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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
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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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Colin Kaepernick I've Gotten Death Threats For Protesting Anthem

9/21/2016 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0921-colin-kaepernick-getty-01Colin Kaepernick says people have threatened to kill him for refusing to stand for the national anthem.

Kaepernick -- speaking to reporters on Tuesday at the 49ers facility -- revealed he has received numerous death threats over "a couple different avenues."

"If something like that were to happen, you've proved my point and it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now."

Kaep went on to say that the threats weren't totally unexpected ... "I don't want that to happen, but that's the realization of what could happen, and I knew there were other things that came along with this when I first stood up and spoke about it. That's not something I haven't thought about."

Kaepernick says he did not report the threats to team officials ... or local police.

NFL's Avery Williamson 9/11 Tribute Cleats Sell For a Fortune!

9/20/2016 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Great news for Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson -- his 9/11 tribute cleats just sold at auction for $6,600 ... and it's all going toward a charity to help U.S. soldiers!

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Williamson customized his Nikes to honor the victims and first responders -- with patriotic symbols and the words "Never Forget" written on the back.

After he wore them in the game, Williamson put the cleats up for auction on CharityBuzz.com to raise money for Operation Warrior Wishes.

FYI -- the winner ain't just gettin' the cleats. The auction winner gets 2 tickets to a Tennessee Titans home game ... as well as an opportunity to chill with Avery.

Nice work.

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Jacoby Brissett's H.S. Coach Don't Worry, Patriots Fans 'He's Done This Before'

9/20/2016 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0919_Jacoby-Brissett_gettyNo Brady or Garoppolo? No problem ... 'cause backup Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett's no stranger to filling in on short notice. 

With Tom Brady (suspended) and Jimmy Garoppolo (injured) sidelined, 23-year-old Brissett will take over under center against the Texans this Thursday.

TMZ Sports spoke with Jack Daniels -- Brissett's football coach at Dwyer High School in Florida -- who tells us the rookie signal caller started showing his insane game preparation when he was a freshman.

"He's been through this before," Daniels says. "We were facing one of the best teams in the country and our starter went down. Jacoby came in as a 15-year-old and went 12 for 12." 

“I talked to him after the game. He’s excited for the opportunity to play. He’s going to do whatever he can to help this team win. I think he’s going to be a little nervous.”

“He’ll be ready to play. He loves to win. He loves football. He’s a super kid and there’s something about him. He’s a winner and he always finds a way to come out on top.”

Jay Glazer Ray Rice Doesn't Deserve 2nd Chance ... Period.

9/20/2016 10:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It doesn't matter how hard he's been working or how many people he's apologized to ... Ray Rice should NEVER play another down in the NFL ... so says Jay Glazer

"I've always had this mindset that if you play a violent sport and you knock your wife out or your girlfriend and put your hands on a woman, you should be stripped of that privilege forever."

Glazer says Rice is "probably the only player I've ever been really, really, really hard on" ... and it's obvious why. 

Michael Rapaport 'Aielloes' Jay Cutler 'You Motherf*****! You're Leaving the Game?!'

9/20/2016 8:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Rapaport channeled his inner Danny Aiello to scream at Jay Cutler Monday night -- blasting the Bears QB as a "mayonnaise and newspaper breath smelling motherf*****."

It's hilarious ... Rapaport's obviously paying tribute to Aiello's character in "Do the Right Thing."

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