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Vernon Davis

My Superhero Flick's A Finalist

For HBO's 'Project Greenlight'

9/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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091614_vernon_davis_mainA superhero movie featuring NFL superstar Vernon Davis in the title role is a FINALIST for HBO's "Project Greenlight" show ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, the San Francisco 49ers star played Captain Torpedo in a recently produced short film by French Mustache ... a comedy production company.  

In the 2 minute and 4 second flick, Captain Torpedo finds himself in a tough situation ... being held captive by a deranged military guy with an inconsistent accent.  

SPOILER ALERT: The Capt. takes a slug to the dome. 

Turns out, the head producer behind the flick decided to enter the movie into the HBO competition -- famously started by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon -- and the movie made it all the way to the final 20. 

FYI -- the previous round contained 200 movies!  

If "Captain Torpedo" wins (based on voting on the official website with ends on 9/26), the filmmaker will get the chance to direct a real-life feature film.

It's huge for Davis -- considering the producers LOOOVE him and believe he can be a major Hollywood star one day. In fact, one of the producers tells us, "This is not the last we will see of Vernon Davis." 

Stay tuned ...

SF 49er Ray McDonald

Arrested for Domestic Violence

8/31/2014 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on allegations of felony domestic violence.

Police in San Jose, CA tell TMZ Sports ... McDonald was arrested at his home at around 3:00 AM. No other details were known.

Earlier this week, NFL commisioner Roger Goodell announced the NFL would hand out stiffer penalties for players accused of domestic violence. The league took harsh criticism when it suspended Ray Rice for just two games following his domestic violence incident earlier this year.

Colin Kaepernick's Tattoo

27 Painful Hours

... With Celeb Ink Artist

7/9/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Colin Kaepernick's giant new tattoo took 27 long painful hours to complete -- over 3 days -- with one of the top celebrity tattoo artists in L.A. wielding the needle ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Colin recently had biblical imagery symbolizing "money is the root of all evil" tatted on his left torso.  Now, we've learned the guy who applied the tat is Carlos Torres of Timeline Gallery tattoo shop in L.A. ... an artist who's worked on huge stars like 50 Cent and Nas.

Torres tells TMZ Sports ... Colin initially reached out on Instagram to inquire about a session, after being referred through a friend.

"He sent me a drawing of his idea ... There was a lot going on so I simplified it.  Not every piece of art makes a great tattoo, so I refined it so it'd be a great tattoo. But Colin came up with the concept."

Torres explains ... "We did three sittings.  They were each eight, nine hours long.  The side of the ribs are a painful area, but Colin laid there like a rock."

Torres wouldn't tell us how much Colin paid for the art work, but says he usually runs around $250 per hour ... and he still has a few hours of work left before Colin's tat is complete.  So, figure CK's total bill will run upwards of $7,500.

Worth it ... especially when you just signed a $126 million contract.

NFL Stars

THONG HUNTIN'

... On Australia Beach

3/20/2014 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0320-patrick-splash-01SF 49ers star Patrick Willis knows what he likes ... CHICKS IN THONGS ... and he went after it hard on a beach vacation to Australia.

Willis -- along with former NFL linebackers Takeo Spikes and Carlos Emmons -- are on a boys trip Down Under and decided to go searchin' for ass on Bondi Beach. 

Good news -- they found it. 

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Three defensive guys -- think any of 'em scored?

Jonathan Martin

TRADED TO 49ers

'Really Excited' to Reunite with Harbaugh [Update]

3/11/2014 7:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jonathan Martin's nightmare in Miami is finally over ... the alleged bullying victim has been just been traded to the 49ers, his agent has confirmed to TMZ Sports ... and J-Mart couldn't be happier.

We spoke with Martin's agent Kenny Zuckerman ... who tells us, "Jonathan's really excited. He's up at Stanford now. That's where he went to school. The 49ers are in his backyard."

Martin will be reunited with his old college coach Jim Harbaugh -- who's the head coach of the 49ers.

As for Martin's alleged tormentor Richie Incognito, still no word on his future in the NFL.
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7:43 PM PT -- TMZ Sports also spoke with 49ers offensive lineman Adam Snyder who tells us he thinks the team is a great fit for Martin.

"It's a great new opportunity for him. He's coming in to a great group of guys, specifically the offensive  line."

When asked if Martin will be treated with kid gloves due to the situation in Miami, Snyder shot that down -- saying, "We're gonna treat him like any other free agent that comes into our locker room."

As for his opinion on the trade -- Snyder says, "If he can help us win a Super Bowl, I'm all for it."

8:00 PM PT -- Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey issued a statement saying, “We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved. We wish Jonathan well.”

8:02 PM PT -- Martin tweeted about the trade ... saying, "Opportunities are few in the NFL... Can't wait to get to work #9erEmpire."

Cam Newton & Kaepernick

BUTCHER KATY PERRY SONG

But It's All for the Kids!

2/18/2014 7:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Send out the coroner ... because Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick completely murdered the Katy Perry song "Roar" last night ... and it's absolutely HILARIOUS!!

The NFL superstars co-hosted the "Hall of Game Awards" on Cartoon Network ... and at the beginning of the show, they had some goofy banter about who should have been the MAIN host of the event.

That's when Cam grabs the mic and busts out his best tone-def version of the pop song ... and Colin followed suit.

The best part ... Colin screws up some of the lyrics and the kids actually BOO.

It's pretty damn funny -- props to both guys for having the stones to get up there in the first place.

Colin Kaepernick

Jumps on Designer Backpack Craze

Welcome to the Male Purse!

2/14/2014 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Just like women and their purses ... men are becoming addicted to expensive designer backpacks -- just ask Colin Kaepernick, who rocked a $200 bag through LAX yesterday.

Colin's bag was designed by Pink Dolphin ... but he's not the only top male athlete with a couture back bag.

Just the other day we saw DeMarcus Cousins flashing his MCM Six Stud Stark Backpack, which runs anywhere from $600 to $1,000.

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There's more ... NBA superstar Anthony Davis has a $1,500 Gucci ... Floyd Mayweather has an MCM where he keeps his cash ... and there's many, many more.

Somewhere, Carrie Bradshaw is smiling.

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Chiefs QB Alex Smith

Still Getting Screwed in SF

Takes Massive Real Estate Loss

2/7/2014 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chiefs QB Alex Smith is so desperate to put his 8 years in San Fran behind him ... he just slashed a cool $300K off the asking price on his CA mansion, TMZ Sports has learned.

Smith originally listed the 5,650 sq ft, Los Gatos home for $3.25 mil -- after getting traded to the Chiefs last year ... but now he's settling on $2.95 mil in a last ditch effort to unload the place.

The 4 bedroom, 4 bath crib includes a massive 1,200 sq ft master bedroom ... and sits on a shaded hilltop an hour south of soon-to-be demolished Candlestick Park.

Here's what's inside -- high vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and huge windows with amazing views. What's NOT inside? A Lombardi Trophy, cause y'know ...

Fun Fact: Our friends at Realtor.com tell us there are now two CA homes on the market owned by former No. 1 picks. Ex-Texans star David Carr is also trying to unload his Bakersfield mansion for $2.8 mil.

Bill Romanowski

There Are 5 Plays I Regret

Like the Time I Snapped a Guy's Finger

1/28/2014 7:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski tells TMZ Sports ... there are a handful of dirty plays from his NFL career he wishes he could take back -- like the time he SNAPPED A DUDE'S FINGER!!!

Bill -- one of the most ferocious defensive players of all time -- is out in NYC for the Super Bowl ... and says he still feels bad about the time he was in a pile with running back Dave Meggett, grabbed the guy's finger and "cracked it like a chicken bone."

"I heard it and felt it ... and then heard the scream at the bottom of the pile."

Still, Bill admits, "There are probably 5 plays I'd love to take back ... but I can't."

"I had fun hittin' em though."

Seattle Seahawks

Two Cities HAVE NOT Paid Up

After NFL Playoff Bets

1/28/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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There's a little Aaron Rodgers syndrome going around in the NFL ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned the mayors of S.F. and N.O. have still not paid off their bets after their teams LOST to the Seahawks in the playoffs.

Here's the deal ... the mayor of Seattle made "fun bets" with the guys in charge of San Francisco and New Orleans when the Seahawks faced the 49ers and the Saints in the playoffs, respectively.

Mitch Landrieu -- the Mayor of N.O. -- agreed to fork over a King Cake from Sucre (a famous bakery) and said he would tap celeb chef Greg Reggio to host a crawfish boil.

Edwin M. Lee -- the Mayor of S.F. -- agreed to send local ice cream and dessert treats that represent the city if the 9ers lost. He also agreed to help fundraise $10k for a Seattle food bank.

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Of course, the Seahawks WON both games ... but our political sources tell us the Mayor of Seattle has not seen the spoils of the victory from either city.

One source tells us, "Admittedly, raising $10k could take some time ... but baking a King Cake doesn't take 3 weeks."

We reached out to both S.F. and N.O. -- no word back from either mayoral office.

NFL Superstar Aldon Smith

CHARGED FOR ASSAULT WEAPONS

Stemming from Violent 2012 House Party

10/9/2013 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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San Francisco 49ers superstar Aldon Smith has reportedly been hit with 3 felony charges for possession of ASSAULT WEAPONS ... stemming from a shooting at his home back in 2012.

Smith -- who's currently in rehab following a DUI last month -- was stabbed at a party at the NFL star's 8,000 square foot home in San Jose, CA. Two other people were shot that night.

The identity of the shooter is unknown -- but officials do say there were several guns found in Smith's home, including 3 kinds of assault rifles (below) which are illegal in California ... and an unregistered .45 handgun. 

According to cops, Smith fired the handgun into the air several times during the party, but did not hit anyone. They say the unknown shooter later used the same handgun.

Authorities also say they found several magazines of ammunition in Smith's bedroom.

Just two weeks ago, the two alleged shooting victims filed lawsuits against Aldon -- but never accused the football player of firing the shots that struck them that night.

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NFL Star Donte Whitner

'Hitner' Application

FILED with the Court

10/9/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He talked the talk, but now 49ers safety Donte Whitner is walking the walk ... officially filing an application with the court to legally change his last name to "Hitner," TMZ has learned. 

Donte has been talking about making the move ever since the NFL fined him $21k for an illegal hit on a Rams wide receiver earlier this season.

But now, we've learned ... on Tuesday, Whitner sent his attorney Larry Zukerman to file the official request at Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

In the doc, Donte explains that he wants to make the change because it will be beneficial to his career as a pro football player and in other business ventures.

As we previously reported, the process usually takes about 6 weeks before the name change is granted by a judge ... so, Whitner probably won't become Hitner until the end of November ... right around the time the 49ers play Washington, another team that should consider a name change.

Ex-NFL Star Braylon Edwards

Named in Battery Report

For Alleged Photog Attack

10/5/2013 7:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL free agent Braylon Edwards has been named in a battery report -- after a photog told cops the ex-49er grabbed him by the ankles outside a Detroit nightclub ... and shook him upside down, TMZ has learned.

A rep for the Detroit PD tells us ... the guy who filed the report claims he shot video of Braylon pushing someone outside a club in Downtown Detroit -- and that's when things turned ugly.

Edwards allegedly told the photog he needed to look at the video -- but when he refused ... Braylon flipped him upside down Suge Knight style to the concrete.

The victim refused medical attention because he only had minor injuries ... and luckily, he held onto the phone containing the video.

A rep for Braylon tells TMZ ... the football player was NEVER physical with the photog -- and the guy only filed a report to "take Braylon's money."

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