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NFL's Josh Gordon

Yes I Boozed

But I'm Not An Alcoholic

13 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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Cleveland Browns superstar Josh Gordon admits he chugged 4 drinks on a private jet to Vegas after the team's final loss this season ... but insists he's NOT an alcoholic. 

Gordon just spilled his guts in an open letter to several high profile media members including Charles Barkley, Cris Carter and Stephen A. Smith -- blasting them for taking him to task over his reported substance abuse. 

In the letter, posted on The Cauldron, Gordon is adamant he's not an alcoholic or a pothead ... but admits he's been making bad decisions over the past few years. 

Gordon says he hasn't smoked weed in years -- and when he tested positive for the green stuff during an NFL drug test, it was due to "inadvertently inhaling second-hand marijuana smoke last offseason."

"Truth is, I have not smoked marijuana since before I was drafted by the Browns in 2012  -- and there are years’ worth of drug tests to prove it."

As for testing positive for alcohol earlier this month after an NFL-imposed ban from booze (following his DUI) ... Gordon says he imbibed with teammates on a private jet to Vegas on January 2. 

"Just days after our season ended earlier than we all had hoped  -- and yes, my actions during the prior offseason definitely contributed to our failure to make the playoffs; it killed me seeing our guys fight so hard when I wasn’t out there with them — I boarded a private flight to Las Vegas with several teammates. During the flight, I had two beers and two drinks."

Gordon says, "It was the first time I had consumed so much as a drop of alcohol since July 4, 2014, the day of the DWI."

Gordon admits "I failed myself" -- but concludes with a message to his celebrity critics: 

"If you see me someday, Chuck, Stephen A., Cris, or any other well-intentioned person to whom this letter is directed, please come on over, shake my hand, and say hello. I won’t be holding a grudge, but I will expect you to admit you were wrong about me."

Aaron Hernandez

Gun-Toting Video

From Day Of Odin Lloyd Murder ...

26 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

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It could be the closest thing to a smoking gun ... prosecutors just played video in court showing Aaron Hernandez holding a firearm in the hours after he allegedly killed Odin Lloyd.  

Prosecutors say the footage was taken inside Hernandez's Massachusetts house on June 17, 2013 ... showing the forming NFL star clutching what appears to be a glock firearm. 

Officials believe Lloyd was shot 6 times earlier that morning ... and are convinced Aaron pulled the trigger using the very same gun in the surveillance video.  

Opening statements in the murder case just wrapped up. Stay tuned ...

NFL's Odell Beckham Jr.

I'm a Model Now

Hits Runway With NFL Stars

1/29/2015 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Odell Beckham Jr. wants to bring plaid pants back -- and Wednesday night, he rocked 'em out on the runway at a NFL fashion show packed with huge stars. 

The NY Giants wide receiver rounded up guys like Browns superstar Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson from the Cardinals and Broncos stars Von Miller and Demaryius Thomas for the Elevee Lifestyle fashion show in Arizona. 

The crowd loved it -- screaming and yelling as the guys did their little turns on the catwalk ... and we got the footage! Check it out. 

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Richard Sherman's Big Bro

Erin Andrews Rant

Was GREAT For Our Fam!

1/29/2015 7:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If you thought Richard Sherman's "Don't Ever Talk About Me" rant was priceless, think again -- 'cause the NFL star's brother tells us it made the family a TON of money!!

Richard's older brother Branton Sherman -- who's also the business manager for the Richard Sherman Family Foundation -- is out in PHX to root for the Seahawks ... when he we asked how he felt about the legendary moment with Erin Andrews last year. 

"We made so much money off of that whole deal," Branton says ... "It was a good thing for us!"

Even Branton's mom was able to cash in ... he says the rant helped Richard and their mother lock up a commercial for Campbell's Soup ... and now they get more free soup than they ever could've imagined! 

"We got Campbell's Soup up the ass man!" 

One last thing ... even though Richard is widely regarded as the best defensive player in the league, Branton still says he could take 'em. 

"I'm the big brother."

Eric Dickerson

Bieber Coulda Used

... a Good Ass-Whoopin'

1/29/2015 6:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012915_eric_dickerson_launchJustin Bieber woulda had a lot less problems in life ... if his mama woulda dished out a few good ass-whoopings over the years ... so says NFL legend Eric Dickerson

As you may know, Dickerson is no stranger to Biebs -- they were neighbors in Calabasas and E.D. says he would often see the kid driving dangerously fast around town. 

Bieber eventually moved -- and Wednesday night he made a new video explaining that he truly wants to change for the better. 

So, does Eric think Bieber has a shot to become a better person? 

"It's possible," Dickerson says. 

But check out the video -- Dickerson explains why "a good ass whoopin' never hurt nobody" ... and why he believes tough love from a parent made him a BETTER PERSON in the  long run.

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Richie Incognito

I'm Not Giving Up on the NFL

'Hoping to Get Back In'

1/29/2015 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012915_richie_incognito_launchRichie Incognito has arrived to the Super Bowl -- but he's not there to mess around ... the former Miami Dolphins lineman tells TMZ Sports he's laser focused on getting back in the league. 

Incognito was hangin' at the W Hotel in Scottsdale Wednesday night ... where a bunch of huge NFL stars and league bigwigs were hanging out at a celebrity fashion show.  

Incognito -- who hasn't played a down in the league since he was suspended for bullying Jonathan Martin -- told us  he's still training hard and hoping a NFL team will take a chance on him after missing the 2014 season. 

It could be tough sledding for the 31-year-old ... who was admitted to psychiatric care in the wake of the bullying scandal. 

But when we spoke with him Wednesday, he seemed to be in great spirits -- even joking around about his eating habits.

Question is ... when push comes to shove, do you think he'll be on a roster next season?

NFL Stars

DROPPING MAJOR $$$$

On Diamond & Gold Mouthpieces

1/29/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Talk about putting your money where your mouth is ... pro athletes are now spending THOUSANDS of dollars to pimp out their mouthpieces with diamonds and gold ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

In fact, NBA star Nate Robinson is part of the "pimp your mouthpiece" movement -- and recently picked up a $5,300 customized mouthguard that's chock-full of real gold foil.

The man behind the piece is Dr. Michael Wright of "The WrightGuard" ... who tells us high-end custom protection is becoming a major trend with athletes in a variety of sports ... from hoops to football and boxing.

In fact, Wright says he was recently approached by a NFL star who's playing in the Super Bowl (Wright says he can't reveal the player's ID) ... who requested a mouthpiece with some massive diamonds flanking the front.

"The Super Bowl athlete brought his own diamonds," Wright says ... "I don't know how many carats, but they were huge."

Wright says his mouthpieces are just as functional as they are flossy -- and says he has a special 3-layer process to make sure the gold, silver and/or diamonds are sealed in a way that it won't harm the user. 

Wright says he's gotten some crazy requests from some of his athletes -- some people want team logos others want their Twitter handles -- and says team reps sometimes oversee the process to make sure the mouthpiece complies with uniform standards. 

With so much customization at the pro level (mouthguards, cleats, etc) ... keep an eye out for the platinum diamond-encrusted jockstrap in the future. 

#OnlyAMatterOfTime

Uber Drivers

Mass Exodus To Phoenix

For Super Bowl $$$

1/29/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Uber Drivers Super Bowl

Super Bowl? More like the Uber Bowl ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned Uber drivers from all over Arizona are headed to Phoenix in droves ... hoping to cash in on that crazy Super Bowl traffic. 

A rep for Uber tells us ... they've noticed a surge in drivers heading to Phoenix this week (from places like Flagstaff and Tucson) ... and it seems pretty obvious why. 

With a full week of parties, events ... and of course the mad rush to the big game (surge pricing?) -- there could be A LOT of money to be made this week. 

But get this ... Uber says drivers from out of state are out of luck ... because Uber drivers are only authorized to pick up passengers in the state where they are registered. 

Sorry New Mexico.

Marshawn Lynch

Crackin' Jokes with Gronk

... On Conan O'Brien

1/28/2015 4:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF



Newsflash -- Marshawn Lynch has a FUNNY side ... and here's the hilarious video that proves it. 

The Seattle Seahawks running back teamed up with the enemy (Rob Gronkowski) for a hilarious video game battle on "Conan" ... which quickly turned into a comedy session 

The segment is pretty hilarious ... with Lynch crackin' drug jokes ... Gronk making a boner pill joke ... and overall hilarity ensuing.

Unclear when the guys found time to shoot the bit -- which is set to air Thursday on TBS -- but it seems like the two NFL superstars really hit it off.

#RealityShowSpinoff? #Please #BeastMeetsGronk #LethalWeapon5? #ImJustHereSoIDontGetFined

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Kevin Hart

Gettin' His Swole On With UT Football Team

1/28/2015 3:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0128-kevin-hart-UT-gym-INSTAGRAM-01Kevin Hart might be a man of the tiny variety but he proved his heart is as big as Texas Wednesday ... invading the UT locker room and working out with some of the biggest beasts in college football. 

Hart is in Austin on a promotional tour for his movie "The Wedding Ringer" -- and decided to stop by the University of Texas workout facility for a sweat session with the Longhorns. 

Of course, Hart took a bunch of photos with virtually anyone who wanted one -- but when it came time to grind, Kev hit the weights, ran a sled-drill and busted out some cardio. 

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UT is no stranger to celebrity visitors, having hosted Matthew McConaughey last season ... although the only muscle Matty worked out that day was his mouth (remember the inspirational speech?) 

One last thing ... as far as we know, no quarterbacks were roasted during Hart's visit.

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Kenny G

The Best Football Player

I Ever Played Golf With Was ...

1/28/2015 2:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012815_kenny_g_launchRenowned golfer and occasional saxophonist Kenny G knows how to swing the crooked stick, and in all his golf-playing days ... one NFL star stands out above the rest.  

Our photog spotted Kenny in New York City Wednesday afternoon ... and he told us about his favorite course to play. He's got a pretty conventional choice.  

But when we asked Kenny to name the best football player he's ever played a round with ... he didn't hesitate.

Hint: if you don't root for this guy's team, you almost certainly hate him. Actually, you might hate him even if you do.
 

Aaron Rodgers

Surprise Hang Out Session ...

With Military Kids

1/28/2015 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF



Not even a Chicago Bears fan could hate this video of Aaron Rodgers paying a surprise visit to four kids ... who lost a parent in the military. Grab the Kleenex.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback met with 3 sisters -- Alexis, Starr and Kylee -- and a young man named Dylan ... to spotlight the great work done by Camp Hometown Heroes in Wisconsin.  

The girls didn't seem to be big football fans, but you have to see Dylan freak out when he realizes Aaron Rodgers has shown up.  

Classy move, Rodgers.

Katy Perry's Boobs

Now Super Bowl Prop Bet

Cleavage or No Cleavage!?

1/28/2015 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0128-katy-perry-super-bowl-tmz-01Katy Perry's boobs could make you A LOT of money -- because they've just become the focal points of a new Super Bowl prop bet ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

The cyber-gambling site BetOnline.ag is offering up a bet -- where you can place money on whether you think Katy will show cleavage or no cleavage during her Super Bowl halftime show. 

Right now ... the odds are STRONGLY for boobage: 

"Yes" is -500
"No" is +350

Translation -- if you bet "no," $100 gets you $350. If you bet "yes," you need to wager $500 to earn a measly $100. 

Some other prop bets?  

-- The coin toss
-- Color of the Gatorade thrown on the winning coach 
-- Hoodie type worn by Bill Belichick (sleeves vs. no sleeves) 
-- Katy Perry's wardrobe at the beginning of Halftime (pants vs. shorts  vs. dress or skirt)
-- Length of the National Anthem 

... and get this -- you can bet on who Barack Obama will pick to win the Super Bowl. 

Good luck.

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