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Adrian Peterson

FIRED by Nike

11/6/2014 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1106-adrian-peterson-nike-tmz-01Nike will no longer pay Adrian Peterson to "just do it" -- the company has fired him on the heels of the plea deal in his child abuse case. 

Nike had suspended its contract with Peterson in September, right after he was arrested for hitting his son with a switch -- but today the company fully cut ties with the Vikings running back.

Nike has not said why it finally decided to 86 him altogether -- but it comes just 2 days after he entered a no contest plea to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault. So, it certainly seems tied to the conviction. 

Still no word on when Peterson will be removed from the NFL's exempt list and allowed to suit up again.

Tom Brady

Scores Role

In 'Ted 2'

11/6/2014 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1106-wahlberg-brady-ted-2-fb-01Tom Brady's got TWO big movies in the works ... so says Mark Wahlberg who revealed that Brady will appear in "Ted 2" and the upcoming "Entourage" flick.

Wahlberg was talking to ESPN's Bill Simmons on "The B.S. Report" this week when he dropped the details about Brady's role in the Ted sequel.


"Tom’s in the movie. He plays himself, but he does an amazing job. Funny, funny moment."

Mark says he plays a Boston repair man guy who gets a call to service Tom's house -- and hilarity ensues when he tries to play it off like he doesn't recognize the QB.

"I'm playing an air conditioning guy, so I'm asking [Tom] to sign the paper ... and then I say, 'Can you sign that to me and Ted' ... and, you know, 'Put #12 there' ... and 'Can you put Eli Manning Sucks?' and 'Can you put Wes Welker's a traitor?'"

Funny stuff.  Check out the clip ... it all goes down around the 2:00 mark.

Will Smith

My Ex-Wife's Filing for Divorce

... From Ex-NFL Star

11/6/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1105-sheree-terrell-fletcher-twitter-01Will Smith's 1st wife is punching her 2nd ticket for the divorce train ... Sheree Fletcher has filed court docs to end her marriage to ex-NFL star Terrell Fletcher ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Sheree -- who was married to Will from 1992-95 (their son Trey appeared in the "Just the Two of Us" video") -- has been married to Fletcher since 2007 ... but they separated back in July.

Now, according to court docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court ... Sheree wants to pull the plug on the marriage for good, citing irreconcilable differences.

Sheree is gunning for spousal support ... though she doesn't specify how much she wants.

As for Terrell -- he spent 7 years as a running back with the San Diego Chargers ... and now he's a pastor, though he sometimes appears on "Hollywood Exes" with Sheree ... who is one of the stars of the VH1 reality show.

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Tony Romo

Whole Family Flies to London

... To Watch Me Play!

11/5/2014 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1105-michael-irvin-romo-wife-father-mother-twitterTony Romo's entire family took the trip to London to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend ... and even took some selfies with Michael Irvin on the way. 

Romo's parents -- along with his wife Candice Crawford -- hopped on a plane destined for Heathrow early this morning. 

1105-subasset-michael-irvin-romo-father-twitterSo, is it a sign that Romo will suit up and play this weekend? We think so ... because you don't fly halfway across the world to watch someone stand on the sidelines.  

Also, Irvin tweeted about it ... saying, "Headed to London. Flying with Tony Romo's Dad & Wife. Im receiving that as A GOOD SIGN....:) I don't care what u think!"

Stay tuned ...

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Trey Songz

I'm Totally (Maybe) Banging Colin Kaepernick's Ex

11/5/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The fitness model who reportedly hooked up with Colin Kaepernick is now rumored to be messin' around with Trey Songz ... and Trey isn't exactly denying it. 

The woman in the mix is Brittany Renner -- the self-proclaimed leader of the "Fit Thick Army" -- which has become a social media battle cry for ultra-fit women who embrace their curves.  

So, when we saw Trey out in Hollywood this week -- we had to ask how he felt about Ms. Fit Thick ... and he responded with high praise. 

He also had a chance to put the rumors to rest ... but didn't. 

Which begs the question -- they bangin' or what?  

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Luke Petitgout

Former NY Giant

Arrested for Sexual Assault

11/5/2014 5:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Luke Petitgout
-- who played nine seasons in the NFL, mostly with the New York Giants -- was arrested in New Jersey on Tuesday on a charge of sexual assault and simple assault.

The 6'6", 275-pound Petitgout was arrested at the home of his estranged wife Jennifer, says the NY Daily News. Jennifer is the alleged victim and the paper says she was photographed with bruises.

He was arrested and charged with sexual assault with force and simple assault. He is currently being held on $50,000 bail.

Petitgout's attorney, Patrick J. Jennings, called the charges "baseless" and told the News, “We intend to vigorously defend against the charges.”

Petitgout had reportedly been at a New York Giants reunion Monday night before the alleged incident took place.

Dez Bryant

Pays Homage To Jay Z

Throws Up The Roc

11/4/2014 4:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Think Dez Bryant's pumped about hiring Jay Z??

Just two days after inking a deal with the Roc Nation Sports agency, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver finally announced it to the world by throwing up the official Roc Nation hand signal.

Dez joins a Roc Nation roster that already boasts superstars like Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz, and Robinson Cano ... who just recently signed the dotted line on a $240 million contract.

Ya gotta think Cano's deal was a huge factor in Dez's decision to join Jay Z's team -- 'cause he's a free agent after this season ... and it's clear, #88 is hoping Jay's gonna show him the money.

Throw your diamonds in the air.

Adrian Peterson

PROBATION IN CHILD ABUSE CASE

Plus 80 Hours of Comm. Service

11/4/2014 11:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

110414_adrian_peterson_espn_launchAdrian Peterson has been sentenced to probation in his child abuse case -- and will be subjected to random drug tests. 

The Minnesota Vikings player just appeared in a Texas courtroom where a judge signed off on his plea deal ... in which the original felony child abuse charge was reduced to misdemeanor domestic violence in exchange for a no contest plea.

Peterson was also sentenced to 80 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine. 

After the hearing, Peterson addressed the media, saying, "I want to say I truly regret this incident. I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son, more than anyone of you could even imagine."

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Adrian Peterson

STRIKES PLEA DEAL

No Jail In Child Abuse Case

11/4/2014 9:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Peterson just dodged a bullet -- striking a plea deal in his child abuse case that will allow him to plead no contest to a lesser charge and avoid jail time ... this according to multiple reports. 

The Minnesota Vikings running back was originally charged with felony child abuse for repeatedly striking his 4-year-old son with a "switch" ... causing multiple bruises and lacerations. 

Peterson had claimed it was just strong parenting -- not illegal. 

But now, ProFootballTalk.com is reporting AP has agreed to plead no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault ... which carries a much lighter punishment. 

Peterson is expected to appear in court later today to make it official. 

As for when he can return to the NFL, the league has yet to decide. 

Story developing ... 

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NFL Star James Harrison

Bangs Out Push Ups

With 300 lb. Man On His Back!!

11/4/2014 9:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Age means NOTHING to James Harrison -- especially when it comes to brute strength -- 'cause the Steelers linebacker just knocked out a set of push-ups with a 304 lb. lineman on his back!!

The 36-year-old superstar -- one of the oldest guys in the NFL -- let teammate Maurkice Pouncey sit on his back while he got some chest work in during a gym session early Tuesday morning.

Do the math ... 275 (Harrison's weight) + 304 (Pouncey's weight) = STRONG.

Of course, Harrison came out of retirement to rejoin the Steelers this season and absolutely KILLED IT this weekend ... single-handedly terrorizing Ravens QB Joe Flacco all game long.

Then again, James never really stopped working out ... the guy was pushing serious weight in the Steelers gym even before he officially resigned with the team.

#Beast

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Ex-NFL Star Simeon Rice

I've Never Worn Super Bowl Ring

... It's Not for Flossin'

11/4/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It's got more than 50 diamonds ... yellow AND white gold ... and was designed by Tiffany -- but ex-NFL star Simeon Rice says he's NEVER worn his Super Bowl ring out in public. 

Rice was a part of the Tampa Bay Bucs team that smashed the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII back in 2003 -- and got the bling that goes along with the trophy. 

But when he was out in NYC yesterday, Rice told us the ring does NOT belong in his wardrobe ... it belongs on his mantle -- and he refuses to wear it out. 

Clearly, Simeon doesn't see eye-to-eye on the issue with another famous Rice ... Jerry ...who is often seen rocking his Super Bowl rings out to the nightclubs juts for the hell of it. 

Then again, when Jerry rocks his ring out ... he's still got TWO MORE for the mantle. 

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Tony Gonzalez

I DON'T WANNA COACH

'Waste Of My Time'

11/4/2014 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

110414_tony_gonzalez_launchBill Cowher did it. So did Herm Edwards and Jim Harbaugh ... but Tony Gonzalez says there's NO CHANCE he's gonna join that gang as the next NFL player-turned-coach.

The future Hall of Famer -- who still gets calls from NFL teams to come back and play -- arrived at LAX yesterday when we asked if he had gotten any calls to COACH as well.

Tony's response is classic ... and he makes it clear his future's on a set or in the broadcast booth -- not on the sidelines.

Johnny Manziel

Hot GF Scores Modeling Gig

11/4/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1103-collen-crowley-modeling_launchJohnny Manziel's career might be in idle ... but his super hot GF is crushing it -- scoring a modeling gig with a clothing company ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Colleen Crowley just inked a deal with a brand called No Rulez NY -- which makes hats, shirts, sweaters, etc. -- and she's already knocked out a photo sesh featuring some of the items. 

The man behind the company is 19-year-old Brian Wolfe -- who says he met Crowley through a mutual friend earlier this year and thought she'd be a perfect fit for the brand. 

So far, the decision to sign Crowley is already paying off ... with not only Manziel sporting the gear, but Browns teammate Donte Whitner has also been seen rockin' the clothing out in public. 

Wolfe says he does not have a deal with Manziel but hopes he can work out a deal with 35 in the future -- "I’m such a fan. He’s such a motivator for kids to make it and become successful. It would be an honor if he’d endorse it."

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