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Raiders QB Derek Carr

The Perks of Going 3-13

1/12/2015 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Who needs playoffs ... when you can have Cabo? 

Here's Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr enjoying the perks of a 3-13 season ... relaxing on a beach Mexico with his smokin' hot wife Heather. 

The couple -- along with their 1-year-old son Dallas -- celebrated Heather's bday with a week of oceanfront relaxing.  

Nothing wrong with a little vaca after the season ends ... but we're guessing Raiders fans are hoping he'll have other plans this time next year.

Colts' Sergio Brown

Ric Flair Victory Speech

... After Beating Broncos

1/12/2015 5:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF



WOOOO!!!!!

Indianapolis Colts star Sergio Brown has kinda made it his "thing" to lead the team in a Ric Flair-style celebratory chant after a big win ... and after Indy whomped Denver, Brown came through strong! 

So, how does the Nature Boy feel about the tribute? He loves it. In fact, he called Brown during a radio interview last week and told him the impression was "phenomenal." 

Now, the big question is ... will Flair fly out to the AFC Championship for a tag team celebration? 

Cash Money Sports

Locks Up Huge College Football Stars

1/12/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Birdman is making up some serious ground on Jay Z -- signing several top NFL prospects to his Cash Money Sports agency, including a projected Top 5 pick ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Here's what we know ... CMS' one client, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans, had a MONSTER rookie year in the NFL and CMS is looking to  build off his success by expanding the company in a big way. 

Our sources tell us ... CMS has signed at least two projected 1st rounders (including a guy expected to be taken in the top 5) and they're not done yet! 

We're told Cash Money is expected to make the announcement sometime in the very near future -- stay tuned.

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NBA's Draymond Green

PELTS SEAHAWKS FANS WITH FOOD

... At NFL Playoff Game

1/11/2015 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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6:26 AM PT -- Turns out the women that were hanging with Draymond were Steph Curry's wife and mother.  

You can see Steph's mom, Sonya, shooting a thumbs down sign at the fans during the exchange. 

No word on where Steph was when it all went down. 
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NBA player Draymond Green THREW FOOD at a bunch of Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field yesterday during an altercation involving his group of Panthers fans ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

Green's group was seated in a private box -- and sources tell us there was a LOT of smacktalking between his group and the Seahawks fans sitting below him.

But toward the end of the game, when Seattle started piling it on ... things got especially heated -- and that's when the Golden State Warriors bigman grabbed some food and fired it at the Hawks fans.

Someone else in the group also tossed some food down below.

We're told no one got kicked out of the game -- it was already so close to the final whistle that everyone just dispersed. But the Seattle fans definitely had some words for Green as they left.

We reached out to Green and his reps for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Shawne Merriman

Goes Nuts Over 16-Pound Balls

... Sues for $2 Mil

1/11/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0109_shawne-merriman_lights_out_tmzQuestion: What has 16 pound balls and just pissed off former NFL star Shawne Merriman??
Answer: Some bowling company in Utah that's hawking balls with his catchphrase. 

The ex-linebacker has just declared legal war on a bowling company called "Storm" -- which hawks various bowling products on its website ... including a ball emblazoned with the words, "Lights Out."

Of course, Merriman claims he owns the trademark to "Lights Out" -- the nickname he's had since high school -- and demanded the company stop selling the balls ASAP. 

But in a lawsuit filed in California, Shawne claims the company refused to comply with his demands -- so now, he's asking a judge to force them to pull the balls from their cyber-shop. 

He's demanding more than $2 MILLION in damages. Calls to Storm have not been returned.

Terrell Owens

Jameis Should Learn

... From Manziel's Mistakes

1/10/2015 11:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Johnny Manziel is a cautionary tale ... so says Terrell Owens who says Jameis Winston should learn from his fellow Heisman winner on what NOT to do in the NFL.

The "Celebrity Apprentice" star was out in L.A this week and told TMZ Sports he thinks Winston's got what it takes to make it at the next level ... "if he keeps his nose clean."

"He can learn a thing or two from Johnny Manziel ... not to make those mistakes," Owens said.

As for "those mistakes" ... we're guessing he probably means this, this, this ... and this.

Ex-NFL Star Greg Ellis

I'm a Hollywood Producer Now

Casts Big Stars On 1st Movie

1/10/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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He dominated on defense for the Dallas Cowboys ... but now former Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Ellis is quarterbacking his first Hollywood feature film -- and he's got some pretty big stars on board. 

TMZ Sports has learned Ellis -- who made millions during his 11-year NFL career -- is the executive producer on a movie called "Carter High" ... starring Vivica A. Fox, Charles S. Dutton and David Banner



The movie is based on the real life 1988 Carter High School football team -- a team that was rocked by scandal following allegations of players committing armed robbery and cheating in the classroom. 

"As the executive producer, my role was to fill in wherever was needed. I tried to make sure everything flowed," Ellis says. 

Ellis says his team reached out to former NFL star Jessie Armstead -- who was on the '88 Carter team -- and got him to participate in the movie, which Greg hopes to release around Thanksgiving. 

"This is something I'd like to continue to do," Greg says about his new career ... "It's a lot of work but I like to inspire and shock people. Movies can make a huge impact on lives. 

Fun Fact -- the '88 Carter squad was the team that beat Odessa Permian in H.G. Bissinger's non-fiction book, "Friday Night Lights."

Ex-Miami Dolphins Player

I Fell Overboard While Catching a Fish

1/9/2015 11:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Miami Dolphins player Robert Konrad told police he fell off his boat when he lost his footing while catching a fish late Wednesday night ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

TMZ Sports has obtained the police report taken by Palm Beach PD after Konrad swam 9 miles to shore ... and the 38-year-old explained that he "had hooked up a fish when he lost his footing and fell overboard."

There's more ... the report says when Konrad reached land, he approached an officer who was working a security detail around 4:42 AM... while wearing only "jockey shore underwear."

Emergency responders were called to the scene to treat the former NFL player -- who was then transported to a nearby hospital.  

As we previously reported, Konrad's boat was eventually recovered as well. He has since been released from the hospital.

Ex-Miami Dolphins Player

RUNAWAY BOAT RECOVERED

... In Insane Survival Saga

1/9/2015 10:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0109-rob-konrad-getty-01Authorities tell TMZ Sports ... they have recovered the fishing boat that was carrying former Miami Dolphins player Robert Konrad -- the guy who miraculously swam 9 miles to shore. 

The story is insane ... 38-year-old Konrad was knocked out of his boat off the coast of Florida -- and the boat, which was on autopilot, drifted away from him. Konrad spent between 10 and 12 hours swimming back to shore.

Now, the Coast Guard tells us they have found the boat -- which finally washed ashore on the Grand Bahamas Island. 

As for Konrad, he was hospitalized for hypothermia ... but has since been released. 

No word on if he plans to keep the boat.

Jerry Jones

Unintentional Chris Christie Fat Joke

1/9/2015 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones just appeared on "Mike & Mike" on ESPN radio and told the guys he's got two seats for Chris Christie to attend the game this weekend in Green Bay. 

Hopefully, he'll get a third seat ... so Chris can bring a guest.

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Sen. Marco Rubio

Chris Christie's In a Lose-Lose Situation

... With Dallas Cowboys

1/9/2015 6:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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010815_marco_rubio_launch_v3Chris Christie got himself into one of those "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situations with the Dallas Cowboys ... so says Sen. Marco Rubio who tells TMZ Sports this won't end well for the NJ Gov. 

As everyone sits and waits to see if Christie once again joins Jerry Jones in the owner's box when the team takes on the Green Bay Packers this weekend ... Rubio says, "He can't win either way."

Check out the video for Marco's explanation.

NFL Threatens Businesses

Over Social Media Pics

There's a 6-Player Limit

1/9/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The days of using NFL players to promote your products for free on social media are over – so says the NFL which is now warning businesses, if they post pictures of 6 or more players using their products on social media … they better pay up!

TMZ Sports has obtained a letter sent by the league to Orefici Watches ... demanding the company immediately stop posting pictures of NFL stars wearing their jewelry on its various websites and social media pages. 

But the explanation is the interesting part -- in the letter, the NFL says the league "has the exclusive right to license the names, likenesses, images" and more of nearly all NFL players for commercial products and promotions involving six or more players.  

The NFL demanded Orefici remove the images ASAP or else it would take further legal action against the company. We're told Orefici complied. 

FYI -- after the company received the letter, DeMarco Murray contacted the company and bought 22 watches for various teammates ... though pics of the players sporting the watches are noticeably absent from Orefici's social media. 

Robert Mueller

NFL Ran a Half-Ass Investigation Into Ray Rice

1/8/2015 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has just released his report about his 4-month investigation into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice situation ... and essentially says the NFL dropped the ball. 

"We concluded there was substantial information about the incident even without the in-elevator video –indicating the need for a more thorough investigation."

"The NFL should have done more with the information it had," Mueller said. 

010815_ray_rice_nogif_launchMueller also called BS on an Associated Press report which claimed a female employee received the video before it was published on TMZ Sports

"Responding to a news story that a woman at the NFL confirmed receipt of the video in the April 9 call, investigators traced every outgoing phone call from the NFL, and took several other investigative actions that are detailed in the report.

"The investigators interviewed every female employee, contractor or vendor whose electronic badge recorded that she was in the league's main office on that day. Each was asked whether they made such a call or had any knowledge about the receipt by the NFL of an in-elevator video of the Rice incident." 

0907-ray-ric-elevator-gif-launch-the-aftermath-01Mueller says his investigators spoke with more than 200 NFL employees and searched more than 400 computers but didn't find a single digital trace or sign of the in-elevator video before we published it on TMZ Sports. 

The report also says, "League investigators did not contact any of the police officers who investigated the incident, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, or the Revel to attempt to obtain or view the in-elevator video or to obtain other information."

Mueller says investigators also set up an anonymous tip line for NFL employees -- but "we received no calls."

Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, "While this investigation has now concluded, our focus on the underlying issues and our commitment to positive change remain as strong as ever. We have all learned a great deal in the past months and expect to be judged by how we lead going forward on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault."

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