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Vernon Davis Kaepernick Can Still Play 'Great Teammate'

5/18/2017 3:26 PM PDT

Colin Kaepernick's old 49ers teammate, Vernon Davis, is going to bat for the QB -- saying the guy isn't just a great player, but he's "one of those guys that you want on your team."

Vernon told TMZ Sports ... one of the things that impressed him on the 49ers was Kaep's work ethic -- saying the QB is an "extremely hard worker" who's a true pro.

Long story short ... Davis is vouching for Kaep in the strongest way possible and it's clear he thinks the guy belongs in the NFL this season.

As for Davis, the Washington Redskins tight end is entering his 12th season in the league -- so, he has a pretty damn good perspective on what it takes to make it in the NFL.

Rohan Marley Weed Won't Be an Issue ... For NFL Son!

5/18/2017 10:32 AM PDT

With Bob Marley's grandson, Nico, signing with the Washington Redskins ... we got to wondering, will marijuana be an issue?? 

For the answer, we went right to Bob's son, Rohan Marley, and asked if Nico will be able to pass on the family's favorite pastime ... since weed is outlawed in the NFL. 

The good news for the Redskins ... Rohan says weed isn't really Nico's thing -- plus, he can always wait until AFTER his NFL career to partake in the herbals. 

Rohan -- who was a stud football player back in the day -- is clearly proud of his kid ... but you gotta see his reaction when we ask if Nico is better than he was. Classic. 

Joe Mixon Milly Rocks Through 1st Paparazzi Encounter

5/18/2017 7:56 AM PDT

Joe Mixon has touched down in L.A. -- and just got his first taste of paparazzi and autograph hounds. 

The Cincinnati Bengals rookie is in town for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event -- designed to help 1st year players learn the business of pro football.

Mixon told us his teammates and Cinci fans have been cool with him since he was drafted -- but didn't say much else.

Then he busted out a little Milly Rock in front of the Lehigh softball team ... which happened to be at the same baggage claim.

Mixon was with a NFLPA staffer at the airport but we're told she's not a dedicated Mixon "handler." Bengals team sources tell us they trust Joe and don't believe he needs a special chaperone.

Terry Bradshaw Gisele Burned Tom 'My Wife Would Never Say That'

5/17/2017 2:47 PM PDT

Terry Bradshaw says Gisele hung Tom Brady out to dry by talking about his alleged concussions on national TV ... telling TMZ Sports, "My wife would never say that."

In fact, Terry suspects Tom is really upset over the situation -- "I would imagine someone's having a talk with somebody."

"I don't know why she would say that," Bradshaw added ... while explaining that when it comes to private health matters, it's not up to the spouse to share that information with the world.

"That's my wife right there and she'd never say a word," Terry said pointing to Tammy.

Terry's wife says it's not a black and white issue ... it's complicated. 

The good news ... Terry's confident Tom and Gisele will ultimately work things out. 

NFL Calls BS On Gisele No Evidence Tom Brady Suffered Concussion

5/17/2017 1:45 PM PDT
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The NFL is disputing Gisele's claims that Tom Brady secretly suffered a concussion during the 2016 season ... saying there's no evidence the Patriots QB suffered any sort of head injury.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy just issued a statement saying, "We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots' home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office."

"There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms."

"Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club's medical staff and Mr. Brady."

"The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible."

The NFL isn't directly saying Gisele lied during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" -- but they're certainly mounting the case against her.

'Concussion' Dr. Bennet Omalu Gisele Is 'Angelic' For Revealing Tom Brady Injury

5/17/2017 10:46 AM PDT

Gisele is a heroic whistle-blower who did an "angelic" thing by going public with Tom Brady's secret concussion history ... so says the doctor who discovered CTE, Bennet Omalu

Omalu is the real life person that inspired the movie "Concussion" -- he was famously played by Will Smith. He also wrote the book, 'Truth Doesn't Have a Side' about the dangers of contact sports. 

So, how did he react when he saw Gisele finally reveal Tom's concussion history on television? He praised her. 

"I believe it is something angelic to speak up," Omalu says ... "She's an angel. An angel of truth and an angel of love."

He added, "The truth will always prevail. We should not be afraid of the truth because of the inconvenience of the truth. But when we embrace the truth, just like Gisele has done, the truth is empowering, is enlightening and is vindicating."

"So, [Gisele] is my hero."

Tom Brady NFLPA 'Looking Into' Concussion Claim

5/17/2017 9:55 AM PDT
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The NFL Players Association is "looking into" the statements made by Gisele about Tom Brady suffering a concussion last year that was not reported in NFL injury reports.

After Gisele appeared on "CBS This Morning" and told Charlie Rose about Tom's secret history of concussions ... we reached out to the NFLPA for comment.

We were told, "Right now, we have no official statement, but we are looking into."

Gisele's comments have sparked all sorts of questions -- with people wondering if Tom or the Patriots intentionally hid the information from the NFL so Tom wouldn't have to miss game time.

We've also reached out to Tom and the Patriots for comment -- so far, no official comments from either camp.

Gisele Tom Brady Has Concussions All The Time 'We Don't Talk About'

5/17/2017 6:24 AM PDT
Breaking News

Tom Brady suffered a football-related concussion last year that nobody knew about -- and he secretly gets concussions all the time -- so says his wife, Gisele.

The supermodel appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday and expressed frustration with Tom's health ... particularly the brain injuries he suffers on the field.

"Football ... like he had a concussion last year," Gisele said.

"I mean he has concussions pretty much every [year] ... I mean, we don't talk about. But he does have concussions."

This could be a big deal ... considering Brady was not listed on the NFL injury list for a concussion once in 2016. It begs the question ... was the injury covered up to keep him on the field?

In the NFL, if a player is diagnosed with a concussion during a game, he is NOT allowed to return to the field for the remainder of that game. He may return the following week at the discretion of his doctor. 

"I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through like, through that kind of aggression like, all the time–that cannot be healthy for you, right?"

"I mean I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope."

Charles Woodson Tom Brady Is Uncursable ... Dude's Got Too Many Rings!!!

5/16/2017 3:40 PM PDT

Dear Patriots fans,

Here's Oakland Raiders legend Charles Woodson explaining why Tom Brady is completely immune to the Madden Curse.

Listen to Charles, he knows all about bad luck.


Bob Marley's Grandson Signs NFL Contract ... I'm Smokin' QBs Now!

5/16/2017 3:02 PM PDT
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Get up, stand up ... and salute Bob Marley's grandson -- who just signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. 

The team announced Nico Marley -- an undrafted free agent LB out of Tulane -- has officially inked a deal with them after he impressed coaches at the team's rookie mini-camp. 

What's REALLY impressive ... Nico is pretty undersized as far as NFL linebackers go ... he's only 5'8". (For the record, Bob was only 5'7") 

Of course, this doesn't mean Nico will be with the team on opening day -- he still has to earn a roster spot ... but still, it's a great start. 

Athletes seem to run in the family ... Nico's dad, Rohan Marley, played college football for Miami back in the day (with The Rock and Ray Lewis!) before a stint in the Canadian Football League. 

Nico tweeted about the signing -- "My family and I are extremely grateful to the Washington Redskins organization ... for giving me this opportunity to prove myself in mini-camp."

"All I've ever needed was a chance to prove myself. Been hearing I'm 'too small' my whole life and that won't ever stop me."


Report: Josh Gordon 'Desperate for Cash'

5/16/2017 12:04 PM PDT
Breaking News

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is reportedly in dire financial straights and desperately hunting for a new agent who will float him some cash until he gets reinstated ... if that ever happens.

The insanely talented wideout hasn't played a snap in the NFL since 2014 -- and even then his season was cut short due to a substance abuse policy violation.

He was hoping to get reinstated last week -- but the NFL rejected his application and he won't get to apply again until September. 

Meantime, he's running low on that NFL dough, so says Bleacher Report's Jason Cole who described Gordon's money issues as a "desperate financial situation."

Cole also notes that Gordon was fired by his agent, Joby Branion, and is hoping to sign with a new agent (one with a bankroll) in the hopes of getting a cash advance.

Shocking, considering Gordon is believed to have made $4.2 million since being signed by the Browns in 2012.

We've made attempts to reach Gordon -- so far, no word back.

Metallica's James Hetfield On Raiders Move to Vegas: 'I'm a Little Pissed'

5/16/2017 8:51 AM PDT

Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a huge Raiders fan -- and says he's "a little pissed" that his team is ditching Oakland for Sin City.

FYI, Hetfield actively campaigned for the Raiders to stay in the Bay Area -- and publicly supported Ronnie Lott in his efforts to build a new stadium for the team in Oakland.  

But those plans didn't work out and Raiders owner, Mark Davis, ultimately got league approval to move the team to Las Vegas. The team is expected to relocate in 2019.

Hetfield says he'll continue to support the Silver and Black (he stuck by them during the L.A. years) ... but it's clear he's still bummed. 

Pacman Jones Pleads Guilty In Crazy Hotel Tirade Case

5/16/2017 7:00 AM PDT
Breaking News

Props to Pacman Jones' attorney -- 'cause despite all the crazy stuff the NFL star did during a crazed Jan. 3rd tirade in Cincinnati, he won't serve another minute behind bars. 

The Bengals star just appeared in court (sporting a nice suit) where he pled guilty to obstructing official business stemming from the incident where he allegedly got into it with a hotel security guard. 

Remember, Pacman went off on the guard AND Cincinnati police that night -- wishing death on one of the officers and telling the cop to, "Suck my d**k."

Pacman was initially charged with disorderly conduct and assault as well -- but those charges were dropped as part of his deal.

In exchange, Pacman was sentenced to 2 days in jail -- but got credit for time served ... so, he won't be going back behind bars.

Pacman apologized for his actions in court -- telling the judge he's trying to become a better person and his actions that night were not a true representation of the real Adam Jones.

Pacman's attorneys told the judge he's a "kind person" and only lashed out because he was frustrated. His lawyers also pointed out that Pacman's involved with the Special Olympics and other charitable endeavors.

Pacman's agent tells TMZ Sports, "As you can see there was no assault or head-butting or spitting. He plead guilty to obstructing official business based solely on his tone that night."

"While his actions were probably justified by the fact the officers failed to properly investigate the matter, he could have handled himself better."

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