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Tinashe Defends Rihanna Over S.B. Decision ... You Have To Stand For Something!

10/19/2018 8:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rihanna did the right thing blowing off the NFL's invitation to perform at the Super Bowl's halftime show -- so says Tinashe.

Don't get the "2 On" singer wrong ... she might not have turned it down (she just performed the National Anthem at a Rams game a few weeks ago) -- but she's defending Rihanna's right to do it, regardless.

"If she believes in it, she believes in it," Tinashe says.

Of course ... RiRi's upset at The Shield for the way she believes it's blackballing Colin Kaepernick, reportedly saying she'll ride with Kap over getting the huge exposure anytime.

And, that's clearly something Tinashe can respect.

"It's important. You have to stand for something."

Dick Vermeil Patrick Mahomes Is MVP Bound! ... No One Can Throw Like Him!

10/2/2018 8:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Brett Favre, John Elway, Tony Romo ... NONE of these dudes had the ability to chuck the pigskin like Patrick Mahomes does -- so says ex-Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil.

"His overall ability to throw the ball in any body position is the best I've ever seen," the legendary coach tells TMZ Sports.

Mahomes just won his fifth straight start ... killin' the Broncos on Monday night -- and when we spoke with Vermeil about it, he couldn't have been more impressed.

"He's so flexible, body-wise," Vermeil says.

"He can twist his hips and kick his legs and turn his shoulders, and all three variations are going different directions, and he throws the ball accurately anyway. It's amazing!"

Remember ... Vermeil's coached Pro Bowlers like Kurt Warner, Ron Jaworski and Trent Green -- so it's some seriously high praise.

But, the gushing didn't stop there ... 'cause Dick tells us Mahomes has MORE athletic ability than even Donovan McNabb!!!

In fact ... Vermeil says if Mahomes doesn't get Andy Reid his first-ever Super Bowl ring ... NOBODY will.

Miguel Cardi B For Super Bowl Halftime!! ... She'd Kill That!!

9/25/2018 11:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If Cardi B wants her own set for the Super Bowl halftime show ... GIVE CARDI B HER OWN SET ... so says Miguel, who tells TMZ Sports she'd KILL it if given the chance.

We broke the story ... the "I Like It" spitter is in negotiations with the NFL to join Maroon 5 to perform at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta ... but wants to have her own set during the show.

Of course, the decision to go with Adam Levine's band has been met with a ton of criticism ... and Waka Flocka Flame told us last week the show should feature black performers with real connections to ATL.

So, when we asked Miguel if the NFL should give in to Bardi's demands, he's ALL about it ... saying "Cardi would kill that!!"

Stay tuned ... 

Mariah Carey Super Bowl Halftime? 'I'D LOVE TO!'

9/24/2018 6:47 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

She's one of the top-selling recording artists of ALL TIME -- so, why hasn't Mariah Carey performed a Super Bowl halftime show?

It's not that she's opposed to the idea ... 

In fact, when we saw Mariah leaving Craig's in L.A. on Sunday night, she told us -- "I would love to!" 

Mariah has performed AT the Super Bowl before -- just not during the halftime show. She did the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 2002 -- a performance Rolling Stone ranked as one of the most memorable of all time. 

Back in 2016, Carey told Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live' that she would do the halftime show when she has a new song coming out

Well, she just dropped a new promotional single -- with plans to release her 15th album in the very near future. 

So ... Mariah in 2020??

In the meantime, Maroon 5 has been tapped to do this year's halftime show in Atlanta. Some people are excited about it ... others feel it's a mistake since the band has no connection to ATL. 

Cardi B I'll Perform at Super Bowl ... But I Want My Own Set!!!

9/24/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hip-hop fans pissed at the NFL for the Maroon 5 halftime show decision might have their Hail Mary answered by none other than Cardi B -- but the NFL might have to blink ... TMZ has learned.

Our sources say Cardi is in negotiations to perform her song with Maroon 5, "Girls Like You" -- and the main issue being discussed is whether or not CB gets a solo set. We're told she's getting a lot of offers to perform in early February ... so she's trying to make the best deal possible.   

Super Bowl LIII is being held in Atlanta, and some fans were hoping the NFL would give props to the ATL's hot music scene. Needless to say, Maroon 5 isn't checking that box for those fans. 

Waka Flocka Flame told TMZ Sports the performers should be black and have connections to ATL.

That's why Cardi would make a lot of sense for the NFL.

Stay tuned ... 

RZA Defends NFL Over Maroon 5 Pick ... Adam Levine Is Dope!!

9/23/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's something you don't hear rappers say a lot lately ... CUT THE NFL A BREAK!!!

RZA -- the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan -- says he doesn't think the NFL deserves all the crap it's been getting for booking Maroon 5 for the Super Bowl halftime show. 

And, the reason? He really digs Adam Levine!!

Remember, the game will be played in Atlanta -- home of stars like Outkast, T.I. and Migos. The guys from Maroon 5 are from L.A., and some people are pissed about that. 

But, not RZA -- who says Adam is everything that's RIGHT about music ... he's talented, progressive and embraces hip-hop. He even points out Adam has a song with Future

In fact, RZA says he wouldn't be surprised if Adam brought out a special guest like Drake

Wanna see Wu-Tang perform at the Super Bowl? 

Well, that's not gonna happen -- but RZA says the guys would definitely be down to perform a halftime show for the NY Jets or the NY Giants -- all they have to do is ask!! 

Wu-Tang's for the children!!!!!! 

Waka Flocka Flame NFL Fumbled Halftime ... Performer Should Be Black!!!

9/20/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Waka Flocka Flame is throwing penalty flags at the NFL for choosing Maroon 5 for the halftime performance at this year's Super Bowl in Atlanta, because he believes the performers should be black.

Waka tells TMZ Sports ... he's upset with the NFL's decision to shun the incredibly long list of Atlanta rappers in favor of a more mainstream performer.  

Flocka tells us why Colin Kaepernick's movement could've influenced the halftime show  ... and says the NFL is just plain tone-deaf ... disrespecting so many players and fans. 

Waka gives us his picks for the halftime show ... and how to make the Super Bowl go hard in the paint.

LaMarr Woodley Watch Out, Steelers ... Browns Are Dangerous

8/10/2018 1:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Steelers have been dominating their rivalry with the Browns for YEARS ... but LaMarr Woodley says that's all about to change ... telling TMZ Sports Cleveland is finally a legitimately dangerous team.

FYI -- the Stillers has had their way with Cleveland ... going 33-6 since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999.

The Super Bowl champ says the Browns have made all the right moves to get back to relevance ... and warns his old club they don't wanna meet Cleveland in the playoffs.

The Browns got a lot of hype this year -- with the additions of Baker Mayfield, Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry ... and the squad looked pretty good against the Giants on Thursday (we know, preseason ... but still). 

As for his Steelers, Woodley says there's one major weakness they gotta improve on to get ready for another Super Bowl run.

Mark Wahlberg I Bet Real Money On the Browns ... To Win 6 Games!

7/17/2018 6:04 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Wahlberg says he believes in Baker Mayfield -- so he placed a REAL bet on the Cleveland Browns to win 6 games in 2018. 

Yeah, he's being serious. 

Don't worry, he also made some less risky wagers -- betting on the Patriots and the Eagles to get back to the Super Bowl this season.  

Wahlberg also bet on Ronda Rousey -- casting her in his new movie, "Mile 22" ... and he's super fired up about her role in the flick. 

Mark raves about Ronda's performance and says she's more than just an action star -- she's a legit actress who nailed her dramatic scenes like a boss!!!

The movie -- which opens next month -- will be Ronda's most important Hollywood role yet. Of course, she starred in the "Entourage" movie ... but played herself. 

Now, she's got a real shot to follow stars like The Rock ... and parlay action sports stardom into a real Hollywood career. 

... and Mark Wahlberg is clearly a fan. 

Jay-Z I Turned Down NFL's Super Bowl Offer

6/20/2018 6:44 AM PDT
Breaking News

Jay-Z says the NFL approached him to perform at the Super Bowl -- but he shot them down saying, "You need me, I don't need you."

It's all part of Jay and Beyonce's new song, "Apesh*t" (featuring Quavo and Offset), which dropped this past weekend. Scroll to 3:31. 

One of the key lyrics is when Jay says, "I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don't need you. Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too."

Seems to imply Jay rejected the NFL over the handling of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling situation -- a situation Jay has publicly criticized the league for in the past. 

Another clue ... in the music video, Jay features at least 11 people taking a knee during that line. 

There were reports back in Sept. 2017 that Jay gave a thumbs-down to the NFL -- but he hadn't commented before and the NFL essentially denied it saying no decisions had been made. 

But, Jay doesn't mince words here ... 

Meek Mill Hits Eagles Super Bowl Party 'Best Night In Prison Was When You Won!'

6/15/2018 6:19 AM PDT
Breaking News

The Philadelphia Eagles got their diamond-studded Super Bowl rings at a massive party Thursday night with a very special guest performer ... Meek Mill!

The rapper -- along with Rick Ross -- busted out song after song while the players rocked out in the crowd -- a special moment because his "Dreams and Nightmares" song was the team's anthem.

During the set at Noto nightclub, Meek grabbed the mic and told the players, "If I ever had to say I had my best night in prison it was the day the Eagles won the f*cking Super Bowl."

The players loved it -- with guys like Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Corey Clement, LeGarrette Blount and Torrey Smith having the time of their lives. Lil Uzi Vert was also there! 

As for the rings, they're dope -- 10-karat white gold with 219 diamonds and 17 rare green sapphires.

The 127 diamonds on the bezel represent the combined jersey numbers of the three players who touched the football during the Philly Special play -- Corey Clement (30), Trey Burton (88) and Nick Foles (9).

Cool, right?

There's also an underdog mask inscribed on the inside of the ring. 

Congrats!!!

Jay Ajayi Sued Trashed Mansion, Shoved Owner ... Ajayi Denies Allegations

5/14/2018 3:12 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

4:48 PM PT -- A rep for Ajayi tells TMZ Sports the lawsuit is bogus ... adamantly denying Jay ever physically pushed the owner of the home.

They also deny Jay damaged the property in any way ... or hosted any parties.

Instead they claim the owner tried to get Jay and his friend to pay him cash directly -- bypassing the Airbnb website -- so they say they left the house several days early ... but still paid the full rate.

Ajayi's people also say the group filed a complaint against the home owner with Airbnb.

NFL star Jay Ajayi shoved the owner of a fancy L.A. mansion who charged the Eagles running back $25k in damages for trashing the place ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports

The 24-year-old is being sued by the owner of a swanky 6,000 square foot pad located above the famous Sunset Strip ... where the RB and a friend stayed back in February for 5 days after Ajayi won the Super Bowl

According to the suit, Ajayi and his buddy threw at least 3 parties at the house despite the fact they were specifically told -- NO PARTIES! 

In fact, the owner claims he charged a $5,000 fee for each party at the home ... which Ajayi never paid.

Additionally, the owner claims Ajayi broke a table, scratched some floors and violated the no smoking rule. 

In total, Ajayi racked up $25,000 in penalty fees -- but when the owner confronted Jay on Feb. 18, he claims Ajayi "pushed [him] on [his] chest in a menacing and threatening manner."

The owner describes the incident as battery -- and said he had to call local security to remove the NFL star from the property. 

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

Chris Long I Celebrated Super Bowl Win ... Helping African Kids

5/13/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Long's quest to be the wokest man in the NFL continues -- he tells TMZ Sports he didn't celebrate his Super Bowl win in Vegas, L.A. or Miami ... instead going to Africa to build wells with his charity.

Long was out in NYC when we asked if he's still celebrating the Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots -- he isn't -- then we asked what huge party spot he hit to turn up after the historic win.

Prepare to feel bad about yourself.

"I went to Tanzania actually, to work on my charity called Waterboys.org."

If you didn't know, Waterboys.org is an organization started by Long that unites players from the NFL for the goal of bringing life-sustaining well water to East African countries.

See, we told you you'd feel bad about yourself ... now go volunteer somewhere.

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