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Tom Brady

Never Messed with Balls In College

5/9/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0508-tom-brady-michigan-getty-01Ball pressure was never on Tom Brady's mind back in his college days -- the obsession developed after he got into the pros ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We spoke with Jon Falk, the legendary equipment manager at Michigan during Brady's playing days -- who says he's 100% SURE Brady NEVER screwed around with the balls before a college game.

"At Michigan he never messed around with any footballs because he never got the chance to touch them! That's the way it was, I prided myself on those game balls."

It was a different story for Brady in the pros -- with TB admitting he's maniacal about the PSI of every game ball because he wants to make sure he gets the "perfect grip." 

As for Deflategate, Falk says he doesn't believe "Tommy" could be a cheater because back at UM, he was one of the most "standup guys I've ever met. I never saw [him] mess with the footballs."

"I just know the type of guy that Tom Brady is and that's where I stand. He will endure this because he is a good solid leader." 

Drake

Dissed By Texans Cheerleaders

... Back to the Bottom?!

5/8/2015 4:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Drake got absolutely NO LOVE from the Houston Texans cheerleading squad ... and apparently won't be getting any in the future either ... 'cause the WHOLE TEAM said he's completely undateable. 

The cheer squad stopped by "H-Town Live" on 104.1 KRBE in Houston on Friday to talk music and pop culture ... when the host put them through a fun rapid question and answer sesh. 

But you have to watch the reaction when he asks if any of them would ever date Drake -- a guy who spends A LOT of time in Houston.

It's a mass rejection. 

Question is ... do you actually believe them???

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

DEFLATE THIS!

5/7/2015 2:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0507-robert-kraft-girlfriend-AKMGSI-01Robert Kraft isn't crawling into some deep dark hole of depression after his star QB was accused of cheating ... he's doing the opposite -- hitting NYC fully DECKED OUT out in Patriots gear. 

The New England Patriots owner took a stroll through Central Park with his girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander ... clearly trying to send the message that he's not embarrassed by Deflategate. 

There are rumblings that the NFL could suspend Tom Brady for several games this season for his role in the scandal ... but this afternoon, Robert didn't seem fazed one bit. 

After all ... he's still got his Super Bowl ring. 

Mayor of Boston

Wells Report Is Fishy

There's No Real Proof

5/7/2015 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0507-mayor-walsh-patriots-boston-GETTY-01The Mayor of Boston is also standing by his star QB -- basically saying Wells Report investigators did a crappy job ... and maintaining that his Patriots won the Super Bowl "fair and square."

Mayor Martin L. Walsh -- a hardcore Pats fan -- took on the issue last night ... calling the report "vague" and saying it returned no real "concrete answers" about Tom Brady's involvement in Deflategate. 

"Usually when you have an investigation you come back with some concrete answers, 'This is what was known, this is how we did it.' It seems like somebody's stretching something."

He continued, "I don't know if the NFL is stretching their report and they don't have any facts and they're just trying to make it look bad for the Patriots or the Patriots haven't responded properly."

But Walsh says despite the findings, one thing is still perfectly clear -- "There were no deflated footballs in that Super Bowl and we won it fair and square."

'Hardcore Pawn' Stars

Deflategate Balls

Are Worth a Fortune!!

5/7/2015 11:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

They could be the hottest collector's items in the world of sports ... the balls from the Deflategate scandal ... and according to the guys from "Hardcore Pawn," they could make someone VERY rich! 

TMZ Sports spoke with Les Gold and his son Seth ... who told us they believe collectors would pay AT LEAST 5-figures for the pigskins ... as long as the seller could prove they were authentic.

And the guys have a message for whoever has the balls in their possession right now -- BRING 'EM TO THE SHOP ... they're lookin' to buy! 

La'el Collins

$21,000 Signing Bonus

... After Signing with Cowboys

5/7/2015 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0507-lael-collins-cowboys-GETTY-01Former LSU football star La'el Collins will get a $21,000 signing bonus ... after signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We're told he's set to make $435k in his 1st year, $545k his second year and $656k in year 3. 

Our sources tell us ... when all is said and done, Collins will get the same dollar amount as the 7th pick of the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. 

Of course, La'el's draft stock plummeted after he was questioned by police in the shooting death of a pregnant woman. Before the incident, he was projected to be a 1st round draft pick.

For the record, Collins was never arrested and has not been named as a suspect.  

Tom Brady's High School

We're Praying For Him ...

5/7/2015 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0507-tom-brady-getty-02Tom Brady's high school still has the QB's back -- telling TMZ Sports he's NOT a bad guy ... and they're praying for his family in the wake of Deflategate.  

We spoke with the people at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California -- where he was a 3-sport superstar before he graduated in 1995 ... and they all say the "real" Tom Brady is a caring and generous person ... not the cheater the Wells Report has made him out to be

In fact, Serra President Lars Lund tells us ... "The Brady's are an important part of our community, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they move forward through this difficult time."

Retired Serra Chaplain Fr. Joe Bradley -- who has known the Brady family for years -- added, "I have great respect for Tom and his entire family. He has a generous spirit and a caring heart. His willingness to reach out to the Padre community is legendary, but always offered with joy and humility."

FYI -- Brady is a member of the school's Hall of Fame ... and we're told there are NO plans to remove him over the scandal. 

Tom Brady's Agent

The Wells Report Is Bull Crap

5/7/2015 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Brady's agent is calling B.S. on the Wells Report -- claiming it paints the star QB as a cheater ... without any real significant proof. 

Brady's agent Don Yee just came out swingin' ... saying the entire investigation was not only flawed, but carried out by people who have a "limited understanding of professional football."

In a statement, Yee says ... "The Wells report, with all due respect, is a significant and terrible disappointment. It’s omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later."

Yee even suggests that the NFL cooperated with the Indianapolis Colts to run a "sting operation" with the end goal of embarrassing Tom and the Patriots. 

Yee also suggests that Ted Wells was not truly running an "independent investigation" -- because his firm makes a lot of money off the NFL ... and is heavily influenced by the league.  

There's more ... Yee says Tom was NOT difficult with investigators and "made himself available for nearly an entire day and patiently answered every question."

Yee continues, "The Wells report omitted nearly all of Tom’s testimony, most of which was critical because it would have provided this report with the context that it lacks."

For the record, Yee never flatly denies Brady's involvement or general awareness of Deflategate ... but says there's definitely more to the story. 

Chrissy Teigen

I Still Love Tom Brady

Who Cares About Deflategate?!

5/6/2015 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Deflategate is stupid ... Tom Brady is still awesome ... and the Patriots shouldn't have to give their Super Bowl rings back ... so says supermodel Crissy Tiegen. 

Tiegen -- who happens to be a Seahawks fan -- says the Wells Report is just "beating a dead horse" ... with the Pats already having been shamed in public AND by the President of the United States. 

As for Tom, he still could face punishment by NFL ... but in the model community, it seems he's already out of the dog house. 

Colts Linebacker

Yeah, Pats Cheated

... But They're Still the Champs

5/6/2015 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506-erik-walden-getty-01Fully inflated balls wouldn't have changed the outcome of the AFC Championship game ... the Pats still would've won BIG ... so says someone who was there, Colts linebacker Erik Walden

Walden -- who racked up 5 tackles in that game -- says it's "gross" that Brady would resort to cheating ... but says, "I don't think that s**t made a difference in our game."

For the record, the Pats beat the Colts 45-7. 

"They're already hard to beat and now we know they do that extra s**t to win. They're coming at you from every angle."

Walden added, "It's unfortunate that they did this, but they're still the champs. You gotta give them credit, they did it, and they got away with it, and they won the Super Bowl."

"At the end of the day, you still gotta play the game ... and in our game, it wouldn't have mattered if we were playing with a frisbee. They whupped us. They always find a way to win."

49ers Star Ahmad Brooks

Accused In Sexual Assault Lawsuit

5/6/2015 11:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506_Ahmad-Brooks_gettySan Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been accused of sexually assaulting a passed out woman at a then-teammate's home ... according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.

The woman making the allegations is the same woman who previously claimed she was raped by Ray McDonald ... a former 49ers defensive end who now plays for the Chicago Bears. 

McDonald had sued the woman for defamation ... after the San Jose PD investigated the allegations but dropped the case due to insufficient evidence.  

Now, the woman is firing back in the defamation lawsuit -- claiming she believes there is SURVEILLANCE VIDEO from the night in question ... which shows part of the alleged sexual assault. 

According to the docs obtained by TMZ Sports, the woman says on December 14th, 2014 she was at McDonald's home and slipped and fell on the deck around his swimming pool, knocking herself unconscious for more than 8 minutes.  

While she was blacked out, the woman claims the video will show McDonald's friend Brooks "groped her person in a sexual manner."

She claims McDonald then carried her up to his bedroom where he had sex with her ... without her consent. 

The woman -- who hired Gloria Allred as her attorney in the matter -- is going after McDonald for assault and battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress. Ditto for Brooks. She and Allred just held a news conference to talk about the case. 

We've reached out to Brooks for comment -- so far, no word back. 

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Wells Report

Patriots, Tom Brady Cheated

... In Deflategate

5/6/2015 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0506-tom-brady-nfl-patriots-getty-01Tom Brady consciously cheated in the AFC Championship "Deflategate" game ... the game before the Super Bowl ... so says the guy charged with investigating the scandal. 

The NFL just released the results of Ted Wells' investigation into Deflategate ... which says it is "more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules."

The report also says, "We also have concluded that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [the locker room attendants] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls." 

The report says ... when people began to get suspicious about the balls, the locker room guys began communicating with Brady by phone and text messages with "significantly increased frequency."

Investigators also say the men who deflated the footballs "received valuable items autographed by Tom Brady the week before the AFC Champsionship game."

As for Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick ... Wells says the investigation shows there was NO evidence to support theories that they were involved in Deflategate. 

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement saying, "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement."

Kraft added, "We will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”

Back in January, Brady adamantly DENIED having any involvement in Deflategate 

Ex-Ravens RB

Arrested In Florida

In Alleged Check Bouncing Scam

5/6/2015 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Damien Berry -- who started for the Miami Hurricanes in 2010 -- was arrested this morning in Florida ... after allegedly bouncing more than $100k in bad checks. 

TMZ Sports has confirmed ... the 25-year-old, who was part of the Ravens 2013 Super Bowl championship team, is currently locked up in Lee County jail on a warrant from Maryland. 

We're told Berry is facing 1 count of bouncing a check over $100k and 1 count of unauthorized removal of property. 

In other words, it seems like officials believe he bought something with bad checks ... and illegally took possession of the goods. 

Berry recently came under fire in Baltimore ... after it was reported he sold his Super Bowl ring to an auction house ... reports that Berry initially denied. 

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