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Colin Kaepernick All Smiles After Legal Showdown with Texans Owner

3/16/2018 10:28 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Colin Kaepernick sure seemed to be in a good mood in Houston on Friday -- after personally attending the deposition of Texans owner Bob McNair in his collusion case against the NFL. 

TMZ Sports obtained a photo of Kaep after the depo with his attorney, Ben Meiselas -- with some extra pep in their step. 

As we previously reported, Kaepernick had filed a grievance against the league claiming owners and other high-ranking NFL officials were in cahoots to blackball Colin after his national anthem demonstration. 

Kaepernick had arrived in Houston earlier this week -- and even knocked out a QB workout with his trainer. 

As far as the case goes ... McNair isn't the only big name on the witness list -- Kaep's legal team from Geragos & Geragos also subpoenaed Seahawks owner Paul Allen and coach Pete Carroll along with Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft

Stay tuned ... 

Seahawks Players Harassed Over Anthem Protest 'Get Off Your F**king Knees'

3/12/2018 11:57 AM PDT

Two Seattle Seahawks players were verbally accosted at the team practice facility -- when a pissed off woman in a truck started yelling at them to "get off your f**king knees" and stop protesting the flag.

Neiko Thorpe and Mike Tyson say the woman "followed us to work" at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington and unloaded. Thorpe started recording. 

"Stand up and be a man," the woman says ... "I don't care who you are. All I care about is the fact that my tax dollars pay for you to play and go f**king play. Get off your f**king knees."

BTW -- NEITHER ONE OF THE PLAYERS IN THE VIDEO EVER TOOK A KNEE DURING NFL GAMES!!!!

The players asked the woman for her name -- she refused to identify herself -- instead, babbling and cussing away. 

After the incident, Thorpe posted ... "Wowwwww please pray for da world."

Tyrann Mathieu Praises Richard Sherman ... He Changed the Game!

3/9/2018 3:12 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyrann Mathieu says it "sucks" that Richard Sherman has to go through a public breakup with Seattle -- considering the legendary run he had with the Seahawks. 

"All those guys in Seattle really set a new standard of how guys wanna play DB," Mathieu said on the "TMZ Sports" TV show. 

Mathieu says Sherman is still a BEAST and there are plenty of teams "that deserve a guy like him" -- so don't worry about Richard's NFL future. 

You can tell Tyrann has serious respect for Sherman and the entire L.O.B. 

We talked with Mathieu about A LOT more -- from LSU to Johnny Manziel ... so make sure to catch the entire interview when it airs Monday night on FS1. 

Russell Wilson to Seahawks Keep Jimmy Graham! ... 'He's My Guy'

3/6/2018 6:04 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

How does Russell Wilson feel about reports his Seattle Seahawks will part ways with tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency? 

He doesn't want Jimmy to leave ... at least, that's what he's telling TMZ Sports

The QB was out at Mr. Chow in Bev Hills for lunch on Monday when he told us, "Jimmy's my guy. Of course [I want him to stay]."

We asked if he would follow up with Pete Carroll (Seahawks head coach and vice president of football operations) ... but that's when Wilson clammed up. 

Fact of the matter is ... Graham's 99.9% gone -- and Russ is just trying to say the right things.

It worked though.  

Richard Sherman Missed Becoming Bitcoin Gazillionaire ... By Thiiis Much

2/28/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Richard Sherman is a visionary ... he was accepting Bitcoin on his website back in 2012 and 2013 -- but there's just one problem ... HE CONVERTED IT ALL TO CASH BEFORE IT EXPLODED!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a true story ... the NFL superstar tells TMZ Sports he's been a fan of cryptocurrency for years and believes it's eventually going to be the standard way people pay for things like groceries and clothes. 

Of course, the price per coin was around $2.00 in 2011 ... and grew to around $1,000 by the end of 2013. It didn't really pop again until 2017 -- when it soared to more than $19,000 PER COIN!!

So, how much money would Sherman have made?? A lot. 

Don't feel too bad ... Sherman says he did make some profit -- just not the gazillions that people like the Winklevoss twins hauled in. And the experience hasn't ruined cryptocurrency for Sherman ... 'cause he's now a spokesperson for a new trading platform called Cobinhood.

Plus, he signed a $56 million contract extension in 2014 ... so he ain't losing sleep over it. 

Jeremy Lane DUI Arrest Report: 'I Was More High Than Anything'

1/16/2018 2:13 PM PST
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Seattle Seahawks star Jeremy Lane was being completely blunt during his DUI arrest over the weekend ... straight-up admitting "I was more high than anything" while talking to cops.

TMZ Sports has obtained the report ... which reveals the CB was initially stopped for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone. When cops pulled Lane over, his eyes were allegedly bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred.

Cops also say they could smell weed coming from Lane's 2006 Dodge Charger ... and Lane admitted to smoking 3 hours before getting pulled over.

Lane agreed to several field tests and had trouble keeping his balance. He also agreed to a breathalyzer ... which showed a BAC of .039 -- as previously reported by Jeremy Lane himself.

When cops arrested Lane for DUI, the NFLer expressed concern over "people thinking he was drunk," ... and confessed "This time I was more high than anything."

The arresting officer explained that he could in fact be arrested for being under the influence of weed. 

Seahawks' Jeremy Lane Arrested for DUI

1/15/2018 9:04 AM PST
Breaking News

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was arrested for DUI over the weekend in Washington ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The 27-year-old former Super Bowl champ was arrested and later booked Sunday morning at 5:30 AM in the Seattle area. Bail was set at $1,000. 

He was released a short time later on his own recognizance, according to official records.  

Lane had a decent career with the Seahawks until he lost his starting job earlier this season. The team reportedly tried to ship him to Houston, but he failed his physical -- killing the deal. 

Lane's most famous moment is probably when he picked off Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIX -- a game the Seahawks ultimately lost. 

Shaun Alexander On Seahawks Struggles: Teams Age, Life Happens

1/8/2018 2:38 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Shaun Alexander doesn't seem too worried about his former squad after the Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time in 6 seasons ... telling TMZ Sports, "It just happens with age. Life happens."

Alexander would know ... he crushed it for the Hawks from 2000 to 2007, leading the team to Super Bowl XL to cap off the 2005 season. 

"We went on a nice run when I was there," Alexander said ... "About 5 years in a row. They've kinda done it again."

Shaun's point ... teams move in peaks and valleys (except the Patriots) -- and it sounds like he's confident Seattle will find its way again.

Seahawks To Zeke Your 200-Yard Bet ... Really Pissed Us Off!!!

12/26/2017 8:23 AM PST

The Seattle Seahawks were on a mission to shut down Ezekiel Elliott on Sunday ... because the team was totally pissed Elliott bet Eric Dickerson he'd gash the Seahawks defense for 200 yards.

Dickerson told TMZ Sports about the bet earlier this month ... telling us the Cowboys stud promised a 200 yard rushing game against the Seahawks, or he owed Dickerson a jersey.

Zeke didn't rush for 200 yards (although he did roll off 97 on 22 carries) and when asked about the bet after the game, Seahawks defensive star Frank Clark admitted the team played with chippy shoulders.

"Oh yeah, we heard about that."

LB Bobby Wagner seemed even more ticked, saying "He had that bet, we wanted to make sure he didn't win it."

Both are code for "We must break you."

We should say, while Zeke played okay, the Cowboys themselves were God-awful, managing only 283 yards against a particularly inspired Legion of Boom defense.

Don't poke the bear, or the Seahawk, if you actually know what a Seahawk is.

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.

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