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Mike Epps

Pete Carroll Screwed Marshawn Lynch

2/18/2015 2:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Pete Carroll deliberately called a pass play at the end of the Super Bowl to stick it to Marshawn Lynch for being a thorn in the NFL's side ... this according to Mike Epps

The comic is dead serious ... telling "Larry King Now" he believes the Seattle Seahawks organization wanted to take the ball away from Lynch at the end of the game because they didn't want him to get the glory.

"They didn't want Lynch to get the MVP. They wanted Russell Wilson to get it."

Epps also says the team didn't want to glorify Marshawn's behavior and what he represents -- "the hood."

King pushed back and questioned Mike's logic -- but Epps stood firm ... and ultimately put the blame on Pete Carroll. 

Chris Pratt vs. Chris Evans

Super Bowl Wager ...

'Best Bet I Ever Lost'

2/17/2015 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021715_chris_pratt_launchChoking to the New England Patriots wasn't so bad after all ... so says Seahawks mega-fan Chris Pratt who says his Super Bowl wager with Chris Evans was the "best bet I ever lost."

Of course, Pratt agreed to visit the kids at Evans' Boston-based charity after the defeat ... dressed as Star-Lord ... while the "Captain America" actor taunted him with a Tom Brady jersey. 

The kids loved it -- and clearly, so did Chris, who told us the whole experience was "beautiful."

The clip's pretty great ... especially the part where Pratt's famous friend (an actor who's been in a bunch of stuff) jockeys for camera time on the way into a bar ... hilarious stuff. 


Pats Hero Malcolm Butler


... Thanks Chevy!

2/10/2015 1:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is riding high right now ... 'cause the dude just got himself a brand new FREE TRUCK ... and it's all thanks to Tom Brady.  

Of course, Brady got a Chevy Colorado for being named MVP of the Super Bowl -- but said he wanted to give it to Butler ... who made the game-saving interception. 

Well, Chevy heard Brady loud and clear ... and instead of letting Tom part ways with his prize, they decided to hook Butler up too ... and Tuesday in Massachusetts, Butler finally got his ride!!

"I am ecstatic that Chevrolet has chosen to reward me with a Colorado. It is just another unreal event in what has been an incredible week."

Still no word on what Brady plans to do with his truck. 


'Weird Al' Yankovic

I'd Love to Do Super Bowl

But It's Never Gonna Happen

2/9/2015 6:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

020915_weird_al_launchAbandon all hope of a "Weird Al" Super Bowl Halftime show ... 'cause the 4-time Grammy nominee tells TMZ Sports it's NEVER gonna happen ... despite hardcore support from the fans.  

Before the big game, more than 100,000 people signed a petition begging the NFL to select Yankovic as halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLIX.  

But the NFL went with Katy Perry instead -- and Al tells us he doesn't ever see the league offering him the gig. 

"It would be fun, but I don't think I'll ever be on the NFL's short list," Al says ... "It's not gonna happen."

Hey, it's the NFL's loss. 

Pats' Malcolm Butler

Pulls a Gronk

Rages In Vegas Nightclub

2/8/2015 8:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Rob Gronkowski ain't the only guy on the Patriots who loves to party -- Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler hit the club scene hard in Vegas last night ... and TMZ Sports has the pics!

Butler was the guest of honor at Chateau nightclub in the Paris Las Vegas -- where the 24-year-old got his own booth, his own custom champagne ... and his own personal cheerleaders. 

Multiple sources tell us Butler was super nice to everyone -- taking pics with fans and dancing all night long.

It's been a pretty good month for Butler -- as we previously reported, Chevy decided to give him a FREE TRUCK for making that game-saving interception in the Super Bowl.

Sounds like a reason to party to us .


Considering Giving Truck to Malcolm Butler

... So Brady Won't Have To

2/6/2015 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0206-malcolm-butler-super-bowl-truck-chevrolet-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar2:20 PM PT -- Chevy confirms Butler will get his own truck on Tuesday.update_grey_gray_barSuper Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is one step closer to getting a free truck ... because the powers that be at Chevy are actively discussing hooking him up ... so Tom Brady won't have to give up his MVP ride. 

TMZ Sports spoke with a rep for Chevrolet who tells us ... they're well aware of Tom's intentions to give his Chevy Colorado to Butler ... but they don't want to see Tom part ways with the vehicle. 

"Obviously, it was part of his prize as MVP, but we're aware of Tom Brady's wishes for Malcolm to have the truck," the rep tells us. 

So, we asked if Chevy would be giving Butler a ride of his own ... and the rep told us, "We've discussed it. That's all I can really say right now."

Sounds to us like plans are in motion ... but when we pushed, the rep was pretty tight lipped. 

Bottom line ... if you're Malcolm Butler, you might wanna start making room in your garage. 


Chris Pratt


Hey Kids, It's Star-Lord!

2/6/2015 8:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0206-chris-pratt-chris-evans-facebookChris Pratt is like a Lannister ... he always pays his debts -- and today, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star dressed up as Star-Lord to make good on his Super Bowl wager with Chris Evans

You already know the bet ... Star-Lord (Seahawks fan) and Captain America (Pats fan) agreed to visit the other actor's charity in costume if their team lost the big game. 

Well, today it happened ... with Pratt -- in character -- hangin' with kids from Christopher's Haven in Boston ... an organization that helps provide housing for families with children fighting pediatric cancer.

Don't worry, Evans was there the whole time to follow Pratt around with a Tom Brady jersey. 

And the story gets better ... because Evans says he'll be visiting Pratt's charity too -- a Seattle Children's Hospital. 


Rob Gronkowski


... On My Diet, Bitches!

2/6/2015 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

020615_gronk_launchTo the victor, GO THE CHEESEBURGERS ... so says Rob Gronkowski who tells TMZ Sports he's been on a celebratory cheeseburger binge ever since he won the big game. 

"I've been eating cheeseburgers off the charts," Gronk told us out in NYC earlier today.

Don't worry, the burgerfest is only temporary ... Gronk says he'll be back on his regular diet in just a few days -- but if anyone's EARNED a burger break, it's this guy.

Bonus -- Gronk told us he'll be spending time in L.A. this summer and says he hopes he can continue making waves in Hollywood ... where he's already landed a movie role ("Entourage") and TV cameos ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?"). 

Our fingers are still crossed for a Gronk & Marshawn Lynch reality show

Keyshawn Johnson

Pays for $60 Sweatshirt

... With I.O.U. Note

2/5/2015 12:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0205_keyshawn-johnson_Hilton-Scottsdale-resort_TMZsportsWhen you're Keyshawn Johnson ... your word is as good as cash -- so says an AZ woman who claims the ex-NFL star paid for a $60 Super Bowl sweatshirt with an I.O.U. note. 

We're told Key was leaving his Scottsdale hotel Friday night -- when a rainstorm broke out and Key realized he didn't pack the proper attire.  

So, he went up to a lady (Sarah) selling SBXLIX swag and tried to buy a sweatshirt. Problem is, he didn't have any cash on him at the time. 

But Key had a solution -- he wrote an I.O.U. note for the gear ... and signed it with his name, the debt and his old jersey number, #19. 


Now, we've learned ... Key has been in contact with Sarah -- and has told her he intends to pay back every single cent. 

"We finally got in touch and he's going to just wire the money to my account," Sarah tells us ... "I'm happy! I knew he'd be good for it."


Chrissy Teigen

Rips Edelman's Tinder Chick

'It's Stupid, Ridiculous'

2/5/2015 8:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

020515_chrissy_tiegen_launch_v2Supermodel Chrissy Teigen is coming out swingin' against the woman who shot a pic of a sleeping Julian Edelman and posted it to Tinder ... slamming the whole thing stupid and ridiculous.

The woman who snapped the shot, Sabrina, has already been blacklisted from Boston nightclubs by people who feel she shamelessly violated the New England Patriot player's privacy. 

And Wednesday at The Grove in L.A., Teigen told us the problem is bigger than it seems -- "A lot of chicks do that sh*t. It's so ridiculous."

Teigen explained, "Everyone's a little too proud nowadays. I think these girls should relax a bit."

As for Sabrina, she told TMZ Sports she made a "mistake" and "feels really bad about it."

Pete Carroll

I Cried Over Loss

I Thought Pass Would Work

2/5/2015 6:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Pete Carroll says he actually cried over his Super Bowl fail ... but he's still defending his decision to PASS on that infamous play from the goal line.

The Seattle Seahawks coach sat down with NBC's Matt Lauer for the "Today" show -- and spilled his guts about the play that's been hailed as the worst call in Super Bowl history. 

"I never make a call thinking it's gonna go bad," Carroll said ... "This was properly planned. It just didn't turn out well."

As for the tears, Carroll says he was hit with a wave of emotion around 4:05 AM the next day ... and just let the waterworks go.   

When Lauer asked if the play was the worst call ever ... Carroll replied, "It was the worst result of a call ever. The call woulda been a great one if we caught it."

New England Pats

Popped $12K Mega-Bottle

... At Victory Bash

2/5/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

New England Patriots Super Bowl PartyIt was bottles and models for the New England Patriots Tuesday night ... poppin' a giant $12,500 bottle of bubbly in a Boston nightclub ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

Several members of the Super Bowl championship squad hit up Bijou nightclub ... including Chandler Jones, Akeem Ayers, Devin McCourty, Jonas Gray, Brandon LaFell and Jimmy Garoppolo

We're told the guys went through one 15-liter "Nebuchadnezzar" of Belaire -- $12,500 a pop -- plus 50 BOTTLES of the regular sized Luc Belaire Rare Rose.

Gronk would be proud. 

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