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Michael Crabtree

San Francisco 49ers Star Questioned in Sexual Assault

1/19/2013 2:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0119-michael-crabtree-gettySan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was questioned by police as part of a sexual assault investigation, but he was not detained or arrested.

Police said the alleged assault took place in a hotel room early last Sunday following the 49ers' playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers. Crabtree was interviewed with his attorney present and police say he has cooperated with the probe.

A rep for the team released a statement, saying, "The 49ers take such matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing."

Crabtree and the 49ers play the Atlanta Falcons tomorrow ... the winner goes on to play in the Super Bowl.



Super Bowl Halftime Show

10/16/2012 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Beyonce is GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL ... to perform ... at halftime. Hooray!

Mrs. Jay-Z has signed on to perform at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3rd at the Superdome in New Orleans ... so says the Associated Press.

Both sides are expected to make an official announcement about the show sometime tomorrow.

Beyonce will follow in the footsteps of Madonna ... and a slew of old white guys including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, U2, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.


NY Giants

We Got a Ring!!! [PHOTO]

5/17/2012 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The New York Giants FINALLY got their Super Bowl rings last night -- three months after winning the championship -- and they're more beautiful than we could ever have imagined.

The ring -- designed by Tiffany & Co. -- is made of white gold and COVERED in diamonds. The top of the ring alone is lined with 37 blue sapphires.

The ring (pictured above on cornerback Will Blackmon's finger) also includes the final score of Super Bowl XLVI (21-17) -- when Giants trounced the New England Patriots for the second time in four years.

The four Vince Lombardi trophies (look for the footballs) represent the team's four championships (1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011).

It's hard to put a value on something like a Super Bowl ring -- but the hardware alone is probably worth five figures. They got a ring!!!


Weird Al Yankovic

The Best ... Or Worst

Super Bowl Halftime Idea Ever

2/24/2012 2:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Weird Al Yankovic is suddenly the fan front-runner to perform next year's Super Bowl halftime show -- and everyone at TMZ is into the idea too!! Minus one major Grumpty Dumpty.

Check out TMZ on TV -- click here to see your local listings!

Weird Al Yankovic


The Super Bowl Halftime Show

2/23/2012 9:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Fans everywhere have been clamoring for it ... and now, Weird Al Yankovic himself claims he'd be HONORED to perform at next year's Super Bowl halftime show -- he's just waiting for the NFL to extend the invite.

In case you didn't know -- there's a massive movement spreading online ... with thousands of Weird Al fans signing multiple petitions to get the singer booked for next year's show.

But Weird Al ain't convinced the movement's big enough yet -- claiming, "I'd be surprised if that's being seriously considered by the NFL, but prove me wrong!"

When asked if he'd even accept an invite to take the stage at the big game -- Al replied, "Sure, if they asked!"

So we gotta ask ...


M.I.A.'s Middle Finger Stunt

Was Stupid and Childish

2/10/2012 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

is lashing out at M.I.A.'s bird-flipping grab for attention during the Super Bowl Halftime show last weekend -- claiming the crude gesture was a "teenager ... irrelevant thing to do."

Madonna called in to "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" this morning -- saying, "I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it."

Madonna told Ryan, "I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity, it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager ... irrelevant thing to do ... there was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point?"

Madge added, "It was just out of place."

Madonna just called in to Carson Daly too, saying M.I.A. has since apologized to her over the incident.

Charlie Sheen

Super Bowl Partying

with Baseball LEGENDS!

2/8/2012 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen hosted the bash at his Beverly Hills mansion ... and the stars came out in droves ... including MLB Hall of Famer Joe Morgan
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's Super Bowl party was better than yours ... WAYYYY BETTER ... 'cause he had chicken wings, ribs, sliders, cookies and some of the GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYERS OF ALL TIME!!

Sheen hosted the bash at his Beverly Hills mansion ... and the stars came out in droves ... including MLB Hall of Famer Joe Morgan ... who was greeted with a big fat Super Bowl kiss on his face.

Other guests included L.A. Dodgers player James Loney and ex-MLB superstars Kenny Lofton and Todd Zeile.   Kate Walsh was there too ... along with rocker Matt Sorum, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Ross and Charlie's BFF Tony Todd (pictured left).

We're told everyone was raving about the food -- whipped up by his personal chef ... but Charlie spent most of the party talkin' baseball with Morgan ... who was blown away by Charlie's knowledge of the game.



Ben Stein

'Disrespected' by Honda

I Should've Been in 'Ferris' Ad

2/8/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Ben Stein thinks it's pretty MESSED UP that Honda ran a "Ferris Bueller" spoof commercial during the Super Bowl ... and didn't put him in the ad -- and now he wants a NEW CAR to make up for the diss.

Stein was at LAX yesterday when we asked him about the new spot -- which featured Matthew Broderick -- and Ben told us, "They had a guy imitating my voice, they should've had me in it."

But Stein says Honda can make it up to him ... "Just my humble opinion, but since they used my voice ... they should give me a top of the line Honda."


Gisele to Tom Brady

'You Played the Best Game

Of Your Life'

2/7/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Despite the fact the Patriots LOST ... and her hubby threw for a SAFETY ... Gisele Bundchen tried to comfort Tom Brady in the moments after the Super Bowl ... by LYING TO HIS FACE.

TMZ obtained video shot inside the stadium as Tom was on his way to address the media ... in which Gisele chases down Tom ... embraces him ... and whispers, "You played the best game of your life ... you were amazing."

Tom says a few words back ... and seems to appreciate the intent ... but then sends her away to talk to the press ... promising he'll only take a few minutes.

As for the REAL best game of Tom's career ... so many options:

Super Bowl XXXVI -- MVP
Super Bowl XXXVIII -- MVP
Jan. 14, 2012 -- throws for 6 TDs in a playoff game.
Oct. 18, 2009 -- throws 5 TDs in ONE QUARTER!
Jan. 12, 2008 -- completes 92.9% of his passes in a playoff game.

We could go on ... but you get the point.

Lucky Giants Fan

I Bet on a Safety, Won $50k

... And It's All Going to CHARITY

2/6/2012 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Just when you wanted to hate the guy for winning $50,000 on a freak Super Bowl bet -- Giants fan Jona Rechnitz tells TMZ, he's donating every last cent to multiple charities ... INCLUDING one of Tom Brady's choice.

In case you didn't know, Jona -- who runs a successful real estate company in New York -- hit the JACKPOT yesterday, betting $1,000 on the Giants to score the first points in the big game with a safety. The odds were 50 to 1.

Jona tells us, he plans to donate $5,000 to Tom's charity of choice -- in the hopes Tom and the Pats will match it -- and $5,000 to the charities of choice for the Giants defensive linemen who made the safety play. Jona also wants to take Tom out for an all-expenses-paid falafel dinner.

As for the rest, Jona says he plans to divide up the balance after taxes ... and donate it to a bunch of charities benefiting the less fortunate.

Jona says he only makes one bet a year -- on the Super Bowl -- and this year, it finally paid off.


New England Patriots

Gisele Violated 'The Code'

2/6/2012 10:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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should have kept her perfectly-shaped mouth shut last night -- this according to multiple sources inside the Patriots organization, who claim the supermodel violated a "code of brotherhood" by bashing Tom Brady's receivers.

Sources tell TMZ, the teammates are "disappointed" Gisele decided to air her grievances after the game last night -- when she said, "My husband cannot f***ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times."

According to sources, Tom's teammates feel betrayed by Gisele's behavior -- the Pats organization is a brotherhood and Gisele's pot shot violated the code -- which is basically ... win as a team, lose as a team.

As one source put it, "It's like knocking someone when they are down."


New York Giants


on the Plane Ride Home

2/6/2012 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The New York Giants CELEBRATED THEIR FACES OFF on the plane ride home from the Super Bowl ... singing and dancing like crazy ... and it was all captured on tape.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich posted a video on his Twitter page ... featuring running back Andre Brown leading a chant in which he screamed, "I GOT A RING!" ... and the guys would respond, "WE GOT ONE TOO!"

Herzlich tweeted a note with the video that read, "I'd say we are pretty excited."

It's safe to say the New England Patriots flight was quite different. 



Super Bowl Tightrope Guy

Don't Worry, My Nads Are Fine!

2/6/2012 10:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

We interrupt our usual TMZ coverage for a SPECIAL MESSAGE from the tightrope guy in the Super Bowl halftime show -- "My nuts are fine."

TMZ spoke with Andy Lewis ... the slackline trickster who repeatedly bounced HARD on his crotch during his show-stealing routine -- and he tells us he totally understands why people would be concerned for his man parts.

Lewis -- who has a sponsorship deal with Gibbon Slacklines -- told us, "I've been doing it for years ... and over time your nuts harden to steel."

The daredevil says he doesn't wear a cup ... but notes he's very careful about testicle placement ... "You just try to not squish and pop them ... so you put them to one side."

The more you know.


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