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Raiders Players Pumped for Nevada Tax Cuts ... Says Malcolm Smith

1/21/2017 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

How do the Oakland Raiders players feel about the possible (likely) move to Vegas?

They're stoked about the FORTUNE they'll save on state income tax!!

We spoke with Raiders linebacker Malcom Smith (the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII) who says a bunch of players are already talking about financial implications of a move to Nevada. 

FYI, California has the highest state income tax ... Nevada has the lowest! 

Plus, as Smith points out ... cost of living is WAYYYY cheaper in Vegas than in the Bay Area. 

As for concerns about Vegas temptations, Smith says it ain't a problem for the home team ... it's the visitors who should be worried. 

Donald Trump Shouts-Out Tom Brady at Inauguration Dinner

1/19/2017 6:43 PM PST
Breaking News

Donald Trump just took the stage at a big inauguration dinner -- called out Pats owner Robert Kraft in the crowd -- and told him not to worry this weekend because Tom Brady's gonna crush the Steelers.

It all went down Thursday night in D.C. -- Trump also said Brady called him to congratulate and told him he "feels good" for the playoff game. 

Of course, Trump and Brady are tight and have been for years. Trump also gave props to Bill Belichick. 

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Jets Legend Mark Gastineau Diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

1/19/2017 4:32 PM PST
Breaking News

0119-mark-gastineau-gettyNY Jets legend Mark Gastineau says he's been diagnosed with dementia, alzheimer's and parkinson's ... and suggests it was caused by football.

The 60-year-old appeared on 'Sports Zone' on WOR radio and revealed his health issues -- while also saying he's working to help young players avoid the same fate.

"I want to get out and I want to help other kids & youths coming into the game," Gastineau said.

"There's techniques out there that if I would have had them, I know that I wouldn't have the results that I have now."

Gastineau says he does NOT regret playing football -- he just wants to help make the game safer moving forward.

"I don't want [my health] to overpower or overshadow the 'Heads Up' program" -- a program that promotes youth safety in football.

"I want it to be a warning to mothers and fathers to be able to put their kids into safe places to be able to carry on a team sport that I think is going to be way far beneficial to them then if they didn't have that in their lives."

Tim Brown 'Concerned' About Vegas Temptations ... for Raiders Players

1/19/2017 3:40 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Raiders legend Tim Brown says he's pumped for the team to move to Las Vegas ... but admits he's concerned about some of the players getting too caught up in the Sin City lifestyle.

The Hall of Famer joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) and said he voiced his concerns to Raiders management ... but ultimately realized there's temptation in EVERY city.

"When we were in L.A., we found ways to get into trouble, right? And when you're in Oakland, you find ways to get in trouble. So I think [the Raiders] whole thing is, 'Hey, look, if guys are looking for trouble, no matter what city they're in, they're gonna find the trouble.'"

Tim says the situation might require hiring people to "babysit" some of the players but "hopefully this team will be mature enough to handle the situation."

By the way, that IS Pierre Garcon in the shot -- he's co-hosting the show tonight and he's awesome!

Marshawn Lynch Ghostrides Monster Truck ... Smashes Puny Jeep

1/19/2017 1:59 PM PST

Marshawn Lynch went BEAST MODE on a monster truck -- ghostriding the massive vehicle and then using it to CRUSH a Jeep.

The ex-NFL star got all smashy-smashy with the guys from Discovery Channel's "Diesel Brothers" ... and he LOVED IT.

They even busted out some donuts ... with the crushed Jeep still under the truck.

Gotta hand it to Marshawn (unlike Pete Carroll) ... he's really enjoying retirement.

Johnny Manziel Denies Charging Fans For Selfies 'Dumbest Thing I've Heard'

1/19/2017 11:06 AM PST
Breaking News

0119-johnny-manziel-tmzJohnny Manziel is refuting reports that he's planning to charge fans $50 to take selfies at the Super Bowl ... saying it's "the dumbest thing I've ever heard."

Promo flyers circulated social media last week detailing Johnny's appearance at several Stadium Signature stores in Texas during Super Bowl week ... offering autographs for $99 and selfies for $50.

The Heisman trophy winner went to Twitter Thursday morning claiming the reports of makin' money off the snapshots are totally false ... and he's just looking to give back to his fans.

"Just had this brought to to my attention. I'm not charging a penny for a damn 'selfie' at the super bowl," Johnny tweeted.

"I'm doing this signing for the people (especially Texans) who have stuck with me through all the mistakes I've made these past years #tru"

As for the $99 charge per autograph, Johnny didn't confirm or deny that. 

Donald Trump Naming NY Jets Owner Ambassador to U.K.

1/19/2017 11:02 AM PST
Breaking News

0119_Woody-Johnson_jets_uk_getty-2The guy who signed off on paying Ryan Fitzpatrick $12 MILLION to throw 17 interceptions will be named official U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Officials say Donald Trump will announce NY Jets owner Woody Johnson will take the position. 

Johnson was also the vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee and hosted a huge fundraiser for him in the Hamptons.

The Senate will have to confirm Johnson before the move is official ... but it's more of a formality at this point.

Woody's reportedly handing over day-to-day operations to his brother.

Jon Jones Street (Play) Fighting ... with NFL Star Brother

1/19/2017 10:26 AM PST
Breaking News

Here's a taste of how things would go down if UFC star Jon Jones and his NFL star brother, Arthur Jones, decided to throw down in the street ... awesome, right?! 

The Joneses have been hanging out as a family this week in NY -- even Cardinals star Chandler Jones is there -- and there's a lot of combat going on.

Besides the punches, kicks and elbows ... the 3 multi-millionaires also went out to breakfast -- and compared jewelry. 

By the way, Arthur has previously told us he's considering an MMA career after he hangs up his cleats. So, don't count him out. 

Oakland Raiders 'Officially File Paperwork' to Move to Vegas

1/19/2017 9:24 AM PST
Breaking News

0119-oakland-raiders-vegas-getty-01The Raiders have officially filed their paperwork to move the team from Oakland to Las Vegas ... the NFL has confirmed. 

So, what does it mean? The move will go to a vote of NFL owners -- and the team needs at least 24 affirmative votes to make it happen. The vote is expected to go down in March. 

Don't expect a Chargers-style lightning move -- the Raiders would likely play the next two seasons in Oakland -- before relocating for the 2020 season. 

Owner Mark Davis has had his eye on Vegas for years -- and even snatched up LasVegasRaiders.com back in the '90s. 

Chargers' Jason Verrett Disses Rams We're the Better Team, Period.

1/19/2017 9:04 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The battle for L.A. has begun ... and Chargers Pro Bowl safety Jason Verrett just fired one of the first shots! 

Verrett was leaving the Chargers media event in L.A. on Wednesday when we asked which team the locals would embrace more ... the L.A. Chargers or the L.A. Rams?

"Chargers," Verrett said ... "because we're a better team."

He's technically right ... the Chargers won 5 games last year. The Rams won 4.

Roger Goodell NFL's Looking Into Antonio Brown Video

1/19/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

NFL commish Roger Goodell tells TMZ Sports ... the NFL is officially looking into the Antonio Brown locker room video incident.

Goodell was leaving a media event for the Los Angeles Chargers when he decided to mingle with the fans ... signing autographs, posing for selfies and even talking a little football.

At one point, Roger asked the crowd who they liked in the Super Bowl ... one fan said, "Not the Patriots!" Someone added, "Cheaters!"

Another fan said, "As long as the Cowboys aren't there" -- Roger smiled at that one.

Tony Romo Surfaces at Trump Hotel In D.C.

1/18/2017 2:49 PM PST
Breaking News

0118-tony-romo-trump-international-twitter-mcgreertownHe ain't got practice this week ... so Tony Romo got on a plane and flew out to Washington D.C. -- where he was spotted hanging out at the Trump International Hotel. 

The Dallas Cowboys QB has been praised by Trump in the past -- back in 2015, Donald called him a "great guy" and said he knows him personally.

We don't know if Romo's specifically there for the inauguration ... but it seems like a good bet at this point. Especially since he was also spotted out in a fancy party suit. 

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Packers Great James Jones Family Drama Isn't Distracting Aaron Rodgers

1/18/2017 1:11 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Fear not, Packers fans ... the Rodgers Family soap opera playing out in the media will have NO EFFECT on your quarterback ... so says Aaron's former longtime teammate and current pal James Jones.

The wide receiver tells TMZ Sports he just spoke with Aaron and the guy seems as laser-focused as ever. Plus, James says Rodgers has a ton of experience blocking out off-the-field drama.

Of course, the new storyline comes courtesy of Aaron's father who gave an interview to the NY Times ... discussing the family's fractured relationship with the QB.

Jones says Aaron is "in the zone" right now -- the last time he saw Aaron this focused, they won the Super Bowl. 

"He's in that Michael Jordan mode."

But is Aaron the best Packers QB in franchise history? Jones weighs in.

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