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Ray Lewis to Kaepernick: Stay Quiet About Social Activism!

8/1/2017 11:52 AM PDT
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Ray Lewis has a message for Colin Kaepernick -- when it comes to your social activism, tone it down! 

The Baltimore Ravens legend just posted a video saying he applauds what Colin stood up for last season ... but says he needs to change his PR plan.

"What you do off the field, don't let too many people know," Ray said ... "because they gonna judge you anyway. No matter what you do. No matter if it's good or bad."

Ray added, "If you do nothing else young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself."

The problem with Ray's advice ... it goes completely against what Colin is trying to achieve with his "I Know My Rights" campaign and his "Million Dollar Pledge."

Colin's position has been that he's trying to shine a light on communities in need and educate young people -- and he's using his fame as an NFL player to help spread the message.

Staying quiet and sticking to football seems like the exact opposite of Colin's off-the-field goals.

Still, Ray says he supports Colin, he's praying for him and considers him a brother for life.

Terry Crews I Wanted to Die on NFL Field Too ... But I've Wised Up

8/1/2017 10:26 AM PDT
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Before Terry Crews took over Hollywood, he was an NFL linebacker who says he was ready to die on the field -- same mind-set as NY Jets rookie Jamal Adams.  

But things have changed.

"I wanted to die on the field when I was playing ... but not anymore," Crews tells TMZ Sports

Of course, Crews became a massive star AFTER his 5 year NFL career -- starring in huge movies ("The Expendables"), huge TV shows ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") and big ad campaigns (Old Spice, anyone?) 

The message? There's MUCH more to life than football -- and he's living proof. 

Crews also shared his message with a mother and her football playing son outside of Craig's -- advising the kid to be a kicker because it's safer.

The kid's mom asked Terry if he would let his son play football with all of the CTE concerns -- you gotta hear Crews' answer.

As for Adams, the Jets safety told the media this week, "If I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field."

Raiders' Gareon Conley Rape Allegations Were Hurtful & Wrong ... But I Learned Something

8/1/2017 7:59 AM PDT
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Oakland Raiders rookie Gareon Conley is speaking for the first time since he was cleared in his rape case -- saying he knows he's 100% innocent but "could've exercised better judgment."

As we previously reported, a grand jury decided to NOT move forward with charges against the 1st round draft pick -- after a woman claimed Conley raped her in an Ohio hotel back in April.

Conley claimed they engaged in consensual oral sex but he did not force himself on her in any way.

Now, Conley tells TMZ Sports, "I am thankful that this burden has been lifted as I enter training camp with my new teammates and organization. I am thankful to the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland police for reaching a conclusion based on the facts, not speculation. I am thankful to the Raiders organization for believing in me, drafting me, and supporting me."

"Finally, I am thankful to my agent and my team for never relenting in their defense of me as a person and client."

"The past few months have been extremely trying for me and my family. Although I was the target of malicious and false accusations, I do realize however that I could've exercised better judgment and that there are still lessons for me to take away and grow from."

"I look forward to earning my role with the Raiders and hopefully rewarding them for believing in me."

NFL's Gareon Conley Off the Hook in Rape Case ... No Charges

7/31/2017 2:04 PM PDT
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Didn't take long for a grand jury to decide Gareon Conley's fate -- the Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback will NOT be charged with rape stemming from an April incident, officials say.

The 1st round draft pick was accused of raping a woman at an Ohio hotel just days before the NFL Draft -- and prosecutors kicked the case over to the grand jury on Monday morning.

But just a few hours later, the jury made a decision to NOT move forward with charges against the former Ohio State star.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement, saying: 

"After a thorough investigation by the Cleveland Police Department, the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations of sexual assault against Gareon Conley were presented to a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned a No Bill on all possible charges."

Conley had previously admitted to having oral sex with the accuser but insisted it was consensual. The woman had claimed Conley forced himself on her and engaged in vaginal intercourse.

Conley had denied any wrongdoing from the start.

Oakland Raiders Gareon Conley Rape Case Goes to Grand Jury

7/31/2017 9:23 AM PDT
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Prosecutors are moving forward with the rape case against Oakland Raiders 1st round draft pick, Gareon Conley, this according to the Cleveland Police Dept. 

Officials say the District Attorney's office believes it has enough evidence to prosecute and they kicked the case over to a grand jury -- which will ultimately decide whether to indict the 22-year-old. 

As we previously reported, a woman claims the former Ohio State cornerback raped her at a hotel room in Cleveland on April 9 -- just days before the NFL Draft. 

Conley says the two did have "brief oral sex" -- but insists it was consensual and says there was no vaginal intercourse. 

The accuser had told police they met in the elevator at the hotel. But video shows the two partying at the same bar and leaving at the same time earlier that night. 

Meantime, the Raiders officially signed Conley to his rookie contract a few days ago -- reportedly worth more than $10 million over 4 years. 

We're guessing the team is monitoring this case very closely. 

Denver Broncos Owner's Son John Bowlen Arrested for DUI

7/31/2017 6:08 AM PDT
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10:11 AM PT -- He did it again -- cop say Bowlen tried to use the "Do you know who my father is?" tactic with police. 

Officials say John was driving over 100mph on the 101 Freeway -- driving like a maniac and scaring other drivers.  Multiple people called 911 for more than a hour trying to get cops involved. Ultimately, 5 troopers joined the search and helped apprehend him. 

Once the car was stopped, officers found a puppy in the vehicle -- and animal control was called to get the animal. 

Officials say Bowlen was "not cooperative."

More trouble for "the blood of the city" ... the son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was arrested for DUI in California on Sunday, TMZ Sports has learned. 

31-year-old John Bowlen was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in the Paso Robles area around 2 PM -- and during the stop, officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol. 

He was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked on 2 counts of misdemeanor DUI. He's set to be released later Monday morning. 

This isn't John's first brush with the law -- the former Broncos marketing employee was arrested for domestic violence in 2015 in an incident in which he was also accused of hijacking the phone of his GF when she called 911.

During the call with the 911 operator, John claimed to be the "blood of the city" and friends with the mayor, and assured officials nothing was wrong.

He was ultimately found guilty of harassment and sentenced to 2 years probation. 

His father, Pat, still owns the Broncos -- but stepped down from an active role with the team after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. His plan was to give control to one of of his children. Unclear which kid will get that job. 

NFL Players Sued Over Insanely Expensive Bill ... at Hollywood Club

7/30/2017 12:35 AM PDT
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How's this for embarrassing -- 2 NFL players racked up a $10,000 bill at a Hollywood nightclub ... only to have their credit cards DECLINED, this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports

Player #1 is Detroit Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson -- a 2nd round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who signed a 4-year $5.2 million contract. 

Player #2 is Tampa Bay Bucs lineman Caleb Benenoch -- a 5th round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who signed a 4-year $2.59 million contract. 

According to court docs filed in L.A., the guys invited Richard Harrington to Hyde nightclub on the Sunset Strip back in March and ran up a $9,332 bill. 

But when it came time to pay, Harrington claims the players' credit cards were BOTH declined. 

Instead, they asked Harrington to foot the bill -- which he did -- and they promised to pay him back. Harrington claims they each sent him $2,000 but that didn't cover everything. 

He's still out $5,332 ... and is now suing them to get the money because he says they refuse to pay it back. 

We reached out to the players' reps for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Chargers' Melvin Ingram My Pregame Playlist? Melvin Ingram!

7/30/2017 12:25 AM PDT
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How does Chargers star Melvin Ingram get in beast mode before games?

By bumpin' "SupaMel" ... AKA Melvin Ingram!!

We got the stud DE (and emcee) heading into a listening party in L.A. for his new mixtape "Reap What You Sow" with Bizzy Crook ... and asked Melvin if his own tracks make his pregame playlist.

His response? HELL YEAH ... cause he spits "real rap" unlike other pro athletes that get on the mic. Ingram told us all his tracks are fire ... but he did pick a favorite for getting pumped.

Dude's repped by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports -- so don't sleep on SupaMel.

Congressman Richmond I Stand with Colin Kaepernick .... NFL Blackball Is Unfair

7/29/2017 12:05 AM PDT
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A powerful U.S. congressmen is calling out NFL owners on behalf of Colin Kaepernick -- he clearly feels the QB is being punished for speaking his conscience ... and "it's unfair."

TMZ Sports spoke with Cedric Richmond -- a democrat from Louisiana who's also the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He's also a big football fan. 

So, when we asked how he felt about Kaepernick still being unemployed -- the congressman didn't hold back. 

"I think it's unfair. I think that he has a lot of talent. He was the starting QB in the Super Bowl and he's a great athlete. And the fact that he spoke up means he's a great person and he spoke his conscience."

"I don't think we should penalize people in this country for doing that."

He continued, "As I look around the NFL at some backup quarterbacks, it's clear that his talent is superior to a lot of people who are on teams already."

"I would hope that people would give him a chance and sign him and see what he has to offer."

Richmond concludes, "We should not penalize somebody for exercising their 1st amendment right."

There's talk the Baltimore Ravens could bring Colin on board in the very near future -- but until the phone rings it's just that ... talk. 

Dante Fowler to Cops: Someone Stole My Mercedes

7/27/2017 2:21 PM PDT
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More drama for Dante Fowler ... who dropped a bombshell on cops during a traffic stop earlier this month -- someone stole my car!

The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end was pulled over for speeding in St. Petersburg, FL on July 15 -- and during the stop, he was trying to explain why he didn't have proof of registration in his car at the time.

Dante: "I just got my car back because it got stolen. So, I don't know where all my stuff is."

Cop: "This car was stolen?"

Dante: "Yes, I just got it back yesterday."

Cop: "You have the keys in it or what? How'd you get it stolen?"

Dante: "Oh yeah, I left the keys in it."

The cop went back to his cruiser to run Fowler's information. Apparently, it checked out because he let the NFL player go with a speeding ticket and a citation for failing to show registration.

No word on who stole the car or if there's been an arrest in that case. We're working on it. 

It's just the latest in a string of off-the-field issues for the former 1st round draft pick who was arrested for allegedly attacking a man in a parking lot a few days later. 

Antonio Brown Rolls Into Camp in Classic Rolls ... With Chauffeur!!

7/27/2017 12:10 PM PDT
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Now, THIS is how you make an entrance!

Here's NFL superstar Antonio Brown arriving at Steelers training camp Thursday in the most boss way possible -- in a classic 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom ... with a freakin' personal chauffeur!!

A.B.'s shown up in a R.R. every year he's been in the league -- and even had one as a guest at his birthday party earlier this month -- but this one's gotta take the cake.

Brown wasn't the only Steeler arriving in style ... James Harrison made his entrance with a fire truck!!

Business is most definitely boomin'.

Lucky Whitehead Claimed By NY Jets

7/26/2017 1:14 PM PDT
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Lucky Whitehead's unemployment didn't last very long -- the WR's been claimed by the NY Jets after the Cowboys fired him.

Whitehead was waived by Dallas on Monday after police said he was arrested for shoplifting back in June. Cops later admitted the man they popped was NOT Lucky, but rather an imposter.

Still, the Cowboys refused to back down and said they were done with Whitehead. 

Lucky hit the waiver wire and according to Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport, the Jets pulled the trigger.

He'll get a fresh start in NYC ... with the team and the cops.

Dante Fowler Apologizes for Alleged Attack 'I'm a Better Person Than That'

7/26/2017 11:59 AM PDT
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On Tuesday, Jacksonville Jaguars star Dante Fowler pled not guilty to attacking a man in a brutal parking lot incident.

On Wednesday Fowler was apologizing for the incident and saying it won't happen again.

As we previously reported, the 2015 1st round pick was arrested on July 18 in Florida for allegedly punching a man in the face during an altercation in the parking lot of an apartment complex. 

He was charged with battery and criminal mischief -- but later pled not guilty to the charges.

Fast-forward to Wednesday, when Fowler took the stage at a Jaguars media event and apologized to the team, the fans and the city of Jacksonville for "for my actions, for what happened, what went down."

He added, "I just wanna let people know and everybody know that's not me as a person. I'm a better person than that, and it won't happen again."

Fowler's apology isn't exactly an admission of guilt -- but he clearly feels he screwed up in some capacity. Sounds like someone who's hoping to cut a plea deal instead of digging in for a trial.

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