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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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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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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Jameis Winston

Sponsored By Publix

'We Don't Hold a Grudge'

5/1/2015 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0501-jameis-winston-publix-gettyHe stole their shellfish ... but Jameis Winston is now officially sponsored by Publix (by way of the Tampa Bay Bucs) ... and the market says they're all about BURYING THE HATCHET. 

In fact, it was 1 year ago this week that Winston was busted stealing crab legs ... and as fate would have it, Publix happens to be the official supermarket sponsor of the Bucs. 

So, how do store officials feel about teaming up with a guy who jacked their seafood?

"We support our hometown team. We welcome Jameis Winston to the Bucs. We don't hold any grudge against him."

A rep for Publix adds, "We've moved forward, we're past this. We hope Jameis has done the same, and is moving forward."

"Part of our affiliation with the team is to do the right thing for the community. If Jameis has an idea that would make the community better, [we'd] gladly hear out his proposal."

"This is a great opportunity for him to learn from his mistakes. He's going to have a chance to do a lot of good now."

NFL Draft

Randy Gregory 'Not Doing Well'

... After Draft Slide

5/1/2015 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0501-randy-gregory-nflEx-Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is angry, distraught and "extremely disappointed" after not being selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Multiple sources close to Gregory tell us Randy was POSITIVE he'd be selected on the 1st day of the draft -- which is why he agreed to go to Chicago and attend the draft in person in the first place. 

Of course, there was buzz his draft stock had fallen ever since he tested positive for weed at the NFL combine. Before the combine, some experts said he could have been the #1 overall pick. 

So, when the first 32 picks went by last night ... and his name wasn't called ... we're told Randy took it especially hard. 

"Randy is extremely disappointed. We thought he'd drop, no one predicted he'd be out of the first round," one source tells us. 

Another source close to Gregory says, "Randy is a little distraught over last night and didn't even imagine this happening, but he's keeping his faith."

The good news for Randy ... our sources say the draft slide is only motivating him to work harder. 

"His mindset is he's going to show people why they should have picked him. He wants to prove he's a top talent. All of the teams that passed on him ... someone's gonna have a problem."

NFL Draft's Trae Waynes

Did He Celebrate With Lil Jon??

... Yeeeahhhhh!!!!

5/1/2015 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501-waynes-lil-jon-instagramHours after Trae Waynes was taken as the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft ... the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings partied from the windowwwwwww to the wall -- with Lil Jon!! 

The former Michigan State cornerback hit up Studio Paris in Chicago for a post-draft party ... where he rocked the purple and gold to celebrate the fact that he just became a friggin' MILLIONAIRE! 

Congrats! 

Jameis Winston

Backtracks After Crab Leg Pic

... 1st NFL Blunder?!

5/1/2015 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501-jameis-winston-instagramDidn't take long for Jameis Winston to make his first NFL mistake -- deleting his crab leg celebration pic from Instagram hours after he posted it .... and we're guessing he was INSTRUCTED to get rid of it. 

In case you didn't see it, Jameis posted a pic showing him eating a big ol' plate of crab legs -- clearly mocking his whole shoplifting arrest thing from last year. 

But just like that, it was gone. 

BTW -- the timing of the pic is interesting since the NCAA has relaunched an investigation into the incident ... since Winston claims he had a "hook up" at Publix that gave him free food. 

No word if it was the Bucs or Jameis' agent or lawyer who told Winston to pull the pic down -- or maybe he had second thoughts on his own ... but clearly, he realized it was a bad idea ... or else the pic would still be up. 

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