan to deflate the balls -- but when asked for his cell phone, Brady's attorney told the league it was "unavailable because it had been destroyed."

Brady's lawyer told the league, "Text messages exchanged on that cellphone could not be retrieved."

The NFL says, "At the hearing, Mr. Brady testified that it is his practice to destroy (or to give to his assistant to destroy) his cellphone and SIM cards when he gets a new cell phone."

The NFL says Brady gave his old cell phone to his assistant to be destroyed on March 6, 2015 -- the very same day he met with Ted Wells and his team to be questioned about the tampering allegations

The league says Brady gave them a letter from his cell phone carrier saying the text messages could no longer be recovered. 

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Robert Kraft

Trump's a Financial Genius

7/20/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump just got some praise from a very powerful man -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft ... who hailed Donald as a financial wizard ... even if he turned down a chance to buy the Pats in the '80s. 

There are reports Trump had a shot to buy New England in 1988 for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million ... but passed 'cause he didn't think it was worth it. 

Kraft bought the team in '94 for $172 mil -- and now they're reportedly valued at $2.6 BILLION!! 

So, when Kraft was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood last night, we asked about the Trump story -- to which he replied, "Donald Trump's a very good investor. I wouldn't question anything he does."

We thought we could sense some sarcasm in the statement -- but it turns out, Kraft and Trump have been good friends for 20 years ... so, maybe a serious compliment? 

We also asked about Rob Gronkowski's party habits and Tom Brady's suspension -- but he would comment on ONE of the players ... wanna guess which? 

NFL's Brandon Spikes

Guilty In Maybach Hit & Run

... Avoids Jail

7/1/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-brandon-spikes-getty-03Ex-New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has pled GUILTY in his hit and run case stemming from a June crash in his Maybach ... but he won't do one single minute behind bars. 

Instead, Spikes has been ordered to pay more than $2k in fines and his driver's license has been suspended for one year. 

As we previously reported, cops found Brandon's expensive Maybach on the side of the interstate in Foxboro, Mass. on June 7. At first, Spikes said he hit a deer, but was lying. Instead, he smashed into the back of an SUV -- leaving 3 people with minor injuries, including a 12-year-old girl.

Spikes was initially charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, negligent driving, speeding and failure to stay in his lane.

But he struck a plea deal, and got probation for one year. His driver's license was suspended and he's been ordered to complete a safe driving course. 

Spikes was released by the Pats following the crash. So far, no other team has picked him up. 

Bill Belichick

All Greece'd Up

During Tom Brady's Appeal

6/25/2015 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0625_Bill_Belichick_Santorini_photos_launchWhile his superstar QB was fighting the NFL to drop the Deflategate suspension, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was chillin' in Greece ... looking like he didn't have a care in the world. 

TMZ Sports obtained pics of Bill hangin' out with his GF, Linda Holliday, on the Greek isle of Santorini this week ... doing some shopping, eating and hanging out at a local bar. 

We're told the couple spent a lot of time in Oia -- known for being incredibly beautiful ... and one of the most relaxing places on the planet. 

BTW -- looks like Bill was rockin' a Fitbit on the trip. No cheat days ... 

Rob Gronkowski

All He Wants to Do is Dance

6/21/2015 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rob Gronkowski is a championship football player ... sometimes we forget, because it seems all he does is dance.

Gronk let loose at The Underground in Chi Town Friday night, sharing DJ honors with DJ Dante as he sang and danced with family and friends.

Gronk's in the Windy City for the Nascar Xfinity Series Race at the Chicagoland Speedway.  He's the Grand Marshall.

How do you sign up for his life?

Rick Ross

Bob Kraft's My Homeboy

'Super Cool Dude'

6/18/2015 10:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Boss respects Boss ... so says Rick Ross who tells TMZ Sports he's homies with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ... and says the 74-year-old is a "super cool dude."

Ross says he and Kraft became friends when they "kicked it in the Hamptons" a few years ago ... and they've become better friends over time.  

In fact, it's probably why Ross was invited to perform at the Pats Super Bowl party with the team back in February ... when he got Kraft to come onstage and DANCE with his crew.  

#BFFs

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Donald Trump

Compares China to Tom Brady

... They're Kicking Our Ass!

6/16/2015 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump is already droppin' the sports metaphors -- comparing China to the New England Patriots ... and claiming their leaders are like Tom Brady!!! 

During his "I'm running for President" speech moments ago ... Trump took several shots at the Obama administration and other U.S. political leaders. 

That's when he dropped the Brady shot -- saying China's leaders are like Tom Brady and the U.S. is like a high school football team ... "They are ripping us!" 

He went on ... "Our leaders don't understand the game."

Sports! 

New England Pats

Champagne Chuggin' AfterParty

... Brady Out, Garoppolo In

6/15/2015 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615_pats_afterparty_gallery_launchHow close are the New England Patriots??? Well, they don't mind swappin' a little spit ... 'cause they chugged champagne together at an afterparty ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.  

After raging at the Super Bowl ring celebration at Robert Kraft's house last night, a bunch of the guys kept the party train rollin' to Cure Lounge in Boston -- where they raged 'til 2AM. 

Among the partiers ... Gronk, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, LaGarrette Blount, Malcolm Butler and Jonas Gray

But the most interesting part ... Tom Brady decided to tap out after the main party -- so his backup Jimmy Garoppolo represented for the QBs instead. 

We're told the gang popped a $7,500 bottle of Belaire Rose -- Rick Ross' stuff -- and passed it around like blame in a Deflategate investigation. 

To the victor goes the hangover! 

Aaron Hernandez

Fights Murder Conviction

Lying Juror Had It Out for Me

6/15/2015 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-aaron-hernandez-GETTY-01Aaron Hernandez is throwing the most desperate Hail Mary ever ... trying to challenge his murder conviction by claiming one of the jurors may have had it out for him BEFORE the trial started. 

Aaron's legal team just filed new court docs in an apparent effort to find a flaw in the Odin Lloyd murder case -- in the hopes Hernandez could get his murder conviction overturned. 

Hernadez's main argument -- his lawyer says he received a tip from an anonymous woman AFTER the verdict ... saying she recognized one of the jurors whose ID was revealed on TV. 

Aaron's lawyer says the woman also claimed she could prove the juror was familiar with the Lloyd murder and was "hoping" to be on the Hernandez jury. 

If true, AH's lawyer claims it would mean the juror would have LIED during voir dire when asked if he/she had knowledge about the case. 

The problem -- the lawyer doesn't know the mystery woman's identity ... since she called him from a blocked number and refused to give her full name because she was afraid. 

Now, the judge will rule on whether or not the court should look into the matter further. 

Bottom line -- if you're a betting person, put your money somewhere else. 

Tom Brady

Drippin' In Diamonds

Rocks All 4 SB Rings!!!

6/15/2015 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0615-tom-brady-rings-facebook-01Tom Brady raided the family safe this morning ... busting out ALL FOUR of his Super Bowl rings to show off on social media -- while reminding everyone he's still married to a supermodel. 

Check out the picture ... featuring rings from '01, '03, '04 and '14 ... along with Gisele's hand.

Brady included the message, "These four rings stand for ‪#‎Family‬, ‪#‎Team‬, ‪#‎Friends‬ and @Patriots fans. Without the support of each one, none of these would be possible."

"I am truly grateful and blessed. What an incredible journey."

As for the new Super Bowl ring -- it was made by Josten's ... weighs 4.85 carats, has 205 diamonds and includes the team motto, "Do your job."

Check out the pics. 

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