Jameis Winston is walking away clean from the alleged rape case -- already cleared criminally -- he's now been cleared of any wrongdoing as far as Florida State University is concerned.
Former Florida State Supreme Court Justice, Major Harding ... announced FSU's star QB did not violate the university's student code of conduct. Harding oversaw a hearing earlier this month where Winston came face-to-face with the woman who claims he sexually assaulted her in 2012.
Harding says there was insufficient evidence to prove Winston violated the campus' code. The FL State Attorney also cited a lack of evidence for not charging Winston following a criminal investigation.
The alleged victim has until Jan. 13 to appeal Harding's ruling. Winston and the Seminoles are playing Oregon in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
'Top Chef' Winner
I Trash Talked Gronkowski
But He Loved My Sausage
12/21/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Patriots stud Rob Gronkowski isn't afraid to mix it up with football fans ... even when they're contestants on a reality show he's judging.
Gronk was a guest critic on this week's episode of "Top Chef: Boston" ... but not all the cooks were star struck ... 'cause chef George Pagonis tells TMZ Sports he got in Gronk's face and told him exactly how he felt about the Pats. Hint ... George is not a fan.
Chef P says, "I never really cared for any Boston teams. I've spent a lot of time in New York, and I'm a big Redskins fan."
Still, razzing Gronk when he controls your culinary fate doesn't seem wise. Pagans says ... "I couldn't let my team down and not speak up." He adds Gronk was totally cool with his verbal jabs.
Obviously, it didn't affect his judging because Chef Pagonis cooked the winning dish -- a pork and veal sausage.
Pigskin and sausage ... the key to Gronk's heart.
Pneumonia Lands Champ in Hospital
12/20/2014 8:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Muhammad Ali is in a hospital battling pneumonia -- but doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
72-year-old Ali was admitted to an undisclosed hospital early Saturday morning ... according to a rep for the boxing legend. The rep says it's a mild case of pneumonia which doctors caught early -- so he's not expected to have a very long hospital stay.
Earlier this month ... TMZ Sports got pics of "The Greatest" hanging with Snoop Dogg at Nevada's high school championship game. Snoop's son and Ali's grandson were teammates at Bishop Gorman high.
In New Mexico Bowl
12/20/2014 12:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Footing the Bill
for Murderer's Funeral
12/20/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather is putting aside some brutal facts and paying for the funeral of the rapper who gunned down his wife in the bathtub and then shot himself.
We're told Floyd thinks Earl Hayes' family deserves a proper funeral, despite the horrific thing he did.
TMZ broke the story ... Floyd was FaceTiming with Hayes earlier this month when the rapper snapped as they discussed how his wife, "Hit the Floor" star Stephanie Moseley was cheating on him. He went in the bathroom and pumped 10-12 shots as she lay in the tub. He then killed himself.
We don't know if Floyd foot the bill for Stephanie's funeral Friday in Canada. Floyd was urging Hayes to dump her just before he lost it.
Hayes' funeral is set for today.
Ray & Janay Rice
Handcuffed and Making Out
After Elevator Fight
12/19/2014 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice and then fiancee Janay Palmer were handcuffed the night of the Atlantic City elevator fight ... and even kissed each other in an elevator as police escorted them out of the casino.
The surveillance video posted by ABC News shows cops seated with Ray and Janay at separate tables in the Revel Hotel and Casino.
About 1 minute into the video police start to walk Ray and Janay out, they put them both together in the same elevator. Remember this isn't long after Ray knocked out Janay in an elevator.
Both Ray and Janay were arrested for assault, but charges were quickly dropped against Janay.
Kobe, Hit Me Up!
I Can Save Your Season
12/20/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Master P has a sure fire plan to turnaround this painful Lakers season -- just give him a little run, and he'll do what Kobe Bryant hasn't been able to do ... not yet, anyway.
Mr. "Make Em' Say Uhh" told us he can provide something for the Lake show no one else can. Master P even called out the Mamba, saying ... "I played against Kobe. He knows what's up!"
It's true ... P did play in a couple of NBA preseasons with the Hornets and Raptors in the late '90s. We're guessing Kobe doesn't remember much about their match ups.
Still ... the Lakers season couldn't get worse, right? Check out P's plan -- and also his take on athletes repping the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts. Solid perspective.
O.J. Mayo Sued by Airline
You Are Not Free to ...
Use Drugs Around Our Cabin
12/19/2014 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Milwaukee Bucks star O.J. Mayo has a $19k problem on his hands ... because a charter airline company says he didn't pony up the cash to fly -- and put the crew in danger by using "illegal narcotics" ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to a lawsuit filed today by Quantum Jets ... Mayo booked a flight from Houston to L.A. on July 16th, but couldn't pay for the entire flight. The airline agreed he could give them a down payment, and pay the rest the next day.
But Quantum claims he never coughed up the dough. Further, they say he used illegal narcotics during the flight. The suit doesn't specify what kind of drugs.
Quantum Jets is suing Mayo for breach of contract and negligence. It wants at least $19,200 in damages, plus interest.
We reached out to Mayo and his reps ... so far no word back.
It's Your Lucky Day, Dude!!
Hooks Up Snowboarder
12/19/2014 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor Swift just gave a pro snowboarder a heart attack we're guessing ... 'cause all Greg Bretz wanted for his birthday was for Taylor to show him some love -- and it just happened.
T Swizzle recorded a shout out to Greg -- posted by a mutual friend of theirs -- telling him, "Happy birthday, Greg. Amazing!"
Bretz turned 24 Friday -- and earlier this week he was crushing hard on Taylor. First, he posted videos of himself doing snowmobile tricks ... using "Blank Space" as the soundtrack.
He even came on TMZ Hollywood Sports to talk about how Taylor inspires him when he's on the mountain.
In the video, Taylor mentions something about Greg scoring -- could be a sports reference, or y'know ... ;)
Congrats, Greg! May we suggest Kate Upton for your 25th birthday?
Ex-49er Ray McDonald
Out of Work & Under Investigation ...
12/19/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If Ray McDonald is pissed off about getting cut from the San Francisco 49ers -- he did a bang up job of hiding it outside his attorney's office.
The defensive lineman let out a massive yawn as he strolled to his car after meeting his lawyer in San Jose Friday -- 2 days after he was named a suspect in an alleged rape investigation ... and subsequently 86'd by the Niners.
Ray's pretty chill -- especially for a guy facing his second criminal investigation in 6 months, and suddenly out of work.
Watch ... Ray's got a friend with him who says new information will be "coming out soon." Unclear if he's talking about Ray's future in the NFL ... or the alleged rape case.
Dwight Howard's Son
Cutest Litte Pitchman Ever
... For Michael Vick's Brush
12/19/2014 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Vick is winning -- not with the Jets, but in business -- because his already super popular brush line just got an adorable celebrity endorser ... Dwight Howard's seven-year-old son Braylon.
Dwight's baby's mama Royce Reed took to Instagram to show off Bray using the Wavemasterz brush ... along with a glowing review on how the product makes the little tyke's hair all ocean like.
No word on whether the little man got any Christmas money for his commercial debut -- sure feels like a commercial to us -- but one thing's for sure .. his 'do is definitely poppin'.
Jabs Prez Over Name Screw Up ...
'It's Franco, not Flacco!'
12/19/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Listen up, President Obama ... Joe Flacco wants to make sure you know he's never been in "127 Hours" or "Spring Breakers" ... and he's definitely not the co-star of "The Interview."
POTUS made a huge flub during his news conference Friday -- mashing up James Franco's name with Joe's -- and the Ravens QB quickly responded.
The prez was talking about the Sony cyber attack and "The Interview" ... saying, "a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James FLACCO. I love Seth ... I love James."
Flacco razzed the president by tweeting, "@barackobama: It's James Franco, not James Flacco ;)" He also shouted out James ... welcoming him to the fam.
Still ... imagine Franco putting on the pads to take on J.J. Watt and the Texans this weekend. THAT would be awesome.
There Ain't Nothing Wrong
with a Little Manscaping
12/19/2014 12:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The 1980s are long over and Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley says NBA players have evolved ... and now they shave their armpits.
Jared apparently solved a life-long mystery for our photog when he left 1Oak Thursday night ... because our guy was just DYING to know if the NBA made players shave ... or if it was a choice.
Dudley said that shaving was the thing to do these days ... unlike the Patrick Ewing days of yore.
To each their own.