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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. 

Josh Brown Done with the Giants ... Report Says

10/21/2016 11:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020-josh-brown-getty-02The NY Giants will move Josh Brown off the team roster and onto the Commissioner's exempt list by Friday afternoon ... this according to ESPN

It's not the same as firing Brown -- he'll basically be in NFL purgatory -- but the network is reporting that "he has kicked his last kick for the Giants."

The move will come in the wake of new documents that have surfaced in Brown's 2015 domestic violence case -- in which the kicker admitted to abusing his ex-wife. 

FYI, the list is only available to use by teams dealing with "unusual circumstances" with a player. Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy have previously been on the list. 

While on the list, Brown will still be eligible to receive his NFL salary -- which is just over $1 million. 

NY Giants Coach 'We're Not Gonna Turn Our Backs On Josh Brown'

10/21/2016 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020_ben-mcadoo_josh_brown_gettyNY Giants head coach Ben McAdoo says the organization will NOT cut ties with Josh Brown -- despite disturbing new details in his domestic violence case.

"We’re not going to turn our back on Josh," McAdoo said ... "He’s a teammate and a guy we’re hoping makes strides."

McAdoo says he's had a "tough conversation" with Brown -- but wouldn't reveal the details. 

When asked if he felt Brown misled him about incidents in the past, McAdoo said, "My conversations one-on-one with Josh, I want to leave those personal. He’s working towards improving himself."

McAdoo says the Giants front office is still reviewing all of the new information -- which includes Brown admitting he abused his ex-wife.

He was also asked about an alleged domestic incident involving his ex-wife at the 2016 Pro Bowl -- and if it concerned him.

"Everything is concerning. We’re working to piece together all the pieces that we can to make a well informed decision."

Brown was pulled off the team trip to London for the game this weekend -- but he's currently still a member of the team.

Ray Lewis The Rock and I Smelled Greatness ... As College Teammates

10/21/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Lewis says he and The Rock were like jacked up Nostradamuses back in college -- predicting they would one day be WORLD FAMOUS MEGASTARS back when they were football teammates in Miami.

Ray co-hosted the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Friday on FS1) -- and told the guys how close he was with fellow Miami Hurricanes football teammate Dwayne Johnson back in the '90s.

In fact, Ray says the two would often plot out their post-college lives -- with The Rock putting together a game plan to become the biggest wrestling star in the world.

He succeeded ... and so did Ray, whose goal was to become one of the greatest NFL players of all time.

It's a pretty cool story -- and there's A LOT MORE with Ray on the "TMZ Sports" show. Don't miss it!


Ray Rice Hits 22 MPH on Treadmill ... I Still Got NFL Speed!!

10/20/2016 3:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's Ray Rice ... continuing to train for a possible NFL comeback -- and busting his ass on the treadmill at 22 MILES PER HOUR!!!!

Yeah, that's fast. 

It all went down at BlueStreak Sports Training in Stamford, CT -- where Ray and his wife, Janay, have been putting in work for years.

Our Rice sources tell us the running back feels he's in the best shape of his life -- and still believes he can make a real impact on an NFL team ... if he gets a chance. 

Lions, Packers, Vikings ... thoughts?

Josh Brown Giants Pull Kicker From London Trip ... We're 'Revisiting' His Case

10/20/2016 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020_josh_brown_getty-3The NY Giants officials have pulled Josh Brown from this weekend's game in London in light of disturbing new facts from his domestic violence case.

The team issued a statement saying they will "review this newly disclosed information" and "revisit this issue following our trip to London."

The team adds, "The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence. Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time."

"We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts."

Josh Brown Seeking Treatment for Dom. Violence Issues ... Says BFF Steve Weatherford

10/20/2016 1:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Josh Brown is seeking help for his domestic violence issues and wants to be a better person ... so says his best friend and former teammate, Steve Weatherford

Weatherford and Brown played 2 seasons together on the NY Giants -- and have been close for roughly 8 years.

So, we reached out to Steve about the new disturbing details in Josh's domestic violence case -- in which Josh admitted to abusing his ex-wife and acknowledged having serious emotional issues. 

"Josh knows what he did was completely uncalled for and he knows what he did was wrong," Steve said.

"I mean he’s my best friend but I’ll tell him that was wrong. But why would I tell him that? He’s already saying it. He’s not denying anything, man. He’s wearing it. He said he made a mistake."

"The difference between Josh Brown and Greg Hardy ... Greg Hardy had no remorse. Greg Hardy did not admit guilt."

"I love Josh Brown. He is an amazing person and he made a mistake. He’s made it more than once but he’s seeking help and he’s not seeking help for any other reason other than that he wants to become a better person."

Johnny Manziel Crappy Details In $350,000 Lawsuit ... Animal Poop & Debauchery

10/20/2016 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020_johnny-manziel-tmzNew disgusting allegations against Johnny Manziel -- who's being sued for more than $350,000 for allegedly treating a $50 MILLION mansion like a giant litter box ... according to a new lawsuit. 

As we previously reported, Manziel's at war with the guy who owns the famous Weidlake Mansion in the Hollywood Hills ... where the QB allegedly stayed for most of the summer. 

According to the lawsuit, Manziel and his pal entered an 8 month lease to stay at the pad but disappeared after 3 months ... after causing more than $187,000 in damages. 

"Defendants ravaged the plaintiff's home," the suit reads ... "They broke doors and mirrors, and failed to clean up and immense amount of dog feces and urine that was left throughout multiple rooms of the house for days, if not weeks."

The owner claims the pee and poo left an "overwhelming stench and permanent staining to expensive couches, hardwood floors, rugs and carpets."

The owner claims he reached out to Johnny to fix the issue and Johnny texted back taking full responsibility.

"This is on me %1000," one of Johnny's alleged texts reads ... "I cannot apologize enough." 

The owner says Johnny also promised to cover the damages saying, "I'm a man of my word."

Problem is ... according to the suit, Manziel and his roommate never fixed the problem -- plus they moved out after 3 months and still owe $125,000 in unpaid rent.

Johnny has adamantly denied any wrongdoing and says he never signed any contract that would put him on the hook for rent or any other damages. 

NFL on Josh Brown Cops Wouldn't Release Documents to Us ... 'It's Unfortunate'

10/20/2016 10:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020-josh-brown-nfl-gettyThe NFL just issued a statement on the new Josh Brown documents from his domestic violence case -- saying the league repeatedly tried to get the info, but cops refused to hand over the information. 

"NFL investigators made repeated attempts -- both orally and in writing -- to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in this case from the King County Sheriff’s Office."

"Each of those requests was denied and the Sheriff’s Office declined to provide any of the requested information, which ultimately limited our ability to fully investigate this matter."

"We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion. It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time."

"In light of the release of these documents yesterday, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time."

NFL's Steve Smith Blasts Josh Brown ... You Deserve a Beatdown!

10/20/2016 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020_steve_smith_josh_brown_gettyBaltimore Ravens superstar Steve Smith is coming out swingin' at NY Giants kicker Josh Brown -- saying the guy needs his ass beat down after new domestic violence details came to light. 

"You know what if your ex-wife was my daughter yo ASS would be on IR," Smith wrote.

"What a shame NFL acts like it cares."

As we previously reported, Brown is not only accused of beating up his ex-wife -- but admitted "abuse" in documents released by law enforcement.

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