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Mike Pouncey & Carlos Dunlap Insulted Over Bench Press Question

5/26/2018 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wanna REALLY piss off an NFL lineman? Here's how ... 

Ask 'em -- seriously -- if they can bench press 315 lbs. and then watch their reaction. 

Mike Pouncey and Carlos Dunlap were so offended we had the audacity to call their strength into question, they shut us down right in front of Catch in West Hollywood!

Obviously, they were just playin' ... but you can tell they weren't ALL THE WAY playin'. 

What's even funnier ... we asked if Odell Beckham's 315-pound bench press should count (because of the 2-finger spot from his trainer) ... and Dunlap hit us with the real talk -- HELL NO!

Don't get it twisted, both Pouncey and Dunlap think Beckham is a stud receiver -- but when it comes to weightlifting, they don't mess around!!!

Ex-NBA Commish David Stern Roger Goodell's Doing A 'Great Job' ... w/ Nat'l Anthem Protests

5/25/2018 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Roger Goodell is doing a helluva job as NFL commish ... and that's coming from a guy who ran the NBA for 30 years, David Stern.

TMZ Sports saw Stern in NYC ... and with the debate over the NFL's new rule on the National Anthem protest raging ... we asked the former commish how he'd handle the controversy.

Stern didn't exactly answer the question ... but he did offer a ringing endorsement to the NFL's head honcho.

"I think that commisioner Goodell is doing a great job in difficult circumstances."

He went on to say ... "I think every league needs rules to cover every situation. I don't know what rule I would implement, but there should be a rule that treats everyone fairly, and uniformly."

FYI -- the new regulation has been polarizing. Prez Trump and VP Pence applauded the league ... while others have been super critical of Goodell and the NFL.

We also talked to Stern about LeBron and the NBA playoffs.

Ex-NFL star T.J. Houshmandzadeh Sues Weed Club Owners ... You Jacked My $200K!!

5/24/2018 4:07 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former Cincinnati Bengals star T.J. Houshmandzadeh claims he got bamboozled into fronting hundreds of thousands of dollars for a bogus weed business.

The retired WR filed suit against two men -- Damien Marzett and John Wiegman -- for allegedly convincing him to invest $200K into construction for their new dispensary under false pretenses.

In the docs obtained by TMZ Sports, T.J. claims Marzett and Wiegman approached him in 2015, trying to get him to fund a new weed club in L.A. ... which they said would make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.

He also claims they signed a contract to pay him back interest of $180K by Dec. 2017 if he floated them the dough.

Well, he says he paid ... but never saw any of that money by the due date -- and eventually learned they didn't even have a license to operate a weed club in the state.

He wants a judge to make them fork over the $380k he says he's owed ... plus damages.

Deion Sanders Tom Brady Doesn't Need OTAs ... To Win a Super Bowl

5/24/2018 3:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Deion Sanders has a message for people worried about Tom Brady skipping organized team activities (OTAs) this week ...

WHOOOOO CARES!?!?!?

TMZ Sports asked Primetime -- who claims to have only attended OTAs twice during his Hall of Fame career -- about TB12 no-showing at the voluntary practices ... and he says it's NBD because Brady's already proven what he can do.

ICYMI -- Bill Belichick seemed pissed about Tom's absence from Patriots OTAs ... telling reporters, "I'm not gonna talk about the people who aren't here," on Tuesday.

Sanders ain't looking into that either ... saying that's always how the coach acts.

Bottom line -- Sanders says it's inevitable Brady and Co. are headed for Super Bowl 53 in ATL this year ... and no rumored beef is gonna keep the Patriots from making it happen.

Warren Moon Kneeling Rule Was Right Decision ... Not Perfect, But Close

5/24/2018 1:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon says the NFL's kneeling rule isn't a perfect solution to the national anthem protests ... but in his opinion, it's the right thing to do to turn the focus back to football.

League owners sent shockwaves through the sports world, announcing penalties for any player who elects to kneel on the field while the national anthem is played.

Some were outraged, saying the league is unfairly muzzling the players -- but Moon doesn't agree, and told TMZ Sports it was time to get back to concentrating on football.

"This way all the attention goes back to the anthem and takes it away from the players, which it should be, because the anthem is the anthem and it should stand alone because it's for everybody."

Warren also said the solution wasn't without it's flaws, but was "as close to perfect as you're gonna get," because all the controversy was hurting the business of the NFL.

The NFLPA is currently mulling whether or not the new rule is a violation of the current CBA ... but it's clear Moon is right about the owners wanting to deal a death blow to the protests.

NFL's Terrance Williams The Wrecked Lambo ... Photos & Video

5/24/2018 9:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:30 PM PT -- We talked to Williams' attorney, Chip Lewis, who tells us his client was as truthful as possible when he issued a statement following the crash where he denied hitting the light pole.

Lewis says Williams closed his eyes as he braced for impact when he veered off the road. Lewis says it is possible that Williams hit the light pole -- however, Terrance doesn't recall that part of the crash.

In addition, Lewis says that Williams hit his head during the crash ... and that could account for some memory issues. Lewis plans to send Williams to a neurological doctor.Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams appeared to be a drunken mess when cops found him after his Lamborghini crash ... and now TMZ Sports has the videos and the photos.  

The Frisco PD says the responded the crash scene around 4:40 AM on May 19th -- and saw a blue 2017 Lambo Huracan smashed next to a light pole with no driver inside. 

Cops say they found Williams a short distance away ... who appeared WASTED drunk while riding an electric bicycle.

In fact, cops say they watched him falling over the bike -- and it's on video. 

When cops were grilling Williams about the accident, he said he wasn't the driver, according to the police report ... and blamed the crash on an "idiot" friend Kendall Wright. 

According to the police report, Terrance said Kendall left the crash scene and went to a club -- but called Terrance to let him know where to find the car. 

Cops didn't believe Terrance ... because Williams' cell phone was actually inside the Lambo. 

Plus, cops say they found the key to the vehicle in Terrance's pocket when they searched him. 

Terrance later released a statement saying he did NOT hit a light pole -- and only crashed after swerving to avoid a driver in front of him who had slammed on the brakes. Williams didn't say what he hit, only saying he hopped the curb. 

But, the photos show the Lambo right next to a downed light pole ... with obvious damage to the front left side of the car. 

Richie Incognito Claimed to Be NSA Agent ... Cops Say

5/24/2018 11:19 AM PDT
Breaking News

Richie Incognito was suffering an "altered, paranoid state" when confronted by police at a Florida gym ... "and believed ordinary citizens were government officials that were tracking him."

That's just one part of the disturbing police report describing the bizarre events at Lifetime Fitness in Boca Raton, Florida on May 23. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... cops were called to the gym when another patron said the NFL lineman snapped and attacked him with a dumbbell

When cops arrived, they asked Incognito what was going on and his answer was troubling.

"There's a guy walking around with headphones on," Incognito said ... "I'm running NSA class level 3 documents through my phone. I can't have anybody in blue tooth capability of me or taking pictures of me."

The officer says he asked Incognito why the government was trying to watch him and Richie told the cop he didn't have high enough clearance. 

When pressed by officers, Incognito told a nearby woman to call the FBI. 

Cops ultimately decided to detain Incognito for an involuntary psychiatric hold -- but, due to his large frame, they decided to cuff him in two sets of handcuffs linked together. 

He was transported to a nearby mental health facility for evaluation. 

As we previously reported, several people close to Richie are concerned for his well-being -- including the gym attack victim -- and they all want him to get the help he needs.

Donald Trump Players Who Don't Stand Don't Belong In America!

5/24/2018 5:56 AM PDT
Breaking News

Donald Trump fully supports the new NFL policy on the national anthem -- he says players who don't stand should maybe "not be in the country."

The President spoke with "FOX & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade -- saying, "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing. You shouldn't be there."

He added. "Maybe you shouldn't be in the country."

There's one part of the new policy Trump didn't like -- the option players have to stay in the locker room.

"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms. But still I think it's good."

Of course, Trump has been railing for a while against players who demonstrate during the anthem -- and wanted NFL owners to fire Colin Kaepernick for starting the movement

By the way, Donald Trump has bragged how much he opposed the Vietnam War -- the method of protest back then was burning the flag. 

Common NFL Anthem Policy Is Un-American

5/24/2018 6:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Common says the new NFL anthem policy is robbing players of their freedom of speech -- and that's not what this country is supposed to be about. 

"I just think ... telling people what they should do during a ceremony is not really what the country is based on," Common told us while out in Bev Hills. 

"Freedom of speech, freedom to be who you are ... This country is supposed to be about us being independent and being able to be who we are. Especially in a ceremony where people aren't trying to disrespect anything."

Common says Colin Kaepernick's intent with his demonstration wasn't to disrespect the flag or the military -- but rather put a spotlight on racial injustice, specifically the wave of black people being killed by police.  

But at the end of the day, Common says the NFL is a business and the kneeling was hurting the bottom line ... so the NFL made a business move. 

Richie Incognito Video Shows NFL Star In Cuffs

5/24/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports obtained video showing Richie Incognito being detained outside of a gym in Boca Raton, Florida ... and you can clearly see police handcuffed the NFL star before taking him away. 

We broke the story ... cops were called to Life Time Gym early Wednesday morning after he allegedly threw a dumbbell at another gym patron. He was taken into custody and placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold. 

Sources tell us ... Incognito had been acting bizarrely at the gym the previous day -- but his behavior hadn't turned violent. 

We spoke with several people close to Incognito who tell us they've been concerned about the NFL lineman for months ... and have been trying to help him -- to no avail. 

Everyone we spoke with had the same message -- including the victim in the gym incident -- they all want Richie to get help. 

NFL's Reuben Foster Dom. Violence Case Dropped ... After GF Denies Attack

5/23/2018 4:16 PM PDT
Breaking News

A judge has officially dropped the felony domestic violence case against 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster after his ex-girlfriend told the court she lied about a violent attack back in February. 

Foster was arrested on Feb. 11 after officials say he punched the woman in the face 8 to 10 times causing serious injuries including a ruptured eardrum.

But, the woman completely changed her story when she testified in court last month ... claiming she made the whole thing up because he was going to dump her and she was pissed. 

"I wanted him to go down," she told the court. 

Foster appeared in a Santa Clara County courtroom on Wednesday when the judge announced the domestic violence case would be dismissed due to insufficient evidence. 

Foster was also facing a felony gun charge for possession of an assault weapon -- since officials say they found a SIG Sauer 516 with a high-capacity magazine during the search of Foster's home -- but that charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. 

While Foster appears to be good to return to the football field ... he still has another court date to worry about stemming from his January weed arrest in Alabama. He'll be back in court for that on June 20.

NY Jets CEO Screw The NFL's Anthem Rule ... I'll Pay The Fines!!

5/23/2018 2:43 PM PDT
Breaking News

NY Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson says to hell with the NFL's new policy on restricting anthem protests ... and vows to pay  the fines HIMSELF if his players kneel!

"If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players," Christopher told Newsday.

"There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear."

FYI, Christopher is the brother of team owner Woody Johnson -- who is currently serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, after being nominated by President Trump

Johnson added that while he prefers his players stand, he says it's not his nor the league's place "to put restrictions on the speech of our players."

The policy was shredded by critics almost immediately after it was announced ... but it appears Johnson and the Jets have found a workaround.

Malcolm Jenkins Rips NFL Anthem Policy 'Won't Let It Silence Me'

5/23/2018 2:32 PM PDT
Breaking News

Malcolm Jenkins says he will not let the NFL's new national anthem policy "silence me or stop me from fighting" ... saying the owners are "[thwarting] the players' constitutional rights."

The Philadelphia Eagles star never took a knee during the anthem -- but did raise his fist -- and has been very outspoken about players like Colin Kaepernick having the right to protest if they so choose. 

So, when the NFL announced the new anthem policy on Wednesday -- requiring players on the field to stand -- Jenkins sounded off. 

"What NFL owners did today was thwart the players' constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country," Jenkins says.

"Everyone loses when voices get stifled."

"While I disagree with this decision, I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting."

"The national conversation around race in America that NFL players forced over the past 2 years will persist as we continue to use our voices, our time and our money to create a more fair and just criminal justice system, end police brutality and foster better educational and economic opportunities for communities of color and those struggling in this country."

"For me, this has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism but doing what we can to effect real change for real people. #thefightcontinues."

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