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Rams Cheerleaders Hot Bikini Showdown ... At Final Tryouts

4/18/2016 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The competition to be an L.A. Rams cheerleader was FIERCE this weekend -- with dozens of women stripping down to their bikinis and flaunting their figures in the hopes of making the cut. 

Check out the footage of the 66 women trying their best to impress a panel of judges at The Forum ... a panel that included Rams legend Marshall Faulk

In the end, 25 were named to the squad ... congrats! 

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Antonio Cromartie I Wanna Be a Dallas Cowboy ... 'My Dream Team'

4/18/2016 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Antonio Cromartie isn't playing games -- letting everyone know he wants to be in a Dallas Cowboys uniform next season ... calling it his "dream choice."

The former NY Jets cornerback was leaving his 32nd bday party at American Cut steakhouse in NYC with his wife Terricka (pregnant with twins!) ... when we asked about his NFL future. 

"My dream choice? That'd be the Dallas Cowboys," Antonio told us ... "That's very high on my list."

Cromartie is adamant he'll be back in the league next season -- and explained his decision not to retire by posting on Instagram, "God told me I wasn't finished."

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B-Real I Wanna Help Josh Gordon ... Cheat The NFL Drug Test

4/16/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL star Josh Gordon just got an offer he should probably refuse (or should he?) from a huge rapper who says he can assist the troubled WR with his weed problem ... 

by helping him beat the NFL drug test.

We got Cypress Hill frontman B-Real outside of the Staples Center recently and asked the outspoken reefer advocate what Gordon could do to kick his habit for the green stuff. 

It's a real problem for Josh ... he was suspended all of last year for repeated violations of the NFL's drug policy ... and it's been reported that he failed a test back in March, making his reinstatement iffy. 

Check out the clip -- B-Real says he wants to help Josh ... by showing him top secret pothead master tactics to mask the wacky tobacky in his system.

B-Real also says Josh could try just not smoking during the season ... there's a thought. 

Broncos' Brandon Marshall Passenger in Road Rage Incident

4/15/2016 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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041516-brandon-marshall-gettyJust days after Will Smith was shot and killed in an apparent road rage incident ... another NFL star says he was a passenger in a similar situation where things got thiiiis close to getting violent. 

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall just tweeted about the situation ... saying, "My uber driver a G, Somebody cut him off and almost hit him. And he pulled up to the side of him and got out the car and told him to get out."

What's especially scary is the fact Marshall says his driver got OUT of the car to confront the other guy ... it's almost exactly what appears to have happened in New Orleans. 

This time, it appears the situation was diffused before things got violent ... thankfully. 

Stay safe out there people. 

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Master P Tyrann Mathieu Is WRONG Rap Not To Blame For N.O. Violence

4/15/2016 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Louisiana rap legend Master P says Tyrann Mathieu is totally wrong about their home city ... saying rap music is not causing the violence in New Orleans ... the people are.

P was out in L.A. when we asked about comments Mathieu made in the wake of the Will Smith shooting in which he blamed a culture of violence -- including rap music -- for contributing to the city's murder rate.

Check out the clip ... P -- a man who helped pioneer the N.O. rap sound -- says you can't blame art for violence, then makes an offer to help Tyrann make some of the positive hip-hop he thinks can help N.O.

Let's see this happen.

Johnny Manziel's Agent Get Treatment Or You're Fired

4/13/2016 4:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Johnny Manziel has gotten an ultimatum from his agent -- go to rehab ... or find a new agent. 

After TMZ Sports broke the story that Manziel was the passenger in an alleged hit-and-run incident over the weekend, Manziel's agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter he's laid down the gauntlet with the QB.

"I have terminated the standard representation with Johnny Manziel in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs," Rosenhaus said.

"I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him. Otherwise the termination will become permanent."

"There is a five-day window for me to rescind the termination. I’m hoping he takes the necessary steps to get his life back on track."

Manziel was dropped by his previous agent Erik Burkhardt for similar reasons. Manziel did get treatment last year for an unspecified issue -- but later insisted he did NOT have a drinking problem. 

Will Smith Did Not Threaten to Shoot Killer ... Family Lawyer Says

4/13/2016 11:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0413-will-smith-getty-03Will Smith did NOT threaten to get his gun and shoot Cardell Hayes before Hayes unloaded on Will and his wife ... this according to Smith's family lawyer.

Attorney Peter Thomson just addressed the media ... and painted Hayes as a bizarre coldblooded killer who not only initiated the conflict ... but cowardly shot Will in the back 6 to 8 times as he walking away.  

Here's the version of the story Thomson told, according to Will's wife, passenger and other witnesses. 

Will's car was leaving a restaurant when a Hummer stopped suddenly in front of them -- forcing Will to slam on his brakes. 

Believing there was no contact made and no damage, Will drove off -- only for the Hummer to give chase and "ram" the back of Will's SUV so hard, he shattered the back windshield. 

Will got out and the two men exchanged words ... insisting Hayes was "enraged ... yelling and cursing." 

Will's wife and another female passenger got out of the car and tried to diffuse the situation -- and "after some time" they began to walk Will back to the SUV. 

That's when, according to Thomson, Hayes followed them and opened fire -- striking Will's wife Raquel twice, once in each leg. She collapses. 

"The killer then unloads 6 to 8 shots into Will's back."

Thomson says Hayes then stood over Smith's dead body and began yelling and screaming.

When asked about reports Will had threatened to get his gun and shoot first, Thomson adamantly denied the claims.

"I'm aware of nothing that Will Smith did that would cause this killer to be afraid of his life to the point where he would follow him after the situation would be diffused," Thomson said.

"There's NOTHING Will Smith ever said that would have caused that."

NFL's Brendon Ayanbadejo NFL Is Full Of Gay Superstars That You Don't Know About

4/13/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Some of the biggest stars in the NFL are gay ... they're just not ready to come out publicly yet ... so says Super Bowl champ-turned-LGBT activist Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Let's face it ... none of the NFL players who have come out have really been top tier guys -- so we asked Brendon if we'll ever see an openly gay man achieve that household name recognition ... a la Peyton, Brady, Watt, etc. 

That's when Brendon -- who's a big deal in the LGBT community -- told us those superstar guys already exist ... but they just don't feel ready to share their sexual orientation with the world. 

The good news ... Brendon says we're moving in the right direction so it could happen sooner than later.

NFL's Will Smith Loaded Gun Found in Smith's Car ... Cops Say

4/12/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0412_will_smith_gettyThe New Orleans PD says a fully loaded 9mm handgun was recovered from Will Smith's car after he was fatally shot. 

Cops made the announcement Tuesday afternoon -- after finally executing a search warrant that allowed them to search Smith's Mercedes.

The discovery will undoubtedly help the defense -- which is claiming Cardell Hayes felt threatened by Smith at the time of the shooting. 

At least one witness has claimed Smith said he was going to get his gun during the heated argument following their fender bender ... and that's when Hayes pulled out his weapon and opened fire

Cops say they're still investigating and interviewing witnesses -- including Smith's wife and the 2 additional passengers in Smith's car. 

NFL Players Association Offers Counseling To Will Smith's Ex-Teammates

4/12/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0412-will-smith-getty-02The NFL Players Association has reached out to several of Will Smith's former NFL teammates to offer support and professional counseling to help with the grieving process. 

TMZ Sports spoke with NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis who says the Assoc. wants to do everything in its power to help players who may be taking the death especially hard. 

"We're here to support the players. We've been in contact with the players and their reps. Counseling is available."

Smith played 9 seasons in the NFL -- all of them with the Saints (he did spend some time with the Patriots but never played in a game for them). 

Francis says the NFLPA also plans on reaching out to Smith's family -- but doesn't want to bother them until they've had time to grieve. 

Johnny Manziel I Went House Shopping with Von Miller

4/12/2016 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0412-manziel-miller-tmz-01Johnny Manziel is now admitting he jumped the gun when he told TMZ Sports he was living with Von Miller -- but says the two DID look at houses together. 

Manziel went to Instagram to clear up RoomieGate -- writing, "My bad V ... We were looking for some houses together didn't mean to get you caught up!"

Over the weekend, Manziel clearly told our photog the two were living together in L.A. Miller later denied the claim but expressed love and support for the QB. 

The feeling is clearly mutual -- Manziel ended the post by wishing Miller good luck on "Dancing with the Stars."

As for the roommate situation -- no word if JM and VM actually found a place together or if they still have plans to shack up. 

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Montee Ball Arrested Dude, You Can't Booze!

4/11/2016 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL running back Montee Ball was arrested near a Wisconsin bar this weekend -- after cops say the 25-year-old violated the terms of his bail ... by boozin'. 

FYI -- Ball was out on bail stemming from a previous domestic violence case in which he's accused of attacking a former girlfriend in 2014. One of the terms of his bail was to stay out of bars, taverns and liquor stores ... and completely REFRAIN from drinking alcohol. 

So, when cops were called to the 841 Brewhouse bar on Saturday night -- and found Ball nearby reeking of booze -- they immediately arrested him. 

Ball denied he had been drinking and refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. Cops did take a blood sample to be tested. So far, no word on the results. 

Ball was eventually released from jail -- and actually made it to court today for a hearing in the 2014 domestic violence case. Ball plead not guilty to felony strangulation, battery and 2 counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. 

NFL's Will Smith Fans Create Makeshift Memorial ... At Scene of Shooting

4/11/2016 10:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0411_Will-Smith-Memorial_MAIN-WMA makeshift memorial to ex-Saints player Will Smith has sprung up at the New Orleans street corner where he was shot and killed this weekend ... and it continues to grow. 

We spoke with John Harkins -- owner of Harkins the Florist Inc (a flower shop near the memorial) -- who tells us fans and non-fans have been streaming into the shop all day Monday buying arrangements to contribute to the memorial. 

But it's not just flowers ... people are also leaving Saints memorabilia, gold and black balloons and signs condemning the senseless violence. 

Smith was killed Saturday night during an altercation following a car accident. Cops have arrested the shooter, who insists he only fired in self-defense. 

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