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Drew Brees Sues Over $8 Million Ring ... Jeweler Fires Back

4/3/2018 7:57 AM PDT
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Drew Brees claims he was scammed out of MILLIONS by a jeweler who sold him an $8 MILLION diamond ring ... but the jeweler is saying Brees has no one to blame but himself.

The New Orleans Saints QB has filed a lawsuit against Vahid Moradi -- who runs the CJ Charles jewelry shop in San Diego, the city where Brees began his NFL career.

Brees claims he's been buying jewelry from Moradi for years -- and has dropped roughly $15 MILLION on some insane pieces ... including watches, earrings and rings.

Problem is ... Brees claims he recently had his jewelry independently appraised and was told his collection is worth $9 MILLION less than he paid. 

In his suit filed Monday ... Brees says Moradi had insisted his jewelry was a solid investment that would definitely go up in value over the years -- and feels he was lied to the entire time.

Brees claims the biggest hit he took was on a 4.09 carat blue diamond ring he bought in 2015 for $8.18 million ... which recently appraised for only $3.75 million.

But Moradi's high-powered attorney, Eric M. George, says Brees shouldn't be pointing the finger at Moradi ... he can only blame himself.

"Drew Brees aggressively purchased multi-million dollar pieces of jewelry. Years later, claiming to suffer ‘cash flow problems,’ he tried to bully my client into undoing the transactions."

"Mr. Brees’s behavior and his belief that he was wronged because the jewelry did not appreciate in value as quickly as he hoped both demonstrate a lack of integrity and contradict basic principles of both economics and the law."

"He should restrict his game-playing to the football field, and refrain from bullying honest, hard-working businessmen like my client."

Brees is seeking at least $9 million in damages. 

NY Jets' Robby Anderson Off the Hook In Wife-Banging Speeding Arrest

4/3/2018 7:53 AM PDT
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Wow. Wow. Wow. 

Robby Anderson -- the guy who allegedly told a cop he was going to find his wife and bang her out of spite -- is essentially off the hook in his speeding case ... and all he had to do was pay a fine!!!

Remember, the NY Jets stud WR was arrested in Florida back in January after cops say he was doing 105 mph in a 45 mph -- and during the stop, he went completely nuclear on the arresting officer. 

"He was going to find my wife, f*ck her and nut in her eye," the officer wrote in his arrest report. 

Anderson was initially hit with 9 charges including 3 felonies (harming a public servant, fleeing and eluding and reckless speeding) and faced up to 15 YEARS in prison!!!!

But now, the Florida State Attorney's office tells TMZ Sports ... prosecutors have declined to move forward with ANY of the felony charges and the reckless speeding charge was downgraded to a misdemeanor. 

And get this ... court records show Anderson was only ordered to pay a fine in the misdemeanor case (which he did) ... and it appears the case is essentially closed. 

It's good news for Anderson -- but he could still be punished by the NFL if league officials find he violated the personal conduct policy. 

Stay tuned ... 

Danny Amendola Gives Super Chill Answer On Olivia Culpo Split

4/2/2018 3:24 PM PDT
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NFL star Danny Amendola isn't ready to open up about his breakup with Olivia Culpo yet -- but he's handling the split pretty well based on the way he answered our questions. 

We spotted the WR at Gjusta in Venice Beach ... and asked him how he was doing in the week after the news of the split went public

You gotta watch the clip ... Amendola says he's doing OK and seemed to be in a good mood -- but busted out the ol' "no comment" when we asked if the two were on good terms. 

FYI, Danny and Olivia had been dating for several years and seemed to be doing well during the NFL playoffs ... when she famously jumped into his arms for a celebratory kiss after the AFC Championship. 

There's more ... we also spoke with Danny about his new squad, the Miami Dolphins -- and if he's bonding with his QB, Ryan Tannehill

But, D.A. was MOST excited for Johnny Manziel ... telling us, "I'm ready for Johnny Manziel's comeback!"

Rob Gronkowski Surprises Fan Awaiting 2nd Heart Transplant

4/2/2018 11:34 AM PDT
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She wished for Gronk ... SHE GOT GRONK!!

Lauren Meizo -- a hardcore Patriots fan waiting for her 2nd heart transplant in 5 years -- got a helluva surprise Monday when Rob Gronkowski and his brother, Gordie, visited her in the hospital! 

27-year-old Meizo had made a YouTube video saying her wish was to meet the Pats tight end and begged her friends to share the message with anyone who knew Gronk. 

Her plan worked ... the video went viral and Gronk answered the call -- rolling up to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts with his brother Gordie to hang with Lauren! 

"Surprised Lauren Meizo w @gronk," Gordie posted on Instagram ... "It was great you allowed us to have a meet and greet with you! #gronksandwich #meizostrong."

FYI, Meizo has been living in the hospital for the past 3 months awaiting her heart transplant and a kidney transplant. 

Get well soon! 

Ex-NFLer Anthony 'Spice' Adams April Fools' Easter Egg Hunt ... Sorry, Kiddos!!

4/2/2018 9:50 AM PDT
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NFL linebacker turned actor Anthony "Spice" Adams pulled out one of the coldest April Fools' pranks we've ever seen -- sending his own kids on a FAKE Easter egg hunt!

It's heartless, but also hilarious ... and we still can't decide whether it's OK to laugh.

In the video, Spice describes his devious plot before bustin' up in laughter ... and sending his kids on the pointless search through their backyard.

You'd think he'd let them in on the joke after a couple minutes ... but it seems like he let his youngins loose for A LOT longer. 

But don't feel too bad for 'em ... TMZ Sports spoke to the "Ballers" star and he told us they got PLENTY of candy before the fake-out. 

Todd Marinovich Arrested Again ... Back In Jail

4/2/2018 8:33 AM PDT

Ex-USC quarterback Todd Marinovich is back in jail after getting arrested twice in 4 days in March.

48-year-old Marinovich -- who has a long history of substance abuse -- was arrested on March 19 (he was released the same day) AND March 23. According to jail records, he's still behind bars.

It's unclear why Marinovich was arrested ... however, in March '17, the former star QB was sentenced to a year probation for an August '16 incident where TM was caught wandering naked in a random person's backyard -- with meth and weed in his possession.

As we reported, Marinovich sought help ... and seemed to be sober and doing well.

In fact, when we spoke with Todd back in April 2017, he told us he was fighting like hell to stay clean for the sake of his kids.

"I've been running [from my addiction] for years and it definitely came a time, especially after the arrest, the humiliation that that brought, the self-loathing that I was feeling, where I was finally willing to do the things necessary to get better."

Story developing ...

Ezekiel Elliott Puts 21 Savage On His Ass ... During Huncho Day

4/2/2018 6:13 AM PDT
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Ezekiel Elliott ... linebacker? 

The Cowboys stud RB made it clear NO ONE was getting any easy yards against him during Quavo's Huncho Day charity football game on Sunday ... putting 21 Savage right on his ass! 

It all went down at Berkmar High School in Georgia where the Migos rapper was raising money for the high school's football program. 

A ton of huge stars came out to play -- from Von Miller to Zeke to Julio Jones -- it was awesome!!

Some of the highlights ... 

Quavo has a CANNON for an arm -- and he put it on full display. 

Julio has skills as a DB and got himself an interception! 

And 21 Savage tries to get revenge on Zeke for the hit across the middle! 

All in all ... good stuff -- and props to everyone for coming out for the kids on a holiday! 

Jim Mora Josh Rosen's a Millennial ... Needs Brain Stimulation

4/2/2018 6:01 AM PDT
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Josh Rosen could "set the world on fire" if NFL coaches can figure out how to properly deal with the fact he's a "millennial" ... so says his ex-UCLA coach, Jim Mora

“He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn’t get bored," Mora told the MMQB ... "He’s a millennial."

So, what does that mean for the 21-year-old? Mora explains ... 

"He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they’re good."

"Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he’s a really good kid."

Don't get it twisted ... Mora says Rosen's a stud -- but says teams can't ignore the millennial thing. 

"Josh, I think, without a doubt, is the number one quarterback in the draft. He’s a franchise-changer. He’s got the ability to have an immediate impact."

Ex-NFL RB Isaiah Pead Gunnin' for Paralympic Gold ... After Losing Leg

4/2/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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Former NFL running back Isaiah Pead ain't gonna let a life-changing accident rob him of his athletic dreams ... telling TMZ Sports he's now on a quest for Paralympic gold!! 

We spoke to Isaiah 16 months after he lost most of his left leg in a car crash ... and he told us he's planning on hittin' the track in hopes of crushing the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Summer Paralympics.

"If they let me on the track, I'm goin' for the gold, period."

Pead says he's still in the early stages -- getting a prosthesis and sponsorship -- but he's confident everything will come together.

If and when it does, the ex-Rams and Dolphins RB says he's gunnin' for the podium in the 400 -- an event he dominated back when he was a high school sprinter.

As for his long-term goals -- "3 gold medals, 3 Paralympics. God willing, that's a hell of a career right there."

Amen.

Devonta Freeman Belichick & Pats Could Help Manziel ... 'The Sky's the Limit!!'

4/1/2018 12:20 AM PDT
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NFL star Devonta Freeman says the New England Patriots would be the PERFECT place for Johnny Manziel to restart his pro career ... saying Bill Belichick and Co. can help him turn things around.

We spoke with the Pro Bowler about Johnny's Comeback SZN campaign ... and D.F. says "the sky's the limit" for the troubled QB ... and he thinks finding home in Foxborough would be a great football move.

Freeman says he's not surprised by the reported interest 'cause he knows how Belichick operates ... and he thinks that's the kinda atmosphere that should be surrounding Johnny.

The Falcons running back sends a personal message to Johnny Football ... and you can tell Freeman's pullin' for him.

Ex-NFL Star Cullen Jenkins I Took Vicodin to Get Through Games ... Then I Found CBD

4/1/2018 12:05 AM PDT
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Ex-NFL player Cullen Jenkins says the pain he went through during his career forced him to rely on prescription pills and alcohol to feel better ... but tells TMZ Sports he's finally found a healthier alternative -- CBD.

FYI --  cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis, but doesn't have any psychoactive effects like recreational weed.

Jenkins -- who played 13 seasons in the NFL -- says towards the end of his career, he had to take 4 Advil and 2 Tylenol before every practice ... but thanks to his family introducing him to Fresh Farms CBD, he says he's pill-free and much happier.

Jenkins says the NFL needs to at least consider allowing players to use CBD to heal ... and says he knows firsthand how much it can improve their careers on and off the field.

JuJu Smith-Schuster I Got Pantsed By a TMZ Photog!!!

3/31/2018 6:59 AM PDT
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JuJu Smith-Schuster may be one of the best rookies in the NFL, but that's not enough to get him into a fancy restaurant when he's rockin' sweats, so our photog came to the rescue ... for a price.

JuJu hit up Mastro's in Bev Hills Friday night, but the doorman gave him a 10 yard penalty for violating the dress code. The Steelers wide receiver thought he could walk down the street and buy some fancy duds, but the stores were all closed.

Enter Dan the man ... who offers JuJu a trade ... Dan's pants -- which he guarantees are non-sharted -- for the sweats. But Dan's no fool, and he offers up a deal that could score JuJu a butter cake.

You gotta watch ...it's hilarious.  

Wale Give OBJ His Money ... He's Worth It!!

3/31/2018 12:35 AM PDT
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Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL ... and Wale says he deserves EVERY DAMN PENNY, telling TMZ Sports the Giants superstar is long overdue for a HUGE pay day.

We spoke with the Redskins fan leaving the Big Beluga at 92.3/96.7 The Beat in ATL about OBJ's contract drama ... and despite playing for the NFC East rival, Wale praises Odell and says his impact alone is worth coughing up the dough.

Wale says OBJ deserves "unprecedented" numbers in his new deal ... and explains that his dominance is rare in today's NFL.

We also talk to the "Ambition" rapper about the new QB in D.C. ... and you can tell he's pumped for 2018.

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