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Tom Brady Told Me He's Playing In 2018 ... Says Jim Gray

4/19/2018 4:08 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Brady shot down retirement rumors and insisted he would play football in 2018 when talking with his buddy Jim Gray ... but there's a catch. 

Tom and Jim have been friends for years -- Tom does his radio show every week during the NFL season ... so when we spotted Jim at LAX, we had to ask about the great "Will Tom retire?" debate. 

That's when Jim reminded us what Brady told him right before the Super Bowl in February.

"I asked him a question on the air ... I said, 'Regardless of the outcome are you going to return and play football next year?' And he said, 'You WILL see me playing football in 2018.'"

"So those are the words out of his mouth."

Of course, Brady can change his mind if he wants to ... but we're betting he suits up this season. 

Ahman Green Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct In Child Abuse Case

4/19/2018 2:52 PM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-NFL running back Ahman Green has plead guilty to disorderly conduct in his child abuse case ... stemming from a June 2017 incident in which he allegedly punched his 15-year-old daughter in the face. 

As we previously reported, the 41-year-old former Green Bay Packers star was arrested in Wisconsin and initially charged with felony child abuse and disorderly conduct. 

Green had acknowledged getting physical with his child (admitting he pushed her) but said he was only disciplining her for refusing to do the dishes -- and did not cross the line into child abuse. 

Still, prosecutors pushed forward with the case ... and ultimately struck a plea deal with Green in which he agreed to enter an Alford Plea to two lesser misdemeanor charges (disorderly conduct and criminal damages). 

FYI, an Alford Plea is a form of a guilty plea in which the accused denies wrongdoing but admits there is enough evidence to get a conviction. 

In exchange prosecutors recommended NO jail time. Instead, he'll likely get 18 months probation, fines, anger management and will have to write a letter of apology to his daughter. 

Green appeared in court Thursday for the hearing. 

Green has issued a statement insisting his "name has been cleared of the terrible crime of child abuse."

"I have never and would never abuse anyone, including my daughter whom I love, dearly."

"While I have no doubt in my mind that I would have been successful in front of a jury of my peers in defending myself against all charges, even the two minor charges to which I have entered a no-contest plea, I decided as a father that I did not want to put my daughter, and the rest of my family, through the emotional trauma of a trial."

Skip Bayless Belichick 'Sold Out' Tom Brady ... Then Sabotaged Pats

4/19/2018 2:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Skip Bayless says reports of Patriots infighting are VERY real -- claiming Bill Belichick "sold out" Tom Brady and then sabotaged the organization ... and it's all over Jimmy Garoppolo

“I think Belichick sold him out and wanted to give Garoppolo the job next year and I think Brady knew it," the star of FS1's "Undisputed" tells us. 

"[Robert Kraft] had to step in and intervene and say ‘Nope, I’m going forward with Brady. You have to trade Garoppolo.’ And then it felt to me like Belichick sabotaged the organization."

Skip says the Garoppolo drama could be the reason for all of the recent Brady retirement talk -- which Bayless added was weak -- since the 40-year-old still has AT LEAST 3 more years left in him.

We also asked about Johnny Manziel possibly joining the Pats … and you gotta hear Skip's take on why he wouldn’t work in New England.

Sean Taylor Rare Autographed Card Sells for $13,000

4/19/2018 10:58 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

A Sean Taylor autographed football card -- the only certified signed card ever released -- just fetched a whopping $13,000 at auction ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's the deal ... the card was released as part of Panini's 2017 Flawless collection ... but the actual autograph was signed on a 2004 Topps rookie card. 

We'll explain ...

A rep for Panini tells us Panini obtained the 2004 card (which was signed AFTER it was released through Topps) and independently authenticated the autograph. Then, Panini cut the card down to fit in the Flawless card frame. It was then inserted into a random card pack and pulled by a lucky collector. 

Once pulled, the card made its way to eBay where the starting bid was $900. It received 51 total bids and finally sold for $13,000! The identity of the buyer has not yet been revealed. 

Of course, Taylor passed away in 2007 -- but had never signed a card that was officially distributed through a major trading card company. 

Obviously, he's still extremely popular with football fans and collectors.

By the way ... if you're wondering what happened to the top half of the original 2004 Topps card -- we're told it hit the cutting room floor. 

Johnny Manziel Still Angling for Patriots QB Job

4/19/2018 7:43 AM PDT
Breaking News

Johnny Manziel has made it clear he wants to play for the New England Patriots -- and on Wednesday night, he sent the team a reminder ... via his sweatshirt. 

Remember ... Manziel previously told TMZ Sports he'd love to play for Bill Belichick, "I'll go to New England in a heartbeat."

Then, the Patriots reportedly met with 25-year-old Manziel at the Texas A&M Pro Day at end of March.

Next came the Spring League where Johnny put on a solid performance which left some NFL execs raving about his potential.

Fast-forward to Wednesday night ... when Johnny rocked the Patriots hoodie while his wife, Bre Tiesi, snapchatted away.

Now, with rumblings Tom Brady might retire (yeah right) the Patriots could be in the market for a QB ... and Manziel wants to make sure he's top of mind.

That ... or maybe he just likes the sweatshirt.

James Harrison Brady Retiring Wouldn't Shock Me ... BTW, Here Are My Plans!

4/19/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

James Harrison just hung it up, but could Tom Brady be next??

With rumors swirling on Brady potentially not playing this season, we asked Deebo himself -- Tom's teammate last year -- and he told us it would NOT surprise him ... given the sacrifices TB, Gisele and the kids make so he can play ball.

“That’s up to Tom and what decisions he and his family make as far as what he wants to do, and if he does want to continue to play, what he’s willing to sacrifice and the family is willing to sacrifice,” Harrison told TMZ Sports.

James would know -- telling us that's why he decided to retire earlier this week.

Specifically, the Pro Bowl LB says he's interested in introducing his 2 sons to tackle football -- and possibly even coaching them! 

Deebo says it's a tough decision for any parent to make given everything that's out on CTE -- but explained why he wants his sons exposed to it before they hit their teens. 

"Everything in life has dangers ... I'm not gonna live in fear of things that could possibly happen."

Tony Gonzalez If Dez Bryant Wants a Ring Sign With The Pats!!

4/18/2018 12:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tony Gonzalez says Dez Bryant would have fun hangin' with Odell Beckham in the Big Apple ... but if he wants to win Super Bowls, there's only one place to consider in free agency -- the Patriots!!

TMZ Sports spoke with the NFL legend about Dez's possible new homes now that he's no longer a Cowboy ... and T.G. says teaming up with Tom Brady in Foxborough will guarantee him a ring.

Bryant recently said in an interview it would "be crazy" to play alongside OBJ ... and Gonzalez agrees, but says it's all about gettin' 'ships.

We also asked Gonzalez about Kansas City naming Patrick Mahomes their starting QB ... and Chiefs fans are gonna want to hear his response!

Rob Gronkowski Pool Games with Bikini Model GF ... All Aboard The Gronk!!

4/18/2018 11:31 AM PDT
Breaking News

What's better than Patriots offseason workouts?

If you're Rob Gronkowski, the answer is a pool day with your smokin' hot model girlfriend!!

FYI, things have been heating up between the Patriots star and his lady friend, Camille Kostek -- an ex-Patriots cheerleader who SLAYED the Sports Illustrated swimsuit mag earlier this year.

On Tuesday, Gronk and his GF hit up Camille's grammy's house somewhere that's not Boston ... and the Pro Bowl tight end went full Optimus Prime, transforming into her HUMAN WATER SKI!

Yeah ... Camille likey.

The hot-bod couple also got in some canoodling with a cute-as-hell puppy belonging to Gronk's little bro, Glenn -- and we're starting to get the feeling this is a lot more than a spring fling. 

Not like Bill Belichick cares. 

Jonathan Martin Released From Treatment Facility Ordered to Wear GPS Device

4/17/2018 10:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jonathan Martin has received a judge's permission to leave a mental health treatment facility in the wake of his arrest for criminal threats ... but he'll be tracked by a GPS device. 

TMZ Sports has obtained docs showing attorneys for the former Miami Dolphins lineman appeared in L.A. County Superior Court last week to ask the judge for his release from a facility in Malibu. 

As we previously reported, Martin was arrested back in February after posting a threatening photo on social media featuring a gun and bullets. Martin had included a cryptic message aimed at former teammates and classmates. 

When cops located Martin, they found several weapons including a loaded gun, a knife and an axe. He was immediately detained and transferred to a facility for mental evaluation.

The L.A. County D.A. later hit Martin with 5 charges ... 4 counts of making criminal threats and 1 count of possessing a loaded firearm.

Now, after the clinical director at the treatment facility vouched for Martin in court, the judge allowed him to be released with several conditions: 

1) He must be fitted with a GPS and alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet 

2) He must attend outpatient treatment 5 days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM

3) He's also been ordered to stay away from Harvard-Westlake high school in L.A. and the Miami Dolphins organization -- specifically, his former teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey

Martin is due back in court April 25. 

Stormy Daniels Sketch Man Is Tom Brady?

4/17/2018 9:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

Whoa. 

Here's the man Stormy Daniels says threatened her and her daughter back in 2011 ... and he looks just like Tom Brady

The backstory ... Stormy says this man approached her in Las Vegas 7 years ago and told her to "Leave Trump alone" and to "forget the story" ... or else.

Stormy gave her description of the man to a sketch artist last week who came up with this drawing

Even if it's not Tom Brady ... dude's handsome. 

Hey, if Jeremy Meeks can get a modeling deal ... 

Colin Kaepernick Hits NFL Headquarters to Depose Goodell

4/17/2018 6:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Colin Kaepernick just arrived at NFL headquarters in NYC flanked by his high-powered legal team ready to grill Roger Goodell like a cheeseburger ... and he had a message for his supporters. 

"I'm doing great," Colin said on his way in with attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas.

"I love y'all and we gonna keep going!" he added.

Our NFL sources tell us ... Colin and the team are at HQ to depose Goodell as part of Colin's collusion case against the NFL -- in which he claims league officials like Goodell conspired with team owners to blackball him because of his kneeling protest during the national anthem.

We know Kaep's team has already deposed Houston Texans owner Bob McNair -- and there are reports Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent were grilled this past week.

One last thing ... Kaep's team was carrying an Adidas bag on the way in -- and with reports the sportswear giant is considering signing Colin to a deal ... seems like the interest is mutual.

Tom Brady & Gisele Camel Ridin' Like Royalty On Middle East Adventure

4/16/2018 9:18 AM PDT

Step aside, Sheikhs -- the NFL's king and queen are touring the Middle East ... and they're getting the full royal treatment.

Tom Brady, Gisele and their 2 kids have left the freezing cold of Boston for the sunny skies of Qatar ... and they're enjoying all the best the country has to offer -- fine garments, waterfall grottos and, of course, camel-riding desert tours!!

But, the Patriots QB ain't just tappin' into his inner-Aladdin on this trip.

Through his Best Buddies charity, Brady kicked some footballs around with special needs kids at a World Cup-sponsored event ... and he also stopped by the local air base to hang with U.S. troops.

Yeah, Tom's missing the start of the Patriots' offseason workouts for this ... but we got a feeling he'll be alright.

James Harrison I'm Retiring 'I've Missed Way Too Much'

4/16/2018 5:56 AM PDT
Breaking News

Great news for QBs ... James Harrison says he's finally retiring from football after 15 seasons in the league. 

Yeah, you've heard the story before ... because Harrison has retired before -- but this time, Deebo says he meant it. 

"I've missed way too much for way too long...and I'm done," the 39-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers legend announced on social media. 

He also posted several photos of his kids -- suggesting he's ready to become a full-time dad. 

"Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life. #2ndAndFinalRetirement #HarrisonFamilyValues #BlessedAndHighlyFavored #GodsPlan."

Harrison was a monster in the NFL -- 5 Pro Bowls, 2 Super Bowl rings and he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

Besides the Steelers, he also played for the Bengals and most recently the New England Patriots. 

Incredible career ... just one question -- still hitting the gym tomorrow?!

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