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Robert Kraft MAD PROPS TO TRUMP ... I Love That Guy!

3/1/2016 10:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0301-trump-kraft-tmz-02New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft just PRAISED Donald Trump -- saying the guy is one of his closest friends in the world ... but stopped short of an official endorsement. 

Kraft -- who supported Obama in 2012 -- issued a glowing statement about Trump to the Boston Globe ... saying he's been a "very close friend of mine for over two decades."

"While I am not comfortable discussing politics publicly, I am very comfortable talking about my friendships with people who happen to be in politics."

Kraft noted the two of them had "a lot of fun together socially, including a very memorable evening in 2005 when I had the privilege of being at his and Melania’s wedding."

But Kraft says the friendship is deeper than partying together ... saying Trump showed his true colors as a friend after Robert's wife Myra passed away in 2011.

"After my wife passed in 2011, he was one of the few people who went out of their way and went above and beyond to assist me through the most difficult time in my life."

"I will always be grateful to him for his thoughtfulness and his continued friendship."

Kraft is not the only Trump fan on the Patriots -- Tom Brady has said he really likes the guy ... but also wouldn't officially endorse him. 

Aaron Hernandez Prison Letter Praises Tom Brady ... Blasts Robert Kraft

2/1/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0129-aaron-hernandez-doc-launch-01Aaron Hernandez raves about his ex-teammate Tom Brady in a new prison letter obtained by TMZ Sports ... but it's clear, he has nothing but disdain for his former Patriots boss Robert Kraft

We've verified Hernandez sent the note from the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center on Dec. 10th ... to a female pen pal he'd exchanged letters with in the past.

Aaron -- who's serving a life sentence for murder -- begins his letter on the attack, ripping the woman for criticizing him in her last correspondence ... and suggesting ways she should kill herself. 

"Tie a cinderblock to your ankles and jump in a deep body of water," Hernandez writes.

He then suggests, "Buy the most powerful firecracker in the world that's possible to buy, tie it to your face with duct tape, light it and wait for your head to explode."

Hernandez then changes subjects and goes off about his former team -- saying:

"I have a TV in my cell! And yes I still root for my squad and still love all the ones I loved.

The closest I was with was probably Brady and whom I love to death and always will and only hope the best for them. But was cool with Julez, Branch (I f**ked with and got mad love for) and 'the BEST TE ever to walk on a football field' Gronk!"

Hernandez moves from love to hate ... ripping into "fake ass non loyal Kraft who told me he loved me every time he seen me but obviously shows his word ain't sh*t." 

Hernandez says no matter what happens to him in prison, he'll continue to support his boys.

"I watch every game faithfully cheering them on and always will cuz I have love for so many of them!"

Jon Jones Chandler's Going Through Growing Pains ... But He'll Be Okay

1/23/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

UFC superstar Jon Jones says his NFL star brother Chandler Jones is doing well after a bizarre police incident last week ... saying he's just going through the "growing pains" of being a celebrity. 

Chandler -- a star defensive end for the New England Patriots -- was hospitalized after dropping to his knees outside the Foxborough PD station in a discombobulated state. He was not arrested.

However, big bro Jon says Chandler has been doing really well since the incident -- telling us, "[He's] a young guy who's had a lot thrown at him" ... including a "new level of fame and success."

Jon says Chandler is now "doing what he has to do to make things right."

"Chandler's in a good position man. I'm so happy for him." 

Chandler and the Patriots take on the Broncos on Sunday -- and Jon says he can't wait to cheer on his bro. 

Darius Fleming 'This Seems Like Manti Te'o to Us' ... Cop Says

1/20/2016 12:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120-darius-fleming-getty-fix-01TMZ Sports has learned the Foxborough Police Department is now looking into the crash claims made by Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming ... and as one law enforcement source put it, "It's starting to look like Manti Te'o."

Here's what we know ... the Foxborough PD has no knowledge of a Thursday night crash similar to one described by Fleming -- in which he claims he pulled a woman out of a smoking car after smashing a window. 

We're told the FPD has been calling other agencies around the area -- and so far, no one has heard of anything resembling Fleming's tale

As one law enforcement source put it -- "What he described is not a minor accident. It's definitely something we would have heard about."

The source adds, "Nobody knows what's going on."

We're told cops are looking to speak with Fleming ASAP. 

Stay tuned ... 

Tom Brady & Gisele Playoffs Can Wait We've Got Youth Hockey to Watch!

1/18/2016 10:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0118-tom-brady-gisele-bundchen-splashTom Brady put family before football Sunday night ... heading out to watch his son Benny play in a youth hockey game with Gisele at the same time as the AFC divisional playoff game. 

The photo agency that obtained the photo tells TMZ Sports the picture was snapped at 7:15 PM ET -- right as Peyton Manning and the Broncos were punching their ticket to face the Pats in the AFC Championship game. 

You'd think Brady would wanna watch the game live to scout out his opponent -- but Tom seemed to be more focused on supporting his adorable 6-year-old son instead. 

#Priorities #FamilyFirst #EspeciallyWhenHesAlreadyPlayedPeyton16TimesBefore

Chandler Jones Shirtless Bizarre Behavior at Cop Station ... Cops Smelled Weed

1/14/2016 9:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0114-chandler-jones-gettyNew England Patriots star Chandler Jones was shirtless and acting very strange outside a police station in Foxborough on Sunday ... and cops say they smelled weed at his home in the moments following the incident ... this according to the police report.

Here's how it all went down ... cops say they first noticed Chandler scurrying toward the cops-only back entrance of their station around 7:40 AM in a pair of blue sweatpants with no shirt. 

Then suddenly, without warning, cops say Jones dropped to his knees, interlocked his fingers behind his head and began to move slowly toward the ground. 

"Honestly, it appeared as if he was actively praying or worshipping," one officer reported. 

When cops sprinted toward Jones, he laid down on his stomach with his arms wide out -- and told cops, "I'm Chandler Jones" ... and that he had "been told" to come to the station.

Cops say Jones was unable to provide them with an explanation about why he was there. 

Cops ultimately determined he had not broken any laws -- and called paramedics to attend to him. 

One of the officers was sent to Chandler's home to grab his keys -- and while there, reported the smell of burnt marijuana in the home. 

However, cops have not said if they ever found weed -- though they noted that Jones was not arrested for any crime ... including marijuana possession. 

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Back On With Hot GF? Partying Together In Hollywood

1/11/2016 1:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0111_Robert_Kraft_Ricki_Noel_Lander_gettyRobert Kraft used the Patriots' 1st round bye to prove he hasn't said bye to hot GF Ricki Noel Lander ... 'cause the two were spotted at a Golden Globes party together Sunday night ... and all signs point to relationship.

The sighting comes months after reports that 74-year-old Kraft pressed pause on his romance with the 30-something-year-old  ... after nearly 4 years together. 

But last night, Kraft and Lander looked very much like a couple ... posing for pictures at the HBO after-party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Our sources connected to the couple tell us the two may never have "officially" broken up -- but there was definitely a lull where they weren't seeing each other as much. 

Bottom line -- they seem back on now ... so, CONGRATS! 

Mark Wahlberg I Love You, Tom Brady ... But Stay Outta Politics!!

1/7/2016 11:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rabid Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg has a tip for his QB and friend, Tom Brady ... do NOT run for public office -- a lesson he might end up learning from Donald Trump.

Mark was leaving The Palm restaurant in Bev Hills when we asked if he thought Brady's backing of Trump might actually sway New England voters.

Check it out ... fair to say, Wahlberg is NOT confident in Brady's ability to close. In politics, anyway.

We're sure he'll still take Brady in the 4th quarter of the playoffs though.

Rob Gronkowski Worst Flight Attendant Ever

11/18/2015 11:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ever wonder what Rob Gronkowski's like at 35,000 feet?

The people at JetBlue let Gronk board one of their planes after they became the official airline of the New England Patriots and let him screw around in the cabin. 

What ensues is pretty hilarious. 

Gronk do what Gronk do. 

Pittsburgh Steelers HEADSET-GATE Team Hurls New Cheating Allegations at Patriots

9/11/2015 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0911-tom-brady-bill-getty-01No deflated footballs this time ... but the Pittsburgh Steelers are strongly insinuating the New England Patriots executed a diabolic illegal plan Thursday night to screw Steelers coaches ... involving headsets. 

The Steelers coaches claim their headsets were not properly functioning for the 1st quarter of last night's game ... and they're pointing the finger squarely at the Pats. 

Here's an article that was posted to the Steelers' official website: 

"This is the kind of stuff that happens to the visiting team in Gillette Stadium all the time. From the start of the game through the opening 14 minutes of the first quarter, the Steelers’ coaches’ headsets were receiving the Patriots Radio Network broadcast of the game."

"The broadcast was so loud that the Steelers coaches were unable to communicate, and the NFL rule is that if one team’s headsets are not working the other team is supposed to be forced to take their headsets off."

"It’s what the NFL calls the Equity Rule. Strangely enough, whenever an NFL representative proceeded to the New England sideline to shut down their headsets, the Steelers headsets cleared. Then as the representative walked away from the New England sideline, the Steelers’ headsets again started to receive the Patriots game broadcast."

Headsets, no headsets ... probably wouldn't have stopped Gronk anyway. 

New England Patriots STADIUM SECURITY BEEFED UP ... Over Deflategate

9/10/2015 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0910-gillette-stadium-state-police-instagramHere's a bad joke based in truth ... cops are PUMPING UP security at Gillette Stadium for tonight's Patriots game ... over concerns stemming from Deflategate. 


But seriously, the Massachusetts State Police Office of Media Relations tells TMZ Sports ... there WILL be an increase in personnel -- explaining, "With everything that's gone on in the off-season, we anticipate the fans will be more enthusiastic, more pumped up than usual ... a little feistier."

We're told the cops will employ the "playoff package" -- which is essentially an additional level of security. 

"We anticipate a playoff like atmosphere," we're told ... "This generally wouldn't be done for season opener."

Tom Brady Big Papi Is Happy I'm Not Suspended

9/4/2015 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0903-david-ortiz-tom-brady-GETTY-INSTAGRAM-01Tom Brady has some big support coming his way after beating Roger Goodell and the NFL in court on Thursday ... but David Ortiz may be the biggest supporter of them all.

As our friends at BSO pointed out ... Papi posted a tweet after hearing the news of Brady's 4-game suspension being lifted ... showing some Boston love after the New England QB was set free.

Shouldn't be surprised by the support ... both Beantown sports legends are no strangers to championships and controversy ... so they definitely have stuff to bond over.


Patriots Cheerleaders Flash New Super Bowl Bling ... Boobs Adjacent

8/17/2015 12:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817_patriots_Cheerleader_super_Bowl_necklace_launchThe Patriots cheerleaders' cleavage looks way more impressive today -- the women got draped in serious Super Bowl ice last night ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Patriots sources tell us the cheer squad had a private ceremony Sunday at Gillette Stadium ... where they were presented with massive diamond-encrusted pendants, featuring 4 Lombardi trophies and the team logo.

The back of the pendant is engraved with the very inclusive message, "We are all Patriots."

Way to go Tom Brady ... the cheerleaders thank you from the bottom of their hearts. Or is that top of their chests? Either way.

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