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Houston Texans

Our Stadium Weathered the Storm

5/27/2015 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Good news for the Houston Texans ... the team's $350 million stadium has suffered NO DAMAGE from the brutal floods wreaking havoc on the area ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We talked with a spokesperson for NRG Park who tells us, "We're pretty lucky. No damage on the property at all."

"We span across 350-acres and our property includes NRG Stadium (home to the NFL's Houston Texans), NRG Center, NRG Arena and NRG Astrodome."

"Most of the damage was on the freeways surrounding us and, of course, the streets. We had to cancel work yesterday because no one could get around."

One more interesting note ... the spokesperson adds, "Our roof is retractable, so during the storm it was closed. Hence, why there was no water collection."

We also spoke with a rep for the Houston Astros -- who told us Minute Maid Park was also spared ... suffering no major damage on the 29 acre property. 

Jerry Ferrara

Tom Brady Is Finished

As Fantasy Football 1st Rounder

5/27/2015 10:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jerry Ferrara thinks that the Tom Brady era is definitely OVER ... in fantasy football ... telling TMZ Sports Tom Terrific is no longer worthy of a first round fantasy draft pick.

The "Entourage" star (and fantasy nut) was in NYC promoting his other movie "Club Life" when asked if the suspended Brady was still studly enough to command one of the top picks in next year's fantasy drafts.

Jerry's answer is a solid NO ... which isn't surprising because he's a HUGE New York Giants fan ... but slightly controversial because his boss Mark Wahlberg LOVES him some Tom Brady.

Be careful Jerry ... we want to see Turtle return for "Entourage 2."

Houston Mayor's Office

Kaepernick Should Put Money

Where His Mouth Is

5/27/2015 8:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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If Colin Kaepernick is "truly remorseful" about the stupid, insensitive comments he made about Houston floods -- he should let his wallet do the talking and DONATE ... so say reps for the Mayor of Houston. 

After the 49ers quarterback apologized for mocking the deadly floods on social media yesterday, we reached out to the office of Mayor Annise Parker for comment. 

Her press secretary was straight and to the point:

"Anything Colin Kaepernick said isn't really of concern to us. We're focusing on what's going on here. We still have rain coming. We're focused on getting our residents what they need."

"He apologized. I'm sure he is sorry for what he did, so he is forgiven. This is too serious a situation to hold a grudge."

"If he is truly remorseful, he can donate to our food bank, to the Red Cross. Any of those avenues."

Your move, Kap. 

Ray McDonald

ARRESTED AGAIN

... At Sandwich Shop

5/27/2015 6:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray McDonald has just been arrested AGAIN -- this time, cops say he violated his restraining order ... and was taken into custody at a Togo's sandwich shop. 

According to police, the NFL player had been ordered to stay away from the residence where his ex-fiancee has been staying in Santa Clara, CA after Monday's domestic violence arrest. 

As we previously reported, McDonald was accused of attacking his baby mama while she was holding her child early Monday morning. 

But cops say he returned to the scene of the alleged crime Wednesday afternoon -- but quickly left ... and went to the Togo's, where cops found him and arrested him around 5:35 PM. 

Cops say he was arrested without incident and taken to a nearby jail where he was booked. 

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Colin Kaepernick

Sorry for My Stupid Houston Flood Post

5/26/2015 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-colin-kaepernick-GETTY-01Colin Kaepernick is begging for forgiveness after putting up an incredibly stupid Instagram post that poked fun at the devastation caused by the floods that have been ravaging the city of Houston. 

The 49ers QB -- who wears #7 -- has a catchphrase he's been using on social media for months ... "7tormsComing."

And earlier today, he posted a pic showing Houston under water with the caption, "I warned you the 7tormsComing! #Houston #PrayersUp."

0526-kaepernick-offensive-sub-INSTAGRAM-01Feel free to move palm to face. 

By the way, at least 13 people have reportedly died in the storm. 

After a fierce backlash on social media, Colin took the post down ... and posted a new note on Twitter:

"I'm so sorry about my insensitive post earlier today. I didn't fully understand how many people are struggling in Houston right now and I feel horrible. My prayers are with everyone there."

Ray McDonald 911

'He's Drunk'

'I'm Freaking Out'

5/26/2015 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray McDonald's baby mama says she was "freaking out" and scared because the NFL player was drunk during an alleged domestic violence incident Monday morning.  

McDonald's ex-fiancee called 911 around 3:45 AM to report an incident at an apartment in Santa Clara, CA that Ray pays for.  

During the call, Ray's ex sounds frantic and informs the 911 operator that Ray is "drunk" -- but help was delayed because the woman called from her cell phone ... and officials needed to figure out which PD had jurisdiction over the situation.  

Eventually, Ray was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after the ex-Chicago Bears player allegedly attacked the woman while she was holding their young child.  

Michael Sam

I'm Playing Pro Football Again

... In Canada

5/22/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-michael-sam-twitterMichael Sam can once again say he is a professional football player, just not in the NFL ... instead he'll be balling in the Canadian Football League.

Sam signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, after getting cut by the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

Alouettes GM Jim Popp says, "With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today. Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team."

Sam says ... "I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal."

Michael has told us he thinks the fact he's openly gay prevented him from getting a fair shake on an NFL roster.

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Broncos Antonio Smith

Related to Alleged Child Abuse Victim

Who Claims It Was Sexual

5/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_antonio_smith_gettyAntonio Smith's child abuse investigation is not only sexual in nature ... TMZ Sports has learned the alleged victim is one of his relatives.

We broke the story ... the Fort Bend County Sheriff's department in Texas has been investigating the Denver Broncos' new defensive end since late last year.

Now, a family source tells us the accuser told investigators the alleged abuse involved repeated sexual contact from December 2010 through January 2014. We're told the accuser is related to Smith, but not an immediate family member.

According to our source ... the alleged victim also told investigators about a conversation when Smith told her, "God has a plan," and "some relationships are meant to go deeper than just blood lines." 

We're told all the alleged incidents occurred at Smith's home outside Houston. He played for the Texans from 2009 to 2013.

No charges have been filed against Smith. A Broncos rep says the team is gathering information. We've reached out to Smith, but so far ... no response.

Robert Griffin III

My Baby Has Arrived,

But Won't Be RG4

5/21/2015 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_robert_griffin_baby_instagramRobert Griffin III officially became a father Thursday, but he's going to have to wait a while for RG4 ... because his wife gave birth to a girl.

Rebecca Griffin squeezed out 7 lbs, 9 oz. of baby today ... and they named her Reese Anne.

Griffin posted a photo of the happy family, along with the Bible passage, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

Hope RG3 got a really, really good night's sleep last night. As he himself told us ... it's gonna be hard to come by now

Aaron Hernandez

I Didn't Shoot Murder Witness in the Face ...

To Intimidate Him

5/21/2015 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez pled not guilty to witness intimidation -- denying that he shot his friend in the face to keep him from testifying in a double murder investigation. 

According to the district attorney's office, Hernandez intimidated his friend Alexander Bradley -- who allegedly witnessed the tight-end shoot and kill Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in 2012 over a spilled drink.

Hernandez has pled not guilty to the murder charges.

The Suffolk County DA believes Hernandez was paranoid about cops watching him after the murders ... and shot Bradley while driving home from a club in Florida.

Bradley survived, but lost an eye in the shooting.

FYI ... looks like Hernandez got some new prison ink too... a star on his neck included with the word "lifetime."

Interesting choice -- given his life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Warren G

Raiders, Come Back to L.A.

All Is Forgiven!

5/21/2015 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Raiders or Rams ... Rams and Rams -- Los Angeles football fans are dying to find out which team returns -- and Warren G is already making a silver and black pledge in the pigskin civil war.

Warren was leaving Boulevard3 in Hollywood Wednesday night when we asked how excited he was about the possibility of the Oakland Raiders coming back.

The "Regulate" rapper admitted he did dabble in the Rams, in his foolish youth, while they played in L.A. -- but says he remained loyal to the Raiders even after they pulled up stakes ... and even though they've sucked hard for a while now.

As for his cousin Snoop Dogg's Steelers allegiance? Warren and our photog have some questions.

Ray Rice

Domestic Violence Wiped From His Record

5/21/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice is officially no longer a domestic violence offender -- the charges from the elevator beating of his then-fiancee have been dismissed and expunged.

The former Baltimore Ravens star completed a pretrial intervention program, and the Atlantic County D.A. sent a dismissal order to the court. Judge Michael A. Donio signed the order early Thursday morning.

As we previously reported, Rice struck a deal with prosecutors -- he was initially indicted on a charge of felony aggravated assault, but the D.A. lowered that to simple assault, a misdemeanor. The deal was controversial ... especially after TMZ Sports first posted the video of Rice inside a casino elevator, brutally knocking Janay Palmer unconscious.

According to docs, Rice was in the supervised intervention program for 12 months. He also had to pay a $125 fine.

So, Rice has now put the criminal case behind him -- and late last year NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated him, but Rice has not been picked up by a team yet.

Robert Kraft

Goodell Can't Touch This ...

Fancy Dinner with Hot GF

5/21/2015 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robert Kraft has the perfect distraction from all that Deflategate "rhetoric and dialogue" -- a night out in Hollywood with his 34-year-old girlfriend.

The Patriots owner hit up Craig's in West Hollywood, and immediately got peppered with questions about the NFL's punishment of his team and his QB. The only thing Bob really wanted to talk about was his dinner ... but he happily signed a bunch of autographs.

More importantly ... Kraft had his smoke show ex-model gf Ricki Noel Lander with him. She's gotta help take the sting outta losing a million bucks and 2 draft picks.

Come to think of it ... Tom Brady has a similar remedy for this troubles.

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