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Michael Sam

I'm Playing Pro Football Again

... In Canada

27 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-michael-sam-twitterMichael Sam can once again say he is a professional football player, just not in the NFL ... instead he'll be balling in the Canadian Football League.

Sam signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, after getting cut by the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

Alouettes GM Jim Popp says, "With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today. Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team."

Sam says ... "I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal."

Michael has told us he thinks the fact he's openly gay prevented him from getting a fair shake on an NFL roster.

Broncos Antonio Smith

Related to Alleged Child Abuse Victim

Who Claims It Was Sexual

5/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0521_antonio_smith_gettyAntonio Smith's child abuse investigation is not only sexual in nature ... TMZ Sports has learned the alleged victim is one of his relatives.

We broke the story ... the Fort Bend County Sheriff's department in Texas has been investigating the Denver Broncos' new defensive end since late last year.

Now, a family source tells us the accuser told investigators the alleged abuse involved repeated sexual contact from December 2010 through January 2014. We're told the accuser is related to Smith, but not an immediate family member.

According to our source ... the alleged victim also told investigators about a conversation when Smith told her, "God has a plan," and "some relationships are meant to go deeper than just blood lines." 

We're told all the alleged incidents occurred at Smith's home outside Houston. He played for the Texans from 2009 to 2013.

No charges have been filed against Smith. A Broncos rep says the team is gathering information. We've reached out to Smith, but so far ... no response.

Robert Griffin III

My Baby Has Arrived,

But Won't Be RG4

5/21/2015 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_robert_griffin_baby_instagramRobert Griffin III officially became a father Thursday, but he's going to have to wait a while for RG4 ... because his wife gave birth to a girl.

Rebecca Griffin squeezed out 7 lbs, 9 oz. of baby today ... and they named her Reese Anne.

Griffin posted a photo of the happy family, along with the Bible passage, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

Hope RG3 got a really, really good night's sleep last night. As he himself told us ... it's gonna be hard to come by now

Aaron Hernandez

I Didn't Shoot Murder Witness in the Face ...

To Intimidate Him

5/21/2015 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez pled not guilty to witness intimidation -- denying that he shot his friend in the face to keep him from testifying in a double murder investigation. 

According to the district attorney's office, Hernandez intimidated his friend Alexander Bradley -- who allegedly witnessed the tight-end shoot and kill Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in 2012 over a spilled drink.

Hernandez has pled not guilty to the murder charges.

The Suffolk County DA believes Hernandez was paranoid about cops watching him after the murders ... and shot Bradley while driving home from a club in Florida.

Bradley survived, but lost an eye in the shooting.

FYI ... looks like Hernandez got some new prison ink too... a star on his neck included with the word "lifetime."

Interesting choice -- given his life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Warren G

Raiders, Come Back to L.A.

All Is Forgiven!

5/21/2015 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Raiders or Rams ... Rams and Rams -- Los Angeles football fans are dying to find out which team returns -- and Warren G is already making a silver and black pledge in the pigskin civil war.

Warren was leaving Boulevard3 in Hollywood Wednesday night when we asked how excited he was about the possibility of the Oakland Raiders coming back.

The "Regulate" rapper admitted he did dabble in the Rams, in his foolish youth, while they played in L.A. -- but says he remained loyal to the Raiders even after they pulled up stakes ... and even though they've sucked hard for a while now.

As for his cousin Snoop Dogg's Steelers allegiance? Warren and our photog have some questions.

Ray Rice

Domestic Violence Wiped From His Record

5/21/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice is officially no longer a domestic violence offender -- the charges from the elevator beating of his then-fiancee have been dismissed and expunged.

The former Baltimore Ravens star completed a pretrial intervention program, and the Atlantic County D.A. sent a dismissal order to the court. Judge Michael A. Donio signed the order early Thursday morning.

As we previously reported, Rice struck a deal with prosecutors -- he was initially indicted on a charge of felony aggravated assault, but the D.A. lowered that to simple assault, a misdemeanor. The deal was controversial ... especially after TMZ Sports first posted the video of Rice inside a casino elevator, brutally knocking Janay Palmer unconscious.

According to docs, Rice was in the supervised intervention program for 12 months. He also had to pay a $125 fine.

So, Rice has now put the criminal case behind him -- and late last year NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated him, but Rice has not been picked up by a team yet.

Robert Kraft

Goodell Can't Touch This ...

Fancy Dinner with Hot GF

5/21/2015 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robert Kraft has the perfect distraction from all that Deflategate "rhetoric and dialogue" -- a night out in Hollywood with his 34-year-old girlfriend.

The Patriots owner hit up Craig's in West Hollywood, and immediately got peppered with questions about the NFL's punishment of his team and his QB. The only thing Bob really wanted to talk about was his dinner ... but he happily signed a bunch of autographs.

More importantly ... Kraft had his smoke show ex-model gf Ricki Noel Lander with him. She's gotta help take the sting outta losing a million bucks and 2 draft picks.

Come to think of it ... Tom Brady has a similar remedy for this troubles.

NFL's Antonio Smith

Investigated for Child Abuse

5/21/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0520_antonio-smith_gettyDenver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith -- a former Pro Bowler -- is being investigated for alleged child abuse in Texas ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke with the Fort Bend County District Attorney, John Healey, who confirms the child abuse division is handling the case against Smith -- though, so far, no charges have been filed. 

Sources connected to the case tell us ... the accuser claims there are multiple incidents dating back to 2010.

We're told the case was first reported to officials in Colorado back in November -- but the case was forwarded to Texas, because that's where the accuser says the alleged incidents took place. 

FYI -- Smith played for the Houston Texans from 2009 to 2013. 

Healey tells us, "We're trying to discern the truth from the untruthfulness of the claim to decide what charges, if any, will be filed."

A rep for the Broncos tells TMZ Sports, "Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith. We are now in the process of gathering more information."

Report: Aaron Hernandez

Busted for Being Lookout

in Prison Fight

5/20/2015 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417-aaron-hernandez-getty-01More trouble for convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez -- the ex-NFL star was reportedly busted by prison officials this week for being a lookout (poorly, it appears) in a violent prison fight. 

The fight was gang-related, says CNN ... which reports Hernandez agreed to help out an inmate who went into another prisoner's cell and attacked him. 

Shocking, considering Hernandez is currently locked up at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center -- one of the most high-tech maximum security prisons in the country. 

Then again, he's already got a life sentence ... so what does he care?! 

It's not the first time Hernandez has been involved in a fight behind bars -- TMZ Sports broke the story Hernandez fought an inmate at Bristol County Jail back in 2014. 

He was charged for that attack ... and for threatening a jail guard. 

Nick Swardson

I Love the Vikings ...

But AP's Gotta Go!

5/19/2015 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Swardson is a massive Minnesota Vikings fan ... HUUGE ... but the actor tells TMZ Sports his team needs to drop Adrian Peterson, ASAP ... saying he just can't root for a convicted child abuser. 

Swardon's love for the Vikes is well known -- remember, we shot him going berserk in a bar when they passed on Johnny Manziel last year -- so, when we saw him out in NYC today, we had to ask about AP. 

"Get rid of him." 

You gotta watch the clip, Swardson says that while AP is a beast on the field, he just can't get past the brutal images of Peterson's abused 4-year-old son. 

"I'm a diehard Vikings fan but I'm also a fan of children."

Jim Kelly

No Chance Bills Leave Buffalo

... They're Here to Stay

5/19/2015 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Fear not Bills fans ... your new owners will NOT double-cross you and move the team out of Buffalo ... so says legendary Bills QB Jim Kelly

Of course, billionaire Terry Pegula promised the fans the team would stay put when he bought them in 2014 ... but with markets like L.A., Toronto and even London calling ... you never really know. 

But Kelly's VERY confident that Pegula's a man of his word -- he's also pumped about the man Pegula brought in to coach the team ... telling TMZ Sports, "The Rex Ryan era is on the way!!!"

The video's cool -- Jim Kelly's the nicest guy in the world ... and explains why a guy with a cannon for an arm never EVER considered playing baseball. 

Ex-NFL Linebacker

Suicide By Hanging

... Officials Say (UPDATE)

5/18/2015 10:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Robinson Jr. -- the 25-year-old ex-NFL linebacker -- committed suicide by hanging on Saturday ... officials tell TMZ Sports

We spoke with Jeff Moran of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office who tells us, "The manner and cause of death was suicide by hanging."

Robinson -- who played for the Steelers and the Broncos -- is survived by his young daughter Avery Marie.

Ex-NFL Lineman

E.J. Johnson's an Inspiration

5/18/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0515-chad-hardwick-ej-johnson-GETTY-TWITTER-01Magic Johnson's son is getting serious praise from a former NFL lineman ... who says E.J.'s dramatic 100+ pound weight loss is an "inspiration" for people looking to turn their lives around. 

We spoke with former Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick ... who dropped 85 pounds in 4 months after he retired in 2014 ... and he says he knows exactly what E.J. had to go through. 

"It's hard work," Hardwick says ... "For E.J. to drop more than 100 pounds is significant. He is an inspiration for folks who want to get smaller and healthier and live longer."

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Hardwick says he hopes the two could even team up to educate other people about how to shed the weight ... and more importantly, how to keep it off and stay healthy in the long run. 

"Just like E.J., I'm excited about my new lifestyle and want other people to be just excited ... I would love to get something going with him, together we can help save lives."

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