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Wells Report

Patriots, Tom Brady Cheated

... In Deflategate

5/6/2015 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0506-tom-brady-nfl-patriots-getty-01Tom Brady consciously cheated in the AFC Championship "Deflategate" game ... the game before the Super Bowl ... so says the guy charged with investigating the scandal. 

The NFL just released the results of Ted Wells' investigation into Deflategate ... which says it is "more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules."

The report also says, "We also have concluded that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [the locker room attendants] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls." 

The report says ... when people began to get suspicious about the balls, the locker room guys began communicating with Brady by phone and text messages with "significantly increased frequency."

Investigators also say the men who deflated the footballs "received valuable items autographed by Tom Brady the week before the AFC Champsionship game."

As for Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick ... Wells says the investigation shows there was NO evidence to support theories that they were involved in Deflategate. 

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement saying, "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement."

Kraft added, "We will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”

Back in January, Brady adamantly DENIED having any involvement in Deflategate 

Ex-Ravens RB

Arrested In Florida

In Alleged Check Bouncing Scam

5/6/2015 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Damien Berry -- who started for the Miami Hurricanes in 2010 -- was arrested this morning in Florida ... after allegedly bouncing more than $100k in bad checks. 

TMZ Sports has confirmed ... the 25-year-old, who was part of the Ravens 2013 Super Bowl championship team, is currently locked up in Lee County jail on a warrant from Maryland. 

We're told Berry is facing 1 count of bouncing a check over $100k and 1 count of unauthorized removal of property. 

In other words, it seems like officials believe he bought something with bad checks ... and illegally took possession of the goods. 

Berry recently came under fire in Baltimore ... after it was reported he sold his Super Bowl ring to an auction house ... reports that Berry initially denied. 

Pierre Garcon

Legal Weed Could Be Great

For My Pizza Biz!

5/6/2015 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Legal weed in Washington D.C. means legal munchies in Washington D.C. ... which could be HUGE for the pizza business ... and NFL star Pierre Garcon says he's ready for the boom!!! 

The Washington Redskins wide receiver -- one of the founders of SpinFire Pizza -- just opened his 2nd location ... this one just miles from the nation's capital, where weed became legal back in March. 

"Hopefully, it helps my business," Garcon joked with TMZ Sports ... "but hopefully, not too many people get in trouble with the marijuana in the league."

As far as the pizza business goes, Garcon says he's trying to catch up to Peyton Manning ... who owns 21 Papa John's locations in the Denver area -- and is CRUSHING it, btw. 

"I'm trying to grow like he is!"

2 down, 19 to go! 

Ex-NFLer Titus Young

12 Months in Mental Facility

For Multiple Assaults

5/5/2015 5:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former NFL wide receiver Titus Young is getting one year of probation for each person he attacked during a 2 month rampage at a mental health facility.

Young was sentenced Tuesday in L.A. for 5 batteries he committed last year at Augustus Hawkins Mental Health Facility. We broke the story ... Young attacked his attorney, along with four other patients. 

In addition to the 5 years of probation ... Titus must remain at a mental health facility -- not Augustus Hawkins -- for the next year. He was given credit for 99 days served.

As we previously reported, doctors believe football hits caused some of Young's mental issues. He's been getting treatment in the same San Diego facility where he will serve his 1 year sentence. 

Dean Cain

Adrian Peterson Learned His Lesson

... Bring Him to Dallas!

5/5/2015 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Adrian Peterson has been in NFL exile long enough ... and should come back to the league with the Dallas Cowboys ... so says Dean Cain

Cain -- who's tight with Dallas head coach Jason Garrett -- says it would be "game over" if the Cowboys were able to sign the running back in his first year back since the child abuse situation. 

But Dean says he also knows Adrian ... and firmly believes the guy has "learned his lesson" after he was convicted of beating his 4-year-old son with a switch in 2014.  

Of course, for all of this to happen, the Vikings would have to put AP on the trading block ... something the team has vowed not to do. 

La'el Collins

I've Got a Solid Alibi

... In Double Murder

5/5/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-LSU football star La'el Collins has told police he has an airtight alibi in the murder of the pregnant woman suspected of carrying his child ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources close to the investigation tell us ... Collins -- who was a projected 1st round NFL draft pick before the double murder -- spoke with investigators and said he has witnesses and phone records that prove he was nowhere close to Brittney Mills on the night she was gunned down.  

Mills was shot to death around 10:30 PM on April 24th at her apartment in Baton Rouge. 

But Collins told investigators he was an hour away in New Orleans at the time of the shooting -- as part of an overnight trip with friends and family to watch the New Orleans Pelicans take on the Golden State Warriors on Saturday April 25th. 

We're told Collins also claims he has texts and emails proving the group had planned the trip several days before the killing ... and he believes GPS records on his cell phone will back up his story. 

For the record, Collins has NOT been named a suspect in the murder of Brittney and her unborn son. 

Our sources say La'el told cops he hadn't spoken with Brittney for several months -- when she first suggested that he could be the father of her child. 

So far, no arrests have been made. 

Lawrence Taylor's Son

Guilty Of Statutory Rape

... Gets 30 Years

5/4/2015 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lawrence Taylor Jr. -- the son of NFL legend Lawrence Taylor -- just plead guilty to statutory rape, child molestation, and aggravated sodomy (oral sex) ... and was sentenced to 30 years in prison ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We broke the story ... Taylor Jr. was arrested in Georgia after two 13-year-old girls told cops Lawrence had forced himself upon them on separate occasions.

According to Cobb County Superior Court officials, Taylor Jr. was sentenced to 30 years in jail ... but will be eligible for release in 10. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the father of one of the victims ... who says he is happy Taylor Jr. is off the streets, but feels he should have gotten MORE time for his crimes.

We reached out to the Taylor family -- so far, no comment.

FYI -- Taylor's father is also a registered sex offender ... who plead guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute in 2011 ... stemming from an incident with an underage girl.

NFL's Chris Johnson

Reunites w/ Vince Young

5/4/2015 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's been 5 years since they played on the same squad back in Tennessee ... but Chris Johnson and Vince Young reunited in Hollywood last night ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. 

The ex-QB, RB combo hit up Katsuya where they caught up over some of the most expensive sushi in town.

On the way out, we asked Chris about reports that the Dallas Cowboys might be interested in signing him this season -- and he seemed to think Big D would be a helluva fit. Ditto for Vince. 

Stay tuned ... 

NFL's Justin Pugh

Hey Rookies ...

DON'T BLOW YOUR MONEY!!

5/3/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NFL lineman Justin Pugh knows what it's like to become a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE overnight ... and he's got some excellent advice for the new rookies to make sure they don't go broke. 

For the record, Pugh signed an $8.3 MILLION contract with a $4.4 million signing bonus when the NY Giants selected him in the 1st round of the 2013 draft. 

So, what's the secret to financial success for the young guys? Pugh says there's one KEY MOVE they need to make right away ... before they start living the good life.

Check out the clip ... especially if you plan on signing a huge contract in the near future.  

NFL Star Julius Thomas

I Could Survive 'Naked And Afraid'

... For 3 Days

5/3/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is a tough guy -- but could he survive in the wild if was forced to go on that show "Naked & Afraid?" 

The NFL stud says he THINKS he hang on the survivalist show for about 3 days -- but then he'd be toast. 

FYI -- "Naked And Afraid" is basically a nude version of "Survivor" where contestants are dropped in the middle of nowhere and left to fend for themselves ... without a stitch of clothing on.

Check out the clip -- Julius doesn't seem to think that his NFL toughness would come into play out in the wilderness ... saying he'd be out of the competition before you can say "chaffed balls."

#GiveItAShotBro #YouNeverKnowUntilYouTry

Gronk & Teammates

BALLIN' OUT

Takes Private Jet from Derby to Vegas

5/2/2015 4:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502_patriots_private-jet_insideMOST BALLER DAY EVER!!!!!!!

Rob Gronkowski -- along with some of his New England Patriots teammates -- just hopped on a private jet after watching the Kentucky Derby ... and are now headed to Vegas for the fight!!

BALLER!!!!!!

The Derby was a major team outing -- even Tom Brady made the trip out to Louisville -- but it looks like the QB tapped out when Gronk and Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola decided to charter a jet to Sin City. 

It's good to be rich.

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Wes Welker's Horse

2ND PLACE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

... Again

5/1/2015 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0501-wes-welker-twitterWes Welker's horse just got thiiiiiis close to winning his first pre-Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs ... finishing in 2nd ... for the 2nd year in a row. 

As we previously reported, Welker re-entered his horse "Undrafted" to compete in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes ... the same pre-Kentucky Derby race he competed in last year. 

But for the 2nd straight year, Undrafted couldn't quite reach the winner's circle ... getting edged out at the finish line ... to take 2nd place. 

The good news ... 2nd place still gets paid -- and it all went down in front of Welker's old Patriots teammates including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. 

Hey, could be worse. 

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Matt Barnes

Beefin' With Colin Kaepernick

Calls QB a 'Hoe'

5/1/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0501_colin-kaepernick_matt_barnes_tmz_gettyColin Kaepernick has a new enemy -- L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes ... who just fired a shot at the QB on social media ... and sources tell us the animosity is very real. 

Barnes went on Instagram to congratulate Arik Armstead on being drafted by the SF 49ers last night ... and wrote, "Congrats to my young boy #ErikArmstead [sic] proud of you fam. Ur QB a hoe tho!!"

Clearly, the message was directed at Colin. 

Multiple sources close to Matt tell us the beef with Kaepernick goes back several years -- and stems from a situation where Matt felt "disrespected" by Colin. 

As one source extremely close to Barnes puts it -- "Matt hates his guts."

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