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Ex-Cowboys Player Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison ... For Sexual Assault

7/1/2016 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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070116-cj-spillman-gettyEx-Dallas Cowboys cornerback C.J. Spillman was just sentenced to 5 years in prison after he was convicted of sexual assault. 

The 30-year-old was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Texas resort back in 2014. He admitted to the sex, but claimed it was consensual. 

Spillman -- who played in the NFL from 2009 to 2015 -- was convicted of sexual assault during a hearing on Thursday. He was facing up to 20 years in prison. 

We're told Spillman appeared to be in good spirits after the verdict was read. He was there with his mother and kept telling her, "It's going to be okay."

We're told Spillman plans to appeal. 

Story developing ... 

NFL's Tarvaris Jackson I Have No Cash ... I Need a Public Defender

7/1/2016 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-tarvaris-jackson-getty-01NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson -- who reportedly made more than $13 MILLION during his 9 year career -- requested a public defender in his assault case ... claiming he has no cash to his name. 

It's all laid out in court docs obtained by TMZ Sports ... stemming from a June 24th incident in which the ex-Seahawks QB allegedly pulled a gun on his wife and threatened to shoot her. 

33-year-old Jackson was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and faces prison time if convicted -- but instead of locking up an expensive high powered attorney, Jackson requested a public defender ... which costs exactly $FREE-99. 

In the court docs, Jackson says he has no income, no savings, no banks accounts, stocks, etc ... all he owns is a $100,000 car. 

But the judge didn't buy TJ's broke claims -- denying his request for a free public defender -- essentially forcing the QB to pay for his own lawyer. 

By the way, the judge also ordered TJ to not drink ANY booze while out on bond and to stay away from all bars. He was also ordered to hand over all of his guns. 

Johnny Manziel Sobriety Starts .... TODAY!

7/1/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Today is July 1st ... or as Johnny Manziel calls it -- the first day of sobriety!! 

Earlier this week, Manziel told TMZ Sports ... he was cutting out all booze, partying and other stuff TODAY -- replacing it with a clean diet and exercise so he could focus on his NFL comeback. 

Manziel has been partying in an expensive mansion in Cabo -- where at least one of his fellow house guests posted pics of baggies full of white powder -- but Johnny insisted it's not his stuff. 

Question is ... can Johnny pull it together and stick to his sober comeback plan? He swears he's serious about it. 

Johnny Manziel NFL Suspends QB 4 Games 'Substance Abuse Violation'

6/30/2016 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_johnny_manziel_NFL_gettyMight seem moot ... but Johnny Manziel will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy ... league sources tell TMZ Sports

We're told the violation was NOT due to a performance enhancing drug. 

Manziel has said he plans to make an NFL comeback -- but we're told if by some miracle he did get signed to a team, he will be forced to sit out the first 4 games of the season. 

The good news, we're told the suspension does NOT roll over -- meaning if he signs a contract for the 2017 season, he wouldn't have to miss a game for this particular infraction. 

We're told the suspension has nothing to do with Manziel's legal issues -- it was specifically handed down because of the substance abuse violation. 

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Johnny Manziel Has Real Shot at NFL Comeback ... Says Ex-NFL QB

6/30/2016 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Don't count Johnny Manziel out just yet ... 'cause there's at least one person who believes the QB could still salvage his NFL career. 

We spoke with ex-NFL quarterback Chris Simms -- son of Phil Simms -- who says Manziel might not have a shot in hell of making a roster in 2016 ... but if he's serious about a comeback, he might have a chance next year. 

It's a big "if" ... but Chris says it's still possible -- and lays out the steps Manziel will have to take.

Hint -- staying sober is a HUGE part of the plan. 

By the way, we also asked Simms about Tom Brady -- since he was a coaching assistant with the Patriots in 2012 -- and he says straight up Tom SHOULD finally serve his suspension this year. 

NFL's Matt Stafford Couples Beach Vacation ... With Matt Ryan

6/29/2016 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629-matt-sarah-ryan-instagram-01They're rivals on the field ... but Matt Stafford and Matt Ryan are on the same team when it comes to vacationing! 

The Detroit Lions QB and the ATL Falcons QB just wrapped up a couples vacation with their smokin' hot wives in the Bahamas. 

In fact, Matt Ryan's wife, Sarah, posted a pic of the 4-some with the caption, "Boats, hoes and bros."

Stafford's wife, Kelly, wrote, "Another epic trip in the books with our fav people. #doublebirds #imthekingoftheworld."

The couples are pretty tight -- and have even played in the same church basketball league together in Atlanta. 

FYI, Matt's Falcons have played Matt's Lions 3 times in their careers -- with Ryan winning 2 of the 3 meetings. 

Johnny Manziel Those Ain't My Drugs ... I'm Going Sober

6/29/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0628-johnny-manziel-cabo-tmz-instagramSomeone's doing drugs in the Mexico house where Johnny Manziel is staying ... but the QB swears it's not his stuff and further says he's going stone-cold sober ... in a few days. 

Check out this picture posted by a woman staying in the house ... holding several bags of what appear to be drugs. She doesn't say whose drugs and does not even insinuate they're tied to Johnny.

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We spoke with Manziel who was adamant they are NOT his drugs ... period. 

"They're absolutely not mine. I don't even know that girl."

Here's what we do know ... Manziel is staying in the insanely expensive Cabo mansion with 20 people, not all of whom he knows.

For his part, Manziel tells TMZ Sports he's NOT doing any drugs in Mexico and says he's going completely sober starting July 1st ... no booze, eating right and training like crazy. 

Manziel has said he's determined to make a comeback to the NFL -- and tells us he's finally ready to get back to work ... right after one last turn up

NFL's Trevone Boykin Charged with Assault ... For Alamo Bowl Bar Fight

6/28/2016 1:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has been charged with assault for allegedly striking a police officer after he was thrown out of a bar days before the Alamo Bowl ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Boykin -- who has since signed with the Seattle Seahawks -- was captured on video being physically removed from Pat O'Briens bar in San Antonio on Dec. 31st ... while throwing punches at staff on the way out. 

Once he was in the street, Boykin can be seen rushing toward bike cops who rolled up to the scene. Officials say he struck one of the officers while they tried to take him into custody.

Boykin was initially booked for assaulting a public servant (a 3rd degree felony), public intoxication and resisting arrest.

But it appears he caught a huge break -- 'cause according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, the 22-year-old was only officially charged with one count of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury. 

If convicted, Boykin faces up to 1 year in jail. 

Court docs say ... multiple officers witnessed the alleged assault. The witnesses say they saw multiple cuts and scrapes on the victim. 

Boykin is due to be arraigned in August. 

Johnny Manziel Runs for the Border ... In Cleveland Browns Jersey

6/28/2016 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0628-johnny-manziel-cabo-airplane-selfie-TWITTER-01Johhny Manziel is Mexico's problem -- at least for the time being -- 'cause the QB just hopped a plane to Cabo ... rocking a Cleveland Browns jersey.

In fact, the jersey is #12 ... his good friend Josh Gordon -- who not only picked up Manziel after a Hollywood car crash back in April, but also partied with Johnny at Coachella

It's a pretty ballsy move for JFB to don the Browns gear considering how Cleveland feels about him -- which begs the question ... sympathy play or laundry day?

Judge for yourself.

Adrian Peterson I'm Gunning for Rushing Record ... 'That's My Goal'

6/28/2016 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Peterson says he ain't ready to retire anytime soon -- telling TMZ Sports he's got his sights set on breaking the rushing record in 2016.  

The Minnesota Vikings running back was leaving The Argyle with a buddy when we asked about a recent interview in which 31-year-old AP discussed how much longer he'd like to play in the NFL. 

When our guy asked if there was a chance he'd hang it up before the season starts, Peterson quickly shut him down -- and told us he expects nothing short of another spectacular season. 

Moral of the story -- get Peterson on your fantasy team ... even if it's a keeper league. 

NFL Legend Buddy Ryan Dead at 82

6/28/2016 6:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0628_Buddy-Ryan_remembering_launchEx-NFL coach Buddy Ryan -- one of the great defensive masterminds of all time -- has died after a long battle with cancer ... his agent confirmed. He was 82. 

Buddy was a key part of the '85 Bears coaching staff -- and was carried off the field when Chicago won the Super Bowl. He was also a coach on the '68 Jets -- the team that won Super Bowl III. 

His sons followed in dad's footsteps -- Rex Ryan is the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and his twin brother, Rob Ryan, is one of Rex's asst. coaches. 

Mike Ditka -- head coach of the '85 Bears -- issued a statement saying, "We lost a good one. There will never be another guy like Buddy, believe me." 

FYI, Buddy is an Army veteran and served during the Korean war. 

RIP. 

NFL's Dan Skuta I Didn't Hit That Woman ... But She Hit Me

6/27/2016 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627-dan-skuta-GETTY-01Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta is adamant he never laid a finger on a woman outside of an Orlando bar last weekend ... but says SHE struck HIM ... and he can prove it. 

As we previously reported, Skuta was arrested for battery on June 19th after a woman told police Skuta shoved her head against a glass window after she refused to give him her phone number. 

But Skuta's lawyer says the woman is lying through her teeth -- and the NFL player has multiple witnesses who can back him up.

We spoke with Skuta's lawyer, Mark NeJame, who tells us straight up -- "Dan is innocent."

"Eye witnesses who we have already received statements from in our initial investigation will attest that Dan was alongside his girlfriend when this fabricated event supposedly took place."

NeJame says the female accuser and another woman were harassing Skuta and his friends -- so the NFL player verbally instructed them to leave his group alone. 

"Dan was then struck in the face by one of the women, as is evidenced by his mugshot which clearly shows where he was struck."

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Skuta's attorney says the NFL player and his girlfriend then turned and walked away from the women "as to avoid further trouble from his attacker."

"Dan never placed his hands on anyone."

NeJame says Skuta has an outstanding reputation in the community and he's been hurt by the allegations ... but he's confident "the full truth will soon be determined."

Colin Kaepernick Cornered Over Cam Newton 'We Ain't the Same Person'

6/27/2016 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bizarre video of Colin Kaepernick ... who was cornered at an L.A. hotel on Friday and interrogated by some overzealous fans -- who forced the 49ers QB to compare himself to Cam Newton.

Kaep was strollin' through the Ritz-Carlton in shorts and a t-shirt when he was stopped by fans asking for some selfies. One of the fans launched into a quasi-pep talk -- it turned weird. 

The fans INSIST Kaep is as great as Cam. Colin's response -- "We ain't the same person."

It gets weirder from there ... but Kaep handles the situation like a pro.  

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