It's a good thing Seattle Seakhawks superstar Michael Bennett just signed a brand new $28.5 million contract ... 'cause a judge just ordered him to PAY UP for abandoning a puppy last year, TMZ Sports has learned.
We broke the story ... Bennett was sued by the Lucky Dog Boarding Facility ... after the 6'4" defensive lineman dropped off his boxer, Koa ... and never came back for the little guy.
Lukcy Dog said they tried like hell to get ahold of Bennett, but he kept blowing them off ... and never even paid the bill.
Now a Florida judge has ordered Bennett to pay up $8,268.80 asap ... or else.
FYI -- the judge also said Bennett will have to pay interest for every day he continues to duck the bill at a rate of 4.75% per year.
If he doesn't pay up, a collections agency could try to seize his assets.
We reached out to Bennett for comment. So far, no word back.
WARRANT ISSUED FOR BROTHER
Allegedly Stabbed NFL Star
3/23/2014 8:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An arrest warrant has been issued for the brother of NFL star Mike Williams ... after cops say he stabbed the Tampa Bay Bucs wide out during an altercation in the player's Tampa home ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Officials say 26-year-old Williams was stabbed in the left thigh (above the knee) Sunday afternoon ... however they have not released information about the severity of the injury.
Cops tell TMZ Sports ... investigators spoke to witnesses and a warrant was issued for Eric Baylor for aggravated battery and domestic violence.
Williams -- who signed a $40 million contract with the Bucs last year -- was rushed to a nearby hospital where he's being treated.
Story developing ...
Jail Fight Victim
3/23/2014 4:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The inmate who was on the receiving end of a jail house beat down won't have to worry about Aaron Hernandez anytime soon ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned he's just been released from the slammer.
Law enforcement confirms ... 25-year-old Andrew Booker -- who was in Bristol County Jail on drug and gun charges -- was released from custody Saturday afternoon.
We broke the story ... Booker was in handcuffs when he was attacked by the former New England Patriots star back in February. The two had been having a verbal feud ... and our sources say the feud had lasted for weeks before the fight.
Booker's lawyer claims he suffered cuts, bruises and scrapes in the attack. He also claims Booker is considering taking legal action against the Bristol County Sheriff's Office for allowing the attack to take place.
Jim Irsay's Arrest Is Blessing In Disguise
3/23/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jim Irsay's DUI arrest could be the best thing that ever happened to the Colts owner ... so says ex-NFL star Donte Stallworth who tells TMZ Sports he has an opportunity to change his life BEFORE it's too late.
Donte knows what he's talking about ... 5 years ago, he killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes in a drunk driving accident in Florida and says he still lives with tremendous regret from the incident.
"Hopefully, [Jim] can look at the unfortunate decision I made, and learn from it," Stallworth says ... "He's lucky it wasn't more serious."
Donte says he's happy Jim has checked himself into treatment -- "It’s good he's going to get some help. The first step is admitting you need it."
"I've talked with people who lost family members to drunk driving. They come up to me randomly. It's a constant reminder of the decision I made" "
Donte recently tweeted about the lessons he's learning -- saying, "There’s nothing I can do to reverse that day, but hopefully you guys will think of me and make better decisions than I did that morning. You don’t want to live with these regrets I have from my irrevocable decision… Trust me."
Ultimately, Stallworth tells us his message can be summed up in a quote from Otto Von Bismark -- "Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others."
PROPOSITIONED FOR VH1 SHOW
... At Fancy Steak Dinner
3/22/2014 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He went in looking for steak, but Tim Tebow left dinner Friday night with a job offer from a big time VH1 actress ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Tebow was grubbin' down at Boa in Hollywood when he was spotted by Kat Bailess -- one of the stars of the hit VH1 dance drama, "Hit The Floor."
“My daddy played football at Ole’ Miss," Kat says ... "So I went up to him and asked to take a picture."
And that's when Kat decided to take things one step further -- "I told Tim that he should be a guest star on my show ‘Hit The Floor.' He said ’that’d be really cool’, but he had to talk to his reps, which I understand.”
“I woke this morning and thought, ‘I can’t believe I pitched Tim Tebow on the show!’”
Kat says Tim couldn't have been a nicer guy -- “He was such a gentleman. He didn’t hesitate to to take the picture.”
No word if Tim's actually considering the offer -- but he wouldn't be the only jock on the set -- former NBA star Rick Fox has a role on the show.
Jersey Number Could Be Huge Problem
In Negotiation with Jets
3/21/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sources close to Vick tell us ... Mike is very serious about rocking #7 next season, no matter which team signs him.
Michael Vick knows his price ... and it might be way too high for the NY Jets ... because he wants the jersey that belongs to the current starting QB -- and it's gonna be an issue during negotiations, TMZ Sports has learned.
Besides the fact he wore #7 in college and all throughout his pro career, Vick also has a clothing line called V7 -- and he's dead serious about sticking with his number.
Problem is ... Geno Smith currently wears #7 ... and he's supposed to be the QB of the future in NY.
Now we're told the jersey situation is not an absolute dealbreaker -- but it will be a "big issue" in negotiations.
In other words ... No number? More money.
Stay tuned ....
I Don't Need Jay Cutler Looking At My Crotch During Birth
3/20/2014 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's the question millions of couples ask themselves before entering the delivery room -- and now Jay Cutler's in the same boat -- does your wife want you to see EVERYTHING when she's giving birth?
Fortunately for the Chicago Bears QB -- he won't have to guess ... 'cause his wife Kristin Cavallari was out in NYC today and told us.
One TMZ staffer who's wife recently had a kid has some advice for Jay -- "Don't look down. Maintain eye contact ... and watch where you step."
... On Australia Beach
3/20/2014 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
SF 49ers star Patrick Willis knows what he likes ... CHICKS IN THONGS ... and he went after it hard on a beach vacation to Australia.
Willis -- along with former NFL linebackers Takeo Spikes and Carlos Emmons -- are on a boys trip Down Under and decided to go searchin' for ass on Bondi Beach.
Good news -- they found it.
While Willis was able to pull off the 2-on-1 all by himself, Spikes and Emmons teamed up to chat up two other thong'd up ladies who were catchin' some rays.
Three defensive guys -- think any of 'em scored?
I'm PUMPED About 'Apprentice'
... But I'm Still NFL-Ready
3/20/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Terrell Owens tells TMZ Sports he's "excited" about his shot to impress Donald Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice" -- but wants everyone to know he's still READY TO GO if an NFL team comes calling.
T.O. was in NYC yesterday getting ready to meet with producers -- when he told us the money he raises on the NBC show will go toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
But the 40-year-old says he still hasn't given up on playing pro football -- telling us he was "on the field" training earlier this week ... just in case.
Owens hasn't been with an NFL team since 2012, when he spent some time with the Seahawks -- but "Apprentice" has been know to jump start seemingly dead careers.
Think Owens has a shot at a comeback?
Roddy White to Baby Mama
NY is Bad For Our Kids!
3/19/2014 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Atlanta Falcons superstar Roddy White does NOT want his kids to grow up in New York -- and he's begging a judge to block his baby mama from moving the children to NYC before it's too late, TMZ Sports has learned.
Roddy is going to WAR with Marangelis Marrero -- who gave birth to two of Roddy's kids (one in 2009, one in 2011).
White says Marrero recently told him she plans to move to the Big Apple with the kids -- and he's FURIOUS ... claiming she'd be messing with the custody deal they have in place since they both currently live in Georgia.
In court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, White says, "It is not in the children's best interest that they be allowed to relocate out of state."
In fact, Roddy's so upset ... he wants the judge to empower him with "final decision-making authority regarding the children."
But Roddy's anger might not stem from the crowded streets and rats -- it could be about $$$.
According to court docs, Roddy makes $330k-per-month from the Falcons ... but he's only paying $6,000-per-month in child support in Georgia.
If Marrero moves to NYC, where there's more favorable child support laws, she could squeeze Roddy for A LOT more cash.
But Marrero's attorneys tell us that's not the case -- she simply wants to move BACK to NYC (where she's lived in the past) because she likes it there. She also insists the move won't occur until AFTER the kids complete their current school year.
We're also told Marrero gave White notice about the move "a while ago" in an effort to be as courteous as possible.
As for White's request -- the judge has yet to rule.
Tom and gisele
SELLING Mega-Estate in L.A.!!!
3/19/2014 6:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is really shocking ... the incredible European country estate Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen spent 4 years and $40 million building is on the market ... less than a year after it was completed.
Our real estate sources tell us ... the couple wants out of L.A. permanently and will be living full- time in Boston, where they're building another ridiculously big estate -- a 14,300 square-foot house on 5 acres. The estate is listed for a cool $50 MILLION!!!
As for the L.A. house, Tom and Gisele personally spent a huge amount of time planning the design. It's an amazing property -- a 14,000 square-foot main house, one of the best home gyms in the world, antiques from everywhere around the globe, an amazing infinity pool, waterfall and pond ... all on 4 prime acres in Brentwood.
There was actually a buzz the New England Patriots QB and his supermodel wife would move to L.A. full-time after he retired, but clearly that's not the case.
What we can't figure out -- why not have 2, more modest $20 million mansions in both cities.
BTW ... we called Tom and Gisele's brokers -- Kurt Rappaport and Stephen Shapiro -- but our calls weren't returned.
Carnival Kicked Our Asses
We Thought We Could Hang. We Were Wrong.
3/19/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's 6'2" and 300 lbs ... but Atlanta Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux got straight up WORKED at Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago ... telling TMZ Sports he partied so hard, "By the end, I couldn't hang anymore."
Babineaux and his brother Jordan (an NFL safety) just got back from a week-long rager in the Caribbean -- where they threw on body paint and costumes in the hopes of taking in all that Carnival had to offer.
Instead, Jonathan says he and Jordan got a serious reality check -- "I thought we partied hard. We don't. Those people can party. And it goes on a whole week. I was ready to go after a couple days."
Here's a sample of the party scene, according to Jonathan -- "There's a breakfast party in the morning until about 2. Then the day party until 10. Then the night party until 2am. Then the late late party until the morning. It's non-stop."
Jonathan says he and Jordan tried their best to keep up, pounding rum and pineapples like they meant business -- but by the end, they were completely drained.
Makes you kinda respect Rihanna more ... doesn't it?
I'm Out of the Psych Ward!
... and Back on Twitter!
3/18/2014 8:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richie Incognito is back -- 3 weeks after being admitted to a psychiatric care unit -- and he's already TWEETING AGAIN.
Richie resurfaced on Twitter late Tuesday night ... writing, "I missed you guys. Thanks goes out to my family and friends for the tremendous amount of support."
He added, "I look forward to getting back to work ASAP."
Incognito also said, "It's great to be HOME in Arizona."
We broke the story Richie was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold in AZ back in February after smashing his Ferrari with a baseball bat in front of his Scottsdale home.
Sources close to the situation tell us Richie didn't resist being admitted to the psych ward -- acknowledging that he needed help dealing with all the drama in his life, including the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal and his parents' divorce.