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Aldon Smith Gets Engaged In Front of Joe Montana!

2/24/2018 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Good news for Aldon Smith ... the Oakland Raiders star is officially engaged -- and it all went down right in front of Joe Montana!

The embattled NFL star took his girlfriend, Shawna McKnight, out to Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco -- one of the fanciest spots in town -- for a Valentine's Day dinner ... and they happened to be sitting right next to the 49ers legend. 

During the meal, Smith dropped to his knee and busted out a fat ass diamond -- and popped the question right in the middle of the restaurant!

FYI, she said, "Yes!"

McKnight -- who's a personal trainer -- tells TMZ Sports she's only been dating Smith for about 4 months but they fell madly in love quickly and they're excited to get married. 

As for a wedding date, McKnight says they haven't picked one yet -- their priority is to make sure Smith (who's currently suspended from the league) gets reinstated as soon as possible. 

Congrats!

NFL's Jonathan Martin Detained By Police Over Gun Pic ... High School Closes

2/23/2018 12:14 PM PST
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Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin -- who was at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal -- has been detained by police ... after he allegedly posted a disturbing photo of a gun, ammo and the names of ex-NFL teammates. 

The post first appeared on Martin's Instagram account -- showing an image of a shotgun surrounded by ammunition with the caption, "When you're a bully victim & a coward your options are suicide, or revenge."

He also listed social media handles for ex-Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey.

Martin also posted the name of his former high school -- Harvard Westlake -- one of the most exclusive private schools in the country. 

Harvard Westlake closed the school in the wake of the threats -- telling students to stay off-campus in an abundance of caution. 

Law enforcement tells TMZ Sports ... "The individual we believe to be responsible for the social media post has been detained and the investigation is ongoing."

Martin famously accused Incognito and Pouncey of physically and emotionally abusing him during his stint on the Miami Dolphins in 2013. 

The players claimed they were just harmlessly hazing Martin. 

The NFL conducted an investigation and ruled that Martin was harassed

Aaron Rodgers Races to Mexico w/ Danica ... Besame Mucho!

2/23/2018 8:32 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Things are heating up FAST for Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick -- the couple just shot down to Mexico for a romantic beach vacation ... just days after the Daytona 500. 

The two were spotted cozying up together at a fancy resort in a Mexican beach town -- cuddling, kissing ... you know, doing all the things couples do on beach vacations. 

Aaron and Danica have only been dating for about 2 months -- but things seem pretty serious. They've been spotted around Arizona together and he flew out to Florida this past weekend to watch Danica's final NASCAR race

Danica broke up with her previous boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., back in December. She started dating Aaron almost immediately afterward, but says they've known each other since 2012. 

Ex-NFL Linebacker Murdered By Cocaine Dealers ... Officials Say

2/22/2018 11:04 AM PST
Breaking News

Ex-NFL linebacker Robert Eddins -- who played briefly with the Buffalo Bills -- was shot to death in a basement by 3 drug dealers ... officials say. 

Eddins and another man, Ricardo McFarlin, were murdered in 2016 in an "execution style" shooting at Robert's grandmother's home in Detroit. 

Now, officials have charged 3 men in connection with the killings -- Michael Griffin, Dennis Epps and Mariano Garcia. Officials say all three men were part of a plot to deal more than 5 kilos of cocaine and heroin. 

Prosecutors say the suspects traveled from Alabama to Detroit specifically to kill Eddins -- and in the process, killed the other man as well. 

Cops say both victims were found with gunshots to the head. 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a statement on the case ... saying, "The murders of Eddin and McFarlin is just another example of how violence is intertwined with drug trafficking."

Eddins signed with the Bills in 2011 after going undrafted out of Ball State. He also played with Buffalo in 2012 but only appeared in 1 regular season game.

He later went on to play in the Canadian Football League. 

Warrick Dunn Saquon Barkley Will Crush the NFL But, I've Got Some Advice

2/22/2018 9:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NFL star Warrick Dunn believes Saquon Barkley is gonna run roughshod over the NFL, but it ain't gonna be a cakewalk -- so, Warrick's giving him some RB-to-RB real talk.

We got the 3-time Pro Bowler at LAX ... and he gushed about Saquon -- the Penn State burner who's probably gonna be the first back taken on April 26. 

"I love his game. He's versatile, he can do it all. And he's proven," Dunn told TMZ Sports.

That said, Warrick knows it takes more than raw talent to succeed at the next level ... so he's giving Say-Say a few tips -- and they're all money.

The ex-Buc/Falcon also told us who the next best RB is in this year's class -- and it might surprise you, especially if you follow all the big boards (it's OK, draft nerds, we're with you).

Kirk Cousins Should Make Jets Beg For Him Says Ex-Jet Hugh Douglas

2/21/2018 1:15 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Jets are desperate for Kirk Cousins, and everyone knows it ... so the QB should make 'em get on their hands and knees -- so says former Jets LB Hugh Douglas.

"If I'm Kirk Cousins, I'm gonna ask them to show me how bad do you really want me," Douglas told TMZ Sports out in Atlanta.

"Gimme all the money. I want a bologna sandwich at my locker every morning -- that's how bad you want me."

FYI, Kirk's still technically on the Redskins ... but even he knows he's as good as gone after the Alex Smith trade.

Hugh explains why Gang Green's gotta pounce ... and it's got everything to do with Baker Mayfield and the NFL draft's other QBs.

H.D. was a 3-time Pro Bowler with the Eagles too, so he also told us what Nick Foles should do next ... and if him and T.O. are still beefing all these years after their infamous locker room throwdown

Bill Belichick's GF Fishnet, Anyone? Flaunts Bod on Island Vacay

2/20/2018 2:12 PM PST
Breaking News

Bill Belichick didn't win the Super Bowl -- but he's winning at life.

Here's Bill's long-term girlfriend, Linda Holliday, stuntin' in a fishnet 1-piece somewhere a hell of a lot warmer than New England ... and lookin' damn good.

No sign of Bill -- guessing he's behind the camera in a hoodie.

It's the second beach pic Linda's shared since the Super Bowl ... but play time's over for her Coach Belichick, 'cause she also mentioned they just got back to Boston.

Sure Bill's stoked to get back to work -- though we bet he prefers hangin' with a half-naked Linda.

By the way, Bill and Linda reportedly met back in 2007 and began dating shortly after that. Since they've been together, the Patriots have been to 5 Super Bowls and won 2 of 'em. 

Not a bad run ... 

Johnny Manziel Completes First Comeback Pass ... To TMZ Camera Guy

2/19/2018 9:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

It's official, Johnny Manziel is back ... we at TMZ Sports have some of the first footage of Mr. Football braving the elements to complete a pass, and it was a strike.

To a TMZ camera guy.

Johnny was leaving Craig's when we decided all the talk was OVER, and asked Johnny if he'd be willing to put his arm on display right on the streets of L.A.

He did ... tossing a strike to our guy, (who's not exactly Josh Gordon) while wearing a jacket and a hoodie.

Manziel's gonna be playing in the Spring League to try to get his career back, but based on what we've seen in the Craig's league, he's ready to go.

Dana Stubblefield Released After Month In Jail ... In Rape Case

2/19/2018 8:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NFL star Dana Stubblefield spent nearly a month in jail in connection to his rape case -- but he was released this weekend on a $500,000 bond ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

47-year-old Stubblefield was first arrested back in May 2016 for allegedly raping a mentally disabled woman. He was hit with 5 felonies. Bail was initially set at $250k. He immediately posted it and was released. 

But in January 2018, prosecutors uncovered evidence they believe proves Stubblefield used a gun to commit the alleged rape. Bail was revoked and he was remanded back into custody on Jan. 19. 

He spent the next several weeks locked up in Santa Clara County Jail.

But now, Stubblefield's attorney Ken Rosenfeld has produced evidence he believes proves the accuser lied about her past -- which prompted the judge to reevaluate Stubblefield's bail. 

The judge ultimately reinstated bail -- this time at $500,000 -- which Stubblefield posted over the weekend. He was released from custody Sunday morning. 

One of the terms of his release ... we're told Stubblefield is required to wear an electronic monitoring device. 

Stubblefield has previously denied the allegations -- and has vowed to prove his innocence. 

The case is due back in court in April. 

Johnny Manziel 'Felt Like End of World Was Near' ... Now, There's Hope

2/18/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel says his bipolar disorder and depression got so bad at one point, he legitimately thought the world was coming to an end.

But, Johnny tells TMZ Sports he was able to pull his life back together ... and he wants people struggling with the same issues to know there's hope.

Manziel spoke to us about his mental health struggles on the heels of his bombshell "Good Morning America" interview -- saying he "felt like the end of the world was near and that I would never make it out."

FYI, Johnny told 'GMA' he was diagnosed as bipolar in 2017 ... after years of self-medicating with booze to cope with depression. 

Now, Manziel says he has a positive outlook on life as he tries to mount a pro football comeback

"To be where I'm at today and see hope and see a light ... I feel blessed to be able to have fought through the bad times," he told us at Delilah in L.A. -- where his GF, Bre Tiesi, was hosting an event.

And his message to others battling bipolar disorder/depression -- "As dark as it gets, eventually times will get better." 

Joe Haden I'd Drop $10K for Marty McFly Kicks Wait ... That's Not Enough?!

2/17/2018 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

NFL star Joe Haden says he wants a pair of super rare (and expensive) "Back to the Future" sneakers for his epic collection, but there's 1 problem ...

The $10K he wants to throw down ain't gonna cut it!!

FYI, Haden recently shared a pic of his shoe-seum ... so when we saw him leaving Delilah in L.A., we had to ask if there was a Mona Lisa out there he needed to have.

Joe told TMZ Sports he wanted Nike's Marty McFly shoes ... and he'd be willing to drop "about 10 bands" to get 'em.

Problem is ... Haden specifically said he wanted the self-lacing 2016 joints -- which are currently going for around $30K. The 2011 first editions are closer to $10k a pop.

Guessing Joe can swing it, though ... dude spends MILLIONS on luxury cars every year!

Ex-NFL Tight End Severs Tendon In Knife Accident ... Disgusting Pics!!

2/16/2018 7:17 AM PST
Breaking News

DON'T TRY TO CATCH A FALLING KITCHEN KNIFE ... or you could slice your tendon open like ex-Detroit Lions tight end Joe Fauria

You remember Fauria ... he blew up a few years ago over his awesome TD dances (including the legendary 'NSYNC "Bye Bye Bye" celebration). 

But he wasn't dancing yesterday -- when he tried to grab a falling knife. The good news, he grabbed it -- the bad news, the blade ripped through two of his fingers, severing a tendon in the process. 

The 28-year-old ex-UCLA star went to the hospital where he got stitched up and bandaged. 

Fauria issued a statement on the whole thing -- "PSA: do not attempt to catch falling kitchen knife. The 'catch everything' motto is great for football. Not so much for life."

At least he made the catch?

Terrell Owens Shut Down By Flower Guy ... I Don't Take Credit!

2/16/2018 7:04 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Man, Terrell Owens couldn't catch a break Thursday night in Hollywood ... 

The Hall of Fame bound (finally!) WR was leaving a huge party at Warwick nightclub when he got hit up by the dreaded rose guy.*

*You know the rose guy ... they exist outside of every major club and restaurant and try to shame you into buying a flower. 

Owens told the guy he had no cash but would happily pay with a credit card. Flower guy shut that down. 

Owens tried to make a deal saying he'd pay the dude back next week. Flower guy shut that down, too. 

And get this, Flower Guy also talked smack -- telling Owens, "I've been looking for your beggin' ass!" 

By the way, the party -- thrown by The Farmacy (a medical cannabis business) -- was poppin' with stars like Fabolous, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and more. 

No word if any of those guys bought roses ... 

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