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Antonio Gates Philip Rivers Is SOOOOO Rich ... Doesn't Need Gifts From Me!

11/30/2016 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Antonio Gates is 3 TOUCHDOWNS AWAY from breaking Tony Gonzalez's career TD record for a tight end. So, we had to ask ... are you getting Philip Rivers a gift when you take the crown?!

The short answer -- HELL NO! 

And why not? Gates points to the "gift" the Chargers already got the QB last year -- an $84 MILLION contract extension. 

Gates says PR is like a brother to him -- and he respects the hell out of the guy -- but there's no sense in dropping a ton of cash on a guy who can buy whatever he wants. 

NFL's Antonio Gates START ME IN FANTASY ... Every. Single. Week.

9/14/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don't EVER question Antonio Gates in your fantasy football lineup -- START HIM ... so says the tight end himself. 

We got the Chargers legend out in L.A. Tuesday and he scoffed at the idea that anyone would consider sitting him vs. the Jaguars this weekend ... even after a not-so-great Week 1.

There's more ... we also asked how the team is doing after the loss of stud WR Keenan Allen and how the team's responding to the addition of Joey Bosa

Plus, Gates weighs in on Antonio Brown's twerk celebration -- check out the clip. 

SD Chargers We Signed Joey Bosa! ... $26 Mil Guaranteed!

8/29/2016 11:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The San Diego Chargers just announced #3 overall draft pick Joey Bosa has SIGNED HIS CONTRACT!

Bosa's deal -- 4 years, $25.8 million (ALL GUARANTEED) with a $17 million signing bonus ... so says NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Now, go play football. 

Eddie George Applauds Joey Bosa's Holdout Some Teams Will Screw You

8/12/2016 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Eddie George says he COMMENDS fellow Ohio State alum Joey Bosa for holding out from Chargers training camp ... saying the NFL is a business and he MUST look out for numero uno. 

Bosa -- the #3 overall pick in the draft -- has been getting serious heat for holding out (some of it from teammates) ... so much so that his mom took to Twitter to stick up for her kid. 

But George LIKES that Bosa is taking such a strong stand -- saying some NFL teams will "screw" players if they don't have a strong team in place to fight for them. 

As for criticism that Bosa's game will suffer as a result of missing practice, George calls BS -- saying he's a "natural freak" who's got plenty of time to get in football shape. 

Check out the clip.

Manti Te'o I'VE GOT A HOT GF ... Yes, She's Real

1/19/2016 9:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Manti Te'o has officially rebounded from Lennay Kekua (R.I.P.) ... and his new girlfriend is a smokin' hot model.

The lady who locked up the linebacker is Jovi Niicole -- and according to our friends at BSO, she's been quietly connected to the San Diego Chargers star for a couple of months. 

0119_Manti_Teo_girlfriend_jove_photosUnclear how they met ... but one thing's for sure -- she's real and she's spectacular. 

Of course, Te'o's dating history made national news a few years ago -- when it was revealed he was a victim in a catfishing hoax carried out by a dude pretending to be a woman who seduced Te'o online. 

Good times.  

Eric Davis Chill, Raiders Fans You're Not Losing Your Team!

1/7/2016 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Raiders, Rams and Chargers fans up in arms about their teams trying to bolt to Los Angeles are looking at this the wrong way ... according to former NFL star Eric Davis.

Davis won a Super Bowl with the 49ers, so he's up on Bay Area fans -- and we asked if Oakland's Raider Nation might jump to the other team in town if the Silver and Black head south again. It's the question millions of fans in St. Louis (who've also been through this before) and San Diego are asking themselves right now.

Well, check out ED's answer ... it might calm nerves in all 3 cities. In a nutshell -- rep your team, not your city.

You buying that? 

NFL in L.A. Raiders, Rams & Chargers ... OH MY!!

1/4/2016 8:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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3 NFL teams are suddenly like waiters on the Sunset Strip ... trying to get a break in Hollywood -- the Chargers, Rams and Raiders all filed docs with the league to move to Los Angeles.

The Greater L.A. area's been without pro football since the Rams bolted in 1994, and as expected they're now one of the teams trying to return. Oakland and San Diego's teams also lived up to longtime rumors and filed the same application to play in L.A. ... starting this coming season.

The next step is a league vote -- three quarters of the 32 teams must vote yes to gain approval. No city has 3 franchises, so it's a safe bet at least one wannabe will get denied.

It never rains in Southern California, but now it's pouring NFL squads.

Chargers Star D.J. Fluker I Once Ate 65 Chicken Nuggets ... And It Wasn't Enough

1/22/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's time for "Giant Man Story Time" with NFL star D.J. Fluker ... who is about to tell TMZ Sports the true story of a guy who ate 65 Chick-fil-A nuggets only to lose a contest to a man WHO ATE 80.

Fluker -- 6'5 and 339-lbs for you scoring at home -- was out in L.A. when our camera guy asked him about the most fast food he's ever eaten in one sitting.

That's when "Giant Man Story Time" began -- with Fluker telling us he once bravely entered a chicken nugget eatin' contest and downed 65 mini-birds, but it wasn't enough to win.

Bonus -- He also tells us who the biggest eater in the NFL is.

Hint? He's bigger than you.

Manti Te'o Stop Harassing Me About My Fake Girlfriend!!!

12/23/2014 8:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News
1223-manti-teo-getyty-01Manti Te'o says he's sick and tired of other NFL stars harassing him about that whole fake girlfriend scandal ... and says his tormentors need to MOVE ON!!! 

The San Diego Chargers linebacker was talking with and admitted he was harassed about the situation "a few times" last season -- but had hoped people would let it go. 

But they didn't ... and this week, 49ers tackle Anthony Davis admitted he talked smack to Te'o about the GF hoax when they met on the field. 

"Asked Manti Te'o about his imaginary girlfriend last night and he snapped. lol I thought that was hilarious," Davis tweeted. 

So how did Te'o react?

"I told him, 'Find a new joke,'" Te'o said. 

Of course, while Te'o was at Notre Dame, he was catfished by a man -- pretending to be a girl -- but when Manti realized he was the victim of a hoax, he lied to the media in an effort to cover the whole thing up.

Eventually, the whole story came to light ... the catfisher was ID'd as Ronaiah Tuiasosopo -- who eventually fessed up to hoaxing Te'o.

Te'o's clearly trying to move past it -- but as long as he continues to react to the jokes, the harassment ain't gonna stop any time soon. 

NFL Star Antonio Gates Shoots TV Show Cameo ... On Day Off

10/29/2014 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Not just because he's having one of the best seasons of his career, but he's also returning to "The League" ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

The San Diego Chargers tight end used his day off from practice to come up to L.A. to shoot a cameo on the hilarious FXX show ... and he talked to us about the shoot on his way off the set.

Gates has been on the show before -- and was hilarious ... when he was confronted by one of the characters in a hot tub whose fantasy team had lost because Gates scored a TD.

So, does Antonio have a post-NFL career in Hollywood?? Check out the clip ... he's not exactly shooting down the idea.

Darren Sproles' Wife STOP ATTACKING ME I Didn't Curse the Saints!

3/13/2014 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sproles' wife tells TMZ Sports ... she's under attack online over the way she publicly trashed the New Orleans Saints -- but she wants the fans to know her beef is ONLY with management.  

After Michel Sproles learned that N.O. was planning to trade her running back husband, she went to Instagram and said the situation was "f**ked up." She also said that God would "get u back."

We spoke with Michel ... who tells us she's been hammered by angry Saints fans who have been blasting her online -- calling her a "golddigger," a "bitch" and worse ... and she wants it to stop.

"I started out just jokingly expressing myself," Michel says ... "It's gotten misconstrued. I wasn't attacking the Saints FANS." Michel says her beef is only with the front office.

Still, Michel says she doesn't regret posting the message ... but notes, "I maybe should have delivered it differently."

"When you're sad, you express yourself as you normally wouldn't."

As for Darren, Michel says he predicted that her post would "blow up" before she put it online ... she disagreed. 

"He was right, I was wrong," Michel says. Though she says he hasn't commented about the situation since the post went up. 

Michel says she's now trying to move forward and focus on Darren's new team -- the Philadelphia Eagles. 

As for the haters, Michel says ... "These people don't have to follow me, they can voluntarily exit my Instagram."

Darren Sproles WIFE BLASTS SAINTS You're Screwing My Husband!!

3/13/2014 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hell hath no fury like the wife of a Saints player scorned ... just ask Darren Sproles, whose wife BLASTED the team after reading reports that N.O. is planning to trade him. 

Darren's wife, Michel, UNLOADED on the Saints on Instagram yesterday ... saying by trading the running back, they're robbing him of the opportunity to play for a team of his choosing ... a right she believes he's earned. 

"I am so disappointed in the Saints organization & the way they are treating my husband," Michel wrote.

"I understand this is a brutal business but when u have a good guy who works hard & does a lot for the community u would think they would show a little more respect."

"To verbalize to him that they will release him so at least he can choose the team he wants to spend his last few years left in the NFL on & then take it back without a word & try to trade him is f**ked up."

She then says God will take revenge on the team for her -- explaining, "The way my God is set up he gets the last say & can get u back better than the Compton Curse out I wanna give these muthaf**kas!"

She concluded with a couple of hashtags ... #YesICurseAndPraiseGod #OnlyGodCanJudgeMe #IPutHisChargerPicsUpBecauseTheSaintsAintSh*tForWhatTheyDoin

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE ... A short time later, Michel posted a follow-up on Instagram saying her initial post was an "experiment" to expose her husband's "real fans."

Ha. Yeah, right ... 

[H/T to our friends at BlackSportsOnline, who broke this story]

'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL' Texans vs. Chargers (Mascots) Who'd Win in A Fight?

9/9/2013 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0906_monday_night_football_mascot_fightHere is horned Houston Texans' mascot "Toro" raging on the field (left) -- and the electrifying San Diego Chargers mascot "Bolt" shocking the crowd (right).

The two squads are set to do battle on "Monday Night Football" in just a few hours -- but the real question ...

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