Enough is enough ... Russian President and alleged Super Bowl ring snatcher Vladimir Putin needs to get that ring back on U.S. soil ASAP ... so says Senator John McCain.
Our photog caught up with Sen. McCain in Georgetown Sunday and broke down President Obama's chances of resolving the greatest threat to US-Russian relations since that thing in Cuba.
McCain -- a true American war hero (just sayin') -- says he's outraged and makes it clear ... the SB bling Putin took from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ... belongs back in the U.S. of A.
FYI --- Putin denies stealing the ring in 2005, his people say it was a gift. Riiiight.
So, can Prez O -- who's heading to Russia this week -- get it back? Check out JMC's take.
By New England Patriots
8/31/2013 12:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tebowing has a brand new meaning -- unemployed NFL star -- 'cause Tim Tebow has been dropped by the New England Patriots.
Tebow -- who signed a 2-year contract with the Patriots back in June -- was cut from the roster Saturday morning ... after failing to impress head coach Bill Belichick, according to ESPN.
The news comes just a little over 4 months after Tebow was fired from the New York Jets.
Since Tebow has been in the NFL less than 4 years, he could become a free agent and sign with another team ... begging the question, will another team even want him?
So we gotta ask...
SURVIVES KAYAK OF DOOM
8/26/2013 8:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's Tom Brady casually paddling away in a kayak over the weekend ... and GIVING ALL OF BOSTON A FRIGGIN' HEART ATTACK!!!
Before you accuse us of sensationalizing the situation, consider this fact -- back in 2009, Brady had to be RESCUED from the Charles River after falling out of his Kayak while goofing around with some friends.
After the rescue, Brady thanked the woman who fished him out of the water ... telling her, "You saved my life."
Despite the risks -- and with NFL opening day less than 2 weeks away -- Brady got back into the Charles River with his wife Gisele and son Ben on Saturday.
Fortunately, everyone emerged from the water healthy and happy.
Meanwhile, it's the Jets who seem to be drowning these days ...
Indicted on Murder Charge
8/22/2013 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:03 AM PT -- The prosecutor just announced the indictment returned against Hernandez on multiple charges, including murder, carrying a firearm, possession of a firearm, possession of a high-capacity firearm or feeding device, and 2 counts of possession of ammunition.
As he sat down, Hernandez mouthed the words "I love you" to family members in court.
Another hearing has been set for next Friday.
NFL star Aaron Hernandez has just been indicted on a 1st degree murder charge in the death of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd -- and he's due in court any moment to face his stark new reality.
Hernandez was originally expected in court today for a probable cause hearing -- where prosecutors would have presented evidence that a) a crime was committed, and b) that Hernandez committed the crime.
But a grand jury has already returned an indictment, meaning prosecutors won't have to present additional evidence to justify a trial.
Translation: the probable cause hearing is now pretty much a formality ... but we may still hear from Hernandez' lawyer.
WRITHING IN PAIN
Injures Knee at Patriots Practice
8/14/2013 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another HUGE blow for the New England Patriots (and female football fans worldwide) -- 'cause Tom Brady suffered a brutal knee injury during a team scrimmage today ... and it looks bad. Real bad.
Brady -- who was wearing a red "keep your damn hands off me" jersey at the time -- had dropped back to pass when the pocket collapsed on him.... and it appears a lineman fell on his knee.
Brady dropped like a sack of potatoes ... clutching his left knee -- the same knee he destroyed on opening day back in 2008.
Brady was eventually helped off the field and is currently undergoing evaluation.
Paging Tim Tebow ...
3:20 PM PT An MRI on Brady's knee was negative ... according to ESPN.
Back to the bench, Timmy.
'The League' Star
I'd Kill For An
Aaron Hernandez Cameo
8/7/2013 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Are you an ex-NFL player? Do you also like to murder people (allegedly)? Then you'd make the PERFECT guest star on "The League" ... so says Paul Scheer, who plays Andre on the show.
It's sorta become a badge of honor for NFL stars (past and present) to score a cameo on the FX series ... just ask Terrell Suggs, Adrian Peterson, Chad Johnson, Deion Sanders, Maurice Jones-Drew and J.J. Watt.
Scheer says the next guy he wants to bring on board is Aaron Hernandez -- but not to act -- he's got a job in mind that requires AH's unique alleged skill set.
Check out the clip.
Jail Letter #2
I'm Going Nuts Without Internet LOL
8/4/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez is jonesin' for the Internet ... according to a new letter he wrote to a fan.
TMZ has obtained a second letter Hernandez recently wrote behind bars, thanking a fan for a Facebook support page she started ... a page he can't read because jail is an Internet-free zone.
He wrote, "Thanks for the site and sry [sic] I can't check site [sic] there is no internet in jail lol."
Correct ... Hernandez wrote out the word "lol" in pen.
Also, FYI, Hernandez is now aware that his jail letters are making headlines. We spoke to the sheriff at the jail who tells us, Hernandez has been warned to be careful with his letters because TMZ keeps publishing them.
God Put Me In Jail
8/1/2013 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez wrote a pen pal a letter from inside his jail cell, declaring his innocence, saying his murder charges are God's plan, and vowing to return to the NFL ... and TMZ has a copy.
We have verified with law enforcement the letter is the real deal. You can read it yourself ... among the highlights:
-- "The world just makes things out of false accusations ... and it will all die down, especially when they say NOT GUILTY"
-- "All the people who turned on me will feel like crap."
-- "God put me in this situation for a reason."
-- "Can't wait to sign [autographs] again when I'm playing again an [sic] prove all the haters WRONG."
As for the fan who received the letter, Karl ... he just called in to "TMZ Live" and told us he wrote Hernandez first.
Karl says he sent the letter because he was in the same jail 15 years ago, and wanted to reach out to Hernandez to give him some encouragement.
Karl also says he would like to visit Aaron in jail -- if Aaron will let him.
FYI, Hernandez -- who's been accused of murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd -- has been denied bail and will remain behind bars until his trial.
Back in Court
7/24/2013 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:37 AM PT -- Aaron's attorney is objecting to the additional release of information regarding the case to the media, saying it's having a negative impact on Aaron's right to a fair trial. The judge wasn't convinced.
11:30 AM PT -- During the beginning of the hearing, Aaron looked at his family in court and mouthed the words "I love you." The parents of Aaron's alleged victim Odin Lloyd were also present in court. It got emotional.
11:11 AM PT -- Prosecutors have requested a continuance, asking for more time to present evidence to a grand jury. Aaron's lawyer objected, asking for the case to be dismissed because prosecutors were dragging their feet, but the judge sided with the prosecution. Aaron is due back in court for another probable cause hearing on August 22.
11:05 AM PT -- Aaron is in the courtroom, but he's not wearing a jumpsuit this time ... he's in a normal suit. No tie though!
NFL star and murder suspect Aaron Hernandez is due back in court today ... the first step before he faces a grand jury on charges he murdered 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
It's called a probable cause hearing, which is where prosecutors are supposed to establish two things: 1) that a crime has been committed, and 2) that Hernandez committed the crime.
The probable cause hearing is meant to give prosecutors a chance to show that there's enough evidence to bring the case before a grand jury for a formal indictment, at which point a pretrial date will be set.
As we reported, Hernandez has been denied bail and will remain behind bars until he's acquitted ... or the case is dismissed.
It's possible prosecutors will file for a continuance today -- meaning they won't have to present all their evidence in court ... and they'll go straight to the grand jury stage. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11AM PST/2PM EST.
Witness Says Hernandez
ADMITTED Shooting Lloyd
7/9/2013 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez CONFESSED that he fired the shots that killed Odin Lloyd ... this according to a police document that cites a witness ... who cites another witness.
OK, so it's a confession that's 3 degrees removed from Aaron Hernandez ... but cops in Miramar, Florida believed the tip was good enough to bring to a judge in an effort to get a search warrant connected with the investigation.
First, some background -- prosecutors in the murder case believe Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace were with Hernandez when Lloyd was murdered. Both Ortiz and Wallace are currently in custody.
Now, according to documents filed by the Miramar Police Dept., Ortiz told investigators ... that Wallace, told him ... that Hernandez told him that he shot Lloyd.
You follow that?
It's double hearsay, to say the least ... but with life sentences on the line, it might not be the last time these guys (allegedly) point the finger at each other.
For his part, Hernandez insists he's not guilty.
Aaron Hernandez Jersey Swap
Tom Brady NOT Most Requested Replacement
7/8/2013 1:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The New England Patriots swapped out more than 2,500 Aaron Hernandez jerseys for free in Foxboro this weekend ... but TMZ has learned Tom Brady was NOT the most requested replacement. In fact, you'll never guess who was #1.
A rep for the Pats tells us ... the team happily shelled out roughly $250,000 to make sure any fan who had a Hernandez jersey could get a free replacement featuring a Pats player who's not currently facing murder charges.
We're told ... of the 2,500ish people who showed up to the stadium for the swap event, 30% of the fans were kids requesting new youth jerseys.
So, who was the most requested?? The honor goes to 5-time Pro Bowler VINCE WILFORK -- a 325-pound BEAST of a defensive tackle!!
Don't worry, Brady came in 2nd ... and we have a theory as to why -- everyone in Boston already has a Brady jersey.
FYI -- Tim Tebow wasn't in the top 5.
Jersey Exchange Program
7/6/2013 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hundreds of New England Patriots fans lined up outside the Patriots Pro Shop today to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys, and one thing was clear ... they wanted NO part of the accused murderer.
According to ESPN's Adam Shefter, more than 500 Hernandez jerseys were returned by 11:00 AM ET, which was just 90 minutes after the program opened.
TMZ spoke with a few people who waited in line to turn in their jerseys ... a few of whom had bought the jerseys for their kids and wanted to exchange the AH ones for players who were "a better role model."
As for the idea that Hernandez jerseys are big sellers on eBay, as one Pats fan put it ... "that's bad karma."
We Don't Want 'Blood Money'
from Hernandez Jerseys
7/5/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
eBay's profiting off "blood money" from Aaron Hernandez' alleged murder by allowing sellers to jack up jersey prices -- so say several New England sports memorabilia store owners ... and they REFUSE to do the same thing.
As you know, prices for Hernandez jerseys on eBay have soared in light of recent events -- with some jerseys reaching $1,500 or more -- but TMZ spoke with the owners of multiple New England sports memorabilia stores ... and not ONE of them plans to raise prices to meet demand.
The owner of Sportsworld USA in Saugus, MA, tells us, "We don't want to make money off this incident. It's what we consider blood money. We just want to get our money back."
The owner of Your Sports Memorabilia in Boston says, "I do not stand for what he allegedly did and wouldn't want to profit off an individual who was murdered ... Sports memorabilia is a dirty industry and this is one of the reasons why."
The owner of SureShot Promotions in Hanson, MA, says the store is even discounting some of the jerseys to get rid of them ASAP -- telling us, "It is a sad situation."
And for the record, the demand in memorabilia stores is just as crazy as it is online ... the owner of New England Pictures (Manchester, NH) says they sold more Hernandez jerseys the day his murder charge was announced than they did in the 6 months before.
Bottom line: people are really weird.