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Russell Wilson & Ciara

Surprise Kids At Children's Hospital

6/3/2015 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0603_russell_wilson_ciara_hospital_visit_launchCool move by Russell Wilson and his GF Ciara ... who made a surprise visit to Seattle Children's Hospital last night -- and kids LOVED IT!!! 

We're told the NFL's new hot couple spent time talking to several patients, taking pics and signing autographs. One patient even sketched out a pic for Russell ... complete with his trademark eye black. 

After the visit, the hospital tweeted at the stars ... saying, "Thank you @DangeRussWilson & @Ciara for a surprise, star-studded evening for our patients. Feeling starstruck."

BTW -- Seattle Children's Hospital has been a celebrity hot spot this year ... with Chris Pratt and Chris Evans visiting the kids right after the Super Bowl. 

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NFL’s Devon Still

My Full Leah Tattoo ...

Tribute to Our Most Magical Day

6/3/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bengals tackle Devon Still is getting his entire back tatted up to mark two emotional milestones related to his daughter's cancer battle … and TMZ Sports got a preview of the finished piece.

Devon’s tattoo artist, Dan Price, tells us the defensive tackle just completed stage one of the enormous tattoo -- an image of Leah Still's face in the upper right of his back. But he says Devon's got at least 40 more hours of work ahead to complete an incredible mashup of Disney scenes.

Price says the Magic Kingdom castle, Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" and Aladdin's lamp will all be included. We're told the lamp symbolizes Devon's wish for Leah's continued recovery. She's currently in remission, but dealing with complications from stem cell treatment. 

Devon's getting the tattoo to mark the 1-year anniversary of Leah's diagnosis. As for the Disney scenes -- Price says Devon’s favorite memory with his daughter was a trip they took to Disney World. 

#LeahStrong

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Rob Gronkowski

Gronks His Way

Out of Party Bus Tow Job

6/2/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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Two Boston tow truck operators didn't want to go down as the guys who hauled off Rob Gronkowski's party bus, so they let him off the hook ... and the Gronk couldn't have been happier.

Matthew from Todisco Towing tells TMZ Sports he was called to Howl at the Moon in Boston early Sunday morning to haul off a bus that was parked illegally in a private lot.

Despite the bus being adorned with a Body Armor logo (which Rob endorses) and his #87 ... Matthew claims he had no idea he was about to tow Gronk's ride.

Once the bus was up on the truck and ready to go, Matthew says several patrons began asking him, "Don't you know whose bus that is?"

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Then, someone from Rob's entourage came out and promised to move it ... and Matthew decided, "I didn’t want to find out what the end result would be if I had towed the truck. You know Pats fans wouldn’t have that."

So Matthew let the truck down and that's when Gronk emerged -- super thankful for the reprieve -- and posed for a few pics.

Matthew was quick to tell us ... Gronk never asked anyone to stop or offered any kind of favor. Everyone involved was just acting out of the kindness of their hearts.

Not everyone was so lucky ... a few other cars did get towed that night.

Pays to be Gronk.

Robert Griffin III

Taking Parenting Lead

... From Steph Curry

6/2/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

RG3 is firmly planted in the pro-Steph Curry camp -- when it comes to kids at news conferences -- telling TMZ Sports he plans to follow suit with his own little girl ... when she's old enough. 

The Redskins QB and his wife Rebecca welcomed their 1st daughter Reese Ann earlier this month -- so, when we saw him out in D.C. this weekend we had to ask ... is Reese Ann gonna get a Riley Curry moment

0502-rg3-instagramOf course, certain media members have been bitching about Steph's decision to bring Riley to the NBA post-game pressers -- claiming she disrupts the regular process with her adorableness.  

But Griffin's all about it ... telling us he'll "for sure" bring her to the podium ... "I just don't want to bring her too early." 

By the way, RG3 was attending an event called the House Inc.’s National Capital A Cinderella Ball -- which honors children connected to the military with a disability or life-threatening illness. 

#Respect

Brandon Marshall

Ex-NFL WR Has My Back ...

In Nightclub Attack Case

5/31/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0529_brandon_marshall_mike-sims-walker_gettyNY Jets star Brandon Marshall is counting on one of his ex-college teammates (turned NFL player) to go to bat for him in a lawsuit stemming over an alleged attack outside of an NYC club ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

FYI -- Marshall is being sued by a woman who claims the WR punched her in the face during a violent situation outside of a nightclub back in 2012.  

The NYPD investigated the incident at the time, but Marshall was never charged with a crime. Brandon has always maintained he did nothing wrong

But as the civil case continues to move forward, Marshall has listed ex-NFL wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker as a witness who will help prove his innocence ... according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports. 

Sims-Walker and Marshall go way back ... they were teammates (and both WRs) at the University of Central Florida back in the day.

But the accuser has an ex-NFL witness of her own -- Raymond Edwards, a defensive end who last played with the Falcons in 2012. 

It's unclear what Edwards and Sims-Walker are expected to contribute as far as their testimony goes -- but the case is expected to move forward later this year. 

Stay tuned ... 

Terrell Suggs on Deflategate:

Patriots Got Off Way Easy

5/28/2015 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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We already know he doesn't like Tom Brady ... and Tom Brady's hair -- but now it seems NFL superstar Terrell Suggs doesn't like TB's Deflategate punishment either. 

The Baltimore Ravens stud was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills last night when we asked if the Pats got what they deserved -- $1 million fine, loss of draft picks and the 4-game suspension for Brady. 

Sugg's response -- "I don't know. That's not my job. I'm glad I don't got it ... but the last coach that got caught cheating got suspended for a whole year. So ..."

Seems he's strongly suggesting Brady and the gang got off SUPER EASY compared to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton who was banned from the league for the entire 2013 season for allegedly covering up Bountygate, where players targeted opponents for cash bonuses. 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he will NOT appeal the team's punishment ... maybe he sees Terrell's point -- it could've been worse. 

Ray McDonald's Mom

My Son Is Innocent

But His NFL Career Is Over

5/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray McDonald's parents are adamant their son did NOT attack the mother of his child ... claiming he's a good man whose NFL career has been destroyed by his accuser's lies. 

Labrina McDonald tells TMZ Sports she and her husband have spoken with Ray since his domestic violence arrest and he says there's a WITNESS who can prove McDonald never laid a finger on his accuser. 

"[Ray's] personal driver witnessed everything that happened. He never touched her."

As we previously reported, Ray's ex-fiancee claims McDonald was drunk and aggressive toward her and their baby during an incident early Monday morning

But Labrina says her son was NOT the aggressor -- adding, "Ray is never going to hit a woman. He may say some stuff to piss them off, he may kick them out of his house. But he'd never lay his hands on them. We didn't raise him that way."

Ray was arrested for a second time on Wednesday for violating a restraining order when he returned to his ex's apartment.  McDonald's father tells us bluntly, "He should not have been there."

Ray's dad says the family knows the reality of the situation -- that Ray will likely never play in the NFL again -- but it could be the best thing for him.

"He can move on from football, develop a business mindset like my wife and I have. He'll be okay.  He's going to be successful. He comes from a great family."

"He just needs to get the hell out of Dodge and get his life together."

Houston Texans

Our Stadium Weathered the Storm

5/27/2015 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Good news for the Houston Texans ... the team's $350 million stadium has suffered NO DAMAGE from the brutal floods wreaking havoc on the area ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We talked with a spokesperson for NRG Park who tells us, "We're pretty lucky. No damage on the property at all."

"We span across 350-acres and our property includes NRG Stadium (home to the NFL's Houston Texans), NRG Center, NRG Arena and NRG Astrodome."

"Most of the damage was on the freeways surrounding us and, of course, the streets. We had to cancel work yesterday because no one could get around."

One more interesting note ... the spokesperson adds, "Our roof is retractable, so during the storm it was closed. Hence, why there was no water collection."

We also spoke with a rep for the Houston Astros -- who told us Minute Maid Park was also spared ... suffering no major damage on the 29 acre property. 

Jerry Ferrara

Tom Brady Is Finished

As Fantasy Football 1st Rounder

5/27/2015 10:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jerry Ferrara thinks that the Tom Brady era is definitely OVER ... in fantasy football ... telling TMZ Sports Tom Terrific is no longer worthy of a first round fantasy draft pick.

The "Entourage" star (and fantasy nut) was in NYC promoting his other movie "Club Life" when asked if the suspended Brady was still studly enough to command one of the top picks in next year's fantasy drafts.

Jerry's answer is a solid NO ... which isn't surprising because he's a HUGE New York Giants fan ... but slightly controversial because his boss Mark Wahlberg LOVES him some Tom Brady.

Be careful Jerry ... we want to see Turtle return for "Entourage 2."

Houston Mayor's Office

Kaepernick Should Put Money

Where His Mouth Is

5/27/2015 8:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If Colin Kaepernick is "truly remorseful" about the stupid, insensitive comments he made about Houston floods -- he should let his wallet do the talking and DONATE ... so say reps for the Mayor of Houston. 

After the 49ers quarterback apologized for mocking the deadly floods on social media yesterday, we reached out to the office of Mayor Annise Parker for comment. 

Her press secretary was straight and to the point:

"Anything Colin Kaepernick said isn't really of concern to us. We're focusing on what's going on here. We still have rain coming. We're focused on getting our residents what they need."

"He apologized. I'm sure he is sorry for what he did, so he is forgiven. This is too serious a situation to hold a grudge."

"If he is truly remorseful, he can donate to our food bank, to the Red Cross. Any of those avenues."

Your move, Kap. 

Ray McDonald

ARRESTED AGAIN

... At Sandwich Shop

5/27/2015 6:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray McDonald has just been arrested AGAIN -- this time, cops say he violated his restraining order ... and was taken into custody at a Togo's sandwich shop. 

According to police, the NFL player had been ordered to stay away from the residence where his ex-fiancee has been staying in Santa Clara, CA after Monday's domestic violence arrest. 

As we previously reported, McDonald was accused of attacking his baby mama while she was holding her child early Monday morning. 

But cops say he returned to the scene of the alleged crime Wednesday afternoon -- but quickly left ... and went to the Togo's, where cops found him and arrested him around 5:35 PM. 

Cops say he was arrested without incident and taken to a nearby jail where he was booked. 

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Colin Kaepernick

Sorry for My Stupid Houston Flood Post

5/26/2015 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-colin-kaepernick-GETTY-01Colin Kaepernick is begging for forgiveness after putting up an incredibly stupid Instagram post that poked fun at the devastation caused by the floods that have been ravaging the city of Houston. 

The 49ers QB -- who wears #7 -- has a catchphrase he's been using on social media for months ... "7tormsComing."

And earlier today, he posted a pic showing Houston under water with the caption, "I warned you the 7tormsComing! #Houston #PrayersUp."

0526-kaepernick-offensive-sub-INSTAGRAM-01Feel free to move palm to face. 

By the way, at least 13 people have reportedly died in the storm. 

After a fierce backlash on social media, Colin took the post down ... and posted a new note on Twitter:

"I'm so sorry about my insensitive post earlier today. I didn't fully understand how many people are struggling in Houston right now and I feel horrible. My prayers are with everyone there."

Ray McDonald 911

'He's Drunk'

'I'm Freaking Out'

5/26/2015 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray McDonald's baby mama says she was "freaking out" and scared because the NFL player was drunk during an alleged domestic violence incident Monday morning.  

McDonald's ex-fiancee called 911 around 3:45 AM to report an incident at an apartment in Santa Clara, CA that Ray pays for.  

During the call, Ray's ex sounds frantic and informs the 911 operator that Ray is "drunk" -- but help was delayed because the woman called from her cell phone ... and officials needed to figure out which PD had jurisdiction over the situation.  

Eventually, Ray was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after the ex-Chicago Bears player allegedly attacked the woman while she was holding their young child.  

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