TMZ

TMZ SPORTS

  • FS1
    M-T-Th-F:
    9:00 PM PST

    W:
    9:30 PM PST

Metallica's James Hetfield On Raiders Move to Vegas: 'I'm a Little Pissed'

5/16/2017 8:51 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a huge Raiders fan -- and says he's "a little pissed" that his team is ditching Oakland for Sin City.

FYI, Hetfield actively campaigned for the Raiders to stay in the Bay Area -- and publicly supported Ronnie Lott in his efforts to build a new stadium for the team in Oakland.  

But those plans didn't work out and Raiders owner, Mark Davis, ultimately got league approval to move the team to Las Vegas. The team is expected to relocate in 2019.

Hetfield says he'll continue to support the Silver and Black (he stuck by them during the L.A. years) ... but it's clear he's still bummed. 

Gareon Conley Admits 'Brief Oral Sex' with Accuser ... Not Intercourse

5/2/2017 7:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Oakland Raiders draft pick Gareon Conley is telling investigators he did receive "brief oral sex" from his accuser on the night of the alleged sexual assault ... but insists it was consensual. 

We're told Conley says he was the recipient and that he did NOT force himself on the woman.

The former Ohio State football star is currently being investigated for rape -- after his accuser told police he sexually assaulted her in a Cleveland hotel room on April 9. 

Conley's attorney, Kevin Spellacy, says the two did engage in a "consensual sexual event" -- but says it was NOT intercourse.

The accuser told police they did have vaginal sex -- claiming he grabbed her, spun her around and raped her from behind. A rape kit was administered following the incident. 

Meanwhile, Conley met with police on Monday and provided a DNA sample and a voluntary statement.

Tim Brown on Gareon Conley: Raiders Better Be Right!

4/30/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tim Brown says he REALLY hopes his beloved Oakland Raiders chose wisely by taking a chance on Gareon Conley ... saying, "If it goes bad for him, it's gonna go bad for the Raiders also."

The Raiders raised some eyebrows Thursday night by selecting Conley in the 1st round -- despite the fact he's in the middle of a rape investigation

Conley insists he's innocent and the Raiders clearly believe him ... and Brown says he's "hoping and praying" the team made the right bet. 

Brown raised an interesting point ... saying former Raiders owner Al Davis was never afraid to take guys who were in trouble because he felt those guys would end up being the most loyal to him. 

Makes you wonder if Al's philosophy rubbed off on his son, Mark Davis, the new guy in command of the Silver and Black. 

Marshawn Lynch Hosting Oakland Block Party ... I'm a Raider!!!

4/27/2017 6:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Marshawn Lynch is going full BEAST MODE in his return to the Bay Area ... throwing a HUGE block party in Oakland on Thursday with big stars, new teammates and thousands of crazy fans!

We're told the guest list includes names like Michael B. Jordan, E-40 and Derek Carr -- not too shabby!

The party will take over 3 city blocks surrounding Marshawn's Beast Mode Apparel store near downtown. As one source put it, "It's gonna be bonkers!"

That's not all ... our sources say some of the Golden State Warriors are also expected to join in on the fun.

Just win, baby!

Marshawn Lynch Lookin' NFL Ready At Charity Trip in Haiti

4/26/2017 8:21 AM PDT
Breaking News

While Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders rumors circulated the Internet, Beast Mode was helping his old Seahawks teammates host a football camp in Haiti!!

Marshawn is reportedly a physical exam from joining the Silver and Black ... and as the 'Hawks and Raiders work out a deal, he and Michael Bennett helped Cliff Avril host his annual camp.

The NFL stars taught kids fitness skills, helped build houses in the area, donated supplies to a local school and many other charitable efforts.

The boys spent the week in Haiti ... and now Marshawn is headed back to the States to get checked out by the Raiders.

Watch out, NFL ... looks like Beast Mode is back in football shape.

Marshawn Lynch Raiders Superfan's Pitch: Come Home & Let's Kick Ass!!

4/10/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A legendary Raiders superfan wants Marshawn Lynch in silver & black ... so much that he's making a personal plea to Beast Mode to beast out in his hometown.

Violator (aka Wayne Mabry) -- a member of the infamous Raiders Black Hole since 1970 -- says having Lynch will definitely "scare the hell outta some people" and that's of course a good thing.

BTW -- If you're not familiar with the Black Hole we suggest you google them, but keep all the lights on while you do ... cause you're gonna see pictures of maniacs like the one below (which is Wayne).

NFL's Marcedes Lewis Stoked For Marshawn Lynch Return ... We Missed Beast Mode

4/6/2017 7:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

How do NFL players feel about Marshawn Lynch possibly coming back to the league? If Jaguars star Marcedes Lewis' reaction is any indication they are freakin' STOKED!

We got Lewis out at Warwick in L.A. and asked his thoughts on Marshawn's rumored return -- it's been reported he met with the Raiders recently -- and he made it clear ... he's all for it.

In fact, Lewis says he thinks Lynch could play for just about any NFL team he wants, and thinks it's actually a better league with Beast Mode pushing that rock down the field.

We can't be sure ... but it seems like Lewis might want a new teammate.

Raiders Lineman Donald Penn I Want Marshawn In Oakland

4/5/2017 1:43 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Marshawn Lynch already has some strong allies on the Oakland Raiders -- including the team's best lineman, Donald Penn, who tells TMZ Sports he's all about bringing Beast Mode to the squad.

"I hope the Raiders do get Marshawn," Penn told us Tuesday night in L.A. ... "That's my dog!"

Now, with reports Marshawn met with Raiders officials earlier Wednesday in hopes of playing for the Silver and Black in 2017 ... Penn's wish could be granted.

Tim Brown Raiders Players Are Under Control ... Vegas Won't Be An Issue

3/28/2017 4:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NFL Hall of Famer Tim Brown is completely confident the Raiders will be able to keep their players out of trouble ... despite the team's relocation to Las Vegas.

Brown -- who was initially worried about the move -- admits he's changed his mind and now thinks the team will control their personnel ... even if it means camping outside their homes!!

As for the 180 -- Brown says he realized the guys have the money to get in trouble wherever they are ... and Vegas is no different.

Fair point ... but we gotta say, trouble is a LOT more fun in Sin City.

Raiders Owner Mark Davis Knows Vegas Can Be Trouble ... We'll Protect Our Players

3/27/2017 12:01 PM PDT
Breaking News

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis says he's already had talks with team officials about the dangers of Sin City and plans to work with players to keep them out of trouble in their new home. 

Moments after the Raiders got team owner approval to move from Oakland to Vegas, Mark spoke with reporters, including FOX 11's Liz Habib ... and was asked about Brandon Marshall's concerns with an NFL team in Vegas. 

The NY Giants WR previously told TMZ Sports the idea of young guys with lots of money in Vegas sounds like a bad idea. 

Davis says he's talked about it with other Raiders honchos and said, "There are things that we'll be doing" to help protect his guys. 

Davis was also asked if his legendary father, Al Davis, liked Las Vegas and why -- his answer is pretty funny. 

Marshawn Lynch 'Over the Hill' and Bad Fit ... Says Ex-Raiders Star

3/17/2017 11:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-Raiders star Lincoln Kennedy says bringing Marshawn Lynch to Oakland is a bad idea.

Kennedy was a 3-time Pro Bowler with the Silver and Black -- and he's currently a broadcaster for the Raiders organization.

Lincoln says he likes and respects what Lynch has done in his career -- but says Beast Mode is an "Over the hill running back who hasn't played in a couple years."

Bringing him back now would be a huge mistake, Kennedy says ... especially with guys like Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles still available. 

Tim Brown Aldon Smith Could Still Be Great ... But He Needs Help

3/16/2017 3:44 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tim Brown says he still believes Aldon Smith can be one of the most dominant football players in the NFL -- but he needs serious help from his family, teammates and friends to get his life straight.

Smith has been battling substance abuse for years -- and was recently detained by police for being intoxicated after a car he was a passenger in slammed into an undercover cop car. 

Brown says he and his old Raiders teammates used to hold intervention-style meetings with players like Smith in the hopes of getting them back on the straight and narrow ... and suggests more people in Smith's life follow suit.

Bottom line -- Brown wants to see Smith back in the Silver and Black ... but only if he can get healthy.

We recently spoke with Smith's Raiders teammate, Donald Penn, who says he also wants Smith back with the squad because football can be good for his recovery.

Raiders' Donald Penn Raiders Can Save Aldon Smith

3/11/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Oakland Raiders star lineman Donald Penn says the best thing for Aldon Smith is to be around his teammates -- so they can serve as a support system for the guy as he battles substance abuse. 

Penn says he truly believes his teammate is a "good guy" and wants the best for him -- despite the bizarre situation involving Smith and the police in San Francisco this week. 

As we previously reported, Smith -- who's serving a suspension for a previous violation of the league's substance abuse policy -- was detained for public intoxication after a car he was a passenger in crashed into a cop car

It's obvious Penn cares about Smith ... and believes the structure and camaraderie a pro team can provide will be best for the former All-Pro. 

There's more ... Penn also weighs in on the Raiders running back situation -- and tells us what he really thinks about the possibility of Adrian Peterson joining the backfield. 

Around the Web