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Johnny Manziel Friends Concerned ... 'He's Gonna Die'

5/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0523-johnny-manziel-tmzsportsJohnny Manziel's drinking and drug use is worse than ever -- but the QB refuses to seek help ... and now people close to him are convinced he's going to die unless something changes soon.  

Here's what we know ... Manziel has become even more reckless with his drug problem recently -- even blowing lines in front of people he barely knows.

"He's in a horrible downward spiral," one source very close to the QB tells TMZ Sports.  

There have been multiple serious attempts to help Johnny -- with one group of close friends recently sitting him down and "confronting" him about his situation. But, as one source put it, "He flipped out and would not hear it."

His friends are desperately trying to get through to him but haven't been successful -- and they're hoping this story will serve as a wake-up call.  

Maybe Vegas can reach him -- because, as multiple sources have told us, he's become persona non grata at several of the top spots after his violent outburst this past weekend at JEWEL nightclub at the Aria.

"He's too much of a risk," one high-powered nightclub source tells us ... "He's a good guy, but he's a f***ing mess."

Manziel is still living under the delusion that he'll make it back to the NFL -- and recently talked about his comeback plans with TMZ Sports. But no one has seen him training and when we asked him about it last month, the idea of working out seemed like a joke.

Instead, he continues to party like a maniac -- L.A., Vegas, Miami, Coachella, Dallas -- and, as one source put it, "If he continues this way for much longer he will die.” 

His own father expressed grave concern about Johnny back in February -- saying if he doesn't get help, "he won't live to see his 24th birthday."

We reached out to Manziel's rep -- but she told us there was nothing she could say on the matter. 


Maurice Jones-Drew Blasts Chip Kelly Gimmick Coach, Destroyed the Eagles

5/23/2016 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shots. Fired. 

Here's ex-NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew ripping into 49ers coach Chip Kelly -- explaining why he SUCKS as a coach in roughly 60 seconds. 

MJD definitely has a strong point of view ... blaming Kelly's "gimmick offense" for destroying the Philadelphia Eagles. 

He also has a strong message for 49ers fans -- as long as Chip's in charge, you're completely screwed. 


Johnny Manziel NFL Investigating Hollywood Car Crash

5/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0520-johnny-manziel-tmz-01Johnny Manziel is the subject of an active NFL investigation -- with the league taking a particular interest in the QB's role in last month's Mercedes Benz crash on the Sunset Strip.

We broke the story ... Manziel told police he was the passenger in an S550 that smashed into a light pole after a night of partying back in April. Neither Johnny nor the driver was arrested or charged with a crime.

0520-sub-johnny-manziel-tmz-01Turns out, the car was a rental -- and the guy who owns it is pissed ... claiming Manziel and the suspected driver refuse to pay for any of the damages. 

We spoke with Wayne Schneider -- owner of PCLA (which rents luxury vehicles) -- who says the total damage was $90,000. He claims Manziel promised to buy a new car, but says he hasn't heard a peep from him. 

Schneider says he went to the NFL for help -- and was contacted by NFL investigators looking to gather information on the incident. 

Our NFL sources tell us the car crash probe is part of a "larger Manziel investigation which is ongoing."

However, with Manziel not currently in the league, he's not subject to league discipline -- but we're told the NFL is covering its bases anyway in case Manziel does eventually sign with a team. 

We reached out to Johnny for comment -- so far, no word back. 

NFL Legend Thurman Thomas Super Bowl Teammates Reunite For Surprise 50th Birthday

5/19/2016 2:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519_Thurman-Thomas_instagramJim KellyBruce Smith and a gang of Buffalo Bills royalty traveled to Mexico ... all to surprise their former teammate, HOF running back Thurman Thomas ... on his 50th birthday.

TMZ Sports spoke to Thurman's wife, Patti Thomas, who says she surprised T.T. with a 5 day Mexican vacation. She invited 70 of his closest friends ... including Bills legends Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, and Cornelius Bennett.

Oh yeah, Ken Griffey Jr. was there too.

Among the festivities ... a private golf tournament (Thurman's daughter won), some R & R at the pool, and ... French Champagne.

This isn't the first time the Bills have reunited in the 25 years since their first Super Bowl appearance. In February, Kelly and the guys hit up Napa Valley for a wine tasting tour. 



NFL's Derrick Henry Pumped to Work with DeMarco Murray ... 'He's Hungry'

5/19/2016 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry tells TMZ Sports he's fired up about sharing the backfield with DeMarco Murray ... saying he's a "good guy" and a "great leader." 

The '15 Heisman Trophy winner -- and 2nd round pick of the Titans -- touched down at LAX for an NFL rookie event ... so, we had to ask if he was concerned about competing with DM for the starting job. 

But Henry says there's no hostility -- and he's excited to work with a guy who's already "done such a great job in the NFL."

We also asked if he was excited about all the country music in Nashville ... it's clear, that part might take some adjusting. 

Bengals Rookie Tyler Boyd Big Plans for $4 Mil Contract!

5/18/2016 1:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He JUST got rich -- but Bengals rookie wide receiver Tyler Boyd says he's already got big plans for the millions of dollars he's about to bring in ... starting with a HUGE expensive dinner for his teammates. 

Boyd reportedly signed a $4 million contract after being selected in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft -- so, we had to ask ... what's the first big purchase gonna be? 

Check out his answer -- his mother is gonna be STOKED! 

But then we asked about the most expensive ritual in pro sports -- the rookie hazing dinner. 

Shockingly, Boyd says he's already got a plan in place -- and is EXCITED to treat his teammates to one of the finest restaurants in town. 

Careful what you wish for ... just ask Jevon Kearse (see video below). 

Devin Hester 'I Disagree With Pop Warner' Don't Eliminate Kickoffs!!

5/14/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0513_Devin-Hester_pop_warner_gettyNFL superstar Devin Hester -- one of the greatest kickoff returners of all time -- is imploring Pop Warner football to reconsider its ban on kickoffs because... well, isn't it obvious?

"I disagree with that decision," Hester tells TMZ Sports.

FYI -- Pop Warner recently announced it would be eliminating kickoffs in games involving kids between the ages of 5 and 10, citing safety concerns.

Hester says he believes there can be a safe compromise and doesn't want to see his position go extinct.

In fact, when we asked if he thinks the NFL will eliminate kickoffs, he told us, "It's a possibility. The league is always trying to figure out how to prevent injuries and maybe that's what they will try to do."

"But it's a violent sport. At the end of the day, there's no way around it."

"For me being a kick return and punt return specialist, I see it as eliminating a position that guys can be really good at. I don't know if it will help."

Rob Gronkowski Flashes Penis to Supermodel? (Update: Yes.)

5/12/2016 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0512-rob-gronkowski-gronk-gq-cover-02update_graphic_red_bar9:23 AM PT -- We asked GQ if Gronk was really fully naked for the shoot. 

The answer -- "Yes, he was naked."

Boom. update_grey_gray_barSo, here's a pic from Gronk's highly anticipated GQ article ... in which the photo shoot motivation was apparently, "Surprise! Here's my dong!" 

The flashee in the shot is supermodel Hailey Clauson -- who teamed up with the Pats tight end for the cover of the upcoming June issue of the magazine

0512-rob-gronkowski-gronk-gq-cover-03The guy who wrote the article about Gronk spent some time embedded with the NFL star and described his life the following way:

"Gronkowski seems to exist in a permanent shower of champagne spray and nightclub-foam-party foam ... all without ever seeming like a creepy douchebag.”



'WAGS' Star Drops Clues About Mystery Baller BF ... 'Skins to Win?

5/12/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tia Shipman didn't exactly spill the beans when we asked about her new pro athlete BF, but she slipped us enough hints to help us crack the case! We think.

The actress just joined the "WAGS" cast, and when we saw her out in West Hollywood we tried our best to get the name of the baller she's banging. Check out the vid ... Tia refused to give up the surprise, but played along with our game of 20ish questions.

We walked away thinking it's the Washington Redskins new cornerback Greg Toler.

See what you think.

NFL Auction Selling Seahawks 'Used Draft Chair'

5/11/2016 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0511_seahawks-chair-nflWant your ass to feel what it's like to be a Seahawks team rep during the NFL Draft?

Well, now you can ... 'cause the league is auctioning off a "used draft chair" -- which was sat in by an official Seahawks team rep at Radio City Music Hall from 2011 to 2014! 

Yes, you can own the seat that may have been sat in by the person who may have turned in the selection card to draft Russell Wilson

The auction started at $40 ... it's already over $500!!! (Proceeds from the auction benefit multiple charities connected to the NFL).

Good luck!

Broncos Cheeleaders Adios Clothes!! Hot Mexican Bikini Shoot

5/11/2016 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0511_broncos_cheerleaders_calendar_photoshoot_launch_v2Turns out what happens in Mexico ... we get to drool over ... 'cause the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders hit Cancun for their annual team swimsuit shoot and the pics are muy caliente.

The newly cemented 2016 squad took over the RIU hotel and snapped off some photos hot enough to make Denver fans forget Mark Sanchez is their franchise QB.

Lawrence Taylor Stumped By The Kardashians

5/11/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Kardashians just did what no lineman could ever do ... they stopped Lawrence Taylor dead in his tracks. 

It started out when LT was hit with a hypothetical -- if your grandkids ever ask who the Kardashians are, how will you explain it to them?  

Taylor's response is priceless ... just watch.

Odell Beckham's Cousin Not Giving Up on NFL 'Several Teams Interested'

5/10/2016 11:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0510-terron-beckham-nfl-INSTAGRAM-01No Jets? No problem ... 'cause Odell Beckham's cousin Terron Beckham says he refuses to give up on his NFL dream -- telling TMZ Sports he's already gotten interest from other teams. 

FYI, Terron had a tryout with the NY Jets this week -- but the team elected not to sign the running back, despite praising his athletic ability. 

Now, the 23-year-old musclebound fitness freak -- who hasn't played organized football since 2010 -- says it's on to the next one.

"I have my experience with my first team under my belt and got the nerves out ... and now I'm ready for the next opportunity."

So, who's up next? 

"I've been talking to my agent and he said there are definitely teams that have reached out and are interested. He didn't say which teams yet."

Bottom line for Terron -- "I am definitely going to make it in the NFL. There is no doubt in my mind."

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