Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell now admits he shipped and received more than a kilo of molly through the mail -- and he's facing SERIOUS jail time for it.
Caldwell pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tampa to possession and intent to sell a huge stash of ecstasy pills, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prosecutors say the plea was part of a deal Caldwell hammered out with them -- but details of the deal were not immediately released.
As we told you ... Caldwell was busted in May for trying to send 2 separate packages in the mail filled with the party drug. The ex-Chargers, Patriots, and Redskins player faces up to 20 years in federal prison. That's the max, but considering he worked out a deal ... that seems unlikely.
Caldwell is still facing illegal gambling and marijuana possession charges.
Busted at Home with V. Stiviano
Shelly Calls Cops
10/1/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano reunited at his Beverly Hills mansion today -- and when Donald's wife found out ... she called police, trying to get V. arrested ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Shelly Sterling got wind of Donald and V.'s tryst ... and believed Stiviano must have broken into the house. Our Sterling sources tell us Shelly called Bev Hills PD immediately and reported a break-in.
We're told police officers responded ... and spoke to Donald and Stiviano. One source tells us V. was an "invited" guest, so ... no break-in, and no arrests.
Shelly has beef with V. ... She sued the alleged mistress, claiming she embezzled $1.8 mil from Donald ... and Shelly says half of that was hers. Shelly claims V. swindled an old man who wasn't with it.
Cops tell us V. wasn't scared off ... she stayed after they left.
Cracks Michael Sam Gay Joke on ESPN
'I Probably Won't Be Back'
10/1/2014 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aries Spears says he doesn't expect to return to ESPN after cracking a gay joke about Michael Sam live on "SportsNation."
The comedian was sitting on a panel with Michelle Beadle and Marcellus Wiley when he brought up Sam -- the first openly gay football player in the NFL.
"I went out and got my first Michael Sam jersey," Spears said ... "It's got 15 S's on the back."
Beadle shot him a cold stare. Wiley told him, "You ain't right."
After the show, Spears tweeted, "Just left sports nation on Espn! Great crew I probably won't be bk though! Didn't know it was Disney operated! LOL."
Dennis Rodman Could Never Hang
... When It Came to Partying
10/1/2014 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's raged across the globe -- from Vegas to North Korea -- but Dennis Rodman still can't hang with the big boys when it comes to partying ... so says rock legend Tommy Lee.
The Motley Crue drummer was out in Calabasas this week when we asked if there was ever an athlete who could keep up with him when it came to getting wild ... but Lee was clear, the answer is no.
"They don't really party like we do," Lee said.
Sounds like a challenge ...
Bonus -- Lee did have one tip for couples looking to spice up their sex lives ... check out the clip. And then get your tripod ready.
Kansas City Police Dept.
During Royals Playoff Game
10/1/2014 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Kansas City Royals could be the key to stopping crime in Kansas City ... because criminal activity was actually DOWN in K.C. during last night's big playoff game ... cops tell TMZ Sports.
We spoke with Sgt. Darin Snapp of the Kansas City Police Dept. who says the unbelievable 12 inning battle between the Royals and the Oakland A's may have actually deterred the bad guys for a night.
"We ran the last 4 Tuesdays and last night was the slowest night as far as calls to service," Sgt. Snapp says ... adding, "Everybody was happy and getting along and watching the game."
The cops were especially thrilled with the situation ... considering the KCPD had tweeted out to the city earlier, "We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We'd like to hear the @Royals clinch this."
Ask ... and you shall receive.
'TMZ Hollywood Sports'
Brett Favre Manscapes
... Michael Strahan Strips
10/1/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brett Favre wants to make sure men are properly groomed ... where it counts ... as part of a new ad campaign we can't believe he agreed to do.
Plus, more details on Michael Strahan's first movie role as a male stripper.
And KC Chiefs superstar Tamba Hali tells us what it was like to terrorize Tom Brady!!
Make sure to check out the brand NEW episode of "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz -- every weekday at 8pm ET, 5pm PT.
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'Law & Order: SVU'
Sports Scandal Mashup
Darren Sharper Meets Ray Rice
10/1/2014 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Darren Sharper alleged rape scandal is getting the TV treatment -- with a little Ray Rice mixed in -- because "Law & Order: SVU" is ripping both headlines for a sports scandal themed episode.
The episode -- which airs tonight -- features a major sports star accused of drugging and raping multiple women ... a la the accusations levied against former NFL star Darren Sharper.
Clearly, they are changing the names of the characters ... but it's clear, producers are using the Sharper case as the basis for the ep.
But here's where it gets bizarre ... producers are heavily promoting a controversial "elevator scandal" involving the sports hero ... which seems like a obvious take from the Ray Rice situation.
Only in the preview clip for the episode, a woman is attacking the sports star ... the reverse of what happened in real life with Ray.
"SVU" hasn't shied away from celebrity scandals in the past -- airing episodes based off Chris Brown, Casey Anthony and Paula Deen.
Cuba Gooding Jr. On
Topless NHL Celebration:
IT'S HOW I GET DOWN!
10/1/2014 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Screw Ebola, Cuba Gooding Jr. has clearly been infected with another troubling ailment ... BIEBER-ITUS ... 'cause the Oscar winner can't seem to keep his shirt on these days.
Cuba was leaving Cafe Habana in Malibu Tuesday when we asked about his recent topless hockey celebration -- when he ripped off his top moments after scoring a mid-ice shot during an NHL shooting challenge.
Cuba's explanation? THAT'S HOW HE DO!!!
... and then he ripped off his shirt again.
Bieber-itus ... it's spreading.
Golf Channel Host Win McMurry
Check Out My Rack
10/1/2014 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Golf Channel star Win McMurry went out hunting for elk this week ... and clearly, she came out ahead.
McMurry -- who anchors "PGA Tour Primetime" -- rolled out to Cody, Wyoming for a big game hunt and took down a mighty 12-point elk ... then posed with her trophy.
The 31-year-old, who hails from North Carolina, is an avid hunter and outdoorswoman -- and judging from her Instagram page, she seems pretty damn handy with a bow and arrow.
She's also pretty handy with a bikini.
Boxer Andre Berto
CHICK FIGHT AT BDAY PARTY
'That S**t Was Nuts!'
10/1/2014 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Two hot, young chicks strapped on boxing gloves ... in bikinis ... and went at it INSIDE a Miami nightclub to celebrate Andre Berto's 31st bday ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
The 2-time welterweight champ turnt all way up Mokia Lounge in Miami Beach recently -- alongside big stars like MLB pitcher Aroldis Chapman and fellow boxer Adrien Broner.
The scene was crazy ... huge bottle of champagne, scantily clad women, fancy cake -- and Berto tells TMZ Sports the whole thing was "epic!"
"We partied all night! That s**t was nuts!"
8-Hour Gambling Binge
... Before DUI
10/1/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Phelps had just finished up an 8-hour gambling session at a Baltimore casino before he was popped for DUI early Tuesday morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to our casino sources, Phelps hit up the Horseshoe Casino around 5pm Monday afternoon ... and sat in a private VIP gambling room for hours ... finally leaving around 1am.
We're told Phelps was playing blackjack ... though it's unclear if he also played other card games that night. There have been several reports that he's big into poker.
Clearly, Phelps had been drinking inside the casino ... we're told his booze of choice was beer ... and when he was pulled over around 1:40am, it was just a few miles from the casino.
We're told Phelps is a regular at the casino ... in fact, he was just there last month playing poker.
We reached out to Phelps for comment -- so far, no dice.
Half Court Shots Goin' In
... On A Tuesday
9/30/2014 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pistons big man Andre Drummond believes in two things -- basketball and turning up -- and he's got hilarious video evidence to prove the two loves of his life can live in perfect harmony.
Andre just posted a video to Instagram showing him sinking a RIDICULOUS half court shot at the Pistons' facility then celebrating by two stepping to one of hottest club bangers in the country.
Check out clip -- The song, called "Club Going Up ... On A Tuesday" By ILoveMakkonen is clearly Drummond's jam, you can tell by the smile on his face when he jams to it.
'I'm Deeply Sorry'
... For DUI Arrest
9/30/2014 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Phelps just issued a statement on his DUI arrest in Baltimore this morning ... saying he takes "full responsibility" and is sorry he let everyone down.
Here's the statement Phelps just issued on Twitter:
"Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines."
"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility."
"I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed the Olympic legend was hammered.
He was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lanes.