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Oakland Raiders Star

DRILLS CAMERA GUY

... During QB Workout

6/24/2015 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This has gotta hurt ... 

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr -- a guy who has a rocket for an arm -- was running passing drills with some friends yesterday when he asked a friend to post up with a camera for a cool, action shot. 

The plan was ... the photog stands roughly 15 yards downfield and Carr fires a football right at his face -- with a wide receiver set to race in front at the last second to make the grab. 

Very cool, artsy, action shot. 

Problem was ... something went wrong during the first take and the camera guy got ROCKED. 

Don't worry, the guy couldn't have been hurt too bad ... 'cause they did a second take -- this time, it worked like a charm. 

Check out the clip ... and try not to flinch. 

Warren G

Raiders, Come Back to L.A.

All Is Forgiven!

5/21/2015 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Raiders or Rams ... Rams and Rams -- Los Angeles football fans are dying to find out which team returns -- and Warren G is already making a silver and black pledge in the pigskin civil war.

Warren was leaving Boulevard3 in Hollywood Wednesday night when we asked how excited he was about the possibility of the Oakland Raiders coming back.

The "Regulate" rapper admitted he did dabble in the Rams, in his foolish youth, while they played in L.A. -- but says he remained loyal to the Raiders even after they pulled up stakes ... and even though they've sucked hard for a while now.

As for his cousin Snoop Dogg's Steelers allegiance? Warren and our photog have some questions.

NFL Lineman

Fights Off Home Intruder

... Gets Restraining Order

2/14/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0213-donald-penn-getty-01A frightening moment for Oakland Raiders lineman Donald Penn -- who fought off a home intruder who kicked in his front door and threatened his family earlier this month ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Penn -- who's 6'4", 340 lbs. and a former Pro Bowler -- was at his L.A. home with his wife and kids when a large man hopped over his security gate, busted in his front door and began going crazy inside the home. 

That's when Penn -- who was with his wife and 2 young children at the time -- sprung into action ... physically restraining the man (who's 6'1", 220 lbs.) ... until cops showed up. 

Sources tell us ... Penn is adamant he has no connection to the man -- and doesn't know why he was targeted. 

Penn eventually filed for a restraining order against the guy, which was granted -- and now the suspect has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Penn and his family. 

The case is scheduled to go before a judge later this month -- when Penn will ask for a more permanent protection order. 

Raiders QB Derek Carr

The Perks of Going 3-13

1/12/2015 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Who needs playoffs ... when you can have Cabo? 

Here's Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr enjoying the perks of a 3-13 season ... relaxing on a beach Mexico with his smokin' hot wife Heather. 

The couple -- along with their 1-year-old son Dallas -- celebrated Heather's bday with a week of oceanfront relaxing.  

Nothing wrong with a little vaca after the season ends ... but we're guessing Raiders fans are hoping he'll have other plans this time next year.

49ers Antoine Bethea

We LOVED Seeing Kaepernick

Confront Raiders LB

12/9/2014 1:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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San Francisco 49ers safety Antoine Bethea tells TMZ Sports the team was PUMPED to see Colin Kaepernick get in Sio Moore's face at halftime last week ... saying, "It fired the guys up."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Kaepernick got into a heated spat with Moore in the tunnel at last week's game ... with Moore calling the QB a "bitch ass motherf**ker."

"Kap is a grown man and he won't let ANYBODY disrespect him like that," Bethea says.

"The guys in the locker room love seeing when your leader steps up like that. It makes us all rally behind him and get ready for these last few weeks and fight to get in (the playoffs)."

Bethea chalks the whole thing up to the local rivalry and says the 49ers are already moving on from the incident.

"Trust me, we are not worried about Sio and what the Raiders are doing. They got the victory and we look forward to getting our team ready for next week."

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Shawne Merriman

Advice to Raiders ...

FIRE EVERYBODY!!

11/18/2014 3:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111814_shawn_merriman_launchThere's only one way to save the Oakland Raiders ... FIRE EVERYONE ... so says ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman, who says the team is "as bad as it gets."

"They need to clean house," Merriman says ... "Bring some people in there who WANT to play football ... and people who want to win."

But the best part about the encounter with the former San Diego Chargers linebacker -- when he took a second to PRAISE the Silver and Black.

"I used to love playing the Raiders ... they sent me to many Pro Bowls. So I can't hate."

Yeah, they suck.

Terry Crews

RAIDERS FANS THREATENED MY WIFE

... When I Played for the Rams

10/10/2014 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews tells TMZ Sports ... back when he used to play for the L.A. Rams, the Raiders fans hated his team so much, they THREATENED his wife and family. 

Crews -- a former NFL linebacker -- played for the Rams back in 1991 ... back before the Raiders ditched L.A. and moved back to Oakland. 

And last night in L.A., Crews told us some of the more insane fans of the Silver and Black took the rivalry so seriously, they threatened his wife and family. 

It's pretty crazy stuff -- but Terry tells us it's not the Raiders fans that people need to worry about these days ... there's ANOTHER team in the Bay Area that's even scarier. 

Check out the clip.

Louis Gossett Jr.

BRING THE RAIDERS BACK TO L.A.

10/8/2014 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Raiders NEED Los Angeles ... and Los Angeles NEEDS the Raiders -- so says Hollywood legend Louis Gossett Jr. who tells TMZ Sports it's time to bring the Silver & Black back to where they belong. 

Louis -- who recently appeared on "Celebrity Ghost Stories" -- says L.A. is still haunted by the ghosts of it's NFL past ... even since the Raiders left L.A. for Oakland back in '95. 

The only way to exercise the demon??? BRING 'EM BACK!!! 

Of course, there's been talk about the Raiders leaving Oakland for another city ... including San Antonio and Austin ... but the Oscar winner tells us there's only one place the team can truly call home.

Ex-Raiders Cheerleader

RIPS RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT

... They're Bitter Liars

9/18/2014 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A former Oakland Raiders cheerleader is BLASTING the ex-Raiderette who sued the NFL team ... calling her a "liar" who never really loved the sport. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Nicole Rodrigues -- who cheered on the squad in 2003 and 2004 -- who insists she was always paid well during her time with the team. 

"The Raiders, the whole organization, we're a family. That's the main thing ... they took care of us."

Not all of the former Raiderettes feel that way -- as we previously reported,  a woman who called herself Lacy T. sued the team earlier this year claiming the team worked them like dogs and paid them less than minimum wage. 

But Rodrigues is calling BS ... saying the women behind the suit are just looking for a quick buck -- and didn't appreciate the Raiderette experience 

Bottom line for Rodrigues -- "I have zero complaints about how much I was paid."
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Justin Tuck

Praying for Families of Flight 370

3/24/2014 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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With officials announcing that Flight 370 "ended in the pacific ocean" ... several athletes are offering their thoughts and prayers to the families who lost loved ones in the crash. 

NFL star Justin Tuck tweeted, "Praying to the families of those who lost their lives on Malaysia airlines flight 370."

Team USA soccer star Alex Morgan posted, " So sad for the families, but a little closure as well. #Flight370."

Malaysian officials say satellite data shows the flight went down in the Indian Ocean and that all 239 people on board died in the crash.

Terrelle Pryor

I'm BUSTING MY ASS

for a Starting QB Job

3/18/2014 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor tells TMZ Sports ... he's been training like a maniac this off-season -- waking up at 5AM every day in pursuit of a starting QB job in the NFL. 

Pryor was in Downtown L.A. yesterday when we just happened the 6'6" football star -- and asked him about rumors he could be shipped out of Oakland. 

"I can't really worry about the things I can't control," Terrelle said. 

Still, the guy told us about his grueling training regimen -- busting his ass with legendary trainer Travelle Gaines and working out at USC ... where Tim Tebow's been spotted recently. 

One more thing ... Pryor was a high school basketball stud -- and tells TMZ Sports he still hoops around with one of his celebrity friends.

Check out the clip.

The Raiderettes

Just Strip, Baby

Cheerleaders Get Offer from Penthouse

1/31/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0130-raiderettes-penthouse-gettyWith a federal investigation underway into allegations the Oakland Raiders grossly underpaid their cheerleaders ... the Raiderettes are finally getting a shot at a fair income .... thanks to Penthouse.

TMZ Sports has learned ... the legendary nudie mag has reached out to the squad in the hopes of hiring some of the women for a "tasteful pictorial in the magazine."

As we previously reported, one of the Raiderettes has already filed a lawsuit against the team claiming she made less than $5-per-hour ... way less than the state mandated minimum wage.  And the U.S. Dept. of Labor is investigating the team.

Sources connected to the situation tell us ... Penthouse is prepared to make a "significant offer" to the women if they're interested in showing a little skin.  We're told the mag isn't pushing for full nudity.

In a letter sent to the team squad, Penthouse says ... "You can even wear your silver and black ... or not."

So far, unclear if any of the Raiderettes are game.

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