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Tom Brady Destroyed Cell Phone

... Suspension Upheld

7/28/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-tom-brady-NFL-GETTY-01Tom Brady told the NFL he could not submit his cell phone as evidence in the Deflategate investigation because he destroyed it ... this according to the NFL.  

The league just issued a statement saying it would UPHOLD Brady's 4 game suspension -- without pay -- for cheating by instructing staffers to deflate the balls in the AFC Championship game. 

Brady allegedly texted clubhouse attendants about the plan to deflate the balls -- but when asked for his cell phone, Brady's attorney told the league it was "unavailable because it had been destroyed."

Brady's lawyer told the league, "Text messages exchanged on that cellphone could not be retrieved."

The NFL says, "At the hearing, Mr. Brady testified that it is his practice to destroy (or to give to his assistant to destroy) his cellphone and SIM cards when he gets a new cell phone."

The NFL says Brady gave his old cell phone to his assistant to be destroyed on March 6, 2015 -- the very same day he met with Ted Wells and his team to be questioned about the tampering allegations

The league says Brady gave them a letter from his cell phone carrier saying the text messages could no longer be recovered. 

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NFL Coach Jen Welter

'Took Vicious Hits In Men's League & Got Up'

... Says Tim Brown

7/28/2015 11:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-subasset--tim-brown-jen-tmz-instagramJen Welter -- the NFL's 1st female coach -- is NO JOKE ... so says Tim Brown who tells us she's a BEAST on the field who took a vicious shot in a men's football game -- AND GOT UP!!! 

Before she signed on as a coach with the AZ Cardinals, Welter made history as the 1st female to play a non-kicking position in a men's pro league. 

The team she played for was the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League -- and NFL Hall of Famer Tim Brown is the team's general manager. 

Brown says he's not only a HUGE fan of Jen -- but says he can vouch first hand that she's one of the toughest people he's ever seen play. 

"She’s tough as nails," Brown said ... "She took one of the most vicious hits I’ve ever seen and jumped right up."

The hit in question was when she lined up at RB during a game in a goal line situation -- and got blasted. But check the video, she pops up like a friggin' champion! 

"It was amazing to see her at 5’2" jumping in the faces of these 6’5" ball players."

As far as a coaching career goes, Brown says, "She’ll be successful. She’s very passionate about the game and KNOWS what she’s talking about."

"She’d have to get more experience to be the first female head coach in the history of the league, but she’s a very educated lady and more opportunities will definitely be coming her way."

"But if she sticks with it ... why not?"

Terrell Owens

Furious Over Junior Seau

7/27/2015 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Terrell Owens is pissed that Junior Seau's family won't be able to speak live at the NFL legend's Hall of Fame induction ceremony ... saying the whole thing is "terrible."

Seau is set to be posthumously enshrined in Canton in August -- and while the family will be able to make a video message to be played during the ceremony, they're pissed ... claiming they should be able to give a live speech. 

And when we saw Owens over the weekend -- T.O. told TMZ Sports, he very strongly agrees with Seau's family.

"It's a time to recognize this guy and his accomplishments. If it wasn't for his family, there wouldn't be no Junior Seau. I think it's terrible if you ask me."

The Hall of Fame says they're just abiding by the H.O.F. policy. Maybe it's time to change the stupid policy. 

LeSean McCoy

'Shady' On the Strip ...

Hot Chicks Swarm!!

7/24/2015 8:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0724-lesean-mccoy-gallery-launch-splashLeSean McCoy will not be denied access to smoking hot chicks -- even though the Buffalo Bills are crapping on his "females only" party -- he found plenty of hot chicks on the Vegas Strip.

'Shady' looked like the main attraction while partying last week at Encore Beach. We just got these pics of him hanging out shirtless and posing with every bikini babe within arms reach.  

The Bills new RB got in hot water with team officials on Thursday for using the Bills logo on an Instagram invite to a party -- strictly for chicks. The party was scheduled for Sunday night, but it's unclear if it's still a go. 

We'll say this ... it was real snowy in Vegas.

NFL's Thomas Jones

I Got Suge Knight's Back ...

In New NWA Movie

7/24/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former NFL star Thomas Jones definitely has muscle ... but now he's going to be muscle ... playing one of Suge Knight's bodyguard's in the new NWA biopic "Straight Outta Compton."

Jones ... who's been doing a lot of acting now that his playing days are over ... was out in Hollywood when we asked him about his blossoming new career. 

TJ tells us he has a role in one of the biggest movies of the summer. We had to do some extra digging to find out who he plays -- a member of Suge Knight's pre-Death Row records entourage.

FYI -- Thomas has another movie "Runaway Island" premiering on TV this weekend ... we're guessing it'll have a lower body count. 

Check out the clip.

Tony Romo

Drinks On Me...

'Cause NFL Cancelled My Event

7/23/2015 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0722-tony-romo-getty-02Tony Romo knows how to apologize ... FaceTime and free booze -- that's how the NFL star made good with 200 fans who got screwed out of an event he was supposed to host.

TMZ Sports found out Romo rented a fancy Las Vegas lounge to throw a party for people who bought tickets to what was supposed to be his fantasy football convention. As we reported ... the event was cancelled when the NFL said Tony hosting in a casino would be a violation of league rules.

So, the Cowboys QB called an audible -- inviting ticket holders to Fizz champagne lounge in Caesar's Palace. Besides a free drink, they got an autographed Romo poster -- AND Tony himself FaceTimed in for a quick chat. 

Even Giants fans would have to admit ... pretty cool of Tony. But they probably wouldn't.

Reggie Bush

My Rolls-Royce Is Killing Me

... At the Gas Pump

7/23/2015 8:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Reggie Bush has normal people problems -- the price of gas is absolutely crushing his new 49ers contract ... every time he has to refuel his feakin' Rolls-Royce. Yeah, don't feel too bad for him. 

Reggie was gassing up his sick Rolls in Brentwood ... and our photog gave him some dap on the new baby he and his wife just had -- but he was totally distracted by the pillaging going on at the pump. 

Check out the hit his wallet took. It'll make you feel better about your Prius ... for a while. 

Then you'll quickly go back to wishing you had a Rolls.

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Eddie George

Performs Shakespeare

... On Streets Of L.A.

7/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is former NFL star Eddie George ... performing Shakespeare in the streets ... for a TMZ Sports camera guy.

George ... who's been doing Shakespeare for years now ... was out at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills when our camera guy asked if he could rattle off a few lines from one of his favorite Billy Shakes plays.

Check out the clip -- Eddie doesn't miss a beat diving into one of his favorite passages from "Othello" ... and we got to say ... dude is pretty good.

To thine own self be true, Eddie.

NFL's Justin Hunter

Sucker Punched Victim

... Prosecutors Say

7/21/2015 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0720-justin-hunter-getty-01Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter fights like a bitch ... sucker punching a man outside a Virginia bar in a ferocious attack ... this according to prosecutors. 

Hunter just appeared in court in Virginia Beach ... where his mother was inside the courtroom crying ... as Justin faced charges he assaulted a man at Sandbar Raw Bar on July 3rd. 

Prosecutors say Hunter and his friends approached another group of guys they didn't know and began arguing ... and at some point during the argument, Hunter began throwing punches. 

The victim, prosecutors say, fell to the ground ... and Hunter and his pals continued to beat and kick the man. 

Officials say the man eventually got up and left the bar -- and was outside spitting up blood -- when Hunter got out of a Range Rover and sucker punched him while he was hunched over. 

The victim claims he was hospitalized for 2 days -- with a broken jaw, cracked tooth ... and also had a tooth knocked out. 

Hunter is due to be released from custody on $25,000 bond. He's due back in court in September. 

Titans WR Justin Hunter

ARRESTED IN VIRGINIA

Over Brutal Bar Fight

7/20/2015 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was arrested in Virginia today ... after allegedly beating up someone in a crazy bar fight earlier this month. 

Cops say Hunter was involved in a brawl at the Sandbar Raw Bar in Virginia Beach on July 3rd -- where a victim was transported to a hospital to treat the injuries. 

Hunter surrendered to authorities on Monday and was charged with felonious assault. He's being held at Virginia Beach City Jail. 

The 24-year-old is set to be arraigned tomorrow. 

Story developing ...

Robert Kraft

Trump's a Financial Genius

7/20/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump just got some praise from a very powerful man -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft ... who hailed Donald as a financial wizard ... even if he turned down a chance to buy the Pats in the '80s. 

There are reports Trump had a shot to buy New England in 1988 for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million ... but passed 'cause he didn't think it was worth it. 

Kraft bought the team in '94 for $172 mil -- and now they're reportedly valued at $2.6 BILLION!! 

So, when Kraft was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood last night, we asked about the Trump story -- to which he replied, "Donald Trump's a very good investor. I wouldn't question anything he does."

We thought we could sense some sarcasm in the statement -- but it turns out, Kraft and Trump have been good friends for 20 years ... so, maybe a serious compliment? 

We also asked about Rob Gronkowski's party habits and Tom Brady's suspension -- but he would comment on ONE of the players ... wanna guess which? 

J.J. Watt's College Teammate

Exposes Hilarious MTV Cameo

'We Gave Him S**t For It'

7/15/2015 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know ... J.J. Watt was on an MTV reality-ish show before he became an NFL superstar???? 

His former college teammates did ... including SF 49ers cornerback Marcus Cromartie who tells TMZ Sports the entire Wisconsin Badgers squad gave him crap for it back in 2009. 

First off, Cromartie has nothing but GREAT things to say about Watt -- but when we asked if he thought Watt could hack it in Hollywood, that's when Marcus brought up his MTV past. 

Turns out, Watt had a guest role on a docuseries called, "College Life" -- which followed real life college students at UW (it only lasted one season). 

J.J. -- sporting an incredible sideways beanie/cap at the time -- was the "crush" of one of the stars ... who raved about Watt being a really nice guy.

Check out the clip ...  the girls are clearly smitten with the football player -- but clown him over his mode of transportation at the time. 

Who's laughing now? 

NFL's Aaron Kromer

Son Will Be Charged in Beach Attack

7/14/2015 2:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0714-aaron-kromer-getty-01The 21-year-old son of Buffalo Bills line coach Aaron Kromer has been charged with battery for his alleged role in a beach attack of 3 underage boys ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Officials in Walton County, Florida tell us ... Zach Kromer was hit with charges this afternoon. Zach is accused of confronting the boys with his father in a heated altercation over beach chairs. 

FYI -- Zach is 6'2" and 170 lbs ... according to the police report. 

Aaron allegedly punched one of the boys in the face. Officials clearly believe Zach also got physical during the incident. 

A rep for the Walton County Sheriff's Office says the State Attorney is also considering charging Aaron with child abuse. 

Aaron has been put on paid leave by the Bills while the investigation continues. 

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