Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell now admits he shipped and received more than a kilo of molly through the mail -- and he's facing SERIOUS jail time for it.
Caldwell pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tampa to possession and intent to sell a huge stash of ecstasy pills, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prosecutors say the plea was part of a deal Caldwell hammered out with them -- but details of the deal were not immediately released.
As we told you ... Caldwell was busted in May for trying to send 2 separate packages in the mail filled with the party drug. The ex-Chargers, Patriots, and Redskins player faces up to 20 years in federal prison. That's the max, but considering he worked out a deal ... that seems unlikely.
Caldwell is still facing illegal gambling and marijuana possession charges.
'Law & Order: SVU'
Sports Scandal Mashup
Darren Sharper Meets Ray Rice
10/1/2014 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Darren Sharper alleged rape scandal is getting the TV treatment -- with a little Ray Rice mixed in -- because "Law & Order: SVU" is ripping both headlines for a sports scandal themed episode.
The episode -- which airs tonight -- features a major sports star accused of drugging and raping multiple women ... a la the accusations levied against former NFL star Darren Sharper.
Clearly, they are changing the names of the characters ... but it's clear, producers are using the Sharper case as the basis for the ep.
But here's where it gets bizarre ... producers are heavily promoting a controversial "elevator scandal" involving the sports hero ... which seems like a obvious take from the Ray Rice situation.
Only in the preview clip for the episode, a woman is attacking the sports star ... the reverse of what happened in real life with Ray.
"SVU" hasn't shied away from celebrity scandals in the past -- airing episodes based off Chris Brown, Casey Anthony and Paula Deen.
NY Giants Running Back
I Can Help Your Fantasy Team
... If You Help Me
9/30/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fantasy Football doesn't have to be a 1-way street ... so says NY Giants running back Rashad Jennings who tells us there IS a way for Fantasy owners to help improve his performance on the field.
Jennings -- who's already rushed for 341 yards and 2 TDs this season -- was out in NYC today ... when he explained the most important thing Fantasy owners can do ... and it makes total sense.
Check out the clip -- and if you think you're up to the task, Rashad's Twitter handle is @RashadJennings.
No pressure ...
NFL Star Torrey Smith
Best Wedding Crasher Ever
... Says Bride
9/30/2014 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Finally, a GOOD story out of Baltimore ... where a Ravens superfan got the thrill of a lifetime on her wedding day ... all thanks to Torrey Smith.
The Ravens wide receiver was chillin' at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore Saturday when a couple -- ABOUT TO GET MARRIED -- noticed him going up the escalator.
We spoke to the bride, Courtney, who tells us she's a DIE-HARD Ravens fans who immediately noticed Smith "the second I saw those big pearly whites" ... and flagged him down.
Courtney says Smith couldn't have been nicer -- and he and his wife came back down the escalator to take pics with the about-to-be-married couple.
"They were a super awesome couple, took the time to talk to us, and wish us both well," Courtney says.
But that's not all ... 'cause after the photo sesh, Torrey and his wife went back to their room -- which happened to overlook the ceremony -- and took pics which they tweeted and Instagramed to the newlyweds.
"They put the cherry on top to an already perfect day."
Huge Muslim Org.
Offers Sensitivity Training to NFL
... After Prayer Penalty
9/30/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The largest Muslim organization in North America says it's offering "sensitivity training" to the NFL after a Muslim player was penalized for striking a Muslim prayer pose during Monday Night Football.
TMZ Sports spoke with a rep for Islamic Society of North America who tells us they were shocked when Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah was flagged after dropping to his knees following a pick 6 in the 4th quarter.
The NFL has since issued a statement admitting the ref botched the call -- and ISNA says it "appreciates the NFL in backtracking and making the right call."
ISNA says it originally believed the penalty was a "double standard" -- especially with Tim Tebow's famous kneeling celebration in the past going unflagged.
"Husain is a big hero in the Muslim American community ... we thought it was unfortunate."
But ISNA says they want to work WITH the NFL to make sure it doesn't happen again -- saying, "We are happy to educate the NFL with competency or sensitivity training."
As for Husain, the ISNA says it's very proud of the 29-year-old ... adding, "It's good to see a Muslim American player have success in the NFL."
I Can Help You Trim Your Pubes!
9/30/2014 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brett Favre knows the importance of manscaping ... because you never know when your nether regions will be seen by the world ... and that could be why he's now endorsing a line of body hair trimmers.
Favre is now the face of MicroTouch -- which sells various male grooming products.
In the new TV spot, a freshly clean-shaven Favre brags how "I got my groom back" ... and makes it clear his freshly shorn look is already a hit with the ladies.
No close ups of the body hair trimming ... but the insinuation is clear ... if your nude selfie somehow gets exposed to the world, you don't want it to look like 1972 down there.
I'm Boycotting the NFL
Scandals 'Turned Me Off'
9/30/2014 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Supermodel Tyson Beckford says he's done with the NFL ... at least for now ... saying he doesn't feel good about supporting the league after all of the recent scandals.
The face of Ralph Lauren arrived at LAX Monday when he explained why he's kicked his Sunday habit.
"I don't even watch football no more," Tyson said ... "Seriously, I stopped watching ... it really turned me off."
Tyson says he hasn't watched one single NFL game this season -- and doesn't plan to anytime soon.
He also explains why he feels the shady actions of the NFL screwed over Ray Rice and his wife.
Check out the clip.
Crashes HS Homecoming Dance
'Can I Cut In?'
9/30/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dez Bryant is one-upping Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson ... 'cause the Cowboys WR crashed a high school homecoming dance this past weekend ... and the kids went NUTS!!!
It all went down at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, TX -- just outside of Dallas -- where a group of high school kids were getting ready to leave the dance when a black Bentley rolled up.
We spoke with Kevin -- one of the kids in the group -- who tells us when thy realized the man in the car was #88, they started "throwing up the X" -- Dez's signature TD celebration ... and he came over to hang out.
"We all freaked out and asked for a picture," Kevin says ... who tells us Dez was super-nice to everyone and struck pose after pose until everyone got a pic.
"He was an awesome guy ... and extremely kind to all of us."
Too bad the Saints defense doesn't feel the same way.
Ex-NFL Star Charlie Garner
'I Was Chasin' a B*tch'
9/29/2014 11:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL star Charlie Garner told police he was "chasing a b*tch" on the night he was arrested for DUI ... and that's why he didn't know where he was ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
The 42-year-old ex-Pro Bowler -- who played RB for the 49ers, Eagles, Bucs and Raiders -- was arrested in Tampa, FL on Sept. 22 after cops say they found him passed out behind the wheel of a Chevy Malibu around 2AM.
According to the report, the responding officer had to shake Garner vigorously to wake him up -- and when he came to, he reeked of booze.
When asked if he'd been drinking, Garner replied ... "It's not about ... the drink ... it's about being up." The cop says Garner indicated he'd been up for three days.
Garner told police he was not from around the area and was staying with his ex-GF in North Tampa. According to the report, "[Garner] advised that he was chasing a 'b*tch,' got lost and could not tell me where he was."
Cops say Garner eventually bombed several field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.
He was released several hours later on $500 bond.
We reached out to Garner for comment -- so far, no word back.
HATED 'SNL' Spoof
'That Was a Horrible Impersonation'
9/29/2014 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Not everyone was laughing at Jay Pharoah's impersonation of Shannon Sharpe on "SNL" this weekend -- especially not the former NFL star ... who say's Jay's impersonation was "horrible."
Jay played Shannon during a skit for the show's cold open -- in which Shannon and Ray Lewis were discussing the issues with the NFL ... including the issue of domestic violence.
During the sketch, Jay portrayed Shannon as a bumbling, confused imbecile ... who couldn't take a stand on the NFL issues because of his own legal issues in the past.
For the record, Sharpe was accused of stalking and raping a woman back in 2010 -- but he was never arrested or charged with a crime ... and the accuser eventually dropped her case.
So, when asked how he felt about the "Saturday Night Live" sketch, it probably wasn't a shock when he wrote, "That was a horrible impression."
Sharpe also publicly agreed with a fan who said, "@JayPharoah did was NOT FUNNY HE IS NO @FrankCaliendo He made it seem like you were not educated the way he was talking."
Story developing ...
NFL Star AJ Green
I Don't Just Juggle Balls
9/29/2014 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's made plenty of circus catches, but AJ Green has other circus skills too ... THE DUDE CAN JUGGLE.
The Cincinnati Bengals superstar wide receiver showed off his hidden talent on an NFL produced web series called, "Tough Season 2" ... where he juggled a ring, a baton and a ball -- AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!!
Good to know if the whole NFL thing doesn't work out, Mr. Green always got a career waiting for him at Barnum & Bailey.
RAGING IN VEGAS
... During Broncos Bye Week
9/29/2014 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With the Denver Broncos off this weekend, John Elway decided to blow off some steam by jetting to Vegas to party with his wife ... and some little people ... TMZ Sports has learned.
After spending some time in L.A., the Broncos' Vice President of Football Operations hit up Sin City this weekend -- where he sat VIP at Beacher's Madhouse in the MGM Grand.
Elway's wife Paige Green -- a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader -- was there as the couple watched a variety of crazy acts ... including the world's oldest strippers and a performance by Mini-Kanye West and Mini-Psy.
We're told Elway had a blast -- and took photos with some of the mini-performers.
Perfect way to forget about losing to the Seahawks ... for the second time in a row.
NFL Star Bryant Mckinnie
Really, Really, Enjoying Unemployment
9/27/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Super Bowl champ Bryant McKinnie has still not signed with an NFL team this year ... but it's clear, he's handling unemployment quite well.
The ex-Baltimore Ravens lineman has been making good use of his free time lately ... mostly on boats.
For the record, McKinnie has not "officially" retired -- but this definitely beats the backfield he was workin' with before.