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NFL's Donte Stallworth

I'm a National Security Reporter

'I Wanna Cover Things That Matter'

3/30/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He played in the NFL for 10 years before scoring a job as a reporter for the Huffington Post -- but Donte Stallworth says he chose politics over sports because, "I wanna cover things that actually matter."

Stallworth took a gig working the "national security" beat for the media outlet back in September ... and says he's really enjoying the experience so far. 

"The whole introduction into that has been fairly interesting," Donte says ... "Being an ex-NFL player, a lot of people have been willing to help me."

So, why not try to dip into the news world by taking on sports ... a genre where he's already got an edge over everyone else??

"I wanna cover things that actually matter. I love sports, but there's a lot going on in the world."

Bisexual NFL Player

'Michael Sam Doesn't Speak for All of Us'

3/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bisexual NFL Player Michael SamTMZ Sports just spoke with a bisexual NFL player who's upset with Michael Sam -- telling us he was OFFENDED when Sam said other gay men in the league are less courageous because they don't want to come out.

The player -- who didn't want to be identified by name -- has played in the league for several seasons and says he's open about his sexuality with close friends. 

But when the player read Sam's recent comments about gay men in the league -- he was offended. 

Specifically, the player was upset when Sam said ... "I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."

The player's response -- "As a bisexual man, I just feel like Michael Sam does not speak for all gay men."

"He has his own opinion ... but DON'T say that we don't have the courage to come out. It's totally wrong. Just speak for yourself. No one else." 

"It's no one's business what my sexuality is. You should like me for me ... not for who I choose to be with."

The player continued ... "I feel the NFL isn't ready for people to be open about it. Or the General Managers for that matter." 

Despite those opinions, the player says he believes Sam DID get a fair shot to make a team -- "I just don't think he performed well."

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NFL's Joe Haden

The New Tyra Banks?!

I Found America's Next Top Model

3/29/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Joe Haden must know a good smize when he sees it ... 'cause the NFL superstar is so sure he's found  "America's Next Top Model" he's leading a social media campaign to get that man on the show.

Haden, along with fellow pigskin pros Carlos Dunlap and Jason Pierre-Paul have taken to Instagram in support of a Miami model named  "Prince" who's trying to score a spot on ANTM's upcoming Season 22.

The three men -- who have over 450k IG followers between them -- each recently posted modeling shots of Prince to their pages along with messages encouraging casting directors to put him on.

We spoke to Prince -- who knows Haden and the other players from partying in Miami -- and he tells TMZ Sports their efforts have sparked some legit interest in him that might otherwise have been hard to come by.

"All those casting directors saw it and it opened the door to conversations with them."

Prince -- who made a mystery trip to L.A. this past weekend -- couldn't tell us whether or not he's made the show yet (sworn to secrecy) but says the NFL love definitely put him on the map.

"1,000% it's helped ... i got tons of new followers because of [the players] and in this business, it's all about exposure."

Better start perfecting that walk young man.

Tom Brady

Jumps Off a Cliff

... Survives

3/28/2015 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's Tom Brady ... jumping off a cliff ... and probably scaring the living crap out of Robert Kraft.

The New England Pats QB is on vacation with his family ... and for some reason, decided to throw himself off a cliff and into some water.

Don't worry ... he lived.

After the jump, he went to Facebook ... posted the clip with the Superman theme music and wrote, "Never doing that again! #AirBrady."

NFL's Chris Ogbonnaya

EPIC PRANK ON CAM NEWTON

Surprise, I'm Not From Africa!

3/28/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cam Newton is totally gonna freak when he sees this ...

His ex-Carolina Panthers teammate Chris Ogbonnaya told TMZ Sports he pulled off the most elaborate prank ever on the superstar QB ... and this video officially marks the end of it.

Ogbonnaya -- who now plays for the NY Giants -- was leaving Mastro's this week when we asked the running back about the best prank he's pulled since he's been in the NFL.

He then told us about how a slight mix-up led to Cam believing he was raised in Nigeria, and how Chris turned that into an epic gag that never ended ... even when he ran into Newton at the Super Bowl last month.

In fact, the only way Newton will learn Ogbonnaya is actually from TEXAS ... is if he watches this video. 

All good things come to an end ...

Terrell Owens

Half-Naked Photo Shoot

With Famous Celeb Photog

3/27/2015 11:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327_terrell_owens_tyler_shields_photoshoot_launch2Get your popcorn ready -- 'cause Terrell Owens got thiiis close to naked for a revealing new photo shoot with celeb photog Tyler Shields ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

The 41-year-old ex-NFL star spoofed one of his most famous on-the-field moments ... the infamous popcorn incident ... for Tyler's upcoming book "Provocateur," which is set to be released next year.

We're told there will be a BUNCH of huge stars featured in the book -- including Emma Roberts, Rumer Willis and Jennifer Morrison. 

Enjoy. 

Ray Rice

Selling Baltimore Mansion

3/27/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327-ray-rice-tmz-02Ray Rice is moving on from Baltimore -- selling the mansion he built in 2012 ... the same year he signed a $35 million contract with the Ravens ... this according to the Baltimore Sun

The 4,736 sq. ft. home was listed at $899,000 -- and the Sun says Ray has already found a buyer. The sale is reportedly set to close in April.  

The house is pretty sweet -- 5 beds, 4.5 baths on 1.08 acres.

0327-SUB-ray-rice-house-realtor-01So, where's Ray headed next? The disgraced running back says he and his wife Janay are moving back to his hometown of New Rochelle, NY. 

Rice is still looking to sign with another NFL team ... so it's possible they could move again ... if anyone is willing to take a chance on the guy. 

Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee

He Told Me He Didn't Kill Odin Lloyd

3/27/2015 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Aaron Hernandez's fiancee just told the court that she asked the ex-Patriots star point blank if he murdered Odin Lloyd -- and he denied the whole thing. 

Shayanna Jenkins took the stand in Aaron's murder case moments ago and was asked if she ever discussed Lloyd's death with him.

Jenkins explained she asked Aaron about it when he first arrived home from the police station -- saying, "I asked him if he did it and he said 'No.' That was the extent of our conversation."

According to reports, Jenkins turned to Hernandez and mouthed the words "I love you" to Aaron as she walked out of the courtroom. 

Michael Sam

Gay NFL Players Came Out to Me

... Some Are Very Famous

3/27/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327_michael_sam_tmzMichael Sam says there are "a lot" of gay players in the NFL -- including "some famous people" ... but Sam says he is sworn to secrecy and will not reveal their identities. 

Sam spoke with the media in Dallas on Thursday and said, "I am not the only gay person in the NFL. I'm just saying there is a lot of us."

Sam says multiple players have reached out to him and "had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."

"The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they're [on]. I'm just saying there's some famous people, and I'm not the only one."

He also expanded on why he came out at the time he did -- before the 2014 Draft -- saying, "Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn't going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there's gay NFL players."

"There's gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal."

Retired NFLers

Still Living in the Fast Lane ...

Bowling With Rap Stars

3/26/2015 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0326_Benzino_bowling_night_launch_2We now know what former NFL stars like Bryant McKinnie, Edgerrin James, and Willis McGahee do when their pigskin days are over -- they bowl.

A bunch of former NFL stars -- a lot of 'em from Da U -- got together for their weekly bowling night on Wednesday ... but this week had a hip hop twist. Benzino from "Love And Hip Hop Atlanta" hosted, and rapper N.O.R.E. threw 10 frames too. 

Phillip BuchanonDavid Clowney and Larry Johnson also got lanes at Strike 10 Bowling -- and we know what you're asking. Who wins when world class athletes go pin-for-pin against each other?

We're told Clowney and McGahee did the most damage, for what it's worth.

Congrats ... although we're sure they don't hand out rings for that.

NFL's Devon Still

Throwing Anti-Cancer Bash

to Celebrate Daughter's Remission

3/26/2015 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


There's only one way to celebrate a 4-year-old girl beating cancer ... and that's with a Disney princess themed anti-cancer party!

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still and his adorable daughter Leah will be doing just that, now that her cancer has gone into remission. 

The two were on FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia" on Thursday where Devon talked about how he broke the good news to Leah.  

He explained, "For the past 296 days, I’ve been daydreaming about what that feeling would be like, and then finally, I just looked at my daughter and started crying. She knew why I was crying and she asked me ,‘Did I beat up cancer?’ And I told her ‘Yes’ and we just kept hugging and kissing."

Leah, who still has one more round of chemo to go through, talked about wanting to get a pony and about her upcoming party to celebrate her good health ... complete with all the princesses from "Frozen."

And be sure to check out Leah's advice on where she wants her dad to play football. Hint: it's not the team he actually plays for!

Aaron Hernandez

Bomb Threat at Courthouse

3/26/2015 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar10:05 AM PDT -- The bomb threat was bogus and not specifically targeting the Hernandez trial ... according to the D.A.'s office. People are re-entering the courthouse, and the trial will resume at 2 PM EDT.update_grey_gray_barScary moment at the Aaron Hernandez murder trial -- when the courtroom was cleared after officials say someone called in a bomb threat. 

The building was evacuated -- and people were told to wait across the street. 

Earlier in the day, Hernandez's cousin was on the stand ... and says Hernandez's co-defendants seemed jittery on the night Odin Lloyd was murdered. 

Officials are still investigating the bomb threat. 

Story developing ... 

Snoop Dogg

Marshawn Lynch Doesn't Smoke Weed

3/26/2015 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He might have a strain of weed named after him ... and he's always craving Skittles ... but Marshawn Lynch is no stoner ... so says Snoop Dogg

In fact, when our guy brought up the Beastmode strain that started hitting pot shops around Super Bowl time, Snoop made it clear that Marshawn had NOTHING to do with it. 

"My homeboy got a career to play," Snoop says ... "He's still in the NFL. He's got a commissioner to deal with."

There's more -- we also talked to Snoop about UCLA ... and if he's excited to go to the football games with Puff, since their sons will both be on the squad next season. 

He's fired up ... and not just because he pulled out a blunt and smoked it on camera. 

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