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Le'Veon Bell My Music's As Good as Drake, Rick Ross & Future

3/29/2017 4:49 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Big day for Le'Veon Bell ... whose brand new rap album "Post Interview" cracked the iTunes Top 10 Hip-Hop charts today -- and the NFL star tells us he thinks his rhyme skills are on par with the best in the game.  

The Steelers running back joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs tonight on FS1) and says he's HONORED to be on the same list as guys like Drake, Rick Ross and Future. 

In fact, Bell says he strongly believes he's just as talented as them ... adding, "my music is just as good as those guys." 

No question Bell's poppin' right now ... his single "Shrimp Bayless" has almost 1 million plays on his SoundCloud page. 

And get this ... he's also getting ready to drop a new single featuring Snoop -- and says it's straight fire. 

Stay tuned for that one. 

NFL Star T.J. McDonald Suspended 8 Games In Reckless Driving Case

3/29/2017 3:07 PM PDT
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NFL star T.J. McDonald just got hit with an 8 game suspension from an arrest last year when the stud safety allegedly hit a parked car. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... McDonald was arrested for DUI in May after getting into a car accident in L.A. 

Prosecutors dropped the DUI charge ... but McDonald pled no contest to reckless driving and was sentenced to 36 months probation, 200 hours of community service, and 3 months in an alcohol program.

T.J. -- who spent 4 seasons with the Rams -- is currently an unsigned free agent, and is considered one of the best remaining available players.

Kurt Warner Goes To Bat For Colin Kaepernick ... 'Hoping' He Gets NFL Job

3/29/2017 2:46 PM PDT
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Here's Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner proving he's not an NFL GM ... 'cause he says he hopes Colin Kaepernick finds a job as an NFL quarterback next season.

Colin has yet to find a new team, and many believe a major reason is his off-field activism, which some believe is a huge turn off to even the most quarterback needy squads.

We got Warner out at LAX and asked if he thought Colin would get another shot and Warner made it clear ... he hopes it happens, and he thinks Kaep's past success means he deserves the shot.

What's fascinating here is that Warner isn't the most liberal guy in the world, and his opinion here seems to be based purely on football, and he's giving a nod to Colin most aren't.

Adrian Peterson Training with Jameis Winston ... Hangin' with Bucs WRs

3/29/2017 12:20 PM PDT
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Here's another clue Adrian Peterson could be in Tampa Bay next season ... he's training with Jameis Winston and hanging out with some of the biggest stars on the team. 

Peterson was out in Houston this week training with Tim Grover -- the fitness guru who's worked with guys like Michael Jordan, Kobe and Dwyane Wade

He worked out with Jameis and praised the young QB's work ethic -- "I really enjoyed being in the backfield and marveling at [Winston] and the confidence & leadership he displayed around so many veteran guys. Really impressive!"

After the session. AP hit the nightlife scene with Jameis ... as well as Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

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Also noteworthy ... James Harden, Trent Williams and Lou Williams kicked it with the star-studded group. 

Look, it's no lock AP signs with the Bucs ... but it seems to be a good sign -- especially with Tampa Bay in need of a solid running back. 

Michael Irvin Under Investigation for Sexual Assault He Says She's Lying

3/29/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0328_michael-irvin_tmzMichael Irvin is being investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a Ft. Lauderdale hotel ... something he vigorously denies.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports, a 27-year-old Florida woman filed a police report, claiming she and the NFL Hall of Famer were out at a bar in the early hours of March 21 when they went back to the W hotel, where Michael was staying.

The woman says they were in Michael's room when she began to feel sick. She says the last thing she remembers is fighting him off. She says when she woke up he was about to check out, leaving her behind. She took an Uber home and called 911 at 7:30 AM.

She told cops she feared she was drugged and raped. She was advised to go to a medical lab for a swab and a blood test, which she did.

She says she also texted Michael, asking him if they had sex. She says he responded that he wouldn't do anything to hurt her.

Our sources say Michael, now an analyst at NFL Network, tells a very different story. He says he was out at a bar with a group of people, including the woman, until around 4:30 AM March 21, when he returned to his hotel and she followed. Michael says he had an early flight, was in the room for only 15 minutes and had no sexual contact with the woman. He also says another male was present.

He says the woman -- a cosmetologist -- texted him a day later saying, "Come for a facial when you get back to Ft. Lauderdale."

Irvin's lawyer, Larry Friedman, tells TMZ Sports, "Michael was in Ft. Lauderdale visiting his nieces and nephews at a track meet. He was also visiting his 90-year-old aunt and attending her birthday party. He was blindsided by news of these allegations."  

Friedman adds, "The allegations are completely false. In the few hours since we've learned about them we've already discovered many red flags about this young woman's background and the allegations she made against Michael. Even the complaint that she made specifically says she does not recall the events that took place. She was very drunk that night. Nothing happened and there was no assault."

Police are investigating.

Brandon Marshall Sees Naked Jay Cutler Pic ... Epic Hilarity Ensues!

3/29/2017 6:27 AM PDT
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Brandon Marshall could hardly believe it when we told him Jay Cutler posed for a nude pic on the beach in Mexico ... but when we SHOWED him, the NFL star lost his mind!

It's hilarious ... especially since Brandon has known Jay since they were drafted to the Broncos together back in 2006 and clearly didn't expect the QB to do anything like this!

Marshall even calls his wife over to look at the pic while laughing uncontrollably and ends with a funny message to Cutler.

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Tim Brown Raiders Players Are Under Control ... Vegas Won't Be An Issue

3/28/2017 4:03 PM PDT
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NFL Hall of Famer Tim Brown is completely confident the Raiders will be able to keep their players out of trouble ... despite the team's relocation to Las Vegas.

Brown -- who was initially worried about the move -- admits he's changed his mind and now thinks the team will control their personnel ... even if it means camping outside their homes!!

As for the 180 -- Brown says he realized the guys have the money to get in trouble wherever they are ... and Vegas is no different.

Fair point ... but we gotta say, trouble is a LOT more fun in Sin City.

Raiders Owner Mark Davis Knows Vegas Can Be Trouble ... We'll Protect Our Players

3/27/2017 12:01 PM PDT
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Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis says he's already had talks with team officials about the dangers of Sin City and plans to work with players to keep them out of trouble in their new home. 

Moments after the Raiders got team owner approval to move from Oakland to Vegas, Mark spoke with reporters, including FOX 11's Liz Habib ... and was asked about Brandon Marshall's concerns with an NFL team in Vegas. 

The NY Giants WR previously told TMZ Sports the idea of young guys with lots of money in Vegas sounds like a bad idea. 

Davis says he's talked about it with other Raiders honchos and said, "There are things that we'll be doing" to help protect his guys. 

Davis was also asked if his legendary father, Al Davis, liked Las Vegas and why -- his answer is pretty funny. 

Trevone Boykin Investigated For Probation Violation ... Jail On the Line

3/27/2017 10:00 AM PDT
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0327-trevone-boykin-getty-02Things just went from bad to worse for Trevone Boykin ... his latest arrest may have triggered a probation violation that could land him behind bars for up to a year.

The Seahawks QB is still on probation from his San Antonio bar fight arrest from 2015 -- the terms of which required him to stay out of trouble.  

But now that he's been arrested for public intoxication and drug possession in Dallas, prosecutors tell TMZ Sports they're looking into whether Boykin violated his probation. 

If prosecutors move forward to revoke his probation, officials say he faces up to 1 year in Bexar County Jail and up to a $4,000 fine. 

As we previously reported, Boykin was arrested on Dec. 31st, 2015 ... but didn't strike a plea deal until June 2016. 

Pacman Jones Pleads Not Guilty To Hotel Assault Charges

3/27/2017 8:32 AM PDT
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0327-pacman-jones-gettyPacman Jones is digging in ... pleading not guilty in his crazy incident at a Cincinnati hotel -- the same incident when he was caught on tape wishing death on a police officer.

The Bengals star was arrested on January 3 for allegedly roughing up a security guard. He was later charged with obstructing official business, disorderly conduct, assault and harassment with a bodily substance for allegedly spitting on a nurse who was trying to take his blood.

The spit charge was dismissed last week -- and now we've learned Jones has pled not guilty to the remaining charges. 

It's a big deal for Jones -- if he's convicted on all counts, he faces up to 8 months in jail. He's due back in court next month.

Of course, Jones could not have been more rude to police during the arrest -- telling one of the officer to "suck my d*ck."

Josh Gordon Proves He's Still An Athletic Freak ... With Insane Dunk Show

3/27/2017 7:54 AM PDT

Josh Gordon wants the whole world -- mainly NFL GMs -- to know he's still a freak athlete, and he's proving it using a sport he doesn't even play.

Gordon is still waiting to be reinstated by the NFL, but is obviously staying in shape, and showed it off with a dazzling array of aerial rim rockers that he posted to social media.

There are reports the Browns will either trade or release Gordon, meaning he'll have to prove to some other team he's still got the tools to dominate.

Either that, or he's trying to make the Lakers. Which seems pretty possible, actually.

Rob Gronkowski Hijacks DJ Booth ... Topless Turn Up

3/27/2017 6:30 AM PDT

Here's Rob Gronkowski dancing funny ... with a water bottle ... without a shirt.

The NFL star took over the DJ booth at Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach on Sunday night ... essentially serving as DJ Carnage's private turn up dancer.

Things got messy when Gronk busted out the water bottle ... but still fun to watch.

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Willie Roaf Manziel To The Saints Is Great ... If He Can Handle New Orleans

3/24/2017 3:05 PM PDT
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Saints Hall of Famer Willie Roaf says he's all for Johnny Manziel taking his talents to the Bayou ... as long as he's ready for the nonstop party that is New Orleans.

There are reports Manziel has been in contact with Saints coach Sean Payton recently, leading some to wonder if there are plans for JM to be the heir apparent to Drew Brees.

Roaf was an 11-time Pro Bowler for the Saints, and when we talked to him about Manziel possibly ending up there, Roaf was in favor of the second chance, but not without warning.

"I think the kid is still young. He has a lot of potential. Hopefully he has his issues under control ... New Orleans is a tough city, it's a lotta nightlife, a lotta drinking."

Roaf goes on to say he believes Johnny can be successful as a Saint, as long as the staff keeps a tight leash on him.

As for what Willie is doing these days -- he told us all about the AWESOME company he's starting with some fellow NFL greats now that their playing days are over.

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