Drew Brees is finally calling off the dogs on a former Saints teammate who allegedly screwed him out of $160k ... more than a year after battling the guy in court ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Brees had sued former Saints longsnapper Kevin Houser -- claiming the guy (who became a licensed security broker) duped him into buying $160k worth of tax credits from a defunct movie studio that turned out to be bogus and worthless.
Houser had fired back -- saying he NEVER had a deal to represent Brees in the transaction and says Drew simply made a stupid investment and should just take his loss like a man.
Now, we've learned ... the two sides have struck a settlement -- and though the terms are confidential, it's pretty safe to assume Houser probably had to kick over some cash.
We reached out to both sides for comment -- so far, no word back.
For the record, Brees signed a $100 million contract in 2012 ... so clearly, this wasn't about the money -- it was personal.
DRESSES UP IN COSTUME
... to See 'Noah' Movie
3/25/2014 6:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Drew Brees and his wife saw the "Noah" movie the other day ... IN COSTUME ... two by two.
The New Orleans Saints QB and his wife went to a screening of the new Russell Crowe flick by their home in San Diego ... wearing full bible regalia.
Brees -- known as one of the religious guys in the league -- even had a tin foil ax for good measure.
After the movie, Brees tweeted about the experience ... saying, "Saw @NoahMovie the other night at Cinepolis. Opens 3/28. Very intense! #thefloodiscoming."
We get the hashtag is for the movie, but weird since he's so strongly connected to the rebuilding of N.O. after the Katrina floods.
Still, looks like he had fun!
Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins
Yo Philly, Please Buy My Bow Ties ...
I Owe My Wife a Car!
3/18/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Philadelphia Eagles made a huge upgrade this off-season in the fashion department -- their new safety Malcolm Jenkins has plans to dominate the rough and tumble world of bow ties.
The ex-Saints star tells TMZ Sports he's not abandoning the Rock Avenue Bow Ties biz he started last year in New Orleans -- and instead plans to expand in his new hometown.
Jenkins says, "I'm gonna go around the city and see about getting the bow ties into retail stores."
Jenkins started rocking the Pee Wee Herman look back in 2010 -- his 2nd NFL season -- and says he decided to launch his own company when he couldn't find enough variety in stores.
Malcolm joked he really needs a sales spike in Philly to pay off a lost bet with his wife -- ""I owe her a G Wagon."
Something tells us his 3-year, $16.5 million Eagles contract will take care of that.
Still, MJ's company got a nice boost last week when his ex-teammate Roman Harper wore a Rock Avenue t-shirt ... while getting baptized!
C'mon, Philly -- if it's good enough for Jesus ...
Darren Sproles' Wife
STOP ATTACKING ME
I Didn't Curse the Saints!
3/13/2014 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sproles' wife tells TMZ Sports ... she's under attack online over the way she publicly trashed the New Orleans Saints -- but she wants the fans to know her beef is ONLY with management.
After Michel Sproles learned that N.O. was planning to trade her running back husband, she went to Instagram and said the situation was "f**ked up." She also said that God would "get u back."
We spoke with Michel ... who tells us she's been hammered by angry Saints fans who have been blasting her online -- calling her a "golddigger," a "bitch" and worse ... and she wants it to stop.
"I started out just jokingly expressing myself," Michel says ... "It's gotten misconstrued. I wasn't attacking the Saints FANS." Michel says her beef is only with the front office.
Still, Michel says she doesn't regret posting the message ... but notes, "I maybe should have delivered it differently."
"When you're sad, you express yourself as you normally wouldn't."
As for Darren, Michel says he predicted that her post would "blow up" before she put it online ... she disagreed.
"He was right, I was wrong," Michel says. Though she says he hasn't commented about the situation since the post went up.
Michel says she's now trying to move forward and focus on Darren's new team -- the Philadelphia Eagles.
As for the haters, Michel says ... "These people don't have to follow me, they can voluntarily exit my Instagram."
WIFE BLASTS SAINTS
You're Screwing My Husband!!
3/13/2014 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hell hath no fury like the wife of a Saints player scorned ... just ask Darren Sproles, whose wife BLASTED the team after reading reports that N.O. is planning to trade him.
Darren's wife, Michel, UNLOADED on the Saints on Instagram yesterday ... saying by trading the running back, they're robbing him of the opportunity to play for a team of his choosing ... a right she believes he's earned.
"I am so disappointed in the Saints organization & the way they are treating my husband," Michel wrote.
"I understand this is a brutal business but when u have a good guy who works hard & does a lot for the community u would think they would show a little more respect."
"To verbalize to him that they will release him so at least he can choose the team he wants to spend his last few years left in the NFL on & then take it back without a word & try to trade him is f**ked up."
She then says God will take revenge on the team for her -- explaining, "The way my God is set up he gets the last say & can get u back better than the Compton Curse out I wanna give these muthaf**kas!"
She concluded with a couple of hashtags ... #YesICurseAndPraiseGod #OnlyGodCanJudgeMe #IPutHisChargerPicsUpBecauseTheSaintsAintSh*tForWhatTheyDoin
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE ... A short time later, Michel posted a follow-up on Instagram saying her initial post was an "experiment" to expose her husband's "real fans."
Ha. Yeah, right ...
[H/T to our friends at BlackSportsOnline, who broke this story]
Jimmy Graham & Pierre Garcon
Ballin' it Up with U.S. Soldiers
... In Afghanistan
3/12/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmy Graham only knows one speed -- game speed -- and during a USO trip to Afghanistan last week, he broke out his basketball skills during a 1-on-1 game with a U.S. solider.
The New Orleans Saints star -- along with Redskins WR Pierre Garcon and Dolphins punter Brandon Fields -- went to the Middle East to visit soldiers in the field.
"It was an uplifting experience," Garcon tells TMZ Sports ... "It's amazing seeing the work they are doing to protect us."
Garcon says everyone he met was a huge sports fan -- "They were telling us stories about how they wake up at 3am to watch football. And then depending on how their team does, they're in a good mood or bad for the rest of the day."
The gang not only traveled, ate and hung out with the soldiers -- they also tossed around a football in their downtime.
"This experience for me has truly been life-changing," Graham said in a statement following the trip ... "I grew up in a Military home and this just makes me more of a patriot. I have more of an appreciation for the little things we have back home each and every day."
D.A. Is Tweet-Smearing Me
Destroying My Shot at Fair Trial
2/20/2014 4:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper is getting screwed by the L.A. District Attorney ... so says the NFL star's lawyer who claims prosecutors are unfairly trying to destroy his image 140-characters at a time.
Sharper's lawyer, Blair Berk, filed documents blasting the D.A. for an attempted "Trial by Twitter Feed."
In her scathing attack on the D.A., Berk unloads on prosecutors -- claiming they've "embarked on an orchestrated press campaign, through it's paid publicists, to smear Mr. Sharper in the media."
Berk says the D.A. has "intentionally [distributed] highly inflammatory and prejudicial, false, misleading and/or un-adjudicated evidence in this case, clearly intended to destroy Mr. Sharper's presumption of innocence and ability to get a fair trial without even a shred of evidence having ever been properly been admitted in a court of law."
Berk says the D.A. blew off Sharper's camp and ignored his request to present his side of the story before blasting out a statement to the media via the D.A.'s twitter account.
Berk is now asking the judge to step in and shut the D.A. up before they cause any more damage to Sharper's ability to get a fair trial.
Judge BANS Him from Nightclubs
And You Can't Be Alone with Women
2/20/2014 3:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper has just been BANNED from all nightclubs and bars PLUS he's not allowed to be alone with any new women ... so ruled a judge who just announced the terms of Sharper's bail in his L.A. rape case.
The former New Orleans Saints superstar -- sporting a grey suit with no tie -- just appeared in L.A. County Superior Court and plead NOT GUILTY to allegations he drugged and raped two women in L.A.
The judge set Sharper's bail to $1 million and set a series of strict terms, which were actually proposed by Sharper's lawyer:
-- Sharper is to remain in L.A. County
-- Sharper was ordered to surrender his passport
-- Sharper must stay away from nightclubs or bars or any other establishments where alcohol is the primary item for sale.
-- Sharper may NOT be alone with any female he did not know prior to October 30, 2013.
During the hearing, prosecutors claimed they have evidence which shows Sharper had gone through 70 pills of Ambien in 65 days.
FYI -- prosecutors allege Sharper would use Ambien to spike the drinks of his victims.
He's due back in court on April 15.
Poses Problems for Prosecutors
2/20/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Surveillance video has surfaced in the Darren Sharper rape investigation that could blow a huge hole in the case for Arizona prosecutors -- and it's all because of what the footage DOESN'T show ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to the police report ... Sharper's accusers claim they partied with the NFL star at a bar called The Mint for roughly 10 to 15 minutes in the hours before he allegedly drugged and raped the 2 women.
Problem is, multiple sources tell TMZ Sports ... Sharper is nowhere to be seen in security footage taken from The Mint on the night of the alleged attacks.
In addition ... multiple staff members also told cops they never saw Sharper inside their bar that night.
Clearly, this presents a big problem for prosecutors because it could undermine the accusers' credibility.
For his part, Sharper denies any wrongdoing ... not just in AZ, but in all 4 states where he's been accused of raping women.
Shock at His Female Football Camp
'He Could've Had Anyone'
2/16/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Several women who attended Darren Sharper's female football camp are blown away by allegations he raped multiple women -- telling TMZ Sports he could've had any woman he wanted!
The New Orleans Saints superstar hosted the "Football Camp for Her" in N.O. back in 2011 and 2012 ... teaching women about the sport. The event raised money for a breast cancer charity.
Now, after he was charged with drugging 4 women and raping two of them over a 3-month period, some of the women from camp tell us they couldn't be more shocked.
"I saw the way the women were looking at him," one camper says ... "He could've had anyone of those girls. He's a triple threat -- pretty, rich and talented."
All of the women we spoke with described Darren as a "nice guy" ... "He was friendly.. he was a gentleman."
One women told us, "Darren is the type of person that anyone in this town would want as their neighbor."
Of course, Sharper denies the rape allegations ... but one of the female campers says, "If he's guilty, I feel sorry for him that he's that sick."
CUP TESTS POSITIVE FOR DRUGS
... Cops Say
2/15/2014 7:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Officials believe they have a smoking gun in the Darren Sharper rape investigatin ... a shot glass that tested positive for a drug used to knock people out ... this according to court documents.
The L.A. County D.A. filed documents in which the former New Orleans Saints star is accused of drugging 11 people in multiple states (CA, LA, AZ, NV) and raping 7 WOMEN.
But the hardest proof may come from AZ -- where Sharper is accused of going home with 3 women he met in a Scottsdale nightclub on Nov. 20.
According to the docs, Sharper went to their place and poured 2 of them shots. Sharper allegedly raped both of the women.
But ... the next day, the women went to the cops -- and one of the shot glasses Sharper allegedly used to drug his victims was collected from the apartment.
The glass was tested ... and cops say the results show it tested positive for Ambien -- the drug Sharper allegedly used to drug all of his victims.
Sharper was never arrested in AZ -- but he was charged with raping two women in L.A. and if convicted, faces more than 30 years behind bars.
Scratched from Celebrity Cruise
After Rape Allegations
2/15/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper has been REMOVED from an upcoming celebrity cruise to Mexico in the wake of horrific rape allegations ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We know ... the former New Orleans Saints superstar had been booked to appear on the 1st Annual "Saints Ahoy Charity Celebrity Fan Cruise" to Cozumel, Mexico on March 13th.
Sharper was supposed to join fellow Saints studs Lance Moore, Roman Harper and Kenny Stills.
But after Sharper was arrested in L.A. last month for allegedly raping multiple women -- the cruise decided to cut Sharper from the event immediately.
A rep for the cruise tells us, "The minute the allegation became public, Darren was removed from the cruise."
"The people in charge of the charities didn't want it to hurt the sales. It was the best thing for the cruise."
We're told Sharper "no longer has any affiliation with the event."
CHARGED WITH RAPE
NFL Star Allegedly Drugged Multiple Women
2/14/2014 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper has just been charged with 2 counts of rape in L.A. ... after the former New Orleans Saints superstar allegedly drugged multiple women and raped them in his hotel room ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Among the charges ... two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.
Sharper -- who had a Hall of Fame-caliber NFL career as a safety -- is accused of drugging the women with zolpidem (Ambien).
Officials say Sharper met the two women in a West Hollywood nightclub on October 30th and invited them to another party.
On the way, officials say they stopped at Darren's hotel room and he gave them each a shot.
The women then passed out and hours later one of the women claims she woke up with Sharper sexually assaulting her. The second woman says she woke up and "interrupted his actions."
Officials say Sharper STRUCK AGAIN on January 14th ... when he returned to the same West Hollywood nightclub and found two more women.
Sharper allegedly pulled the same scheme -- inviting them back to hs room, gave them a shot, they passed out, he raped them.
Officials say both women left his hotel and sought medical treatment.
Sharper was arrested on January 17th. He was released on $200k bail. In addition to the rape, officials also say he was illegally in possession of morphine.
If convicted, Sharper faces more than 30 YEARS in prison. Officials are recommending the judge set his bail at $100 MILLION.
(Update: We're told the $100 million bail was a typo ... officials meant to request a $10 MILLION bail).
Officials say Sharper is also accused of raping women in 3 other states -- including Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.
As we previously reported, Sharper has addressed the allegations in Louisiana ... claiming the sexual encounter was consensual.