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DeSean Jackson Protesting Police Killings With Custom Cleats

10/1/2016 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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DeSean Jackson plans to make a huge statement on the field on Sunday -- but not just with his play ... with his cleats.

Jackson commissioned artist Marcus Rivero -- a.k.a. SolesBySir -- to put a yellow caution tape design on his cleats to protest the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers.

We reached out to Jackson for a comment ... and were told "I've seen enough yellow caution tape and it's time for a stand and a change in our community and society."

"Senseless killings have been ongoing for awhile and police brutality in our black community ... and as a young black leader with a stage and platform I'm starting awareness to help prevent these killings, and hopefully get justice to these cops who have taken lives of innocent human beings."

Jackson says he doesn't just want justice, but also "a change with the decision making on these cop killings."

"I am also coming up with a master plan to start a movement" with the intention of making a real impact.

We're told Jackson plans to wear the cleats during pregame warmups tomorrow ... and possibly during the game.

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UFC's Dana White I Welcome Celeb Owner Input ... Especially Tom Brady's!

10/1/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

With a TON of huge celebs becoming partial owners of the UFC -- from Sly Stallone to Ben Affleck -- Dana White says he welcomes their input ... especially if Tom Brady wants to weigh in!

"I have a man crush on Tom Brady," the UFC honcho revealed. 

FYI, Brady is one of 23 stars who invested in the UFC as part of the WME acquisition -- other stars include Cam Newton, LL Cool J, Anthony Kiedis, Venus Williams, Jimmy Kimmel and Guy Fieri. 

And get this ... Dana also revealed that Brady is RELATED to one of the most powerful guys in the entire UFC. Seriously. 

Check out the clip.

Jay Glazer Demi Lovato Can Save Josh Gordon

10/1/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jay Glazer says he genuinely cares for troubled NFL star Josh Gordon -- and says if there's anyone who can help him deal with his addiction issues, it's his good friend Demi Lovato.

FYI, Gordon trained at Glazer's Unbreakable gym in West Hollywood earlier this year and the two became friends. In fact, Jay says he was texting with Gordon on Friday -- right before we spotted him out. 

"I really do like the kid a lot," Jay said ... "addiction is a disease. It's hard."

Glazer is also tight with Lovato -- who has been open about her own substance abuse issues ... and has gone on to become a co-owner of a rehab center in Los Angeles.  

Jay says he's incredibly impressed with the work Demi's CAST Centers does for people -- especially when it comes to mental health ... and strongly believes it could do wonders for Gordon. 

Glazer even reached out to Gordon and offered to put the two in touch.

No word if he'll take Jay up on the offer -- but Gordon has said he does plan to get help somewhere ... a plan Jay fully supports. 

Master P I Didn't Dupe Ricky Williams ... He WANTED That Contract

9/30/2016 4:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Master P says Ricky Williams called the shots when it came to putting together his infamous 1999 NFL rookie contract and all he did was help the Heisman winner get the deal HE wanted. 

Master P joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Friday night on FS1) -- and explained how the deal got done when Williams was a client at P's No Limit Sports agency. 

"Ricky was the type of guy that ... he wanted to do what he wanted to do," P explained. 

"I mean he wanted $8 mil up front. He didn't care what the incentives was. If he didn't do that deal with me he was gonna do it with somebody else."

"He was poor. He didn't have any money. He needed the money up front and he thought that $8 million ... he was going to turn it into something else. He had some other business ideas."

FYI, the contract famously contained a max value of $68 MILLION -- but only if Ricky hit some spectacularly tough to achieve performance incentives. 

It's been criticized as one of the worst contracts in NFL history. 

Master P says Ricky ended up making around $14 mil on the deal -- but says there were bigger issues ... and suggested that Williams got lazy in his career and lost the drive to perform. 

There's A LOT more with P on tonight's show -- make sure to watch. 

Sylvester Stallone Eagles Are Super Bowl Bound ... Thanks To Carson Wentz

9/30/2016 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Carson Wentz wagon is reaching capacity ... 'cause yet another Eagles superfan is hoppin' on board ... with Sly Stallone saying the rookie QB can lead Philly to a Super Bowl THIS YEAR!!

Of course, Wentz is only 3 games into his NFL career ... but Stallone explains why he's already convinced the kid can go the distance. 

The Eagles are on a bye week ... but then they've got the Lions, Redskins, Vikings and Cowboys. 

Meanwhile, Jared Goff hasn't played a snap ... 

Antonio Brown Gets 'Arnold Palmer Tribute' Cleats ... Hail to 'The King'

9/30/2016 12:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0930-Antonio-Brown-Arnold-Palmer-cleats-tmz-sportsFresh off the heels of a cleat controversy, Antonio Brown just had ANOTHER sick pair of kicks custom made for his next game ... a tribute to golf legend Arnold Palmer

We spoke with Brown who tells us he went to his cleat guy, Corey Pane, and asked for something that would show his respect to "The King." 

The results speak for themselves. 

Remember, Brown got into some trouble with the NFL officials last week for custom blue cleats that had images of his kids painted on them. He was told to change them at halftime or else ... in part due to the colors not matching the Steelers uniform. 

These new cleats happen to be in Steelers colors -- so hopefully he'll avoid any sort of drama ... especially since they're super dope. 

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Lady Gaga It's Official ... I'm Doing Super Bowl Halftime!!

9/29/2016 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0929_lady_gaga_nfl_tmz_gettyLady Gaga has been promoted from the National Anthem at last year's Super Bowl ... to headlining Super Bowl LI in February ... the NFL has confirmed.

The timing couldn't be more perfect for Gaga ... who is launching a new album in October.

Gaga received all types of praise for her rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 -- and clearly impressed the NFL enough to lock her down as the halftime performer for Super Bowl LI.

Gaga follows Coldplay -- who performed at Super Bowl 50 -- and joins an esteemed group of S.B. halftime alum that includes Beyonce, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty ... and of course, Prince.

Olympic Legend John Carlos Warns Shaq Over Kaep Criticism You're On the Wrong Side of History

9/29/2016 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

U.S. Olympic legend John Carlos -- who famously raised the black power fist at the '68 Games -- is warning Shaquille O'Neal about criticizing Colin Kaepernick's protest ... saying he's going to wind up on the wrong side of history. 

0912_1968-Olympic-Games_tommie_smith-sub-gettyEarlier this month, Shaq was adamant he would never follow Kaep's lead, cited relatives in law enforcement and military, and said, "There are other ways to get your point across." 

Well, that obviously struck a chord with 71-year-old Carlos, who was in D.C. to be honored by President Obama at the White House. 

He told TMZ Sports, "To Shaq and all the other guys that want to be the naysayers to what Kaepernick is doing, all I can say to them is they better be careful on how they gonna come out ... on which side of history they're gonna come out in the future."

"I think they're gonna come out on the wrong side of the street."

As for Obama, he praised Carlos and Tommie Smith for their legendary protest -- saying, "It woke folks up and created greater opportunity for those that followed."

Josh Gordon Back to Rehab

9/29/2016 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0929-josh-gordon-TMZ-02Cleveland Browns superstar Josh Gordon is headed back to rehab ... the team just announced.

 25-year-old Gordon just issued a statement saying, "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility."

"This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person."

"I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, and the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process."

The Browns also issued a statement saying they support Gordon. 

Josh has been battling substance abuse for years -- he missed most of the 2014 season and all of the 2015 season due to substance abuse policy violations. He was also suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season after another positive test. 

He was getting ready to make his comeback to the NFL in Week 5 against the Patriots -- but clearly, that's not happening now. 

Gordon is tight with former Browns teammate, Johnny Manziel -- another guy who's battling substance abuse issues. In fact, the two partied at Coachella together back in April. 

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Tom Brady & Gisele Sun's Out, Buns Out ... Ass Tanning In Italy

9/29/2016 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0929_tom_brady_gisele_bundhcen_thong_booty_italy_launch_3Dude, you SURE you wanna come back to work???

Tom Brady and Gisele made time for an Italian tanning session while hanging out in Positano -- a session that was sure to take the QB's mind off his 4 game Deflategate suspension. 

Of course, Tom is now gearing up for his NFL return -- which is now just 10 days away. 

Then again, the Patriots are scheduled to play the Browns next weekend ... so, it's probably cool if he takes another week. Pats fans will understand ... right? 

NFL's Mike Tolbert Pays Car Shop $3,900 In Coins Cops Called In Bill Dispute (Update)

9/28/2016 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0928-mike-tolbert-getty-02update_graphic_red_bar8:00 AM PT -- TMZ Sports spoke with Tolbert who says he tried to pay with a check, but the shop said they would only take cash. 

So, he went to the bank and got the money ... in change. 

As for the dispute, Tolbert says he NEVER threatened anybody -- but says he firmly believes he was intentionally overcharged by more than $1,000 because he's an NFL player. 

Tolbert says his car still isn't running correctly and he'll be taking it to another shop for further repairs. 

One last thing ... Tolbert says the shop is slandering him -- and if they don't stop, he'll consider taking legal action. update-grey-gray-barHere's a jerk move -- Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert paid an auto shop $3,900 IN COINS after feuding with the owner over the price of a new motor.  

It all started when Tolbert went to Motion Lab Tuning to get some work done -- but MT says the place tried to rake him over the coals because "I'm a millionaire." He posted on Instagram calling the owner a crook. 

But the shop has now fired back in a Facebook post (likely written by the owner) -- claiming Mike was the real problem ... demanding free work because of his NFL status. 

The shop says the dispute got so intense, Mike and a friend threatened him -- so he called police and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD banned Tolbert from the property. 

However, that wasn't the end of the war ... the owner claims, "In a passive aggressive manner, [Tolbert] thought he would get the last laugh by paying in coins." 

"Pretty dumb really. All $3,900 in coins were easily identifiable as they came from a bank in boxes and perfectly counted out. I will say this, those coins will be taken in the boxes they came in and will be taken to a teller at BOA for deposit."

The worst part of the story -- the shop owner says, " I also have to break it to my son who is a fan of Mike Tolbert that he is a real scumbag that doesn't want to pay his bills."

[H/T Jalopnik]

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RG3 Divorce Docs No Chance We Reconcile 'Conflict of Personalities'

9/27/2016 11:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0927_Robert-Griffin-III_rebecca-liddicoat_gettyRobert Griffin III is making it clear ... his marriage is dead -- claiming in divorce docs there is ZERO chance of a reconciliation.  

The Cleveland Browns QB filed for divorce from his college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat earlier this month -- and in court docs obtained by Bossip, RG3 spells out why he pulled the plug. 

"The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities between petitioner and respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation."

And if that wasn't clear enough, remember RG3 tatted his NEW girlfriend's name, Grete Sadeiko, on his arm to hammer the point home. 

0817-rg3-tattoo-getty-01In the divorce docs, filed in Texas, RG3 also says he wants Liddicoat to have primary physical custody of their 1-year-old daughter ... and he has agreed to pay child support. 

However, Griffin notes that he wants to be "joint managing conservators" -- which would give him shared authority to make major decisions in his daughter's life. 

So far, Liddicoat has yet to comment on the divorce. 

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Tom Brady & Gisele Hot Bikini Shots On a Boat ... Who Needs the NFL?!?

9/27/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0927_tom_brady_gisele_bundchen_shirtless_thong_butt_launch_2Tom Brady doesn't need Rob Gronkowski -- he's already got the best tight end in the business!!

While the rest of the Patriots are preppin' for the Bills ... Tom was boating around Italy with Gisele ... who was showing off her insane physique in a black thong bikini. 

Deflategate ... best punishment ever. 

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