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DeSean Jackson

I'm Wearing Your Salary On My Neck

... If You Make $75K A Year

11/22/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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DeSean Jackson NecklaceNote to all district attorneys*, hydrologists*, and physical therapists* ... TMZ Sports has pics of what 12 months of your salary ($75,000) looks like around the neck of NFL star DeSean Jackson.

DeSean -- whose Redskins are 3-7 -- decided to cheer himself up with a "Treat. Yo. Self" moment ... and hooked himself up with a monster chain from one of L.A.'s top jewelers. 

How monster you ask? 2,200 diamonds, 22 inches and a HALF KILO of gold. Treat. Yo. Self. 
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The Dr. Frankenstein behind the bling is Ofer -- Ceo of NuO jewelry in L.A. He tells us DeSean wanted a Cuban link chain ... which is back in style these days thanks to stars like Jay Z and Usher

He ordered one in pure gold, but when he got it back ... DJ decided it wasn't quite swaggy enough so he put in another work order with Ofer that involved more ice than the North Pole.

Ofer tells us Desean's customizations pushed the value of the chain to $75,000. Easily one of his most expensive pieces ever. 

Treat. Yo. Self. 

* -- salaries according to various job websites. If you make more, sorry. If you make less, sorry.  

Adrian Peterson

I'll Never Use a Switch Again

11/21/2014 6:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Peterson is finally speaking out -- saying he's a changed man and vows to never hit any of his children with a switch again ... in what seems like an obvious ploy to appease NFL commish Roger Goodell.

The NFL star just gave an interview with USA Today, essentially saying he now understands why people are upset at the way he disciplined his 4-year-old son ... and that he feels terrible about it.

"There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

He added, "No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg. No one knows that dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn't mean to do this to you and how sorry I was."

"I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine."

The timing of the interview is VERY curious ... considering NFL commish Roger Goodell just ripped Peterson in a letter for having shown "no meaningful remorse" since the incident.

In a letter, which Goodell made public, the NFL commish explained why he banned AP for the rest of the season without pay.

"You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct.  When indicted, you acknowledged what you did, but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother."

Goodell continued ... "You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”

So, the question now ... you buyin' AP's new stance? Or is it just lip service to try and get back on Roger's good side?

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NFL Star Joe Haden

Opening Dope Sneak Shop

... On Black Friday

11/21/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Cleveland Browns superstar Joe Haden is such a huge sneakerhead -- HE JUST BOUGHT AN ENTIRE STORE ... and TMZ Sports has learned he's having a massive grand opening party on Black Friday!

Here's what we know ... Haden has been wanting to get into the shoe biz for a while -- and bought out an existing sneaker shop in downtown Cleveland, which he renamed "The Restock."

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We spoke to Joe's business partner David Damier, who tells us ... "It's a consignment-based store. We specialize in offering shoes that you can no longer find in stores. Rare shoes are our specialty."

Doors open on Black Friday -- and David says Joe will definitely be on hand to celebrate ... even though the Browns have a game in Atlanta that weekend.

"They don't fly out until Saturday, so Joe will definitely be there. There will be a bunch of athletes there."

No word if Haden will be selling anything from his personal collection -- which is stocked with some of the most sought-after sneakers ever made ... including Air Yeezys, South Beach LeBrons, Corks, and some ultra-rare Air Jordan VIIs.

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Nick Jonas

'I LOVE TOM COUGHLIN'

But It's Rough Being a Giants Fan

11/20/2014 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112014_nick_jonas_launchDon't worry Tom Coughlin, the Jonas Brothers got your back.

With Tiki Barber calling for Coughlin's job, Nick Jonas -- a huge NY Giants fan -- is still supporting his favorite head coach, telling TMZ Sports he loves the guy ... despite the team's 3-7 record.

The G-Men are set to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday ... we'll see if Nick's feelings about Coughlin change after the game.

Al Michaels

Dennis Miller on 'MNF' ...

'He Had a Pretty Good Run'

11/20/2014 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111914_al_michaels_launchDennis Miller's short-lived stint as broadcaster for "Monday Night Football" has been described in a lot of ways ... but this might be the first time anyone's called it a "good run."

The comic's former "MNF" booth partner Al Michaels was out in NYC yesterday when we asked if Miller got a fair shot when he was part of the ABC team from 2000-02.

"He was on the air for 2 years," Michaels said ... "That's a pretty good run on 'Monday Night Football.'"

Problem is ... it's not.

O.J. Simpson went 3 seasons in the booth. So did Alex Karras

The only famous announcer to spend less time on the "MNF" team is Joe Namath .. who was fired after 1 season in 1985.

As for Miller, he was replaced by a guy named John Madden. Apparently, he has a video game or something.

NFL Star Stevan Ridley

Buys $20k In Bling From Bravo Star

... For Teammates

11/19/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley got a jump on the Xmas season -- dropping $20k on some sick bling for some of his favorite teammates ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Ridley -- along with Pats teammate Danny Amendola and former LSU teammate Ron Brooks -- recently hit up the Nialaya jewelry store in L.A. ... which happens to be owned by "Euros of Hollywood" star Jannik Olander.

We're told the guys picked out all sorts of rings, bracelets and necklaces ... but when the $20k bill came, Ridley picked up the tab.

Friends ... they're better when they're millionaires.

Check out the hardware ...
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Shawne Merriman

Advice to Raiders ...

FIRE EVERYBODY!!

11/18/2014 3:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111814_shawn_merriman_launchThere's only one way to save the Oakland Raiders ... FIRE EVERYONE ... so says ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman, who says the team is "as bad as it gets."

"They need to clean house," Merriman says ... "Bring some people in there who WANT to play football ... and people who want to win."

But the best part about the encounter with the former San Diego Chargers linebacker -- when he took a second to PRAISE the Silver and Black.

"I used to love playing the Raiders ... they sent me to many Pro Bowls. So I can't hate."

Yeah, they suck.

Snoop Dogg

High Praise for Le'Veon Bell

You Deserve a Blunt!

11/18/2014 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111814_snoop_dogg_launchBurn the Titans. Burn with Snoop ... that seems to be the rapper's motto because he just offered up a fat victory blunt to Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell

Snoop -- a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan -- was so impressed with the running back's record-setting performance last night, he offered Bell a smokeable reward to enjoy the next time they get together. 

He's calling it a "LeGarrette BLUNT" ... get it? 

Might not be the best idea, considering Bell (and coincidentally LeGarrette Blount) were arrested for weed possession in Pittsburgh earlier this year.

Then again, maybe he's got glaucoma.

NFL Star Haloti Ngata

Tongan War Dancer

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11/18/2014 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111814_haloti_ngata_launchBaltimore Ravens star Haloti Ngata scared the hell out of a room full of people last night when he busted out an authentic Tongan warrior dance on stage ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

It's called the Kailao ... a traditional dance from Tonga (where his parents are from) ... and the 340-pounder showed off his moves at the 3rd Annual Haloti Ngata Family Foundation Luau. 

The event raised more than $50k for local educational groups and teachers ... and a whole bunch of Haloti's teammates were there to support him -- including Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, Chris Canty, Justin Tucker and Courtney Upshaw. 

But Haloti didn't just dance -- he also SANG -- busting out a rendition of "Rude" by Magic!  Check out the clip ... 

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Le'Veon Bell

Flirts with Jordin Sparks

After Record-Breaking Performance

11/18/2014 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Hours after having one of the biggest games of his life, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell wasn't done showing off his moves ... cyber-flirting with Jordin Sparks.

Bell played out of his mind last night -- putting up 204 yards against the Titans ... the most rushing yards by a Steelers player in "Monday Night Football" history.

Well, the recently single Sparks took notice ... posting, "Le'Veon Bell is just a beast. Titans D cannot contain him."

She then reposted Le'Veon's stat line ... adding, "Again, beast."

1118-subasset-jordin-sparks-tweetsBell -- who also appears to be single -- was all about it and tweeted back at Sparks ... "I see @JordinSparks liked the way I played last night."

Total cyber-flirting, right?

1118-subasset-leveon-twitterFor the record, Sparks is a huge football fan (her dad is ex-NFL star Phillippi Sparks) .... and after things ended with Jason Derulo earlier this year ... we asked if Phillippi would be cool with his daughter dating a football player. She gave an interesting answer.

As for the twitter-flirting ... we'll keep an eye on it.

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Adrian Peterson

Suspended for the Season

Without Pay

11/18/2014 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1118-adrian-peterson-tmz-01Adrian Peterson will not play in the NFL this season ... he's been suspended for at least the rest of the year -- without pay -- for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The earliest Peterson will be considered for reinstatement is April 15, 2015.

In a letter to Peterson informing him of the suspension, commissioner Roger Goodell wrote, "The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions."

He continued, "We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy."

Peterson has three days to file an appeal, but reports say he will do so immediately.

Josh Gordon

Ends Car Dealership Job

'He Was a Helluva Salesman'

11/17/2014 6:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Josh Gordon's 10-week stint at an Ohio car dealership was NO JOKE ... the guy worked his ass off and was a big part in several car sales ... multiple employees tell TMZ Sports.  

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver has been reinstated -- and is officially back with the team -- which means he will no longer be working with the sales team at Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio. 

It seemed like the gig was a joke at first ... but we're told Gordon took the job seriously and treated the whole thing like a very serious apprenticeship. 

"He was totally into it," one employee tells us ... "He was very patient with customers. He answered their questions. Josh knows a lot about cars."

We're told Josh often shadowed one of the owners -- spending most of his time at the Chevrolet dealership -- and showed real potential when it came to working in the car biz. 

"He was working a full schedule. 8AM to 8PM Mondays and Thursdays ... 8AM to 6PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. He also worked 8-3 on Saturdays."

We're told several of Gordon's teammates visited the WR on the lot -- unclear if any of them actually bought a car. 

But get this ... Cleveland Cavs player Mike Miller leased a car from the dealership ... and we're told Gordon had a lot to do with the sale. 

"You can tell he's looking at the business long term. He's a really nice kid."

Dez Bryant

Poppin' Bottles, Flossin' Jewelry

At Roc Nation Bash

11/17/2014 7:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1117_Dez_Bryant_40_40_Club_launchDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was officially welcomed to the Roc Nation Sports family this weekend with a huge party at Jay Z's NYC nightclub ... complete with champagne, hot chicks and expensive jewelry. 

It all went down at Jay's 40/40 Club ... where Dez sipped on expensive Ace of Spades champagne and D'USSE Cognac. 

Also, check out Dez's brand new chain -- the Roc Nation Sports logo -- we're guessing a gift from his new agency. 

Of course, Dez fired his old agent and signed with Jay's group earlier this month -- and clearly, he's fired up about it.

Dez becomes a free agent after this season -- which means it's time to see if Jay can get him a 9-figure contract to match that necklace.

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