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KC Chiefs Trainer 'On Cloud 9' After Learning He Saved Gay NFL Player's Life

6/25/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here he is ... the KC Chiefs trainer who helped save a closeted gay NFL player from killing himself, David Price, tells TMZ Sports he was "elated" to find out he had such a positive impact.

The player is ex-offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan -- who recently came out publicly on Outsports.com after keeping his sexuality a secret during his entire football career.

O'Callaghan -- who played for the Patriots and the Chiefs -- says he was in a dark place toward the end of his career and was on the verge of suicide ... until Price stepped in.

O'Callaghan says Price simply cared enough to talk to him and realized something was wrong -- and convinced him to get help from a team psychologist. That got the ball rolling for O'Callaghan who says he's now in a MUCH healthier mental state and loves life.

We spoke with Price who says he was unaware how important he was to O'Callaghan until he read the Outsports article this week ... but couldn't be more proud of his former player.

"I was just elated, I mean on Cloud 9 that I had that much impact on somebody's life in a positive way."

Price says helping O'Callaghan was a "no brainer" -- and he's confident other people in the league would have done the same thing.

Detroit Lions' Tavon Wilson Accused of Attacking Baby Mama ... Denies Allegation

6/23/2017 12:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

1:38 PM PT -- We spoke to Wilson's lawyer, Mark Schamel, who tells us, "There's video of the incident that shows Ms. Leach is attacked. Mr. Wilson is a witness, Ms. Leach is the victim and Ms. Jackson is the defendant." 

"She's been charged criminally. Her civil claim is meritless and I think she will be convicted for this shortly."Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson is being sued by his baby mama -- who claims the NFL player punched her in the face during a nightclub altercation in May 2016 and broke her nose. But Wilson claims the case is BS.

The woman behind the suit is Alanda Jackson -- who dated Wilson from 2011 to 2014. They have a 3-year-old child together.

Alanda claims she encountered Wilson at Bliss nightclub on May 14 -- where she got into a verbal altercation with Wilson's current girlfriend, Simone Leach.

While Alanda and Simone were arguing, Wilson allegedly grabbed Alanda, threw her to the ground and began punching her in the face.

Alanda claims the attack lasted several minutes before security broke it up.

In her suit, Alanda claims a female friend who was with her at the club was stabbed by a member of Tavon's entourage during the melee. Both women were hospitalized.

Alanda claims she suffered major injuries in the attack -- including a broken nose, a black eye and cuts on her back. She's suing for more than $2.5 MILLION.

The other alleged victim is also suing Tavon -- claiming the NFL player ordered his entourage to "f*ck 'em up" when the initial verbal altercation took place.

We contacted D.C. police who confirm a report was filed at the time of the incident -- but Alanda was the one arrested because Simone claimed she was the real victim.

Wilson is fighting both lawsuits -- he's asked the judge to throw them both out.

We reached out to Wilson's camp for comment. So far, no word back.

Tom Brady Belly to Fat Belly ... With Sumo Wrestlers!

6/22/2017 10:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

Tom Brady is now picking on fat guys ... taking on sumo wrestlers in Tokyo -- and the good news, he didn't get wrecked!

TB12 and his son, Jack, got a private workout while on tour with Under Armour in Asia this week ... and the 5-time Super Bowl champ hilariously tries to join the fun by grappling with a guy twice his size.

Spoiler alert -- big guy didn't budge. But at least he didn't get sumo powerslammed. We've seen that before ... 

Gotta give Brady credit for trying -- he even ditched his shirt to show off his 39-year-old dad bod physique -- but it's pretty weird to see him not dominate something for once.

Eric Dickerson O.J. Can Make Bank After Prison ... Here's How

6/22/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson says O.J. Simpson won't have a problem making money if released from prison ... telling TMZ Sports he thinks Juice can make a killing as a free man.

E.D. -- who admits Simpson is his favorite football player -- says O.J. is still loved by so many fans that he could make a living off autographs and appearances alone.

"I think people love to see O.J. and have him sign stuff, for sure," Dickerson says.

Simpson has been locked up on armed robbery and kidnapping charges since 2008, but could be released as early as October 1 ... and Dickerson believes some fans will welcome him back with open arms.

As for any possibility of returning to football as a coach or broadcaster ...

"HELL NO."

Troy Aikman Ripped for Her Pleasure

6/21/2017 2:54 PM PDT
Breaking News

Here's 50-year-old Troy Aikman showing off his insanely shredded physique while lounging with his brand new smokin' hot fiancee in the Caribbean. 

The Dallas Cowboys legend is a notorious workout-aholic and clearly it's paying off (#abs #pecs). 

Troy's having a helluva year -- he just popped the question to Capa Mooty during a romantic vacation to Italy ... and now they're enjoying the engagement (and she's enjoying the view!). 

No word on when the ceremony will go down -- but the good news, they're both already in wedding shape!

NFL's Letroy Guion Busted For Drunk Driving ... Happy Birthday??

6/21/2017 2:27 PM PDT
Breaking News

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion was busted for driving drunk Wednesday morning ... which just so happened to be his 29th birthday.

Guion -- a 9-year vet in the NFL -- was pulled over by cops in Waikiki, Hawaii at 4:22 AM when they suspected he had been drinking. Instead of blowing out candles, cops had Guion blow into a breathalyzer, which showed he was over the legal limit.

The birthday boy was then arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVII) ... and was released on $500 bond.

Guion has already been suspended 4 games of the 2017 season for performance enhancing drugs.

Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin Arrested For Alleged Nightclub Attack

6/21/2017 1:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NY Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin has been arrested for misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking a dude in an NYC nightclub back in April ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources confirm the 24-year-old turned himself into authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan.

Mauldin -- a 3rd round pick in the '15 Draft -- is accused of punching a man in the face at the Highline Ballroom during an altercation on April 2 after the other man allegedly spilled champagne on him. 

If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail. Mauldin is due back in court in August. 

In addition to the criminal case, Mauldin has also been sued in civil court by the alleged victim -- who says he suffered several broken bones in his face from the beating.

We reached out to the victim's lawyer, Glenn Race, but he had no comment. 

NFL Player Matt Elam Off the Hook ... In Dom. Battery Case

6/21/2017 9:43 AM PDT
Breaking News

Prosecutors have dropped the domestic violence case against ex-Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam stemming from heated altercation with his GF ... officials confirm. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Elam was arrested for domestic battery and grand theft in Florida on May 22 after getting into it with his girlfriend and stealing her cell phone.

According to court records, Palm Beach prosecutors have decided NOT to move forward with the case because the alleged victim stopped cooperating and officials felt there wasn't enough evidence to get a conviction without her. 

Elam dodged a huge bullet ... he was facing at least 5 years behind bars if convicted. 

Now, Elam is free to focus on his OTHER legal issue -- drug charges stemming from a February arrest in Miami. He's due in court for that case next week. 

Jerry Jones Popes It Up at The Vatican

6/21/2017 8:53 AM PDT
Breaking News

The guy with more money than God just met the guy with a direct line to him. 

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones just had a face to face with Pope Francis at the Vatican ... and even gifted his holiness with a customized "Papa Francesco" football jersey. 

The jersey was signed by Jones and other NFL greats including Curtis Martin and Jim Taylor

No word on what the two talked about. Guessing Jerry negotiated some blessings for his QB, his RB and his WR. 

Sidenote: Pope's gotta be a Saints fan, right? 

L.A. Rams Rookies Crash 'Friends' Set ... Diversity Ensues!

6/20/2017 3:52 PM PDT

You're looking at the most black people ever on the set of "Friends" ... courtesy of the L.A. Rams!

The Rams' rookie class hit up the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA on Monday for a spectacular VIP tour of the backlot ... which included Central Perk.

Serious question ... these guys are in their early 20s. Do you think any of them have ever seen a full episode of "Friends"?

Doesn't matter ... the guys had a blast anyway visiting other iconic Warner Bros. movie stuff --- including Harry Potter's broom, the Batmobile and more!

WR's Cooper Kupp and Shakeir Ryan even went behind bars in the jail cell from "Suicide Squad."

Other must-dos ... visit the Hollywood sign, survive an earthquake, go to the Walk of Fame and leave disappointed and get stuck on the 405.

Welcome to L.A.!

Ex-Patriots Lineman I'M GAY ... Used Football as a Beard

6/20/2017 10:46 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-NFL lineman Ryan O'Callaghan -- who played for the Patriots and the Chiefs -- has come out as gay ... and says it was an NFL team staffer who helped save his life. 

O'Callaghan was selected by New England in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL Draft -- and protected Tom Brady in 2007, the year they won the AFC title and went to the Super Bowl. 

O'Callaghan tells OutSports.com he wrestled with his sexuality during his entire football career -- and used football "as kind of my cover for my life."

"Football was the most masculine thing I could do," O'Callaghan told Cyd Zeigler

O'Callaghan says when he knew his football career was ending in 2011, he planned on killing himself. He wrote a suicide note and had guns -- but didn't go through with it. 

Fortunately, Kansas City Chiefs trainer, David Price, noticed he wasn't being himself and advised him to talk to the team's counselor. 

Ryan says he took Price's advice and it saved his life. He later came out to family and friends -- and got the love and support he needed. 

Now, O'Callaghan says he loves life and is glad he decided to go public. 

He also says he never faced bigotry from teammates and believes NFL teams are ready for openly gay players in the locker room. 

Warren Sapp Donating Brain My Memory Is Taking a Hit from Football

6/20/2017 10:15 AM PDT
Breaking News

Warren Sapp says the head hits he sustained during his NFL career are affecting his memory -- saying it "ain't what it used to be" -- and he's donating his brain to science to help future players. 

The NFL Hall of Famer laid out his plan to The Players' Tribune ... admitting, "Yeah, it’s scary to think that my brain could be deteriorating."

Sapp says examples include forgetting a grocery list or how to get to a friend's house he's been to a thousand times. 

"So when it comes to concussions, CTE and how we can make our game safer for future generations, I wanted to put my two cents in -- to help leave the game better off than it was when I started playing."

Sapp says he was in denial about possibly having a football-induced brain injury -- but he's now come to terms with it and wants to be proactive in helping the younger generation. 

Besides pledging his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, Sapp also says he wants tackle football outlawed for pre-high school kids.

"The game is getting better. Let's make it better for everyone involved."

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin I Don't Listen to Le'Veon's Music ... 'Too Old For That'

6/19/2017 1:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin loves him some Le'Veon Bell -- but he ain't listening to the RB's rap music. 

Bell -- aka "Juice" -- has kinda blown up in the rap world over the past year ... getting some real traction from his Skip Bayless diss track and the secret song he recorded with Snoop Dogg.

But Tomlin tells TMZ Sports he hasn't listened to a single second -- not because he's anti-Juice ... "I'm too old for all that."

Tomlin says his teenage kids are probably Juice fans -- but he's an old school kind of a guy. 

"I'm 45-years-old man. I like Erick and Parrish Makin’ Dollas -- I’m an EPMD guy."

BTW, Tomlin was out with his pal, Jay Glazer -- and the two of 'em weighed in on Mayweather vs. McGregor ... with the Steelers coach basically putting the super fight on blast.

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