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Donald Trump Takes Shot at Colin Kaepernick

3/20/2017 5:28 PM PDT
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Colin Kaepernick is back in Donald Trump's crosshairs -- the President of the United States just mocked the QB for last season's national anthem protest. 

Trump referenced a report that NFL teams are refusing to pick up Kaepernick because owners are afraid of a Twitter backlash from Trump himself. 

Trump didn't exactly refute the report. Instead he fired up the Kentucky crowd by saying people in the Bluegrass State don't like it when people don't stand for the anthem. 

The crowd loved it. 

Meanwhile, Kaepernick just helped secure an entire airplane to send food and supplies to people in need in Somalia. 

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Gale Sayers Diagnosed with Dementia

3/20/2017 5:14 PM PDT
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0320-gale-sayers-gettyNFL legend Gale Sayers has been diagnosed with dementia ... and his wife says football is to blame. 

Ardythe Sayers told the Kansas City Star the 73-year-old Hall of Famer was diagnosed 4 years ago -- but still remains in excellent physical condition. 

Ardythe says Gale has been treated at the Mayo Clinic and the doctors agree football is a factor. 

"It wasn’t so much getting hit in the head," Ardythe said ... "It’s just the shaking of the brain when they took him down with the force they play the game in."

Despite memory loss and other lasting injuries believed to have been caused by football, Ardythe says she's convinced Gale would choose to do it all over again the same way. 

Tom Brady FACE-TO-FACE WITH SUSPECT ... In Super Bowl Selfies

3/20/2017 2:03 PM PDT
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0320-tom-brady-mauricio-ortega-selfies-TMZ-SPORTS-06bThe man who allegedly stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey has been up close and personal with Tom, Robert Kraft and other Super Bowl stars for years ... and TMZ Sports has the photo proof. 

Mauricio Ortega made a habit of snapping selfies with the big stars from the Super Bowl games he covered during his stint as the news director for La Prensa -- a Mexican media outlet.

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We're told the photo with Tom Brady was taken after Super Bowl 39 in 2005. Same with Robert Kraft. 

Ortega also posed with Heath Miller at Super Bowl 40, Brandon Jacobs at Super Bowl 42. He also got one with Ben Roethlisberger

Guys, if you're missing any gear ...

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Tom Brady PROPS TO COPS ... Thanks for My Jersey!

3/20/2017 1:59 PM PDT
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0320-tom-brady-superbowl-getty-01Tom Brady says he's PUMPED to get his Super Bowl jerseys back -- and gave a big shout out to the cops who helped track it down.

"I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered," Brady said in a statement.

"I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. I know they worked hard on this case -- and it is very much appreciated."

"Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience."

The insinuation seems to be that he'll auction them off for a charity. Stay tuned .. 

NFL's Emmanuel Sanders Crazy BDay TURN UP ... w/ Rick Ross, Danny Garcia

3/20/2017 1:30 PM PDT

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders turned 30 with a bang ... turning all the way up with Rick Ross and boxing superstar Danny Garcia at one of the hottest nightclubs in Miami. 

Both guys were up in VIP (Garcia was celebrating his 29th bday) at LIV nightclub ... while Ross, Wale and Meek Mill performed for Rick's album release party. 

Check out the clip -- Rick's new album is fire. 

Tom Brady Suspect Video Released Allegedly Capturing Jersey Heist

3/20/2017 10:46 AM PDT
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update_graphic_red_bar11:28 AM PT -- The suspect's name is Mauricio Ortega -- a former executive at a Mexican news organization called "Diario La Prensa."

According to La Prensa, Ortega resigned from his position on March 14th. The paper was unaware of the investigation into Ortega until today. 

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update-grey-gray-barHere is video of the man suspected of stealing Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey ... according to Ian Rappaport of NFL Network ... and it sure looks like he's got something under his arm.

The suspect was captured on video by FOX, the network that aired Super Bowl 51 -- and while his face is blurred, you can see his tie is terrible.

We are told the frame that shows the suspect clutching an item under his arm is what blew the case wide open for authorities.

The video was first aired on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on FS1. 

Officials have said the suspect was a credentialed member of the media. His name and alleged media organization have not been released.

Robert Kraft Kicked It with President Trump ... In Air Force 1s

3/20/2017 10:35 AM PDT
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0320-robert-kraft-presidential-helicopter-gettyRobert Kraft traveled on Air Force One ... in his Air Force 1s.

How cool is that?

The New England Patriots owner flew from West Palm Beach, FL to D.C. on POTUS' plane on Sunday. 

After the flight, Kraft was transported to the South Lawn of the White House on Marine One. 

The two had spent the weekend at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. No word on what they talked about. 

The two are good friends and it seems like Trump is bringing him more into the political fold -- after Kraft was invited to join the president at a dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe back in February. 

Tom Brady Thief Caught on Video May Have Jacked Von Miller, Too!

3/20/2017 8:26 AM PDT
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0320-tom-brady-GETTY-02update_graphic_red_bar9:02 AM PT -- Sources connected to the investigation tell us 2 Patriots jerseys and 1 Broncos helmet were recovered in Mexico.

The Broncos helmet is likely that of Von Miller, as Jay Glazer reported.

We're told no cleats have been recovered ... at least not yet.

Glazer said Miller's cleats also went M.I.A. after Super Bowl 50. Unclear if it's connected to this investigation.update-grey-gray-barThe man who jacked Tom Brady's Super Bowl jerseys may have ALSO stolen Von Miller's helmet and cleats from Super Bowl 50 ... so says Jay Glazer.

Glazer appeared on "Undisputed" on FS1 and said investigators used video footage to identify the suspect in the Super Bowl 51 caper. 

Glazer says investigators saw the suspect enter the locker room behind Bill Belichick and leave a short time later with something tucked under his arm. 

Glazer says the suspect had a legitimate media credential -- but may not be a real journalist. He may have been running a scam.

And get this ... Glazer says the Denver Broncos believe the suspect hit Von Miller in the previous Super Bowl.

Story developing ... 

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Houston PD Blames NFL Security For Stolen Tom Brady Jersey

3/20/2017 9:38 AM PDT
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The Houston PD wants to make it perfectly clear it was NFL security that had watch over the Patriots locker room ... and therefore it's NFL security who should get the blame for Tom Brady's jersey going missing.

Chief Art Acevedo says it was the Houston PD that led the search for the jersey and should get the majority of the credit for its return.

Acevedo says he put a "handful" of investigators on the case because of the national and international attention ... and felt it was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect Super Bowl. 

Acevedo says Houston PD developed the first major lead from an informant that led officials to the suspect. 

Acevedo did give some credit to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies but it's clear he wants everyone to know HPD was the leader.

As for NFL security, Acevedo says he hopes the NFL can learn from the incident and correct the way it handles Super Bowl locker room security moving forward.

Lonzo Ball's Dad Needs to Chill ... Says Victor Cruz

3/20/2017 8:15 AM PDT
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LaVar Ball is putting way too much pressure on his kids ... and it's not fair to them -- so says NFL star Victor Cruz

The ex-NY Giants superstar clearly understands what it takes to dominate as a pro athlete -- and believes the crazy statements LaVar's been making ain't helpin' his 3 boys. 

Then again, you see Lonzo ball out of his mind this weekend? Hard to argue with results like that.

Tom Brady's Stolen Jersey RECOVERED On 'Foreign Soil' ... Viva Mexico!

3/20/2017 5:50 AM PDT
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0321-tom-brady-getyThe FBI has recovered Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl 51 jersey and the Houston PD says it was tracked to MEXICO!!!

The NFL says Tom's Super Bowl 49 jersey -- which was ALSO stolen (secretly, apparently) -- was recovered as well. 

Officials believe it was jacked by the same person and moved outside the U.S. ... so says CSNNE's Tom Curran

Jay Glazer -- who first reported the story -- says the FBI teamed up with the NFL security team for the recovery -- and is now in the process of returning the jerseys to Brady.

So, who's the thief?? 

The NFL says the items were found in the possession of a "credentialed member of the international media." 

Of course, the jersey went missing in the minutes after Brady and the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Video later surfaced (courtesy of our friends at Yahoo Sports) showing Brady searching through his equipment bag for the jersey while insisting that he "100 percent" put it in there.

Multiple law enforcement agencies joined the search -- including the Texas Rangers. Brady valued the jersey at $500,000 on the police report filed in Houston.

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Ezekiel Elliott Yacht Party Searched By Coast Guard

3/19/2017 1:24 PM PDT
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5:15 PM PT -- Elliott's attorney tells TMZ Sports the Coast Guard boarded the yacht to make sure there were enough life jackets onboard. He says no citations were issued, and the party continued.

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Ezekiel Elliott had his good time temporarily ruined again this week ... only now it was by the U.S. Coast Guard during a rager yacht party in Miami. 

Ezekiel was partying with friends and a gaggle of chicks Saturday on a yacht called No Rules II, when a Coast Guard cruiser pulled up. We're told the yacht had docked minutes before.

Eyewitnesses tell us 2 guards boarded the yacht and conducted a 20-minute search on-board. We're told once the search was complete, the guards went back to their vessel and took off. 

Unclear what they were looking for, or why they approached Ezekiel and co. A rep for the Coast Guard tells us they're checking ... but he believes it was probably a safety check to make sure the boat and the guests were in compliance with maritime safety protocol.

Also important to note ... the yacht did not belong to Ezekiel. Sources tell us it belongs to a guy who rents 'em out to celebs and other rich folks. Ezekiel was just there for the ride.

0319-ezekiel-elliott-coast-guard-boat-TMZ-03Either way, it's been a bad week for the star NFL player. You'll recall ... he caught a lot of heat for forcefully exposing a woman's breast during a St. Paddy's parade. Now this.  

Brian Banks Exonerated Football Star Getting Divorced

3/18/2017 12:25 AM PDT
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Sad news for Brian Banks -- the football player who was famously wrongly convicted of rape is divorcing his wife less than 2 years after they tied the knot. 

Banks made headlines for battling his way into Atlanta Falcons training camp in 2013 after spending 5 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. His story is reportedly in the works to become a big Hollywood movie. 

Banks married Emanuela Marinova in May 2015 -- but things have apparently fizzled ... both sides have filed for divorce. 

No kids. No major community property. No word on why they split. 

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