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T.I. Kaepernick Doesn't Need the NFL

10/6/2018 12:35 AM PDT

Colin Kaepernick's star power is bigger NOW than when he was playing football -- and he doesn't need the NFL's platform to be effective in his off-the-field mission ... so says T.I. 

There are some people who believe without being on an NFL roster, people will lose interest in Kaepernick -- and he'll eventually become irrelevant and fade away. 

But, not T.I. -- who appeared on "TMZ Live" and explained why Colin's more influential now than ever ... and suggested going back to the NFL might actually take his focus away from the social justice issues he's been tackling. 

That said, if Colin does get signed and goes back to the league, T.I. says he'll support Kaepernick 100% ... knowing football is still a major passion for the guy. 

Marcellus Wiley To Eric Reid Don't Drop Collusion Case 'Make Them Testify'

10/6/2018 12:15 AM PDT

Marcellus Wiley says Eric Reid's collusion case against the NFL NEEDS to continue ... even though the embattled safety has been signed by a team, because the people deserve answers.

Reid is now a member of the Carolina Panthers, and some people wondered if he'd drop his part of the collusion case against the league now that he's back playing football.

We got Wiley out in Beverly Hills and asked him if Reid should consider playing nice with the league now that he's back, and Marcellus ain't having it.

"Eric Reid was a good enough safety to be signed before this. And, I just want to know to what extent and what degree did they try to collude or interrupt his services."

Marcellus' point seems to be clear ... that no matter if Eric and Colin Kaepernick get jobs again, the collusion case still needs to proceed, because we have to know if the league acted unfairly.

BTW -- he also broke down the latest greatest thing to hit the NFL -- Patrick Mahomes -- and why it seems NFL defenses are colluding to make PH the MVP.

Kiara Mia Jimmy G Date Night Porn Parody?? ... I'm Down!!

9/23/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Wondering how Jimmy Garoppolo's famous date night with Kiara Mia ended up??

Good news ... Kiara tells TMZ Sports she's down to take all the imagination out of it for you -- and make a legit porn parody of their epic L.A. night!!

"I might possibly be open to that!" the famous porn star tells us. "That sounds fun!"

Remember ... Jimmy and Kiara hit up Avra restaurant in Beverly Hills for a romantic evening earlier this summer -- but nobody spilled the beans about what went down afterward.

When we got Kiara at LAX and asked if an X-rated remake of the night was a possibility ... she seemed into it -- and even had some ideas for the male lead!!

BTW ... Kiara said her date with Garoppolo has opened the door for other athletes to dip into the porn star dating world ... and some have maaaaybe even popped into HER DMs!!

Eat your heart out, Jimmy.

Kiara Mia Guarantees Big Week 2 for Jimmy G He's a 'Motherf***in' Star!!!'

9/15/2018 1:00 PM PDT

Kiara Mia isn't bailing on 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo after one bad game, because she says he "radiates greatness" ... and you can't hold him back for long.

We got the popular porn star at the Century City Mall in L.A. Friday night and asked about Jimmy G's poor week 1 performance -- in which he threw 3 interceptions against the Vikings and lost for the first time as a starter.

She tells us it's no biggie, and we can bank on Garoppolo bouncing back Sunday against the Lions because he's a star ... and that's what stars do. Kiara better be right ... otherwise, her Super Bowl prediction will be looking a bit dicey.

We broke the story ... Jimmy and Kiara made a big splash this summer when they were spotted on a date, resulting in mini-controversy in the football world. The QB later called it a "good learning experience" ... and we hadn't heard about it much since.

Kiara doesn't tell us if she's still in touch with Jimmy G, but she clearly still supports him and has some advice -- don't worry about fitting in a certain box ... and ignore the haters.

Ron Jaworski Garoppolo Is Like Young & Montana He Can Be A Hall Of Famer!

9/8/2018 12:10 AM PDT

Jimmy Garoppolo's only started five games for the 49ers, but that's all Ron Jaworski's needed to see -- 'cause he's telling TMZ Sports the S.F. QB "absolutely" can be a Hall of Famer!!

"When I see a Garoppolo," Jaws says, "I see a guy that the sky is the limit."

The ex-Eagles QB tells us he loves the way Jimmy plays with his mind, arm and legs ... and says he's basically a cross between TWO Niners legends.

"You've got a Joe Montana, Steve Young kind of guy in San Francisco right now, and that's going to be the pillar of that football team for a good decade," Jaworski says.

FYI ... Jimmy's only thrown 272 passes in his five-year NFL career and only has 12 passing touchdowns.

Sooo ... too early for the lofty praise?? Maybe ... but we know of at least one person who probably agrees with Ron ...

Big & Rich Singer Blasts Nike Over Kaepernick Deal

9/3/2018 5:35 PM PDT
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John Rich -- one half of the country band Big & Rich -- is FURIOUS at Nike for the mega deal it made with Colin Kaepernick ... and says his sound guy is already planning on burning his Nike gear.

As we previously reported ... Nike signed Colin as part of its "Just Do It" 30th anniversary campaign -- a deal that includes a custom shoe, custom apparel and other Kaepernick-centric merchandise.

John Rich feels the deal is an insult to law enforcement -- and points to the incident where Kaepernick wore a pair of socks featuring a pig dressed up in a police uniform. "Hey @Nike, if you're gonna make the shoes, make the PIG SOCKS to match. Right? Cmon, people will LOVE that," Rich tweeted. He also wrote, the deal "makes me sick."

ICYMI ... Colin wore those socks during training camp in 2016 when he was the 49ers QB. He later clarified, "I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust."

Kaep added, "I have two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people. So before these socks, which were worn before I took my public stance, are used to distract from the real issues, I wanted to address this immediately."

In addition, Rich says the band's sound man "just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks. Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions."

On the other side, Colin is getting TONS of support from celebrities like Serena Williams, who posted "Love this." Other stars like T.I.Ava DuVernay and Swizz Beatz have expressed their support for Nike and Colin as well.

One thing's for sure ... this story ain't going away any time soon.

Colin Kaepernick Targets 'I'm With Kap' Trademark ... For Clothing Line

8/27/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Colin Kaepernick's message will be coming to a store near you very soon ... because TMZ Sports has learned the QB has filed an application to trademark his signature "I'm With Kap" slogan for clothing. 

Kap's been using the mantra since the beginning of his schism with the NFL ... with the hashtag taking off on social media, and celebrities like G-Eazy, Kenny Stills and Harry Belafonte rocking shirts bearing the slogan.

Now we've learned Kap has filed paperwork in California to own he slogan for use on shirts, hoodies, caps and other apparel.

It's an interesting move ... there's some talk that major clothing brands, like Adidas and Puma, could make a move to sign Kap in the future, so owning the trademark could mean big business for him.

It's not like he's desperate for the cash -- Kaepernick reportedly made more than $40 mil in contract money during his NFL career. Plus, he had a bunch of sponsorship deals. 

But, he's been huge with philanthropy -- donating $1 mil of his own money to various charities and non-profit organizations, including his "Know Your Rights" campaign. 

So, if he profits from "I'm With Kap" ... the extra cash could go a long way. 

Kyle Shanahan Niners Aren't Blackballing Eric Reid ... We'd Take Him Back!!

8/21/2018 3:29 PM PDT
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Kyle Shanahan is adamant the 49ers are NOT one of the teams allegedly colluding against Eric Reid to keep him out of the NFL ... saying S.F. would LOVE to have him back.

But ... there's a catch -- with Shanahan telling reporters Tuesday the Niners would only take the safety back if he were willing to play on a minimum deal AND as a backup.

Remember ... Reid was one of Colin Kaepernick's first and loudest supporters when it came to kneeling during the national anthem -- and he's part of a lawsuit alleging the NFL is blackballing him from the league because of that.

Shanahan didn't comment on that matter ... but he did say he would have no problems re-signing the former Pro Bowler at the right price.

"I like Eric," Kyle says. "He's a good player. A good person. And, that'd be great if we could have him in that role."

In fact, Shanahan says it's actually Eric that might be holding up the whole process of being signed -- saying he thinks the DB wouldn't "be that interested in" a backup deal.

The 26-year-old Reid played five seasons for the Niners, playing in 70 total games. He's yet to draw much interest from any team this offseason -- claiming one workout with the Bengals was actually canceled after not answering a question about his kneeling intentions in 2018.

DeAndre Hopkins Throws Punches ... In Niners-Texans Brawl

8/15/2018 9:10 AM PDT
Breaking News

DeAndre Hopkins had to dodge punches like they were Iggy Azalea dating rumors Wednesday ... 'cause 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward tried to mess up his face during practice!!

It all went down in Houston -- where the Niners are in town for a joint workout with the Texans -- when Hopkins didn't like that Ward ripped off his helmet during a 1-on-1 rep.

The superstar wide receiver shoved the DB ... took a swing -- and then had to FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE as the whole 49ers squad swarmed.

D-Hop was eventually taken to the ground and a pig pile formed ... but when it all unfolded, everyone was alive and practice carried on.

We're sure Iggy's relieved ... maybe.

49ers Honoring Montana, Dwight Clark ... With 'The Catch' Statue

8/8/2018 9:22 AM PDT
Breaking News

The 49ers are paying tribute to the guys behind the most famous play in the team's history -- erecting a 2-piece "The Catch" statue at Levi's Stadium featuring Joe Montana and Dwight Clark

Clark died in June at the age of 61 after his battle with ALS -- and it seems the 49ers are pushing the plans forward to honor him as quickly as possible. The team is also wearing #87 stickers on their helmets this year. 

As for the statues -- Dwight's sculpture (full arms outstretched) will stand exactly 23 yards from his QB ... to replicate the moment from the 1981 NFC Championship vs. the Dallas Cowboys. 

 Dwight's statue will stand 11 feet tall. Both pieces will weigh 350 lbs. 

Clark had a huge career for the Niners after being picked in the 10th round of the 1979 NFL Draft ... winning two Super Bowls and having his No. 87 jersey retired in 1988.


Chandler Parsons Respect For Porn Stars ... But, I'd Never Date One!!

7/27/2018 6:38 AM PDT

One of the NBA's greatest playboys has weighed in ... and sorry, Jimmy Garoppolo -- Chandler Parsons says dating a porn star is a line he wouldn't cross.

"You know what, I respect their hustle," Chandler tells TMZ Sports ... "But, I don't know if I could ever be in a relationship with one."

Chandler's shacked up with celebs (Bella Thorne), models (Toni Garrn) and even hot chicks that have been in Playboy (Arianny Celeste) ... but, he tells us public restaurant dates with porn stars are just something he can't do.

Not that it matters now -- Parsons says his run as the Association's top stud is over ... 'cause he's happy with his smokin' hot model GF, Cassie Amato.

Are wedding bells in their future?? Parsons wouldn't say yes ... but he didn't exactly give a hard no either!

Lil Wayne To Kyle Shananan Thanks For Naming Son After Me ... Gifts For You!!

7/26/2018 8:06 AM PDT

Lil Wayne just showed 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan that flattery will get you everywhere ... lacing the 49ers coach and his son with gifts after finding out the kid was named after him.

Ex-NFL QB Phil Simms revealed a couple months ago that Kyle's son, Carter, is named after Wayne because the head coach has just that much admiration for the rapper/mogul.

Tunechi must've just heard about it (he's on tour, give the man a break) because he just sent over some cool merch, including signed copies of his albums, and a personal message of appreciation to the family.

Seems like all the 49ers are making celebrity friends these days ... wonder what Jimmy G got signed?

Jimmy Garoppolo Breaks Silence on Kiara Mia 'Good Learning Experience'

7/25/2018 12:12 PM PDT
Breaking News

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo sounds like he regrets his very public date with porn star Kiara Mia ... implying that he's going to be much more careful when he's out in public. 

It was just last week that Jimmy G and Kiara hit up Avra restaurant in Beverly Hills arm in arm -- and toasted wine together for everyone in the place to see. 

Jimmy finally faced the media at a 49ers event moments ago and was asked about the date. He did not wear it like a badge of honor. 

"Life is different now," Jimmy said ... "My life, off the field -- I've never really been big on being very public with things even on social media. I'm not on there a ton. But my life's looked at differently."

"I'm under a microscope. It's like [49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan] said, it is a good learning experience. Just have to take it in stride. It is what it is."

Remember, Kiara told us the date went VERY well and she sounded optimistic about seeing Jimmy again. 

Don't hold your breath ... 

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