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Former NY Giants Star Derrick Ward Accused of Brutality Against Wife

1/18/2018 4:16 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Former New York Giants running back Derrick Ward threatened to kill his wife and physically attacked her ... so she claims in new legal docs.

Naomi Lee Allen-Ward just got a restraining order, claiming Derrick has been verbally, emotionally and physically abusive toward her.

She gives several instances in her docs, including one where she says he was schooling her daughter about scuffed shoes and she chimed in to help calm down the situation. She says he responded, "You always have to f***ing say something! I hate you! I'll kill you! I don't care if I go to jail."

In another instance, during an argument in October of last year, she says he lunged toward her, poked her in the face and put his hands around her throat, saying, "You're so f***ing stupid."

She says she's been on the receiving end of monthly outbursts since their relationship began 9 years ago, but he became physically abusive over the last year. She says he shoves her, punches walls, breaks objects ... all in front of their children.

The restraining order requires Derrick to stay 100 yards away from his wife and children. 

We reached out to Ward ... so far, no word back.

Eli Roth 'Cancel the Super Bowl' ... Nobody Beats Brady

1/18/2018 2:48 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Eli Roth's got a grand idea for the NFL -- CANCEL THE DAMN SUPER BOWL ... 'cause no squad's got a chance in hell of overthrowing Tom Brady and the Patriots dynasty. 

"It's over! Just give him the title! Brady's the GOAT," Eli told TMZ Sports outside Craig's in L.A.

The horror film guru clearly ain't impressed by the Eagles, Vikings and Jaguars -- who his Pats play this weekend -- so why waste time delaying the inevitable??

Hey, he said it, not us.

Minn. Senator Amy Klobuchar I'm a Hardcore Vikings Fan ... 'I Was at the Game!'

1/18/2018 1:18 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

You might be looking at the BIGGEST VIKINGS FAN ALIVE ... Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar -- who might have gone to work in purple face paint if she was allowed. 

Seriously, Klobuchar lives and breathes Vikings -- her dad even wrote a book about the team back in the day! 

So, when we saw her on Capitol Hill -- rocking her Vikings scarf -- there was only one thing to talk about ... VIKINGS, BABY! 

Klobuchar was at the stadium for the Minnesota Miracle on Sunday -- and gave us the blow-by-blow on how crazy it got in the stadium. She also told us about the bet she won with Louisiana Senator John Kennedy

But, how does she feel going into the NFC Championship game against the Eagles? 

Let's put it this way ... she isn't making a bet this week. 

Emmanuel Sanders Off the Hook In Felony Sexual Assault Case

1/18/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

11:33 AM PT-- More info from the Harris County Sheriff's Office ... which says the incident in question took place on June 15, 2017. 

"The complaint was thoroughly investigated and all involved parties, including Mr. Sanders, were interviewed by investigators."

"Upon completion of the investigation, evidence and witness statements were presented to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether a criminal charge should be filed."

"The Harris County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to a grand jury, which determined on January 9, 2018 that there was insufficient evidence to support a criminal charge."

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders will NOT be prosecuted for felony sexual assault after a grand jury in Texas decided there was not enough evidence to move forward with the case. 

Officials in Texas are being very tight-lipped about the case ... but here's what we know so far.

Sanders was accused of sexual assault in Harris County, Texas -- where he still owns a home. He went to high school nearby.

Unclear when the alleged sexual assault took place -- but we know the case was classified as a felony 2 ... which means the allegations were very serious. 

The case was kicked over to a grand jury and on January 9, the jury "failed to find a bill of indictment" ... meaning they felt there was not enough evidence to prove his guilt. 

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Sanders is off the hook. 

We reached out to Sanders for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Diddy I'm Serious About Buying Panthers ... Doing It For Black America

1/18/2018 11:14 AM PST
Breaking News

Diddy says he's 100% serious about buying the Carolina Panthers, and the reason he's doing it couldn't be more important ... 'cause he says it's all to inspire and empower black America.

Puff sat down with the crew on "The Breakfast Club" when he was asked if there were any updates on his efforts to purchase the squad.

Diddy made it clear it's totally real -- he's putting an investment group together -- and told everyone why he thought it was important for the black community to have NFL ownership.

"It was never about me buying the Panthers, it was always about we. It was always about we need a team. I jumped out there to make sure that they understood that they have to consider some black ownership right now with 80%, 70% of the league being African-American. It's just time."

Diddy goes on to say he gets why some people think he won't be able to do it ... there's a lot of yellow tape -- but it's clear he doesn't think anyone can stop him.

And we already know he won't stop.

NYG's Wayne Gallman 'Ride or Die' with Eli Manning ... Could Play Into 40s!

1/18/2018 6:14 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Eli Manning still has strong supporters on the Giants -- with rookie running back Wayne Gallman telling TMZ Sports he's "ride or die" with #10 ... despite having the #2 pick in the draft. 

Gallman was one of the bright spots for the G-Men this season in their 3-13 season -- with the 4th round pick out of Clemson flashing some real promise toward the end of the season. 

Now, with the team at a crossroad -- stick with Eli or draft a QB -- Gallman is ready to pick a side ... and he's rockin' with the guy who has 2 Super Bowl rings. 

He's also got a message for teams sleeping on the Giants next year ... get ready for a comeback. 

NFL's Landon Collins To Racist Sorority Girl: I Can Help You

1/17/2018 5:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

NY Giants safety Landon Collins wants to help the Alabama sorority girl at the center of a racist video scandal, telling TMZ Sports ... he'd even take her to dinner to educate her.

The woman Collins is talking about is Harley Barber -- who posted 2 disgusting video rants in which she spewed the n-word multiple times. To make it worse, she mocked Martin Luther King Jr. Day too.

Barber has since been expelled from the University of Alabama and kicked out of her sorority, Alpha Phi, but Collins tells us ... he sees this as an opportunity to educate and inform her.

This issue hits close to home for Landon since he attended 'Bama and played football there, and sent a message to his alma mater earlier Wednesday.

Talk about taking the high road ...

Lane Kiffin Hires Charlie Weis' 24-Year-Old Son ... As Offensive Coordinator

1/17/2018 7:36 AM PST
Breaking News

Lane Kiffin's new offensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic isn't old enough to have a mid-life crisis.

He's 24 years old ... and he's Charlie Weis' son.

Charlie Weis Jr. is expected to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a big time football coach. He's already got a bunch of experience -- he was an offensive analyst at Alabama from 2015-16 and was a volunteer intern for the Patriots in 2014.

His dad got a massive $12 million contract with Notre Dame in 2004 after winning 4 Super Bowls as part of the Pats coaching staff. After his stint with the Golden Domers, Weis Sr. bounced around with the Kansas City Chiefs and U. of Kansas.

It's no surprise Kiffin's adding a millennial to his staff ... after all, we're talking about the guy who offered a scholarship to a 7th grader.

Jacksonville Bakery Trolls Big Ben How Do These Turnovers Taste?!

1/17/2018 6:44 AM PST
Breaking News

A Jacksonville bakery is rubbing salt in the wound after the Steelers' playoff loss to the Jaguars -- sending Ben Roethlisberger a care package of fresh-baked turnover pastries!!

Ouch.

"We appreciated the turnovers you gave us over our season so in return we wanted you to get a TASTE of 7 turnovers," Cinotti's Bakery wrote to Roethlisberger.

"So here are our very best apple, blueberry and cherry turnovers!" 

To be fair ... Big Ben actually played pretty well against the Jags -- throwing for 5 TDs and almost 500 yards -- but he did turn the ball over twice, and 7 times total when you include their regular-season game.

Silver lining -- the joint's got 4 stars on Yelp. Maybe Ben will actually enjoy 'em??

James Harrison I Got A Custom AK-47 ... Say Hello To My Little Friend!!

1/16/2018 3:20 PM PST

This is a first ... a star athlete with his own CUSTOM AK-47!!

That athlete would be Patriots LB James Harrison -- who showed off his new piece on social media on Tuesday.

He's dubbing it the "Deebo Draco" ... Draco being a smaller version of the classic AK.

Ain't the first time we've heard about Harrison's love affair with guns ... remember that 'Confessions of an NFL Hitman' feature back in the day??

Unclear if this is a scare tactic for the Jaguars ... but, the bottom line -- don't mess with Deebo.

Jeremy Lane DUI Arrest Report: 'I Was More High Than Anything'

1/16/2018 2:13 PM PST
Exclusive Details

Seattle Seahawks star Jeremy Lane was being completely blunt during his DUI arrest over the weekend ... straight-up admitting "I was more high than anything" while talking to cops.

TMZ Sports has obtained the report ... which reveals the CB was initially stopped for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone. When cops pulled Lane over, his eyes were allegedly bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred.

Cops also say they could smell weed coming from Lane's 2006 Dodge Charger ... and Lane admitted to smoking 3 hours before getting pulled over.

Lane agreed to several field tests and had trouble keeping his balance. He also agreed to a breathalyzer ... which showed a BAC of .039 -- as previously reported by Jeremy Lane himself.

When cops arrested Lane for DUI, the NFLer expressed concern over "people thinking he was drunk," ... and confessed "This time I was more high than anything."

The arresting officer explained that he could in fact be arrested for being under the influence of weed ... and even addresses Lane's tweets about the incident, admitting he still probably doesn't understand.

PETA Rips Horse-Punching Fan ... Ban Him From Eagles Games!!

1/16/2018 1:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The drunk Philadelphia Eagles fan who allegedly attacked a police officer AND his horse should be BANNED from owning pets AND attending Eagles games ever again ... this according to a huge animal rights org.

Cops reported the fan, Taylor Hendricks, repeatedly attacked an officer and his horse as he was being escorted out of Saturday's game against the Falcons. Hendricks was arrested for aggravated assault, illegally taunting a police horse, simple assault and defiant trespass.

But Stephanie Bell, senior director for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tells TMZ Sports Hendricks should get more than that.

"PETA is asking the prosecutor to charge the suspect with cruelty to animals, and if he's convicted, we hope sentencing will include a psychiatric evaluation and a ban on owning or harboring any animals, from horses to dogs and cats."

"Anyone who would violently attack an animal likely has rage issues and could be a danger to the community at large."

And they didn't stop there ... Bell calls for Hendricks to be forever banned from Eagles games to "send a strong message that such abuse will not be tolerated."

Leonard Fournette In Maybach Car Crash ... NOT Injured!

1/16/2018 9:58 AM PST
Breaking News

10:40 AM -- Fournette was driving his 2017 Maybach at the time of the crash and the bumper was wrecked. 

But get this ... he signed the busted bumper and GAVE IT to first responders ... this according to WJXT4's Vic Micolucci

Close call for Jacksonville Jaguars superstar Leonard Fournette -- who was rear-ended on a Florida interstate ... but he's OKAY!!!!

It all went down Tuesday morning ... a rep for the Jags says Fournette was "involved in a minor car accident today when his car was rear ended."

"Leonard is okay and was able to drive home."

The rookie running back -- who was a big factor in the Jags' playoff win over the Steelers this past Sunday -- was traveling on I-295, about a 10 minute drive from the EverBank Field.

And.... exhale. 

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