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NFL's Brandon Spikes

Guilty In Maybach Hit & Run

... Avoids Jail

7/1/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-brandon-spikes-getty-03Ex-New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has pled GUILTY in his hit and run case stemming from a June crash in his Maybach ... but he won't do one single minute behind bars. 

Instead, Spikes has been ordered to pay more than $2k in fines and his driver's license has been suspended for one year. 

As we previously reported, cops found Brandon's expensive Maybach on the side of the interstate in Foxboro, Mass. on June 7. At first, Spikes said he hit a deer, but was lying. Instead, he smashed into the back of an SUV -- leaving 3 people with minor injuries, including a 12-year-old girl.

Spikes was initially charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, negligent driving, speeding and failure to stay in his lane.

But he struck a plea deal, and got probation for one year. His driver's license was suspended and he's been ordered to complete a safe driving course. 

Spikes was released by the Pats following the crash. So far, no other team has picked him up. 

Robert Griffin III

#IBelieve In Women's Team

We're Good Friends Now

7/1/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A super embarrassing moment on social media paid dividends for Robert Griffin III -- 'cause the NFL star says he's "good friends" with the U.S. women's soccer team now, after a mix-up back in 2012. 

RG3 was out at Mastro's Steakhouse last night when he told us he's thrilled for Team USA -- especially since he's become tight with stars like Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Sydney Leroux

So, what's the embarrassing part? Back in '12, he THOUGHT he met Alex Morgan at an event ... and even went to Twitter to thank her for being so nice. 

Problem is ... it wasn't Alex Morgan -- who responded on Twitter, "I think u met @TobinHeath today but hopefully I'll see u around. Good luck in the draft!"


The good news ... RG, Alex and Tobin all joked about it on social media -- and RG3 says they're all friends now. So, the public humiliation paid off! 

Anyway, go USA ... beat Japan/England!

Warren Sapp

What, Me Worry?

Hits Fishing Tourney After Dom. Violence Charges

6/29/2015 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629_warren_sapp_fishing_faccebookWarren Sapp won't let a little thing like allegedly beating, stomping and biting his GF keep him from having a good time ... 'cause days after he was hit with criminal charges, Warren went fishing. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Sapp participated in the 5th Annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament over the weekend, laughing and smiling with U of M cheerleaders. 

The tourney raises money for various charity organizations ... and Warren actually hosted the tournament in 2012. 


Still, considering Sapp was charged with 3 counts of domestic violence on Thursday ... it was interesting that he showed up ready to fish just 24 hours later. 

Warren hasn't issued an official statement about the charges ... but he definitely sent a message this weekend -- he's not letting it bother him.  


Troy Aikman

Charters $10 MILLION Yacht

To Branson's Private Isle

6/29/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0626-troy-aikman-yacht-getty-yacht-charter-fleet-01Troy Aikman just took a baller vacation straight out of a Jay Z video ... chartering a $10 MILLION super yacht destined for Richard Branson's insane private island ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources tell us ... Aikman and his GF, Tracy Ripsin, boarded a PIMPED OUT yacht earlier this month called the Sea Legend ... an ultra-luxury ship with a gym, hot tub, pool, kitchen and all sorts of baller stuff. 

We're told the couple set sail for Necker Island ... owned by Branson ... though it's unclear if Troy actually hung out with the billionaire or just kicked it his private paradise in the Virgin Islands. 

It's good to be rich. 


NY Giants Linebacker


$55k Jewelry Run

6/27/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0626-joe-avianne-royal-collection-charm-INSTAGRAM-01New York Giants linebacker J.T. Thomas believes in the "Treat Yo Self" mentality ... because after he inked his new $12 MILLION contract ... he picked up $55k in brand new bling ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Thomas hit up Avianne and Co. in NYC -- and scored himself an 18 karat gold Cuban link chain for $35k. 

And because he didn't want that chain to get lonely, he got a 2nd piece ... a 25 karat ruby, surrounded by diamonds ... which ran him another $20k. 

Tom Haverford would be proud ... 

Michael Irvin

I'm Worried About Warren Sapp

6/26/2015 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin says he's very concerned about his friend Warren Sapp ... saying he's reached out to Sapp several times ... but Sapp doesn't seem to understand the gravity of his situation. 

Irvin appeared on The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz on 104.3 FM in Miami yesterday moments after we broke the story that Sapp had been charged with domestic violence for allegedly attacking his longtime GF. 

"I worry about him man, there's no doubt," Irvin said ... adding that he texts Sapp all the time. 

But the problem, Irvin says ... is that Sapp seems to be convinced that everything's fine -- even though he's clearly in a very bad place.

Irvin even brings up Sapp's prostitution arrest during Super Bowl weekend -- and says he tried to talk to the guy about it ... but couldn't seem to get through to him.

On a completely unrelated note ... Irvin also talks about his Hall of Fame jacket -- and how he accidentally got some "Lewinsky" on it while breaking it in with his wife on the night he was inducted.

Good times. 

LeSean McCoy


... With Killer Crossover

6/23/2015 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Now, Mike Vick knows how all those defenders felt ... 

The NFL quarterback got crossed over HARD at his celebrity basketball game in Virginia this week ... and was left swingin' at air ... and the culprit is one of his closest friends -- LeSean McCoy

The two former Philadelphia Eagles teammates hit the hardwood at Warwick High School in Newport News -- where Vick grew up -- to raise money for the Mike Vick Foundation, which works with underprivileged kids.  

We're told Vick beat McCoy in a 40-yard dash a few years ago ... and McCoy had vowed revenge ... which he finally got on the court.  



NFL's DeMarco Murray

I Got Married

... And My Wife's Preggo!!!

6/22/2015 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622-demarco-murray-instagram-01Big weekend for Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray ... who married his longtime girlfriend -- and then announced she's PREGNANT!! 

Marco tied the knot to Heidi Mueller -- his longtime girlfriend and mother of his 2-year-old daughter -- at the Four Seasons in Dallas. 

And during the festivities ... Heidi also announced she's pregnant with their 2nd child!  

As for the wedding ... the couple spared no expense -- guests were greeted with glasses of Cristal champagne!

Orlando Scandrick & Draya

Flossin' $400k Engagement Ring

6/22/2015 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Here it is ... the $400,000 engagement ring Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick gave to Draya Michele ... 7-carats strong! 


As we previously reported, Scandrick popped the question to the "Basketball Wives L.A." star ... roughly one month after they broke up -- using one hell of an olive branch. 

Draya said "Yes" ... we're guessing the insane piece of jewelry designed by Jason of Beverly Hills helped do the trick ... and now the couple is on track to tie the knot after 2 years of dating. 

No word on when or where the wedding will be ... but we're guessing Orlando can probably get a discount if he wants to use Jerry's World in Dallas right now. He knows people. 

Rob Gronkowski

All He Wants to Do is Dance

6/21/2015 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rob Gronkowski is a championship football player ... sometimes we forget, because it seems all he does is dance.

Gronk let loose at The Underground in Chi Town Friday night, sharing DJ honors with DJ Dante as he sang and danced with family and friends.

Gronk's in the Windy City for the Nascar Xfinity Series Race at the Chicagoland Speedway.  He's the Grand Marshall.

How do you sign up for his life?

NFL's Asante Samuel

Starts Rap Label

... I'm Learning From Jay Z

6/21/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0618-asante-samuel-eighties-nation-getty-01Former NFL superstar Asante Samuel is jumping in the rap game ... starting his own record label ... and he tells TMZ Sports he has his eyes on an ex-teammate with RIDICULOUS rhyme skills.

Samuel -- a 4-time Pro Bowler and one of the best CBs of his era -- recently launched the Eighties Nation record company ... which he hopes will make some cash ... and a difference in his hood.

"I saw it as a way to help people get out of our hood and give them jobs and a way to stay out of jail."

Samuel says he's got big plans for his company -- and he's taking his cues on how to grow the business from some of the biggest names in hip hop.

"Jay Z, Cash Money ... I study all of them and I look up to those people."

As for his roster, Samuel says he's got some serious talent with guys like TeeStunna and TeeJay out of Ft. Lauderdale ... but the next guy he signs might be a guy who's STILL in the NFL. 

"My guy Willy Mo (DB for the Atlanta Falcons). I would sign Will Moore when his playing days are over if he's serious about it."

Check out Willie (and Asante's) rhyming skills below ... you be the judge.

Warren Sapp

Suspect In Domestic Violence Investigation

6/20/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0619-warren-sapp-tmz-01More trouble for Warren Sapp ... the NFL Hall of Famer has been named a suspect in a domestic violence investigation in Las Vegas ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... a report has been filed against Sapp in which the 42-year-old is accused of getting into a physical altercation with a woman in a casino on April 28th. 

We're told cops met with the alleged victim at a different location after the incident and took a report ... though Sapp was not present at that time. Law enforcement sources tell us the woman appeared to have suffered minor injuries. 

Our sources tell us Sapp has NOT been arrested or charged with a crime at this point ... though cops are still investigating. 

It's just the latest legal problem for Sapp ... who was arrested for soliciting and assaulting two prostitutes in Arizona back in February. 

We reached out to Sapp for comment ... so far, no word back. 

Draya Michele


1 Month After Breakup (Update)

6/19/2015 4:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0619-draya-michele-orlando-scandrick-INSTAGRAM-01The on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again relationship with Draya Michele and Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick is back on in a big way ... 'cause they're ENGAGED!!!

Just one month after they called it quits, the "Basketball Wives LA" star announced that Scandrick suddenly popped the question at a movie theater in Sherman Oaks, CA. 

"He got down on one knee and as soon as he started to talk I got nervous and couldn't help but to laugh hysterically. I was laughing and crying at the same time," Draya told People

As for the ring ... we spoke to Orlando's famous jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills who tells us it's almost 7 carats, with a MASSIVE diamond in the center ... and it's valued at  $400,000!!! 

"Orlando is one of the most detail-oriented clients I've ever worked with. Orlando was very serious about keeping it a secret."

Draya and Orlando have been dating for roughly two years ... and for the past few months, Draya's been very clear that she wanted a RING on her finger. 

Sooooo ...... congrats! 


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