Ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez just took the witness stand for the first time in his high-profile murder case ... and told the court he's not mentally ill.
During the hearing, the judge peppered Hernandez with a barrage of questions about his overall health and mental state. Hernandez -- who was pretty composed on the stand -- insisted he's A-OK.
Hernandez has pled not guilty to the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
If convicted ... Hernandez faces life in prison. When asked if he understood the gravity of the situation, Hernandez told the judge he got it.
I Hate Tom Brady
... And His Stupid Hair!!
10/2/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens badass Terrell Suggs ripped Tom Brady apart ... trashing the QB for his smug attitude, his god-like status … and worst of all, HIS HAIR!!!
Suggs spit the venom during an interview with ESPN's "E:60" when Lisa Salters asked T-Sizzle how he truly felt about the Pats superstar. T's response:
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for camera. I don’t like him. He don’t like me. I don’t like his hair.”
Suggs will have a chance to tell Brady how he feels about him in person on Dec. 22 – when the Ravens take on the Pats.
Still, we gotta ask …
Harvey's NFL Pick
Tom Brady Hates Ugly
Patriots Will Win Big
9/29/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Brady's gonna have to earn his millions in week 4 of NFL action as the New England Patriots face a tough road opponent in the Atlanta Falcons.
The Pats won 2 games by the skin of their teeth this season. Harv can relate ... he's 2-1. So, let's find out who our pigskin soothsayer is riding this week ...
Charles: New England at Atlanta, who ya got?
Harvey: I'm going with New England ... because the one thing Tom Brady, and especially Gisele, don't like is ugly. And Brady has had ugly wins pretty much all season.
Charles: Except for that Bucs game, but that's the Bucs. Why not pick Atlanta at home?
Harvey: I like the Falcons good enough. In fact, one of their star players used to live with this news chick I know in L.A. -- but it just comes back to Brady being a winner.
Charles: I hate to say it, but Tom Brady is getting kinda old, and Matt Ryan's the young gun.
Harvey: In a weird way, Brady has to be especially charged because Ryan is gunning to be the next Tom -- maybe a little too much.
Charles: You keep saying you think Brady's got retirement on his mind, but --
Harvey: Look, everybody thinks I'm crazy to say it, but if you saw Brady's house in L.A. ... let's just say it beats a brownstone. So, I think he wants to go out with a bang, and we're not just talking Gisele.
Charles: Going with the underdog, eh?
Harvey: 1 1/2 points? That's bulls**t.
NFL Star Brian Holloway
6 Arrested For Trashing Crib
Hundreds More May Be Busted
9/27/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sometimes it doesn't pay to party ... 6 youngins were arrested Thursday for causing 10s of thousands of dollars in damage after breaking into the house of former New England Patriots' star Brian Holloway ... and now TMZ has learned more than 200 others could be arrested as well.
As we previously reported ... Holloway claims hundreds of teens broke into his house near Albany and trashed it over Labor Day weekend.
The 6 kids -- ranging in age from 17 - 20 -- were taken into custody and arraigned on various charges, including criminal trespass. The 19-year-old was charged with felony burglary and felony criminal mischief. And 3 of the adult kids were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The 17-year-old was charged with felony grand larceny.
Only a handful of parents even bothered to call Holloway after the incident to apologize or offer help in repairing the damage.
Holloway posted hundreds of names of the partygoers on his website. Now the cops are telling TMZ, "We currently have over 200 names ... Once we've established proof of their presence at the party, they will be asked to turn themselves in."
And here's how crazy that could be ... the courts can't handle that kind of volume, so cops say they will be arraigned in groups of 10 to 12.
Ex-Patriots Star Brian Holloway
Neighbors Call B.S.
9/22/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The plot thickens in the story of ex-New England Patriots player Brian Holloway ... who went ballistic after his New York home was trashed by a horde of rowdy, drunken teen vandals. Turns out the house was already in disrepair and in FORECLOSURE, and his neighbors smell a rat.
TMZ has learned ... Holloway owes a whopping $1,006,348.80 on the house ... it appears he was delinquent on paying his mortgage and the bank then demanded payment of the entire balance.
Brian hasn't lived in the home for a long time -- he's in Florida -- and neighbors tell us they thought the house was abandoned. In fact, before the blow-out bash, neighbors say kids staged a number of parties in the house -- which has no furniture.
Neighbors think the kids who Brian is now attacking are getting a bad rap. They say there was already plenty of damage to the home before the party in question -- broken doors and damaged floors. And ... there was plenty of preexisting graffiti covering the walls.
Some neighbors are suspicious of Brian's motive in requesting financial help to pay for repairs on his PayPal account. They think he's trying to create sympathy so money floods in and he can save his house.
As for Brian ... he tells TMZ there was some preexisting damage, but the 300 hooligans really trashed his crib. He also says he's been trying to renegotiate with the bank for 2 years.
The clock is ticking -- the foreclosure sale is set for Oct. 29.
Ex-New England Patriots' Star
Parents Threaten To Sue
For Outing Hooligan Kids
9/20/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A former star player for the New England Patriots has been threatened with a lawsuit by delusional parents who claim he's ruined the lives of their kids by exposing a drug/alcohol fueled party at his home.
Brian Holloway tells TMZ, "I blew way past furious" when he discovered several hundred teenagers broke into his vacation home outside Albany, NY over Labor Day weekend.
The kids started tweeting and Instagramming madly inside, posting photos of what looked like a scene out of "Animal House."
Holloway went ballistic, created a website -- helpmesave300 -- and started posting pictures of the damage, as well as the tweets from some of the partygoers -- and those tweets ID'd the kids.
Holloway tells TMZ ... he's been told by the Sheriff's Dept. some of the parents are furious because their poor kids have now been exposed. Some bitch that it will hurt their chances of getting into college. Others whine their poor kiddies are being harassed at school. And they actually have the audacity to threaten a lawsuit.
Holloway says there was plenty of evidence of drugs at the party, including crack and meth. And, of course, a river of alcohol.
He says it's gonna cost $20 - $40k to repair the damage.
The parents should try and bottle their chutzpah and sell it. They could make enough to pay for the damage.
Blocked From Watching NFL in Jail
9/10/2013 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez wasn't watching when Tom Brady and his former Patriots teammates mounted a comeback against the Buffalo Bills this past weekend ... 'cause he's NOT allowed to watch football on TV during his stint behind bars, TMZ has learned.
Sheriff Hodgson of the Bristol County Jail tells us, "While Mr. Hernandez and many other inmates would like to watch football, it is just not part of our policy here ... so that will not be happening. “
Hernandez does have an hour of free time per day ... so, in theory, someone could call him on the phone and play the TV really loud so he can follow along with the action -- but what's the fun in that?
Fox Sports Commentator
FIRED For Homophobic Comments ... BUT
9/8/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Craig James -- a star at SMU and a former member of the New England Patriots in the '80s -- ran for a senate seat in Texas. During a 2012 debate, he had some choice words: Gay people "would answer to the Lord for their actions," and being gay was a choice.
James was hired last month by Fox Sports Southwest and then reportedly fired after just one appearance. According to the Dallas Morning News, an unnamed Fox Sports honcho said, "We just asked ourselves how Craig's statements would play in our human resources department."
Apparently Fox didn't fully vet the dude. The question -- should he be sacked for statements he made before coming on board?
Sen. McCain to Putin
Hand Over That Super Bowl Ring
9/2/2013 12:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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.