Jameis Winston is just hours away from finding out if the State Attorney will hit him with criminal charges for allegedly raping an FSU student back in Dec. 2012 ... and TMZ Sports will be reporting the news AS IT HAPPENS.
State Attorney Willie Meggs will make the announcement at 2PM ET from his office in Tallahassee, FL.
Winston's lawyer issued a strong statement saying he believes the Florida State QB will NOT be charged with a crime -- "If he looked at evidence we did, we feel confident he will find that Mr. Winston did nothing wrong."
And while Winston insists the sexual encounter was consensual, the accuser is still adamant she was raped.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... the case was essentially buried by the Tallahassee PD for almost a year ... and didn't get kicked up to the State Attorney until WE started poking around a few weeks ago.
According to the accuser, cops told her to back off the case because Tallahassee is a big football town -- and her life would be miserable.
Threatened by Dolphins
We'll Run His Ass Over
12/5/2013 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mike Tomlin just got put on notice by Miami Dolphins players, who tell TMZ Sports ... if the Steeler's coach so much as steps foot on the field this Sunday ... he's gonna need to call 911.
In case you missed it -- Tomlin was fined $100,000 for stepping onto the field last week and interfering with a kick-off return by the Ravens' Jacoby Jones.
TMZ Sports spoke with one of the Dolphins -- who play the Steelers in Pittsburgh this weekend -- and he says ... "I hope he learns his lesson that he needs to get his ass off the field or he might be in a hospital if it occurs again."
Tomlin has apologized and insists the whole thing was an accident. Sounds like he better not make the same mistake twice.
CRUSHING Eli Manning in Jersey Sales
... Despite Being Retired
12/5/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Lewis is still a BEAST in the NFL ... at least when it comes to jersey sales, 'cause despite the fact he's retired, his uni is still selling better than Eli Manning and a bunch of other active studs, TMZ Sports has learned.
According to the NFL Team Shop, Ray's Baltimore Ravens jersey was the 11th best-selling jersey from April 1st to September 30th ... beating out the 2x Super Bowl MVP, who clocked in at number 12.
Ray's #52 is also selling better than Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (18th) and Eagles stud LeSean McCoy (25th).
In fact, Ray's just BAAARELY getting beat out by Saints QB Drew Brees ... who wears the 10th best selling jersey in the league.
So, who's #1?? That honor goes to Colin Kaepernick ... followed by Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson and Adrien Peterson (who will face the Lewis-less Ravens this Sunday).
NBA Star Larry Sanders
GLASS BOTTLE ATTACK
Insane Video Surfaces
12/4/2013 6:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Video footage of Milwaukee Bucks star Larry Sanders TRYING TO ATTACK PEOPLE WITH A GLASS BOTTLE inside a nightclub has just been released ... and it's insane.
The incident went down inside Apartment 720 nightclub in Milwaukee on Nov. 3 -- and you can clearly see the 6'11" NBA star (wearing some bright pants) violently swinging a bottle at several patrons.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Sanders was PISSED that someone splashed champagne on him that night and he flipped out.
In the footage, it appears Sanders throws at least 3 glass bottles into the crowd ... as he clumsily slips and slides all over the dance floor. In fact, someone in the club claimed they were gashed open by a flying bottle in the madness and needed stitches to close the wound.
At one point, someone tackles Sanders HARD in an effort to stop the violence.
Sanders dodged serious criminal charges, but he is expected to be cited for assault and battery as well as disorderly conduct.
Sanders injured his thumb in the incident and was scheduled to miss about six weeks after undergoing surgery. Barring any suspension or similar punishment from the league, Sanders should be back on the court later this month.
Jason Kidd Called Out
By a Laker For Soda Gate
12/4/2013 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Kidd already got fined $50k, now the Lakers Shawne Williams is laying major smack talk on the Nets coach for the spilled drink stunt. We don't usually see players go after coaches like this, but did JK have it coming?
Plus, Mr. Boston ... Mark Wahlberg gives Jacoby Ellsbury the big kiss off -- telling TMZ Sports the hated Yankees can have him! Where's the love for a guy who helped the Red Sox win it all?
And Auburn alum Charles Barkley says something in support of Alabama? Yeah, kinda ... you gotta see what he's saying about the death threats against the Tide's kicker. Really brave, or really dumb on Chuck's part?
STOP THREATENING ALABAMA KICKER
... You Idiots!!!
12/4/2013 4:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charles Barkley -- one of Auburn's most famous alums -- is DEFENDING the Alabama kicker ... telling TMZ Sports the kid may have choked, but he doesn't deserve DEATH THREATS.
The kicker -- Cade Foster -- has been the target of all sorts of hateful tweets and threats from insane 'Bama fans who are blaming him for the loss to Auburn, simply because he missed a couple of FGs in the Iron Bowl.
But Sir Charles, who's no stranger to threats on his life, tells us, "Those people are idiots. I mean, he missed them field goals ... he didn't TRY to miss 'em."
And then there's this gem -- "Just remember, people send you death threats, they always do it from a distance."
State Attorney Completes Rape Investigation
Results Expected Tomorrow
12/4/2013 2:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The investigation into Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is OVER -- and the Heisman candidate will know TOMORROW if he'll be prosecuted for allegedly raping a female college student last December.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... cops sat on the case for MONTHS in what appears to be a coverup -- but the Florida State Attorney jumpstarted an investigation last month once TMZ Sports started poking around.
Winston has acknowledged having a sexual encounter with his accuser in December 2012 -- but says it was consensual.
The accuser is adamant ... she was raped by Winston.
Now, the State Attorney has announced that he will address the media tomorrow to reveal the findings of the investigation -- and will reveal whether or not Jameis will be charged with a crime.
ASU Fan Brawl
Old Man 'GOT DESTROYED' After Karate Kick
12/4/2013 2:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The old man who booted an Arizona State fan in the face at Sun Devil Stadium last weekend "GOT DESTROYED" after the camera turned off ... sources involved in the situation tell TMZ Sports.
The video of the initial incident has already gone viral -- showing an old man delivering a BOOT to the face of a young ASU fan during the ASU vs. U of A game in Tempe this past weekend.
Moments after the blow, you can see ASU fans swarm the old man ... and then the camera shuts off.
Now, sources directly involved in the incident tell TMZ Sports ... the old man "got what he deserved" when several ASU fans pummeled him right in the stands.
As for how the whole thing started ... we're told, "The old man was yelling at some undergrads and some girls. He was told to 'shut his mouth.'"
"The old man took offense. He kicked. He then got what he deserved. He was destroyed."
We're also told security rushed to the scene and "[the old man] and his redneck family were kicked out." The ASU fans were allowed to stay in the stadium.
Sources say it appears the old man was a U of A fan because he was wearing blue -- one of the school's colors.
There Were TWO Guys I Just Couldn't Stop
12/4/2013 12:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dikembe Mutombo dominated a bunch of NBA studs in his career -- but DM tells TMZ Sports there were TWO guys he knew he just couldn't stop.
Mount Mutombo was leaving LaGuardia yesterday ... when the 7 ft. 2 in. big man revealed his toughest opponents ... two guys who Dikembe knew would drop 30 on him every time they faced off.
It's interesting stuff -- but the best part of the clip had to be when the legend SCHOOLED our photog on the art of the finger wag. Check it out.
Hit the Bricks Jacoby Ellsbury
... Enjoy Your Yankees Paycheck
12/4/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mark Wahlberg couldn't care less that former Red Sox super star Jacoby Ellsbury jumped ship for the arch rival Yankees ... 'cause the Sox already got their championship rings and they don't need him anymore.
Wahlberg -- aka Mr. Boston -- was on his way out of the 'Today' show this morning ... and we got a chance to ask him about the latest Sox All-Star to ditch Fenway for pinstripes for a huge contract (7 years, $153 million)
Wahlberg tells us his feelings aren't too hurt about it, saying "we got the ring already, let him get his money" ... adding "Johnny Damon did it, it is what it is."
It's a good point about Damon ... 'cause when he headed to the Bronx ... Bostonians lit their pitch forks and called him Judas.
But when you listen to Mark ... sounds like winning cures all.
Translation: Boston just doesn't care that much anymore.
SHOE DEAL WITH MICHAEL JORDAN
... I Just Did It
12/4/2013 8:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drake has a new business partner -- MICHAEL JORDAN -- 'cause the rapper just announced he signed a new shoe deal with Nike and MJ ... and he's fired up about it.
Drake made the announcement during a concert last night in Portland -- which also happens to be where Nike's headquarters are located.
During the show, Drake said, "Today I came to Portland, and I officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family." Drake said it was one of the best days of his life.
The rapper then posted a shot of his special OVO Air Jordans to his Instagram page -- it's unclear when they'll hit the market.
The move comes in the wake of Kanye West revealing that he recently pulled out of a deal with Nike because they wouldn't give him royalties on his shoes.
So far, the terms of Drake's deal with the swoosh have not been released.
I Wanna Be an Oral Sex Pioneer
... IN SPAAAACE!!!!
12/4/2013 7:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There was Neil Armstrong ... John Glenn ... and now figure skating legend Johnny Weir says he hopes to join these iconic space pioneers ... by participating in the very first SPACE BJ!!!!
A fabulously dressed Weir had just finished skating to a Lady Gaga song at a holiday show at Bryant Park in NYC yesterday when we brought up Gaga's plans to be the first person to sing in space ... and that's when things got dirty.
Weir told us there's only ONE thing he wants to do outside the mesosphere -- but he better hurry, before the Russians beat him to it.
Lakers Star Shawne Williams
F**k Jason Kidd
He Cheated, But I Respect Him
12/4/2013 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Los Angeles Lakers forward Shawne Williams didn't mince words when we asked him about the Jason Kidd soda-spilling saga ... telling TMZ Sports, "F**k Jason Kidd."
Of course, it's a helluva statement considering Kidd's Brooklyn Nets were playing the Lake Show on the night Kidd intentionally spilled a soda on the court in an effort to stop the game clock.
But on the way out of the Writer's Room (it's a bar) in Hollywood last night, Williams told us, "[Kidd] do his thing ... we still won."
Williams made a point to say he still respects Kidd's "Whatever it takes to win" mentality -- but at the end of the day, the Lakers still emerged with the W.