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Brian Urlacher

NFL Turned Blind Eye ...

To Patriots' Deflategate

4/24/2015 7:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Former NFL superstar Brian Urlacher clearly believes Roger Goodell treats the New England Patriots like they're above the law ... and Deflategate is the definitive proof. 

Urlacher was hanging with Jay Glazer at their Unbreakable Performance Center in West Hollywood ... when we asked how he felt about President Obama joking about the scandal yesterday. 

That's when the former Chicago Bears star attacked the issue with biting sarcasm. 

"That didn't happen right? I thought it went away. No one ever got fined for it right? I haven't heard anything since the Super Bowl."

Urlacher proceeded to explain how the Falcons and the Browns got in trouble for far less serious infractions ... yet the Patriots have yet to face ANY consequences for the alleged cheating scheme. 

Check out the clip. 

Rob Gronkowski

Dating Ex-Patriots Cheerleader

4/24/2015 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Sorry ladies, Rob Gronkowski is officially taken ... dating a super hot former New England Patriots cheerleader ... multiple sources close to Gronk confirm to TMZ Sports

The object of Gronk's affection is Camille Kostek -- who was on the cheerleading squad in 2013 and 2014 ... before switching careers and becoming a TV reporter. 

There have been multiple sightings of the couple out and about recently -- but now, our Gronk sources say it's official ... they're dating and they're not trying to hide anything. 

Congrats!! 

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New England Patriots

President Cracks

Deflategate, Gronk Jokes

4/23/2015 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

President Barack Obama went in way harder on the New England Patriots than Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did in in the Super Bowl -- unloading a ton of jokes poking fun at the champs.

Obama had his A-game working as he ripped Bill Belichick, Rob Gronkowski and even attempted a Boston accent. Fittingly, the joke that fell most flat ... his Deflategate material. The Pats did not seem amused.

Darrelle Revis was also at the event ... which could've been awkward since he left the team this offseason to sign with the rival NY Jets. 

Pats' Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler (who was singled out by Obama) told TMZ Sports it was no big deal having him there. "We all went to war together, we all practice and work hard together. He earned it just like we did."

New England Patriots

Arrive to the White House

... No Brady? No Problem!

4/23/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The New England Patriots just arrived to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ... again ... only this time, they're without the team's biggest star Tom Brady

Gronk, Edelman, Belichick, Bob Kraft and more were all suited up and fired up for their meeting with President Obama ... a meeting they earned by winning the Super Bowl. 

So why no Brady? The QB reportedly had to pass on the White House trip due to a family obligation -- though, it's unclear what that obligation is. 

By the way, Brady has been to the White House for the celebratory meet-and-greet 3 times before ('02, '04 and '05) ... but there was a different POTUS back then, George W. Bush. 

Dallas Cowboys' Greg Hardy

Suspended by NFL

For Domestic Violence

4/22/2015 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0422-greg-hardy-getty-01Dallas Cowboys' defensive end Greg Hardy just got hit with a tough penalty -- he's benched for 10 games without pay, after the NFL determined he brutalized his ex-girlfriend.

A 2-month NFL investigation determined Hardy attacked Nicole Holder 4 times. They concluded in May 2014, he:

-- used physical force that landed her in a bathtub

-- used physical force that landed her on a futon that was covered with 4 semi-automatic rifles

-- grabbed her by the neck, leaving visible marks

-- shoved her against a wall

Hardy, who was playing for the Carolina Panthers at the time, had been convicted of assault, appealed and had an automatic right to a new trial. But the second time around Holder refused to cooperate and the charges were dropped.

The Panthers deactivated Hardy in September, shortly after the Ray Rice graphic video surfaced, and Dallas picked him up last month.

It's one of the harshest punishment meted out by the NFL for domestic violence.

Odin Lloyd's Mom

Re-Files Wrongful Death Suit

Against Hernandez AND Patriots

4/22/2015 7:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Odin Lloyd's mother is moving forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez AND the New England Patriots ... hoping to collect on the MILLIONS she claims the team was supposed to pay the former tight end. 

Ursula Ward has re-filed docs in state court in Massachusetts that she originally filed back in 2013 ... claiming Hernandez should be held financially liable for the wrongful death of her son.  

Of course, Hernandez was convicted of Lloyd's murder -- so, Ward has a pretty solid case against Aaron. 

But in the suit, Ward also names the New England Patriots as "reach and apply defendants" -- meaning that if she wins ... she wants to be able to collect her judgment from the Pats. 

Now, this is important because Ward claims that Hernandez has a right to collect $3.25 million of a signing bonus that she claims was due back in March 2014. 

Ward does not specify how much she's demanding from Hernandez. 

Aaron Hernandez

Victim's Mom Mulling Lawsuit

... Over Son's Murder

4/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421-ursula-lloyd-GETTY-01Odin Lloyd's mother tells TMZ Sports ... she's still deciding whether or not she will file a wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez ... a lawsuit that could potentially be worth MILLIONS of dollars.

With Hernandez having been convicted of murdering the former semi-pro football player, the odds are extremely good that Lloyd's family would win a civil case against him. 

And since Hernandez was an NFL star who made MILLIONS during his brief career ... there's real money on the line. 

But when we spoke with Ursula Ward this week, she told us she had not made up her mind about whether she will go through with the lawsuit. 

Ward wouldn't explain why she's on the fence -- but sometimes, grieving families would rather move on with their lives instead of reliving the nightmare in another high profile case ... no matter how much money is at stake. 

Rick Ross

Outcoached For Good Cause

... Loses Charity Hoops Game To Ex-NFL Star

4/21/2015 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0421_rick_ross_charity_basketball_game_photos_launchRick Ross just got out-bawsed ... but he ain't sweatin' it -- 'cause even though he got CRUSHED in a celeb hoops game ... he raised a TON of cash for a local charity.

Ross stepped up to coach a team in the 4th annual Nike South Beach Celebrity Court of Dreams game this past weekend to benefit the South Beach Charitable Foundation for kids.

The hip-hop star coached a team of celebs -- including NFL players Antrel Rolle and the Pouncey twins ... in an effort to beat the "South Beach All-Stars," coached by ex-NFL lineman Bryant McKinnie

In the end ... Ross' squad just couldn't hang and they lost to Bryant's team 62-38.

But the event raised $35,000 for charity -- so, hard to call anyone a loser after that. 

Nice work. 

Texans Cheerleading Team

You Like Twins?

Well, We Got Em!

4/21/2015 11:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421_houston_texans_cheerleaders_twins_launchThe Houston Texans have somehow found a way to combine two things guys love -- football and twins -- and they've done it in the best possible way.

The Houston Texans Cheerleading Team is about to head out on location to shoot their new calendar in Puerto Rico, so naturally they snapped a few photos of the girls to get ready. 

The team did a photo shoot of the 13 girls chosen for the 12 months, with one lucky month getting extra attention in the form of a pair of redheads who are new to the team. 

It's safe to say they made a doubly good impression.

Detroit Lions Rodney Austin

Accused of Assaulting Woman and a Baby

4/21/2015 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0421-rodney-austin-ap-02The Detroit Lions cut offensive lineman Rodney Austin on the heels of his arrest for assaulting a woman and a baby.

According to the police report ... Austin shoved Yvonne Gill-Sadler on April 5th around 2 AM during a dispute in her Charlotte, NC apartment -- and when she went down she was holding a female infant ... less than a year old.

The report also says Austin prevented Gill-Sadler from calling 911 by stealing her phone. The baby and Gill-Sadler were uninjured ... according to cops. 

Austin was arrested on April 17 and booked for assault, larceny, child abuse and interfering with emergency communication. 

Austin, a backup player for the Lions ... was cut from the team Tuesday morning. 

Tim Tebow

God's An Eagles Fan

...Say Philly Pastors

4/21/2015 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0420-tim-tebow-cross-religion-GETTY-01Eagles fans, stock the bubbly ... 'cause a bunch of local Philadelphia pastors tell us with the signing of Tim Tebow ... the team gained a very powerful ally ... GOD!! 

TMZ Sports spoke with 5 church officials who rep 7 churches in Philly... and the sentiment was universal ... Tebow's faith -- and relationship with God -- will have a HUGE impact on the Eagles. 

Here are some of the highlights ... 

-- Rev. Bill Golderer (Broad Street Ministries) -- "Our legacy [as Eagles fans] has been over 50 years of futility. Tebow's close to God, so we wouldn't have to sell our soul to the devil to win a Super Bowl."

-- Rev. Safford (Christ Church) -- "Having a faith-based person with the Eagles can only help the team."

-- Pastor Kent Jacobs (Epic Church) -- "We love Tim. He's awesome! Everyone needs people to encourage them and he's that type of guy. So he'll help the locker room."

One church official says his congregation is PUMPED too -- "I got a call last night. I thought a parish member was in the hospital, but it was just someone telling me we signed Tebow."

Tim Tebow

Philly Cheesesteak Joints Confused

What the Hell Are Eagles Thinking?!

4/20/2015 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0420-tim-tebow-geno-steaks-patsking-of-steaks-GETTY-01Two major Philadelphia rivals -- Pat's and Geno's -- are finally uniting on something ... they both have no idea what the Eagles were thinking in signing Tim Tebow

We spoke with managers from both of the legendary Philly cheesesteak joints (Anthony from Geno's and Tommy from Pat's) ... who tell us they're just trying to make sense of the whole thing. 

Anthony from Geno's -- "We’re all very confused by this whole off-season. Last time I checked you have to be able to throw in order to be a successful QB."

Tommy from Pat's -- "We can only play one QB at a time, and now we have one that hasn't played since 2012!? Does he still know how to play? I don’t know where Chip Kelly is going with this one."

Despite the confusion, both guys say they wish Tebow nothing but the best -- and have each personally promised Tim a free sando if/when he drops by. 

Artie Lange

Hey Eagles Fans ...

Good Luck with Your New Virgin!

4/20/2015 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Artie Lange says the best football players ... are the ones who get laid ... which is (partly) why he's TRASHING the Philadelphia Eagles for signing Tim Tebow

Lange -- HUUUUGE sports fan -- was out in NYC this morning ... when he crapped all over the Bird Gang ... "I don't think Tim Tebow can help you on any level."

Check out the clip ... Lange explains why he's convinced there's a direct correlation between constant bangin' ... and talent. 

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