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Dez Bryant Ripped Over Supposed Pet Monkey 'He Will Live to Regret It'

10/26/2015 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1023-dez-bryant-getty-01Not everyone caught the cutsies when Dez Bryant posted a pic of his supposed new pet monkey -- several animal organizations are FURIOUS ... claiming the move is downright "irresponsible."

The monkey in the middle is "Dallas Bryant" -- who Dez snuggled up with earlier this week and called, "My new best friend." Several reports say he "adopted" the animal. 

But it's a HUUUUGE mistake according to multiple animal groups ... groups begging the NFL star to give the monkey to an animal sanctuary as soon as possible. 

1023-dez-bryant-monkey-INSTAGRAM-01One of the critics is April Truitt -- co-founder of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance -- who tells us, "A baby capuchin monkey is completely irresponsible to have."

"This animal can easily live 30 to 40 years of its life. I guarantee you it won’t be in his possession that long. Instead he will begging someone like me to take this animal off his hands. It’s inevitable."

"I guarantee you this was an expensive purchase and he will live to regret it I guarantee you."

We also spoke with Dr. Ian Robinson -- V.P. of the International Fund for Animal Welfare -- who says, "Having a monkey as a pet is a huge commitment. Appealing cuddly babies turn into troublesome 'teenagers’ and aggressive adults."

As for Bryant -- he has NOT clarified if he plans to keep the animal as a pet ... but we're told NAPSA plans to reach out to him to try and talk him out of it. 

'Cause no one wants Dez's monkey to end up like Justin Bieber's ...  

WWE Legend Booker T Training Ex-NFLer For Pro Wrestling Stardom

10/25/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1022-booker-t-brennan-williams-GETTY-01WWE legend Booker T isn't dropping elbows anymore ... but he's got a brand new challenge ... creating the next pro wrestling superstar out of one of Tom Brady's ex-teammates.

TMZ Sports spoke with Brennan Williams ... who's decided to call it quits on a 3 year NFL career as a lineman for the Texans, Jaguars, and Patriots so he can take a shot at pro wrestling. 

Brennan tells us that he won't be stepping into the ring blind 'cause he's gonna have Booker T -- a WWE hall of famer -- showing him the ropes (and turnbuckles) of the grappling game.

"He’s got a school in Houston called WXF that I’m joining (along with) his promo company." 

Williams says he and Booker T have a vision ... one that involves him locking arms with the big boys very soon.

"I’m looking to get my feet wet while training with Booker and shooting for a contract with the WWE in January. That’s my plan."

We also spoke with Booker T himself who says Williams has all the tools to do what The Rock, Goldberg and Ahmed Johnson did ... that is go from big time football to the WWE.

"Brennan definitely fits the profile and athletic protocol of a WWE Wrestler. He fits the build perfectly."

He goes on to say Brennan might have an advantage over those guys ... cause he actually has a deep love and understanding of the sport.

"Most of the time with NFL players, wrestling is a sort of last resort but Brennan was actually a fan before anything. I’m more than glad to help him out."

Only one downside to the career switch ... no Gisele in the workplace. Can't win 'em all though.


10/25/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1023_nfl_masks_launchNFL players have turned to elevation training masks to make sure their performance is tip top while playing sky high. 

The training masks -- which gives you the benefits of high altitude training while remaining sea level -- are popping up all over social media and are def giving pros an edge on the competition.

Check out which NFL stars are ready to play at Mount Everest proportions.  

Seattle Seahawks Crash 'They Were Revving Engines, Racing' ... Witness Says

10/21/2015 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A witness who was at the Seahawks facility during Tuesday's crash says Fred Jackson was revving his engine at another driver before both cars rocketed down a 1 mile stretch ... leaving no doubt they were drag racing. 

We spoke with Jason Hellervik -- an autograph seeker who was waiting for players at the facility when he saw Fred's black Corvette pull up to a stop sign next to a red Dodge Charger. 

"They were both stopped at the same time, they both revved their engines and they both left without stopping," says Jason, who was with his buddies at the time ... "We were like what are these idiots doing?"

Hellervik says he was with 6 other guys at the time of the crash -- who all witnessed the apparent drag racing scene -- and none of them have been contacted by police. He says if contacted, he would definitely cooperate with investigators. 

For his part, Jackson says he was not racing anyone. 

Bradley Cooper Sings Eagles Fight Song ... With Eagles Owner

10/20/2015 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's Eagles superfan Bradley Cooper ... sitting with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie ... singing the Eagles fight song ... as the Eagles crushed the Giants Monday night. 

Pretty cool shot ... unless you're a Giants fan. 

[h/t Crossing Broad

Mike Ditka Did You Just Fart On Live TV?? ... C'mon Man

10/20/2015 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mike Ditka might wanna check for holes in his undies this morning ... 'cause it sounded like he RIPPED A GALE FORCE STINKER right on Cris Carter last night. 

The two were doing their thing on ESPN's "Monday Night Countdown" when Da Coach pulled the 'ol fart lean move -- and you can hear what sounds like Ditka just letting one rip. 

Carter starts to crack up ... the whole thing is pretty funny. 

Don't worry Mike -- you're not the only legend who's been caught farting on live TV ... right Whoopi? 

Eric Metcalf to Browns: DROP MANZIEL 'Too Much Negativity'

10/20/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1019_eric_metcalf_manziel_getty-2Ex-Cleveland Browns star Eric Metcalf says ENOUGH IS ENOUGH when it comes to Johnny Manziel -- and the team should finally drop the QB because he's a magnet for bad publicity. 

Metcalf -- who was a stud for the Browns back in the '90s -- says the latest example is Manziel's brush with police last week ... in which his GF claimed the QB hit her a couple of times during a domestic dispute, though Johnny was ultimately NOT arrested. 

"I don't think he should be with the Browns, just because of all the things he's gotten into. It's all bad publicity," Metcalf says.  

"He's not really helping the football team right now and every time you hear his name it's negative. At this point they should move on. It's tough to say about a player, but at this point, they should move on."

Metcalf isn't the only guy who feels this way -- Bill Cowher has also called for the Browns to part ways with the former Heisman winner saying, "You're accountable for your actions both on the field and off the field."

Katherine Webb Protect Player Penises NFL Network Violated Bengals

10/19/2015 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1019-katherine-webb-bengals-TMZ-01Katherine Webb is pissed off that several of her husband's Cincinnati Bengals teammates had their junk exposed during a post-game live shot from the locker room ... saying their genitals simply are NOT for public consumption. 

The clip has been all over the web this morning -- an NFL Network reporter was interviewing Pacman Jones ... while several Bengals players were changing in the background. 

The shot clearly rubbed Webb the wrong way -- since she's married to Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron -- and she went off on the whole locker room interview policy on Twitter: 

"I would rather my husbands ass/penis not be all over TV," Katherine said ... "Would you like to be filmed while naked?"

"Players should have their privacy."

Bengals lineman Andrew Whitworth was also furious about the situation -- saying, "Why do I have to explain to my kids why their dad is naked on tv? Time for a media policy change."

He added, "We work in large massive stadiums. There's plenty of other spaces to interview.   #NoExcuses."

Johnny Manziel Pulled Over During Domestic Dispute ... Alcohol Involved

10/16/2015 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1016-colleen-crowley-johnny-manziel-instagram-01Johnny Manziel's girlfriend told police the NFL star shoved her head into a window during a domestic dispute in their car on Monday ... and said both had been drinking ... this according to the police report.

Cops say Manziel was initially pulled on Interstate 90 at 6 PM after someone called cops to complain that Johnny's car had passed them on the shoulder at a high rate of speed. 

During the stop, cops say Manziel's girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, said the couple had been arguing -- he pushed her head against the window -- and said she threw a wallet out of the window. 

Cops said they noticed an abrasion on Crowley's arm -- but determined it was caused by Johnny restraining her when she tried to get out of the car while the car was on the road ... this according to the report obtained 

Crowley reportedly said the two had been drinking in downtown Cleveland earlier in the day. Cops said they did not believe either Johnny or Colleen were intoxicated to the point where they should have been charged with a crime. 

Colleen also told cops she did not want to press charges against Johnny.  Ultimately, Johnny and Colleen left the scene together without being charged or cited for anything. 

Manziel recently completed a stint in rehab back in April and said he was a changed man who was determined to regain everyone's trust and respect. 

Crowley just issued a statement on Instagram saying, "J & I are good. I appreciate the people who stopped to check on us and call the police, I could see how it may have looked."

"Anytime anyone sees a guy and a girl arguing on the side of the road they should definitely stop, you never know what that could be. Fortunately it was just an argument, it was private, and we are all good!"

NFL Targets Weed Group You Marijuanafied Our Steelers Logo

10/16/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1015-nfl-weed-club-logo-steelers-TMZ-GETTY-Composite-01You can't turn the Steelers logo into a bunch of marijuana leaves ... or else you'll face the wrath of the NFL ... so says a pot group in Pittsburgh that just got lit up with a nasty legal threat. 

The bud beef is all over the logo for the Pittsburgh chapter of NORML -- a massive nonprofit group dedicated to legalizing weed.  

They've been using a logo similar to the famous Steelers design for years -- with the asteroids swapped out with red, yellow and blue ganja leaves.  

Problem is ... some square at the NFL caught wind of the logo and fired off a cease and desist -- warning the group to 86 the design .. or else! (Guess that paranoia was justified this time). 

Turns out ... the people at NORML are more smokers than fighters and told us they're backing down and plan to change the logo ASAP because they don't want a war with the NFL.

Two NORML honchos, Patrick Nightingale and Jason Cole, tell TMZ Sports they're already coming up with a Pittsburgh-themed replacement logo -- "Maybe Andrew Carnegie holding some weed."


Adrian Peterson Sticks It to Nike ... Signs with Adidas

10/15/2015 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1015-adrian-peterson-adidas-TMZ-01Adrian Peterson's back on his feet when it comes to endorsements -- claiming he's got a brand new deal with Adidas ... after Nike kicked him to the curb last year.  

The Swoosh terminated it's contract with the NFL star when he struck a plea deal in his child abuse case back in November ... one of several sponsors that didn't want anything to do with Peterson at the time. 

But now that Peterson is dominating again, the sponsors are coming back -- with Peterson saying he's officially in a deal with Adidas ... and says there are more opportunities on the table with other companies as well. 

Long story short ... Peterson is marketable again. So, the question ... even though Nike was trying to make a point in dropping him in the first place -- think they're regretting the decision now??

Matt Stafford's Wife RIPS NFL Your Refs Are Garbage!

10/8/2015 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1008-kbstafford-instagramMatt Stafford's wife opened fire on the NFL -- blasting the league for its "incompetent refs" ... hours after they blew a huge call that cost her husband's team a victory. 

By now you know the refs screwed up that "batted ball" call at the end of the Lions vs. Seahawks game on Monday night. Even the league admitted they screwed it up.

Enter Kelly Stafford ... who decided to take her shot at the refs on Instagram -- posting a screenshot of a text message exchange with Matt, in which the Lions QB says the league may fine him over his cleats. 

Kelly's response -- "Tell the league that they can fine u for your cleats if we can fine them for their incompetent refs."


Kelly removed the post -- but our friends at BSO were able to grab it before she took it down. Guessing the league ain't gonna be too happy with Stafford or his wife for this one ... 

UCLA's Myles Jack Drops Out of UCLA ... Declares for NFL Draft

10/6/2015 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-myles-jack-getty-01School's out for UCLA superstar linebacker Myles Jack -- because the college football star just announced he's dropping out of college and will enter the NFL draft. 

It's interesting timing for Jack -- who just suffered a season-ending knee injury last month -- since college football season is still underway. 

20-year-old Jack -- a junior who was one of the most highly touted players in the country before the season began -- suffered a torn meniscus during practice on September 23.

Jack doesn't seem to be getting support from his head coach Jim Mora ... who told the media, "I think it's very risky to do this. There's a lot of speculation to ... where he fits."

Mora -- a former NFL head coach -- added, "I've been in 25 Draft rooms. I've never seen a guy taken off [two games of junior tape]."

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