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Braylon Edwards

Not Blackballed

... Says Pac-12 Network

5/13/2015 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Yeah, he's got issues ... but the Pac-12 Network says it's not ready to sever its relationship with Braylon Edwards in the wake of his most recent DUI arrest. 

The ex-NFL star had been covering track & field for the network this past season and was reportedly in AZ to cover the "Duel In The Desert" between ASU and U of A when he was busted last week. 

TMZ Sports spoke with officials at the Pac-12 Network who admit Braylon's arrest is "greatly disappointing" -- but he's not blackballed from working with the network in the future. 

In fact, we're told Braylon has a reputation for being a consummate professional and very prepared while on the job ... but everyone seems to acknowledge he's gotta clean up his personal life. 

Seahawks' Michael Bennett

Tom Brady's a Cheater

5/13/2015 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

No more sugarcoating it ... Tom Brady is a cheater ... period ... so says Seattle Seahawks badass Michael Bennett

Bennett -- one of the best defensive ends in the NFL -- played against Brady in the game AFTER the Deflategate ... and though he admits Seattle got beat fair and square in the Super Bowl, MB says there's no question Tom broke the rules in the AFC Championship. 

But after that, this clip gets HILARIOUS -- here are the CliffsNotes:

--  Advice for QB Russell Wilson now that he's dating Ciara
("Watch out for Future")

-- Favorite Leonardo DiCaprio movie of all time?
("'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' ... the one where he played like he's retarded")

-- Which celeb he thinks he looks like?
("Denzel or Will Smith") 

There's more ... it's pretty great stuff -- and props to Michael for launching a foundation to fight childhood obesity. 

New England Pats Player

Jimmy Will Be Ready to Go

... 'But This Is Bulls**t'

5/12/2015 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0512-tom-brady-pats-logo-getty-01The New England Patriots are confident in their backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo ... but they think Tom Brady's suspension is "absolute bulls**t" ... so says one respected Pats player. 

The player -- who wished to remain anonymous so he could be "completely honest" -- tells us bluntly, "Ted Wells is full of sh*t. Brady wouldn't do anything that would jeopardize our franchise."

He continued, "I am upset. The whole team is upset. Brady has held himself together ... but we know he's upset. This is some bulls**t."

"Every time we win, we're accused of doing something wrong. It's like the NFL wants to discredit us for winning. If we lost, this wouldn't be a discussion. Goodell has again failed in his decision making."

As for Tom, the player says ... "I hope Brady wins this appeal. If he doesn't Jimmy will be ready to go ... but this is some absolute bulls**t."

Charles Barkley

Sounds Off On Tom Brady

'Fantasy Value Takes a Hit'

5/12/2015 11:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Barkley says Tom Brady's 4 game suspension will DEFINITELY lower his fantasy football value ... but he doesn't care because "only losers play fantasy sports" anyway. 

Sir Chuck was "living the dream" in NYC Tuesday when he sounded off on the whole Deflategate scandal -- saying he still loves Tom ... and explains why he'll still be considered one of the greatest QBs ever.  

So does the punishment fit the crime? Barkley says he's still trying figure that out ... and he's hoping to get some help from an NFL expert before he makes up his mind. 

Braylon Edwards

Ex-NFL Star Arrested

... Extreme DUI (Mug Shot)

5/12/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested for DUI in Scottsdale, Arizona last week ... and cops say he was EXTREMELY wasted ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The 32-year-old -- who played for the Browns, Jets and 49ers during his NFL career -- was pulled over in the early hours of May 4th ... according to police records. 

Cops say Braylon's blood alcohol level was more than .20 -- more than twice the legal limit and considered an "extreme DUI" in Scottsdale. 

It's the 2nd time Edwards has been arrested for driving under the influence in the past 5 years -- he was popped for drunk driving in 2010

Braylon was also named in a battery report in 2013 for attacking a photographer in Detroit ... an incident that was captured on video

Attempts to reach Braylon for comment have been unsuccessful. 

Edwards was the 3rd overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He last played in the league back in 2012. 

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'Shark Tank's' Kevin O'Leary

I Want To Buy An NFL Team!!!

5/12/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's already a "Shark" in the NBA ... but now, Kevin O'Leary tells TMZ Sports he has HIS sights set on the NFL -- there's just one problem ... the price. 

Mr. Wonderful was out in NYC yesterday when he told us it's REALLY hard to buy into the NFL (just ask Donald Trump) ... but says, "To me, that's what I'd love to own."

Don't worry, Kev has a smart business plan (of course) to get into the owner's box without having to cover the ENTIRE cost of a pro squad. 

There's more ... Kev also explains why the hottest city in North America in need of a pro sports team is NOT Los Angeles ... it's not even in the United States. 

Check out the clip ...

Terry Crews

Vernon Davis Is No Joke

... Acting Chops Are Legit

5/12/2015 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews knows what it takes to make the jump from the NFL to Hollywood ... and he STRONGLY believes 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is primed to follow in his famous footsteps. 

For the record, Davis has been making a serious push into acting -- recently starring as "Captain Torpedo" in a short film that made it to the final 10 in HBO's "Project Greenlight" competition.

Well, clearly Crews was impressed ... telling TMZ Sports he doesn't only think the guy has serious "flavor" on screen -- but he's spoken with Davis and gave the guy some real advice about making the Hollywood transition.

So ... buddy comedy in the future?!?!?

Tom Brady's Agent

The NFL Sucks at Punishment

... We're Appealing

5/11/2015 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511_tom_brady_getty-2Tom Brady's agent just came out BLASTING the NFL -- saying the league has a storied history of BLOWING IT when it comes to meting out punishment ... which is why they're appealing Tom's 4-game suspension. 

Don Yee -- who gives absolutely zero damns -- pulled no punches in a scathing statement attacking the NFL and the Wells Report. 

"The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis. In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever."

He continues, "There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits."

"We will appeal, and if the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic."

And this is where Yee really begins to spit venom -- "The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside, and a former federal judge has found the commissioner has abused his discretion in the past, so this outcome does not surprise me."

WAR!!!!!

New England Patriots

Still Favored to Beat Steelers

... Without Brady

5/11/2015 3:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0511_patriots_steelers_betting_gettyNo Brady? No problem ... because the New England Patriots are still FAVORED to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 ... according to multiple major Vegas sports books. 

TMZ Sports spoke with honchos at multiple major sports books in Vegas who all told us the same thing -- the Pats were favored by 6.5 before the suspension ... and will be favored by 2-3 points now. 

Tony Miller, the director of the race and sports book at the Golden Nugget, says ... "They're still the Patriots ... and they have a couple of months to get Jimmy Garoppolo ready."

Get this ... we're told most sports books took down the game after the Wells Report -- refusing to take bets because of the possibility of a suspension ... which could impact the line. 

But now, we're told most, if not all, books will start taking action again as soon as today ... with the new odds. 

Good luck.  

Tom Brady

Remember, My Backup Is Hot

5/11/2015 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0511-tom-brady-replacement-jimmy-garopds-INSTAGRAM-01If you just watch football for the hot dudes, don't worry about the whole Tom Brady suspension ... his backup is pretty damn handsome. 

Here's Jimmy Garoppolo ... he's 23-years-old ... he's 6'2" ... 225 lbs ... and was 2nd string on the Patriots depth chart last year. 

Barring any big trades or pickups ... seems the kid is gonna finally get his shot. 

Enjoy. 

Tom Brady

Suspended 4 Games

... For Deflategate

5/11/2015 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0511-tom-brady-getty-01Tom Brady has been suspended the first 4 games of the 2015 NFL season for his role in Deflategate ... TWICE the suspension the league initially gave Ray Rice for beating a woman. 

The NFL just issued a statement saying, "Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL."

"Brady may participate in all off-season, training camp and pre-season activities, including pre-season games."

The league also dropped the hammer on the New England Patriots -- hitting the team with a $1 MILLION fine ... and taking away their 1st round pick in the 2016 Draft and their 4th round pick in 2017.  

The two locker room attendants who are believed to have deflated the balls have also been suspended indefinitely without pay. 

In a letter to Brady, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent explained the league found "substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots’ employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge."

"Moreover, the report documents your failure to cooperate fully and candidly with the investigation, including by refusing to produce any relevant electronic evidence (emails, texts, etc.), despite being offered extraordinary safeguards by the investigators to protect unrelated personal information, and by providing testimony that the report concludes was not plausible and contradicted by other evidence."

"Your actions as set forth in the report clearly constitute conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football."

So far, no comment from Brady. 

Magic Johnson just spoke out on the suspension -- saying. "The Commissioner came down hard & fair."

Eli Manning told Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News ... "It is about integrity and you have to follow the rules. If someone’s breaking rules they’re going to get punished."

He added, " "In no way am I glad to see this happen."

Will Smith tweeted ... "Tom Brady suspended 4 games, Thats Interesting!!!!"

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount  -- "THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! SMH 😡 #PATSNATION STAND UP!!!!!" 

Donald Trump -- "They had no definitive proof against Tom Brady or #patriots. If Hillary doesn't have to produce Emails, why should Tom? Very unfair!"

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Russell Wilson

Crashes Ciara's Girls Night Out

...And She's Smitten

5/11/2015 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0511-ciara-russell-wilson-dc-steakhouse-TWITTER-02Girls night out isn't for BF's ... unless you're Russell Wilson ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned the Seahawks QB surprised Ciara at a fancy steakhouse ... and she could not have been happier. 

Ciara and two girlfriends were having dinner Saturday night at The Palm -- one of D.C.'s best restaurants -- drinking wine and eating crab ... when Wilson unexpectedly arrived during dinner.

The restaurant G.M. Mike Melore tells us ... "Ciara was shocked to see him. She said she didn't know he was coming, but she was super happy he was there."

And, when you're rich and famous ... you can stay as late as you want.

"We normally close around 10:30, but we stayed open late for them, until 1:30 AM," Melore says.

"They were extremely nice and humble. They took pictures with every staff member that asked before they left."

No word on what the final bill looked like -- but when it came to gratuity Melore says ... "I can't give you a number for privacy reasons, but let's say this, Russell and Ciara are EXTREMELY generous."

NFL's Ahmad Bradshaw

Convicted In Marijuana Case

Banned From Driving!

5/11/2015 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0511-ahmad-bradshaw-getty-01It's a good thing Ahmad Bradshaw can afford Uber ... 'cause the NFL running back's driving privileges have been REVOKED after he was convicted in his weed possession case. 

Bradshaw -- who played with the Indianapolis Colts last season -- was arrested for marijuana possession back in February after cops say they found a small amount of the green stuff in his car during a routine traffic stop in Ohio. 

Now, officials say Bradshaw cut a plea deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead no contest -- and in exchange he can't drive for 6 months and must pay around $351 in fines and other court costs. 

Case closed ... although now it's up to the NFL to decide what punishment he'll face from the league. 

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