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Jim Brown Blasts Parents of 8-Year-Old Football Protesters ... 'Exploitation'

9/24/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jim Brown tells TMZ Sports he's got a big problem with the 8-year-old football team that took a knee during the national anthem this week ... saying, "I thought that was exploitation."

The NFL legend has previously spoken out against Colin Kaepernick's national anthem demonstration and feels the kids who emulated him in Illinois on Sept. 17 were manipulated by coaches and parents. 

"I don't personally do anything against my country, against my flag, against my national anthem," Brown said during an outing in Beverly Hills. 

"I work out the problems that we have and I try to contribute to the solution. I don't ever disrespect the flag."

For the record, the coach of the youth football team says the idea to kneel came from the players as a way to support protests in St. Louis over the not-guilty verdict in the case of a cop who shot and killed a black man. 

There's more to the clip ... Brown also weighs in on the NFL's handling of the Ezekiel Elliott situation -- telling us he believes the league is "really trying to do the right thing."

He also says Zeke will be okay because Jerry Jones has his back

NFL Commish Roger Goodell Show Some Respect, Mr. Prez

9/23/2017 6:48 AM PDT

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell clapped back at President Trump Saturday morning, saying he shows an utter lack of respect for the league ... adding the Prez just doesn't have a clue.

Goodell is reacting to Trump's tirade Friday night, where he goaded NFL owners to fire those "son of a bitch" players who kneel during the National Anthem.

The Commish said, "The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month."

Goodell goes on, "Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities."

Trump urged fans attending games to walk out of the stadium if a player kneels during the N.A.

It'll be interesting to see what happens at the games this weekend.

Reggie Bush I'll Retire If I Don't Play In 2017

9/23/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Reggie Bush tells TMZ Sports he's training his ass off to get back on an NFL roster -- but if he doesn't get signed in 2017 ... he'll retire. 

Bush is only 32 years old and he's still in tremendous shape ... but his last 3 seasons haven't exactly been productive -- and now he says he's waiting for a call. 

The running back says he's never been in this situation before -- but has already made his mind up ... if he doesn't play this season, he'll move on with his life. 

By the way, Bush -- who was a pretty solid pass catcher -- recently said he would switch positions to WR if asked. 

Belichick ... you listening? 

Eric Dickerson Chargers Are 'No Factor' in L.A. ... They Have No Fans!!

9/23/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Eric Dickerson thinks the Chargers relocating to Los Angeles was a HUGE mistake ... telling TMZ Sports the Bolts are "no factor" in Hollywood.

We spoke with the Rams Hall of Famer about whether there's enough love to go around for both teams in L.A. ... and E.D. made it clear there's no competition to attract new fans.

"First of all, the Chargers are no factor," Dickerson says. "I hate to say that, I mean ... the Chargers don't even have Chargers fans in San Diego."

"I don't see the Chargers having a lot of success here in L.A., just to be honest with you."

Meanwhile, Rams fever is catching on in Los Angeles in a big way -- especially if they keep winning. 

Donald Trump Bashes NFL National Anthem Protesters Fire Those SOB's!

9/22/2017 8:31 PM PDT
Breaking News

Donald Trump says any NFL player who takes a knee during the National Anthem should be fired -- and referred to them as sons of bitches.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field now. Out. Out. He's fired!'"

Trump made the comments at a rally in Alabama -- and though he never mentioned Colin Kaepernick by name it's clear he was referring to the unemployed QB.

"The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it's just one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore."

Guessing there are several NFL players already talking about how to respond -- Sunday should be interesting.

NFL's Aldon Smith Strikes Plea Deal In DUI Hit and Run Case

9/22/2017 11:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Oakland Raiders star Aldon Smith has pled no contest to hit and run stemming from a 2015 incident ... TMZ Sports has learned

As we previously reported, Smith was arrested on August 6, 2015 for DUI -- after cops say he smashed into a parked car and then fled the scene. He later returned to the scene of the crash where officers gave him a field sobriety test and arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving.

He initially pled not guilty to misdemeanor DUI and hit and run -- but now, we've learned he cut a deal with prosecutors in which he pled no contest to hit and run and the DUI charge was dropped.

He was sentenced to 20 days in jail -- but the judge is allowed him to do residential treatment in lieu of spending time behind bars. Residential treatment is essentially "rehab" at a facility. He was also ordered to complete anger management. 

Smith is also forbidden from driving with ANY amount of alcohol in his system. He's also not allowed to go to bars or pubs or anywhere alcohol is the primary commodity for sale.

During the case, the judge also found he violated probation from another case and was sentenced to 90 days in jail -- but again, he was allowed to do residential treatment instead. 

The Santa Clara District Attorney's Office tells TMZ Sports all of Smith's required residential treatment sentence has been completed.

Bill Belichick Runs for the Hills On CTE Questions ... 'I'm Not a Doctor'

9/22/2017 9:13 AM PDT
Breaking News

Here's Bill Belichick passing the buck like he's Tom Brady when asked about how the New England Patriots inform players about the dangers of CTE. 

With Aaron Hernandez's fiancee suing the Pats and the NFL for allegedly hiding key information about CTE from players ... a reporter asked Belichick on Friday straight-up how the team deals with CTE. 

That's when Belichick took a deep breath and said this -- "Umm. Well that's really ... you know, the whole medical questions are, you know, one that come outside of my area."

Belichick noted that the question is better handled by the team medical staff. 

When the reporter asked Belichick for his thoughts on how the NFL informs players on the dangers of CTE he deflected once again. 

"I’m not a doctor. I’m not a trainer. I’m a coach. So, the medical department, they handle the medical part of it. I don’t do that."

Dr. Omalu: CTE Drove Hernandez to Suicide ... No Question

9/22/2017 8:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dr. Bennet Omalu -- the man who discovered CTE -- tells TMZ Sports, "There is no question in my mind that CTE drove Aaron Hernandez to suicide and other criminal and violent behavior."

FYI, Dr. Omalu is the real-life doctor who inspired the Will Smith movie, "Concussion." 

We reached out to Omalu after Hernandez's fiancee filed her lawsuit against the NFL and the New England Patriots -- claiming the league failed to share information connecting CTE and suicidal tendencies. 

Omalu believes she absolutely has a case -- and hopes Aaron's story will inspire parents to pull their kids out of contact sports. 

"If you read my book 'Truth Doesn’t Have a Side' you will encounter the Chapter titled 'I bet my license OJ Simpson Has CTE,' therefore, it should not be surprising that Aaron Hernandez eventually committed suicide."

"I am yet to examine the brain of professional football player who does not have CTE or other forms of brain damage. And we have always known for centuries that if you suffer forceful and/or repetitive blows to your head in whatever human activity, you will suffer brain damage."

"If a child plays football, there is a 100% risk exposure to brain damage. No child under the age of 18 in today’s America should be playing any of the high-impact, high-contact sports, and the big six are football, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, rugby, boxing and wrestling."

"Let us keep our children healthy and make them play only non-contact sports."

Chad Ochocinco: New ZO2's Are 'F**king Dope' ... Excited To Get Mine!

9/22/2017 7:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball is getting serious props from Chad Ochocinco -- who says the remixed $495-per-pair ZO2 shoes are "f*cking dope," and he can't wait to get his. 

LaVar officially 86'd the original design for Lonzo Ball's signature Big Baller Brand shoe -- saying the design team went "back to the lab" and came up with a better design. 

People who ordered the original shoe will NOT get the old shoe when the merchandise finally ships -- they'll get the new one. LaVar says he'll work something out with people who don't want the new shoe. 

The new shoe is a completely different look -- it's lighter and more sporty than the original ... but some people are upset they're not getting what they were originally promised. 

Not Chad ... who tells TMZ Sports, "[The new ZO2's] are f*cking dope. The new design is FIRE! I was happy with the first design but the 2nd is what I'd consider 'caught up with the times.'"

Albert Haynesworth & Baby Mama Cops Called Over Argument About Cheating

9/22/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Albert Haynesworth and his baby mama, Brittany Jackson, went nuclear on each other during an argument about Albert's alleged cheating ... and it got so bad, cops were called. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Albert claims he's the victim of domestic violence -- alleging his baby mama abused him physically and emotionally during their rocky relationship. 

We did some digging and found multiple incidents with couple involving police -- including one altercation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in which the ex-NFL star says Jackson was berating him in front of their 3-year-old son. 

The officer who responded to their home said, "Brittany told me that she was upset that Albert has been talking to other women and they had an argument over his infidelity."

Brittany told the cop the alleged cheating was "an ongoing issue between them."

Brittany denied physically attacking Albert. Albert denied physically attacking Brittany. 

Albert admitted they did argue over "claims" of infidelity -- and he tried to ignore her but she wouldn't drop the issue. Albert says he just wants to be left alone. 

The cop advised both parties to cool off. No arrests were made. 

As we previously reported, cops were also called to a home in Tennessee the very next month -- where Haynesworth claims Brittany kicked him in the groin twice during an argument. 

We reached out to Brittany for comment. So far, no word back. 

Xzibit Shades 'Tackle My Ride' ... I Ain't Watchin' That

9/21/2017 2:58 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The guy from "Pimp My Ride" says there's no chance in hell he's watching the NFL's car-customizing show, "Tackle My Ride" ... with Xzibit telling producers, "Good luck with that."

Xzibit has had ZERO desire to reflect on his "Pimp My Ride" days ever since the MTV show ended back in the day ... and has hilariously roasted fans who bring it up. 

Just last year, someone tweeted at him, "Can you pimp my ride?" He shot back -- "No bitch, sh*ts been over for a decade. Get a job."

So, when we told him about the NFL Network's twist on the show -- where football fans get their cars tricked out into "the ultimate fan car" ... Mr. X to the Z did not care for it. 

We asked if he'll watch it -- "Nah, I got other sh*t to do."

Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Sues Patriots & NFL ... Over CTE Claims

9/21/2017 12:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, says Aaron killed himself as a result of severe CTE he suffered during his NFL career -- and she's suing the the Patriots and the league for keeping him in the dark about the brain disease. 

Shayanna filed the lawsuit in Mass. on behalf of the daughter she had with Aaron.

In the suit Shayanna says, "Aaron had stage 3 CTE usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years."

Shayanna claims the NFL and the Patriots were aware of the link between suicidal impulses and CTE and failed to share that info with Hernandez.

She claims the NFL and the Patriots "were fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage."

In her suit, Shayanna says she and her daughter are seeking "redress for the loss of parental consortium she has experienced based on the negligent conduct of Defendants that deprived her of the companionship and society of her father, Aaron Hernandez."

Hernandez infamously killed himself in his prison cell on April 19 -- after he was found not guilty in a double homicide. Hernandez was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd at the time of his death. 

Shayanna says in her suit, "On April 19, 2017, Aaron succumbed to the symptoms of CTE and committed suicide."

Story developing ... 

Keyshawn Johnson Accused of Knocking Up Side Chick ... Key Calls BS

9/21/2017 9:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Keyshawn's Johnson has struck again ... allegedly. 

The ex-NFL star has been hit with paternity docs by a 35-year-old woman who claims 45-year-old Key knocked her up back in 2016 -- and she's demanding child support for her 4-month-old son. 

But Key says the allegations are 100% false. 

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, the woman has demanded a paternity test to establish Keyshawn as the father -- and once it becomes official, she wants at least $4,346 per month in support. 

The rub ... Keyshawn is still legally married to another woman, Jennifer Conrad, and was at the time of the alleged conception. 

Interesting note ... Jennifer had initially filed for divorce in March 2015 -- but they reconciled ... until August 2016 when she told TMZ Sports the divorce was back on for good.

At the time, it was unclear why the reconciliation went south.

We spoke with Key's attorney, Aja Mann, who tells us, "The allegations are absolutely false."

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