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Geno Smith Teammate Calls BS On Fight Claim ... IK Punch Was About Money

11/12/2015 11:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1112-smith-enemkpali-getty-01Geno Smith's claim that IK Enemkpali's jaw punch WASN'T about money is a LIE ... that's according to a NY Jets player who witnessed the attack ... and says he heard IK talk about the cash.

Smith recently spoke out about the incident ... saying the idea the fight was about $600 he owed IK after flaking on a football camp appearance is "the biggest misconception in America."

TMZ Sports talked with a respected Jets veteran on the condition of anonymity ... and he says Geno's statement simply doesn't jive with what he saw and heard that day.

"Geno just saying that sh*t 'cause he don't wanna look bad."

Our source says IK was fuming about Geno's no-show even before the fight ... and personally heard him mention the money as the two men were being separated.

"IK was clearly upset about him not showing up to the camp. IK was talking it up to everyone at the camp that Geno was gonna be there."

Here's the blow-by-blow: 

"So IK approached Geno about it in the locker room. he was clearly frustrated, and they were yelling at each other. And Geno said he didn't wanna talk about it, and kinda turned around, and that's when IK sucker punched him. Then we were pulling them apart, and then IK was like, 'You owe me money!'"

By the way, if Geno is lying ... it wouldn't be the first time -- remember the plane incident of 2014?

NFL's Nick Mangold The 911 Call That Took Down Burglary Spree

9/8/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ Sports has obtained the 911 call made by New York Jets lineman Nick Mangold that seems to have brought down a major NJ crime spree ... and you can hear, Nick made all the RIGHT moves. 

We broke the story ... Mangold's home was targeted by burglars last month -- only, he heard the bad guys trying to get into his car and immediately called for help. 

During the call, Mangold remains calm and quiet and smartly DOES NOT try to confront the suspects. 

Cops raced to the scene and eventually arrested 5 suspects. Cops believe the ring may have been responsible for nearly 50 burglaries in the area.

Props to Nick.

NFL's Sheldon Richardson Pleads Not Guilty In Alleged Bentley Chase

8/31/2015 10:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0831-sheldon-richardson-instagramSheldon Richardson's digging in his cleats ... pleading NOT GUILTY to resisting arrest stemming from an incident where he allegedly led cops on a high speed chase in his Bentley.

Cops say the NY Jets defensive lineman was clocked at 143 MPH and blew through a red light while racing another car in St. Louis on July 14th ... with a 12-year-old child in the backseat of his ride ... with a gun in the car.  

Richardson -- who's currently suspended from the Jets for a failed drug test -- was ultimately charged with resisting arrest, failure to have license plate lights, excessive speeding, running a red light and following too closely. He pled not guilty to everything. 

If convicted, Richardson could face time in county jail ... plus fines. He's due back in court October 5th.

NY Jets' Nick Mangold Pro Bowl Citizen ... Helps Take Down Car Burglary Ring

8/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826_Nick-Mangold_gettyNY Jets stud Nick Mangold is an All-Pro level crime stopper after playing a crucial part in cops busting a roving pack of teenagers, turned alleged car burglars.  

Here's how it went down ... cops say Nick was awakened early Sunday morning at his Chatham, NJ home when his car alarm started blaring. Nick ran to his garage and found the door was open ... so he immediately dialed 911.

Cops rushed to the 'hood and tracked down 5 suspects, just one mile from Mangold's crib. An 18 and a 19-year-old were arrested, along with 3 juveniles -- and the J-E-T-S center might have hit the jackpot with that phone call.

We're told there's been a string of more than 40 car burglaries in the area recently!

So far the suspects have each been charged with 5 counts of burglary, 3 counts of theft and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Darrelle Revis No More Fists In Jets Locker Room

8/18/2015 7:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Darrelle Revis is giving the "ALL CLEAR" on fights between Jets players ... one week after his QB Geno Smith got sucker punched by backup linebacker IK Enemkpali.

We stepped onto Revis Island -- on the island of Manhattan -- after he made a coffee run, and asked if the dust had settled in Gang Green's locker room.

DR did his best to calm the nerves of Jets fans everywhere, but he had less luck calming down a persistent autograph seeker.

Watch the clip ... now Revis knows how NFL receivers feel lining up against him.

Geno Smith 'Can't Feel My Face' ... After Lions Jab

8/14/2015 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Geno Smith literally got punched in the face by his old teammate ... and now he's figuratively taking it on the chin during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

Lions announcers took a swipe at the injured Jets QB during player intros prior to the game … playing “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd during his introduction … clearly making fun of his broken jaw.

TMZ Sports broke the story -- IK Enemkpali broke Geno's jaw in a dispute over money.

BSO pointed out the Motor City jab … which we're sure Geno isn’t finding all that funny.

Shawne Merriman Rex Ryan Is Trolling the Jets

8/13/2015 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rex Ryan is 100% sticking it to his old team by signing the player who broke Geno Smith's jaw ... according to former NFL stud Shawne Merriman.

IK Enemkpali was signed by the Buffalo Bills yesterday -- 24 hours after the Jets booted him for tuning up Smith, and when we got former Bills star Merriman at LAX ... he said it's totally gamesmanship on Rex's part.

Check out the clip -- Merriman says Rex fired a "direct shot" to put the Jets on notice.

Tip for Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel -- guard your grills.

NY Jets Players Slam Sheldon Richardson 'Fire His Ass!!'

8/1/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0731-sheldon-richardson-getty-01Several members of the NY Jets tell TMZ Sports ... they want Sheldon Richardson OFF THE TEAM -- claiming his speeding arrest with a 12-year-old in the car is simply "disgusting."

We spoke with multiple starters from the Jets who tell us they're well aware of the allegations against Richardson -- that cops say he was clocked at 143 mph in his Bentley on July 14th with a 12-year-old kid and a gun in the car. 

"He shouldn't be back on the team," one NY player tells us ... "It's disgusting to think he'd do something like that with a kid in the car."

Another starting player tells us, "I'm very disappointed in what he did. I have kids, I can't even imagine doing what he did."

Richardson has already been suspended for the first 4 games of the season for failing an unrelated weed test -- but the Jets say they're now looking into this incident as well to see if they need to take action. 

But if he never came back, it clearly wouldn't bother some of the Jets -- one of whom told us, "I never liked him anyway."


Denise Richards Rocks NY Jets Bikini

7/30/2015 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0730_denise-richards_jets_swimsuit_startraksThe NY Jets are one step closer to being the hottest team in the NFL -- all thanks to Denise Richards

The 44-year-old rocked a tiny Gang Green bikini out in San Diego this week ... begging the question -- since when is she a Jets fan?!

She's not from NY or NJ ... and she's never really talked about having a favorite football team ... but hey, the bikini looks good! 

Jets Fans Troll Patriots Practice You're All Cheaters!!

7/30/2015 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0730-jetsfan-twitterLeave it to the NY Jets fans to throw salt in the Patriots wounds -- trolling the team by flying a "CHEATERS" banner over the New England practice today. 

The sign, created by Jets Fan Media, read ... "Cheaters Look Up."

Don't worry, Pats Nation is already firing back on the Jets Fan Media twitter page -- one guy wrote back, "The only banner Jets fans will see for a long time." 


Mike Vick Police Report QB Allegedly Threatens Ex-Business Partner ... Vick Calls B.S.

5/10/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Mike Vick's ex-business partner claims he's been on the receiving end of some nasty threats from the QB ever since their hairbrush company hit the skids .. and now he's filed a police report against the NFL star. Though Vick's reps say the whole thing is a bunch of crap. 

The man behind the allegations is Tony "Bachelor" Fortune -- who teamed up with Vick to launch WaveMasterz brushes back in 2014. In fact, Vick came on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" and was pumped about the product.

The company was KILLIN' IT back in December ... but Fortune says there was a major rift in their relationship ... and the two have been at war for months. 

Now, we've learned Fortune filed a report with the East Rutherford Police Department ... claiming Vick threatened him back in December and January. 

Cops tell TMZ Sports ... they're aware of the allegations ... but at this point, they're not considering charges against Vick. 

We spoke with Fortune who tells us he's hell-bent on pushing forward with his case against Vick -- calling him an "evil man" who has "no place in society."

A rep for Vick says the allegations are "absolutely false" ... adding," If there was any validity to his claims about Mike regarding their business association, he would have filed a civil suit. But since his claims are false, he's doing everything he can to smear Mike's name, including filing a police report and contacting TMZ."

Jessie James Decker 2nd Baby Wasn't Planned ... Pleasant Surprise!

4/14/2015 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's tough to cover NY Jets receiver Eric Decker

Apparently, it's even tougher to cover his penis ... 'cause his wife is pregnant with Baby #2 ... and she tells us the kid wasn't exactly planned. 

We got country superstar Jessie James Decker out in NYC this morning ... who's due in September BTW ... and she told us a 2nd kid was always in the cards, but didn't expect it so soon! 

Sort of a pleasant surprise kind of a thing. 

Question is ... do you ever tell that to the kid? We asked Jessie ... she had a pretty good explanation. 


Antonio Cromartie I Could Totally Win 'Hell's Kitchen' ... Holla At Me Gordon!

3/23/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0320-chef-cro-TMZSPORTS-01Antonio Cromartie burns in the NFL and the kitchen ... so much so that the NY Jets superstar tells TMZ Sports he wants to be on Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" ... and he thinks he could win.

We spoke to Cromartie -- or "Chef Cro" -- and turns out he takes his smoke game so seriously he's willing to show the world he can out-cook the masses on the hit FOX competition cooking show.

"I want to be on Hell's Kitchen and I think I could win."

Cromartie isn't talking about tossing some fish sticks in the oven either ... it turns out the Pro Bowler's culinary arsenal includes dishes like lemon herb chicken, pork chops, and of course, the staple spaghetti. 

While he normally cooks with a cute little sous chef -- his four-year-old daughter Jersey -- Cromartie says he'd be willing to give up the help and do it alone for the show.

"If Gordon Ramsay ever gave me a shot I would surprise him."

Be careful Antonio ... if you think Rex Ryan was a hard-ass you ain't seen nothing yet.

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