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Tony Gonzalez Roger Goodell Has Too Much Power ... And It's NFL Players' Fault

10/28/2016 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NFL great Tony Gonzalez says players bellyaching about Roger Goodell having too much power are RIGHT ... but if they're looking for someone to blame for it, they ought to look squarely in the mirror.

We got Tony getting his munch on in Beverly Hills and asked him if he agrees with Richard Sherman's statements that Roger Goodell has too much power over the NFL.

It's common refrain amongst players ... with some saying Goodell's role as judge, jury and executioner of the rules of the league is just too much for one guy.

Tony says he definitely buys the argument ... but reminds all the players that it was THEIR UNION that negotiated the deal to give Goodell his say so ... so it's kinda too bad, so sad.

Jacksonville Jags Great WE'RE NOT DEAD YET ... Still Shot at Playoffs!

10/28/2016 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don't stick a fork in Jacksonville yet -- they've still got a real shot at the playoffs ... so says Jaguars great Marcus Stroud

The 3-time Pro Bowler -- who retired in 2012 -- says he'll always be a Jag at heart and is pulling for his guys to get their act together before it's too late. 

Stroud points out that his team could still put together a winning streak and take the AFC South -- especially with all the talent they have "on paper."

As for rumblings that head coach Gus Bradley and QB Blake Bortles could get the ax, Stroud says there's only one real way to save their jobs -- win. 

J.J. Watt Dating Hot Pro Soccer Star 'The Rumors Are True'

10/28/2016 8:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Turns out J.J. Watt is getting some action this season after all ... 'cause he's officially dating pro soccer star Kealia Ohai!!!

FYI, Ohai is a 24-year-old forward on the Houston Dash. She was a stud in college -- leading North Carolina to a national championship in 2012.  

She was also the #2 overall pick in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League college draft. 

Kealia also happens to be Brian Cushing's sister-in-law. 

The rumors about their secret relationship has been floating around for months -- but now Ohai has finally confirmed it on the 2 Up Front podcast.  

"The rumors are true. We are dating," Ohai said. 

"I've known J.J. for a really long time, and we've always been really great friends, and yeah, I'm really proud of him for everything he's been going through, but it's been pretty crazy with all the rumors."



NFL's DeMarcus Ware COPS CATCH BURGLARY SUSPECTS ... Super Bowl Ring Recovered

10/26/2016 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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3:10 PM PT -- Sources close to Ware tell TMZ Sports DeMarcus believes the burglary was an "inside job" ... committed by suspects who "work in the apartment building."


Great news for DeMarcus Ware -- cops say they have captured the two men suspected of burglarizing the NFL star's home on Monday ... and even got his Super Bowl ring back! 

As we previously reported, two men broke into Ware's Denver home while the Broncos were playing the Texans on "Monday Night Football" -- and the burglary was caught on surveillance tape. 

Now, the Denver PD says 40-year-old Billy McCaslin and 31-year-old Sergio Irreza have been apprehended -- along with the stolen property!


The cops also sent out a tweet thanking the City of Denver for help in the investigation. 

Antonio Gates on Josh Brown: Distraction's Gotta Go ... Best for the Team

10/26/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's obvious Antonio Gates supports the NY Giants decision to fire Josh Brown -- telling TMZ Sports any player who becomes a distraction has gotta go ... period.

The Chargers superstar's real message here is that players are ALWAYS replaceable and on thin ice -- and if you blow your shot (whether it's domestic violence or anything else) ... too bad, so sad ... see ya.

Good news for Brown ... Gates doesn't think the kicker's career is necessarily over.

But let's get serious -- who's really gonna sign him now? (spoiler: nobody)

Jay Cutler's Wife Suggests He's Coming Back Too Soon ... Injury Worse Than We Thought?

10/25/2016 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1025-jay-cutler-kristin-cavalari-instagramWith Jay Cutler FINALLY medically cleared to play this week -- his wife, Kristin Cavallari, is suggesting that he's returning WAYYY too soon.

The Chicago Bears star missed the past 4 games due to an injury to his right thumb -- and with the Bears struggling at the QB position, Cavallari clearly thinks her husband is rushing back too quickly.

"He's baaaaack! Maybe a couple weeks before he's supposed to be," Cavallari said ... "but good luck this week, babe. Kick some Vikings-ass!"

Question is ... how bad was the injury if Cavallari is suggesting he needed even MORE time to recover? 

And that being said ... can we really expect solid QB play from a guy who still may be hurt and facing a killer defense???

We'll see ... 

Josh Brown Cut By NY Giants

10/25/2016 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020-josh-brown-getty-01Josh Brown doesn't have a job ... 'cause the NY Giants just announced they've cut the kicker.

In a statement, Giants co-owner John Mara said, “We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh. Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility."

Last week, police in Washington state released documents connected to Brown's '15 domestic violence arrest -- including his journal -- where he acknowledged having abused his ex-wife.

The Giants quickly moved Brown from the active roster to the Commissioner's exempt list ... before completely cutting ties Tuesday.

Brown -- who was suspended by the NFL for 1 game earlier in the year, prior to the release of the police docs -- could face further discipline from the league.

Josh Brown Apologizes, Denies Hitting Wife

10/25/2016 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Josh Brown is sorry revelations of past domestic abuse have hurt the NY Giants ... but also wants to clarify he NEVER struck his wife.  

Brown -- who currently is NOT on the NYG active roster -- released a statement through ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic."

"It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life."

"My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man."

"In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."

Rich Gannon Raiders Should Stay In Oakland ... Vegas Move Is Whack

10/25/2016 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's proof not everyone is down for the Raiders move to Sin City ... Rich Gannon --the last guy to quarterback the Silver & Black to the Super Bowl -- says the team needs to STAY PUT.

We got Gannon out in NYC and asked the former NFL MVP his thoughts about his old squad potentially moving out of Oakland and into the deserts of Nevada.

Gannon ain't a fan ... saying the team is just starting to come into its own, and the fans up in NorCal deserve the chance to watch a winner for a change.

He's not the only Ex-Raider balking at the move .... Ronnie Lott is putting together a group to try to keep the team in Oakland as well ... but owner Mark Davis seems super determined to relocate.

Check out the clip ... and maybe don't buy those David Copperfield tickets just yet.

Ex-NFL RB Montee Ball Pleads Guilty In Wisconsin Bar Incident

10/24/2016 4:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0411-montee-ball-mug-shot-03Ex-NFL running back Montee Ball has plead guilty to charges stemming from an April incident in which he got boozed up at a Wisconsin bar and then resisted arrest when cops tried to take him into custody.

Remember, Ball was out on bail back in April from his domestic violence case (he attacked an ex-GF in 2014) and one of the terms was to NOT booze or be in a place where they serve booze. 

When cops found him at the 841 Brewhouse bar on April 9th -- they tried to take him into custody and he resisted

Now, we've learned Ball struck a deal with prosecutors in which he plead guilty to 2 counts of "bail jumping" and one count of resisting arrest ... all misdemeanors.

So, what does it mean for Ball? He could face up to 9 months in jail for each count -- sentencing is scheduled for December. 

By the way, 25-year-old Ball -- the Broncos 2nd round pick in 2013 -- is still in custody in Wisconsin after being convicted in TWO domestic violence cases

Terrell Suggs Car Crash Charges Dismissed ... I'm Going to Driving School!

10/24/2016 4:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1024-terrell-suggs-tmz-02Good news for Terrell Suggs ... prosecutors have dropped the criminal charges against the Baltimore Ravens star stemming from his March car crash -- and all he has to do is go back to school. 

We broke the story ... Suggs was arrested in Scottsdale on March 4th after crashing his BMW into a wall and allegedly leaving the scene (which Suggs denied). He was later charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to control speed to avoid a collision. 

Now, court officials confirm the suspended license & failure to notify when striking a fixture charges have been dropped.

As for the speeding charge, that will be dismissed if he completes a defensive driving class by February 27th. 

Suggs tells TMZ Sports ... "I'm glad this is behind me, My focus right now is on the NFL season and getting healthy coming out of my bye week."

Tom Brady Wusses Out On Josh Brown Suspension ... Won't Compare to Deflategate

10/24/2016 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Brady was asked straight-up if he thought it was unfair that the NFL only suspended Josh Brown for 1 game for domestic violence ... when he was suspended FOUR for Deflategate.

His answer ... flaccid.

"I think it is the league’s issue,” Brady said while calling in to the Kirk and Callahan radio show Monday morning.

"Obviously, there is a lot of controversy with that. I’m trying to stay out of all that. I will let them handle it. I think that is their responsibility. I certainly don’t condone any part of domestic violence. I think it is a terrible, terrible thing. I think the league, they have to handle those types of things."

He added, "I’m just going to stay in my lane. Like I said, it’s up to them to decide whatever they want to do. I’m just going to try try and stay out of any kind of my opinion. I certainly have opinions, I just don’t really care to share them."

Brady did lash out on the general topic of domestic violence -- saying, of course, he does not condone it. 

"Any type of abuse or bullying of people who can’t defend or fight for themselves, I have no respect for that."

"I was very fortunate to grow up with sisters, a mother -- I condone no part of that. That is absolutely something I would never be a part of or do. It’s a terrible tragedy.”

Redskins Asst. Coach Pees In Gatorade Cup On Sideline ... Fan Takes Pics

10/24/2016 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1024_Ben-Kotwica_pee_sidelines_cup_redskins_launch_4NFL Fans in Detroit got more than they bargained for on Sunday when they saw a Redskins coach whip out his penis and urinate into a Gatorade cup on the sideline ... DURING the game! 

The urinator is Washington's special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica -- who tried to sneak over behind a trash can and relieve himself during the 3rd quarter of the game. 

Problem is ... the pee break went down right in front of a bunch of Lions fans who ALL saw the whole thing. The person who snapped these pics was at the game with her two minor kids. 

One of the people in the group says Kotwica was the 2ND coach to expose himself and pee by that trash can during the game. 

We reached out to the Redskins and a rep had no comment -- however, one team source tells us sideline pee breaks happen "all the time" with players and coaches and they always try their best to be discreet. 

We're also told Kotwica is NOT in trouble with the team and will not face any sort of discipline. 

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