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John Krasinski I Believe In Garoppolo Pats Will Go 4-0 Without Brady

8/17/2016 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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No Brady? No Problem. 

At least, Patriots superfan John Krasinski doesn't seem worried ... telling TMZ Sports his team will go 4-0 with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm. 

Jimmy had a pretty decent showing in the 1st pre-season game last weekend -- going 11-18 for 168 yards against the Saints. 

Can he keep it up against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills??

We'll see ... 

Aaron Hernandez Court Hearing In Double Murder Case

8/16/2016 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0816-aaron-hernandez-GETTY-01Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is expected to appear in court Tuesday -- where a judge is hoping to set a trial date for the double murder the ex-NFL star is accused of carrying out in 2012. 

Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd -- but he's also accused of gunning down 2 men in a drive-by shooting after leaving a nightclub in Boston. 

Prosecutors say Hernandez killed the men because one of them spilled a drink on him inside the club. 

The 26-year-old ex-New England Patriots star is scheduled to appear in Suffolk Superior Court for a status hearing and the judge has said he hopes to set a start date for the trial. 

Hernandez is now armed with a brand new lawyer -- Jose Baez, who famously led Casey Anthony's defense when she was accused of murdering her daughter. 

Robert Kraft Optimistic About Jimmy Garoppolo

8/3/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was in NYC Tuesday night -- so, we had to ask the question everyone wants to know ... "How's Jimmy Garoppolo doing?"

Kraft answered the question positively -- but when we asked if Tom Brady was mentoring his backup QB, Bob just smiled.

Jimmy is all set to start the first 4 games of the season while Tom serves his suspension -- and while Kraft wasn't exactly Mr. Chatty ... Rob Gronkowski recently praised the kid. 

"He’s taken a big step over the past two years," Gronk told SiriusXM's "Movin' the Chains."

"You see him this year and come in at the line, switching the play call, seeing the coverage’s well, reading the linebackers, who is who and what coverage it is. He’s doing a great job this camp so far and it’s still early."

New England Patriots Lineman DEVOURS 2 Pound Steak ... Wins $5k for Charity!

7/28/2016 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728_Tynsboro-Jabaal-Sheard-Ribeye-Challenge_launch_2File Under: EXTREME MEAT SWEATS!! 

Here's New England Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard lining up in front of a 2 POUND monster steak Tuesday -- in what may have been the most delicious charity challenge of his career. 

Sheard hit up Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts (about an hour from Gillette Stadium) -- where owners offered to give $4,000 to charity if he could finish the whole thing! 

We're told people in the restaurant were so pumped -- several customers added to the pot ... which totaled $5,200!  

The good news? SHEARD CRUSHED IT ... devouring the entire Flintston chop in 50 minutes! 

#BadToTheBone 

NFL's Julian Edelman Model Files Paternity Docs ... I'm Preggo with Your Kid!

7/27/2016 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0727-julian-edelman-gettyNew England Patriots star Julian Edelman may have pulled a Tom Brady ... allegedly knocking up a smokin' hot lady ... and then moving on to date a world-famous supermodel. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... a Swedish model, named Ella Rose, has filed paternity docs in L.A. County Superior Court naming Edelman as the father of her unborn child. 

Multiple sources tell us ... Edelman and Rose have had a casual relationship for about 2 years -- but nothing was ever official between the two of them.

Sources connected to the situation tell us Rose is 5 and a half months pregnant -- and she's very confident Edelman's the daddy. 

We reached out to Edelman's agent -- who was very nice, but said he wouldn't comment on Edelman's personal life.

As we previously reported, Edelman is getting close with Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima

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Pats Owner Robert Kraft BLASTS NFL League Screwed Tom Brady

7/15/2016 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0715-tom-brady-robert-kraft-GETTY-01New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft just unloaded on the NFL -- claiming its treatment of Tom Brady has been horrible, unjust and unfair. 

Kraft just issued a statement blasting Tom's upcoming 4-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

"The penalty imposed by the NFL was unprecedented, unjust and unreasonable, especially given that no empirical or direct evidence of any kind showed Tom did anything to violate League rules prior to, during or after the 2015 AFC Championship Game."

He added, "I am most frustrated that Tom was denied his right to a fair and impartial process."

Kraft also took another shot at the investigation -- calling it "flawed and biased from the start" and noting it "has been discredited nearly unanimously by accredited academics and scientists. "

"What Tom has had to endure throughout this 18-month ordeal has been, in my opinion, as far removed from due process as you could ever expect in this country."

"From day one, I have believed in Tom and given him my unwavering support in his pursuit to rightfully clear his name of any wrongdoing. That support extends throughout our organization and has only grown more steadfast as the preponderance of scientific evidence has exonerated Tom. Unfortunately, this stopped being about air pressure a long time ago." 

"This entire process has indelibly taken a toll on our organization, our fans and most importantly, Tom Brady."

"His reluctant decision to stop pursuing further action and to put this situation behind him is what he feels is best for the team in preparation for this season and is fully supported by me and our entire organization."

"Our full focus now is on making the upcoming season a memorable one for all of our fans."

Tom Brady Throws In Towel On Deflategate

7/15/2016 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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071516-tom-brady-gettyIt's over. Finally. 

Tom Brady has announced he's ending his Deflategate fight ... saying, "I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process."

Translation -- I'll take my 4-game suspension.

In a Facebook post, Brady wrote, "It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process."

"I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."

Brady has always maintained he did NOT illegally order team equipment guys to deflate several game balls before the AFC Championship game in 2015.

Earlier this week, an appeals court rejected Brady's request for a rehearing -- and if Brady wanted to continue the fight, he'd have to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He cried "Uncle" instead.

Your ball, Jimmy G. ... 

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Patriots' Malcolm Butler I'm Not Worried About QB Situation ... 'It Is What It Is'

7/13/2016 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler says he ain't sweatin' Tom Brady's 4 game suspension -- telling TMZ Sports he's got other stuff to worry about instead. 

We shot Butler out Tuesday -- before an appeals court rejected Tom's request for a rehearing in the Deflategate case -- and asked how the team felt about Jimmy Garoppolo possibly filling in for TB12. 

It ain't exactly a ringing endorsement for the backup QB -- but Butler doesn't seem panicked either. 

Rob Gronkowski I Wasn't Naked During Shoot But GQ Says ...

5/13/2016 1:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rob Gronkowski went on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Thursday night and said he was NOT fully naked during the GQ photo shoot ... despite what TMZ Sports reported -- but it's a curious situation. 

We reported earlier in the day that RG was in his birthday suit during the racy boat photo with supermodel Hailey Clauson -- but only after a GQ publicist squarely told us in an email, "Yes, he was naked."

Hours later, Gronkowski refuted the claim on 'Kimmel' -- saying he was wearing a tiny Speedo that covered his junk. 

We called the GQ rep back -- and spoke with her boss (the communications director for GQ) who gave us 3 different and intriguing explanations.

First, she said Gronk was "definitely naked on some parts of the shoot."

Then she said, "The info I got is what I gave you" ... suggesting there may have been a cover up over not covering up. 

Finally, the plot totally thickened with her 3rd point -- "Maybe he didn't want to talk about being naked on Kimmel." 

We take Gronk at his word ... but ... interesting. 

Rob Gronkowski Flashes Penis to Supermodel? (Update: Yes.)

5/12/2016 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0512-rob-gronkowski-gronk-gq-cover-02update_graphic_red_bar9:23 AM PT -- We asked GQ if Gronk was really fully naked for the shoot. 

The answer -- "Yes, he was naked."

Boom. update_grey_gray_barSo, here's a pic from Gronk's highly anticipated GQ article ... in which the photo shoot motivation was apparently, "Surprise! Here's my dong!" 

The flashee in the shot is supermodel Hailey Clauson -- who teamed up with the Pats tight end for the cover of the upcoming June issue of the magazine

0512-rob-gronkowski-gronk-gq-cover-03The guy who wrote the article about Gronk spent some time embedded with the NFL star and described his life the following way:

"Gronkowski seems to exist in a permanent shower of champagne spray and nightclub-foam-party foam ... all without ever seeming like a creepy douchebag.”

#GronkJustBeingGronk

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Patriots Safety Pops a Squat With TV Chef On His Back!

5/4/2016 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It was cooking session meets gym session for Patriots safety Patrick Chung this week -- when he stopped a culinary exhibition to do some deep squats ... with a famous chef on his back!

Chung teamed up with celebrity super chef Ming Tsai (you know him from "Top Chef," 'Iron Chef,' etc.) for a fundraiser for Family Reach foundation ... which provides financial aid to families of cancer patients. 

But while Chung was prepping his famous jerk chicken dish -- Tsai challenged him to do some squats while carrying him on his back! 

Chung accepted ... and beasted out in front of the crowd -- and they loved it!! 

They also loved the food -- we're told Chung's got real skills in the kitchen.

Nice work, dude. 

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Stephen Hawking A Brief History of Tom ... I'm a Pats Fan Now!

4/20/2016 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0420-hawking-pats-twitter-01Stephen Hawking -- the most wicked smaht guy on the planet -- is now an official fan of the New England Patriots ... and he's got the custom jersey to prove it.

Pats owner Bob Kraft and his girlfriend, Ricki Noel Lander, met with Hawking -- who was in Boston to lecture at Harvard earlier this week about black holes.  

At some point during the trip, Kraft presented him with the custom jersey -- which included the number Pi  ... also known as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288 ... 

Probably easier to just use the symbol ... 

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Mark Wahlberg Calvin Johnson Should Unretire ... Come to the Pats!!!

3/9/2016 7:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mark Wahlberg ain't buyin' Calvin Johnson's retirement announcement -- saying he hopes the whole thing is just a ploy so CJ can join the New England Patriots. 

Wahlberg was out in Bev Hills when a photog broke the news to him about CJ's retirement from the Detroit Lions. 

MW's reaction -- "Wow, well hopefully he just did that to get out of his contract with Detroit. Then he'll come to New England and get a ring!"

"He needs a ring! He's too good ... he's got too much left in the tank."

Wahlberg also talked about Peyton Manning -- giving the guy some serious props ... and predicted how much longer his good friend Tom Brady will stay in the league. 

MVP in 2026??

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