4:10 PM PT -- Gilmore is now changing his tune.
Despite the fact he told us on the record that the NFL "was aware" of the fight BEFORE the draft, he has now changed his story ... and is saying the league was NOT aware before the draft.
"No one was aware of the incident until today because it wasn't an issue because no one was arrested. They would have been aware, had there been an arrest."
Mike Evans' agent tells TMZ Sports ... the NFL knew all about Mike's involvement in a nightclub fistfight in Miami BEFORE the 2014 NFL Draft ... and says the teams ultimately deemed it a "non-issue."
We broke the story ... Evans was involved in an altercation outside Dream Nightclub in Miami Beach in March -- TWO MONTHS before he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Evans' agent, Deryk Gilmore tells TMZ Sports ... everyone took the incident seriously, but because no one was arrested -- including Mike -- it didn't dissuade teams from drafting the WR.
Gilmore insists Evans is a "great kid" -- adding, "[He] loves football. He would never ever ever ever do something to show otherwise."
"Mike always wants to represent the NFL shield in the appropriate way."
NFL Rookie Mike Evans
INSANE NIGHTCLUB BRAWL
Throws Punches at Bouncers [Update]
8/22/2014 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tampa Bay Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was in the middle of an INSANE nightclub brawl -- fighting bouncers in the street ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
It all went down outside Dream Nightclub ... where the #7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft was screaming at bouncers. We're told Evans had been partying inside the club moments before the video begins.
The person who shot the video tells TMZ Sports the footage was captured Saturday night. However, Mike's agent insists the incident took place back in March.
While Evans -- who just turned 21 yesterday -- unloads on the staff, a person who appears to be in Mike's entourage throws a punch at a bouncer ... and that's when all hell breaks loose.
During the melee, Mike gets knocked out of frame ... but comes running back into the center of the madness ... throwing a haymaker.
He continues to throw punches -- while bobbing and weaving like the superstar athlete that he is.
Despite the presence of several men wearing "police" vests -- we're told Mike was not arrested. In fact, we're told NO ONE was arrested.
According to the nightclub's website, you have to be 21 to enter -- and Mike was only 20 at the time of the incident.
We reached out to Mike's rep and the Bucs. So far, no word back.
1:36 PM PT -- Mike's GF posted a photo of the couple back in March, wearing the same clothes they were in on the night of the fight. It's pretty clear, this thing went down in March.
Steelers Running Back:
I Didn't Know You Could Get a DUI
For Being High
8/22/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell told police he had no idea he could get a DUI for driving while high -- after admitting that he smoked weed before getting behind the wheel ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
As we previously reported, Bell and teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested on August 20th in Pennsylvania -- after a cop said he could smell weed coming from their Camaro.
According to the report, the cop initially asked Bell (the driver) if he had any weed in the car -- and he initially said NO.
But when the cop asked if he was high, Bell reportedly replied, "It was about a minute ago. We smoked within the last two hours."
The cop said he called for backup -- including a K9 unit to search the car -- and that's when Bell told the officer he had weed in the glove box.
Bell, Blount and a woman in the car told the cop they had all chipped in to buy the weed.
The cop says he told Bell he could be in trouble for driving under the influence -- to which Bell replied, "I didn't know that you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. I am perfectly fine."
"Why would I be getting high if I had to get on a plane to make it to my game?"
He added, "I have to be on my plane at 3 to be in Philadelphia, I play for the Steelers."
The cop ran some field sobriety tests -- Bell bombed -- and he was arrested. Blount and the female passenger were each cited for weed possession.
DEADLIFTING 400 POUNDS
8/22/2014 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hugh Jackman ... strong dude.
The actor hit the gym to bulk up for his role as Blackbeard in the upcoming movie, "Pan" -- and busted out a set of deadlifts with 180 kgs of weight ... aka 397 pounds!!!
It's pretty impressive -- but it ain't exactly NFL caliber strength ... especially compared to former NFL defensive end Phillip Daniels who cranked out 675 POUNDS during a set back in 2011.
Still, props to Jackman.
Texas A&M Football Star
Arrested for Domestic Violence
8/22/2014 7:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
More trouble for former Texas A&M defensive lineman Isaiah Golden -- the 20-year-old was arrested for domestic violence last night in Louisiana ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Golden was a starter as a freshman for the 2013 Aggies and recorded 32 tackles -- but was kicked off the team after being arrested for aggravated robbery for an incident back in May.
Now, the 6'2", 330-pounder is facing misdemeanor domestic abuse and child endangerment charges after an alleged altercation in Lake Charles, LA.
Our sources tell us Golden is accused of getting into it with the mother of his children -- and it all went down in front of the kids -- hence the child endangerment charge.
Story developing ...
Ex-College Football Star
ALLEGED SERIAL RAPIST
Busted In Oklahoma
8/22/2014 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The suspect is former Eastern Michigan linebacker Daniel Holtzclaw -- who dominated at EMU from 2005 to 2008 and later got a tryout with the Detroit Lions ... though he never made the squad.
A former college football star -- who later became a police officer -- was arrested in Oklahoma City after officials say he's suspected of raping multiple women over the past 5 months ... while on duty.
After his football career fizzled, Holtzclaw became a cop with the Oklahoma City Police Dept. -- but he's behind bars on a $5 MILLION BOND.
Officials say the 27-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting at least 7 women -- all black and between the ages of 34 and 58 -- and that all of the incidents happened during his shifts while he was on duty.
Investigators say they've spoken with 6 of the alleged victims -- and are hoping to speak with the 7th as soon as possible. Officials anticipate there may be more victims.
Holtzclaw was taken into custody on August 21st --- and if he's convicted on all charges, he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
LOOK AT ME!
I'm Lookin' at Chris
8/22/2014 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
8:47 A.M. PDT -- We're told the game was a Roc Nation charity event. Rihanna was scheduled to be there and Chris was supposedly a "surprise appearance."
Rihanna is ridiculous ... and thirsty like Moses wandering the desert.
She showed up in the front row at a charity basketball game Thursday ... eyes trained on ex-BF Chris Brown.
Now that she's with Drake again and not Chris Brown again ... you'd think she wouldn't fuel the fire. But then again, who are we kidding?
It's a special kind of insult to Karrueche ... who's back with Chris after being repeatedly humiliated by whatever continues to transpire between him and Rihanna.
Your move Karrueche.
TMZ Sports Show
50 Cent To Mayweather...
Hate Nelly For Banging Your Chick Not Me!!!
8/22/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
BLASTS STEELERS COACH
'Fire That Motherf**ker!'
8/22/2014 5:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Snoop Dogg thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator SUCKS -- and last night he blasted the guy in an epic Instagram rant ... saying, "Fire that motherf**ker!"
FYI -- Snoop's a huge Steelers fan and has been for years ... and clearly he wasn't impressed with the team's pre-season loss to the Eagles last night.
But Snoop isn't one to sit on the sidelines, so he made a video -- begging head coach Mike Tomlin to fire the hell out of O.C. Todd Haley ... saying, " We ain't won a playoff game since we had this motherf**ker, man. S**t."
The man makes a compelling argument.
V. Stiviano Lawsuit
Donald Sterling Is Gay
... I Was a 'Beard'
8/21/2014 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
V. Stiviano has just filed new legal docs in her war with Shelly Sterling -- claiming she NEVER slept with Donald Sterling ... 'cause he's into men and she was his beard.
TMZ Sports has obtained the lawsuit -- which Stiviano filed in response to Shelly's allegations that V. accepted cars and property from Donald that he didn't have the authority to give her.
In the new docs, Stiviano argues that the items in question were given to her in exchange for being Donald's "beard" -- and she insists Shelly knew about it.
Stiviano states ... she was "not ever a sexual partner of Donald T. Sterling" and "believes that [Sterling] is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males."
In the legal doc, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Stiviano says Shelly was "acutely aware of [Donald's] sexual orientation and condoned same as well as acknowledged and approved [Donald's] gifts of money [to Stiviano]."
Stiviano also says the gifts she received were NOT community property -- but rather Donald's separate property.
Stiviano is also suing Shelly and Donald for defamation -- claiming they slandered her in the media by calling her a thief and saying she embezzled money and property from Donald. She's demanding no less than $10 MILLION.
We reached out to Donald's camp -- so far, no word back.
Story developing ...
Amy Van Dyken
... With Bionic Legs!
8/21/2014 1:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
U.S. Olympic hero Amy Van Dyken IS WALKING AGAIN ... just two months after severing her spinal cord in an ATV accident ... all thanks to some incredible medical technology.
The gold medal winning swimmer was unable to move her legs after crashing an ATV in Arizona on June 6th ... but doctors have equipped her with an Indego exoskeleton and today she posted video taking her first steps.
It's pretty damn incredible ... considering Amy's situation was so bad, doctors told her there was a chance she could have died in the emergency surgery following the accident.
NBA Star Stephen Jackson
Drops EXPLOSIVE Rap Video
...With Hip Hop Legend
8/21/2014 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
**WARNING -- VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE ... LOTS OF EXPLICIT LANGUAGE***
NBA veteran Stephen Jackson says he's fed up with American racism and he's using Hip Hop to vent -- teaming up with a rap legend on an EXPLOSIVE new track... and TMZ Sports has the exclusive video.
The song, called 'America Da Beautiful' is an all out assault on racism featuring a guest verse from mulit-platinum rapper Scarface.
Jackson, who goes by the rap name 'Stak5' tells TMZ Sports the clip which targets Donald Sterling, The KKK, and racial unrest in Ferguson also deals with racism in the sports world.
"F*K racism and all racists. No need for it in 2014 or in professional sports," Jackson tell us.
Warning -- the clip is definitely NSFW with Jackson and Scarface using some very strong language, but Jackson says that's just how his hip hop is.
"My album is called 'My Life Not Yours,' I say what I want."
As far as anyone who might be offended with the video, the NBA Champion has only one opinion of you -- "You must be racist."
Surprise Hospital Visit
For Injured H.S. Quarterback
8/21/2014 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cam Newton made a surprise hospital visit to a star high school QB who's recovering from a serious brain injury sustained in an ATV accident ... after learning he was the kid's favorite player.
The star QB is Jaylend Ratliffe -- a senior who had been offered a full scholarship to Georgia Tech before fracturing his skull during the July 30th accident.
Ratliffe underwent emergency brain surgery a tracheotomy -- and is now recovering at a hospital in Charlotte, NC.
We're told ... Newton got word of Ratliffe's story through friends at Georgia Tech and decided to pay Jaylend a visit at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon ... bringing Panthers swag and an autographed football.
Cam stayed for about an hour just talking and hanging out with Jaylend -- and according to people close Ratliffe, the high schooler was thrilled.
In fact, Ratlife's family gave Cam a "2 Strong" shirt -- which the fam is selling to raise money for Jaylend's medical bills.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it's unclear if Ratliffe will ever play football again -- but Georgia Tech has offered to honor the scholarship offer regardless.