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Jermaine O'Neal Fans Crossed Line w/ Seahawks Player ... I Would Know!!

12/11/2017 10:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jermaine O'Neal knows all about player vs. fan fights (Malice in the Palace, anyone??) ... so when we got J.O. at LAX, we had to get his reaction to Quinton Jefferson almost going full Ron Artest at Sunday's Seahawks-Jaguars game.

"Just because we’re professional athletes doesn’t mean we should be treated like animals," the ex-NBA star told TMZ Sports. "We're there to do a job, whether you like us or not."

You've probably seen the video ... some d-bag Jags fans threw their drinks at Seahawks lineman Quinton Jefferson after he got ejected -- and he got dangerously close to going in the stands and giving them the business.

Jermaine says actions like that can't fly -- 1) 'cause it's wrong and 2) 'cause it might get your face broken.

Case in point ...

Seahawks' Malik McDowell Busted for Disorderly Conduct

12/10/2017 1:10 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested this weekend after he allegedly flipped out at a club in a dispute over money.

McDowell was arrested early Sunday morning in Atlanta, GA after a cop says she saw him getting into a verbal altercation outside the front doors of a club called SL Lounge.

According to the incident report, obtained by TMZ Sports, McDowell was shouting at the head of security about $600 he believed he'd already paid ... even though he was repeatedly told by staff and his own friend he hadn't given them the cash he wanted back.

He was eventually allowed back in ... but the arresting officer says he was kicked out again ... still shouting about the money, and refusing to leave without it. The cop says she was told McDowell poured out a couple bottles of liquor inside and got booted. 

During a profanity-laced tirade, the officer says she detained McDowell with the help of her partner. They tried getting him in the back of their patrol car when he allegedly said ... "F*** both of ya'll hoe ass n*****, p**** ass cops, I bet I get out, I got more money than ya'll, ya'll ain't got enough money for me, p**** ass crackers, broke ass n*****." 

The arresting officer says she had to almost tase and pepper spray McDowell when he refused to comply with her orders, but adds she ultimately didn't use either.

He was booked for disorderly conduct, and was released on a $325 bond. McDowell suffered a concussion this summer and is not on the active Seahawks roster.

We've attempted to reach out to McDowell's camp and the Seahawks ... so far, no word back.

Chris Pratt Wentz is a Helluva Player But Russell Wilson for MVP!!

12/5/2017 9:29 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Pratt is giving credit where it's due -- even if it's the QB on one of his favorite team's conference rivals -- 'cause he says Carson Wentz is "a helluva player" ... but he's got someone else in mind to win MVP this season.

TMZ Sports spoke with Star-Lord -- a HUGE Seahawks fan -- about the tight race for the league's best player ... and while he gives the Eagles star props, he says Russell Wilson shouldn't be overlooked.

Pratt's got a point -- Wilson's stats (3,256 yards, 26 TDs and 8 interceptions) are pretty similar to Wentz's (3,005 yards, 29 TD, and 6 INT) ... but the 'Hawks just took down the Eagles, and he makes sure we don't forget that.

NFL's Brandon Browner Off Hook In Dom. Violence Case Despite Gun Allegations

11/6/2017 12:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Finally, some good news for ex-Seattle Seahawks star Brandon Browner -- officials decided not to move forward with charges in his domestic violence case ... despite allegations he threatened his ex with a gun.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... 33-year-old Browner was arrested back in Sept. after allegedly making criminal threats to a female.

Now, we've obtained official documents laying out the case against Browner -- which show Brandon's ex-GF told police things got scary during a FaceTime conversation.

"He showed her a gun and said he would kill her," the docs say.

But Browner told police she was lying and he never had a gun. Prosecutors couldn't prove the gun threat actually happened ... so they dropped the case.

Browner is still facing cocaine charges stemming from an arrest in May -- so he's not exactly out of the woods with the law just yet.

Colin Kaepernick Case Pete Carroll, Paul Allen to Be Deposed ... Phone Records, Emails

11/3/2017 3:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Add two very important members of the Seattle Seahawks to the group of people who will be deposed in the Colin Kaepernick collusion case. 

TMZ Sports has learned Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and owner Paul Allen will join a long list of NFL honchos who will be deposed and asked to turn over all cell phone records and emails relating to Kaep's case against the league. 

So far, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Patriots owner Bob Kraft and Texans owner Bob McNair are also on the list ... according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

It was widely reported Colin and the Seahawks had a positive meeting over the summer but the Seahawks never made a formal offer. 

After the meeting, Carroll told reporters he didn't sign Kaep because he considered Colin a "starter in this league" and he wanted to give the guy a chance to sign with a team where he had a real chance to play.

We reached out to the Seahawks for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Deontay Wilder to Eddie Lacy Haters Calling You Fat? BEAT THEY ASSES!

9/21/2017 7:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Boxing champ Deontay Wilder has some advice for Eddie Lacy on how to deal with the online fat shamers who troll him on social media ... FIGHT 'EM JUST LIKE I DID!!! 

Deontay's not joking ... he famously called out one of his biggest trolls a few years ago and beat the guy down in a boxing gym. It was epic. 

So when Deontay saw Lacy telling ESPN about all the fat hate he gets from people on Twitter, the champ decided to impart some wisdom on the Seattle Seahawks running back. 

But Deontay says there's a few things you MUST do before you throw hands -- get the troll to sign a legal waiver ALLOWING you to beat they ass. Once again, that's exactly what Deontay did. 

And it worked. 

Russell Wilson Sued Over Edible Balls

9/14/2017 4:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

7:20 PM PT --  Russell's rep tells TMZ Sports, "Russell was simply an ambassador for the company at one point, but no longer has any active involvement. He simply has nothing to do with this situation and has no knowledge of the current status of Eat the Ball."

Russell Wilson's tasty edible ball business is blowing up in his face ... this according to two former employees who claim they got the stiff-arm when their paychecks were supposed to come. 

The Seattle Seahawks QB is being sued along with a food company called Eat the Ball -- which makes bread in the shapes of footballs, baseballs, basketballs and soccer balls. All of the balls. 

Russell has been a spokesperson for the company since it launched -- and according to the lawsuit, he's also a minority owner.

The two people suing are Joseph Carter (who says he was hired as managing director for annual starting salary of $170k) and Bridget Botting (who says she was hired for marketing with an $85k salary). 

Both Carter and Botting say they didn't get paid on several occasions -- and haven't gotten a dime since July. 

They're suing for a ton of cash plus damages ... and since Wilson's on-board, they've included his name as a defendant along with the company. 

We reached out to Wilson's rep for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Michael Bennett: I'm Gonna Sue Vegas Police ... Over Gun Incident

9/13/2017 6:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

Michael Bennett and his lawyer are making it very clear -- their plan is to sue the Las Vegas Metro Police Department over that August 27 incident where he was detained at gunpoint. 

The NFL superstar and his lawyer, John Burris, sat down with ABC News where they doubled down on claims he was racially profiled when 2 officers ordered him to the ground during an investigation into a possible active shooter at a Vegas hotel. 

The Seattle Seahawks star is still adamant he was detained because he's a black man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time -- and says he was physically and verbally abused until cops realized he was an NFL player. 

In fact, Bennett says it was only when cops Googled him, the abuse stopped. 

"I went from being a black man to a football player."

Burris has laid down the gauntlet with the LVMPD -- saying, "Unless something changes drastically that we don't know of, we're gonna file a lawsuit."

Vegas Police Org. Rips Michael Bennett Offended By 'False, Racist' Accusations

9/7/2017 11:15 AM PDT
Breaking News

Nevada's largest police interest group is calling out Michael Bennett -- demanding the NFL take immediate action against the NFL star for "falsely" claiming they racially profiled him. 

The president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association fired off a letter to NFL commish Roger Goodell -- saying: 

"On behalf of the rank and file members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, I request that you conduct an investigation, and take appropriate action, into Michael Bennett's obvious false allegations against our officers."

"While the NFL may condone Bennett's disrespect for our American Flag, and everything it symbolizes, we hope the League will not ignore Bennett's false accusations against our police officers."

The LVPPA insists the officers involved in the August 27 incident had "reasonable suspicion" to believe Bennett may have been involved in a possible shooting investigation ... and they acted appropriately. 

The Org. says Bennett's claims that he was detained only because he's a "black man in the wrong place at the wrong time" is "offensive to the men and women of law enforcement."

The LVPPA is calling on Roger Goodell to punish Bennett as a result. 

Michael Bennett: Cop Threatened to 'Blow My F**king Head Off'

9/6/2017 7:17 AM PDT
Breaking News

Seattle Seahawks superstar Michael Bennett says a police officer threatened to "blow my f*cking head off" during a heated incident in Vegas on the weekend of the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. 

Bennett says he was heading back to his hotel room after the fight when he heard gunshots ring out. 

"Like many people in the area, I ran away from the sound, looking for safety," Bennett says in a statement. 

Bennett says Las Vegas police "singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

One of the cops, Bennett claims, "ordered me to get on the ground" and told him that if he moved he would "blow my f*cking head off."

Bennett says another officer put his knee in his back, making it hard for him to breathe. He was then cuffed so tightly that his fingers went numb. 

The 31-year-old says he thought he was going to die and his life flashed before his eyes. 

Bennett says cops eventually realized he was not involved in the shooting and let him go -- but the NFL star says he's furious about the situation and has lawyered up to explore his legal options. 

We've reached out to the Las Vegas Metro PD for comment -- so far, no word back. 

FYI, Bennett has sat for the national anthem during Seahawks pre-season games -- and he says this incident has only strengthened his resolve. 

Michael Bennett I Bump Future In Front of Russell Wilson

6/13/2017 7:51 AM PDT
Breaking News

Seattle Seahawks stud Michael Bennett says there's NO ban on Future's music in the Seattle Seahawks locker room ... despite that tricky situation with Russell Wilson

Bennett appeared on "The Breakfast Club" with Charlamagne tha God -- and was asked if the team is required to keep Future off their playlists to appease the star QB, who's married to Ciara, Future's baby mama.

Obviously, Wilson and Future have beefed in the past -- though things appear to be cool right now. 

Bennett says he doesn't play Future to get at Russ -- he just likes the guy's music ... and says Wilson understands the guy is too popular to silence him.

Instead, Bennett says Wilson handles the situation like a pro.

The entire interview is pretty solid -- especially the part where Bennett shouts-out the one rapper he would hate for his wife to leave him for.

Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy Dead At 48

5/23/2017 9:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy is dead at the age of 48 ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Kennedy played 11 seasons for the Seattle Seahawks ... and was an 8x Pro Bowler. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

We spoke to Orlando PD who confirmed Kennedy's passing ... but they added "there is nothing suspicious" about his death.

We've spoken to family members who say they're currently traveling to Orlando.

Cause of death is still unclear.

Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said, "The entire Hall of Fame family is stunned and deeply saddened to learn the news of Cortez Kennedey's passing."

"Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field. He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans."

Story developing ...

Eddie Lacy Gets Fat Bonus Check ... For Droppin' Weight

5/15/2017 11:53 AM PDT
Breaking News

Eddie Lacy's off-season diet plan is already paying off HUGE -- the NFL star just cashed a $55k bonus check from the Seattle Seahawks for hitting a major weight loss milestone.

EL's weight issues are no secret -- and when he signed his new deal with Seattle, the team tied $385k to specific weight loss targets ... since he reportedly blew up to 267 during the off-season. 

The first checkpoint was $55k if Eddie hit 255 by May 15. The good news -- he's 253.

Cha-ching.

The next goal is 250 lbs by June which he must maintain through August. Then he must stay at 245 through the season. Basically, he gets $55k for each month he hits the target weight.

Eddie's tried P90X in the past -- and the program famously slimmed him down into the low 240s.

The big issue for Lacy ... dude loves Chinese food -- LOVES IT.

We did some Yelping -- looks like there's a handful of Chinese joints right near the Hawks practice facility.

Stay strong, Eddie ...

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