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Packers Great James Jones Family Drama Isn't Distracting Aaron Rodgers

1/18/2017 1:11 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Fear not, Packers fans ... the Rodgers Family soap opera playing out in the media will have NO EFFECT on your quarterback ... so says Aaron's former longtime teammate and current pal James Jones.

The wide receiver tells TMZ Sports he just spoke with Aaron and the guy seems as laser-focused as ever. Plus, James says Rodgers has a ton of experience blocking out off-the-field drama.

Of course, the new storyline comes courtesy of Aaron's father who gave an interview to the NY Times ... discussing the family's fractured relationship with the QB.

Jones says Aaron is "in the zone" right now -- the last time he saw Aaron this focused, they won the Super Bowl. 

"He's in that Michael Jordan mode."

But is Aaron the best Packers QB in franchise history? Jones weighs in.

Cedric the Entertainer Steelers Will Win ... Unless Pats Cheat

1/18/2017 10:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

There's only one way the Patriots can beat the Steelers this weekend ... CHEAT ... that's according to Cedric the Entertainer who says the Steelers got it in the bag, unless Brady dips into his bag of tricks.

Cedric is a huge Steelers fan so when we got him out in L.A. we had to gauge how confident he is going into this weekend's AFC Championship game.

Answer? VERY CONFIDENT ... in a win, while he was seemingly less confident that the Steelers wouldn't be up to their old shenanigans (deflating balls, taping practices, you know the gags).

He also talked to us about Antonio Brown's little locker room mishap, telling our camera guy he has full confidence Coach Mike Tomlin will get Brown in line.

Les Moonves Best Super Bowl Matchup (For TV Ratings) Is ...

1/18/2017 8:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Two cities are gonna be real upset ... 'cause TV super boss Les Moonves -- the guy who runs CBS -- is telling TMZ Sports which two teams are the best Super Bowl matchup for TV ratings.

We got Moonves in L.A. with wife Julie Chen when we asked him which two teams mean the biggest bucks for the network broadcasting the game this year (it's FOX).

It's tough ... GB has a red-hot Aaron Rodgers, ATL has the best offense in the league, New England has this pretty boy QB people like ... and the Steelers give you unprecedented locker room access.

Don't be mad ... Les is just keepin' it real.

Johnny Manziel: 'I'm Doing Really Well' ... Sober and Training Hard

1/18/2017 6:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel says he's focused on football again -- telling TMZ Sports he's training 5 to 6 days a week and sources say he's "dead serious" about a comeback.

The ex-NFL quarterback was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills Tuesday night ... and told us how well he's been doing. He also appears sober. We're told it's part of a serious effort to clean himself up. 

We know what you're thinking ... we thought it too ... but Johnny is telling people he means business this time around. 

Sources connected to the QB tell us he's been working hard in the gym and trying to get himself ready to make another run in the NFL. 

Manziel also told TMZ Sports he spoke with Clemson star QB Deshaun Watson after the National Championship game and told us he'll be in his corner as DW embarks on the NFL. 

Philip Rivers Admits Move to L.A. 'Has Been Tough'

1/17/2017 5:19 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Real talk from Chargers QB Philip Rivers who didn't try and sugarcoat how the move from San Diego to L.A. has affected him ... telling TMZ Sports, "It's been tough for all of us."

Rivers was on his way into "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (welcome to Hollywood!) when he told us why he'll miss San Diego ... his home for the past 13 years.

He also hopes his fans down in S.D. will make the trip up to continue to support the team. 

As for a possible acting career now that he's in Tinseltown ... Philip says don't bet on it.

NFL Says Lady Gaga NOT BANNED from Talking Politics ... At Super Bowl

1/17/2017 2:53 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117-lady-gaga-tmz-01The NFL tells TMZ Sports ... Lady Gaga has NOT been instructed to keep her mouth shut about politics and Donald Trump during the Super Bowl halftime show ... despite reports to the contrary. 

A report surfaced earlier Tuesday that Gaga -- who's famously outspoken about social issues and politics (and is anti-Trump) -- was specifically told to keep politics out of her performance. 

But an NFL spokesperson is calling B.S. -- telling us, "This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none."

"The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together. Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this."

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Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn Cusses, Screwup ... During 1st Presser

1/17/2017 11:53 AM PST
Breaking News

Rough start for new L.A. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn ... who misnamed his team and then CUSSED on live TV during his introductory news conference. 

It started off with Lynn referring to the team as the San Diego Chargers (he quickly caught that mistake) ... but it got worse when he was telling a story about his mentor, Bill Walsh, and dropped an S-bomb.

Speaking of s*** ... at least the team got rid of that terrible logo. 

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Antonio Brown will Be Punished For Locker Room Video

1/17/2017 9:23 AM PST
Breaking News

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says he regrets referring to the Patriots as "a-holes" during his locker room speech ... and says Antonio Brown will be punished. 

Tomlin just addressed the media about Brown's unauthorized Facebook Live video from the locker room after the Chiefs game ... and says it was "foolish, selfish and inconsiderate."

He noted the video was a violation of Steelers team and league policy.

Tomlin says Brown will be punished by the team -- but didn't expand on what the punishment will be. He hasn't spoken with Brown since the incident.

Tomlin says the locker room speech was supposed to be a private moment ... and moments like those shouldn't be shared.

As for his language in the video, Tomlin says, "As a parent, as a member of the community I take that very seriously. I issue an apology in that regard."

He also praised Tom Brady and said the Pats are a "great team."

Ezekiel Elliott Pumped About Cowboys Future At Dinner With Dak Prescott

1/17/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116-ezekiel-elliott-and-mom-twitterEzekiel Elliott wasn't sulking over the Cowboys heart-wrenching loss to the Packers on Sunday night ... he was PUMPED about the team's future ... Zeke's mom tells TMZ Sports.

We talked to Dawn Elliott, Zeke's mom, who says she was impressed with her son's optimism during a post-game dinner with Dak Prescott and his fam at Nick & Sam's steakhouse in Dallas.

Dawn says Zeke obviously wasn't happy with the L, but he wasn't totally crushed either ... 'cause he flat-out believes the Cowboys have a bright future.

"Zeke said the chemistry is great, and he thinks everyone is going to stick together. He thinks everyone will come back."

"They're young. They're looking forward. God willing everyone stays healthy. They'll be back."

As for people dumping on the Boys for failing to notch a playoff victory after their 13-3 season ... Dawn thinks that's nonsense.

"Good grief, the season wasn't a waste. You had 2 rookies and they won 13 games."

Solid point.

Bill Belichick 'I'm Not On SnapFace'

1/16/2017 2:57 PM PST
Breaking News

Bill Belichick says he isn't on "SnapFace" or "InstaChat" ... and therefore doesn't give a crap about the cyber-insults the Steelers spewed on social media.

The Patriots head coach appeared on WEEI in Boston and was asked to respond to Mike Tomlin calling his team "a-holes" during a locker room speech that was live streamed by Antonio Brown. 

Bill's response is pure Belichick ... short, sweet and right to the point.

Future No Beef with Russell Wilson ... Just Tight With Falcons!

1/16/2017 11:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116_future_at_falcons_game_USA-Today-SportsFuture claims he didn't go to the Falcons-Seahawks game this weekend to spite Russell Wilson ... he's just a huge Falcons fan ... plain and simple.

Obviously, with the history between Future and Russ (and Ciara) -- it was verrrry interesting to see the rapper on the sidelines opposite the Seahawks QB at the NFL playoff game in ATL on Saturday. 

But a source close to Future says the rapper is adamant his appearance was not meant to be a shot at his ex's husband.

We're told he's tight with a bunch of Falcons players -- especially stud receiver Julio Jones -- so that's why he was invited to the game ... and he'll probably go this coming Sunday too.

Our sources say Future and Ciara are cordially co-parenting their kid these days ... and Future isn't trying to rock the boat.

... especially in the wake of Ciara dropping her defamation suit against him.

Steelers Head Coach Calls Patriots 'A-Holes' 'We Spotted 'Em a Day-and-a-Half!'

1/16/2017 6:37 AM PST
Breaking News

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called the Patriots a bunch of "assholes" during a locker room speech to his team ... a speech he didn't know Antonio Brown was streaming out on Facebook Live!!!

The speech came moments after Pittsburgh beat up on Kansas City ... earning a spot to play Tom Brady and company in the AFC Championship next week. 

Brown flipped on his live stream to share the moment with his fans ... when Tomlin made the comment that's sure to make the Pats' bulletin board.

Tomlin noted that the Pats got a "day-and-a-half" head start on prep and recovery since they played on Saturday and the Steelers didn't play until Sunday night.

Tomlin's final message to his team ... be cool and stay off social media.

Ooops.

Kristin Chenoweth Joe Mixon Deserves Second Chance 'He's Doing His Work'

1/16/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Hollywood star Kristin Chenoweth thinks Joe Mixon has done enough to earn a second chance at life ... saying his NFL future shouldn't be ruined because of his 2014 assault.

Kristin is an Oklahoma native and a huge Sooners fan ... so when we got her out in L.A. we had to get her take on Mixon ... who's leaving Norman for an NFL future.

It's an NFL future some aren't sure he'll have ... with rumblings being that teams -- and some agents -- might not want the PR disaster of having to talk about Mixon brutally punching a woman on tape.

Chenoweth clearly thinks that's wrong ... telling our camera guy she thinks Mixon is "doing his work" to become a better person and has earned a second chance.

It's an interesting take ... since Chenoweth is one of the first prominent female voices to show public support for Mixon.

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