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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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Pete Wentz Carson's My Cousin ... I Wish!!

9/22/2016 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Pete Wentz is stoked he's not the top result when you Google his last name ... because that honor now belongs to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

We got the Fall Out Boy frontman at LAX ... he tells us he loves the now famous rookie QB so much he loaded up on Carson merch -- even after he whooped up on his hometown Bears. 

Pete's not gonna spark a quarterback beef, though ... check out his response when we ask him if the Rams messed up by not taking his "cousin" with the #1 pick.

Colin Kaepernick Protest So Big, It Deserved Cover ... Says Time Mag

9/22/2016 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0922_colin-kaepernick-time-coverTIME magazine says Colin Kaepernick is on the cover of their magazine 'cause the movement he sparked has gotten so huge ... and spread so far ... he was the obvious choice. 

TMZ Sports asked TIME why it tapped Kaep for the latest cover, and a spokesperson told us the goal was exploring "the nationwide debate happening around national anthem protests."

The spokesperson added, the fact his protest has now become so widespread ... "from the rest of the NFL to high schools and colleges across the country" -- meant this was just the right time for a cover story.

Translation: He's gonna be gold for sales numbers.

The issue -- which hits newsstands Friday -- features a photograph of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee. It's a shot from one of his previous on-field protests, not a photo shoot.

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Adrian Peterson Dr. Oz Breaks Down Injury He'll Be Out This Long...

9/22/2016 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dr. Oz has a message for Adrian Peterson ... even though you might be able to come back this season, it's not necessarily the best idea for your long-term health.

Ya gotta check out this clip ... Dr. Oz breaks down Adrian Peterson's torn meniscus knee injury ... demonstrating how it got hurt, and most importantly, how doctors will fix it.

It's good news, bad news for A.P. and the Vikes ... 'cause Oz says although he might be ready to ball in 3 months, if the team wants a healthy Peterson down the road ... sitting out the season makes sense.

Just a heads-up, this video may make your knees hurt.

Mark Wahlberg Tom Brady Or Not ... The Pats Are #1!!

9/22/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Wahlberg just put the ENTIRE NFL on notice ... the Patriots are SO GOOD, they'll whoop your team's ass ... with or without Tom Brady.

TMZ Sports got Mark in NYC Wednesday ... and quizzed him on the highly anticipated return of Brady.

FYI -- the Patriots have 2 games left without T.B. ... before the Golden Boy returns.

Check out the clip ... Wahlberg breaks down the rest of the season ... and even predicts the outcome of the next 3 games.

Better luck next time, Houston, Buffalo and Cleveland.

Heisman Winner Troy Smith Sentenced in Drunk Driving Case ... Avoids Jail

9/21/2016 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921_troy-smith_gettyEx-NFL QB Troy Smith has struck a plea deal in his drunk driving case, but won't serve any time behind bars ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The former Ohio State star was busted for OVI (operating vehicle while impaired) and weed possession on April 3rd after cops pulled him over and realized he was hammered

According to court records, Smith pled guilty to willful or wanton disregard and, in exchange, the other charges were dismissed. 

He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended. We spoke to Smith's lawyer, who said he is going to complete a 3 day driver intervention program instead of going to jail. 

The judge also sentenced him to a year of probation and suspended his license for 6 months. He's not allowed to drink any alcohol while on probation.

Vikings Ronnie Hillman 'Not Replacing Adrian Peterson' ... 'I'm Gonna Be Me'

9/21/2016 10:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921_ronnie-hillman_adrian_peterson_gettyRonnie Hillman's NOT going to the Vikings to fill the shoes of future HOFer Adrian Peterson ... he's goin' to help them win a Super Bowl, the newly signed RB tells TMZ Sports.

We talked to Hillman -- who was signed in the wake of reports that Peterson needs surgery and could miss the rest of the season -- about stepping in for one of the greatest backs of all-time.

"I'm not here to replace anyone. I'm just here to be me," Hillman told us. "I'm excited. It's a fresh start for me. I'm here to do whatever they ask me to do. Run, catch. Whatever I can."

Hillman -- who hasn't played a down of football this season -- says he's not thinking about whether he'll strap 'em up this week in Carolina ... 'cause his full concentration's on mastering the Vikings playbook.

As for joining a squad with Super Bowl aspirations ... R.H. says that was one of the main things that attracted him to the Vikes.

"It's always good to play on a team that wants to win the Super Bowl. Everyone works hard."

NFL's Josh Gordon Wanted Man ... Arrest Warrant Issued

9/21/2016 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar6:00 PM PT -- According to Cleveland.com, Gordon submitted a DNA test this afternoon and settled the warrant. His attorney said he was unaware of the case and didn't realize he was supposed to be in court.update-grey-gray-barAn arrest warrant has been issued for NFL star Josh Gordon, 'cause the 25-year-old blew off a judge several times in a paternity case. 

According to court docs, an Ohio woman claims Gordon is the father of her 1-year-old daughter ... and filed a lawsuit against him last year seeking child support. She said the child was born on 5/14/2015.

A judge ordered the Cleveland Browns wide receiver to provide a DNA sample and attend hearings -- but Gordon failed to comply with any of the orders -- so a warrant was issued for his arrest on August 31. 

When he turns himself in, his bond will be set at $500. The warrant can be recalled if he submits a DNA test.

The Browns issued a statement, saying, "We are aware of the situation. Josh and his attorney are working with the Cuyahoga County Courts to resolve this matter. We have no further comment at this time."

Cleveland.com was the first to report the story.

Victor Cruz I'm Proud of NYC For Coming Together After Terror Attack

9/21/2016 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Victor Cruz is proud of the way New York dealt with the bombing this weekend ... telling TMZ Sports the Big Apple always comes together in the face of terrorism.

We talked to Cruz at an event for Hublot watches in NYC (he co-designed 2 N.Y. Giants inspired watches with Hublot) ... and asked V.C. about the city's reaction to the attack that left more than 25 people injured.

"New York comes together each and every time something happens. I believe they did that again, and hopefully this never happens again," Victor tells us. "We've already dealt with more than enough pain and strife when it comes to terrorism."

FYI -- Cruz wasn't yet in the NFL on 9/11 ... but lived only miles away from the World Trade Center.

Cruz also addressed the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce ... delivering a (depressing) message for everyone who's in love.

Check out the clip! 

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