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NFL Referee Ex-Girlfriend Arrested Allegedly Lied About Dom. Violence

11/8/2017 7:38 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The ex-girlfriend of NFL referee Carl Johnson has been arrested after cops say she LIED in a police report in which she accused Johnson of domestic violence. 

As we previously reported, Johnson's ex-GF had gone to cops accusing Carl of engaging in a pattern of domestic violence beginning in Dec. 2016. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office opened an investigation into Johnson. 

But now, LPSO Lt. Brennan Matherne tells TMZ Sports ... it's the GF who's in trouble now. 

"The investigation is ongoing, but I can confirm we have filed charges against Sandra Brooks for Domestic Abuse Battery, Defamation, Criminal Mischief – Filing a False Police Report, and Filing a False Petition for a Protective Order."

"She turned herself in yesterday afternoon and was released after posting $2,500 bond."

Brooks is a former police officer

We spoke with Brooks who is adamant she is telling the truth -- and claims she's the VICTIM in the case. 

Johnson has also maintained his innocence from the very beginning. 

As for the NFL, we know the league launched an investigation as well -- but so far, Johnson has not been disciplined. 

NFL's Junior Galette Chased & Tased ... In Crazy Police Video

11/8/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained police footage of NFL star Junior Galette being run down by cops -- and then tased -- following an alleged fight in Mississippi back in April ... and the footage is insane. 

It all went down on April 8 ... when a Biloxi PD officer saw the Redskins linebacker fighting with another man and instructed them both to freeze. The cop claims Galette ignored instructions and bolted. 

You can see the cop -- who identifies himself as a "big white guy" -- sprinting after Galette while shouting, "Stop motherf*cker! I'm gonna taze your ass!!"

Galette continues to run so the cop pulled out his taser and fired -- striking Junior on the first shot and putting the 250 pounder on the ground. The cop is obviously impressed with his own speed. 

"I may be a big white guy, but you know what? I told you to stop."

Once he's down, Galette insisted he did nothing wrong ...but the cop disagrees. 

Cop: "You’re swingin’ and hittin’ this guy right in front of me. I tell you to stop."

Junior: "He hit me sir."

Cop: "Y'all both hittin’ each other. I tell you to stop and then you take off running. If you’re gonna run from me when I tell you to stop after I see you hit him, I’m gonna chase after you and I’m gonna tase you."

Galette was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to comply. After he was put in the squad car and taken to the police station, the arresting officer can be heard doing some post-chase breakdown with his colleagues. 

One of the cops keeps it real and says the officer who gave chase should chill 'cause Galette's a linebacker ... not exactly known for blazing breakaway speed. 

Officials tell TMZ Sports ... Galette eventually struck a plea deal with prosecutors, though the details are unclear. However, we're told the case is effectively closed. 

Chiefs' Travis Kelce Dwayne Bowe Is a Strip Club God ... 'He Shuts it Down'

11/7/2017 4:35 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chiefs superstar Travis Kelce says Dwayne Bowe's stripperpalooza ain't as crazy as we all think -- 'cause droppin' over $1K PER MINUTE at the club is pretty standard for his former teammate.

"It's the Dwayne Bowe show, baby," Kelce told us. "He shuts it down. That's what he do."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Bowe went HARD at VLive in Dallas on Saturday -- making it rain $25k in just 20 minutes!!

Some people think Dwayne went a little overboard -- but not Travis, who says D-Bo's the man for keeping it all the way real.

Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster I Finally Got My Driver's License! ... At 20 Years Old

11/7/2017 8:27 AM PST
Breaking News

Big day for Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ... the 20-year-old is FINALLY licensed to drive a car.

For some reason, the NFL rookie never got around to getting his license when he was 16 ... and had been using a bike (which was recently stolen) to get back and forth to the Steelers training facility. 

UNTIL NOW!!

JuJu hooked up with the Rogers School of Driving in Pittsburgh -- and trained up to get behind the wheel. He tweeted, "Your boy finally did it ... just got my license!"

Just make sure you get a car with an alarm system ... okay JuJu??

Raiders Lineman We Didn't Plot to Hurt Derek Carr ... Miko Grimes Is Lying

11/7/2017 7:57 AM PST
Breaking News

Oakland Raiders stud lineman Donald Penn says allegations that the offensive line plotted to injure QB Derek Carr over his stance on taking a knee are total and utter bullcrap. 

Penn is firing back at Miko Grimes -- wife of Bucs star Brent Grimes -- who went on "The Breakfast Club" and claimed there was an internal dispute during Week 3 ... and the line let Carr have it in Week 4. 

"The reason Derek Carr got injured is because the Raiders offensive line allowed him to get injured because he was against them protesting. They had a fight in the locker room before that Monday night game with the Redskins," Miko said.

She continued -- "That's the only all-black offensive line in the NFL is the Raiders. ... When the whole offensive line said they were going to kneel, he was like, 'No, you're not kneeling. This is America, you're going to stand for the flag' ... so when they came out to play, they basically had a plan." 

Enter Penn -- the leader of Oakland's O-line -- who shot Grimes down hard. 

"It’s crazy how people will make up lies and tell a story so false and untrue 2 get them some attention," Penn tweeted. "I hope it was worth it. All lies."

Shawne Merriman I Know Bill O'Brien ... '85-90%' Texans Sign Kaepernick

11/7/2017 7:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Colin Kaepernick to the Houston Texans is basically a done deal -- so says Shawne Merriman, who personally knows coach Bill O'Brien from their University of Maryland days. 

We got Merriman leaving Poppy in L.A. -- and the ex-NFL star seemed convinced that his old buddy Bill (an ex-Terrapins asst.) is gonna pull the trigger on Kaepernick with Deshaun Watson sidelined.

"I know he's about that life. He'll do it," Merriman told TMZ Sports. "If he's still the same person ... 85-90 percent Colin will be in Houston."

Shawne thinks the fit is too good for O'Brien to pass up ... and the Texans coach hasn't exactly closed the door on a Kaep deal, saying he's kept an eye on the QB for "a long time" during a Monday media sesh.

Terrell Owens Still Serious About NFL Comeback ... Unlike Ochocinco

11/7/2017 6:22 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

While Chad Ochocino has officially slammed the door on an NFL comeback, Terrell Owens tells TMZ Sports he's still DEAD SERIOUS about playing in the league. 

"I can help anybody," T.O. tells TMZ Sports ... saying his tweet to the NY Giants about filling in as a WR was no joke. 

Owens had been competing on "Dancing with the Stars" for the past few months -- but says he would have left the show immediately if an NFL offer had come in

BTW, did you watch T.O. on that show? Still looks pretty good ... 

NFL's Dwayne Bowe Drops $25K on Strippers ... in 20 Minutes!!

11/7/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

If there's a strip club record book, Dwayne Bowe is headin' for it ... 'cause the ex-NFL star dropped an insane $25k on strippers in just 20 MINUTES this weekend ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

Bowe -- who led the league in receiving TDs in 2010 -- hit up VLive in Dallas with a couple friends on Saturday night ... and our sources say he made it rain for a brief, yet efficient, 20 minutes.

We're told 33-year-old Bowe and his crew hung around for a few hours and enjoyed themselves ... and even did some dancing of their own, while putting several women through nursing school. 

Fun Fact -- Bowe made $9 million with the Browns in 2015, which translates to $1.8 million per catch that season.

He also reportedly made $54 MILLION during his NFL career. 

So yeah, ball out.

Chad Johnson NFL Comeback Talk Was a Joke ... 'I'd Embarrass Myself'

11/7/2017 12:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chad Johnson is sticking a fork in his NFL comeback ... telling TMZ Sports IT AIN'T HAPPENIN' ... 'cause he says his body's "too f**ked up" to play anymore.

The 39-year-old tweeted the N.Y. Giants for a tryout earlier this season after Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down with season-ending injuries.

And after the way he balled out with legit NFL superstars during off-season training sessions, it seemed Ocho was serious about one last hurrah with the pros. 

So, when we saw Chad on his way out of the Apple Store in L.A., we asked him straight-up how the comeback was coming along. 

Spoiler: It's not. 

But Chad explains why he needed to finance his new, expensive iPhone X and it's pretty hilarious. 

Colin Kaepernick 'He's Done' ... Says Tony Gonzalez

11/6/2017 11:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tony Gonzalez says Colin Kaepernick doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of making it back to the NFL -- not this season, and not ever.

"He's done," Tony told TMZ Sports. "I don't think he'll ever get a chance. Never again."'

Last week, Kaepernick's lawyer predicted the QB would get picked up ASAP -- but Gonzalez literally laughed at the idea ... saying Kaep's not "good enough for the headache."

We also asked Tony about the other NFL superstar at odds with the league -- Ezekiel Elliott -- and he told us what he thinks is gonna happen to the RB (spoiler: it ain't good news).

Michael Irvin Steve Smith Ain't Whoopin' My Ass ... It's All for TV, Baby!!

11/6/2017 10:33 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Irvin says fans worried about Steve Smith beating his ass can chill -- 'cause Steve ain't actually pissed about Mike ROASTING his plaid pants on "Thursday Night Football."

"Steve's fine, man. Steve's my guy. He was just having fun," Mike told TMZ Sports.

FYI, a straight-faced Smith said he was gonna bust up Irvin the next time they cross paths ... but Mike claims they were just putting on a show for the cameras. 

It's been a pretty compelling story on social media -- especially after Irvin made a personal video for Steve asking for forgiveness. 

Bonus: Irvin dropped some big news on his son, Michael Irvin Jr., who was suspended from the University of Miami's football team last month.

Deion Sanders DESTROYS Tony Romo ... 'You Ain't Won Nothin'

11/6/2017 7:49 AM PST
Breaking News

Deion Sanders destroyed Tony Romo. There's really no cute or punchy way to put it. The guy opened up his Hall of Fame mouth and ate the soul of Romo live on television.

It happened because Tony dissed Deion's tackling ability again, calling out Chiefs player Marcus Peters for not sticking his nose in a hit and saying MP "makes Deion Sanders look good in tackling."

Prime obviously had enough, 'cause he used his platform on "NFL GameDay," and pushed Romo off it ... here are some highlights.

"You're 2-4 in the playoffs, you ain't won nothing."

"I got a gold jacket that I didn't buy. Dak says hi, and bye." (That one had to hurt.)

"19 interceptions in 2012! You threw to everyone but me!"

BTW, we got Deion out a couple days ago and asked him about people (Romo) ribbing him about his tackling. If you look at him closely, you can see the storm brewing.

No response from Romo yet, but take our advice and don't throw over there.

NFL's Brandon Browner Off Hook In Dom. Violence Case Despite Gun Allegations

11/6/2017 12:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Finally, some good news for ex-Seattle Seahawks star Brandon Browner -- officials decided not to move forward with charges in his domestic violence case ... despite allegations he threatened his ex with a gun.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... 33-year-old Browner was arrested back in Sept. after allegedly making criminal threats to a female.

Now, we've obtained official documents laying out the case against Browner -- which show Brandon's ex-GF told police things got scary during a FaceTime conversation.

"He showed her a gun and said he would kill her," the docs say.

But Browner told police she was lying and he never had a gun. Prosecutors couldn't prove the gun threat actually happened ... so they dropped the case.

Browner is still facing cocaine charges stemming from an arrest in May -- so he's not exactly out of the woods with the law just yet.

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