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Bengals WR John Ross I'm Down To Race Usain Bolt!! ... For a Good Cause

7/22/2017 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The world's fastest man is getting a challenge from the best 40-yard-dash sprinter in NFL combine history ... 'cause Bengals rookie John Ross says he's down to race Usain Bolt.

We spoke with the ex-Washington star about going up against the 8-time Olympic gold medalist ... and Ross says he's open to facing off with Bolt after he gets his rookie season under his belt.

Ross -- who blew scouts away when he ran a 4.22 at this year's combine -- also believes the speed showdown could raise some money for charity in the process.

Of course, Bolt is set to retire in August ... so, maybe Ross would have a chance??

Pacman Jones Suspended Without Pay Over Insane Hotel Incident

7/21/2017 9:44 AM PDT
Breaking News

Pacman Jones has finally received his NFL punishment over that hotel incident in which he allegedly assaulted a security officer and told a cop to "suck my d*ck" ... and he'll only miss 1 game.

The incident went down back in January and the aftermath was recorded on police cameras. Jones not only cussed out the arresting officer, he also wished death upon him.

Jones was initially arrested for disorderly conduct, assault and obstructing official business -- but the first two charges were dropped and he ultimately pled guilty to the 3rd.

The NFL says Jones will be suspended without pay for the first 2017 regular season game for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

The NFL says it considered the crazy video of Jones going off on the cops when the league decided his punishment.

The league issued a letter to Jones saying, "As you acknowledged, your post-arrest words and actions reflected poorly on you and your family, the Cincinnati Bengals football club, and the NFL. While it is our understanding that appropriate apologies have been publicly extended, they do not completely negate your behavior and admission of culpability for the underlying conduct."

Jones has 3 days to appeal the punishment, if he chooses to do so.

NFL's Brandon Marshall Don't Tell Me Geno Smith Is Better Than Kaepernick

7/21/2017 7:22 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Geno Smith. Ryan Fitzpatrick. Matt Barkley

They have jobs. Colin Kaepernick doesn't. And it's not sitting right with Brandon Marshall

The Denver Broncos linebacker has been a staunch ally and friend of Colin's for years -- since they played together at Nevada back in college, where they were also fraternity brothers. 

Marshall -- who famously joined Kap's national anthem protest last season -- says Colin is still immensely talented and driven and BELONGS in the league. 

He also tells us Colin's smart, talented, hard-working -- he's not a menace and won't do anything to cause an NFL organization any issues if he's signed this year. 

Marshall also has strong feelings about Mike Vick's haircut comments -- saying, "Those words should never have come out of his mouth from a black man to another black man."

James Harrison vs. Duke Riley Savage Strength Showdown Movin' 7,300 lbs.

7/20/2017 12:51 PM PDT
Breaking News

James Harrison is the KING of crazy strength training videos ... but an NFL rookie might be comin' for the throne.

In the blue corner ... 39-year-old Steelers LB pushing a sled weighing OVER 1,800 POUNDS -- that's one plate for each year of his life.

In the red corner ... 22-year-old Falcons LB Duke Riley pulling an SUV weighing AT LEAST 5,500 POUNDS -- a 2017 Yukon Denali plus his buddy in the driver's seat.

James takes a few tries. Duke did his easy.

Keep in mind, though ... pushing is harder than pulling -- and Duke has wheels workin' for him too.

So, what's more impressive?

Mike Vick Regrets Kaepernick Hair Comments 'Truly Sorry For What I Said'

7/20/2017 8:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

Mike Vick says he never should've suggested Colin Kaepernick cut his afro to look more presentable to NFL owners ... and admits he "should've used a better choice of words" when addressing the free agent QB.

Vick's been under fire since he made controversial comments about Kap on FS1's "Speak for Yourself" earlier this week ... and the ex-NFL star says his original message was taken out of context.

"Obviously, we all know his afro has nothing to do with him being signed, and I wasn't trying to relay that message. It was just more so about helping him at the end of the day," Vick told the "Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday.

Vick says he's always been a Kaepernick supporter and is "truly sorry for what I said."

Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch Kaepernick's Hair Ain't A Problem He's Not Being Blackballed

7/20/2017 7:18 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Steve Tisch says Michael Vick is dead wrong about Colin Kaepernick ... telling TMZ Sports his hair has nothing to do with his NFL return, because Tisch doesn't think he's being blackballed.

We got Steve, the co-owner of the NY Giants at Craig's out in L.A. and asked him if he thought there was any truth to Michael Vick's controversial statements about Colin Kaepernick's appearance.

Vick said Kaep should cut his afro to show NFL teams a cleaner cut look, with the thinking being that chopping his locks could make him more presentable to owners afraid of his off-the-field activism.

Tisch flatly told us he didn't think it was about the hair, and when we asked if he believed Colin was getting blackballed at all -- something a lot of NFL players think -- he said "No."

Rob Gronkowski's Ex Finalist For S.I. Swimsuit Issue Has All-Pro Competition

7/19/2017 3:33 PM PDT

Who's ready for chicks in bikinis?

We've got smokin' hot pics of 15 finalists all fighting for 1 spot in the S.I. Swimsuit issue ... including Camille Kostek -- the on-again, off-again GF of Rob Gronkowski.

Gronk's ex ain't the only hottie in the group -- its an All-Pro field with ladies of all shapes and sizes. 

The contest started with thousands ... but S.I.'s only picking 1 to appear in the mag when the issue hits the presses.

How? We got no idea. But we're all winners here.

Ezekiel Elliott Incident Cops Suspend Investigation ... Can't Find Victim

7/19/2017 2:46 PM PDT
Breaking News

Dallas PD has suspended the assault investigation stemming from an incident where a man was allegedly knocked out by Ezekiel Elliott ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.

The incident went down at Clutch Bar in Dallas Sunday night. Multiple witnesses have told us they observed Elliott punch a man in the face after a heated discussion.

A rep for Dallas PD confirms they've suspended their investigation 'cause they haven't been able to get a hold of the victim.

"Dallas detectives made several attempts to contact the victim through various ways but at this time have not been able to make contact. To date no witnesses have come forward to provide any additional information about this incident."

For Zeke's part, his reps have said he wasn't arrested or charged with any crime.

Ex-NFL Player James Hardy Death Ruled Suicide

7/19/2017 11:06 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-NFL player James Hardy III's death has been ruled a suicide by officials in Indiana ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Hardy -- who spent 4 years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens -- was found dead in a Fort Wayne river on June 7.

Officials said his family had reported him missing a week earlier and that it appeared his body had been in the water for several days.

The Allen County Coroner said the cause of death is "Asphyxia due to drowning."

Hardy was a 2nd round pick to the Bills in 2008 after a successful career at Indiana.

NFL Star Dante Fowler Arrested For Battery Allegedly Punched Man, Threw Liquor In Lake

7/19/2017 8:31 AM PDT
Breaking News

Jaguars star DE Dante Fowler was arrested for battery after allegedly roughing up a man Tuesday night in Florida ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Fowler -- the 3rd overall pick in the '15 draft -- was arrested by St. Petersburg PD around 8:30 PM after cops say he got into a fight at an apartment.

According to the police report, Fowler, 22, punched a guy and broke his glasses after a verbal argument in the parking lot of an apartment complex. The report also says Fowler grabbed a grocery bag carried by the alleged victim -- with newly purchased liquor -- and threw it into a nearby lake.

Cops say the victim didn't have any visible injuries. Cops also noted they don't believe DF was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Fowler was arrested for 2 misdemeanors ... simple battery and criminal mischief.

D.F. was taken to Pinellas County Jail. He's since been released after posting $650 bond.

The Jaguars released a statement addressing the arrest ... saying they were aware of the situation, and have been in contact with Fowler.

FYI -- this isn't the first time Fowler's been involved in a violent situation. Last year he stood by and watched as his GF and baby mama beat the crap outta each other ... before finally intervening. 

Terrell Owens Mike Vick's Wrong About Kaepernick ... His Hair's Irrelevant

7/19/2017 7:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Terrell Owens says it's absolutely ridiculous for Mike Vick to suggest Colin Kaepernick should cut his afro to be more presentable to NFL teams ... telling TMZ Sports Kap's hairdo is completely irrelevant.

We filled T.O. in on Vick's comments on FS1's "Speak For Yourself" earlier this week -- when Vick said Kap's first step to finding a new team should be to cut his 'fro -- and Owens is clearly against the idea.

T.O. thinks there isn't one bit of truth to Vick's statements ... and says Kap's appearance is not the reason why he's currently unemployed.

Anthony Munoz Manziel Will Get Another Shot ... America Always Forgives

7/19/2017 6:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the greatest players in NFL history thinks Johnny Manziel WILL get another shot in the NFL ... Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, who says America always gives second chances.

We got Munoz at LAX and asked him if the new Johnny Football has a chance to capture his old pigskin glory again, or if he's done too much to ever be taken seriously again.

When we say "new" we mean it ... Johnny has been keeping his nose extremely clean, working out, laying low, and hanging out with his brand new fianceeBre Tiesi.

Munoz says if that guy is here to stay, he thinks it's only a matter of time before some NFL GM gives Johnny a chance to redeem himself.

You hear that, kid? Don't mess it up.

Jerry Jones on Zeke: 'Rock Star' Life Ain't Easy ... Media's Always on You

7/18/2017 1:17 PM PDT
Breaking News

Jerry Jones has spoken out following Ezekiel Elliott's alleged bar fight ... saying Zeke's got to do a better job dealing with the "rock star" lifestyle.

The Dallas Cowboys owner didn't address the incident ... but made it clear the superstar RB needs to be more careful cause the cameras are always rollin'.

"Because of his style and personality, it’s like a rock star wherever he goes in terms of attention,” Jones told reporters.

"Certainly Zeke is evolving and being subject to needing to learn how to deal with the media and social media the way it is today. ... We want to continue (to) educate ourselves as to how behavior, how it can be portrayed."

Basically, ya gotta watch every step you take.

FYI, the Dallas PD's still investigating the incident ... but hasn't named any suspects.

TMZ Sports obtained two videos of the victim from witnesses who told us Zeke threw a punch -- injuring another bar patron.

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