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Tampa Bay Bucs

Ex-Cheerleaders Win Big

Team Pays $825k In Wage War

3/6/2015 3:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Ready? Ok!  

We've got spirit, yes we do!
We've got spirit ... plus an additional $825,000!!!  

A former Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleader has reached a settlement with the NFL team in her class action war over unpaid wages ... striking a deal that will get her and 93 other women PAID!!! 

As we previously reported, Manouchcar Pierre-Val sued the team claiming the girls were only paid $100 per game ... and zero for practice time and other team events ... which added up to less than $2-per-hour.

She demanded $661k ... but in new docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, the team agreed to fork over $825k. However, after the lawyers take their cut ($264k) the ladies will split the rest of the $561k pot. 

Final tally ... each woman will get just under $6k for their troubles. 

Goooooooooo class action!!

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

There Is No (Bikini) Off-Season

3/6/2015 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0306_cowboys_cheerleaders_bikini_launchWhile most of America freezes its collective buns off, huddled around heaters and fireplaces hoping for one moment of warmth, we at TMZ Sports bring you the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in bikinis.


And leave your jealousy at the door (we'll try too).

Aaron Hernandez Case

The Smoking Ganja?

1st Pic of Joint Found at Murder Scene

3/6/2015 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Here it is ... the first picture of the joint that prosecutors believe links Aaron Hernandez to the murder of Odin Lloyd

Officials say the joint was found at the murder scene in Massachusetts ... and has Aaron's DNA on it. Prosecutors also believe the joint contain's Lloyd's DNA. 

Officials believe both men puffed from the same marijuana cigarette ... which they say further proves that Hernandez was at the scene when Lloyd was killed. 

As we previously reported, prosecutors also have video of Hernandez at a gas station roughly 90 minutes before the murder ... in the same car that was spotted at the murder scene.

Pacman Jones

Off the Hook

... In Casino Ejection

3/6/2015 8:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0306-pacman-jones-getty-01Pacman Jones will NOT be charged with a crime for his role in a late-night casino incident back in February ... after prosecutors say he couldn't have been more cooperative with police. 

We broke the story ... officers responded to a "disorderly person" at the Hollywood Casino in Indiana after an incident with a casino employee.

But officials tell TMZ Sports ... while he definitely WAS causing a disturbance that night, he cut the crap when cops arrived to the scene and left the casino without further incident. 

"He exited. No one got hurt. He did cooperate by leaving. Given all that – we didn't feel it appropriate to charge him," prosecutor Aaron Negangard tells us.

Case closed. 

Richard Sherman

Plays Second Fiddle ...

To Insane Street Violinist

3/6/2015 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Seattle Seahawks superstar Richard Sherman was stopped dead in his tracks in Vegas this week ... all thanks to a crazy talented street violinist in Vegas. 

Sherman and ex-teammate Brandon Browner were strollin' down the Vegas strip when they came across Tony B ... a 23-year-old pro violinist who was jammin' out in the middle of the day to make some extra cash. 

The NFL stars were so impressed, they stopped and hung out for a while ... with Sherman even recording some of the sidewalk show to share on Instagram.

Vegas baby.  

NFL's Eric Decker

'I'm Workin' On My Skills'

... For Wife's Music Video

3/6/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

You haven't seen the last of Eric Decker playing fake guitar in his wife's music videos ... at least according to Jessie James who tells us she's all about giving her hubby EVEN MORE screen time. 

Just one problem ... the NY Jets receiver KNOWS he was less than impressive with his air guitar skills in Jessie's last video -- but tells us he vows to get better. 

There's more ... we also talked to the couple about their brand new fetus (kid #2) ... and whether or not we'll ever see one of their spawn on a football field ... or in a country music video. 

Check out the clip. 

Marqise Lee

Bum Knee Cost Me Millions

Now My Insurance Won't Pay Up

3/5/2015 3:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0305-marqise-lee-getty-01Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee's insurance company is adding financial insult to injury -- refusing to pay up after a blown knee made him drop in the NFL draft ... so now he's suing. 

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Lee paid $94k for a disability policy with Lloyd's of London during his final year at USC ... just in case he sustained an injury that affected his NFL future.

As bad luck would have it ... he did, and he fell to the second round of the draft. 

In the suit, Lee says Lloyd's owes him $4.5 million -- the difference between the policy amount and his $5.1 million contract. He says the insurance co. is hanging him out to dry by dragging its feet for more than 9 months on paying up.

NY Giants' Larry Donnell


'F**k Her Right in the P***y'

3/5/2015 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

MSNBC thought it had the very first interview with NY Giants tight end Larry Donnell ... who was on board the Delta flight that skidded off the runway in NY earlier today. 

They were wrong. 

Instead, they had an impostor ... who pulled a Baba Booey-inspired prank that culminated with the prankster yelling, "F**k her right in the p***y" while he was live on the air. 

As we previously reported, the FHRITP pranks have been driving media outlets CRAZY for months ... with some reporters getting physical in an effort to prevent hooligans from shouting the phrase during live shots. 

Somewhere, Jameis Winston is probably smiling ... 

LaGuardia Plane Skids

NY Giants Player On Flight

'I Shoulda Stayed Home'

3/5/2015 8:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NY Giants tight end Larry Donnell was aboard the Delta airlines flight that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport moments ago ... and says he KNEW he shoulda stayed home this morning. 

Not one of the 149 passengers on board suffered any serious injuries when the plane was coming in for a landing and skidded off the runway. It eventually crashed into a snow bank and came to a stop. 

When Donnell got off the plane, he did what most people would do ... took a pic ... and posted the caption, "Look at this s**t! Knew I shoulda stayed my ass at home."

Donnel released a statement after the ordeal, saying, "I’m blessed to be safe and sound after our plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport today. I feel fine physically and hopefully all the other passengers did not have any significant injuries."

He continued, "We were all shocked and alarmed when the plane started to skid, but most importantly, as far as I know, all of the passengers and flight crew were able to exit the plane safely."

Houston Texans Star

Allegedly Steals Own Truck

... Cops Investigating [Update]

3/5/2015 8:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


update_graphic_red_bar3:29 PM PT -- A rep for Swearinger tells TMZ Sports ... "This incident was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and we are working on resolving the issue."

The rep adds, "DJ is just focused right now on his off-season training and looking forward to the upcoming season."update-grey-gray-barHouston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger is under investigation in Texas ... after the 23-year-old allegedly stole his own truck from a customizer without paying for $20k in upgrades ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's a bizarre story, but here's how it breaks down: 

According to a police report filed in Houston, Swearinger took his 2013 F250 truck to Espi Motors to get his ride pimped out like a boss -- matte black paint with a Batman logo, speakers, new wheels, custom grill, train horn, etc. 

But according to Espi, when he came to pick up the whip, he got sticker shock ... and drove it off the lot WITHOUT paying for the work. 

Espi tried to track down Swearinger to get the cash, but D.J. went M.I.A. so Espi filed a police report.  

Law enforcement sources tell us cops are investigating the situation. 

We reached out to Swearinger, his agent and the Texans for comment -- so far, radio silence. 


NFL's Chris Johnson

That Chick Almost Broke My Neck!

3/5/2015 7:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Here's video of NFL running back Chris Johnson ... so distracted by a hot chick in L.A. he had to look back at it ... twice. 

CJ2K was hanging out at The Grove when we started asking about his recent dry heave-inducing workout at Jay Glazer's MMA gym. 

But just as Chris started talking about his intense workout routine, some attractive lady came walking by in the other direction ... causing both Chris and his pal to whip their heads around for a closer look. 

Head on a swivel, right?! 

Jameis Winston

'It Would Be Great to Play In Florida'

3/5/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jameis Winston tells TMZ Sports -- yes, TMZ Sports -- that it would be "great" to play for an NFL team in Florida ... this just days after he wrapped up a meeting with the Tampa Bay Bucs. 

The Heisman Trophy winner landed in New York Wednesday ... and with the NFL Draft just 2 months away, we had to ask the possible #1 pick if he had a preference on which team calls his name. 

Winston didn't exactly give anything away ... but he did tell us his favorite movie of all time -- shout-out to Tom Hanks

One last thing ... Jameis was rockin' Nike sweatpants and a Nike sweatshirt ... but an Under Armour backpack. So, we're guessing he hasn't decided on a sponsorship yet. 

But at this point, it's probably just a matter of time. 

Steelers' William Gay

1-Man Shirtless Dance Party


3/4/2015 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Steelers cornerback William Gay is taking that whole "dance like no one is watching" thing to new levels ... doing a shirtless dance revue on Instagram ... and we got to say ... dude's got the moves.

Gay -- for reasons we're not sure of -- posted five different videos to the 'gram of him (quite expertly) executing every hot dance move out there including The Whip, The Jook, and the death-defying Bobble Walk.

He even got in a couple of real life inspired joints, including Rich Homie Quan's signature onstage waddle, and his teammate Antonio Brown's touchdown dance The Beanie Wiggle.

Watch, enjoy, but please ... don't try this at home.

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