Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson says he was conflicted about wearing special cleats to pay tribute to 9/11 victims ... so he asked for advice from the man upstairs ... and God told him to lace up.
As you've probably heard, Williamson said he was concerned about his cleats being a distraction -- and even possibly earning him a fine from the NFL -- and waffled about the footwear.
Check out the clip ... Williamson explains how he prayed for an answer -- and got one.
There's more ... Williamson also says he got love on Sunday from one of the people holding the American flag during the National Anthem -- and it's the kind of story that gives you the tingles.
Minister Louis Farrakhan says he -- and the entire Nation Of Islam -- are 100% behind Colin Kaepernick ... praising the QB's American flag protest as a "courageous stand."
Farrakhan released a statement via his Facebook page in which he thanked Kaep for taking a stand, and lauded his courage in the face of intense criticism.
"Courage is one of the great characteristics of great men and women. And at the root of courage is love for the principle that is bigger than our lives, bigger than our nation ... This nation would not be what it is had there not been men and women who were willing to suffer to bring about meaningful change that moved a people, a nation and a world toward the realization of some eternal principle."
Farrakhan went on to pledge his unyielding support ... and even took a shot at the National Anthem itself.
"I stand with you. We in the Nation of Islam stand with you. And I’m asking all right thinking Black people, Brown people, and White people to stand with you to force the change that Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton are talking; but it will never happen until the people are sick and tired of injustice and summon the courage to stand to make a difference."
"Your stand has unearthed things about Francis Scott Key and the writing of the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner, that would make any person of right thinking and right mind cringe at what was in the mind of the man that wrote the words of the Star-Spangled Banner."
TMZ Sports has reached out to other groups such as the National Action Network and NAACP for reaction to the Kaepernick controversy ... but have yet to receive comment.
You gotta feel for Pope Francis -- he went down hard in the middle of Mass Thursday morning in Poland.
The Pontiff appeared to miss a step as he was walking down from the altar. He had a few priests spotting him, and they helped him back to his feet. Honestly, it's a miracle it doesn't happen more often with that long, heavy robe. Somebody cut the guy a break.
Official word from the Vatican -- "The pope is fine."
A Tony Robbins' motivational seminar went haywire in Dallas when more than 30 people who walked on hot coals had to get treated for burns.
According to reports ... 5 people were hospitalized Thursday night, while the rest were treated on-site for burns to their feet and lower legs. Tony had encouraged attendees to walk the coals in order to conquer their fears. It's a common thing at Robbins' events.
Tony's people tell TMZ ... 7,000 guests walked across the coals and only five "requested any examination beyond what was readily available on site."
At least one attendee blamed the burns on a lack of focus -- some people were reportedly taking selfies. This also happened at a 2012 event in San Jose.
Prince once pulled an epic move on a nearly naked dancer in a club, but it's not at all what you'd expect from a singer with a rep for being a sex demigod ... according to rapper Talib Kweli.
Talib hit up N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's "Drink Champs" podcast on Play.it this week and talked about the run-in he had with Prince at a Hollywood party. He says there were naked dancers everywhere and Prince -- a Jehovah's Witness at that point -- approached one of them with a financial proposal.
Check it out ... it's an awesome story, and the birth of what N.O.R.E. and co. call "reverse pimping."
Boxing superstar Tyson Fury says he realizes his insanely offensive statements about Jews and transgender people have "been viewed by some" as offensive ... and so, he's sorta (not really) apologizing.
As we previously reported, the heavyweight champ went on a vile rant about transgenders -- calling them "freaks of nature" -- and accusing the Jews of running a global brainwashing scheme.
Moments ago, Tyson's team issued a statement about last week's interview saying, "Mr Fury made comments that have been viewed by some as offensive."
The statement continued, "Mr Fury would like to apologise to anyone who may have taken offence to these comments."
There's more ... "He has many friends of a wide range of backgrounds and races and wishes no ill to anyone of any race, religion or sexual orientation."
The statement included quotes from Fury ... "I apologise to anyone who may have taken offence at any of my comments. I said some things, which may have hurt some people, which as a Christian man is not something I would ever want to do."
Then he blamed the media ...
"Though it is not an excuse, sometimes the heightened media scrutiny has caused me to act out in public."
Then doubled down on the whole "I'm not a bigot" thing ...
"Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am in no way a racist or bigot and I hope the public accept this apology.”
Tiffany & Co. is being sued by its former director of marketing after the woman claimed she lost her job because she told some colleagues Catholics believe Jews killed Jesus.
Kristin Rightnour says she also lost out on a $42k bonus, all the result of a casual convo just before Easter weekend when she told 2 colleagues -- one Jewish, one Catholic -- about the party line on the crucifixion.
The Jew apparently got uncomfortable and said, "They didn't teach us any of this in Hebrew school!"
It's unclear who filed the complaint, but she sure seems to be pointing the finger at the member of the tribe.
Kristin says she was subsequently hauled into HR where she fessed up to the conversation but vigorously denies she said "Jewish people killed Jesus." She insisted she laid it all on the Catholics.
Nevertheless, she says she was later fired.
We have reached out to Tiffanys, so far no word back.
Justin Bieber is not going insane ... he's on a spiritual mission.
Our Bieber sources say in the last 2 weeks the singer has had "an epiphany" about centering himself with religion and nature. That's why he's been meditating in parks, taking strolls alone and zoning out on the grass.
We're told Justin's Purpose Tour has taken its toll on him, and feels he's lost his center. He believes nature and religion -- not concert venues and nightclubs -- should become his life priorities.