NFL legend Cris Carter just WENT OFF on Adrian Peterson -- scolding the Vikings running back for beating his 4-year-old kid ... and admitting his own mother was wrong for hitting him as a child.
The whole thing was incredibly emotional -- with Carter appearing on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" and ripped the idea that Peterson's form of punishment was OK because that's how AP was taught when he was a kid.
"My mom did the best job she could do ... but there are thousands of things i have learned since then -- that my mom was wrong."
"She did the best she could but she was wrong about some of the stuff she taught me ... and I promised my kids I won't teach that mess to them."
Carter then hails the Vikings -- his former team -- saying they did the right thing by deactivating AP.
Check out the clip.
Panthers Star Greg Hardy
Over Domestic Violence Conviction
9/14/2014 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Carolina Panthers have decided to DEACTIVATE superstar defensive end Greg Hardy because of his domestic violence conviction -- a decision that was made by the team this morning and it seems fairly obvious it's all because of the Ray Rice situation.
Back in July, a North Carolina judge found Hardy guilty of attacking his girlfriend and threatening her life during an altercation in May -- but the Panthers and the NFL decided not to punish Hardy while he appealed the decision and pursued a jury trial.
Translation -- THEY SAT ON THEIR HANDS AND DID NOTHING FOR MONTHS.
But now, in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal -- and a public outcry against the NFL for taking too light of a stance against domestic violence -- the Panthers have decided to deactivate Hardy for today's game.
As for the incident, Hardy's ex had claimed he beat the living crap out of her and threatened to kill her during a jealous late-night rage.
The woman had testified that Hardy got angry that night when he heard a Nelly song at a nightclub -- which angered him because the woman had briefly dated the rapper when she was on a break from Hardy.
Story developing ..
First Public Outing Since Beating
9/14/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Christy Mack says her recovery is going great ... and she's only a few surgeries away from fixing the damage done to her face -- allegedly by ex-boyfriend/MMA fighter War Machine.
Mack was outside an event for the Face Forward Foundation -- an advocacy group who support victims of domestic abuse -- when she gave us an update on her current condition.
As we previously reported ... War Machine plead NOT guilty to 32 charges -- including two counts of attempted murder.
Mack told police her ex came to her home Aug. 8th ... beat her friend Corey Thomas and then pummeled her --- breaking multiple bones all over her body and rupturing her liver.
Fan Stampede After Fight
9/14/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hundreds of boxing fans were whipped into a frenzy after the Floyd Mayweather fight Saturday night ... and things got so out of hand one guy ended up in the hospital.
Moments after Money scored a unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana ... 2 fights broke in in the lobby -- causing scores of fans to run back inside the arena to avoid the fight.
One man was taken away on a stretcher ... but hotel officials tell the Las Vegas Sun -- he wasn't fighting ... he just got stampeded.
In case you forgot ... a similar incident went down after the Mayweather fight in May -- only that one was worse ... 24 people were hospitalized.
ATL Rapper Killer Mike
Hawks Owner's NOT A Racist
... He's A Businessman
9/14/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
ATL Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is being UNFAIRLY labeled a racist over his now infamous email -- so says ATL rapper Killer Mike who tells TMZ Sports the only color on BL's mind was GREEN!
The email (from 2012) went viral last weekend -- and in it, Levenson explained that the high percentage of black people at his games was scaring off rich white people.
Mike, who's signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle label, says there's NOTHING WRONG with making those observations.
"It's not remotely racist at all. What I read was a business man trying to fill up his seats with the demographic that spends the most money."
Mike adds, "I own a barber shop. I make it a point for people to know I cut white people's hair. If white people 30 to 55 aren't coming to Hawks games, you have to do whatever you need to do to get them there."
Mike does admit that the email was "crass" -- but he thinks people should stop being so quick to throw that word "racist" around.
"We should save that outrage for a time when it's really warranted."
9/13/2014 5:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like Justin Bieber is done living the bachelor life ... he actually brought his girlfriend Selena Gomez to Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather fight -- and she's gonna meet his boxing BFF.
Sources close to Bieber tell us the couple hit up the Hard Rock pool party Saturday and Selena was spotted with friends in a picture posted on Shots. Bieber also posted a pic poolside.
We're told Selena and Floyd have surprisingly never met -- Biebs usually rolls to Vegas with his boys -- but he plans to introduce the two after the fight.
Normally Lil Wayne and J.B. walk Floyd to the ring ... but Weezy is on tour -- so right now it's looking like Wiz Khalifa will be taking his place.
Ex-NFL Star Marion Barber
Former Teammates Concerned
'He Needs Help'
9/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marion Barber's former NFL teammates tell TMZ Sports they're "shocked" by the details of the former superstar's handgun-in-a-church arrest ... and are hoping he gets the help he needs.
We broke the story ... Barber was taken into police custody in June after allegedly taking a loaded gun into a Texas church and flashing it at the congregation. He was held for mental evaluation.
One former NFL teammate -- a fellow superstar who didn't want to be named because he maintains a close friendship with Barber -- says, "He needs help, I care about him."
We also spoke with former Cowboys cornerback Brian McCann -- who played with Barber in 2010 -- who says the Marion he knew was a "fun-loving guy."
"[The Marion described in the police report] doesn't sound like him at all. He never seemed like a troubled guy."
"He was the team jokester. He showed me you can still have fun at this level."
We've tried contacting Barber to no avail -- and his neighbors say he hasn't been seen at his home since the arrest.
SURFACES WITH WIFE
At High School FB Game
9/13/2014 12:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice and his wife Janay have finally emerged in public -- attending a high school football game with their daughter Saturday .... laughing and smiling as if they didn't have a care in the world.
The couple surfaced in New Rochelle High School in NY -- where Ray played ball back in the day -- and cheered on the school from the sidelines.
Interesting, considering Ray's middle school recently took down his football jersey in the wake of the elevator attack video.
Meantime, the NRHS football coach expressed SUPPORT for Ray -- and said he will always be a part of the New Rochelle High famile.
Ray didn't speak with the media -- and left before the game ended.
BTW -- NRHS won ... big.
Tree Branch Whooping
Far Exceeds Reasonable Discipline
9/13/2014 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Montgomery County DA's office just said Adrian Peterson's decision to whip his child with a tree branch exceeded "reasonable discipline" and that is why he has been indicted for felony child abuse.
The DA says parents are allowed to use discipline -- presumably some physical force -- but it has to be in line with reasonable community standards.
The DA said reports that a grand jury had previously rejected the case are false -- the grand jury that indicted Peterson on Friday is the only to ever hear the case.
The DA says the grand jury heard the case for several weeks before making it's decision.
The stakes are high for Peterson ... if he's convicted of the felony he could serve up to two years behind bars.
Ray Rice Prosecutors
Our Boss Handled Criminal Case 'Shamefully'
9/13/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice's criminal case was handled "outrageously" and "shamefully" ... this according to numerous prosecutors in the office ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Multiple prosecutors in the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office have spoken with TMZ -- on condition of anonymity -- and they say it is "virtually unheard of" for their office to allow someone like Ray Rice to avoid felony charges. What's more ... they say it all happened behind closed doors ... behind their backs.
We previously reported ... the grand jury indicted Rice for felony abuse after viewing the elevator video posted on TMZ Sports. Rice's lawyer then petitioned for something called PTI -- Pre-trial Intervention -- which gives first time offenders a break ... reducing the charge to a minor offense.
As one prosecutor said, "If there is violence or even a threat of violence by the perpetrator, prosecutors almost always object to a PTI and judges always follow the prosecutor's wishes" ... meaning the case gets tried as a felony.
Not so with Rice. We're told the case did NOT go to the Domestic Violence Unit ... which is where it should have gone. Instead, it was micromanaged by Jim McClain, the prosecutor who runs the office and his number 2 prosecutor, Diane Ruberton. The Domestic Violence Unit was in the dark.
Another prosecutor said, "Never did I see a case this violent get PTI. It's off the charts abnormal."
The prosecutors say virtually everyone in the office was outraged when the case was closed on May 20. As one prosecutor said, "The video is disgusting. He [Rice] treated her like a pile of s***, human garbage, dragging her out of the elevator."
And it gets worse. We're told either on June 17 or 18 ... Jim McClain called all of the prosecutors into the conference room and said he would no longer use the Domestic Violence Unit to process cases where the grand jury indicts abusers. We're told McClain said it was just a matter of resources.
But our sources say McClain's decision is a disaster. They say the cases are now handled by overworked prosecutors who handle general crimes and don't have the time or training to handle DV cases. They have no time to help the victims through the process. Our sources say McClain has "all but obliterated the DV Unit."
As for why McClain handled the Rice case the way he did and then emasculated the DV unit ... none of the prosecutors have a clue.
McClain tells TMZ Sports Diane Ruberton is "one of our most experienced attorneys," adding she was assisted by a Victim Witness Coordinator. McClain also said he consulted with Ruberton and another prosecutor who handles PTI domestic violence applications, before deciding not to object to Rice's PTI bid.
McClain says, "Any allegation or intimation that this matter was handled by persons who were inexperienced or unqualified is baseless."
Booked For Child Abuse
9/13/2014 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson turned himself over to authorities early Saturday morning on child abuse charges ... faintly smiling for his mug shot.
Peterson was booked in Houston just after 1 AM and released a half hour later.
The football star is accused of beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch ... hitting him so hard it left welts and caused him to bleed.
Peterson actually admitted to cops he gave his son "a whooping" and says it's the same treatment he got as a kid. Peterson's lawyer adds that his client "deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
The Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game.
FORGIVE RAY RICE
He Deserves 2nd Chance
9/13/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mo'Nique just joined an even smaller club than than the Academy Award winners group she already belongs to ... people who want to give Ray Rice a second chance.
The "Precious" star was on "Good Day L.A." on FOX 11 this week and when asked about the Rice situation, showed a tidal wave of support for Rice -- more than any other big star has so far.
"A lot of people are saying get rid of him ... in our worst moments we would want empathy."
Check out the video -- Mo'Nique also had glowing things to say about Rice's wife ... explaining why she thought there was "beauty" in Janay forgiving Ray.
The Secret To The Perfect Brazilian Butt Is ...
9/13/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
UFC badass Lyoto Machida is about to get to the bottom of a mystery -- a bottom mystery -- 'cause the pro face breaker just told TMZ Sports why women in his native Brazil have such nice ... assets.
Machida was out in Beverly Hills with his smokin' hot wife when our camera guy asked the question that women all over the world want to know -- how do Brazilian chicks get their mystical booty powers???
Check the video -- Machida gives our camera guy two reasons Brazilian chicks are so bootylicious.
Somewhere, Jen Selter is nervous ...