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Aaron Hernandez

Secret Jailhouse Messages

UP FOR SALE

1/26/2015 3:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Do you like mystery novels? Do you like mystery novels that have secret jail messages from Aaron Hernandez to other inmates hidden inside them? Then you might be in luck ...

We broke the story ... Hernandez was investigated for trying to sneak notes to other inmates at Bristol County Jail in 2013 by allegedly penning messages inside jail library books ... which the other inmates would then check out. It's pretty Shawshankian stuff. 

Now, one of the books that Aaron allegedly used to pass the notes has hit eBay -- asking price? $2,000. The seller is keeping the contents of the note secret as part of the sales appeal. 

The seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells TMZ Sports he got the book from a guy who managed to sneak it out of the clink. More Shawshankian stuff. 

And get this ... the book is "Bad Boy Brawly Brown" by Walter Mosley ... a crime novel about the fictional Easy Rawlins ... a man who faced murder charges in a previous Mosley story. 

In the books (spoiler alert), Rawlins was able to prove his innocence and beat the rap. 

Wonder if Hernandez chose this particular book hoping life imitates art ... or if it just happened to be the only writing he could grab. 

We called the jail to ask if the book is legit -- but officials had no comment.

Hines Ward

Single NFL Players ...

Have Bullseyes On Their Backs

1/26/2015 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Young, rich, single NFL players better get chicks to sign contracts before taking them out on dates ... at least that's how former Steelers superstar Hines Ward sees it. 

The ex Super Bowl champ went on Meredith Vieira's talk show and said single NFL players are being targeted by conniving women. Ward's point seemed to be that these women are falsely accusing players in domestic violence cases.  

Pretty bold statement -- and Ward even went on to suggest single players get something in writing with their dates.

As for the Ray Rice case -- Ward took a very strong stance against Ray ever returning to the NFL.

Deflategate

NFL Zeroes in on

Locker Room Attendant

1/26/2015 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0126-patriots-football-getty-01The NFL has zeroed in on a New England Patriots locker room attendant who might be the cuplrit behind the deflated football scandal ... this according to a new report. 

According to Jay Glazer and FOX Sports, surveillance video allegedly shows the attendant taking footballs from the official's locker room and going into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them to the field.

The attendant in question has already been interviewed by the league, according to Glazer. The NFL is trying to determine if any wrongdoing occurred.

Story developing ...

Desean Jackson

Who Needs the Pro Bowl?!

I'm With Miss Universe!

1/26/2015 6:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Instead of playing for a measly $55k bonus check in the Pro Bowl, Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson spent his Sunday night up close and personal with Miss Universe. 

Jackson -- whose 56 catches for 1,169 yards and 6 TDs weren't enough to earn him a spot in AZ -- was a judge in the Miss Universe pageant along with stars like Manny Pacquiao and Giancarlo Stanton

The gang ultimately gave the tiara to Miss Colombia ... and after the show, DJ made sure to find her for a pic.  

Nice work Colombia. 
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Terrell Owens

Tom Brady KNEW

Those Balls Were Illegal

1/26/2015 5:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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T.O.'s callin' B.S. on T.B. 

It's clear, the "Celebrity Apprentice" ain't buyin' Tom Brady's excuse that he had no idea his footballs were under-inflated during the AFC Championship game earlier this month. 

Terrell Owens -- who played 15 seasons in the NFL -- told us it's "obvious" when the ball isn't pumped up to the league standard ... especially for a guy who has as much experience as Brady. 

"Anybody who picks up a ball who's been playing for a number of years knows if the ball is under-inflated."

NBA's Mark Jackson

RIPS ROGER GOODELL

... He's a Terrible Commish

1/24/2015 11:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Deflate-gate -- or anything like Deflate-gate -- would NEVER happen in the NBA ... because Adam Silver doesn't SUCK like Roger Goodell ... so says ex-NBA coach Mark Jackson.

The former Golden State Warriors head coach strongly believes the issues in the NFL trickle down from horrible leadership -- and says the buck ultimately stops with Goodell.

"The issue is how poorly the Commissioner and the league is handling the entire situation [Deflate-gate]," Jackson says ... "It's been a horrible year."

"I think they're doing a bad job as far as leadership in the National Football League."

NFL's Marcedes Lewis

Cops Called In Paternity War

Baby Mama Allegedly Flips Out

1/23/2015 4:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0123-mercedes-lewis-savannah-stern-tmz-01Cops were called to the L.A. residence of Jacksonville Jaguars star Marcedes Lewis Thursday night -- after his baby mama allegedly went berserk when she found out Lewis is gunning for sole custody of their child ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Lewis has a 5-month-old son with porn star Savannah Stern -- who decided to visit Lewis at his pad, which happens to be in a fancy private building in L.A. 

We spoke with Lewis who tells us ... Stern was served with court papers during the visit -- informing her that he has filed official documents in an effort to obtain sole custody of their child. 

Lewis says Stern began to flip out once she got served -- and began yelling and screaming ... to the point where building staffers decided to call police for help. 

Law enforcement confirms ... cops arrived to the scene around 9 PM and took an incident report but no one was arrested. We're told Stern eventually left the building without further incident. 

We reached out to Stern for comment -- no word back.

NFL Pro Bowl

Wives Dragon Players ...

To Wild Welcome Party

1/23/2015 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0123_komodo_party_LAUNCHNFL Pro Bowlers might be bad asses on the field -- but when it comes to exotic reptiles, they're giant wussies  ... and TMZ Sportsgot pics to prove it.

Antonio Cromartie, Drew Brees, Golden Tate, Chris Harris Jr. were among the players at a Pro Bowl welcome party at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix Thursday night -- and came face-to-face with giant snakes, lizards, and alligators.

The Phoenix Herpetological Society brought the creatures, and its prez Russ Johnson tells us most of the players hung back while their wives and kids rushed to pet the animals. He adds some NFLers did eventually come over ... after a couple drinks.

Liquid courage never hurts.

FUN FACT: The huge lizard Terricka Cromartie is holding (or maybe it's holding her) is a water monitor. Looks like a Komodo dragon, but it's not. The more you know. 

Tom Brady

Ball So Hard

[Deflate-Gate Remix]

1/22/2015 5:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Tom Brady
had a message Thursday -- he doesn't screw around when it comes to his balls. 

But we do ... which is why TMZ Sports proudly presents the Tom Brady Deflate-Gate Remix. 

C'mon, you saw the news conference -- he was practically beggin' for someone to put this to a beat.

Enjoy! 

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Richard Sherman

Patriots Trash Talk Begins ...

With a Llama!!

1/22/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0122_richard_sherman_llama_NEFFSo, Richard Sherman and a llama walk into a bar ...

Actually, it was a studio ... and one of them launched into a expletive-laced rant against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, in general -- kicking off Super Bowl smack talking season.

The whole thing is an ad for one of Sherman's sponsors -- but the Seattle Seahawks superstar might wanna take notes. The llama gets in a pretty good jab at Brady's favorite footwear.

Only thing missing? A shot at Brady's balls.

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Barry Sanders

Why No TD Dances??

I've Got 'No Rhythm'

1/22/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012215_barry_sanders_launchBarry Sanders got jokes!! 

The NFL Hall of Famer was out in NYC Thursday when we asked why he never broke out any TD dances when he hit paydirt back in the day. 

Barry's response is great ... turns out his wit is as quick as his feet.   

We also brought up Tecmo Bowl -- and the infamous debate between who was the better T.B. running back ... Barry or Bo Jackson?  

Even Bo knows ... Sanders was a BEAST in 8 bit. 

Torrey Smith's Baby

$5,000 Winner

In Gerber Baby Contest

1/22/2015 8:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0121-torrey-smith-crawler-gerberHe's only 10 months old, but Torrey Smith's son has already DOMINATED his first modeling contest -- winning a $5,000 prize in a national Gerber Baby competition. 

The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and his wife Chanel entered Torrey Jr. into Gerber's "Be Our Baby Photo Search" back in November -- competing for a $50,000 grand prize. 

As adorable as TJ is, he didn't win the grand prize -- but he did win in his "milestone" category ... receiving more votes than anyone else in the "Crawlers" division.

The prize -- a $5,000 check from Gerber.  

Chanel has previously said that she planned to split up any prize money between TJ's college fund and a children's charity. 

Congrats!

Bill Belichick

I Didn't Deflate the Footballs

'No Explanation for What Happened'

1/22/2015 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

012215_bill_blilichick_launchNew England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says he "had no knowledge" of the deflate-gate scandal until Monday morning ... and has "no explanation" for why the team's balls were under-inflated.  

Belichick says the team has complied with the NFL investigation into the AFC Championship game -- in which the Pats were using under-inflated balls, which some say are easier to throw and catch. 

Bill told the media, "I have no explanation for what happened."

Belichick explained that giving his team an advantage by tampering with the footballs has "never been a priority for me."

In fact, Bill says ... for years he has made his team practice with crappy footballs -- "the balls we practice with are as bad as they can be" -- and has never even thought about deflating the footballs to make it easier for his team.

"I've told you all I know about the subject from my perspective ... I don't have an explanation."

He added, "I've told you everything I know."

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