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NFL's Aldon Smith Hit With 1 Year Suspension ... Over DUI Arrest

11/17/2015 2:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1117-aldon-smith-getty-02Oakland Raiders star Aldon Smith will be suspended by the NFL for an entire year -- starting Tuesday -- for his role in a DUI arrest back in August ... so says Adam Schefter

As we previously reported, Smith was arrested on August 7th -- after cops say he tried to get out of his car in a lot about a mile from Levi's Stadium when he swung the door open into the car next to him, causing roughly $500 in damage.

Cops say Smith got back in his car and left ... only to return to the scene on foot, where cops were waiting. Aldon then bombed a sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, hit and run and vandalism.

Smith was charged with DUI and a hit and run -- and pled not guilty. 

Smith was on thin ice with the NFL -- after already being suspended for 9 games back in 2014 over a DUI arrest in 2013. 

Smith was cut by the 49ers after the DUI incident back in August -- and the Raiders must have known a suspension was a possibility when they signed him. 

Smith was seen saying goodbye to teammates earlier today. 

It'll be interesting to see if he ever plays another down in the NFL. 

Al Sharpton Ray Rice Got Screwed ... No Equal Justice In NFL

11/17/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The NFL is still screwed up when it comes to meting out justice for domestic violence -- so says Al Sharpton.

Sharpton cannot understand how Ray Rice was ultimately banished from the NFL while Greg Hardy was given a second chance

He thinks it's not only unfair to the players ... but to the women they abuse

Check out the video -- think he's got a point? 

Hoda Kotb BEGS PEYTON MANNING ... Please Don't Retire!!!

11/16/2015 3:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Well, at least one person still believes in Peyton Manning ... 

Despite the vomit-inducing performance he put on this weekend, "Today" show co-host Hoda Kotb says she still STRONGLY believes in the Broncos QB.

In fact, she even lays out a case for Manning ... saying he's still "golden" ... and predicts he'll eventually return to greatness!!!

Then again, she drinks a lot ... 

Junior Seau's Sister I'm Fearful for Wes Welker ... Reconsider NFL Comeback

11/15/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1113_wes_welker-annette-facebook-gettyJunior Seau's sister says she doesn't want to see Wes Welker end up suffering from CTE like her brother -- and is advising the wide receiver to seriously reconsider his NFL comeback. 

Welker has been out of football since last year -- and it seemed like his NFL career was over ... especially with his storied concussion history.

But now that he's signed with the Rams, Annette Seau tells TMZ Sports she's "fearful for him."

"Everyday he is out there taking these big hits on the field he is shortening his life," Seau says ... "I know how much the game means to these men ... but I am very fearful for him."

Seau says she wishes Welker nothing but the best -- but knows all too well the dangers of repeated head trauma. Junior took his own life in 2012 after suffering from CTE, which the family believes was caused by the hits he took during his NFL career. 

"Junior would have came back and played longer if he was given the opportunity, so I know how Wes feels. I know how much the game means to these men."

When asked if she had a message for Wes, Annette said ... "You don't want to look back on your life when you're gone with regret. Enjoy what you have in life and I pray and wish that you have plenty of time left with your two newborn twins."

Eagles' Joe Walsh I Battle Ringo Starr ... Over NFL Football!

11/14/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Wanna piss off a Beatle??? Just bring up the NFL ... so says Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh who tells us, Ringo Starr LOVES football ... and won't stop busting his balls about it. 

It turns out, Walsh and the most beloved member of the Beatles (lol) are actually family ... with Joe having married into Ringo's clan back in 2008.

So when we saw Joe leaving Craig's we had to ask him ... what do two brothers-in-law, who happen to be music legends, argue about at the family powwows?

That's when Joe dropped the bombshell ... telling our guy that Ringo ... one of the most famous Brits OF ALL TIME ... loves AMERICAN football, and continuously gives Joe grief about whatever squad he likes.

Score one for 'Murica.

NFL's Bryant McKinnie I Didn't Beat Up Clubgoer ... He Ain't Gettin' a Cent

11/13/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1110_Bryant-McKinnie_gettyBryant McKinnie says he's CHANGED HIS MIND -- and refuses to pay off a guy who claims the ex-NFL star beat him up in 2013 ... even though he already signed a settlement agreement. 

It's a crazy story ... McKinnie admits he went to mediation with Alexis Bernier last year and initially agreed to fork over $15k after Alexis accused him of roughing him up at Club Play in 2013.  

But Bryant says he did NOTHING WRONG -- and only signed the settlement agreement because his lawyers told him it would be the easiest way to make the whole thing go away. 

So, instead of cutting a check, McKinnie has refused to pay Alexis jack squat -- and Alexis has now sued to collect, claiming Bryant has reneged on a legally binding deal. 

How does Bryant feel about the lawsuit? 

"I don't care."

He adds, "They've been threatening to go to the media with it for over a year. I can't let him just take advantage of me when I know I did nothing wrong."

It's a risky gamble for Bryant -- because if Alexis wins the lawsuit, a judge can make moves to seize Bryant's assets to satisfy the judgment ... including cars, houses, you name it. 

Bryant says he's not scared. 

Stay tuned. 

Ex-NFL Player's Son CTE Killed My Dad ... NFL Must Pay

11/12/2015 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1112_Art-DeCarlo_nfl_Georgia-trendThe son of a former NFL defensive back is suing the NFL -- claiming his father died from brain injuries he suffered during his 10 year career ... and the league did NOTHING to prevent it. 

The person behind the suit is the son of Art DeCarlo -- who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1953 after a stellar career at the University of Georgia. 

DeCarlo's family claims Art suffered numerous concussions on the field -- including documented cases where he lost consciousness but returned to the game. 

Art's family claims he suffered from several devastating neurocognitive issues during the last several decades of his life -- including extreme headaches, memory loss and confusion. 

Art's family claims the NFL had evidence about the dangers of repeated blows to the head since back in the '20s yet did nothing to educate the players about the real medical dangers. 

The family is suing for fraudulent concealment, negligence, civil conspiracy and more ... they're seeking unspecified damages. 

We reached out to the NFL for comment -- so far, no word back. 

NFL's Greg Ellis Back Off Jerry Jones ... He's Right About Hardy

11/12/2015 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Good news for Jerry Jones ... there's at least one guy who supports how he's handling the Greg Hardy situation ... former Cowboys superstar Greg Ellis, who says it's Jones' job to put winning first. 

"I don't think Jerry made a mistake by putting him on the team. Jerry's job is to help the Cowboys win," Ellis told us in L.A. Wednesday night at a screening of his movie "Carter High."

"When [Jerry] sees a talent that can help his team, he goes after that talent."

We also asked if Jones should have reconsidered and FIRED Hardy after pictures surfaced last week showing the damage Hardy allegedly inflicted on his ex-GF in 2014 ... and once again, Ellis had Jerry's back.  

"[The pictures are] not 100% evidence of what really took place."

There's more ... Ellis also says he strongly believes Ray Rice deserves a 2nd chance in the NFL

It's interesting stuff ... check out the clip. 

Marshawn Lynch Gives $500 to McDonald's Worker ... 'I Wanna Help You'

11/12/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-marshawn-lynch-mcdonalds-2_WMMarshawn Lynch might be the BEST MCDONALD'S CUSTOMER EVER ... 'cause he gave $500 to a Mickey D's staffer last week ... because he wanted to help the kid out. 

It all went down at McDonald's in Dallas last Sunday after the Seahawks beat the Cowboys -- when Beast Mode walked into the joint and struck up a conversation with 17-year-old Terrance Downs, who was mopping at the time. 

"I told him I liked his shoes -- navy blue Buscemis -- and how I wanted to buy a pair and we all started talking," Downs tells TMZ Sports

Lynch asked him about school and what he wanted to do in life, and Downs told him he's into fashion and wants to own a boutique one day. 

That's when Lynch whipped out $500 and handed it over ... telling Downs, "If you're serious about getting those shoes, here's some money to help you get 'em. My job is to continue to see you grow."

A rep for the owner of the McDonald's confirmed the story -- adding, "Marshawn left a huge positive impact on Terrance." 

As for Downs, he tells us he went out and bought the shoes ... and says he's even more motivated to become successful so, "I can do the same thing for someone else one day."

Ray and Janay Rice All That Matters to Us ... Parenthood and NFL Comeback

11/10/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Rice and his wife say the public doesn't treat them like the poster couple for domestic violence anymore, and it's time the NFL did the same ... by giving Ray a "second chance" to play football.

We got Ray and Janay Rice outside the Connecticut gym where they work out on a daily basis -- keeping Ray in shape, in case an NFL team finally calls to give him a shot at a comeback.

The couple has clearly put their turmoil behind them. They told us how drastically different their life is nearly 2 years later -- and how strangers approach them now when they're out in public. 

As for Ray's inspiration ... he's says he's got a few people: his 3-year-old daughter, and a short list of NFL running backs who are also fighting father time, and winning.

Cowboys vs. Eagles Brotherly Brawl ... Busted For Assault

11/9/2015 2:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Three brothers took the Cowboys and Eagles game way too seriously, and ended up hospitalized and arrested for beating the crap out of each other in the stands at AT&T Stadium.

The video of their brawl went viral hours after the game -- most people thought they were just opposing fans, but TMZ Sports has learned they were blood. Arlington cops tell us they'll all be charged with different degrees of assault. Meet the bros:

- Jorge Castillo punched his brother, Ignacio ... and got arrested for misdemeanor assault with bodily injury.

- Jose Castillo was arrested for simple assault with provocative contact and failure to obey a police officer.

- Ignacio Castillo was not arrested, yet ... and only because he's laid up in a hospital. Cops say he'll be charged with felony assault on an officer for allegedly spitting blood on a cop trying to stop the fight.

Fun fact: Cops tell us there were 2 other fights that ended with arrests -- and both of those also involved relatives!



Dallas Cowboys Huge Sponsor Stands By Team ... Despite Greg Hardy Pics

11/7/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1106-greg-hardy-american-airlines-cowboys-GETTY-01Seems the Greg Hardy photos aren't scaring off one of the Dallas Cowboys' biggest sponsors -- with American Airlines vowing to stand by the team ... despite the controversy. 

Critics of the Cowboys are calling for sponsors to pull out -- hoping to put pressure on Dallas to fire Hardy after photos surfaced which appear to show the brutal injuries he inflicted on his ex-girlfriend. 

But American Airlines -- which has a partnership with the Cowboys until 2019 -- tells TMZ Sports they're not running for the hills. 

"American Airlines supports teams, not individual players," an AA spokesperson tells us.

"We have a huge employee and customer base in Dallas/Fort Worth and we partner with the Cowboys on several community projects throughout the year. As part of our initiatives to improve the communities we serve, we partner with several organizations that support and protect victims of domestic violence."

However, our sources tell us ... when Hardy was signed to the team, AA discussed the situation internally and expressed concerns about being connected to the embattled player. 

But in the end, AA decided it wasn't worth blowing up the deal with the Cowboys over a player who could be gone by this time next year. 

Jerry Jones We Support Greg Hardy But We Didn't See the Pics

11/6/2015 6:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1106_jerry_jones_greg_hardy_gettyDallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the team will NOT cut, suspend or even bench Greg Hardy after seeing the brutal pics of his ex-GF from his domestic violence case ... saying, "We have given Greg a second chance."

Jones says the team was obviously aware of the allegations against Hardy before they signed him earlier this year -- but had NOT seen the pictures of the alleged victim until Friday. 

"While we did not have access to the photos that became public today, we were and are aware of the serious nature of this incident."

Jones says, "We as an organization take this very seriously. We do not condone domestic violence. We entered into the agreement with Greg fully understanding that there would be scrutiny and criticism."

"We have given Greg a second chance. He is a member of our team and someone who is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to move forward with his life and his career.”

It's worth noting Hardy has made an immediate impact on the Cowboys defense ... emerging as one of the team's best players. 

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