Prosecutors in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case have a tough fight ahead of them ... they tried to 86 the judge for trashing them ... and they just failed.
Another judge has ruled ... Judge Kelly Case will continue to preside in the trial ... even after calling the district attorney and Adrian's attorney "media whores."
TMZ broke the story ... the D.A. demanded and got an apology from the judge ... but they wanted more -- they wanted him off the case. Judge Case wouldn't budge, so prosecutors went to the wall with another judging ... claiming Case harbors a personal grudge against the D.A.
The second judge said prosecutors must show compelling evidence that Case is biased ... and they failed.
So Case is still on the case.
BLASTS RAY RICE COSTUME
'Those People Are Repulsive'
10/22/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rose McGowan is not amused by the guy who decided to dress up as Ray Rice for Halloween -- telling TMZ Sports anyone who tries to mock that situation is downright "repulsive."
The actress was leaving the Arclight theater in Hollywood on Tuesday when we asked about the photo burning up the Internet -- featuring a man dressed as Rice carrying around a blowup doll that's supposed to be Janay Palmer.
The pic first surfaced on Reddit this month -- along with the caption, "Ladies were falling for my friend's Ray Rice costume."
Of course, Rose isn't the only star who's pissed about the situation -- but the question remains ... will the public outrage actually detour people from dressing up as Rice for Halloween??? We'll see ...
I Burn Defenses In
$1,000 Dollar Cleats!!
10/22/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's a war raging in the NFL -- a fashion war -- with some of the biggest stars in the game spending BIG MONEY to customize their cleats for game day ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Huge stars like DeSean Jackson, Reggie Bush, Terrell Suggs and Cameron Wake have been taking their kicks to famous shoe artists ... and giving marching orders to make their cleats as swagged out and original as possible without violating the league's strict uniform policy.
We spoke with one of the biggest names in the cleat game Marcus Rivero (aka SolesBySir) -- who tells us in the last year he customized more than 300 PAIRS for stars looking to make an on-the-field fashion statement (check out some of his designs in the gallery below).
"It's really the only way they have left to express themselves," Rivero tells us ... "They can push the envelope with the cleats in ways they can't do with their uniform."
The customization process -- taking a plain pair of turf chewers and "re-imagining" them -- takes days and can cost between $400 to $1,000 dollars depending on the job.
But the final cost SKYROCKET if the NFL decides the design doesn't jive with league guidelines.
"It's $5,400 for a first time uniform violation. The athletes can appeal, but you know, there's still a chance [they'll get fined." Rivero says in addition to NFL rules, certain teams have their own uniform guidelines and will punish players who violate their policies.
In fact, back in 2011 ... the NFL fined Marshawn Lynch $10k for wearing Skittles-themed cleats during a game.
Still, Rivero says the risk is well worth it for some of the higher paid in the league -- "Every shoe is one of one, no duplicates. Never seen before, never seen again."
Hey, if you look good, you play good ... right?
NBA Great Mitch Richmond
To Michael Sam:
Don't Give Up Your Dreams, Bro
10/22/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond has a very clear message for Michael Sam -- don't give up -- telling TMZ Sports that he hopes Sam does everything he can to keep his NFL dream alive.
Richmond was out in Calabasas when our camera guy asked the 6-time All-Star and Cowboys fan about Sam being cut from the 'Boys practice squad to make room for another player.
Check out the clip -- Richmond goes all Jim Valvano on us, delivering just the message that Sam probably needs to hear right now.
And just in case you need some extra motivation today, here's Jimmy V at his finest ...
Cut From Cowboys Practice Squad
10/21/2014 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Sam's dream of being the first openly gay player to start a regular season NFL game took a major hit today ... with the rookie DE being cut from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
Sam, who was signed to the Cowboys after failing to make the St. Louis Rams 53 man roster, was released earlier today after Dallas signed linebacker Troy Davis.
Moments ago, Sam spoke out about the move releasing a statement via his Twitter account.
"I want to think the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for their opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support. While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday."
DON'T CHANGE THE REDSKINS LOGO
10/21/2014 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Matthew McConaughey is coming out IN FAVOR of the Washington Redskins logo -- saying he's a huge fan of the emblem ... despite numerous Native American groups claiming it's offensive.
Matt -- who says he's a huge Washington fan -- was talking with GQ when the topic of the Redskins came up.
"What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it’? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board."
Matt continues, "I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it would't, but it will."
Tons of powerful people have come out against the name recently -- including Barack Obama -- but team owner Dan Snyder has made it clear he doesn't plan on changing the name or logo anytime soon.
Porn Star Brooke Haven
I've Got a Crazy Story
About an NFL Star ...
10/21/2014 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porn star Brooke Haven -- star of "Assploitations 5" and "I Wanna Bang Your Mom" -- says she's hung out with TONS of athletes ... but there's ONE who parties harder than everyone else ... by far.
Haven -- who also appeared in "World Poke Her Tour" -- says the rager is an NFL star who still plays in the league.
The guy happens to be married with kids now ... but according to Haven, years before the athlete became a family man, the NFLer had one helluva wild side.
Brooke even tells a crazy story about the guy -- don't worry, it's safe for work.
Reveals Halloween Costume
... Just Call Me 'Barf'
10/21/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Well, this is the most adorable thing you're going to hear all day -- Tom Brady's 4-year-old son revealing that he and his famous daddy are gonna have matching Halloween costumes.
Tom was having his weekly conversation with Westwood One's Jim Gray on Monday ... when Brady's son Benny grabbed the phone and the cuteness took over.
So what's the big Brady family theme this year?? Hint: it all has to do with a character named "Barf" ... but it's not the guy from "Spaceballs."
R.I.P. John Candy.
NY Giants Linebacker
Phil Collins Can Help Us Beat Dallas
... We Can Feel It
10/18/2014 5:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The secret to beating the Dallas Cowboys?
Well, maybe he can help -- because NY Giants head coach Tom Coughlin turned to Phil's best song to help fire up his team this week ... so says linebacker Mark Herzlich.
Herzlich says Coughlin decided to play some music during practice this week to get the team ready for their HUGE game against the Dallas Cowboys ... and Tom decided Phil's jam could help pump up the intensity.
Mike Tyson approves.
My First Broadway Show
... Was About 'The Jets'
10/18/2014 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Namath is so New York ... even the first Broadway show he ever saw was all about The Jets.
The NFL Hall of Famer was out in NYC this week and we had to ask ... with a nickname like "Broadway Joe" -- what was the first Broadway play he ever saw.
Namath gave the only answer you'd expect a NY Jets legend to give ... because when you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way ... right?
Boston Should Be Ashamed
For Turning On Tom Brady
10/18/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Maria Menounos is calling out the whole city of Boston ... telling TMZ Sports she was "embarrassed" by the way her city turned on Tom Brady during his early-season slump.
Menounos was in NY when we asked the Patriots superfan how she felt about Tom now that the veteran QB seems to be hitting his stride ... and that's when Maria called out Beantown.
Watch the video -- Maria isn't afraid to take her hometown to task on Tom's behalf and even manages to save a little love for his hoodie-clad head coach.
Colts Owner Jim Irsay
DUI VIDEO RELEASED
Wobbling, Stumbling, Hammered
10/17/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Officials have finally released dash cam footage from the night Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for DUI ... and the guy was a complete mess.
The 55-year-old was popped just before midnight on March 16th ... and as you can see in the clip, he could barely keep his balance as he stumbled out of the car.
Cops say Irsay had multiple painkillers in his system, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Irsay eventually pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated -- and was sentenced to 1 year probation.
The NFL also suspended Irsay for 6 games ... and fined him $500k.
It's a miracle this guy didn't kill anyone on the road that night.
$10K DONATION TO DEVON STILL
10/17/2014 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pretty cool moment from Ellen DeGeneres -- when she hooked up Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still with a $10,000 DONATION to help his 4-year-old daughter in her fight against cancer.
Still's story has captivated the nation -- his daughter Leah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer in June, and doctors have told her father she has about a 50% chance of survival. Still says she's fighting like hell.
The Bengals announced proceeds of his #75 jersey sales would be used to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer research ... and so far, more than $1 million has been raised.
But Ellen wasn't just wearing his jersey when Still appeared on her show Friday -- she also hooked the NFL player up with a $10k donation to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ... where his daughter Leah is being treated.
There's more ... Ellen also said she'll be getting celebs to sign her jersey which she plans to auction off to raise even more money for Leah's fight.
Check out the clip -- Still also says Leah has told him what career she wants to get into when she grows up ... and it's awesome.