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Le'Veon Bell Locker Room Freestyle 'Trying To Get That Money'

10/6/2017 11:15 AM PDT

Fresh out the shower ... here's Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell spittin' bars in the team locker room -- in a towel. 

With Antonio Brown as hype man, Bell and a few other players fired off some lyrics in a team cypher -- with Le'Veon rapping about everything from money, to girls to his hairdo. 

Bell is experienced when it comes to rap -- he's released several tracks under the name "Juice" ... and it's good stuff. 

Safety Robert Golden went next. He's not bad either. 

Martin Gramatica Defends Nick Folk Give Him Another Chance!

10/6/2017 10:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Martin Gramatica -- one of the greatest Tampa Bay kickers of all time -- is vouching for Nick Folk ... saying his beloved Bucs should NOT fire the guy ... at least not yet. 

Gramatica won a Super Bowl with the Bucs back in 2003 -- and as you can see in the back of the shot, his trophy room is filled with game balls from making clutch kicks. 

So, after Folk crapped the bed on Thursday Night Football -- going 0-3 -- we hit up Martin for his take. 

"I felt horrible for him," Gramatica tells TMZ Sports ... "that feeling that you get, only kickers understand."

But Martin says he knows Folk -- and if you look at his stats, he's a good kicker -- and he hopes the Bucs give him one more shot to prove it before cutting bait. 

Bucs Coach On Nick Folk: We Didn't Think He Was Gonna Suck

10/6/2017 6:05 AM PDT
Breaking News

Tampa Bay Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says there were "no indications" his kicker Nick Folk was gonna crap the bed so terribly Thursday night ... and implied his job is now in jeopardy. 

Folk missed 3 field goals against the New England Patriots -- including a key 31-yarder in the 4th quarter. He's now 6-11 on field goals this season. Bad. 

After the game, reporters asked Koetter what the hell happened ... 

Koetter said Folk had been "solid in practice" this week and "there was no indication that this was coming."

So, will the Bucs fire Folk?

"We'll talk about that," Koetter said ... "We don't want to make any rash decisions."

Translation -- bye, Nick. 

Ex-Rams WR Suspect In L.A. Armed Robbery

10/6/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-L.A. Rams WR Deon Long -- who was featured on "Hard Knocks" when he got cut for bringing a woman to his dorm room -- is now a suspect in an armed robbery, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Long's firing became a viral moment when then-coach Jeff Fisher ripped him for violating the team's "no female guests in the room" rule during training camp. 

Now, law enforcement sources tell us the 26-year-old is suspected of pulling a gun on a man in a craigslist transaction that had gone bad over a duffel bag. 

We're told the alleged victim told police he met up with Long to sell him the bag -- but instead of producing cash, Long whipped out a pistol and made off without paying. 

Cops are now investigating. We've also reached out to Long for comment, so far no word back. 

Cam Newton Apologizes for Sexist Comment

10/5/2017 6:20 PM PDT
Breaking News

Cam Newton is straight-up apologizing for a comment he made to a female reporter that many branded sexist and belittling ... going so far as to make a video for it.

Cam posted the apology video Thursday evening, saying after careful thought he realized his word choice on Wednesday was degrading and disrespectful to women.

As we reported ... Cam told Carolina beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue that he found it funny a female was asking him about routes after her question about that. He got a TON of backlash since, and even lost his sponsorship with Oikos Greek Yogurt.

In the vid, Cam goes on to say he sincerely apologizes to anyone who was offended ... and that it wasn't his intention to do so. 

He even made a plea to young fans of his to be better than him and to do better than him. It's a serving of humble pie at its finest ... but we'll let Cam speak for himself. 

Keyshawn Johnson: Paternity Test's In ... I'm Not Your Baby Daddy!

10/5/2017 1:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Keyshawn Johnson had his own real-life Maury Povich moment after a woman claimed he fathered her 4-month-old kid and ... 

KEY ... YOU ARE NOT THE FATHER!!! 

We broke the story, a 35-year-old woman filed court docs claiming Key knocked her up back in 2016 -- right around the time Johnson's wife filed for divorce. The woman wanted child support. 

But Key's attorney Aja Mann tells TMZ Sports the results are in and the test proves Key's not the daddy. 

"Mr. Johnson's only recourse was to submit to the orders of the Court, which included taking a paternity test to dispute these false accusations and the results of course came back negative."

Mann continues, "As he stated before, and states now, Mr. Johnson is not the biological father of this woman's 4 month old child."

"While unfortunate, Mr. Johnson is not the first celebrity to be subjected to false accusations, and he will certainly not be the last."

O.J. Simpson Fakes Paparazzi Shot To Make Vegas Massacre Reaction Vid

10/5/2017 10:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson staged a paparazzi run-in with a photog Wednesday night so he could make (and possibly sell) a video commenting on the Vegas massacre. 

Simpson was having dinner at a posh Vegas country club where our photog overheard him planning a TMZ-style video shoot. He was going over the shoot with the people at his table.

When he got to the parking lot, it was lights, camera action and O.J. offered up his "thoughts and prayers" while his friend recorded. 

Our photog fired up his camera to ask some questions, but apparently that really screwed things up. O.J.'s photog tries to run our guy out of the shot, but Simpson realized his plan had been foiled and beelined it for his car.

The situation is almost identical to the paparazzi "run-in" at a Nevada gas station after O.J. was released -- when Simpson acted shocked someone had found him in the middle of the desert, yet still gabbed away. 

It all begs the question ... is O.J. getting paid for the pap shots? How much? And will the money get to the families of the people he killed? And, if Simpson's taking money under the table, that could violate federal tax law and O.J. could go back to the big house.

Cam Newton Fired By Oikos Yogurt Over 'Sexist Comments'

10/5/2017 9:17 AM PDT
Breaking News

The Cam Newton fallout begins ... 

Dannon Yogurt has announced they have fired the Carolina Panthers QB as a sponsor for their Oikos Greek Yogurt brand after his sexist comments to a female NFL reporter. 

"We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women."

"It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace. It's simply not OK to belittle anyone based on gender."

"We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him."

Newton has worked with Oikos for years -- in fact, the company reportedly dropped John Stamos to work with Newton instead. 

NFL Network to Cam Newton: Women Run This Bitch!

10/5/2017 7:37 AM PDT
Breaking News

Still think it's funny when women talk about football? Last we checked, there were several women in big-time positions at the NFL Network ... running one of the biggest football shows on the air.

Check out this photo of "NFL Total Access" host Lindsay Rhodes posing for a photo with some of the people behind the scenes ... right after Cam Newton's offensive comments to a female reporter.

"Just finished today's @NFLTotalAccess- for which the producer, sr producer, sr coordinating producer & segment producer were women. #funny."

As for Cam, still no apology.

'Wonder Woman' Director Hey, Cam Newton ... Get With the Times, Bro

10/5/2017 7:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins says Cam Newton has two choices -- he can either get used to a world where women know football, or get left behind with the rest of the cavemen.

We got Patty out at Craig's and asked her what she thought of Newton sticking his foot in his mouth, telling a female reporter it was "funny" she was asking him about route running.

Cam's in the hot seat for the comments, and Patty told our guy it's probably best he rethink things.

"I think it's a changing world. It takes people time to get used to the fact that so many things like that have changed."

But she saved her most important words for last.

"Everybody has to catch up or get left behind."

Take the help, Cam.

Terrelle Pryor Fans Called Me N-Word ... So I Cussed Back

10/5/2017 6:10 AM PDT
Breaking News

Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor says he flipped off and cussed out hecklers at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday after being called the n-word. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Pryor was definitely being cussed at as he walked into the tunnel following the 'MNF' game against the Chiefs. He shot back with a middle finger and an F-bomb.

Now, Pryor says he reacted after things had gotten racial.

"Being called a n***er several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from 2nd quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during anthem," he wrote in a statement.

"As I walked in tunnel hearing some one call me a n***er and say F you to me ... flicking the person off is more deserving."

"I do apologize to my teammates and the organization. But at some point you keep calling us the N word .. we going to start acting up. #straightlikethat"

For the record, TMZ Sports has 2 videos of the incident and we didn't hear a fan say the n-word. Pryor WAS cussed at and insulted about Ohio State.

O.J. Simpson Signs Memorabilia In Secret Autograph Sesh

10/5/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson's having no problem finding work after prison ... he's already back in the autograph biz, and that could be a BIG problem.

Check out the pic, showing O.J. singing a ton of memorabilia in a private room at a Las Vegas hotel Tuesday night, and he plans to do the same Wednesday night. We're told he was in the room for 2 hours signing a variety of items, including USC and Buffalo Bills helmets.

The gear will most likely be sold to auctioneers.  

Now here's the rub. O.J. owes a whopping $100 MILLION to the Goldman and Brown families -- the original judgment was $33.5 mil, but 22 years of interest really adds up.

If Simpson makes money, it's subject to seizure to satisfy the judgment. The families have gotten almost nothing from Simpson in the 22 years, and O.J. has made it clear ... he has no interest in paying.

If he were to take money under the table to avoid paying the judgment, he would be violating federal tax laws. If he violates the law, his parole can be revoked and he can be thrown back in prison.

Cat ... meet mouse.

Christian Ponder I Blamed God ... For Sucky NFL Play

10/4/2017 2:53 PM PDT

Former NFL QB Christian Ponder says he had a pretty powerful excuse for some of his bad NFL Sundays, 'cause when he had a tough day at the office, he'd blame God.

Ponder and his wife, sports reporter Sam Ponder, sat down at Liberty University Convocation when Christian opened up about how far he's come in his walk with the lord.

"With my faith going into the NFL, I honestly would think if I pray and get into the bible I'm gonna play well on Sunday."

What happened when Christian didn't cut it on the field? Best to let him explain ... 

"When I played well I was like, 'God's awesome.' When I didn't play well it was almost like I blamed him for not playing well."

Christian went on to say he's in a better place spiritually now, a more even and fulfilled place with his maker and thanks Sam in part for that awakening.

Still, let's hope his fantasy team does well this weekend, just in case.

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