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Rob Gronkowski

All He Wants to Do is Dance

6/21/2015 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rob Gronkowski is a championship football player ... sometimes we forget, because it seems all he does is dance.

Gronk let loose at The Underground in Chi Town Friday night, sharing DJ honors with DJ Dante as he sang and danced with family and friends.

Gronk's in the Windy City for the Nascar Xfinity Series Race at the Chicagoland Speedway.  He's the Grand Marshall.

How do you sign up for his life?

NFL's Asante Samuel

Starts Rap Label

... I'm Learning From Jay Z

6/21/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0618-asante-samuel-eighties-nation-getty-01Former NFL superstar Asante Samuel is jumping in the rap game ... starting his own record label ... and he tells TMZ Sports he has his eyes on an ex-teammate with RIDICULOUS rhyme skills.

Samuel -- a 4-time Pro Bowler and one of the best CBs of his era -- recently launched the Eighties Nation record company ... which he hopes will make some cash ... and a difference in his hood.

"I saw it as a way to help people get out of our hood and give them jobs and a way to stay out of jail."

Samuel says he's got big plans for his company -- and he's taking his cues on how to grow the business from some of the biggest names in hip hop.

"Jay Z, Cash Money ... I study all of them and I look up to those people."

As for his roster, Samuel says he's got some serious talent with guys like TeeStunna and TeeJay out of Ft. Lauderdale ... but the next guy he signs might be a guy who's STILL in the NFL. 

"My guy Willy Mo (DB for the Atlanta Falcons). I would sign Will Moore when his playing days are over if he's serious about it."

Check out Willie (and Asante's) rhyming skills below ... you be the judge.

Warren Sapp

Suspect In Domestic Violence Investigation

6/20/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0619-warren-sapp-tmz-01More trouble for Warren Sapp ... the NFL Hall of Famer has been named a suspect in a domestic violence investigation in Las Vegas ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... a report has been filed against Sapp in which the 42-year-old is accused of getting into a physical altercation with a woman in a casino on April 28th. 

We're told cops met with the alleged victim at a different location after the incident and took a report ... though Sapp was not present at that time. Law enforcement sources tell us the woman appeared to have suffered minor injuries. 

Our sources tell us Sapp has NOT been arrested or charged with a crime at this point ... though cops are still investigating. 

It's just the latest legal problem for Sapp ... who was arrested for soliciting and assaulting two prostitutes in Arizona back in February. 

We reached out to Sapp for comment ... so far, no word back. 

Draya Michele

ENGAGED TO NFL STAR ...

1 Month After Breakup (Update)

6/19/2015 4:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0619-draya-michele-orlando-scandrick-INSTAGRAM-01The on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again relationship with Draya Michele and Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick is back on in a big way ... 'cause they're ENGAGED!!!

Just one month after they called it quits, the "Basketball Wives LA" star announced that Scandrick suddenly popped the question at a movie theater in Sherman Oaks, CA. 

"He got down on one knee and as soon as he started to talk I got nervous and couldn't help but to laugh hysterically. I was laughing and crying at the same time," Draya told People

As for the ring ... we spoke to Orlando's famous jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills who tells us it's almost 7 carats, with a MASSIVE diamond in the center ... and it's valued at  $400,000!!! 

"Orlando is one of the most detail-oriented clients I've ever worked with. Orlando was very serious about keeping it a secret."

Draya and Orlando have been dating for roughly two years ... and for the past few months, Draya's been very clear that she wanted a RING on her finger. 

Sooooo ...... congrats! 

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Eli Manning

Let's Talk Body Hair ...

To Shave or Not to Shave?

6/19/2015 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ever look at Eli Manning and think ... "Hmmm, wonder if that guy shaves his chest hair?"

Well, good news -- WE JUST FOUND OUT!!! 

Eli and his father, Archie Manning, were at Rockefeller Center in NYC this morning -- when we asked Archie to reveal the best Father's Day gift he ever got from his super famous kids. 

Long story short ... we got into personal grooming habits ... and that's when Eli revealed what he's packin' under his shirt. 

You're welcome America. 

Herschel Walker

Considering MMA Fight

... At 53 Years Old

6/19/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Age ain't nothin' but a number to Herschel Walker -- 'cause the NFL-turned-MMA-fighter tells TMZ Sports he's strongly considering getting back in the ring ... AT 53 YEARS OLD!!!!!

Walker is 2-0 is his MMA career ... but the last time he got in the ring was back in 2011 when he was 48.  

Still, when we saw Walker in NYC yesterday, he assured us he's still training hard and staying in shape ... telling us when it comes to fighting again, "Don't rule it out! Herschel Walker may be fighting again soon."

#BadAss 

NFL's Clinton Portis

I'M NOT BROKE

Money Issues Stem from 'Bad Business Deal'

6/18/2015 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0618-clinton-portis-GETTY-01Clinton Portis says he didn't blow his entire NFL fortune -- even though he reportedly owes more than $1 million to creditors -- claiming his money issues stem from a bad business deal but he's still "doing fine."

The long story short ... Portis says he's still dealing with the financial fallout from a bad investment deal in 2008 ... where he sank a ton of cash into a casino that ultimately went bankrupt.   

Portis -- along with several other former NFL players -- later sued a financial adviser who allegedly duped them into investing in the first place. 

"This been ongoing since 2011, 2012 ... we just gotta go thru the court process," Portis tells us. "There's nothing else I can do. My lawyers are currently dealing with this."

Portis continues ... "At the time I was the biggest name and had the deepest pockets. Now, they're trying to hold me solely responsible for what was a bad business deal involving a lot of different people."

Now, Portis reportedly owes more than $1 million to various creditors -- including $450k in taxes, $287k to the MGM Grand in Vegas and has other issues with real estate and car loans. 

"My lawyers are on top of it," Portis says ... "I'm still eating. Look at my Instagram. I'm not starving. I'm gaining weight."

"I'm doing fine. I'll be okay."

Rick Ross

Bob Kraft's My Homeboy

'Super Cool Dude'

6/18/2015 10:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Boss respects Boss ... so says Rick Ross who tells TMZ Sports he's homies with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ... and says the 74-year-old is a "super cool dude."

Ross says he and Kraft became friends when they "kicked it in the Hamptons" a few years ago ... and they've become better friends over time.  

In fact, it's probably why Ross was invited to perform at the Pats Super Bowl party with the team back in February ... when he got Kraft to come onstage and DANCE with his crew.  

#BFFs

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

J.J. Watt Should Be Next 'Terminator'

6/18/2015 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Did Arnold Schwarzenegger just invite J.J. Watt to play a T-1000 in the next "Terminator" movie???

Affirmative. 

Watt's a HUGE fan of the action legend -- and even did an impression of the guy when they met face-to-face at the CMT Awards in Nashville earlier this month.  

Well, Arnold liked Watt so much he hooked him up to see an early screening of his new flick "Terminator Genisys" ... and afterward, made an INCREDIBLE offer to the NFL superstar.  

"Of course in the next 'Terminator' you have to be the T-1000."

So far, no word back from Watt ... but, c'mon -- there's no way he turns this down. 

Jeb Bush

I Ain't Got Time for Baseball

... I'm Runnin' for Prez!

6/17/2015 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Gotta respect when a politician is honest ... like when Jeb Bush admitted to us he didn't know about the MLB hacking scandal yesterday because as he put it: "Man, I'm running for president. I've been busy!"

The former Gov. was leaving NBC in New York when we asked about the FBI investigation into the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking the Houston Astros to steal top secret information. 

Bush has a serious MLB connection, considering his brother George W. was a co-owner of the Texas Rangers. 

By the way, we also asked if he's still a fan of the Astros considering he grew up in Houston ... but he shot that down and said there's only ONE team he roots for nowadays.  

Johnny Manziel

THE MONEY CELEBRATION

... IS DEAD

6/17/2015 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0617-johnny-manziel-money-sign-GETTY-01R.I.P. Johnny Manziel's money celebration ... 'cause the QB says it's officially DEAD TO HIM. 

Manziel was speaking to reporters in Cleveland earlier today and said he was officially retiring his trademark move ... saying it's part of a brand new quieter, less trouble-making Manziel. 

"Whatever I can do to help quiet the noise that has surrounded this team and surrounded myself, I don’t want that anymore."

And after calling his rookie season a "disaster" ... Johnny added, "The money sign will not be back."

Wonder how Drake feels about it ... 

Dez Bryant

I'm Not Selfish

I'm Just Trying to Get Paid!!

6/17/2015 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0616-dez-bryant-getty-01Dez Bryant says he's sick and tired of people calling him "selfish" for holding out of Dallas Cowboys training camp -- saying he just wants to be paid fairly and he's been quiet for too long. 

Long story short ... Bryant and the Cowboys are in a heated contract dispute -- with Dez needing to strike a long-term deal by July 15th or else he'll be locked into the league-mandated franchise tag salary for the season ... which is roughly $13 million. 

Dez has remained silent on the issue ... until now ... when he went to Twitter and wrote, "Everybody voicing opinions..13 mil is cool but Where is my security? I'll wait ...5 years without complaining..So how am I selfish? #family1"

Translation -- $13 million for one season is nice, but what if he gets hurt? The 1-year deal doesn't protect his financial future. 

Another interesting point ... "5 years without complaining" -- it seems like Dez is implying that he's been a good, quiet soldier and the team should have come to him first with a shiny new contract. 

For now, Dez's strategy is to hold out until the team breaks down and offers a new deal. 

Question is ... will his strategy pay off? 

Stay tuned ... 

Peyton Manning

Calls In 1st Strings

... For Orchestra Debut

6/17/2015 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's 6'5", 230 pounds, and has a laser rocket arm ... and now Peyton Manning has proved -- he can also conduct an orchestra like a champ!!! 

Manning and a bunch of his Denver Broncos teammates grabbed their batons and took over the Taste of the Broncos event at Mile High last night ... hookin' up with the Colorado Symphony to raise money for the Food Bank of the Rockies

Peyton conducted the orchestra through a version of "Rocky Top" -- a tribute to the University of Tennessee. 

Overall, not a bad job ... but let's face it -- he's no Shaq

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