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Kiefer Sutherland

BACK OFF PETE CARROLL

'He's an Amazing Coach'

2/4/2015 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

020415_kiefer_sutherland_launchIt's time to cut Pete Carroll some slack for that terrible goal-line play call in the Super Bowl ... so says his good friend Kiefer Sutherland who tells TMZ Sports the guy is an "amazing coach." 

FYI -- Sutherland is a huge USC football fan and became friends with Carroll during his stint as the head coach of the Trojans. 

And clearly, the "24" star is standing by his friend ... despite TONS of ex-NFL stars, fans and even some of Carroll's own players calling him out for not giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch

Pete Carroll

Sitting Down with Matt Lauer

... I'll Explain Myself On 'Today'

2/4/2015 6:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Now that he's had some time to think about that stupid play call, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will once again try to explain himself during a sit-down interview with Matt Lauer

Unclear if Carroll shot the interview Tuesday night or will do it Wednesday ... but NBC says it will begin to air snippets tonight on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams."

Question is ... with Marshawn Lynch actively negotiating his next contract, can Carroll say anything to Lauer that will convince Beast Mode to stay in Seattle??  

Or will he take his talents to a team that will actually use him when the game's on the line?

Diddy

Wanted for Super Bowl Party Brawl

With Loudmouthed Fan

2/4/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

020315_p_diddy_altercation_launch_v2Scottsdale Police want a sit down with Diddy because a disgruntled fan claims the mogul slugged him during a Super Bowl bash -- but video of the incident shows the fan was asking for trouble.

The accuser, Steven Donaldson claims Diddy was slated to host a nightclub party Saturday evening, but didn't show until 1:15 in the morning -- and then, only hung out in VIP ... rarely getting onstage.

Donaldson says he was pissed because he paid $100 to see Diddy -- so he decided to get in his face and cuss him out. In video obtained by TMZ, you can hear Donaldson berating Diddy multiple times before they end up face to face. Donaldson claims that's when Diddy punched him in the face.

The video cuts out as Diddy allegedly throws the blow. Adding insult to possible injury, Donaldson says security tackled him -- NOT Diddy -- and tossed him from the party.

Law enforcement sources say Diddy had split by the time cops arrived, but a very intoxicated Donaldson was there ... and filed a battery report.

We called Diddy's camp for comment, but no word back yet.

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Tom Brady

Political Endorsement

... from Patrick Kennedy?!

2/4/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

020315_patrick_kennedy_launchHe already won the Super Bowl ... and the MVP award ... but could Tom Brady also win an election one day???

Don't count him out ... so says former Congressman Patrick Kennedy -- who says Tom's got all the right qualities for a career in politics.

Kennedy (Dem-Rhode Island) was out in D.C. when he joked that Brady could win any election in the country right now (except for Seattle) ... and praised the guy as a real stud in the community.

For the record, Brady has said he's thought about a political career in the past ... but is leaning toward staying out of it.

Yeah, that's just what a politician would say.

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Malcolm Butler Ecstatic

Over Super Bowl Truck Offer

2/3/2015 3:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203-tom-brady-mvp-truck-MAIN-GETTY-01Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is "overwhelmed by Tom Brady's generosity" ... after hearing that Tom wants to give him the truck he got for being named the MVP of the big game.  

Butler, of course, made the interception that sealed the Patriots' victory -- and it's been hailed as one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history. Still, Brady was named MVP of the game and was awarded the 2015 Chevy Colorado truck that goes along with the honor.  

But Brady went on the radio Tuesday morning and insisted he'd LOVE to give it to Malcolm -- saying the play was nothing short of "incredible."

We spoke with Butler's agent, Derek Simpson, who tells us ... Butler has definitely heard what Brady said ... and he couldn't be more fired up about it!

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"He's overwhelmed by Brady's generosity," Simpson says ... "He needs the truck. He loves the truck. He wants the truck -- and red's his favorite color!"

Simpson says Malcolm went to Disney World after the game -- and hasn't had a chance to discuss the arrangement yet ... but says he's confident they'll be able to work something out. 

"Malcolm is keeping his fingers crossed. He knows there's no commitment ... he'll be ok if it doesn't work out. But if this happens... he realizes how gracious this would be of Tom."

Stay tuned ...

Perry Farrell

My Wife's Selfie

Captured Super Bowl Disaster!!!

2/3/2015 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

020315_perry_farell_launchJane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is a HUGE Seahawks fan -- and his wife Etty THOUGHT she was going to capture the majestic game-winning TD in a last second selfie during the game. 

Only that didn't happen.

Instead, her selfie (taken from great seats btw) happened to memorialize the worst play in the history of the Super Bowl. 

Ya gotta see Perry and Etty tell the story ... it's pretty funny stuff.

#YourFaultPeteCarroll

Rob Gronkowski

SPIKES THE ROSES

In Wild Hollywood Club Night

2/3/2015 5:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203-gronk-smash-roses-launch-02Gronk gets bouquet of roses ... Gronk SPIKE BOUQUET OF ROSES!!!!!!

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski brought the party train out west Monday night ... hitting up the Hollywood nightclub scene with some pals -- and, of course, things got crazy. 

TMZ Sports shot footage of Gronk leaving DBA nightclub -- with a giant rip in the back of his pants -- when he was approached by the infamous "rose lady."

What happened next was legendary ... 

Gronk got into town earlier in the day and was kicking it by his hotel pool in the sunny 77 degree weather. 

#jealous?

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Chris Evans

Super Bowl Bet Raised $11k

... for Actor's Charity

2/2/2015 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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It wasn't just about pride, Chris Evans' big superhero Super Bowl bet with Chris Pratt helped raise more than $11k for Evans' charity ... TMZ Sports has learmed.  

You already know the bet ... Star-Lord and Captain America agreed to visit the other actor's charity IN COSTUME if their team lost the big game.  

In the end, both stars decided to visit both charities ... but Evans' organization, Christopher's Haven, tells us they got an unexpected boost from fans looking to pitch in as well.  

Joyce Duvall, executive director of Christopher's Haven -- which helps provide housing for families with children fighting pediatric cancer --  tells us the org. received just over $11k from fans.  

"The coolest thing about something like this is that all the kids win ... no matter what happened in the football game," Duvall says. 

Actually, the coolest thing might be when the actors show up IN COSTUME ... but yeah, the fundraising's cool too.  

Nice work, America.

Mark Wahlberg

Boston Strong with Superfan

[TMZ TV]

2/2/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020215_tv_tune_in_mark_wahlberg_launch Mark Wahlberg celebrated the Super Bowl in the most awesome way with a fellow Patriots fan and even gave him the shirt ... almost off his back! It was a tremendous day for Bostonians -- but a not-so-great one for “The Ruiner."

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Warren Sapp

Released Without Bail

... Don't Talk to Victims!

2/2/2015 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
020215_warren_sapp_launchWarren Sapp has just been released from custody without bail ... and is allowed to leave the state and go back home to Florida after a judge decided he's not a flight risk.

Sapp just appeared before a judge in Maricopa County, AZ to face charges of soliciting a prostitute and assault. 

During the hearing the judge says there was proper cause for his arrest -- but decided to let him go on his own recognizance because he has no record of failing to appear in other court cases. 

The judge told Sapp he is forbidden from contacting the victims and may not return to the scene of the alleged crime -- but he did get the green light to leave the state and go home. 

Sapp is due back in court on February 23rd.

Warren Sapp

Arrested For Soliciting Prostitute

[Update: Fired by NFL Network]

2/2/2015 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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2:15 PM PT -- The NFL Network has fired Sapp. He'd been with the network since 2008. 

12:55 PM PT -- 
New details in the Warren Sapp arrest ...

Cops say two women told police they were at the hotel "as escorts" and went to Sapp's room, where an argument broke out over money.

The women claim the argument turned physical and spilled out into the hallway.

Cops say the women had injuries consistent with a struggle.

Officials say when cops questioned Sapp,"he was questioned and admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females."

Both women involved in the incident received citations from police -- one for prostitution, the other for a violation of the City’s escort permit requirements. Both women were released.


12:49 PM PT -- Sapp has been SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY from the NFL Network without pay pending the outcome of the investigation ... so says NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller.

12:47 PM PT -- 
Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner says there are TWO female victims ... who both allegedly suffered minor injuries.

Yahner says the women contacted police officers to report the assault.  

12:21 PM PT --
The NFL Network has removed Sapp's bio from the official "On-Air Talent" section of the website. 

No word if Sapp has been fired from the Network yet ... but as one source puts it, "It's not looking good." 

12:06 PM PT -- 
A rep for the hotel where Warren was arrested tells TMZ Sports, "we were contacted by the Phoenix Police Dept. today in a matter involving a guest."

"We are cooperating with police as they look into the situation since it is an active investigation. We have no further comment."update-grey-gray-bar

Warren Sapp was arrested in Phoenix this morning for soliciting a prostitute around 7AM  ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sapp was also arrested for assault.  We're told Sapp was taken into custody at a hotel in Downtown Phoenix. 

The 42-year-old "Dancing with the Stars" alum was booked just a few minutes ago. 

Sapp was in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl for the NFL Network. 

It's not Warren's first arrest -- he was busted in 2010 for domestic battery, but those charges were eventually dropped. He was also arrested for an alleged domestic battery in Miami in 2014. 

As we previously reported, officials made it clear before the Super Bowl they would be cracking down on prostitution

Story developing ...

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Moesha's Bro

Super Busted in AZ

For DUI And Drugs

2/2/2015 1:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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Mo' problems for "Moesha" star Marcus T. Paulk -- pre Super Bowl partying in AZ landed him in jail for DUI and drug possession.

According to law enforcement sources ... Paulk got pinched early Sunday morning by Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies, and blew a .109. He also allegedly had a bag of marijuana.

Paulk was pulled over in Scottsdale for driving dangerously close to emergency vehicles involved in a routine stop. Cops say he failed a field sobriety test ... and fessed up he'd been drinking Hennessy and smoking pot earlier in the day. 

It's not Paulk's first legal tangle -- the actor was arrested in 2013 for allegedly kicking and punching his ex-GF, but avoided jail time after cutting a plea deal.

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