Warning: DON'T DRAFT ANDY DALTON IN YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEXT YEAR ... so says Hollywood Exes star Mayte Garcia.
Turns out the woman formally known as Prince's wife is obsessed with FF ... and she just gave TMZ Sports her top 5 guys to STAY AWAY FROM in 2014. So, without further ado ...
1) Philip Rivers: "I believe he has 7 kids. How do you remember a playbook when you have to remember all those kids' names?"
2) Reggie Bush: "If they play Kanye West songs in the stadium, it could force him to have a flashback of Kim Kardashian"
3) Dez Bryant: "Anyone who 'allegedly' slaps their mother shouldn't get to celebrate in the end zone."
4) Andy Dalton: "He has red hair. Has there ever been a fantasy stud with red hair?"
5) DeAneglo Williams: "He's going to have a bad season because he's a hunter. And I'm an animal lover."
Note: Mayte's advice may, in fact, be terrible. Take it at your own risk.
3/8/2014 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you had "under one month" in your "When Will Michael Sam Cash in on His Newfound Fame" office pool, then congrats ... YOU'RE A WINNER!!!
Sam, who is about to be drafted into the NFL and thus become the first openly gay man to play in the league, has launched his own line of merchandise, which is now for sale on his website.
The site is selling t-shirts and buttons with slogans like "Stand With Sam" and "#SamStrong." The majority of the merchandise is in black, white, and gold (his college colors).
But Sam is no fool ... he's got a few items for sale thats use the rainbow flag, a prominent symbol in the gay rights community. As the old saying goes ... know your customer.
A portion of the proceeds will be going to at-risk youth in the St. Louis area.
'Project Runway' Star:
New TB Bucs Jerseys
'A LOT SEXIER!'
3/8/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finally making some progress ... at least when it comes to fashion ... because TWO top couture designers tell us the new Bucs uniforms are downright SEXY!
TMZ Sports spoke with "Project Runway" alum Michael Costello -- who also designed Beyonce's Grammy dress -- and he tells us he's all about the change in Tampa Bay.
"I LOVE the new uniform," Costello says ... "It's fresh, it's cool. It's a lot sexier. The old one looked like a t-shirt."
We also spoke with celeb stylist/designer June Ambrose ... who's worked with huge stars like Jay Z and Diddy ... who's also fired up for the Bucs' new uni to hit the field.
"The look reminds me of this wild black bird! It's a sexy suit ... looks like it's ready for the runway!"
Ambrose adds, "I love how it minimizes the tight end of the players tail. The suit is sleek and super powerful! All the ingredients for the iconic class."
It's good news for the Bucs -- 'cause as Deion Sanders once said: "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good."
Super Bowl Champs & Nick Cannon
Alleged Con Artist Charged in Miami Heat Scam
3/7/2014 4:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nick Cannon suddenly has something in common with 2 Super Bowl champs -- they were all targeted for tens of thousands of dollars by an alleged scam artist who just got slapped with multiple felonies.
As TMZ Sports first reported ... ex-Patriots star Jarvis Green was nearly ripped off earlier this year ... by a man who claimed he could hook him up with Miami Heat season tickets AND partial ownership of the team.
According to the California Attorney General's office ... George French Jones made similar offers to Charles Woodson, Warren Moon, and oddly ... Cannon.
Jones was charged today with 11 felonies ... including grand theft, obtaining money by false pretenses, and identity theft.
What's interesting is how much cash he tried to lift from each victim: $50k from Woodson, and $25k from Green.
Clearly he didn't think Nick's pockets were as deep ... because he only asked for, and ultimately got, $15k from Mariah's husband.
But the biggest fish was Moon -- whose rep wired $200,000 to Jones, according to the docs.
Jones faces more than 30 years in prison if convicted. For now ... prosecutors want him held without bail, unless he can prove he's paying it with legit funds, instead of his victims' loot.
Stays in Jail
But Freedom Clock is Ticking
3/7/2014 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper will sit in a Los Angeles jail for another week, while the clock ticks as the New Orleans D.A. decides whether to charge the football star with rape.
Sharper appeared in court today ... trying to get out of the slammer he's been sitting in since last week ... when a New Orleans judge issued an arrest warrant in connection with rape allegations by 2 women.
Sharper wanted out of jail today, but the L.A. Superior Court judge concluded she can't let him because the New Orleans D.A. has 10 full business days to decide whether to charge Sharper. The judge felt she had an obligation to hold him until the 10-day period runs out next Thursday.
So Sharper will sit behind bars and New Orleans has to decide whether to s*** or get off the pot. If he isn't charged by next Thursday, it appears the judge will release Sharper, who has already posted $1 million bail for rape charges that have been filed against him in L.A. County.
The New Orleans case is curious. The alleged rapes supposedly occurred back in Sept., but the case went no where ... in part because one of the women insisted nothing happened. She has recently changed her story, but authorities there didn't seem interested in pursuing anything until all the publicity.
CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
... Over Jailhouse Fight
3/7/2014 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez has been charged with assault and battery for a ferocious attack on a defenseless inmate last month ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to Sheriff Thomas Hodgson ... the charge is a misdemeanor offense.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Hernandez attacked an inmate who was wearing handcuffs on February 25th. Our sources tell us the victim had been talking smack to Hernandez.
Hernandez was supposed to be isolated for his own protection.
Now, we're told officials at Bristol County Jail in Mass. are changing procedures to ensure nothing like this happens again.
at Center of Murder-for-Hire Case
3/7/2014 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cops are investigating text messages in a murder-for-hire case in which a skin specialist to the stars bragged about soliciting former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Chris Geile to kill a rival skin specialist ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Geile was a guard who played 3 games for the Lions in 1987.
We reached out to Chris for comment -- but could not reach him.
We know ... skin specialist Dawn DaLuise was arrested on Wednesday for solicitation to commit murder .
Our sources tell us ... the text messages in question were allegedly sent from Dawn to a friend -- and in them, she brags that Chris will "take out" her intended target. She also mentions that Chris is 6'7" and 315 lbs. She also claims he was a QB ... but that just ain't true.
As for DaLuise -- she's currently being held on $1 million bail.
Called Out Over Carry-On Bag
3/7/2014 11:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Yeah, this sucks.
You know the feeling ... when you KNOW your carry-on bag is too big for the plane, but you hope and pray no one calls you out on it.
Well, the other day at LAX ... Keyshawn Johnson got called out.
Watch the clip ... at the very least, you can totally feel his pain -- nobody wants to check a carry-on bag.
Ex-Detroit Lions Player
Suspected HIT MAN
In Murder-for-Hire Plot
3/7/2014 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A former Detroit Lions football player is suspected of being the hit man in a real-life Hollywood murder for-hire-plot ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports.
The identity of the former NFL player has not been released ... but sources tell us the guy is VERY big (in size).
Here's the backstory -- we know ... celebrity skin specialist Dawn DaLuise was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill a skin care competitor. Sources tell us the person she contacted once played for the Lions.
FYI -- The murder was never carried out ... cops stepped in after someone tipped them off about the alleged plot.
Story developing ...
My Hot GF's a Producer Now
... Thanks to Me
3/7/2014 7:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Kraft's hot young girlfriend just scored her very first producer credit on a documentary movie ... a movie that happens to be funded by Kraft's foundation ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Ricki Noel Lander is officially credited as a producer on "Israel: The Royal Tour" ... which follows CBS news travel guy Peter Greenberg and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they travel around Israel.
The movie aired on PBS Thursday night and will be released as a DVD. A press release for the flick says it was "made possible in part by the generous contributions of Robert K. Kraft and the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation."
As for Lander -- who's reportedly been dating the New England Patriots owner since 2012 -- she not only makes a brief appearance in the doc (she can be seen holding a camera), she also hosts the "behind the scenes" special included with the movie.
It's not like Ricki is a stranger to production -- she's been in a bunch of movies as an actress including "Iron Man." But now, it seems she's finally got the connections to make the jump to producer.
Hollywood -- it ain't whatcha know, it's who ya know.
Darren Sharper's Ex-GF
He Was A Perfect Gentleman
I Never Saw Anything Suspicious
3/7/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper's ex-girlfriend -- a woman who dated the ex-NFLer for nearly a year -- tells TMZ Sports she was "completely shocked" by the rape allegations ... saying, "It's the opposite of the guy I knew."
The woman, who asked not to be named in this post, told us Sharper was not a booze-obsessed, drink-spiking maniac during their time together.
In fact, the woman says, "He didn't want me to drink. Never offered me drugs. He was really concerned with how I was around him."
"I've seen him help people. We went to a charity event together. He was egotistical, but the guy that I know is not like [the way he's been described in police reports]."
The woman tells us she found it "weird" when she heard about the allegations against Sharper in 5 states because "most women who would ask me about him would drop their drawers for him in a second."
Sharper's ex says Darren did some research on her before they started dating -- trying to get as much info on her as possible -- but only to make sure she wasn't a "crazy girl."
As for the current allegations, the woman says, "I'm hoping for his children's sake it's not true. I don't want to see him leave that type of legacy for his children."
Terrell Owens' Wife:
He's Gonna Pay for This Divorce!
3/7/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Terrell Owens' estranged wife says she DESERVES to continue the lifestyle she grew accustomed to during their 72 hours of marriage ... and that's why she's going after alimony, TMZ Sports has learned.
Rachel Snider has finally responded to T.O.'s divorce petition -- and in documents she filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Snider says she also wants Owens to pay for her legal costs.
It's basically a middle-finger back to T.O. -- who checked the box asking Rachel to foot the legal bill. Rachel is also asking to legally drop "Owens" as her last name.
There's one thing they both agree on -- the marriage only lasted from January 23rd to January 26th.
In Rachel's docs, she also makes it clear she's going to fight Owens' claim that there's no community property.
Bottom line -- she wants T.O. to pay for the failed marriage in some way, shape or form.
Admitted to Raping Women
... N.O. Investigators Say
3/6/2014 1:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper "admitted" to witnesses that he and a 2nd suspect raped two women back in September ... this according to New Orleans investigators.
The N.O.P.D. has released the application for the arrest warrant of Sharper's alleged associate Erik Nunez -- in which officials allege both men had non-consensual sex with two women who were "substantially impaired" on September 23.
Cops say a "known acquaintance" observed Sharper in the NFL star's apartment wearing only his boxers -- and saw Nunez exiting Sharper's bedroom in his boxers as well.
In the document, officials say ... "Through further investigation by the detectives it was learned that Nunez and Sharper admitted to other known witnesses that he and Sharper had vaginal and/or oral sex with victims #1 and #2 without their knowledge or permission."
Neither Sharper nor Nunez have been charged with a crime.