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NFL Draft Top Prospect Drops $41k ... On Pre-Draft Jewelry Run

4/28/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


He's about to become a millionaire overnight -- so top NFL prospect Artie Burns decided to celebrate early ... by dropping $41k on some sick jewelry, TMZ Sports has learned. 

The former University of Miami star is projected to go in the 1st or 2nd round ... and earlier this week, he swung over to Joe Avianne's at Avianne and Co. in NYC to ice up. 

"Artie came through and picked up a 2-tone Rolex ($19k), a diamond cross ($3k) and a diamond tennis chain ($19k)," Avianne tells us. 

So what's Artie's next purchase? Hopefully a safe. 

Richard Sherman Undercover Lyft Driver Hilariously Clowns Himself

4/27/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Check yourself the next time your Lyft driver tries to bait you into talking smack about Richard Sherman -- 'cause the guy might actually be Richard Sherman!

The Seattle Seahawks superstar went undercover as a Lyft driver -- IN SEATTLE -- to see how unsuspecting commuters felt about him. The result is pretty damn hilarious. 

Sherman was dropping subtle hints about his true identity along the way ... including this gem:

"I just came back from Hawaii actually with some of my friends. I try to make sure I go every year. There's like 50 of us. We even see some guys we really don't like so much from work but that's part of the job."

You gotta watch the clip -- the look on the passengers' faces when he reveals who he is ... priceless!

Lawrence Taylor On Manziel: 'It's Not the '80s' 'Can't Do What You Want Anymore'

4/26/2016 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lawrence Taylor has some real talk for Johnny Manziel -- "It's not the 1980s. It's not the early 1990s. You cannot do what you want to do in the NFL anymore."

TMZ Sports sat down with LT at a signing event at Miami Mike's sports bar in Jersey ... and with his well-known issues with substance abuse, we asked the NFL legend if he had any advice for the troubled Manziel. Taylor's initial reaction -- "He's gotta get the monkey off his back."

From there, Taylor went on to explain how social media is forcing NFL players to actually behave in public nowadays ... because there's a greater chance you'll get caught. 

"With social media and all that stuff man, listen ... Man, back in our day, if you didn't hear it on Monday, motherf**ker you free!!! You free!!" 

"You ain't gotta worry about it if you don't hear about it on Monday because listen, when I would do some sh*t ... I'm just trying to get through Monday!" 

He added, "But nowadays it's 24-hour news. It's 24-hour sports. It's social media which kills ya."

Taylor says for that reason, he has ZERO social media presence -- no Twitter, no Instagram, no Snapchat. 

Taylor concluded by looking directly in the camera -- waving off his friend and ex-teammate O.J. Anderson -- and giving Manziel one final piece of life advice:

"Listen, at the end of the day, you do what you gotta do to make what you gotta make to do what you wanna do. So listen, after that ... f*ck it."

NFL's Antonio Gates Warns College Bball Star ... NFL Is A Different World

4/26/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's the REAL Antonio Gates dishing out some advice to the guy being hailed as the NEXT Antonio Gates ... giving Baylor hoops star Rico Gathers some advice on how to make it as a tight end in the NFL. 

FYI -- the 6'8", 290-pound Gathers made headlines a few weeks ago when he declared for the NFL Draft ... despite the fact he hasn't played football since he was 13. 

0425_rico-gathers_GETTYFun Fact -- Gates famously didn't play a single down of college football ... but used his hoops skills to become one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. 

Gathers is hoping to follow suit ... so, when we saw Antonio out in L.A. with his wife Sasha Gates -- we had to ask if he had any wisdom to share with the young fella. Pay attention kid ... 

BTW, Sasha's a pop singer -- and she ain't half bad either! Peep this

Mike Vick I Love Pittsburgh ... But I'll Play For Anyone!

4/25/2016 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42516-michael-vick-gettyMike Vick says he's training his ass off to return to the NFL ... with his rep telling TMZ Sports the QB would love to stay in Pittsburgh, but he's open to playing for any team in the league. 

Earlier this month, Vick told reporters he's got "one more dedicated season in my blood" -- but also said he'd be okay if he didn't get picked up by a team in 2016.

Well, we're told Vick is still preparing as if he will play in '16 -- "He's training every single day. [He's] staying ready mentally and physically."

When asked if he had any preference, Vick's rep told us he loved playing in Pittsburgh "but he'll be ready wherever he goes."

Vick is currently a free agent -- but his rep reminded us that he didn't get picked up last year until the end of August ... so he's not sweating it yet. 

Hey, we hear there might an opening in Philly ... 

Tom Brady Must Serve 'Deflategate' Suspension ... Appeals Court Rules

4/25/2016 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42516-tom-brady-gettyGood news for the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills ... an appeals court has ruled Tom Brady MUST serve his "Deflategate" suspension -- and won't play the 1st 4 games of the season. 

Brady had appealed the initial punishment levied against him by NFL Commish Roger Goodell last year for his role in an alleged football deflating scheme in the AFC Championship game. 

The lower court sided with Brady -- which is why he didn't have to miss a game last year. But the NFL pushed ahead with an appeal -- and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saw it the league's way. 

Brady could have one last play -- he could appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States ... but they don't have to take the case.

Better hope Chief Justice Roberts is a Pats fan ... 

Paula Abdul Advice For Rams Cheeleaders ... Here's What NOT To do

4/25/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Listen up L.A. Rams Cheerleading squad ... Paula Abdul -- a legend in the cheer game -- is about to give you some game on how to deal with being a pom pom shaker in L.A.

Abdul got her start as a member -- and choreographer -- for the Laker Girls so when we saw her out in L.A. we wanted to know if she had any pearls of wisdom for the brand new girl crew in town.

Check out the clip -- Abdul drops a little knowledge ... and even talks a little about one thing the Rams ladies definitely don't want to do while they're here in L.A.

Don't miss this girls ... it might just save your fine ass lives.

Johnny Manziel Report: Indicted for Assaulting Ex-GF

4/24/2016 8:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0225-johnny-manziel-tmz-4A grand jury has indicted Johnny Manziel for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley back in January .... this according to multiple reports.

Crowley initially told police Manziel struck her several times, during an argument in the car after leaving a bar in Dallas. Crowley reportedly claimed "I'm scared for my life."

Officials in Dallas kicked the case to a grand jury to decide if charges should be brought against Manziel. CBS radio in Dallas was first to report the grand jury's indictment of Manziel for misdemeanor assault with bodily injury. 

One well connected Manziel source tells TMZ Sports the troubled QB is under the impression the grand jury has not yet handed up charges.

If convicted, Manziel faces up to a year in county jail.

NFL's Arthur Jones I Might Fight UFC ... After NFL Career

4/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Jones might have some brotherly company in the UFC ... 'cause his NFL star sibling Arthur Jones tells TMZ Sports he's considering an MMA career after his football days are over. 

Arthur -- a defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts -- says he's been training with Jon for years ... and came thiiiis close to taking an MMA fight during the NFL lockout in 2011. 

He also happens to be a killer wrestler -- and says he's confident he could hang with pro fighters because he's kicked Jon's ass on several occasions. 


So, what does Arthur do to relax? He's a dog breeder who runs Jones Bros Kennels ... where he breeds dogs that are so big, his kids can ride 'em like horses! 

NFL's Rodger Saffold I Always Wear A Rubber ... Wedding Ring!

4/23/2016 12:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. Rams lineman Rodger Saffold says he has some Kryptonite for any L.A. thots looking to pounce on him while he's training ... an all-weather, all-purpose wedding ring THAT HE NEVER TAKES OFF.

Saffold was at LAX when we asked him if he'd be tempted to try out some of the co-eds roaming USC's campus now that the Rams are gonna be playing there.

That's when Saffold flashed a black silicone wedding band from Qalo -- like the one Andy Dalton wore on "Hard Knocks" -- and revealed he uses it so his nicer one doesn't get scratched while he's playing.

Saffold also takes some time to tell us what type of Prince music he loves to listen to, and whether or not it's suitable turn-up tunes before the game.

Peep the clip.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Smokin' Hot Bikini Show ... During Mexico Trip

4/22/2016 11:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0422_cowboys_cheerleaders_bikini_fashion_show_footerThe Dallas Cowboys aren't the only ones gettin' ready for the season ... the Cowboys Cheerleaders are also gearing up -- starting with a bikini fashion show in Mexico that's just EN FUEGO!!! 

The DCC was at the Marival Resort near Puerto Vallarta to shoot their annual calendar -- when they decided to give hotel guests one helluva fashion show. 

Check out the pics ... HOW BOUT THEM CHEERLEADERS?! 

And make sure to check out even more footage -- including behind the scenes video at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders website

Brandon Marshall Jets Gotta Keep Fitzpatrick ... I'll Raise The Money!!!

4/21/2016 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Brandon Marshall is desperate to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Jets starting QB ... so desperate he says he's willing to solve the Jets vs Fitzpatrick contract dispute ... by raising the damn money himself.

With the Jets and Fitzpatrick reportedly "far apart" on a new contract ... we had to ask Marshall what he thought it was going to take to get the two sides to agree to a deal.

He's got a huge stake in this ... dude had a monster season last year with Fitzpatrick, grabbing 109 passes and hauling in a career best 14 touchdowns.

Check out the clip -- Marshall's obviously willing to do what it takes to keep RF in NY ... including taking the hat in hand method.

Can you say GoFundMe?

Reggie Bush 'Josh Norman's Gonna Get PAID!!'

4/21/2016 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

No matter which team picks up Josh Norman, one thing's for sure -- DUDE'S GONNA BE FILTHY RICH ... so says Reggie Bush

Bush was out in Hollywood Wednesday night -- and even though he didn't know the details behind why the Carolina Panthers removed the franchise player tag on the superstar cornerback, he's positive the move will pay off for Josh. 

By the way, we also asked if he thinks Manziel will ever play in the league again -- and his response is pretty shocking considering all of the Manziel drama lately. 

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