The dude who punched the Baltimore Orioles mascot in the nuts claimed he only did it because "that was on my bucket list" ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
The ball-buster was arrested at Camden Yard back in April '13 -- and when cops spoke with dude in the bird suit, he told police he was simply DUPED by the "fan" who told him he just wanted an innocent pic.
That's when, according to the report, 33-year-old Christopher John Collins reached down with a closed right fist and struck ... saying over and over again, "That was on my bucket list"
The bird struck back -- and swept the guys leg. He was ultimately hauled to a nearby jail where he was booked.
Lakers Star Jordan Hill
Ex-GF Drops Dom. Violence Suit
Signs Point to Settlement
9/23/2014 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The ex-girlfriend of L.A. Lakers player Jordan Hill has dropped her lawsuit against the 27-year-old -- after claiming he beat the crap out of her back in 2012 -- and all signs point to a settlement ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We broke the story ... Hill was charged with felony assault -- and ultimately pled no contest -- after his ex Darlene Luna claimed he punched and choked her during an argument in their Houston apartment back in Feb. '12.
Hill got a one-year deferred sentence and a $500 fine in exchange for his 'no contest' plea -- but Luna lawyered up with Gloria Allred and sought big money in a civil suit.
Now, we've learned Luna has officially DROPPED her lawsuit -- with prejudice -- which means she can never refile against Hill for the incident ever again ... usually a telltale sign of a settlement.
We reached out to Allred and asked about a possible settlement -- to which she replied, "The matter has been amicably resolved."
We reached out to Hill's lawyers for comment -- so far, no word back.
St. Louis Rams Punter
The White(er) Michael Jackson
9/23/2014 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Question: What's black and white and red all over?
Answer: St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker doing his Michael Jackson impression.
Hekker and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar co-hosted the team's first ever Ram-Oke event at the 4 Seasons hotel in St. Louis Monday night -- benefiting their Kick Cancer initiative (nice work, fellas).
But the highlight of the event had to be when the gang dialed up Michael Jackson's "Thriller" -- and Hekker busted out the zombie dance.
Adrian Peterson in '12
I Hated How My Parents Disciplined Me
... But It Worked
9/23/2014 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson says he HATED the way his parents physically disciplined him while he was growing up -- but believed it was effective ... and that's why he treats his kids the same way.
AP opened up about his childhood -- and his disdain for the way he was punished -- during a 2012 interview with Graham Bensinger ... saying:
"I feel like I just have to teach [my kids] the ropes along the way and stay on them and really be disciplined ... not to the point where they’re hating you when they’re older, like my dad did and my mom did growing up," Peterson said.
The NFL star -- who's now facing child abuse charges after beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch -- went on to explain why even though he "hated" his parents at times, he believes their tough love instilled important values that he wants to pass on to his own children.
In the end, Peterson says he's an A+ father who's raising his kids the right way.
Boxer Adrien Broner
1-MAN DANCE PARTY
... Gets Wild at ATL Nightclub
9/23/2014 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's some pretty amazing video of boxing superstar Adrien Broner turning ALL THE WAY UP in a nightclub in ATL this weekend.
Dancing like his life depends on it? Check.
Clutching a bottle of expensive champagne? Check.
Wearing a half-open shirt that would make Magnum P.I. proud? CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!
It all went down at Mansion Elan nightclub ... where Broner was partying with a bunch of big stars like Lil Boosie and Yo Gotti who were all in town for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Check out the clip -- it's clear why Broner was the champ that night.
I'm Trading My Wife
For a Sick New Car!!!
9/23/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner just went out and did what all men do when their woman is finally out of the picture ... drop $50k on a sick new toy.
Bruce bought a NASCAR-approved UTV race car. Kris Jenner's soon-to-be ex bought it from NASCAR superstar Robby Gordon. And we're told it was an impulse buy ... we're guessing a celebration of sorts.
Bruce made the deal Monday at the Sand Sports Super Show in O.C. ... the same day Kris filed divorce docs. And, our spies on the ground tell us Bruce was literally grinning from ear-to-ear.
The Olympic gold medalist is a speed freak ... as in hardcore race fanatic. We're told he plans to break in his new speedster in February at the Griffin King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA with sons Burt and Brandon.
Being single does have its privileges ... many privileges.
HACKED NUDE PIC IS FAKE
9/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beach volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor is calling BS on a nude photo that was allegedly hacked out of her email account -- saying the pic is "clearly Photoshopped" and 100% NOT HER.
The photo -- one of dozens of nude celebrity pics that appeared online this weekend in a massive (and illegal) photo leak -- features a nude woman (purported to be Misty) who appears to have the same tattoos as the Olympian in the same exact places.
But Misty's rep says the pic is bogus -- "I reviewed the image with Misty and it is clear that it is a bad photoshop job."
The rep says Misty is not filing a police report -- since it's not her -- but hopes the cops catch whoever is responsible for leaking the authentic photos of the other celebrities.
POPPED FOR DUI
... After Wild Spinout
9/22/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL star Roderick Coleman -- a former All-Pro defensive end for the Falcons -- was arrested for DUI in Georgia this weekend ... after allegedly losing control of his truck and nearly taking out a pack of motorcycle riders.
TMZ Sports has learned ... the 38-year-old -- who played in the league for 9 seasons -- was taken into custody in Douglas County (outside of Atlanta) around 5 AM Sunday morning.
Witnesses tell TMZ Sports ... Coleman was attempting to make a left turn -- and overshot -- hitting a curb and losing control of his truck. We're told he skidded off the road and onto a nearby grassy area before coming to a stop.
We're told the truck came thiiiis close to hitting a group of bikers who were in town for a motorcycle convention -- but fortunately he missed.
Cops responded to the scene -- and Coleman was eventually booked for misdemeanor DUI and failing to maintain lane control. He was released after posting $3,500 bond.
Attempts to reach Coleman were unsuccessful.
Ray Rice Is Behind ESPN Hit Piece
9/22/2014 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says Ray Rice and Ray's team are the main sources behind the ESPN article that claimed Bisciotti spearheaded a cover-up.
While addressing the media, Bisciotti says he strongly believes the sources for the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article were Ray's attorney, Ray's agent and Ray's friends -- who gave the info to ESPN in an effort to get Ray reinstated into the NFL.
Bisciotti says the allegations in the ESPN article are false -- but says he believes Ray's people would push the false stories out because the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to "make everybody else look like they're lying."
Ravens Coach John Harbaugh
I Did NOT Want to Cut Ray Rice
After 1st Elevator Video
9/22/2014 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is adamant ... he did NOT push to cut Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first "outside the elevator" video ... despite an ESPN report to the contrary.
The Ravens -- and Harbaugh -- have just issued a statement in response to the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article which said Harbaugh was "horrified" after seeing the 1st tape back in February and wanted Rice gone.
But now, Harbaugh says it just ain't true ... "I did not recommend cutting Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first videotape. I was very disturbed by that tape, and I told people that the facts should determine the consequences."
Harbaugh added, "When I saw the second videotape, I immediately felt that we needed to release Ray."
MY NEW KICKS ARE KILLER
... As In 'Serial Killer'
9/22/2014 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dwyane Wade is hoping to murder the shoe game ... by putting out a new pair of sneakers covered in fake blood splatter -- and he's calling 'em "The Dexters."
Wade has a shoe deal with a Chinese apparel company called Li Ning -- and it's latest release is clearly inspired by the gory "Showtime" series which followed a lovable serial killer played by Michael C. Hall.
D-Wade is clearly hoping his Dexters generate the same kinda buzz other shoes inspired by Hollywood have enjoyed -- like the McFlys or the Freddys ... clearly inspired by "Nightmare on Elm Street."
No word on when Wade's shoes are expected to drop.
Guess How Much I Pocketed
From (Allegedly) Stolen Headphones
9/22/2014 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Time for some PAWN SHOP MATH!!!
Ex-NBA star Rex Chapman is accused of stealing $14,278 worth of unused products from an Apple store in AZ -- including fancy headphones -- but can you guess how much $$$ he got when he allegedly sold the goods to a pawn shop?
Lock in your answers ................... now.
According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Chapman only raked in $5,460 for the stuff ... roughly ONE-THIRD of the retail value.
Clearly, Chapman's negotiating skills need work (allegedly).
Bonus footage -- Chapman appeared before a judge this weekend (via satellite) and was arraigned on nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking stolen property, all felony charges.
Yankees Contract Up for Auction
'No Booze, In Bed By 1 AM'
9/22/2014 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The very first contract Babe Ruth negotiated with the NY Yankees is about to hit the auction block -- which specifically outlines the MLB legend was BANNED FROM BOOZE and had a 1 AM bedtime.
TMZ Sports has learned ... the contract -- hand-signed by George Herman Ruth on March 10, 1922 -- is being auctioned off by Goldin Auctions ... and the sellers tell us they're expecting to fetch over $1 mil.
The terms of the 3-year deal are pretty interesting ... Babe agreed to league-high $52k-per-season ... but there were a couple of catches.
For instance, Babe had to fork over a $30 deposit for his uniform and was not allowed to play any other sport while under contract.
But the big one ... a clause that was added which spelled out that Babe was to "refrain entirely from the use of intoxicating liquors and that he shall not during the training and playing season in each year stay up later than 1 o'clock A.M. on any day without the permission and consent of the club's manager."
At the time Babe signed the deal, he had already been with the Yanks for 3 years ... but was playing under the contract he signed with his previous team, the Boston Red Sox.
The contract will hit the auction block on October 6th. Good luck ...