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Saints' Mark Ingram I Was Denied from London Nightclub ... 'Too Urban'

2/28/2017 6:15 AM PST
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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram says he and some of his NFL teammates were TURNED AWAY from a nightclub in London Monday night because they were "too urban."

Ingram says he rolled up to Cirque le Soir along with Sterling MooreVonn BellB.W. Webb and others and expected to get in ... since they had RESERVATIONS!!!

But when they got to the door, Ingram says, "They told us they were '6 big guys' that are too 'Urban' but nobody taller than 5'11!!"

Ingram posted a pic of his group on Twitter (see above) with the caption, "Is this what 6 big 'too urban' guys look like?!"

Despite the incident, Ingram says he's still got love for the U.K. -- saying, "Everyone in England has been amazing so far!!!"

Terrell Owens Takes Oscars Shot Maybe I Really DID Make Hall of Fame?!

2/27/2017 5:49 AM PST
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0227-terrell-owens-TMZ-02T.O. got jokes. 

After that epic Oscars fail Sunday night ... even Terrell Owens took a shot at the Academy. 

"After watching the #Oscars2017 Moonlight snafu, maybe I did make the the #HOF2017 class. 😂😂😂 #moonlightgate."

No comment from Warren Beatty

Ravens' Matt Elam Busted for Weed and Oxy

2/26/2017 12:33 PM PST

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NFL player Matt Elam was arrested Saturday night in Miami for possession of pot and pills. 

The Ravens safety was pulled over after flying past an unmarked police car, and when cops searched his Range Rover ... they found a Gucci bag with 126 grams of weed, and 6 oxycodone pills. Elam was booked for marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving. 

The former first round draft pick is being held on $15,500 bail. 

Elam is slated to become a free agent in a couple weeks, and based on the Ravens' reaction to his arrest ... it doesn't sound like they'll be bringing him back. 

Robert Griffin III Restrained In Altercation At FSU Track

2/26/2017 1:05 AM PST
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Robert Griffin III was physically restrained during a heated confrontation at an off-season training session in Tallahassee ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

Witnesses tell us RG3 was sprinting Monday night at the track stadium at Florida State University (his girlfriend, Grete Sadeiko, is on the Track & Field team) when he accidentally bumped into another runner. 

We're told it appeared to be an honest mistake -- but the other man didn't let it go and stepped to the 6'2", 220 pound QB. 

You can see in the video Griffin is pissed -- and his GF ultimately grabs him and pulls him away. 

We spoke with Sadeiko who told us, "The [other guy] got heated and got way too close to [Robert] but Robert didn’t touch the guy not once nor put his hands on him."

She added, "The guy tried to approach him again while Robert was walking away. I went between so the guy wouldn’t do anything stupid and that was the end of it."

As you can see in the video, RGIII definitely meant business ... but ultimately cooler heads prevailed. 

Trump Hotel Sues NFL Player Over Wedding Reception

2/26/2017 1:00 AM PST
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0224-amber-justin-trump-towers-weddingDonald Trump's Chicago hotel is suing an NFL player and his bride for allegedly stiffing the hotel on a big wedding bill, but it seems from the lawsuit something went wrong during the reception.

Tennessee Titans linebacker Justin Staples tied the knot with Amber last June and, judging from the video, the reception was fun and lovely. They even had Afterglow Snacks, which, based on the menu, may have included cheeseburger sliders, buffalo wings, fried mac and cheese bites and BBQ spiced waffle fries.

Justin and Amber apparently drove a hard bargain before the wedding, because Trump International Hotel and Tower dropped their proposed fee to $79,484.

According to the lawsuit, Justin and Amber paid $30k, but that was it.

Now, here's a big clue. According to the lawsuit, at the end of the reception, the hotel slashed another $5,062.13 from the bill, so it seems like something happened ... maybe food wasn't served, the cake was wonky, the bar ran out of liquor, the joint shut down too early ... something.

Staples' agent tell us, Justin paid every penny he was obligated to pay and the claim is "baseless."

Shawne Merriman Buys NASCAR TEAM ... Wants Black Kids Racing

2/26/2017 12:30 AM PST
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Ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman says he's taking on a new challenge as the owner of a NASCAR racing team ... telling us he LOVES the sport and wants to inspire black kids to love it too.

TMZ Sports spoke with Merriman who revealed he's part-owner of a NASCAR K&N team ... a regional series used to develop drivers. It's like the minor leagues ... a stepping-stone to get to the majors.

Why NASCAR? SM told us he's a HUGE racing fan, having caught the bug at a race some years ago ... and said he wants to do something to promote his passion to black youth.

"We thought NASCAR would be a huge deal for us, kinda going into a different demographic. There's not a whole lot of minorities looking to be into NASCAR."

Merriman says he thinks once black kids are introduced to the vroom-vroom life -- you might see more of them get involved with NASCAR ... maybe even choose that sport over the NFL or the NBA.

"It's just that exciting!"

Les Moonves NFL Games WILL Be Shorter ... Here's How

2/24/2017 3:15 PM PST
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CBS Honcho Les Moonves is coming to the rescue of all NFL fans sick of the games taking longer than a presidential term to finish ... promising the games WILL be shorter and telling us how.

NFL ratings took a dip last season ... with some fans complaining the length of the games is a factor in why they're changing the station.

CBS has been a part of discussions with the league about how to speed things up, and when we got Les -- the president of the network -- out at Craig's in L.A., he told us how they're gonna do it.

Shorter games mean less time to blow 25 point leads, right Falcons fans?

DeAngelo Williams & Gary Barnidge ICE SWIMMING IN FINLAND ... So Damn Cold.

2/23/2017 11:11 AM PST
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Two NFL stars put their manliness to the test in Finland -- ICE SWIMMING IN 34 DEGREE WATER ... and TMZ Sports has the video. 

Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams and Browns tight end Gary Barnidge made the leap at Loyly Helsinki ... where the outside temperature was a cozy 20 DEGREES! 

The guys are in Finland as part of the American Football Without Barriers program which helps spread the game to other countries.

Also there ... Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl center Alex Mack -- who did TOPLESS SNOW ANGELS!!

Golden Tate Jameis Winston Was Misunderstood ... He's No Sexist

2/23/2017 9:45 AM PST
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Detroit Lions star Golden Tate is DEFENDING Jameis Winston -- saying he understands the message the QB was trying to send to elementary school kids ... and it was NOT a sexist one.

"I personally understand what he was saying," Tate tells TMZ Sports.

"He's saying, 'Hey men, lead your families. Step up when you see something that's not going right. When you see someone abusing a woman or verbally abusing a woman or something like that, stand up.' That's all he's saying I think. I mean, I get it."

Tate says people should focus on Winston's bigger message -- that all kids can achieve their goals in life if they work hard enough.

"Keep it up, Jameis. Keep balling and keep changing this world. People are always gonna misunderstand you."

The Game Jay Cutler Can Save the 49ers ... Here's Why

2/23/2017 8:55 AM PST
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The Game is a HUGE San Francisco 49ers fan ... and he's calling for the team to SIGN JAY CUTLER ... telling TMZ Sports the Bears QB could turn the whole team around.

He's serious ... Game LOVES Jay Cutler.

"[Jay could] bring us back to playoff contention," Game explained ... "We need somebody stable and Jay Cutler has been stable his whole career."

Watch the clip ... you convinced?

Joe Mixon NFL Draft Training 1-Handed Grabs and Crazy Speed

2/23/2017 12:45 AM PST
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Joe Mixon wants everyone to know he's focused on the NFL ... Combine or not.  

The ex-Oklahoma running back is in Norman, OK, where he's been training full-time for the NFL Draft and TMZ Sports has video of his workouts. It's impressive. 

The footage speaks for itself ... he can run, catch, cut on a dime and looked strong putting up 275 on the bench press. 

Mixon was not invited to the NFL Combine due to the violent 2014 incident involving a female student -- but he still has his sights set on the league and will have a Pro Day on the Oklahoma campus on March 8. 

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Aaron Hernandez Prison Phone Calls to NFL Star Could Impact Murder Case

2/22/2017 9:20 AM PST
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0222-hernandez-pouncey-getty-01Prosecutors believe Aaron Hernandez's 2015 prison phone conversations with NFL star Mike Pouncey could help prove Aaron murdered two people in 2012. 

TMZ Sports has obtained court docs in which prosecutors are asking the judge in the case to admit transcripts of the phone calls as evidence in Aaron's double murder trial. 

Essentially, prosecutors believe the calls show Hernandez uses the word "try" as a way to describe being disrespected ... and talks to Pouncey about how he responds when someone "tries" him. 

Officials say Hernandez felt the victims in the homicide case were "trying" him before he shot them to death later that night. 

The first phone call with Pouncey went down on April 3, 2015:

"During this call, the defendant talks about how he has changed and now he would not want to even go in a club if there were 'black people there' because if they (referring to he and the Pounceys) go in 'imagine if I go in the club with y’all n*ggas and n*ggas try you, you already know what time it is, feel me?'"

"This statement is relevant as an example of the defendant’s use of the word 'try,' referring to being disrespected. Bradley will testify (and likely be subject to vigorous cross-examination) that the defendant repeatedly told him that he felt that people -- and, ultimately the homicide victims in this case -- were 'trying' him."

The second Pouncey phone call took place on April 28, 2015: 

"During this call, [Hernandez] stated words to the effect of, 'I’m going to get another tattoo that looks like a stop sign that will say, ‘Beware, no hesitation.’ [Hernandez] said, 'You feel me? Like try me and there’s no hesitation.'"

"Again, as set forth above, this statement is relevant to the defendant’s use of the word 'try' and ongoing perception that others were 'trying him' -- and suggest how the defendant responds when tried."

Hernandez is accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as retaliation for someone in their group accidentally bumping into him at a nightclub. 

Hernandez and Pouncey played college football together at the University of Florida and stayed friends for years. 

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Tom Brady 'Suspect Board' In Missing Jersey Case ... Gaga, Edelman, Gollum?

2/22/2017 8:54 AM PST
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0222_suspect-board-launchTom Brady is going all Carrie Mathison in his search for his missing Super Bowl jersey -- issuing a "Suspect Board" with all the possible suspects ... including Lady Gaga, Julian Edelman and the kid from "Billy Madison."

It's pretty funny ... Tom even pokes fun at the $500,000 value he gave the Houston Police Dept. 

Also listed ... The "Crab People" from "South Park," Jaws (because of his violent history) ... and the creepy courtroom sketch of himself from the Deflategate hearings. 

Good luck ... 

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