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Jermaine O'Neal Fans Crossed Line w/ Seahawks Player ... I Would Know!!

12/11/2017 10:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jermaine O'Neal knows all about player vs. fan fights (Malice in the Palace, anyone??) ... so when we got J.O. at LAX, we had to get his reaction to Quinton Jefferson almost going full Ron Artest at Sunday's Seahawks-Jaguars game.

"Just because we’re professional athletes doesn’t mean we should be treated like animals," the ex-NBA star told TMZ Sports. "We're there to do a job, whether you like us or not."

You've probably seen the video ... some d-bag Jags fans threw their drinks at Seahawks lineman Quinton Jefferson after he got ejected -- and he got dangerously close to going in the stands and giving them the business.

Jermaine says actions like that can't fly -- 1) 'cause it's wrong and 2) 'cause it might get your face broken.

Case in point ...

Michael Irvin Warns NFL ... Fear Cowboys When Zeke Returns!

12/11/2017 9:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Like Thanos with the Infinity Stones ... the Dallas Cowboys will elevate into legit GALAXY DESTROYERS when Ezekiel Elliott returns -- so says Michael Irvin.

The Playmaker is sending a warning to the league ... when Zeke returns from his suspension ONE WEEK FROM TODAY ... it'll "make the world to the Cowboys."

Irvin says Elliott has been "in hiding" ever since he began serving his 6-game domestic violence suspension back in November ... but he's confident the RB will return to form immediately in his first game back on Dec. 24. 

We'll see ... 

Troy Aikman On 'Thurs. Night Football ' 'Really Tough' On Players

12/11/2017 9:19 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Troy Aikman has Drew Brees' back when it comes to "Thursday Night Football" -- telling TMZ Sports the 4-day turnaround presents real player safety concerns ... but he's not convinced it's going away anytime soon.

FYI, Brees came out swinging at 'TNF' last week -- saying the mid-week game is "absolutely" unsafe for players ... and puts them at greater risk for injury. 

So, when we saw Aikman at the famous Matsuhisa sushi joint in L.A. this weekend -- we asked the "NFL on FOX" star if there were plans to do away with Thursday night games in the future. 

"I'm not sure they'll do that, but you know ... I'm not sure the players are really on board with it. It's hard, there's no question."

'"At a time when we're talking about players' safety ... to turn around in 4 days and play another game, it's a challenge for all of them. It's really tough."

Aikman added, "I think the challenge in today's times is that the owners and the league are constantly trying to find ways to grow the revenue and although it sounds good -- player safety sounds good -- I think sometimes there's contradictions to that and I think the Thursday night games are proving that out."

Eli Manning's Brother: He's Got Another Super Bowl In Him!

12/11/2017 6:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Don't stick a fork in Eli Manning just yet ... his brother, Cooper, says the NY Giants QB still has another Super Bowl run left in him.

Of course, the G-Men suffered another brutal loss this weekend -- losing 30-10 to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium ... but Cooper says there's a legit explanation.

"They're a little understaffed," the 43-year-old "NFL on FOX" star told us at LAX. 

Despite the team woes, Cooper says he expects Eli to start the rest of the season -- and clearly believes Eli is one of the elite QBs in the league.

We'll see ...

Michael Sam Arm Wrestles Fashion Designer 'This Guy's a P***y!'

12/11/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Sam went straight "Over the Top" in a Dallas bar -- arm wrestling a dude who called him a "p*ssy" ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

Here's the deal ... Sam (the 1st openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team) was hanging out at Bottled Blonde when he started chatting it up with Miami designer Jared Lang.

Lang playfully challenged Sam to a test of arm strength -- and Sam obliged. They clasped hands, Lang teased Sam by jokingly calling him a "p*ssy" ... and then it was on!

Sam was clearly in control the entire time -- and casually provided resistance while Lang used his body weight to slam Michael's hand down. 

At one point, Sam was watching TV while Lang struggled to get the upper hand. 

Sam eventually loses (seems like he let the guy win) ... but the 2 were cool and dapped it up afterward. 

But here's a warning -- CAREFUL WHEN ARM WRESTLING ... remember what happened when Larry the Cable Guy did it ... 

Seahawks' Malik McDowell Busted for Disorderly Conduct

12/10/2017 1:10 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested this weekend after he allegedly flipped out at a club in a dispute over money.

McDowell was arrested early Sunday morning in Atlanta, GA after a cop says she saw him getting into a verbal altercation outside the front doors of a club called SL Lounge.

According to the incident report, obtained by TMZ Sports, McDowell was shouting at the head of security about $600 he believed he'd already paid ... even though he was repeatedly told by staff and his own friend he hadn't given them the cash he wanted back.

He was eventually allowed back in ... but the arresting officer says he was kicked out again ... still shouting about the money, and refusing to leave without it. The cop says she was told McDowell poured out a couple bottles of liquor inside and got booted. 

During a profanity-laced tirade, the officer says she detained McDowell with the help of her partner. They tried getting him in the back of their patrol car when he allegedly said ... "F*** both of ya'll hoe ass n*****, p**** ass cops, I bet I get out, I got more money than ya'll, ya'll ain't got enough money for me, p**** ass crackers, broke ass n*****." 

The arresting officer says she had to almost tase and pepper spray McDowell when he refused to comply with her orders, but adds she ultimately didn't use either.

He was booked for disorderly conduct, and was released on a $325 bond. McDowell suffered a concussion this summer and is not on the active Seahawks roster.

We've attempted to reach out to McDowell's camp and the Seahawks ... so far, no word back.

Olivia Culpo Will Make You Love/Hate Patriots ... White-Hot Workout Pics

12/8/2017 3:51 PM PST

One more reason to either love or hate the New England Patriots ... steamin' hot pics of Danny Amendola's unfairly gorgeous girlfriend, Olivia Culpo.

You might LOVE the Pats 'cause these shots of Olivia taken during a workout at Art Basel in Miami just reinforced how much these guys are winning off the field.

You might HATE the Pats 'cause these shots of Olivia taken during a workout at Art Basel in Miami just reinforced how jealous you are of all the Patriots -- and not just Tom Brady.

Choose your own adventure ... but damn, is she blessed.

Simone Biles 1st Shots As NFL Cheerleader ... Go Texans!!

12/8/2017 1:29 PM PST
Breaking News

Simone Biles is just days away from making her debut as a Houston Texans cheerleader -- and TMZ Sports has the first shots of the Team USA star in action! 

Here's the deal ... a couple weeks ago, Simone (an H-town native) tweeted outta the blue -- "honestly how fun would it be to be an NFL cheerleader?"

The Texans cheer squad immediately stepped up -- offering her a spot as their very first "honorary" cheerleader. 

The two sides hooked up -- and Biles will make her NFL debut on Sunday when the Texans play the 49ers in Houston. 

Things are going so well in practice, they even initiated the gold medalist with her very own pair of "legendary red boots" on Thursday.

Simone's face says it all ... and with moves like hers, Sunday should be lit! 

New Orleans Saints Players We Support Mike Mitchell ... Hilarious Video!

12/8/2017 10:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mike Mitchell's scathing video takedown of the NFL -- and Commissioner Roger Goodell -- is resonating with other players ... especially two guys on the New Orleans Saints. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Saints CB Sterling Moore and LB Craig Robertson before they played the Falcons in Atlanta on Thursday ... and they both made it clear they stand by Mitchell. 

FYI, Mitchell -- safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers -- went off on the NFL and Goodell over recent suspensions and fines levied against defensive players. The video went viral. 

But if you don't care about the league drama ... watch the video anyway -- these guys are hilarious! 

Bears' Zach Miller Relives Horrific Injury ... 'Save My Leg, Please'

12/8/2017 9:39 AM PST
Breaking News

Bears TE Zach Miller is finally opening up about the gruesome injury that nearly cost him his left leg ... tearing up as he describes all that's gone down in the aftermath. 

Miller says he knew the injury was "pretty severe" ... so when he made it to a trauma center in New Orleans, he had a simple message for the surgeons -- "Save my leg, please." 

Zach credits Chicago's training staff, too -- calling one assistant trainer, Sid Dreyer, his "hero" for taking charge of the situation ... 'cause losing his leg could've been a matter of minutes, not hours. 

But the Bears star was most affected by the outpouring of support after the incident ... which includes a bond with an inspirational teenage QB -- who lost his leg from a similar injury.

"That could be me ... if I didn't have the care that I had," Miller said.

"He's a special kid -- he gets me through every day."

Laila Ali Praises Kaepernick 'Wonderful' He Got Muhammad Ali Award

12/8/2017 6:04 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Laila Ali thinks it's GREAT Colin Kaepernick received the special award named after her father -- but she ain't exactly ready to call him the modern day Muhammad Ali

FYI, the winner of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is selected by representatives of Sports Illustrated and the Ali family to "honor a figure who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world."

"Isn't that wonderful?" Laila told TMZ Sports when asked about Colin ... "He has my 100% stamp of approval."

We then said, "People are calling him the modern day Muhammad Ali. Do you agree?"

She kinda gave us a look ... and said, "I think it's good he got the award though."

Some props better than no props -- right? 

Eminem Blasts Crooked Cops, Shouts Out Kaepernick ... In New Track

12/8/2017 7:41 AM PST
Breaking News

Eminem is on the warpath about racism in America in his new track, "Untouchable" -- even dropping a verse about Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem demonstration.

"They call it a Kaepernick tantrum if you don't stand for the national anthem," Shady says in the track that dropped Friday. 

"They gonna say you're tying to take an irrational stance if you try to slander the flag ... but somebody has to be the sacrificial lamb."

There's more ... a lot more ... but it's probably best if you stop reading and just listen. 

Cal Ripken Eli's Benching 'Saddened Me' ... But Streaks Ain't Everything

12/8/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

MLB Iron Man Cal Ripken says the NY Giants ending Eli Manning's consecutive starts streak "saddened" him -- but it ain't the apocalypse fans are making it out to be. 

We got Cal in D.C. ... and the Orioles legend told us that having to sit after 2,632 STRAIGHT GAMES really didn't even register -- 'cause all he cared about was playing baseball.

"I don’t look at it that way -- that you're extending a streak or ending a streak," Ripken told TMZ Sports. "It never was something that I thought of as beginning or ending."

Eli's situation is a little different 'cause he didn't get to make the call himself like Cal ... but even so, Ripken thinks he'll be alright now that he's back under center.

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