It's a good thing Seattle Seakhawks superstar Michael Bennett just signed a brand new $28.5 million contract ... 'cause a judge just ordered him to PAY UP for abandoning a puppy last year, TMZ Sports has learned.
We broke the story ... Bennett was sued by the Lucky Dog Boarding Facility ... after the 6'4" defensive lineman dropped off his boxer, Koa ... and never came back for the little guy.
Lukcy Dog said they tried like hell to get ahold of Bennett, but he kept blowing them off ... and never even paid the bill.
Now a Florida judge has ordered Bennett to pay up $8,268.80 asap ... or else.
FYI -- the judge also said Bennett will have to pay interest for every day he continues to duck the bill at a rate of 4.75% per year.
If he doesn't pay up, a collections agency could try to seize his assets.
We reached out to Bennett for comment. So far, no word back.
I Would've DESTROYED Richard Sherman
3/17/2014 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Sherman would've had "no chance" of stopping T.J. Houshmandzadeh when the receiver was in his prime ... so says T.J. himself.
The former Cincinnati Bengals receiver was outside Greystone this weekend when we asked if he thought Sherman could've shut him down ... like he shut down Michael Crabtree in the NFL playoffs.
But T.J. says his route-running abilities were just too strong for Sherman -- who T.J. also PRAISES as a helluva football player.
Watch the clip -- you can tell T.J. respects Sherman ... but still dishes out some quality smacktalk.
QB Pictured On Movie Set
3/14/2014 3:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rob Gronkowski might not be the only athlete with a role in the "Entourage" movie ... 'cause Russell Wilson was spotted on set today and all clues point to cameo.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback posed for photos with members of the cast -- including Jeremy Piven and Kid Cudi, who's reportedly playing Ari Gold's new assistant.
Piers Morgan was also spotted on set -- no word if he's in the flick or just hangin' out. We already told you Gronk's confirmed to be in the flick.
As for Wilson -- it pays to win the Super Bowl ... first Letterman, then kickin' it with Jay Z, now a possible movie role?!
Helluva ride ... right Peyton Manning?
Super Bowl MVP
That Truck I Won??
I'm Giving It to Mom!
2/10/2014 5:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seattle Seahawks stud Malcolm Smith tells TMZ Sports he won't be taking home the brand new Chevy truck he won for being MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII ... nah, he's giving it to his MOM instead!!
How cool is that?
And it gets better -- mom wants to PIMP OUT her her ride!!!
Smith was leaving P.F. Chang's in L.A. on Sunday along with his MVP celebrity stylist Vick Michel when he told us all about his plans for the $50k vehicle ... "[Mom] says she wants to put black rims on it."
As for Malcolm, don't feel too bad about his driving situation -- he already has a Chevy Tahoe in his garage.
Seahawks CB Richard Sherman
Raging In Vegas
Ankle Injury Can't Stop Me!
2/9/2014 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
DON'T YOU EVER TALK ABOUT RICHARD SHERMAN'S ANKLE ... 'cause less than one week after injuring it in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks star was partying hard on it during a rager in Vegas!!!
Sherman -- along with fellow Legion of Boomer Kam Chancellor -- hit up the Chateau nightclub in Sin City Saturday night ... and cut loose, despite suffering a high ankle sprain during the Feb. 2nd victory.
Seemed like Sherman was feeling "no pain" that night -- we're guessing the gang of hot chicks following him around that night makes a man forget about a freak joint injury.
Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is still sad somewhere ..
Blows THOUSANDS On Strippers
After Super Bowl
2/4/2014 1:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katy Perry tipped a girl and she liked it -- then she tipped more -- dropping STACKS on hot strippers after the Super Bowl Sunday night ... and to make it even more awesome, her BF John Mayer was there too.
We're told Katy and John stopped by Spearmint Rhino in Santa Barbara around 11pm Sunday night after the Seahawks devastated the Broncos.
We're told Katy and John spent in the thousands, tipping the girls BIG and getting multiple private dances. Katy even took photos with the girls.
Beats masturbating at home.
Winners Hang Out with Jay Z and Beyonce
2/3/2014 5:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
To the victor go the spoils ... just ask Russell Wilson, who's sitting courtside at the Brooklyn Nets game with Beyonce and Jay Z.
Peyton Manning's whereabouts are currently unknown.
Russell Wilson Will Mentor Our Minor Leaguers
2/3/2014 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Russell Wilson will serve as a mentor to minor league players in the Texas Rangers organization when he appears in the team's spring training camp in AZ ... a rep for the Rangers tells TMZ Sports.
With Wilson's baseball agent already confirming that the Seattle Seahawks quarterback will be on hand when the team gets together in Surprise, AZ in a few weeks ... many were wondering if the former baseball star would actually suit up and get on the field.
FYI -- Wilson was a bigtime baseball prospect ... and his MLB rights currently belong to the Rangers after they acquired him in a deal with the Rockies back in December.
But the Rangers tells us ... Wilson won't need his cleats when he shows up to camp -- because he'll be "in a role of talking to our minor league players as opposed to a player."
The team says, "His leadership skills are off the charts and we feel it could be very beneficial for our young guys to be around him."
Statewide Porn Binge
After Super Bowl Defeat
2/3/2014 1:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nothing cures the agony of defeat like furious masturbation -- at least that's how Broncos Nation decided to deal with its grief last night ... after losing the Super Bowl 43-8.
XXX giant PornHub.com just released some fascinating stats from last night's porn viewership on its website -- showing overall viewership was down 32% during the big game ... down even more in Denver (51%) and Seattle (61%). Makes sense.
The tide turns around the halftime mark (EST) ... when most of the audience bailed on the game ... but things got even more interesting after the final score.
While porn viewing numbers in Seattle and Washington dropped below average in the wake of their massive victory -- presumably because everyone was out partying -- the numbers in Denver and Colorado surged to 10.8% and 7.6% above average, respectively.
So far, no word from Kleenex or Vaseline.
Denver Broncos Superstar
REJECTED From NYC Nightclub
Where Seahawks Partied
2/3/2014 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Denver Broncos superstar Von Miller learned the hard way ... no one wants to party with the losers ... 'cause after the game, he was REJCTED from a nightclub where the Seahawks celebrated their big win ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
It all went down at Marquee in NYC ... where stars like James Carpenter, Sidney Rice and a bunch of other Seattle players were welcomed inside with open arms.
But when Von got to the front door ... suddenly, the bouncer explained the club had reached capacity ... and the Broncos linebacker was turned away.
It was sad ... but hey ... as Kurtis Blow would say ... "these are the breaks."
Russell Wilson Could be 'Doug Williams'
... Of Short People
2/2/2014 11:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Russell Wilson could make HISTORY if he wins the Super Bowl tonight ... not because he'd be the 2nd black QB to do it, but because he'd be the FIRST short QB to do it ... so says Michael Irvin.
The NFL Hall of Famer was out partying in NYC last night when he broke it down ... saying Doug Williams already took care of the color issue -- so Russell needs to stand up for the vertically challenged.
For the record, Wilson's 5'11" ... so he's not exactly tiny -- but he would be the first starting QB under 6-feet in NFL history to win the big game.
And according to Irvin, that's a BIG deal (terrible pun very much intended).
I Found My $75K Fur
Thanks To the Seahawks!
2/2/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan has FOUND her precious fur coat ... and it's all because of a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
We broke the story ... Lindsay claimed her $75,000 fur went missing at 1 OAK early Thursday morning.
Turns out ... it was a 2-piece fur and Lindsay claims she left one piece in the club. 1 OAK reportedly said Lindsay was full of it and did not lose anything inside their club.
But now Lindsay says she got the coat back, thanks to Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice, who was at Lindsay's table.
We're told after Lindsay left the club, Rice noticed she had left the garment behind and took it home for safe keeping. He contacted Lindsay the next day and her people picked it up.
If you wonder why Rice was clubbing until the wee hours of the morning just days before the Super Bowl ... he won't be playing. He's on the injured reserve list.
High School Highlight Tape
Beast in Training
2/2/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This is AWESOME ... TMZ Sports has obtained a highlight reel of some of Marshawn Lynch's most impressive high school football plays ... and it was obvious back then he was destined for greatness.
Lynch -- who graduated from Oakland Tech HS in CA back in 2003 -- was one of the top recruits in the country back in the day. Oh, he also racked up 20 interceptions on defense.
Check out the highlight reel ... Lynch was so dominant, the coach had him returning kickoffs -- and of course, he was pretty good at that too.