TMZ

TMZ SPORTS

  • FS1
    M-T-Th-F:
    9:00 PM PST

    W:
    9:30 PM PST

NFL Investigating Dom. Violence Claims Against Line Judge

9/19/2017 9:38 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The NFL tells TMZ Sports the league is looking into claims of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson

We broke the story ... a woman claiming to be Johnson's former live-in girlfriend filed court documents and went to police claiming Johnson physically abused her in 2016 and 2017. 

The woman tells TMZ Sports she also went to the NFL back in March 2017 asking for counseling. 

An NFL spokesperson tells us, "The matter is under review under the league's personal conduct policy."

The PCP not only applies to players -- but ALL league personnel including coaches, owners and officials.

Johnson has denied the allegations in court -- but had no comment on the matter when contacted by TMZ Sports. 

RG3 Santana Moss Betrayed Me I Didn't Brag About Shanahan Firing!!

9/19/2017 8:51 AM PDT
Breaking News

Robert Griffin III is flat-out denying Santana Moss' story claiming he bragged about getting Mike Shanahan fired from the Redskins ... saying "to openly lie about me is a betrayal."

ICYMI -- Moss opened up about his time with RG3 and the Redskins on Monday ... saying the Heisman-winning QB gloated about Shanahan presumably getting canned over his lack of playing time.

But RG3 says the story is complete B.S. ... and just responded to Moss on Twitter "No subtweeting needed. Santana Moss, I treat you like a brother & have always had your back. To openly lie about me is a betrayal....."

"Some so desperately want me to fit this negative narrative that has been pushed about me. But I don't fit it. Never have. Never will."

"Proved it in Cleveland. Voted Captain. Came back to play for my teammates just to help us win 1 game. With a broken shoulder. Stop the lies."

There's a lot more in Moss' interview with 'Dukes vs. The World' on 106.7 The Fan ... he hints that RG3's current unemployment is karma for the way he acted in Washington.

Gisele Bundchen What, Me Worry about Tom and Ivanka?

9/19/2017 7:14 AM PDT

Gisele Bündchen was flyin' solo Monday, arriving at Boston Logan Airport shortly after former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci strongly insinuated Tom Brady didn't attend the Super Bowl celebration at the White House because Gisele had a jealousy thing over Ivanka Trump.

Gisele had been in Brazil to attend the Rock in Rio concert.

Scaramucci co-hosted "TMZ Live" Monday and suggested Tom and Ivanka had dated back in the day, and Gisele didn't want the 2 to interact. Sources connected to Ivanka told us, Tom and Gisele were friends but had not dated. BTW, in 2004 Trump mused it would be cool if Ivanka and Tom hooked up.

NFL Line Judge Under Investigation for Domestic Violence ... Denies Wrongdoing

9/19/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NFL line judge Carl Johnson -- the former head of officiating for the league -- is under investigation for an alleged pattern of domestic violence in Louisiana, though he's adamant the accusations are BS, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Johnson's accuser is a 49-year-old woman who told police she and Johnson had been living together in 2016 when the NFL official became aggressive. She claims Johnson first got violent in December and during the incident, Johnson hit her so hard, he busted one of her breast implants.  

The woman claims she went to the NFL in March hoping the league could help her out. Unclear what happened next but a few months later, she went to police.

Court officials in Louisiana confirmed the accuser requested a temporary restraining order against Johnson and it was granted. But a request to make the restraining order permanent was rejected at a later hearing.  

But it's not case closed ... a rep for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed to TMZ Sports that the case involving Johnson and his accuser is still under investigation.  

Sources connected to the case tell us Johnson has denied all allegations of domestic violence and vows to continue to fight the case. 

We spoke with the accuser who claims she has photos and audio recordings to back up her allegations.

Of course, in the wake of the Ezekiel Elliott situation -- the league believes it has the right to impose punishment on NFL players and other staff for domestic violence without a conviction in a court of law. Elliott feels differently. 

We reached to the NFL to see if it was investigating Johnson -- so far, no word back. But we do know Johnson has been working NFL games. He was the line judge during Monday Night Football in Week 1. 

TMZ Sports reached out to Johnson who told us, "No comment."

Pras from the Fugees I've Made $250K on Tom Brady Bets

9/19/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Pras from The Fugees says he's incredibly grateful to Tom Brady -- because the QB has helped him win roughly $250,000 in NFL bets!

Yeah, he's dead serious. 

Pras is a huge New England Patriots fan -- and tells TMZ Sports he's used some of his hip hop fortune to fund some massive sports betting over the years ... including a $100k bet on Super Bowl LI.

"In the Super Bowl this year, at the end of the 3rd quarter, my friend called me and bet me $100,000 'cause he thought it was over ... and I took him on, and I won $100,000."

The only catch -- Pras says his boy still owes him $30K ... and he's callin' him out to pay up!

Meantime, how 'bout sending Brady an autographed album or something? Least you could do, right? 

Anthony Scaramucci: Gisele Blocked Tom from White House ... Jealousy Over Ivanka?

9/18/2017 1:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Anthony Scaramucci believes it was Gisele who stopped Tom Brady from joining the Patriots on their Super Bowl trip to Donald Trump's White House ... strongly insinuating the supermodel didn't want Tom around Ivanka Trump.

The Mooch -- Trump's former White House communications director -- guest hosted "TMZ Live" Monday -- when we asked straight-up about the alleged rift between the POTUS and the GOAT.

A.S. says he didn't have direct knowledge of the situation -- but strongly suggested Gisele shut Brady down ... saying, "I think she's possessive of him and probably didn't want him there."

Mooch suggests Gisele may have been jealous of Ivanka Trump -- saying he thinks Brady and Ivanka may have dated at one point in the past.

In fact, back in 2004 ... Donald praised Tom as a great guy who would make a "great combination" with Ivanka.

Despite the Moochsinuation, a source connected to the Trump family tells us, "While they have known each other for years, this is not true."

For the record, Tom claimed the reason he missed the White House visit was to spend time with his ailing mother.

Dolphins Coach Adam Gase Clearly Annoyed By Lawrence Timmons Situation

9/18/2017 1:06 PM PDT
Breaking News

Miami Dolphins head coach, Adam Gase, doesn't seem like a man concerned with the health of linebacker Lawrence Timmons -- he seems pissed off. 

We broke the story ... the Dolphins filed a missing persons report with police after Timmons disappeared from the team's Southern California hotel Saturday night.  

Timmons was found by LAX police early Sunday morning after he was trying to board a flight to Pennsylvania. ESPN has reported Timmons was supposed to meet with team doctors Monday. 

But when Gase was asked about the player and his situation -- he gave short answers and told reporters he hasn't spoken with LT and has no idea where he is right now. 

When asked if he's expecting Timmons to remain on the team moving forward, Gase said, "I have nothing to add for what I have right now. Really, just gathering a lot of information ... and I got a few other things I gotta deal with, with the guys that played yesterday."

Yeah, doesn't sound good. 

NFL's Lawrence Timmons Dolphins Had Filed Missing Person Report

9/18/2017 9:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Miami Dolphins were so concerned when linebacker Lawrence Timmons went AWOL on Saturday, a team rep filed a missing persons report with police ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Here's what we know ... the Miami Dolphins team was in Southern California on Saturday to play the L.A. Chargers on Sunday.

When the team checked to make sure the players were in their rooms by curfew, Timmons was not there. 

Our sources say the team scrambled to find him -- calling family and close friends before ultimately filing a missing persons report with local law enforcement.

The good news ... cops found Timmons at LAX early Sunday morning in a boarding area in an effort to get to Pennsylvania. A team rep met Timmons at the airport and left with him. 

So, why Pennsylvania? We're told Timmons had spoken with his baby mama who lives there and had told her he missed the baby and wanted to visit. He was serious about visiting her.

Timmons is now back with the team and is scheduled to meet with doctors, according to ESPN.

Michael Bennett Black Power Fist Is 'Freedom of Speech' ... Says Keegan-Michael Key

9/18/2017 8:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Got a problem with Michael Bennett throwing up the black power fist after his sack on Sunday? 

Keegan-Michael Key doesn't ... telling TMZ Sports he totally supports the Seattle Seahawks star expressing his freedom of speech on the football field.

Bennett explained the move this way -- "The raised fist represents unity or solidarity with oppressed peoples."

But some people had a serious problem with it -- once again arguing social activism has no place on the gridiron. 

Not Key ... he likes the fist and gave Bennett the KMK stamp of approval on his way out of an Emmy party in L.A. 

As for Bennett, with his alleged profiling incident with Las Vegas police ... bet this ain't the last on-field statement he'll make this season.

Joe Thomas Celebrates 10k Straight NFL Snaps ... With Bourbon!!

9/18/2017 6:29 AM PDT
Breaking News

Cleveland Browns legend Joe Thomas threw a Fitz after his 10,000th NFL snap -- and it was delicious. 

The 32-year-old tackle threw a 1-man whiskey celebration after his record-breaking game on Sunday -- with a glass of Old Fitzgerald Prime. 

But it doesn't appear to be any old bottle -- it seems to be a more collectible (and really valuable) version of the brown stuff (we're still waiting for our liquor experts to wake up).

Thomas hasn't missed a single play since getting drafted back in 2007 ... and has played for 22 different quarterbacks during that time.

Yeah, if we had to play for the Brownies that long, we'd be drinking too ...

T.J. Houshmandzadeh Andy Dalton is On Thin Ice

9/17/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the greatest receivers in Cincinnati Bengals history says it's time for Andy Dalton to step up and play like an elite quarterback ... or he's gonna get benched.

TMZ Sports spoke with T.J. Houshmandzadeh about the Bengals' 0-2 start to the season ... and he says Dalton's miscues are a big reason why they're still hunting for their first win.

T.J. says there are no more excuses now that Cincy fired its offensive coordinator, Ken Zampese ... and says all the pressure's on Dalton to succeed.

T.J.'s a big fan of the backup QB, A.J. McCarron ... and thinks if his number's called, he'll be ready.

Johnny Manziel's Fiancee Bre Tiesi My Summer Body Ain't Leavin' ... Hot Bikini Photos

9/17/2017 12:25 AM PDT

Seasons change, but Johnny Manziel's future wife, Bre Tiesi, doesn't change (out of her bikini) ... 'cause she's still killin' the 'gram with super hot, nearly-naked photos, even though it's nearly Fall.

We were just casually browsing Bre's social media when we noticed she's gone on a bikini barrage the last couple weeks, and we thought the fair thing to do was to bring it to you guys.

No Johnny in these shots -- he's busy getting ready for a football comeback (looks like the NFL could use him, actually) -- but who cares about football right now? Enjoy the photos.

Jay-Z 'Story of O.J.' Live ... This One's For Kaep!

9/16/2017 11:23 AM PDT

Colin Kaepernick's plight in the NFL has seeped into the upper echelons of hip-hop ... 'cause Jay-Z dedicated 1 of his most racially charged songs to the QB during a live show.

Jay was performing his new hit, "The Story of O.J.," Friday night in NYC, when he gave a shout out to Kaep and said the performance was for him ... and the late activist Dick Gregory, who died last month.

He also said ... "I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame whatever it was." 

Kaepernick is still without a job on an NFL team, and his perceived banishment (by some) from the NFL for refusing to stand for the National Anthem has been a divisive issue for many ... including Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, Kid Rock and other celebs.

Around the Web