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'Shark Tank's' Kevin O'Leary

I Wouldn't Buy Super Bowl Ad

Here's the Problem ...

1/27/2015 6:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012715_kevin_oleary_launch_v2It's not the fact it costs $4 MILLION for 30 seconds, "Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary tells TMZ Sports there's another big problem when it comes to Super Bowl advertising. 

Mr. Wonderful hit up Craig's in L.A. for dinner Monday -- when he explained why spending the money could be a great investment for the right company ... just not for him. 

But the real challenge when it comes to Super Bowl advertising isn't coming up with the cash ... Kev says it's all about what happens AFTER the big game.

Eli Manning

Something's Fishy

About Tom Brady's Ball Habits

1/27/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Eli Manning claims he doesn't give a crap about the pressure in his footballs -- and says the fact that Tom Brady obsesses over it seems incredibly strange to him ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. 

The 2-time Super Bowl champ was a guest speaker at a private function at the New York Athletic Club last week when he was asked for his opinion on Deflate-Gate. 

"I never worried really much about the inflation," Manning said ... "I thought it was kind of strange that [Tom] Brady knew he liked his ball at 12.5 pounds of pressure in the ball."

"That's the minimum number you can have ... seems kind of strange to me."

But get this, Manning says he's not convinced the pressure in the ball "is that big of a deal" ... and claims the Brady scandal is the first he's ever heard of an issue with inflation. 

Manning -- who seems to be the bane of New England's existence when it comes to Super Bowls -- also told the crowd what he thinks could be the key to another Seattle victory.

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Aaron Hernandez

Secret Jailhouse Messages

UP FOR SALE

1/26/2015 3:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Do you like mystery novels? Do you like mystery novels that have secret jail messages from Aaron Hernandez to other inmates hidden inside them? Then you might be in luck ...

We broke the story ... Hernandez was investigated for trying to sneak notes to other inmates at Bristol County Jail in 2013 by allegedly penning messages inside jail library books ... which the other inmates would then check out. It's pretty Shawshankian stuff. 

Now, one of the books that Aaron allegedly used to pass the notes has hit eBay -- asking price? $2,000. The seller is keeping the contents of the note secret as part of the sales appeal. 

The seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells TMZ Sports he got the book from a guy who managed to sneak it out of the clink. More Shawshankian stuff. 

And get this ... the book is "Bad Boy Brawly Brown" by Walter Mosley ... a crime novel about the fictional Easy Rawlins ... a man who faced murder charges in a previous Mosley story. 

In the books (spoiler alert), Rawlins was able to prove his innocence and beat the rap. 

Wonder if Hernandez chose this particular book hoping life imitates art ... or if it just happened to be the only writing he could grab. 

We called the jail to ask if the book is legit -- but officials had no comment.

Hines Ward

Single NFL Players ...

Have Bullseyes On Their Backs

1/26/2015 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Young, rich, single NFL players better get chicks to sign contracts before taking them out on dates ... at least that's how former Steelers superstar Hines Ward sees it. 

The ex Super Bowl champ went on Meredith Vieira's talk show and said single NFL players are being targeted by conniving women. Ward's point seemed to be that these women are falsely accusing players in domestic violence cases.  

Pretty bold statement -- and Ward even went on to suggest single players get something in writing with their dates.

As for the Ray Rice case -- Ward took a very strong stance against Ray ever returning to the NFL.

Deflategate

NFL Zeroes in on

Locker Room Attendant

1/26/2015 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0126-patriots-football-getty-01The NFL has zeroed in on a New England Patriots locker room attendant who might be the cuplrit behind the deflated football scandal ... this according to a new report. 

According to Jay Glazer and FOX Sports, surveillance video allegedly shows the attendant taking footballs from the official's locker room and going into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them to the field.

The attendant in question has already been interviewed by the league, according to Glazer. The NFL is trying to determine if any wrongdoing occurred.

Story developing ...

Dennis Rodman

'I Get Death Threats A Lot'

Over North Korea Trip

1/26/2015 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF



Dennis Rodman says he's constantly the target of vicious death threats ... all because of his trip to North Korea ... and it's clearly taking one hell of an emotional toll on the NBA legend. 

The Worm nearly broke down during an interview scene in the new documentary "Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang In Pyongyang" ... in which he tries to explain why he was so passionate about going to N. Korea in the first place. 

"I get death threats a lot," Rodman said ... "People ask, why are you doing this Dennis? I'm just trying to keep everything together."

Rodman also calls out Jay-Z and Beyonce -- claiming the couple is way more famous than he is, but aren't willing to risk what he risks in order to make the world a better place. 

It's pretty emotional stuff.

'Monday Night RAW'

BLIZZARD CAN'T STOP US

... Show Will Go On!

1/26/2015 11:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The massive blizzard in the Northeast will NOT stop "Monday Night Raw" -- despite the fact it was scheduled to go down in Connecticut ... with WWE telling us they have a Plan B!!

A rep for WWE tells us ... they will not tape the show from the XL Center in Hartford -- instead, "the WWE will emanate live tonight from its studios in the Stamford world headquarters."

The WWE has not said if there will be any live matches -- but it's not out of the question. 

Earlier today, the Governor of Connecticut said the roads will be closed after 9 PM ... which would be in the middle of RAW's telecast ... and leave everyone in the XL Center stranded.

The WWE says it's not leaving Hartford out in the cold -- and will push the scheduled event to Thursday.

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Josh Gordon

Booze Does NOT Violate Probation

... Court Says

1/26/2015 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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He might be banned from the NFL, but Josh Gordon did NOT violate his probation by reportedly testing positive for alcohol ... court officials tell TMZ Sports

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver was sentenced to 12 months unsupervised probation stemming from a DWI arrest in North Carolina back in July 2014.

The 23-year-old was given a 60 day suspended sentence -- meaning if he violated his probation, he'll have to serve 60 days in the slammer. High stakes.

But this weekend, reports surfaced that Gordon tested positive for booze on an NFL-issued substance test -- and faces a 1-year ban from the league for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. 

The good news for Gordon -- we spoke with an official from Wake County Superior Court who tells us ... "there are no regulations on alcohol consumption" mentioned in the terms of his probation. 

"Therefore, any failed NFL test for alcohol would have no bearing on his probation."

The official also told us Gordon has had no issues regarding his probation thus far.

Long story short -- no jail ... but probably no job either. 

Lance Armstrong

I Woulda Doped Again

If Given a '90s Do-Over

1/26/2015 9:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lance Armstrong says ... if he had a time machine to go back to the '90s, he would NOT have stopped himself from doping ...saying, "I would probably do it again."

The disgraced cyclist spoke with the BBC about his decision to cheat -- and if he's learned anything along the way. 

"If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to," Lance said. 

"If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again."

Armstrong also says there was a silver lining to his cheating -- explaining that his LiveStrong charity foundation went from "raising no money to raising $500 million, serving three million people".

"Do we want to take it away?" Lance asked .... "I don't think anybody says 'yes.'"

Bubbles The Elephant

Picks Super Bowl Winner

... Piece-a-Cake

1/26/2015 9:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


This is Bubbles the Elephant. 

Besides being a massive star (she was in Janet Jackson's "Together Again" video back in '97), she also has a talent for predicting Super Bowl winners. 

So, the people at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach, SC decided to put her talents to the test ... on video. 

Here's how Bubbles works -- she's got two cakes to choose from ... a Pats cake and a Seahawks cake. 

Whichever she eats -- they will win. 

The folks in Myrtle Beach also have a SB-predicting tiger -- seems he strongly agrees with Bubbles. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I'm Entering WWE Hall of Fame, Baby

1/26/2015 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is going into the Hall of Fame ... not for acting or bodybuilding ... the former governor is being inducted for his contributions to wrestling. 

TMZ has learned Arnold will be the next inductee WWE announces for their HoF's celeb wing -- featuring the likes of Mike Tyson, Pete Rose and Donald Trump.

Schwarzenegger is a long time wrestling fan whose appeared at many Monday Night RAW and Smackdown events. He also inducted legendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino into the Hall in 2013. 

As we previously reported ... "Macho Man" Randy Savage will also be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 31 weekend.

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Desean Jackson

Who Needs the Pro Bowl?!

I'm With Miss Universe!

1/26/2015 6:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Instead of playing for a measly $55k bonus check in the Pro Bowl, Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson spent his Sunday night up close and personal with Miss Universe. 

Jackson -- whose 56 catches for 1,169 yards and 6 TDs weren't enough to earn him a spot in AZ -- was a judge in the Miss Universe pageant along with stars like Manny Pacquiao and Giancarlo Stanton

The gang ultimately gave the tiara to Miss Colombia ... and after the show, DJ made sure to find her for a pic.  

Nice work Colombia. 
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