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Rob Gronkowski Ultimate Pep Talk with Mojo Rawley You Hyped for WrestleMania, Bro?!

3/22/2017 6:03 PM PDT

What do you get when you bring NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski together with his bro, WWE superstar Mojo Rawley? This INSANE hype video that will make you want to run through a wall yourself!

Gronk took it upon himself to get Mojo rising for "WrestleMania 33" next Sunday ... screaming in his face and delivering some chest slaps. 

Gronk wrote ... "He's going to win that Battle Royal for sure!! I've never seen a crazier dude in my life! The man doesn't sleep! He stays hyped!!"

The only question is ... do you think they can both stay this hyped all the way to April 2?

YES SIR!!

Brett Favre Trains With ATL Falcons Corner 'He Could Play In NFL Right Now'

3/22/2017 4:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Brett Favre fired up his laser rocket arm for a training session with Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford Wednesday ... and the guy tells us Favre STILL has the tools to play in the NFL. 

Alford -- who famously picked off Tom Brady for a TD in the Super Bowl -- tells TMZ Sports he was at the Traction Sports Performance center in Louisiana when Brett stopped by. 

Alford says Favre didn't even warm up ... he just grabbed a ball and started rifling away -- "throwing lasers on the dot."

Alford says he's 100% convinced the 47-year-old could seriously compete in the NFL -- as long as he had an offensive line that could allow him to sit back and sling it. 

He even has a message for all the teams still looking for a QB ... "GO GET [FAVRE]."

U.S. Congressman Calls Putin a 'Thief' For Stealing Super Bowl Ring

3/22/2017 3:07 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NY congressman Peter King says the recovery of Tom Brady's jersey is a "solid first step" in getting back ANOTHER stolen piece of Super Bowl memorabilia ... the ring Putin stole from Bob Kraft!!

The Patriots owner has talked openly about how Vladimir Putin walked off with his Super Bowl 39 ring during a meeting in Russia in 2005. 

King says the fact we got Brady's jersey back sends a strong message to people with ill-gotten Super Bowl stuff everywhere ... we're coming for you! 

He even refers to Putin as a "thief."

Guessin' Vlad ain't gonna like that ... 

Sarah Palin Removes Kaepernick Article from Website ... 'Not Her Opinion'

3/22/2017 8:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-palin-kaepernick-gettySarah Palin has removed an article from her website criticizing Colin Kaepernick's $50,000 donation to Meals on Wheels ... and we're told the post is NOT in line with the former governor's beliefs.

As we previously reported, a story went up on SarahPalin.com Wednesday morning titled, "SERIOUSLY? Colin Kaepernick Just Pulled ANOTHER Political Stunt."

The article was NOT written by Palin -- but it was posted on Sarah's official Facebook page with a comment saying, "And he wonders why he can't find a job."

Now, we're told Sarah did NOT have a personal role in greenlighting the story, posting it on her site or Facebook page, or adding the additional comment.

One source familiar with the situation tells us, "This is not a view that Governor Palin holds. She has a long history of volunteering for Meals on Wheels and donating to them."

"This was an opinion by a contributor to sarahpalin.com and as has since been removed."

We're told comments that Palin personally writes are signed with her initials. 

Sarah Palin Kaepernick's Meals On Wheels Donation Is Shameless 'Political Stunt'

3/22/2017 6:29 AM PDT
Breaking News

0322-sarah-pailin-colin-kaepernick-tmz-gettySarah Palin ain't impressed with Colin Kaepernick's $50,000 donation to Meals on Wheels ... labeling the move as a cheap "political stunt."

The former Alaska governor just put her seal of approval on an anti-Kaep article posted on her website, SarahPalin.com titled, "SERIOUSLY? Colin Kaepernick Just Pulled ANOTHER Political Stunt."

The article, written by Mary Kate Knorr, essentially calls BS on reports Donald Trump is defunding the charity -- before getting back to why she thinks Colin sucks.

"His last stunt cost him the respect of most NFL officials, as teams across the country have chosen not to offer Kaepernick a contract following his kneeling-during-the-National-Anthem stunt last year."

Sarah commented on the article on her Facebook page ... saying, "And he wonders why he can’t find a job."

As for Colin, he has not commented on the donation ... but it was confirmed by Meals on Wheels.

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NFL's Eric Davis Trump's Wrong NFL Owners NOT Afraid You

3/22/2017 6:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump is WAYYYYYY off if he thinks NFL owners are blacklisting Colin Kaepernick out of fear of a presidential Twitter backlash ... so says ex-NFL star Eric Davis

The former 49ers cornerback says NFL owners are too rich and too powerful to be swayed  by a TWEET from the president ... despite claims Trump made in Kentucky earlier this week. 

As for whether Kaepernick deserves a shot in the NFL this season, Eric has pretty strong opinion on that. 

Greg Hardy Coke Arrest Video 'He's a Cowboys Player, Don't Stir Anything Up'

3/22/2017 12:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained the Greg Hardy cocaine arrest video which shows cops warning each other that he's a big, strong, Dallas Cowboys player ... so "we have to not stir anything up."

Hardy was arrested in Dallas back in September after officers found cocaine in his wallet during a routine traffic stop.

In the video, Hardy is with a female passenger and is extremely polite to the officers. The officers are also acting carefully. One whispers to another, "He's very big and fit."

FYI, Hardy is 6'4", 280.

When the cops find a purple baggy filled with coke in Hardy's wallet (which was in his car), his explanation is bizarre.

"I just got a job, I play football. I was at a party. I got drunk. Literally last night. I was at a mixer with NFL guys trying to do an interview. Like I said, I don’t know what happened between me and him, he could’ve slipped stuff in my pocket. Some people offered me some stuff. I literally don’t know what is in that. Whatever it is. I haven’t even seen it. I thought that I had nothing in the car."

He added, "I just came from a date. I was just trying to get a date in before I go and try to get a job to play ball."

So, two things ...

1) Hardy is convinced someone connected to the NFL planted drugs on him.

2) At the time, Hardy (a free agent) was convinced he was going to sign with a new team. That never came to fruition. He didn't play in 2016.

As for the arrest, Hardy eventually struck a plea deal and got 2 years probation.

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Colin Kaepernick Will Play In NFL Again ... Says Matt Millen

3/21/2017 3:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Colin Kaepernick's days in the NFL are NOT over ... so says ex-Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen who tells TMZ Sports he's convinced the guy will sign a contract before the season begins.

Long story short ... Millen is convinced Kaepernick still has the talent to play winning football and says NFL teams know it.

Millen also says teams are also weighing Kaep's off-the-field controversies when considering the QB -- but he's certain there are teams that will take a chance on him anyway.

Tom Brady's SB Jerseys PROOF OF LIFE!!!

3/21/2017 8:12 AM PDT
Breaking News

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THEY'RE BACK!!

Here are the first photos of Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl 49 & 51 jerseys since they were recovered by Mexican authorities!

VIVA MEXICO!!!

The Mexican Attorney General's Office has released the photos of the uniforms.

You can see the grass stains from the SB 49 jersey -- when the Patriots defeated the Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. 

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The jerseys were allegedly jacked by Mauricio Ortega -- who was a credentialed member of the international media when he went into the Patriots locker room and swiped the #12 unis. 

Officials say at least 1 other Super Bowl item was recovered during a raid on Ortega's home in Mexico -- Von Miller's helmet from SB 50. 

Tom Brady Jersey Suspect Warning to Innocent Buyers You Could Be Prosecuted!!!

3/21/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

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The guy who allegedly stole 2 of Tom Brady's Super Bowl jerseys has created a big problem for anyone who may have bought stolen sports stuff from him ... if they don't turn it in, they could be prosecuted.

Mauricio Ortega is the guy suspected of entering the Patriots locker room after Super Bowl 51 and pilfering Tom's game-winning jersey.  We're told, in addition to also finding Tom's Super Bowl 49 jersey and Von Miller's helmet, authorities found other items.

As for what Ortega has ... it could be a lot, because he's had access to locker rooms at Super Bowls since 2005, and possibly earlier.  

Now here's the crazy part ... if authorities announce other items that were stolen, anyone who purchased them -- even in good faith -- has a legal duty to turn the items over to authorities.  Law enforcement sources tell us, if the buyers don't fork over the stolen goods, they could be prosecuted for the crime of receiving stolen property.

This kind of stuff happens with high-end collectors. Remember Nic Cage, when he learned a dinosaur skull he bought for $276,000 was stolen, he was legally required to return it and took the loss.

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Tom Brady SB49 Jersey Was Being Secretly Shopped ... for $75K

3/21/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

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Tom Brady's Super Bowl 49 jersey was being shopped around to a small group of wealthy collectors who were under the impression it was NOT stolen property ... and the asking price was $75k.

TMZ Sports spoke with multiple people directly connected to the situation. One potential buyer was interested in the jersey but says the seller (who was connected to Mauricio Ortega) "fell down a black hole" and it disappeared from the market about 8 months ago. 

We're told Ortega has been selling various sports collectibles for years and would tell clients he obtained the items legally through relationships he built with players, coaches and staffers. He would use the selfies he took with stars like Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Ben Roethlisberger as a way of unofficially authenticating the goods. 

We know what you're thinking ... why would anyone buy a high-priced item without proper documentation? 

One high-end collector put it this way ...

Ortega is credible and has had documented locker room access for more than a decade. There would be no reason to suspect he stole anything since no media outlet ever reported it was.

Plus, buyers could do home research -- looking at high resolution pics from the Super Bowl -- and self-authenticate the items based on nicks, scratches and other identifying marks on the gear. 

So far, unclear if any of the items Ortega had been moving were also stolen. We reached out to Ortega for comment but haven't heard back. 

Donald Trump Takes Shot at Colin Kaepernick

3/20/2017 5:28 PM PDT
Breaking News

Colin Kaepernick is back in Donald Trump's crosshairs -- the President of the United States just mocked the QB for last season's national anthem protest. 

Trump referenced a report that NFL teams are refusing to pick up Kaepernick because owners are afraid of a Twitter backlash from Trump himself. 

Trump didn't exactly refute the report. Instead he fired up the Kentucky crowd by saying people in the Bluegrass State don't like it when people don't stand for the anthem. 

The crowd loved it. 

Meanwhile, Kaepernick just helped secure an entire airplane to send food and supplies to people in need in Somalia. 

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Gale Sayers Diagnosed with Dementia

3/20/2017 5:14 PM PDT
Breaking News

0320-gale-sayers-gettyNFL legend Gale Sayers has been diagnosed with dementia ... and his wife says football is to blame. 

Ardythe Sayers told the Kansas City Star the 73-year-old Hall of Famer was diagnosed 4 years ago -- but still remains in excellent physical condition. 

Ardythe says Gale has been treated at the Mayo Clinic and the doctors agree football is a factor. 

"It wasn’t so much getting hit in the head," Ardythe said ... "It’s just the shaking of the brain when they took him down with the force they play the game in."

Despite memory loss and other lasting injuries believed to have been caused by football, Ardythe says she's convinced Gale would choose to do it all over again the same way. 

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