Count Mike Epps among the people piling on to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's terrible week ... 'cause the movie star tells TMZ Sports the NFL will be far LESS SHADY now that the Pats have been punished.
Epps was out in NYC promoting his (and LeBron's) new show "Survivor's Remorse" when we asked the die hard Colts fan how he felt about the NFL upholding Tom Brady's suspension.
FYI -- the Colts got SMASHED in the AFC title game last year ... the contest that sparked Deflategate.
Check out the clip -- Epps is locked and loaded with his jabs ... coming up with a brand new nickname for Brady while hitting Belichick with an old standard.
Sour grapes? Maybe ... doesn't mean he isn't right though.
Tom Brady took a shot at Samsung while defending himself in the Deflategate scandal -- claiming he didn't randomly destroy his cell phone ... but junked it because it was broken .. in exchange for an iPhone!
After the NFL issued a statement claiming Brady was more than suspicious when he 86'd his phone on the same day he was supposed to meet with investigators, TB finally fired back.
"I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances."
"To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested."
"We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time."
"Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing. There is no 'smoking gun' and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing."
Tom Bradytold the NFL he could not submit his cell phone as evidence in the Deflategate investigation because he destroyed it ... this according to the NFL.
The league just issued a statement saying it would UPHOLD Brady's 4 game suspension -- without pay -- for cheating by instructing staffers to deflate the balls in the AFC Championship game.
Brady allegedly texted clubhouse attendants about the plan to deflate the balls -- but when asked for his cell phone, Brady's attorney told the league it was "unavailable because it had been destroyed."
Brady's lawyer told the league, "Text messages exchanged on that cellphone could not be retrieved."
The NFL says, "At the hearing, Mr. Brady testified that it is his practice to destroy (or to give to his assistant to destroy) his cellphone and SIM cards when he gets a new cell phone."
The NFL says Brady gave his old cell phone to his assistant to be destroyed on March 6, 2015 -- the very same day he met with Ted Wells and his team to be questioned about the tampering allegations.
The league says Brady gave them a letter from his cell phone carrier saying the text messages could no longer be recovered.
Terrell Owens is pissed that Junior Seau's family won't be able to speak live at the NFL legend's Hall of Fame induction ceremony ... saying the whole thing is "terrible."
Seau is set to be posthumously enshrined in Canton in August -- and while the family will be able to make a video message to be played during the ceremony, they're pissed ... claiming they should be able to give a live speech.
And when we saw Owens over the weekend -- T.O. told TMZ Sports, he very strongly agrees with Seau's family.
"It's a time to recognize this guy and his accomplishments. If it wasn't for his family, there wouldn't be no Junior Seau. I think it's terrible if you ask me."
The Hall of Fame says they're just abiding by the H.O.F. policy. Maybe it's time to change the stupid policy.
LeSean McCoywill not be denied access to smoking hot chicks -- even though the Buffalo Bills are crapping on his "females only" party -- he found plenty of hot chicks on the Vegas Strip.
'Shady' looked like the main attraction while partying last week at Encore Beach. We just got these pics of him hanging out shirtless and posing with every bikini babe within arms reach.
The Bills new RB got in hot water with team officials on Thursday for using the Bills logo on an Instagram invite to a party -- strictly for chicks. The party was scheduled for Sunday night, but it's unclear if it's still a go.
So, the Cowboys QB called an audible -- inviting ticket holders to Fizz champagne lounge in Caesar's Palace. Besides a free drink, they got an autographed Romo poster -- AND Tony himself FaceTimed in for a quick chat.
Even Giants fans would have to admit ... pretty cool of Tony. But they probably wouldn't.