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Ray Rice

Selling Baltimore Mansion

3/27/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327-ray-rice-tmz-02Ray Rice is moving on from Baltimore -- selling the mansion he built in 2012 ... the same year he signed a $35 million contract with the Ravens ... this according to the Baltimore Sun

The 4,736 sq. ft. home was listed at $899,000 -- and the Sun says Ray has already found a buyer. The sale is reportedly set to close in April.  

The house is pretty sweet -- 5 beds, 4.5 baths on 1.08 acres.

0327-SUB-ray-rice-house-realtor-01So, where's Ray headed next? The disgraced running back says he and his wife Janay are moving back to his hometown of New Rochelle, NY. 

Rice is still looking to sign with another NFL team ... so it's possible they could move again ... if anyone is willing to take a chance on the guy. 

Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee

He Told Me He Didn't Kill Odin Lloyd

3/27/2015 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez's fiancee just told the court that she asked the ex-Patriots star point blank if he murdered Odin Lloyd -- and he denied the whole thing. 

Shayanna Jenkins took the stand in Aaron's murder case moments ago and was asked if she ever discussed Lloyd's death with him.

Jenkins explained she asked Aaron about it when he first arrived home from the police station -- saying, "I asked him if he did it and he said 'No.' That was the extent of our conversation."

According to reports, Jenkins turned to Hernandez and mouthed the words "I love you" to Aaron as she walked out of the courtroom. 

Michael Sam

Gay NFL Players Came Out to Me

... Some Are Very Famous

3/27/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327_michael_sam_tmzMichael Sam says there are "a lot" of gay players in the NFL -- including "some famous people" ... but Sam says he is sworn to secrecy and will not reveal their identities. 

Sam spoke with the media in Dallas on Thursday and said, "I am not the only gay person in the NFL. I'm just saying there is a lot of us."

Sam says multiple players have reached out to him and "had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."

"The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they're [on]. I'm just saying there's some famous people, and I'm not the only one."

He also expanded on why he came out at the time he did -- before the 2014 Draft -- saying, "Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn't going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there's gay NFL players."

"There's gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal."

Retired NFLers

Still Living in the Fast Lane ...

Bowling With Rap Stars

3/26/2015 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0326_Benzino_bowling_night_launch_2We now know what former NFL stars like Bryant McKinnie, Edgerrin James, and Willis McGahee do when their pigskin days are over -- they bowl.

A bunch of former NFL stars -- a lot of 'em from Da U -- got together for their weekly bowling night on Wednesday ... but this week had a hip hop twist. Benzino from "Love And Hip Hop Atlanta" hosted, and rapper N.O.R.E. threw 10 frames too. 

Phillip BuchanonDavid Clowney and Larry Johnson also got lanes at Strike 10 Bowling -- and we know what you're asking. Who wins when world class athletes go pin-for-pin against each other?

We're told Clowney and McGahee did the most damage, for what it's worth.

Congrats ... although we're sure they don't hand out rings for that.

NFL's Devon Still

Throwing Anti-Cancer Bash

to Celebrate Daughter's Remission

3/26/2015 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


There's only one way to celebrate a 4-year-old girl beating cancer ... and that's with a Disney princess themed anti-cancer party!

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still and his adorable daughter Leah will be doing just that, now that her cancer has gone into remission. 

The two were on FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia" on Thursday where Devon talked about how he broke the good news to Leah.  

He explained, "For the past 296 days, I’ve been daydreaming about what that feeling would be like, and then finally, I just looked at my daughter and started crying. She knew why I was crying and she asked me ,‘Did I beat up cancer?’ And I told her ‘Yes’ and we just kept hugging and kissing."

Leah, who still has one more round of chemo to go through, talked about wanting to get a pony and about her upcoming party to celebrate her good health ... complete with all the princesses from "Frozen."

And be sure to check out Leah's advice on where she wants her dad to play football. Hint: it's not the team he actually plays for!

Aaron Hernandez

Bomb Threat at Courthouse

3/26/2015 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar10:05 AM PDT -- The bomb threat was bogus and not specifically targeting the Hernandez trial ... according to the D.A.'s office. People are re-entering the courthouse, and the trial will resume at 2 PM EDT.update_grey_gray_barScary moment at the Aaron Hernandez murder trial -- when the courtroom was cleared after officials say someone called in a bomb threat. 

The building was evacuated -- and people were told to wait across the street. 

Earlier in the day, Hernandez's cousin was on the stand ... and says Hernandez's co-defendants seemed jittery on the night Odin Lloyd was murdered. 

Officials are still investigating the bomb threat. 

Story developing ... 

Snoop Dogg

Marshawn Lynch Doesn't Smoke Weed

3/26/2015 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He might have a strain of weed named after him ... and he's always craving Skittles ... but Marshawn Lynch is no stoner ... so says Snoop Dogg

In fact, when our guy brought up the Beastmode strain that started hitting pot shops around Super Bowl time, Snoop made it clear that Marshawn had NOTHING to do with it. 

"My homeboy got a career to play," Snoop says ... "He's still in the NFL. He's got a commissioner to deal with."

There's more -- we also talked to Snoop about UCLA ... and if he's excited to go to the football games with Puff, since their sons will both be on the squad next season. 

He's fired up ... and not just because he pulled out a blunt and smoked it on camera. 

Draya and Orlando Scandrick

No Reality Show For Us

... At Least Right Now

3/26/2015 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Dallas Cowboys can rest easy for the time being ... because Orlando Scandrick and his GF Draya Michele are NOT trying to score their own reality show -- at least not yet. 

The couple hit Hollywood last night ... and with "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada scoring her own spin-off this week ... we had to ask if Draya (who stars on "Basketball Wives LA") would follow in her footsteps. 

"We really don't need to do reality TV," Draya said ... "It's not really our thing."

BTW -- Draya is currently finishing up her 4th season on "Basketball Wives."

So, is it possible the couple could change their stance? Yes. 

Watch the clip. 

NFL's Devon Still

My Daughter's Cancer's In Remission!!!

3/25/2015 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0325-devon-leah-still-instagram-01Great news for the Still family -- Cincinnati Bengals lineman Devon Still just announced his 4-year-old daughter Leah is WINNING her battle against cancer .... because it's officially in remission!!!

You know the back story ... Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma back in June and doctors said she had a 50/50 chance to live. 

Despite the fact he wasn't supposed to make the team, the Bengals signed Devon to a contract so he would continue to get health insurance to cover Leah's medical bills.  

Leah's been fighting like hell ever since ... and Wednesday, Devon announced the tide has turned in her favor. 

"Today we received news from Leah's oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of daydreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling."

"When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her."

"I'm so proud and blessed to call her my daughter. She has made an impact on me and on the world, at the age of four, that I can only wish to make in a lifetime." 

Thank you to my family and friends for the support through all those tough days. Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter to give Leah and our family motivation to keep fighting, a toy that helped Leah get through her days in the hospital, and more importantly a prayer that helped God hear our cries for healing." 

He added, "Thank you to the Bengals for taking on my situation and standing by me and my family and for helping to raise money to fight pediatric cancer."

"Leah is not done with treatments yet. She still needs more to make sure the cancer cells do not return and to build back up her immune system and other damage from the chemo but I know my little warrior will get through it!"

Darren Sharper

Hall of Famers Rally Against Him

'He Isn't Getting In'

3/25/2015 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0325-darren-sharper-hall-of-fame-tmz-01Several NFL Hall of Famers tell TMZ Sports ... they are united AGAINST the possibility of Darren Sharper joining their elite group ... with one star putting it bluntly, "He isn't getting in."

As we previously reported, Sharper is still eligible to make the HOF -- despite the fact he's a convicted rapist -- because voters are instructed to IGNORE the players' off-the-field lives. 

But multiple former NFL stars who are currently enshrined in Canton tell us they don't like the fact that Sharper could join them one day. Here are some of the strongest quotes: 

John Randle (inducted 2010) -- "My gut says he'll never get in. At the end of the day, it looks bad upon the Hall if someone in prison for rape receives that honor. It taints the group."

Willie Roaf ( inducted 2012) -- "If Sharper was inducted, it would shine a bad light on the Hall. He would have to do a complete image makeover. I don't know if that's possible."

Dan Hampton (inducted 2002) -- "Darren Sharper has no business being considered for induction into this exclusive fraternity. The systematic commission of these heinous crimes that [he] has committed should preclude him from any HOF consideration. Simple as that."

Another HOFer who wished to remain anonymous went even stronger -- "He isn't getting in. I don't care what the rules say about only considering what happened on the field."

Darren Sharper

Eligible For Hall Of Fame...

Despite Rape Conviction

3/24/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Despite the fact he'll be locked up for the next 9 years, convicted rapist Darren Sharper is still eligible to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- and based on his numbers alone, there's a real possibility it could happen. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Joe Horrigan -- Executive V.P. of the Selection Process for the Pro Football HOF -- who tells us there's nothing in the bylaws preventing a convicted criminal from being enshrined in Canton.  

Horrigan says as long as the player has been out of the league for 5 years and has made at least 1 All-Pro team ... that person is eligible.   

That being said ... the Exec. V.P. says it's POSSIBLE voters will take Sharper's crimes into account when voting for the former New Orleans Saints superstar -- but they're not supposed to.   

FYI ... Sharper played 14 seasons in the league and was a 6-time All-Pro ... widely considered one of the best safeties of his era.

Sharper last played in 2010 ... so he would be eligible as early as 2016. 

Stay tuned ...

NFL's Mike Evans

Off-Season Dunk Session

... I Got Hops

3/24/2015 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If you needed more proof that the Tampa Bay Bucs stud Mike Evans is an athletic freak, TMZ Sports has video of the 6'5" wideout dunking in a pick-up game and we gotta say ... the dude has bounce.

Evans, who tore up the NFL in his rookie season, was visiting his high school down in Galveston, TX when he decided to take time out to show the local kids what a world class athlete looks like.

Watch, admire, be afraid NFL cornerbacks.

#Ballislife #Bunnies #CouldaBeenNBA

Tiki Barber's Wife

We're NOT Doing 'Real Housewives'

3/24/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tiki Barber is no Joe Giudice ... telling TMZ Sports he and his wife are NOT going to sign on for the next season of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" ... despite reports to the contrary. 

The former NY Giants running back and his wife Traci Lynn Johnson were leaving The Palm in NYC when we asked about rumblings that Traci Lynn was in talks to replace Teresa Giudice ... since she's currently locked up. 

But the couple shot down that rumor faster than Teresa could flip a table -- telling TMZ Sports, "Don't believe everything you read."

In fact, when we asked Tiki -- who already runs a celebrity booking company -- about doing ANY reality show, he didn't seem too into the idea ...  telling us he's already got enough jobs. 

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