12:31 PM PT -- Cam suffered two "transverse fractures" in his lower back and will remain in the hospital overnight ... according to the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was hospitalized after his truck was flipped over in a car wreck Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Officials say two cars were involved in the wreck ... Cam's truck and a sedan ... which collided on a bridge right in front of Bank of America Stadium where the Panthers play.
Cam was seen on his back on the side of the bridge where the accident took place ... grimacing in pain. Several people were seen tending to the 25-year-old QB.
We're told Cam kept trying to stand up after the accident ... but couldn't ... and eventually relented and waited for help to arrive.
Multiple emergency vehicles raced to the scene. Cam reportedly told paramedics he did NOT want to be transported to the hospital ... but eventually gave in.
He was placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance which rushed him to a nearby hospital.
As for the condition of the other driver, officials tell us the person was also transported to the hospital -- but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.
A witness at the scene tells TMZ Sports ... Newton was "t-boned" from the left side, swerved, and then flipped over.
The witness says he observed Cam crawling out of the back window of the truck ... he walked over to the curb and laid down.
The witness says, "Cam didn't blow any lights or stop signs" and believes Cam had the right of way through the intersection where he was struck.
Story developing ...
Colin Kaepernick [Video]
Heated Showdown with Raiders LB
'I'm Coming for You'
12/9/2014 9:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick got into a heated exchange with Oakland Raiders linebacker Sio Moore during halftime this weekend ... with Sio calling Colin a "bitch ass motherf**ker."
TMZ Sports has the footage ... showing Moore talking smack to 49ers players as they ran into the tunnel at halftime during Sunday's matchup.
Moore says something that grabs CK's attention and Kaepernick gets in his face -- saying, "I'm coming for you."
That's when you hear Moore fire back ... "Bitch ass mothef**ker."
As the two separate, 49ers defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie steps in ... yelling, "I'll fire your ass up."
The Raiders came out and dominated the second half ... and won the game 24-13.
After the game, Moore posted a pic of himself and Kaepernick on Instagram with the caption, "There's a difference between boys and Men... Freakin chump."
Now With More
12/9/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you’ve seen Tom Brady using the F-Word during football games ... get used to it. TB says it's just the best way to sum up his feelings during a game, so he's gonna keep hurling it.
Best of all, the Patriots QB says don’t blame him -- blame the networks for airing it!
"Bad boys, bad boys ...whatcha gonna do?"
Tennessee Titans Lineman
Named In Sexual Assault Report
12/8/2014 9:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
3:51 PM PT -- The Titans just released a statement, saying, "We will let the police investigate the allegation and we will provide any assistance they need. We have discussed the matter with Sammie and we will continue to gather the facts."
Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Sammie Lee Hill has been named in a police report by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by the NFL player last week ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Here's what we know ... a woman went to police in Houston claiming Hill -- currently in the middle of a 3-year $11.4 million contract -- sexually assaulted her in a hotel room in Atlanta.
Houston PD tells us they took a "courtesy report" for an allegation of sexual assault which was forwarded to Atlanta PD.
Officials with APD confirm the woman named 28-year-old Hill as the suspect.
We're told ... the woman claims to have marks and bruises on her neck which she claims she suffered during the alleged sexual assault.
So far no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made. Cops are investigating.
We reached out to Hill and his reps for comment -- so far no word back. We also reached out to the NFL but haven't heard back from them either.
Story developing ...
KC Star Eric Berry
12/8/2014 1:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which his doctors have described as "very treatable and potentially curable" through chemotherapy.
Dr. Christopher Flowers, a lymphoma specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, said in a statement, "The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now."
Berry said through a statement, "My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes."
He continued, "I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I’m praying for you and keep fighting!"
Billy Bob Thornton
Hey Browns Fans ...
12/8/2014 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
They're still in the playoff race (technically), so Cleveland Browns fans need to QUIT THEIR BITCHIN' about the QB situation ... so says Billy Bob Thornton.
Billy Bob -- a huge Colts fan -- was leaving LAX yesterday after Indianapolis beat up on the Brownies ... when we asked if it was time to swap out Hoyer for Johnny Manziel.
Thornton essentially told us to RELAX when it comes to Johnny Football -- "He'll get in there one of these days."
But the best part ... "If I was a Browns fan and I had the record they have right now, I'd just be happy. you know? They're doing OK."
WWF Rejected Big NFL Stars
12/8/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Just because you can play in the NFL doesn't mean you're tough enough to WRESTLE -- so says Hulk Hogan who tells us all sorts of NFL tough guys have tried to cross over to the ring ... and FAILED.
And not just no-name scrubs ... we're talking some pretty famous NFLers who couldn't quite hack it with Vince McMahon's organization ... guys like Oakland Raiders legend Lyle Alzado.
Unclear why Alzado -- a maniac on the field -- didn't get a contract with the WWE (then WWF) ... but Hulk says he wasn't the only NFL star who didn't make the cut.
Hogan names names ... Bill Fralic (4-time Pro Bowler), John Matuszak (2-time Super Bowl champ) ... and explains that it takes a special sort of toughness to fake fight in the squared circle.
"You gotta be able to work hurt," Hogan says ... "You can't be taking a day off from wrestling because you twisted your pinkie if you're wrestling the main event at Madison Square Garden."
So, does Hogan think Sam has a shot?? Check out the clip ...
Fun Fact -- Matuszak went on to have a pretty decent career as an actor and famously played Sloth in "Goonies."
'No One Believes In Him Anymore'
12/6/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Griffin III is a spoiled diva who cares more about branding himself than winning ... so says a Washington Redskins player who tells us he's not the only one in the locker room who feels this way.
The player -- who spoke with us on the condition of anonymity -- says playing with RG3 has been a nightmare this season ... and the locker room has lost faith in the QB.
"No one is happy ... no one gets the hype around him anymore."
As bad as Griffin's play on the field has been this year, our guy tells us it's actually RG3's off-the-field demeanor that ticks off his fellow players the most.
"He's secluded and it affects us in the game. We don't have that real rapport. He's lost confidence and is complacent now."
There's more ... Griffin's mediocre season has made some of his teammates skeptical of not just his future with the Redskins ... but in the league period.
"I don't see him being in the NFL for that long," we're told ... "I think he goes into politics. He's good at that kinda thing."
Huge Rapper's Got My Back
12/5/2014 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson finally has a celebrity ally ... rap superstar Lil Boosie ... who hooked up with the embattled running back for a photo in Texas.
We're told the two ran into each other in Dallas earlier this week ... after Peterson returned from NY where he was attending appeal hearings in his effort to get back in the NFL.
Boosie -- who's a huge sports junkie -- is still a fan of the embattled running back ... and wants everyone to know he still sees "greatness" in Peterson.
As for AP's appeal, a decision in the case is expected to be announced sometime in the next week.
WHAT KNEE INJURY?!
Parties In Miami With Hidden Knee Brace
12/5/2014 10:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Victor Cruz won't let a busted right knee keep him from hitting the party scene ... 'cause the NY Giants star hit up a huge party in Miami Thursday night -- with his knee brace -- and we've got the pics.
Cruz -- sporting a medical brace under his sweatpants -- hit up a Crooks & Castles party presented by Hennessy V.S for Art Basel Thursday night.
Despite the fact he's recovering from a season-ending torn patellar tendon in his right knee that he suffered during a game back in October, Victor was seen laughing and having a great time at the party.
Meanwhile, back in NY ... Cruz's teammates -- who have lost 7 straight games -- are preparing to take on the Titans this weekend.
Cruz seems to be making good progress on the knee -- he looked pretty spry while walking through a NY mall a few weeks ago ... and told us he expects to be busting out his salsa again very soon.
White People Don't Understand Police Brutality
12/4/2014 4:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ricky Williams says white people can't understand the pain African-Americans feel over the issues in Ferguson or NYC ... because they have no clue what it's like to deal with police brutality.
TMZ Sports spoke with Ricky about the critical remarks his old New Orleans Saints coach Mike Ditka made about the Rams players who gave the "Hands Up" gesture before a recent game. The remarks caused a stir on social media, with some going so far as to call Ditka a racist.
Williams says he KNOWS Ditka's not a racist ... but says he doesn't think Ditka can fully understand the issue because of his skin color.
"He's a white guy. White people don't relate to police brutality."
The former Heisman Trophy winner says he's experienced racial profiling first hand ... even on his own college campus.
"I was arrested for failing to provide identification when I was at Texas, I told them my name was 'Ricky' when my lD said 'Errick.' This when I was the best player in college football."
Ricky also says that most white people -- almost inherently -- use racially insensitive language on a routine basis.
"Put a video camera on most white people all day long, you're going to hear something that black people would consider to be racist. Whether they mean it or not."
Michael Sam's Ex-Teammate
HE BELONGS IN THE NFL
12/4/2014 12:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Sam's former college teammate -- who's played with NFL stars like Aldon Smith and Sheldon Richardson -- says Sam is RIGHT ... his sexual orientation is the reason he's not in the league.
We spoke with Marvin Foster -- who played alongside Sam at Missouri -- and says Sam is one of the best players he's ever stepped on the field with.
"There's no way the Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC should be a free agent," Foster said.
TMZ Sports posted footage Wednesday showing Sam very strongly suggesting that he has the talent to play in the NFL -- but isn't on a roster because he's openly gay.
"The kid can play and I think he showed he can play," Foster added ... "He had three sacks in the pre-season. I don't know why they cut him."
But not everyone shares Foster's opinion -- we spoke with an active NFL lineman who tells us, "If Sam was killing he would be on a roster."
The NFL player adds, "He can make an excuse if he wants to ... but that's silly. If you're good, you're good. The NFL teams don't feel that he is."
NFL Star Joe Haden
Help from Josh Gordon, Manziel
For Sneaker Shop Opening
12/4/2014 9:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Several Cleveland Browns superstars rallied around their teammate Joe Haden to help him open his new sneaker shop -- from Josh Gordon to Johnny Manziel ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.
As we previously reported, Haden opened "The Restock" in Cleveland last weekend ... a store that specializes in rare sneakers.
A bunch of the Browns showed up when Joe opened the doors ... including Josh Gordon, Donte Whitner and Andrew Hawkins. Cleveland Cavs star Tristan Thompson was also on hand.
And we're told the guys weren't just there to browse -- Josh picked up 3 pairs of Jordans ... so did Tristan Thompson. Hawkins ponied up for a pair of Balenciagas ... which ain't cheap.
Other Browns teammates donated signed jerseys to help decorate the store -- including Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Phil Taylor and more.
We spoke to Joe's business partner David Damier who tells us business has been great so far -- and Joe's extremely grateful for the support from the entire Cleveland community.