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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
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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
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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. 

Ex-NFL Star Greg Hardy Arrested for Cocaine Someone Slipped It in My Wallet

9/26/2016 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0926_greg_hardy_mushot_wmFormer NFL star Greg Hardy was arrested for possession of COCAINE late Sunday night in Texas ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

According to the police report, Hardy was pulled over in a 2010 Dodge Challenger because he didn't use a turn signal.

Cops say Hardy and his passenger told them they had just eaten at Applebee's and were headed home. Police asked them if they had anything illegal inside the vehicle, and Hardy said no ... and then gave them permission to search the car. 

Police say they found a Louis Vuitton wallet on the center console -- which contained, "a purple plastic baggie containing a white pasty substance," along with multiple gun range membership cards. They also found a brown weed grinder.

Cops say they tested the substance in the LV wallet -- and it came back as cocaine. According to the report, Hardy told cops he didn't know what it was and said someone must've put it in there when he passed his wallet around at a party the night before.

Hardy was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance -- less than a gram. He was taken to Richardson City Jail ... where his bail was set at $5K. 

On the report, the former Pro Bowler is listed as "unemployed."

Hardy was arraigned Monday morning ... and bailed himself out moments ago.

Cowboys Legend Drew Pearson I Love Dak Prescott ... But This Is Romo's Team

9/26/2016 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0926-tony-romo-drew-pearson-dak-prescott-GETTY-01Dak Prescott is good ... but Tony Romo is GREAT and Dallas will be even BETTER when he returns to the field ... so says Cowboys legend Drew Pearson

TMZ Sports spoke to the Super Bowl XII champ who tells us why he doesn't think Romo should/will lose his starting job to the rookie ... despite the fact he's been playing pretty damn well. 

"This organization really believes in Tony. What Dak is doing right now, Romo will do even better."

In fact, Pearson says Dak's impressive play is taking a huge weight off Romo's shoulders -- allowing him time to fully heal from his injury so he can return at 100%.

"When he gets back, he’ll get to prove he can perform at the same level or better than before his injury."

"There’s an old saying Coach Landry used ... and it’s that a starter doesn’t lose his job due to injury. When he gets back, he’ll get to prove he can perform at the same level or better than before his injury. It’s your job when you come back as long as you can perform at the same level."

Eric Dickerson If Carson Wentz Was An L.A. Ram He'd Be Sittin' On The Bench

9/25/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Carson Wentz is lightin' it up in the league ... but if he was on the L.A. Rams, he'd be sittin' on the bench, just like Jared Goff ... NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson tells TMZ Sports.

Dickerson -- one of the greatest Rams of all time -- joined "TMZ Sports" (weeknights on FS1) to discuss the 2 QBs ... and whether the Rams screwed up selecting the one they did.

FYI -- Wentz, the #2 pick, has led his Eagles to a 2-0 start (3 TDs, 0 INTs). On the other hand, Goff, the #1 pick, was inactive for the Rams 1st game ... and served as the backup for the 2nd.

So, does Eric think the Rams screwed up not drafting Wentz? And if they drafted him, would he be killin' it with the Rams like he has with the Eagles?

Check out the clip! 

Terrell Suggs I'm 'The King' Of The Gridiron... Custom LeBron Cleats!!

9/25/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-terrel-suggs-shoes-tmz-sports-wm-02Watch the throne, Kanye ... there's a new name in football cleats ... and he goes by King James.

Two weeks after 'Ye debuted the first ever Yeezy Boost football cleats with NFL stars like Von Miller and DeAndre Hopkins, Baltimore Ravens stud Terrell Suggs is bringing LeBron James' signature shoes to the gridiron.

TMZ Sports spoke with Marcus Rivero, owner of Soles By Sir, who converted a pair of Nike LeBron Soldier IX basketball shoes into football cleats.

The process? It was basically taking the sole of a pair of cleats, and fusing it with the sole of the 'Bron shoe. 

Rivero says the final product -- painted with purple and gold Ravens colors -- costs about $1,000 to complete.

We're told Terrell plans to wear the cleats on Sunday against the Jaguars. 

Note to LeBron ... get on this ASAP. There's money to be made!!

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Antonio Cromartie's Mom Moves Out Of House He Bought Her ... After He Threatened Eviction

9/25/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0923-antonio-cromartie-TMZ-01The mother of NFL star Antonio Cromartie has moved out of the house he bought her back in 2007 and then tried to evict her from ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Cromartie attempted to kick his mom, Cassandra Wilkerson, out in August after she refused to start paying the $700/month mortgage payments, 'cause she thought the house was a gift.

We spoke to Wilkerson, who tells us she and her husband weren't successfully evicted, but decided to get the hell out of Dodge -- and bought their own house on September 16th. 

She says she hasn't spoken to Antonio in two months because of the house disagreement and "doesn't understand why he's so vindictive" toward her.

We reached out to Cromartie, but he had no comment.

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NFL's Terrence Cody Released From Jail Early ... In Starving Dog Case

9/24/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921-terrence-cody-getty-01The ex-NFL player who starved his dog to death has been released from a Baltimore jail 3 months early ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Terrence Cody -- who last played for the Baltimore Ravens -- was sentenced to 9 months behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges back in March. 

Prosecutors said the 28-year-old didn't feed his Canary mastiff for up to ten weeks. They also said the dog was kept in a crate that was never cleaned. 

According to a rep for the jail, Cody was released on September 21st. He was given 88 days credit for working and good behavior.

The judge also gave him 18 months probation. During that time, he's not allowed to own any animals.

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