Former NFL star Roderick Coleman -- a former All-Pro defensive end for the Falcons -- was arrested for DUI in Georgia this weekend ... after allegedly losing control of his truck and nearly taking out a pack of motorcycle riders.
TMZ Sports has learned ... the 38-year-old -- who played in the league for 9 seasons -- was taken into custody in Douglas County (outside of Atlanta) around 5 AM Sunday morning.
Witnesses tell TMZ Sports ... Coleman was attempting to make a left turn -- and overshot -- hitting a curb and losing control of his truck. We're told he skidded off the road and onto a nearby grassy area before coming to a stop.
We're told the truck came thiiiis close to hitting a group of bikers who were in town for a motorcycle convention -- but fortunately he missed.
Cops responded to the scene -- and Coleman was eventually booked for misdemeanor DUI and failing to maintain lane control. He was released after posting $3,500 bond.
Attempts to reach Coleman were unsuccessful.
Ray Rice Is Behind ESPN Hit Piece
9/22/2014 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says Ray Rice and Ray's team are the main sources behind the ESPN article that claimed Bisciotti spearheaded a cover-up.
While addressing the media, Bisciotti says he strongly believes the sources for the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article were Ray's attorney, Ray's agent and Ray's friends -- who gave the info to ESPN in an effort to get Ray reinstated into the NFL.
Bisciotti says the allegations in the ESPN article are false -- but says he believes Ray's people would push the false stories out because the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to "make everybody else look like they're lying."
Ravens Coach John Harbaugh
I Did NOT Want to Cut Ray Rice
After 1st Elevator Video
9/22/2014 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is adamant ... he did NOT push to cut Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first "outside the elevator" video ... despite an ESPN report to the contrary.
The Ravens -- and Harbaugh -- have just issued a statement in response to the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article which said Harbaugh was "horrified" after seeing the 1st tape back in February and wanted Rice gone.
But now, Harbaugh says it just ain't true ... "I did not recommend cutting Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first videotape. I was very disturbed by that tape, and I told people that the facts should determine the consequences."
Harbaugh added, "When I saw the second videotape, I immediately felt that we needed to release Ray."
Will Reportedly Claim TMZ Edited Tape
... Dumbest Defense Ever
9/21/2014 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice will reportedly argue that TMZ Sports edited the "inside the elevator" video ... thereby altering what really happened that night.
He's right. We did edit the video ... and we made that point crystal clear in our original post -- the same post where we also INCLUDED the raw unedited version showing Rice KOing Janay Palmer.
As we initially reported, the original raw video was jerky -- in that it would move forward and then in reverse every couple of frames ... so we removed the reverse frames.
Again, TMZ Sports included the raw video in our original post.
Maybe Rice's team should've scrolled down.
Ex Titans Kicker Rob Bironas
Dead at 36
Crashes Car Into Trees
9/21/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas -- Terry Bradshaw's son-in-law -- died Saturday night after he lost control of his SUV and crashed into a line of trees.
The Metro Nashville PD says Bironas was traveling fast in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali when he lost control in a curve shortly after 11 p.m.
Cops say the SUV veered off the road and struck a bunch of trees before it flipped over. Bironas was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Cops also say there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs. They believe Bironas was heading home ... because the accident occurred less than a mile from his house.
Rob married Terry Bradshaw's oldest daughter Rachel back in June ... and even though Bironas was no longer a Titan -- Terry jokingly told our photog before the wedding Rob still had permission to marry her.
Benjy from 'Howard Stern'
WORST APOLOGY EVER
After Crashing NFL Event
9/19/2014 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who crashed Roger Goodell's NFL news conference is apologizing for screaming "DON'T PUT ME IN THE ELEVATOR" in the middle of the event ... and it's the worst apology ever.
You know Benjy Bronk from the "Howard Stern Show" -- and at Friday's NFL news conference, he did what he always does at high-profile events ... obnoxiously heckled the speaker.
For the record, it was hilarious ... and Benjy was physically escorted out by security.
Moments later, we spoke with Bronk who told us he felt bad and wanted to apologize to Goodell himself ... though it seems less than heartfelt.
As for the hot chick standing next to him, that's Benjy's GF Elisa Jordana.
Dude, nice work.
I'M NOT GOING TO RESIGN
Owners Support Me
9/19/2014 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Roger Goodell says he will NOT resign as NFL Commissioner ... and believes he has the full support of the NFL owners.
Goodell addressed the media at a news conference in NYC -- and for the most part, reiterated that he screwed up in the handling of the Ray Rice case and vows to do better.
"Over the past several weeks, we have seen all to much of the NFL doing wrong, that starts with me."
Goodell believes he should stay in power because "I acknowledged my mistakes."
When asked if he felt the league supports him staying as Commish, Goodell said ... "I believe I have the support of the owners. That is clear to me."
But the best part of the event, when Benjy from the "Howard Stern Show" started yelling and screaming ... and when he was dragged away by security he yelled, "DON'T PUT ME IN THE ELEVATOR!!!"
'Shark Tank' Star
Would You Hire Tom Brady
Based Off College Resume?
9/19/2014 11:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You've seen Tom Brady's college resume -- the one he got ready in case the NFL didn't work out -- but the real question ... would T.B. have been hirable in the real world!???
Enter "Shark Tank" business guru Kevin O'Leary who was out in L.A. Thursday night -- so we had to ask ... based off his resume alone, WOULD YOU HIRE TOM BRADY?!
Keep in mind Kevin's a HUUUUGE Pats fan.
Check out the clip.
'Supernanny' Jo Frost
I CAN HELP ADRIAN PETERSON
... Contacts NFL Execs
9/19/2014 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Can Supernanny save Adrian Peterson???
She thinks so ... and now TMZ Sports has learned Jo Frost has reached out the to NFL offering to help the embattled running back.
The reality star and parenting expert -- who recently worked with Peterson on an EpiPen promotional campaign -- says she was "very saddened" when she saw how AP disciplined his child ... and felt compelled to help.
Frost says she strongly believes she can teach Peterson how to be an effective parent WITHOUT using violence -- and has contacted both the NFL and Peterson to offer her expertise.
"He needs parental coaching, "Frost says ... "And I hope he picks up the phone."
to Ditch #27 Jersey
9/19/2014 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There were massive lines Friday morning all over the country with people looking to get their hands on the latest iPhone ... but in Baltimore, the biggest line was at M&T Bank Stadium ... with people looking to GET RID OF their Ray Rice jerseys.
Just like the New England Patriots did last year with Aaron Hernandez, the Baltimore Ravens are allowing their fans to exchange their Rice jerseys for another player.
The exchange is only eligible on officially licensed jerseys made by Nike or Reebok and they had to be purchased either at the stadium store or the Ravens Official Team Store online.
Yeah, but do the jerseys have ApplePay built in?
Fiancee Pulled Gun on Him in Earlier Incident
9/18/2014 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Police went to Ray McDonald's house back in May ... when a woman pulled a gun on a man in the San Francisco 49er's house.
San Jose cops just released an incident report describing the altercation between an "engaged couple" on the evening of May 25th. According to the doc ...while the couple was arguing the woman grabbed a firearm and held it at her side. The man then told her he was going to call 911 -- and she ran out of the house.
Cops say the woman did not make any threats or point the gun at her fiance. The report doesn't mention McDonald's name.
McDonald was arrested in August by San Jose police for a felony domestic violence incident involving his pregnant fiancee. The 49ers have said McDonald will remain active while he goes through the legal process.
Calls to the 49ers have not been returned. It's unclear if the team was aware of the May incident.
'Hardest Worker I Ever Had'
... Says Construction Boss
9/18/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Brady was a kick-ass construction worker before he became an NFL god -- so says his old boss who tells TMZ Sports ... "Brady was the hardest worker I ever had."
Brady posted his old college resume online Thursday -- showing off his career experience ... just in case the NFL thing didn't work out (he was a 6th round pick after all).
One of his gigs was at Dudlar & Sons Inc. (custom home building) ... where he spent the summer of 1997 doing manual labor in Michigan.
We spoke with Brady's old boss Frank Dudlar who says he remembers Brady well -- "He had long hair down to his shoulders. He was a real skinny kid."
But Dudlar says despite his small frame, the guy was a monster when it came to putting in work -- "He'd scrape concrete curbs with a push broom and shovel."
"Brady was the hardest worker that I've ever had. I remember my son Gunnar came in one day and said, 'That Brady kid's a worker.'"
Unfortunately for Frank, Tom's football thing took off ... and he left the construction world for good.
Despite the loss ... Frank tells us, "I'm still a fan."
NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
MAKES CASE FOR CONDOLEEZZA
... For NFL Commish
9/18/2014 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The whole "Condoleezza Rice for NFL Commissioner" movement is picking up some serious steam ... and now NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making the case for why Condi should get the job.
Kirsten was out in D.C. where she made it clear that Condoleezza is a serious contender -- especially with all of the drama surrounding the current commish, Roger Goodell.
When asked if the Senate would be "taking a look" at the NFL scandals ... Gillibrand said she wouldn't be surprised.
As for Rice, John McCain already said he believes she could help the NFL ... especially because Goodell has some serious "credibility issues."