Katy Perry is getting major support for playing the Super Bowl Halftime show -- with an Oscar winning rapper vouching for the singer and warning the NFL ... you better not charge her to play!
TMZ Sports spoke with Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul -- who told us he's thrilled for Katy ... claiming she's the perfect fit for the big game -- and hopes it skyrockets her to another level.
"If you play the Super Bowl, that's a lot of money. You're reaching a whole new fan base. It'd be great for her career."
But DJ Paul says he read the reports about the NFL considering charging halftime acts to perform on their stage -- and says in Katy's case, she deserves a pass.
"Let her do it for free! She's a hot chick. Start charging next year."
We also spoke with Sir Mix-a-Lot ... who agrees with Paul -- the NFL would be INSANE to charge Katy a single cent.
"I wish no artists would pay. Do a concert with Katy Perry, Jay Z, Beyonce on an adjacent channel. Everyone would watch that while a boring f**king marching band plays the halftime show."
So far, the NFL has yet to confirm the Katy reports ... but all signs point to Perry taking the big stage.
RICK ROSS SHOULD BUY THE DOLPHINS
'Lemme Know If I Can Help!'
10/10/2014 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Diddy is no dummy ... so when he told us last night that he thinks it's a "great idea" for Rick Ross to buy a piece of the Miami Dolphins, The Boss should probably do it.
Earlier this week, Rick revealed that he sat down with Dolphins big wigs and talked about owning a piece of the NFL team
"It was a real positive conversation," Ross said.
So when we asked Diddy how he felt about it, the hip hop mogul not only gave his blessing ... but asked how he could help make it happen.
BTW -- Diddy doesn't own a team himself, but has stated in the past that he wants to own a MAJORITY stake in an NFL franchise in the future.
He's reportedly worth $580 million ... so it ain't exactly out of the picture.
Adrian Peterson Case
Prosecutor Trashes Judge
... You're Terrible At Your Job!
10/9/2014 8:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's FULL BLOWN WAR in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case -- with the prosecutor CALLING OUT THE JUDGE ... as an incompetent, trash-talking jerk who can't be trusted with the AP case.
TMZ Sports has obtained new court docs filed by the District Attorney of Montgomery County, TX ... who claims Judge Kelly Case didn't just call him a "media whore" behind his back -- he's been openly trashing the D.A.'s office for months.
As we previously reported, the D.A. demanded Judge Case apologize for the "media whore" comments during Wednesday's hearing -- and got it -- but now, the D.A. says the hostility runs much deeper than nasty comments.
According to the docs, the D.A. says Judge Case has unfairly blamed prosecutors for the media's unfavorable coverage of his mistakes on the bench ... and has showed a personal bias against the District Attorney.
Plus, the D.A. says Judge Case has had more of his decisions overturned on appeal than any other judge in the county ... proving he's constantly making bad rulings.
For his part, Judge Case laughed off the suggestion that he should recuse himself from the case at Wednesday's hearing -- but the D.A. is dead serious.
It's a ballsy move for the D.A., because if he doesn't get his way ... he'll be at the mercy of a man he TRASHED in public.
Not Upset I Didn't Get The Bills
... Bad Investment Anyway
10/9/2014 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump tells TMZ Sports ... he's not upset that he wasn't able to strike a deal to buy the Buffalo Bills -- because it would have been a bad investment anyway.
Trump was one of the big names in the hunt for the NFL team -- which ultimately sold to business mogul Terry Pegula for $1.4 BILLION.
But when we asked Trump about the situation Wednesday night, he didn't seem bothered by it at all ... telling us he didn't think it was a great financial move anyway.
As for whether Trump makes a run at another NFL team in the future -- guess we'll have to wait and see.
Louis Gossett Jr.
BRING THE RAIDERS BACK TO L.A.
10/8/2014 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Raiders NEED Los Angeles ... and Los Angeles NEEDS the Raiders -- so says Hollywood legend Louis Gossett Jr. who tells TMZ Sports it's time to bring the Silver & Black back to where they belong.
Louis -- who recently appeared on "Celebrity Ghost Stories" -- says L.A. is still haunted by the ghosts of it's NFL past ... even since the Raiders left L.A. for Oakland back in '95.
The only way to exercise the demon??? BRING 'EM BACK!!!
Of course, there's been talk about the Raiders leaving Oakland for another city ... including San Antonio and Austin ... but the Oscar winner tells us there's only one place the team can truly call home.
DEMANDS RUSH ORDER ON TRIAL
I Wanna Play Football Already!
10/8/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fireworks in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case today ... as AP's lawyer demanded a rush order on the trial so the NFL star could get back on the field.
But here's the craziest part -- prosecutors asked the judge to RECUSE himself from the case because he recently referred to AP's lawyer Rusty Hardin as a "whore" ... specifically a "media whore."
The prosecutor says the judge also called HIM a "media whore" as well.
The judge was taken aback -- and insisted he was just trying to be funny when he made the comments ... but the prosecutor wasn't laughing and demanded an apology.
Get this ... THE JUDGE DID APOLOGIZE ... and then advised the prosecutor to file a formal request laying out his arguments as to why he should step down.
Hardin then chimed in ... "For the record, I don’t take offense to it judge. I’ve been called much worse."
Meantime, AP's lawyer told the judge he wanted to schedule the trial ASAP for 2 big reasons:
1) AP is unable to play in the NFL until this legal situation is resolved and he wants to get back on the field THIS SEASON.
2) He believes AP is "getting killed" in the media and can't fight back outside the courtroom.
He also says AP is "chomping at the bit" to defend himself publicly but has been advised by his lawyers to not fight the battle in the headlines.
The judge set a trial date for December 1st ... but AP's lawyer says he's going to push to move the date up to November if another case falls off the docket.
NFL Star Dwight Freeney
TEAMS UP W/ KOBE
Kick-Ass Surprise for At-Risk Youth
10/8/2014 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is a VERY COOL moment caught on tape ... when NFL star Dwight Freeney meets up with Kobe Bryant -- and gives a bunch of kids in an after-school program the surprise of their lives!!!
It all went down in San Diego on October 6th -- Dwight took 10 kids from the After School All Stars program (helping at-risk youth) to watch the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets.
But after the game, the gang went to a VIP area ... where they all got to meet The Black Mamba!!
Check out the clip -- the kids are pumped, Kobe's pumped, Dwight's pumped ... and they all took pics to memorialize the special moment.
Pretty cool, right?
Walking 'Time Bomb' on Miami Strip ...
Claim Club Owners
10/8/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-NFL star Larry Johnson's brawling ways got him 86'd from Miami's hottest nightclubs ... even BEFORE he got arrested because the guy's been making violent threats against club owners and promoters.
Sources in multiple MIA clubs tell TMZ Sports ... Johnson was banned earlier this year after folks around town started noticing his combative behavior. One source described him as a "walking time bomb."
We're told top celeb hangouts Mansion, Mokai, Set, Story and Liv (where the Miami Heat always hang out) ... all put the kibosh on Johnson, and he's clearly pissed about it. Just last week he posted (and then deleted) an Instagram saying he'd whoop the asses of club people.
We broke the story... Johnson was arrested Tuesday morning after cops say he attacked a man with broken glass inside a bar at the Delano Hotel.
We're guessing he just got banned from that spot too.
I Didn't Charge an Orgy Hotel Room
to My Charity!
10/7/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson did not use funds from his charity to pay for a hotel room where an orgy allegedly took place ... and claims he's never taken money from his charity for his own personal use.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported this week, Peterson was accused of using a credit card linked to his charity to pay for a hotel room in 2011 for himself, his brother, his uncle and four women.
But a rep for Peterson's foundation tells TMZ Sports ... Peterson has never used a foundation credit card for any personal expenses. In fact, the rep says Peterson never even had a foundation credit card.
The report specifically names Peterson's uncle as the one who used the credit card on a hotel room in 2011 ... but the foundation rep says the uncle never had a card either.
Peterson also denies what took place in the hotel room was an "orgy," but does admit some people had sex that night. His rep says the foundation has had some issues through the years, but since Adrian cleaned house in 2011 ... it's donated $1.4 million to charities.
Vikings Tom Johnson
Here's Video Proof Cops Assaulted ME
Before Nightclub Arrest
10/7/2014 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Vikings player Tom Johnson says cops left out a big part of the story surrounding his arrest -- which is that officers physically assaulted him before taking him into custody ... and he's now come forward with video.
Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning in Minneapolis ... after police say he refused to leave a nightclub. Johnson was pepper sprayed, and eventually tased before they arrested him.
But Johnson's reps say there was no reason for officers to tase him ... and they feel that's obvious from this video the Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle shot on his phone. In the clip ... Johnson is recording 2 officers as they leave the club, and he asks them, "Do you feel good about it?"
He's referring to the fact he had just been pepper sprayed. One cop responds, "Got your ID on you?"
Johnson's reps say right after that ... the cop "slapped Johnson's hand and arm knocking his cell phone to the ground and shattering the screen." They say the officer tased him when Johnson reached for the phone.
The police report says Johnson was tased because he was "uncooperative."
Johnson's reps say they are strongly considering filing a lawsuit.
I LIKE MICHAEL SAM
But I Won't Apologize for Gay Joke!
10/7/2014 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aries Spears says he will NOT apologize for cracking a gay joke about Michael Sam on ESPN last week -- telling TMZ Sports, "There's nothing to apologize for. It's a joke."
Spears was at LAX Monday -- and acknowledged he ruffled some feathers when he appeared on "Sportsnation" and said, "I went out and got my first Michael Sam jersey. It's got 15 S's on the back."
"Disney runs [the network]," Spears told us ... "They got their guidelines."
But Spears was adamant that he did NOTHING wrong -- saying he likes Michael Sam ... wishes him well in the NFL ... and was just being funny, NOT malicious.
As for whether Spears will be back on ESPN, the comedian says he's up for it ... as long as ESPN's cool with it.
Ex-NFL Star Larry Johnson
ARRESTED IN MIAMI
Broken Bottle Nightclub Attack
10/7/2014 5:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-NFL superstar Larry Johnson -- once one of the highest paid players in the NFL -- was arrested in Miami Beach early Tuesday morning after allegedly attacking another man with a broken bottle.
The police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, reads like a scene out of a bad '80s fight movie -- where Johnson allegedly got pissed at another patron at the club inside the Delano Hotel for "taking drinks from his table."
The alleged victim told police Johnson punched him in the face, sending him to the ground ... and then "broke a bottle on the table and began swinging it toward him."
According to the police report, the victim told cops Johnson then punched him in the face a few more times while he was on the ground.
The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to police, at some point during Johnson's arrest, he told the officers he used to play for the Miami Dolphins.
Johnson last played in the NFL in 2011, but made his mark mostly as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs and still holds the record for most rushing attempts in a season.
Johnson has had a few run-ins with the law in the last few years -- he was arrested in 2012 for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend ... and he allegedly spat on and threatened to kill a woman in a Kansas City nightclub in 2008.
EXPLODES ON YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAM
Tough Love or Too Far?
10/7/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A former Super Bowl champ is UNDER FIRE from parents in a youth football league -- who say the raging pep talks he gives the team are abusive ... but the ex-NFL star says it's just tough love.
The man at the center of the controversy is Seth Joyner -- a 3-time All Pro linebacker -- who now coaches an American Youth Football team in Tempe, AZ comprised of 12-year-olds.
We're told league officials were recently contacted after Joyner went ballistic on the kids during a recent game -- even dropping an F-bomb in an effort to get his team to play better.
TMZ Sports obtained footage of one of the rants ... Joyner is clearly fired up ... and at one point, threatened to "forfeit the f***king game." It's intense.
We spoke with a former coach who worked with Joyner -- who tells us the rant wasn't an isolated incident -- and his players are scared. "The kids are terrified of him. He routinely berates them. The guy is terrible."
But Joyner -- along with several parents -- sees it differently ... telling us he's "passionate" because he wants to get the best out of his players ... and believes he's getting results.
Though Joyner did admit he can sometimes cross the line -- "Do I lose control from time to time?
Joyner says he's spoken with several parents about his coaching methods -- and says "most are completely OK with it."
So, we gotta ask ...