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Todd Gurley Destroys TMZ Camera Guy ... In $100 Jay Z Bet

3/16/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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How well does Todd Gurley know his Roc Nation boss Jay Z? Enough that he can destroy a TMZ camera guy who thought the Rams running back might be light on hip-hop knowledge.

Gurley was at LAX when we asked him about being mentored by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson ​and what that's meant to him as a man and football player. 

TG told our guy that Dickerson basically told him not to be a damn fool -- good advice -- but it was when we challenged him to name three albums by Hova for $100 that he kinda made a fool out of us.

Check it out -- Gurley calmly rattles off the three answers like he's shredding an NFL defense and proving his loyalty to the Roc. 

As for us ... we'll be making a $100 dollar donation to any charity Gurley wants ... seriously.

Reggie Bush STL Fires Back in Stadium Slip Lawsuit ... It's YOUR Fault!

3/10/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0309-reggie-bush-tmz-01Reggie Bush only has HIMSELF to blame for slipping, falling and injuring himself at the Edward Jones Dome back in November ... so says the city of St. Louis in new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports

As we previously reported, Bush sued the city (which owns the stadium) -- claiming it stupidly installed a ring of concrete around the perimeter of the field ... incredibly dangerous for the players wearing slippery cleats. 

Bush badly injured his left knee during a fall on the concrete on Nov. 1st -- just one week after another player injured his shoulder slipping on the surface ... and he says the city must pay. 

But the city is calling BS -- saying Bush knew about the concrete ring and should have SLOWED DOWN before reaching it. 

The city of St. Louis says Bush could have "stopped, slackened his speed to have avoided the accident."

"[Bush] assumed the risk of running on concrete in shoes with cleats on them, and of all danger inherent of playing football."

The craziest part of this lawsuit ... Bush was PUSHED past the playing field and onto the ring. 

Watch the clip -- you really think he had time to stop???

NFL's Todd Gurley Lakers or Clippers? I'm Still Deciding

3/3/2016 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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L.A. Rams running back Todd Gurley has a decision to make ... a decision central to living and working in the city of Los Angeles ... one that will affect everyone he meets and everything he knows.

Lakers fan or Clippers fan?

BTW -- Todd let us know he's TOTALLY down for a bribe ... and whichever franchise ponies up the best graft for the new sports superstar of L.A. has the best shot at getting his fandom.

The American way.


USC Basketball Rams Shouldn't Come to L.A. 'They're Gonna Take Our Chicks!'

1/21/2016 6:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

USC could have a new rival -- the L.A. Rams -- with players from the basketball team telling us they're not exactly pumped for the team to move to town ... 'cause they might steal all their chicks! 

This video is pretty funny ... both Malik Martin and Chimezie Metu explaining why the Rams could screw up the good thing USC has going for it right now ... plus, they're really worried about traffic. 

Obviously, it's all in good fun -- these guys are hilarious. 

Lawrence Phillips Ex-Rams Player Hosting Tribute to Running Back

1/21/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-lawrence-phillips-GETTY-01Several of Lawrence Phillips' former college and pro teammates are expected to fly to California for the running back's funeral this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Multiple people who were close with Phillips tell us ... the funeral is set for Saturday morning with a tribute to the ex-NFL star set to follow at a restaurant owned by another former Rams player, Tony Zendejas.

We spoke with the former Rams kicker who never played on the same team as Lawrence -- but they had several mutual friends -- and Tony says he feels compelled to help pay tribute to Phillips. 

We're told Tony reached out to the family and offered to host the event at his restaurant in San Dimas -- the family accepted the offer.  

Lawrence died last week after prison officials say he was found unresponsive in his cell. Phillips' close friends and family say they do NOT believe he took his own life. 

Eric Dickerson to Rams: Beware of L.A. Skeezers 'This Ain't St. Louis'

1/19/2016 11:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Eric Dickerson has a warning to the Rams players -- BEWARE OF THE L.A. WOMEN!!!

The Rams legend was at LAX when he told us he knows what it's like to be young, rich and famous in L.A. -- and says the young guys moving west need to be VERY aware of the cleat chasers looking to take advantage of an athlete. 

"Young players have to look out for some of these girls ... because let's just be honest this ain't St. Louis."

He adds, "There are some beautiful women out here and a lot of these girls they hear the Rams are coming to town they like, 'Oh, I'm gonna get me a football player ... I'm gonna get my rent paid."

Dickerson says he encourages the guys to have a good time and enjoy the spotlight -- but they need to be smart. 

Metta World Peace There's Only ONE WAY I'd Root for the Rams

1/13/2016 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

L.A. Lakers star Metta World Peace says he's HAPPY to be sharing the city with a NFL team -- but says there's only ONE WAY he would ever root for the Rams. 

Here's a hint ... it all has to do with signing a certain beloved quarterback. 

St. Louis Rams We're Going to Hollywood!! (Actually, Inglewood)

1/12/2016 5:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's a homecoming for the St. Louis Rams -- NFL owners just approved the franchise returning to Los Angeles, and the vote wasn't even close. 

The owners met in Houston on Tuesday to decided which teams if any would be moving. The Rams, Raiders, and Chargers all applied to make the jump to L.A.

The vote was 30-2 in favor of the Rams getting the nod. The Chargers were a sort of runner-up ... they got first option to go to L.A. later, and would share the stadium the Rams are building in Inglewood ... next to the Fabulous Forum where the Lakers used to play.

The Raiders will have 2nd option to move ... if the Chargers stay put in San Diego.

Eric Davis Chill, Raiders Fans You're Not Losing Your Team!

1/7/2016 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Raiders, Rams and Chargers fans up in arms about their teams trying to bolt to Los Angeles are looking at this the wrong way ... according to former NFL star Eric Davis.

Davis won a Super Bowl with the 49ers, so he's up on Bay Area fans -- and we asked if Oakland's Raider Nation might jump to the other team in town if the Silver and Black head south again. It's the question millions of fans in St. Louis (who've also been through this before) and San Diego are asking themselves right now.

Well, check out ED's answer ... it might calm nerves in all 3 cities. In a nutshell -- rep your team, not your city.

You buying that? 

NFL in L.A. Raiders, Rams & Chargers ... OH MY!!

1/4/2016 8:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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3 NFL teams are suddenly like waiters on the Sunset Strip ... trying to get a break in Hollywood -- the Chargers, Rams and Raiders all filed docs with the league to move to Los Angeles.

The Greater L.A. area's been without pro football since the Rams bolted in 1994, and as expected they're now one of the teams trying to return. Oakland and San Diego's teams also lived up to longtime rumors and filed the same application to play in L.A. ... starting this coming season.

The next step is a league vote -- three quarters of the 32 teams must vote yes to gain approval. No city has 3 franchises, so it's a safe bet at least one wannabe will get denied.

It never rains in Southern California, but now it's pouring NFL squads.

Rams' Stedman Bailey 'Walking, Talking' After Gunshots to Head

12/15/2015 8:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1215-stedman-bailey-instagram-01St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey is making tremendous progress after being shot twice in the head last month -- walking and talking again and "getting back to himself" ... his agent tells TMZ Sports

We spoke with Tony Fleming ... who tells us Bailey is out of the ICU -- but is still hospitalized ... recovering in a special physical therapy facility in Florida.

"He is getting his strength back and just taking it one day at a time. He is scheduled to be released out of the hospital on the 23rd."

Fleming tells us the 25-year-old has been extremely grateful for the support of his team ever since the Nov. 25th shooting

"The Rams are great. They have been talking to the doctors like once every few days staying on top of it."

Fleming also says several team officials have come to visit. 

Of course, it's a long road ahead for Bailey -- with an intense physical therapy schedule after he's released -- but Stedman says he's still determined to get back on the field one day.

Jay Z 'BREAK US DOWN HOV' Joins Rams Locker Room Celebration

12/14/2015 6:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sick moment for the St. Louis Rams Sunday -- 'cause after they beat the Lions, JAY Z met the team in the locker room to celebrate. 

Sooo why? 

For one, Todd Gurley is repped by Roc Nation Sports ... and also, who's gonna turn away Jay Z?

But the best moment -- as the  team was bringing it in for the post-game huddle, they called over Jay to lead the chant.

The Rams won't make the playoffs -- but celebrating with Jay Z could help motivate the squad to win a few more before the season ends, right? 

NFL's Stedman Bailey Breaks Silence After Gun Shot ... 'Miracle Recovery'

12/4/2015 3:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1204-steadman-bailey-GETTY-210St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey says he's recovering VERY WELL after being shot in the head -- and says he's determined to get back in the NFL. 

Bailey was shot in front of his family's home in Florida last Tuesday -- and underwent an emergency operation in the hours following the attack. 

Now, the 25-year-old has issued a statement saying, "My recovery has been nothing short of a miracle (a work of GOD) and I can only give GOD the praise, glory and honor for which he is doing in my life at this time."

Bailey adds, "I will continue to get better day by day until Im able to get back on the field and I ask for your continued prayers."

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