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NFL's Justin Pugh

Hey Rookies ...


5/3/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NFL lineman Justin Pugh knows what it's like to become a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE overnight ... and he's got some excellent advice for the new rookies to make sure they don't go broke. 

For the record, Pugh signed an $8.3 MILLION contract with a $4.4 million signing bonus when the NY Giants selected him in the 1st round of the 2013 draft. 

So, what's the secret to financial success for the young guys? Pugh says there's one KEY MOVE they need to make right away ... before they start living the good life.

Check out the clip ... especially if you plan on signing a huge contract in the near future.  

Wes Welker's Horse


... Again

5/1/2015 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0501-wes-welker-twitterWes Welker's horse just got thiiiiiis close to winning his first pre-Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs ... finishing in 2nd ... for the 2nd year in a row. 

As we previously reported, Welker re-entered his horse "Undrafted" to compete in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes ... the same pre-Kentucky Derby race he competed in last year. 

But for the 2nd straight year, Undrafted couldn't quite reach the winner's circle ... getting edged out at the finish line ... to take 2nd place. 

The good news ... 2nd place still gets paid -- and it all went down in front of Welker's old Patriots teammates including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. 

Hey, could be worse. 


Matt Barnes

Beefin' With Colin Kaepernick

Calls QB a 'Hoe'

5/1/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501_colin-kaepernick_matt_barnes_tmz_gettyColin Kaepernick has a new enemy -- L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes ... who just fired a shot at the QB on social media ... and sources tell us the animosity is very real. 

Barnes went on Instagram to congratulate Arik Armstead on being drafted by the SF 49ers last night ... and wrote, "Congrats to my young boy #ErikArmstead [sic] proud of you fam. Ur QB a hoe tho!!"

Clearly, the message was directed at Colin. 

Multiple sources close to Matt tell us the beef with Kaepernick goes back several years -- and stems from a situation where Matt felt "disrespected" by Colin. 

As one source extremely close to Barnes puts it -- "Matt hates his guts."


Jameis Winston

Sponsored By Publix

'We Don't Hold a Grudge'

5/1/2015 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501-jameis-winston-publix-gettyHe stole their shellfish ... but Jameis Winston is now officially sponsored by Publix (by way of the Tampa Bay Bucs) ... and the market says they're all about BURYING THE HATCHET. 

In fact, it was 1 year ago this week that Winston was busted stealing crab legs ... and as fate would have it, Publix happens to be the official supermarket sponsor of the Bucs. 

So, how do store officials feel about teaming up with a guy who jacked their seafood?

"We support our hometown team. We welcome Jameis Winston to the Bucs. We don't hold any grudge against him."

A rep for Publix adds, "We've moved forward, we're past this. We hope Jameis has done the same, and is moving forward."

"Part of our affiliation with the team is to do the right thing for the community. If Jameis has an idea that would make the community better, [we'd] gladly hear out his proposal."

"This is a great opportunity for him to learn from his mistakes. He's going to have a chance to do a lot of good now."

NFL Draft

Randy Gregory 'Not Doing Well'

... After Draft Slide

5/1/2015 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501-randy-gregory-nflEx-Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is angry, distraught and "extremely disappointed" after not being selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Multiple sources close to Gregory tell us Randy was POSITIVE he'd be selected on the 1st day of the draft -- which is why he agreed to go to Chicago and attend the draft in person in the first place. 

Of course, there was buzz his draft stock had fallen ever since he tested positive for weed at the NFL combine. Before the combine, some experts said he could have been the #1 overall pick. 

So, when the first 32 picks went by last night ... and his name wasn't called ... we're told Randy took it especially hard. 

"Randy is extremely disappointed. We thought he'd drop, no one predicted he'd be out of the first round," one source tells us. 

Another source close to Gregory says, "Randy is a little distraught over last night and didn't even imagine this happening, but he's keeping his faith."

The good news for Randy ... our sources say the draft slide is only motivating him to work harder. 

"His mindset is he's going to show people why they should have picked him. He wants to prove he's a top talent. All of the teams that passed on him ... someone's gonna have a problem."

NFL Draft's Trae Waynes

Did He Celebrate With Lil Jon??

... Yeeeahhhhh!!!!

5/1/2015 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501-waynes-lil-jon-instagramHours after Trae Waynes was taken as the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft ... the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings partied from the windowwwwwww to the wall -- with Lil Jon!! 

The former Michigan State cornerback hit up Studio Paris in Chicago for a post-draft party ... where he rocked the purple and gold to celebrate the fact that he just became a friggin' MILLIONAIRE! 


Jameis Winston

Backtracks After Crab Leg Pic

... 1st NFL Blunder?!

5/1/2015 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501-jameis-winston-instagramDidn't take long for Jameis Winston to make his first NFL mistake -- deleting his crab leg celebration pic from Instagram hours after he posted it .... and we're guessing he was INSTRUCTED to get rid of it. 

In case you didn't see it, Jameis posted a pic showing him eating a big ol' plate of crab legs -- clearly mocking his whole shoplifting arrest thing from last year. 

But just like that, it was gone. 

BTW -- the timing of the pic is interesting since the NCAA has relaunched an investigation into the incident ... since Winston claims he had a "hook up" at Publix that gave him free food. 

No word if it was the Bucs or Jameis' agent or lawyer who told Winston to pull the pic down -- or maybe he had second thoughts on his own ... but clearly, he realized it was a bad idea ... or else the pic would still be up. 

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Shellfishly Takes QB

... With #1 Pick

4/30/2015 5:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0430-jameis-getty-02It's crab leg time in Tampa Bay ... the Bucs have just selected Jameis Winston with the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft

The Bucs reportedly launched a serious recon mission into Jameis' personal life to find out if Winston was worth the risk. Clearly, they weren't concerned with what they found. 

Good luck ... 

Aaron Rodgers

The NFL Draft's a 'Train Wreck'

4/30/2015 4:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0430_aaron_rodgers_gettySeems Aaron Rodgers is still bitter about the NFL Draft ... calling it a "train wreck of 'expert' analysis and awkward hugs." 

So, why would the Super Bowl champion QB be so salty on the league's biggest offseason moment? 

It probably stems from the 2005 draft ... when some experts projected Rodgers to be the #1 overall pick ... but instead, he tumbled all the way down to #24. 

Cameras focused on Aaron during the slide ... and you can tell he was pissed. 

Now, ten years later ... seems there are some things ya just can't let go. 

Dante Fowler


... At NFL Draft

4/30/2015 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

fowler_gold_shoes_launch2Dante Fowler's like a young, giant Austin Powers villain ... 'cause the dude LOOOOOVESSSSS GOLLDDDD!!!

Fowler just showed up to the NFL Draft in Chicago -- where he's expected to be taken in the 1st round -- sporting a crazy pair of GOLD SPIKED LOUBOUTIN SHOES ... with the red bottoms and all. 

There's more ... dude also rocked a solid gold watch and a gold chain to spruce up his peppermint suit. 

Hey, you only get drafted once. 


Plaxico Burress

Shoots Himself In the Foot

Over Tax Bill

4/30/2015 9:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0430-plaxico-burress-getty-01More trouble for ex-NFL star Plaxico Burress -- he's been indicted in New Jersey for allegedly failing to pay close to $50,000 in state taxes ... and he could face serious prison time.   

Prosecutors say Burress initially tried to file his state income return for 2013 back in October -- showing he owed $48,000 -- but the electronic funds transfer failed.  

Officials say they notified Burress and the person who did Plax's taxes multiple times -- but they never remedied the situation. 

So, Plax was charged with 1 count of willful failure to pay a state tax and 1 count of issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer -- crimes that are punishable by up to 5 years in prison each.

Plax is no stranger to the law -- he did two years on a weapons charge after shooting himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub in 2008. 

We reached out to Plax for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Hank Baskett

Transgender Mistress

Attacked by Kendra Fans

4/29/2015 5:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar12:30 PM PST -- TMZ spoke with London's alleged attacker Blake Tinsley who tells us he never touched the mistress and the whole thing started when she smacked him in the face with her hair while walking by ... Blake says it was a friend of his who stood up for him and the two traded blows.update_grey_gray_barThe transgender female who claimed she had a relationship with Hank Baskett is filing a police report, saying she was attacked in a gay bar by Kendra Wilkinson fans who were out for revenge.

Ava London is currently telling Modesto Police that she was inside a gay bar called Climax when a man and a woman attacked her. She says they pummeled her and pulled her weave out, screaming she was a "homewrecker" and a "ho."


Hank's camp has acknowledged he "hung out with" with Ava. 

The guy who took credit for the attack posted the above video of the aftermath and wrote, "LOL, the #husbandf***er Ava got told she's a hoe today and she/he went crazy."

The guy actually admits the attack saying, "After she flipped her fake-ass hair in my face and after i was being held by security my girl Tee Tee beat the s*** outs her."

Erick Sermon

Hip-Hop Is a No Bruce Jenner Zone

... That's Not Our Culture

4/29/2015 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Message to any transgender rappers -- do NOT follow Bruce Jenner's lead, 'cause hip-hop culture's not ready for that kinda thing ... at least according to hip-hop legend Erick Sermon.

We got Sermon -- one half of rap pioneers EPMD -- in NYC, and when we asked if hip-hop would welcome a transgender performer at this point ... he went on a rant. 

Sermon said, "They're taking the culture too far. It's just too far to be going."

You've gotta watch ... it's a bit puzzling -- Sermon criticizes Bruce for the timing of his announcement ... then applauds him for potentially helping transgenders who might be suicidal. 

As for the whole transgender rapper thing -- check out his Michael Sam metaphor.

It's complicated.

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