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Dez Bryant's Mom

I Love My Son, He Loves Me

'Someone's Trying to Sabotage Us'

2/26/2015 4:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0226-angela-dez-bryant-tmz-getty-01Dez Bryant's mom says she's buried the hatchet with her son over the 2012 domestic violence incident and loves him very much -- but says she's convinced someone is trying to use Dez's past to sabotage his NFL future. 

TMZ Sports spoke with a rep for Angela Bryant ... who tells us, "Ever since the 2012 incident, they have worked out their issues and they've got a lot of love for each other."

As we previously reported, Dez was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mom during an argument in her Texas home ... though the charge was eventually dismissed. 

"Angela and her son have a great relationship and whoever is behind this is using [Dez's past in an] attempt to assassinate Dez's character."

The rep says Dez and his mother have been speaking regularly about the current situation -- and, "They believe it is no coincidence that this is happening around the time that [Dez's] contract is up for renewal."

Angela's rep says she believes ... "It comes down to someone trying to interfere with Dez getting his contract extended from the Cowboys."

"[Dez and Angela] don't know who's behind it. They are desperately trying to find out."

Rey Mysterio

Splits With WWE

After #FreeRey Campaign

2/26/2015 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0226-rey-mysterio-wwe-03Wrestling legend Rey Mysterio is done working for the WWE ... TMZ has learned his contract expired Thursday, and both sides have decided to part ways.

A rep for WWE tells us, "Rey Mysterio is no longer under contract with WWE."

Rey appeared in a video for a rival wrestling company in Mexico last summer ... and launched his #FreeRey campaign to get released from his WWE contract. 

Well, Rey's free now ... but not because of his campaign. To be clear ... we're told his contract just expired ... he was NOT let out of his deal. 

Sources close to Rey tell us he's excited to start working again because he's 100% healthy. Producers at MLW radio -- a wrestling podcast -- say they'll be doing a live interview with Rey ... taking place the weekend of WrestleMania 31.

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Rick Ross

I'm Still Gunning for Dolphins Ownership

2/26/2015 3:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022615_rick_ross_launchRick Ross says he still wants to be Tha Boss of the Miami Dolphins ... telling TMZ Sports he "can't wait" for team officials to invite him to become a minority owner. 

As we previously reported, Ross met with the Dolphins last year -- and said he was willing and able to buy a piece of the team ... just like Serena Williams, Gloria Estefan and others. 

But the hold up is the Dolphins ... who ultimately decide which rich people they'll "invite" into the ownership group and when to invite them.

So, when we saw Ross out in NYC Wednesday night, we had to ask if he was still into the idea ... or if all of the waiting had turned him off. 

Check out the clip ... it's clear Ross is willing to be patient to get what he wants. 

BONUS -- Ross also screws with our photog ... and it's pretty funny. 

Dez Bryant's Mom

Detailed 2012 Fight with Dez

... In Police Video

2/26/2015 11:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022615_dez_bryant_mom_launchDez Bryant's mom sat in front of a camera and told cops the NFL star roughed her up, threatened her and ripped her shirt during a 2012 incident in Texas ... and TMZ Sports has the interview video. 

Dez was arrested for assault following the incident ... but the charge was eventually dropped when Dez cut a deal with prosecutors -- which required the NFL star to stay out of trouble for the following year (he did). 

But in the video, Bryant's mother Angela describes a heated exchange between herself and Dez -- which started when Dez "was trying to fight my brother."

Angela says she tried to stop Dez -- and warned him that he was going to get in trouble with the Dallas Cowboys -- but she claims he only got angrier and turned the rage on her. 

After allegedly grabbing her, smacking her with his baseball cap and tearing her shirt ... Angela says Dez "started talking about how he's going to knock me out."

Angela says she wanted to contact Jerry Jones to discuss the incident -- so he could help Bryant moving forward. 

The cop at the scene said he didn't see any blood or bruising on Angela -- but pics were taken for police records. 

We reached out to Dez and Angela for comment -- no word back from either side. 

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Alexi Lalas

Zings Hope Solo

Over Hubby's DUI

2/26/2015 10:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022615_alexi_lalas_launchHope Solo still has some MAJOR support in the soccer community ... with ex-Team USA legend Alexi Lalas claiming she can still be dominant ... as long as she learns to Uber. 

Lalas -- who's now the top soccer analyst at Fox Sports -- was out in NYC ... when we asked if Solo can recover from her 30-day suspension that stemmed from her husband's DUI last month

We broke the story ... Solo's hubby was driving the Team USA van at the time ... and during the stop, Solo played the "Don't you know who I am?" card with the arresting officers. 

So, how does Lalas feel about the situation? -- "She's the best goalkeeper in the world. She is going to help the U.S. team win a World Cup this summer."

But the zinger at the end of the clip is the best part ... check it out. 

'New Girl' Star Lamorne Morris

Chicago Fans, Lay Off Derrick Rose

He's The Best Bull Since Jordan

2/26/2015 10:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022615_lamorne_morris_launch"New Girl" star Lamorne Morris is sick of Bulls fans dissing Derrick Rose for getting injured (again)  ... telling TMZ Sports even a gimpy Derrick is still the Bulls best baller since MJ.

Morris was out at Warwick nightclub in L.A. Wednesday night when we asked the Chicago native and huge Bulls fan about the Windy City's reaction to D-Rose's latest injury setback.

It's been pretty bad for Derrick since it was announced he'd have to have ANOTHER knee surgery, with memes, tweets, and IG posts all slamming the injury prone superstar.

Check out the clip -- Morris goes off on anyone taking Rose to task, reminding Bulls fans just how much the team sucked after Jordan left, and saying the city is lucky to have him.

BONUS -- He gives a pretty dynamite Stephen A. Smith impression at the end of the video, you'll want to see it.  

MMA Star Josh Neer

Case Closed in Gym Beatdown

'No Rules Were Broken'

2/26/2015 9:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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MMA fighter Josh Neer's gym beatdown was NOT a violation of Iowa Athletic Commission rules ... and therefore he will not be disciplined for his role in the fight ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported ... the IAC launched an investigation into Neer (who's 36-14 in pro fights) to see if he broke any Commission rules when he decided to fight Patrick Martin earlier this week. 

But according to IAC honcho Joe Walsh ... Neer is clean -- telling TMZ Sports, "We've determined that we don't have anything in our rules that covers incidents that take place in a gym."

Walsh adds, "Because of that, there will be no further investigation.  We've closed the case."

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Aaron Hernandez

Gas Station Dance Party

Before Odin Lloyd Murder

2/26/2015 8:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Aaron Hernandez was in one helluva good mood in the hours before Odin Lloyd was murdered ... dancing on his way into a local gas station ... and it was all captured on video.  

The video was shot around 2AM on June 17, 2013 ... about 90 minutes before officials say Lloyd was murdered. 

Prosecutors believe the video plays a key role in the timeline ... connecting Hernandez with the car that Lloyd got into a short time later ... the same car that was seen driving into the secluded area where Lloyd's body was found later that day. 

Prosecutors also say the video shows Hernandez buying gum inside the gas station -- gum that officials say also connects Aaron to the murder. 

Ronda Rousey

Must Win UFC 184

... So I Can Afford Mayweather Tickets!

2/26/2015 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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UFC pain machine Ronda Rousey says she has EXTRA motivation to beat the living crap out of her opponent at UFC 184 this weekend ... she needs the prize money to pay for tickets to Mayweather vs. Pacquaio!! 

The baddest woman in the history of MMA was training her ass off in L.A. yesterday ... while the DJ pumped salsa music through the gym ... and looked extra ferocious as she gears up for Cat Zingano

But when we asked about a rivalry between boxing and MMA ... Ronda called BS -- saying ALL combat fighters have a respect for each other ... and that's why she's pumped for the big fight in May. 

So, who's she's rooting for? Check out the clip. 

Dez Bryant

Questioned, Not Arrested

in 2011 Wal-Mart Incident

2/26/2015 5:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dez Bryant was questioned by Texas police in 2011 regarding an alleged incident in a Wal-Mart parking lot where a woman was allegedly pulled out of a vehicle by a black male ... but cops determined Dez did not commit a crime ... this according to the police report.

The police report just surfaced ... in the wake of rumors of an alleged video featuring Dez doing something terrible. So far, there is still no video, but Thursday morning a never-before-seen police report finally became public. 

The report, from July 11, 2011, shows someone went to Wal-Mart security and said they witnessed a black man drag a woman out of a car around 6 AM. The victim is listed as Ilyne Nash -- Dez Bryant's long-time girlfriend and mother of two of his children. 

In the report, first published by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, cops say a car registered to Bryant was at the scene in the parking lot ... and Dez later arrived to the scene in another car WITH the alleged victim.   

In the report, cops say they interviewed several people at the scene, including Bryant, but determined no crime had been committed. 

According to the report, Nash did say she got into an argument with another man ... a guy named Alex Penson ... but was adamant she was not assaulted or injured in any way.  

The report does not make note of any visible injuries to Nash. 

Nash says after the argument, she went to a friend's house ... and contacted Dez to pick her up ... and that's why they were ultimately together when they returned to the Wal-Mart. 

In the report cops say, "After speaking with all parties involved, it was determined that there was no offense. All parties were advised they were free to go."

The police report makes NO mention of the video. 

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Hope Solo

Prosecutors Appeal Domestic Violence Case

2/26/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Hope Solo ain't outta the woods yet in her domestic violence case ... because prosecutors have filed an appeal claiming there were significant "issues" with the judge's decision to dismiss the case.  

TMZ Sports has learned ... the prosecutor's office for the City of Kirkland in Washington filed the appeal earlier this month. 

As we previously reported, Solo was accused of beating the crap out of her 17-year-old nephew and her own half-sister during an alleged drunken rampage in 2014. 

Solo denied any wrongdoing ... and a judge threw out the case in January, citing lack of cooperation from witnesses. 

But we spoke with Solo's half-sister Teresa Obert -- who says BS ... telling TMZ Sports they were fully cooperative from the beginning. 

Obert also says her story has remained the same from the beginning ... and insists Solo was LYING when she claimed she was the real victim. 

"She slammed my son's head into the concrete multiple times, punching me repeatedly when I pulled her off of him," Teresa says ... "We tried to keep her away, but she kept coming back into the house. We've never changed our story."

Sources from the prosecutor's office tell TMZ Sports it's NOT standard operating procedure to appeal every D.V. case that's dismissed -- only in cases where "we believe there are issues."

Officials would not tell us what those "issues" are. 

Don't expect a ruling on the appeal any time soon ... these things usually take a while. 

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Romeo Miller to Colleges:

STOP RECRUITING LEBRON JR.

'Kids Need To Be Kids

2/25/2015 4:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022515_romeo_miller_launch_v2Add Romeo Miller to the group of people who think 10-year-olds shouldn't make college plans ... 'cause the ex-child star tells TMZ Sports the fact that schools are offering scholarships to LeBron James Jr. is bad for everyone. 

LeBron James Jr. -- aka "Bronny" -- has been tearing it up on the court ... creating RIDICULOUS highlights while leading his 4th grade squad to an undefeated 2-month run. 

In fact, his famous says colleges have been reaching out ... and it's been pissing him off -- claiming universities should face SANCTIONS for going after kids that young. 

Enter Romeo ... who wasn't just a kid star, but also played college ball at USC ... and he tells TMZ Sports he's right with Team LeBron on the issue.

"It's not good business, kids need to be kids."

Check out the clip -- Romeo says he knows what the James family is going through, because his little brother is a top-ranked baller too ... but his father Master P has figured out an effective way to put a stop to out-of-line recruiters.  

Listen to the man ... if only because his girlfriend is unbelievably hot.

Marshawn Lynch --

My Movie Sucks

... I Want It Changed

2/25/2015 3:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Marshawn Lynch thinks the biopic about his life growing up in Oakland is TERRIBLE and is demanding wholesale changes to the project before it can be released ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A four-minute-plus "promo" for "Family First the Marshawn Lynch Story" -- which stars Lynch as himself -- was released Tuesday and we're told Marshawn went Beast Mode when he saw it ... in a bad way.

"It was the quality, It doesn't look like some sh*t nobody would want their name attached to" ... one source close to Marshawn tells us.

We're told Marshawn thought the film (which was his idea) was going to look like a big budget Hollywood affair ... but, in his cinematic opinion, ultimately felt the sound, editing, and lighting were "not good at all." 

The news came as a shock to the film's director Mario Bobino -- who says he was blindsided by Marshawn's less-than-encouraging take on the project. 

"I've known Marshawn his whole life. All of the sudden he's mad at me and now doesn't want the film to see the light of day. I'm upset by this because he fully committed to see the project through and now he wants out," Bobino tells us. 

Mario says he met with some of Lynch's reps Wednesday and temporarily agreed to remove the clip from the Internet while he makes some changes ... but insists the movie is coming out "no matter what."

He also claims the mega rich NFL superstar's actions are hurting the other actors who appear in the movie ... including family members.

"I'm just upset and disappointed in Marshawn. Why are you afraid for the world to know who you really are? By blocking the film, it screws his mom and brother. Get out of that shell dude!"

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