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Stedman Bailey I'm NOT Done With Football Eyes NFL Return Next Season

7/23/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0721-stedman-bailey-instagram-01Stedman Bailey -- the ex-Rams WR who was shot in the head twice last year -- says he's NOT giving up his NFL dreams .... just because he's taken a job as a college assistant coach. 

25-year-old Bailey was waived by the Rams last month because he hasn't been medically cleared to play football yet -- and was hired as a student assistant coach at West Virginia University. 

Many saw the move as a sign that Bailey was turning the page on his pro football career -- but his agent, Tony Fleming, tells TMZ Sports that just ain't the case.

"Stedman’s definitely not giving up on playing football. He just wasn’t cleared to play. He still wanted to be productive, so WVU was a good opportunity for him."

Fleming says doctors will reevaluate Bailey right after the 2016 season -- and he will continue training in the hopes he'll get an opportunity with a team for 2017. 

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NFL's Chris Clemons Denied KO'ing Woman ... In Bizarre Cop Cam Video

7/22/2016 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained body cam footage from the cop who spoke with Arizona Cardinals safety Chris Clemons after he allegedly knocked out a woman in Scottsdale back in May ... and it's weird. 

Backstory ... Clemons is accused of punching a woman in the face around 2 AM on May 8th -- knocking her out cold during a parking lot altercation near a Scottsdale nightclub. 

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, cops combed the area searching for a suspect that was described by witnesses as a pro football player named Chris. 

When the cop makes contact with Clemons, he doesn't realize he's speaking with the guy he's looking for -- and a bizarre interaction takes place. 

Clemons, visibly nervous and apparently intoxicated (according to cops), drops his $10,000 gold grillz ... and asks the cop if he can search under an SUV to find them. 

Once he collects the teeth, he begins to deny that he struck anyone that night ... and references a woman who was knocked out earlier in the night after she had keyed a BMW nearby. 

The cop lets Chris go ... since he didn't realize who he was. Once the cops figured it out, they tried to find him again, but couldn't locate Clemons.

According to the police report, witnesses say ... the fight centered around the fact that Chris has some sort of relationship with a woman in Florida ... but was out that night with another woman. 

The alleged victim is friends with the Florida woman and called Chris out. The alleged victim got into an altercation with Chris' new female companion ... and during the incident, Chris allegedly punched the victim in the face. 

The cops have kicked the case over to city prosecutors and recommended Clemons be charged with assault and disorderly conduct. 

So far, prosecutors have not made an official decision. Clemons has not been arrested. 

Jon Jones NFL Star Brother Busted for PEDs ... Suspended 4 Games

7/22/2016 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0722_arthur-jones_gettyIt's keeping up with the Jones' ... gone wrong. 

Jon Jones' NFL star brother, Arthur Jones, has been suspended 4 games for violating the league's PED policy ... this according to Ian Rapoport.

The Indianapolis Colts defensive end will be suspended WITHOUT PAY. He'll return to action on October 3rd. 

Of course, Jon was also popped for PEDs recently ... and faces a 2 year ban from the UFC. 

Jon says he's not a cheater and vows to prove it. 

So far, no comment from Arthur. 

Ezekiel Elliott Accused of Domestic Violence ... Denies Attacking Ex-GF (Update)

7/22/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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12:19 PM PT -- Ezekiel's father, Stacy Elliott, has issued a statement proclaiming his son's innocence.

"The reported allegations and Internet postings regarding our son are completely false. Ezekiel has done nothing wrong."

"The police have investigated this matter and eyewitnesses have verified the lack of any wrongdoing. The actual evidence in this matter clearly indicates what the real motivation was behind the police being called."

"We are confident that when the truth comes to light it will reveal the falsity of these claims. Ezekiel has been fully cooperative with the police and will continue to do so -- along with cooperating with the NFL -- moving forward."

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been named a suspect in a domestic violence police report obtained by TMZ Sports ... but the 21-year-old has DENIED any wrongdoing and was NOT arrested. 

The female accuser filed a report with the Columbus PD in Ohio Friday morning ... saying she was assaulted by Elliott -- who she claims is her former live-in boyfriend -- while sitting in the driver's seat of her parked vehicle.

The officers who responded to the scene say the woman claims she had pain in her wrist and a red mark -- but declined medical treatment.

Cops contacted Elliott -- who denied striking the woman. He also said he never lived with her. 

In the report, cops list the accuser as a 20-year-old woman -- 5'5", 120 lbs. Elliott is listed at 6'0", 225 lbs.

According to the report, cops also spoke with 4 witnesses -- but they all told cops they didn't see an assault. One of the witnesses was in the car at the time of the alleged incident. 

Due to the conflicting reports, Elliott was NOT arrested -- but the accuser was referred to the prosecutor's office ... if she wants to try to press charges. 

We reached out to Elliott's camp -- one person in his agent's office told us, "I can assure you [the allegations] are not true."

Ezekiel Elliott NFL Launches Investigation ... After Dom. Violence Allegations

7/22/2016 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0722-Ezekiel-Elliott-getty-02The NFL has already launched an investigation into the Ezekiel Elliott alleged domestic violence situation ... a rep for the league confirms to TMZ Sports.

"We begin a review when we become aware of a potential violation of the personal conduct policy," the rep explained. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Dallas Cowboys rookie was named in a police report by a woman who claims the 21-year-old attacked her Friday morning outside of her Ohio apartment.   

For his part, Elliott -- who was NOT arrested -- denies all wrongdoing and several witnesses say they did not see him strike the woman. 

Denny Green Dead at 67 ... Cardiac Arrest

7/22/2016 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0722-dennis-green-GETTY-01Ex-NFL head coach Denny Green died Friday morning at the age of 67, his friend confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Green reportedly died from cardiac arrest. 

Green coached in the NFL from 1992 to 2006 ... famously leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 15-1 record in 1998. 

He later went on to coach the Arizona Cardinals -- and, after losing a game to the Bears, gave one of the most famous post-game comments in Monday Night Football History. 

"The Bears are who we THOUGHT they were! That's why we took the damn field! Now if you want to crown them, then crown their ass! But they are who we thought they were! And we let 'em off the hook!"

3 coaches who worked under Green went on to become head coaches in the NFL -- Tony Dungy, Mike Tice and Brian Billick. 

AZ Cardinals president Michael Bidwell issued a statement saying, "All of us at the Cardinals are incredibly saddened by the news of Dennis Green's passing."

"Coach Green will rightly be remembered as a true innovator, leader and pioneer among football coaches. We express our deepest sympathy to his family and his many friends."

NFL's Robert Turbin Marijuana Bust Video Cop Finds 'Rolled Joint-Type Thing'

7/21/2016 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Here's the body cam footage from the moment Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin was popped for weed in Utah earlier this month ... when cops say they found a "rolled joint type thing."

The footage begins after the 26-year-old was pulled over for running a stop sign around 11:20 PM on July 8th ... and cops inform Turbin they are going to search the car because they smelled weed. 

The officer later informs Turbin of "a rolled joint-type thing that was found in the center console."

Turbin was not arrested -- instead, he was simply given a citation and was ordered to appear in court later this month. 

He tweeted about the incident -- saying, "My mistake. Won't happen again."

Jason Pierre-Paul 3 Fingers, No Problems Pushes 120 lbs Dumbell With Mangled Paw

7/21/2016 7:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's video of Jason Pierre-Paul doing something with 3 fingers that you couldn't possibly do with all five ... pumping a 120 dumbell with the hand he blew up in that fireworks disaster.

It's super impressive ... JPP -- ever in training mode -- breezes through his set like it's nothing, almost making you forget he lost a couple fingers in the accident ... fingers you'd think he needs to lift heavy.

He obviously doesn't ... leading us to our next question.

What's your excuse?

Klay Thompson I'm NOT DATING 'Graffiti' Chick ... She's A Friend Of A Friend

7/20/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Klay Thompson says he is NOT DATING the L.A. Rams cheerleader who tagged her name on the NBA star's patio ... she's just a friend ... of a friend. 

Social media blew up this week after Cherise Sandra posted a picture of herself outside Klay's house. The pic -- and the caption ("You & Me Baby") -- led some people to believe the two had a thing.

0720-klay-thompson-cherises-andra-instagram-02But it just AIN'T TRUE, according to Klay's rep, who tells us, "They aren't dating at all. The first time they met was that day. She was a guest of a guest, that's it."

As for Cherise's name in graffiti ... sources at the party tell us Klay was cool with the girls tagging the patio ... but only 'cause it's about to be renovated.

Rest easy, ladies.

Johnny Manziel Hawaiian Punch QB In Island Altercation

7/20/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-johnny-manziel-tmzJohnny Manziel was involved in a fistfight at a fancy Hawaiian resort the night before his friend's wedding, TMZ Sports has learned ... but the QB insists he wasn't the aggressor.  

Here's what we know ... Manziel was at the Four Seasons Resort on the Big Island on Friday night when he got into it with another wedding guest. 

We're told things had been heated between the guys for a while -- but it all came to a head at the rehearsal dinner.  

Sources connected to Manziel tell us the QB felt like he was being hounded by the other man. We're told Johnny was adamant he was not the instigator. 

But things escalated ... and at one point during the altercation Manziel struck the other guy in the face.

We're told the fight was over almost immediately. We spoke with police who tell us they were NOT called to the hotel that night. We also reached out to Manziel multiple times -- so far, no comment. 

But get this ... the next day, the other guy in the fight got a surprise from room service -- a bottle of champagne and a note that read, "Truly apologize. Should have never done that. Know this won't make it better, but hope it starts the day off alright." 

It was signed by Johnny Manziel.

One more thing ... Johnny posted a photo from the day of the wedding with a bandage on his finger.

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Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders Von Miller Got BIG MONEY 'Hopefully I'm Next!'

7/18/2016 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders has a message for John Elway -- SHOW ME THE MONEY, TOO!!!! 

This video is awesome ... Sanders was leaving Bootsy Bellows nightclub in L.A. (sportin' some very expensive jewelry) when we asked what he thought of his teammate Von Miller signing that MASSIVE $115 million contract! 

"BIG MONEEEYYYY ... I LIKE IT," Sanders enthusiastically said while flashing a wad of cash ... "Hopefully, I'm next!" 

The 29-year-old is reportedly next in line to sign a big contract with Denver -- and could fetch somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 MIL per season. 

GET THAT MONEY!!!  

Matt Ryan Deflategate Won't Affect Tom's Legacy 'People Know How Good He Is'

7/18/2016 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

ATL Falcons QB Matt Ryan is vouching for his friend Tom Brady -- saying he's a great guy off the field ... and doesn't believe the Deflategate scandal will tarnish his legacy.

Ryan was out in Bev Hills over the weekend when he told us he has a personal relationship with the Patriots quarterback -- and knows Tom will return with a vengeance after his 4 game suspension. 

As for whether he thinks people will view Brady differently -- Ryan essentially says Brady's incredible 14 year career and 4 Super Bowls speak for themselves.

"People know how good Tom is." 

NFL's Marcell Dareus Drops NASCAR Knowledge Right On TMZ 'Expert'

7/17/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

You're about to watch the greatest sack of NFL player Marcell Dareus' career ... his total takedown of a TMZ employee using his superior NASCAR knowledge.

Dareus appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show and opened up about his newfound love of NASCAR ... when our resident TMZ NASCAR know-it-all jumped in and began to riff with him.

Here's the problem ... dude didn't know what he was talking about and Marcell called him out on it HARD in front of the entire newsroom.

Check out the clip -- it's all in good fun, freakin' hilarious and features something you thought you'd never see in your life ... two black dudes talking about NASCAR.

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