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NFL's Mike Tolbert Pays Car Shop $3,900 In Coins Cops Called In Bill Dispute (Update)

9/28/2016 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-mike-tolbert-getty-02update_graphic_red_bar8:00 AM PT -- TMZ Sports spoke with Tolbert who says he tried to pay with a check, but the shop said they would only take cash. 

So, he went to the bank and got the money ... in change. 

As for the dispute, Tolbert says he NEVER threatened anybody -- but says he firmly believes he was intentionally overcharged by more than $1,000 because he's an NFL player. 

Tolbert says his car still isn't running correctly and he'll be taking it to another shop for further repairs. 

One last thing ... Tolbert says the shop is slandering him -- and if they don't stop, he'll consider taking legal action. update-grey-gray-barHere's a jerk move -- Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert paid an auto shop $3,900 IN COINS after feuding with the owner over the price of a new motor.  

It all started when Tolbert went to Motion Lab Tuning to get some work done -- but MT says the place tried to rake him over the coals because "I'm a millionaire." He posted on Instagram calling the owner a crook. 

But the shop has now fired back in a Facebook post (likely written by the owner) -- claiming Mike was the real problem ... demanding free work because of his NFL status. 

The shop says the dispute got so intense, Mike and a friend threatened him -- so he called police and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD banned Tolbert from the property. 

However, that wasn't the end of the war ... the owner claims, "In a passive aggressive manner, [Tolbert] thought he would get the last laugh by paying in coins." 

"Pretty dumb really. All $3,900 in coins were easily identifiable as they came from a bank in boxes and perfectly counted out. I will say this, those coins will be taken in the boxes they came in and will be taken to a teller at BOA for deposit."

The worst part of the story -- the shop owner says, " I also have to break it to my son who is a fan of Mike Tolbert that he is a real scumbag that doesn't want to pay his bills."

[H/T Jalopnik]

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RG3 Divorce Docs No Chance We Reconcile 'Conflict of Personalities'

9/27/2016 11:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0927_Robert-Griffin-III_rebecca-liddicoat_gettyRobert Griffin III is making it clear ... his marriage is dead -- claiming in divorce docs there is ZERO chance of a reconciliation.  

The Cleveland Browns QB filed for divorce from his college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat earlier this month -- and in court docs obtained by Bossip, RG3 spells out why he pulled the plug. 

"The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities between petitioner and respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation."

And if that wasn't clear enough, remember RG3 tatted his NEW girlfriend's name, Grete Sadeiko, on his arm to hammer the point home. 

0817-rg3-tattoo-getty-01In the divorce docs, filed in Texas, RG3 also says he wants Liddicoat to have primary physical custody of their 1-year-old daughter ... and he has agreed to pay child support. 

However, Griffin notes that he wants to be "joint managing conservators" -- which would give him shared authority to make major decisions in his daughter's life. 

So far, Liddicoat has yet to comment on the divorce. 

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Tom Brady & Gisele Hot Bikini Shots On a Boat ... Who Needs the NFL?!?

9/27/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0927_tom_brady_gisele_bundchen_shirtless_thong_butt_launch_2Tom Brady doesn't need Rob Gronkowski -- he's already got the best tight end in the business!!

While the rest of the Patriots are preppin' for the Bills ... Tom was boating around Italy with Gisele ... who was showing off her insane physique in a black thong bikini. 

Deflategate ... best punishment ever. 

Ex-NFL Star Greg Hardy Arrested for Cocaine Someone Slipped It in My Wallet

9/26/2016 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0926_greg_hardy_mushot_wmFormer NFL star Greg Hardy was arrested for possession of COCAINE late Sunday night in Texas ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

According to the police report, Hardy was pulled over in a 2010 Dodge Challenger because he didn't use a turn signal.

Cops say Hardy and his passenger told them they had just eaten at Applebee's and were headed home. Police asked them if they had anything illegal inside the vehicle, and Hardy said no ... and then gave them permission to search the car. 

Police say they found a Louis Vuitton wallet on the center console -- which contained, "a purple plastic baggie containing a white pasty substance," along with multiple gun range membership cards. They also found a brown weed grinder.

Cops say they tested the substance in the LV wallet -- and it came back as cocaine. According to the report, Hardy told cops he didn't know what it was and said someone must've put it in there when he passed his wallet around at a party the night before.

Hardy was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance -- less than a gram. He was taken to Richardson City Jail ... where his bail was set at $5K. 

On the report, the former Pro Bowler is listed as "unemployed."

Hardy was arraigned Monday morning ... and bailed himself out moments ago.

Cowboys Legend Drew Pearson I Love Dak Prescott ... But This Is Romo's Team

9/26/2016 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0926-tony-romo-drew-pearson-dak-prescott-GETTY-01Dak Prescott is good ... but Tony Romo is GREAT and Dallas will be even BETTER when he returns to the field ... so says Cowboys legend Drew Pearson

TMZ Sports spoke to the Super Bowl XII champ who tells us why he doesn't think Romo should/will lose his starting job to the rookie ... despite the fact he's been playing pretty damn well. 

"This organization really believes in Tony. What Dak is doing right now, Romo will do even better."

In fact, Pearson says Dak's impressive play is taking a huge weight off Romo's shoulders -- allowing him time to fully heal from his injury so he can return at 100%.

"When he gets back, he’ll get to prove he can perform at the same level or better than before his injury."

"There’s an old saying Coach Landry used ... and it’s that a starter doesn’t lose his job due to injury. When he gets back, he’ll get to prove he can perform at the same level or better than before his injury. It’s your job when you come back as long as you can perform at the same level."

Eric Dickerson If Carson Wentz Was An L.A. Ram He'd Be Sittin' On The Bench

9/25/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Carson Wentz is lightin' it up in the league ... but if he was on the L.A. Rams, he'd be sittin' on the bench, just like Jared Goff ... NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson tells TMZ Sports.

Dickerson -- one of the greatest Rams of all time -- joined "TMZ Sports" (weeknights on FS1) to discuss the 2 QBs ... and whether the Rams screwed up selecting the one they did.

FYI -- Wentz, the #2 pick, has led his Eagles to a 2-0 start (3 TDs, 0 INTs). On the other hand, Goff, the #1 pick, was inactive for the Rams 1st game ... and served as the backup for the 2nd.

So, does Eric think the Rams screwed up not drafting Wentz? And if they drafted him, would he be killin' it with the Rams like he has with the Eagles?

Check out the clip! 

Terrell Suggs I'm 'The King' Of The Gridiron... Custom LeBron Cleats!!

9/25/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0923-terrel-suggs-shoes-tmz-sports-wm-02Watch the throne, Kanye ... there's a new name in football cleats ... and he goes by King James.

Two weeks after 'Ye debuted the first ever Yeezy Boost football cleats with NFL stars like Von Miller and DeAndre Hopkins, Baltimore Ravens stud Terrell Suggs is bringing LeBron James' signature shoes to the gridiron.

TMZ Sports spoke with Marcus Rivero, owner of Soles By Sir, who converted a pair of Nike LeBron Soldier IX basketball shoes into football cleats.

The process? It was basically taking the sole of a pair of cleats, and fusing it with the sole of the 'Bron shoe. 

Rivero says the final product -- painted with purple and gold Ravens colors -- costs about $1,000 to complete.

We're told Terrell plans to wear the cleats on Sunday against the Jaguars. 

Note to LeBron ... get on this ASAP. There's money to be made!!

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Antonio Cromartie's Mom Moves Out Of House He Bought Her ... After He Threatened Eviction

9/25/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0923-antonio-cromartie-TMZ-01The mother of NFL star Antonio Cromartie has moved out of the house he bought her back in 2007 and then tried to evict her from ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Cromartie attempted to kick his mom, Cassandra Wilkerson, out in August after she refused to start paying the $700/month mortgage payments, 'cause she thought the house was a gift.

We spoke to Wilkerson, who tells us she and her husband weren't successfully evicted, but decided to get the hell out of Dodge -- and bought their own house on September 16th. 

She says she hasn't spoken to Antonio in two months because of the house disagreement and "doesn't understand why he's so vindictive" toward her.

We reached out to Cromartie, but he had no comment.

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NFL's Terrence Cody Released From Jail Early ... In Starving Dog Case

9/24/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-terrence-cody-getty-01The ex-NFL player who starved his dog to death has been released from a Baltimore jail 3 months early ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Terrence Cody -- who last played for the Baltimore Ravens -- was sentenced to 9 months behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges back in March. 

Prosecutors said the 28-year-old didn't feed his Canary mastiff for up to ten weeks. They also said the dog was kept in a crate that was never cleaned. 

According to a rep for the jail, Cody was released on September 21st. He was given 88 days credit for working and good behavior.

The judge also gave him 18 months probation. During that time, he's not allowed to own any animals.

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Ex-Pats Star Troy Brown Belichick > Lombardi Greatest Coach Ever

9/23/2016 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Belichick is a flat out BETTER COACH than Vince Lombardi ... so says a guy who won 3 Super Bowls with B.B., former star wide receiver Troy Brown.

Brown joined "TMZ Sports" (Friday night on FS1) to shed light on how Belichick's Tom Brady-less Patriots are 3-0 ... under a 2nd and 3rd string QB.

What T.B. says is shocking ... proclaiming B.B. a better coach than the man widely considered to be the greatest football coach of all-time, Vince Lombardi.

Watch the clip ... and check out the full interview tonight!

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Dash Cam Talked Himself Into DUI Arrest 'I Gotta Take A Huge S***'

9/23/2016 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained the dash cam footage from Austin Seferian-Jenkins' DUI arrest -- and he ALMOST got off scot free ... until he started running his drunken mouth.

The ex-Bucs tight end was pulled over for an improper lane change after cutting off a cop -- and moments after the stop, the officer was going to let ASJ off with a warning.

Then Austin started talking ... and slurring ... and the cop quickly realized the 23-year-old was wasted.  

Austin begged the cop to let him go to his QB's house to watch 'American Horror Story' ... but the cop shot that down. 

Once Austin was arrested, he told the cop he needed to take a "huge s***" -- the cop begged him not to do it in his brand new squad car. 

He was booked for DUI and violation of an ignition interlock device restriction -- stemming from a 2013 DUI. The Bucs have since cut him from the team. 

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Mike Ditka 'Get the Hell Out' Kaepernick! There's Nothing to Protest, Anyway

9/23/2016 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka says Colin Kaepernick should stop disrespecting the U.S. ... and just "get the hell out" of America if he doesn't like it here.

Ditka appeared on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Friday morning when he was asked about Kaep's protest ... and he didn't hold back ... at all.

“Anybody who disrespects this country and the flag,” Ditka says, “If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out."

Not only does Ditka have no respect for the way Kaepernick is protesting ... he doesn't believe there's a reason to protest at all.

"I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on." 

Check out the clip ... it's clear Ditka's fed up.

Michael Irvin Vince Lombardi Was Great But Bill Belichick's The GOAT!!

9/22/2016 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cowboys HOFer Michael Irvin is doubling down on his promise to replace Vince Lombardi's name with Bill Belichick's on his Super Bowl trophies ... sayin' B.B.'s simply the best.

TMZ Sports ran into Irvin at LAX, and not only did he confirm he's serious about his shocking comment, he explained why Belichick is a BETTER COACH than Lombardi.

ICYMI, Irvin hit up Twitter Wednesday and said if the Pats won on Thursday, he'd swap Lombardi's name with B.B.'s on his Lombardi Trophies.

FYI -- Michael won 3 Super Bowls.

Sounds crazy ... but he seems serious.

Check out the clip, and see for yourself!

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