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Rodney Peete

Deflate-Gate Is Stupid

Balls Didn't Make Colts Lose

1/21/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012115_rodney_peete_launchDeflated balls or not ... the New England Patriots kicked Indy's ass this weekend -- and the amount of air in the pigskin had NOTHING to do with it ... so says ex-NFL QB Rodney Peete

Peete -- who played in the NFL for 16 years -- says the whole "Deflate-Gate" scandal is being blown way out of proportion ... because despite the pressure in the footballs, "you still gotta play the game."

Rodney also says slightly deflated balls don't give a QB an advantage -- "You still gotta make the throws." 

The NFL is not commenting on the investigation into the Pats -- but multiple reports say the league found 11 of the 12 balls were under-inflated by 2 pounds-per-square inch.

NBA Star

OUT-THUNDERSTORMS NFL STAR

... At L.A. Strip Club

1/21/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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One made it THUNDERSTORM ... the other made it drizzle. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... L.A. Clippers star Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Tampa Bay Bucs star Dashon Goldson were two of the stars that hit up the grand opening of Ace of Diamonds in L.A. on Monday. 

For the record, Goldson signed a $41.2 million contract in 2013. Davis has made about $26 million in his NBA career. 

Which is why it was a bit shocking when Big Baby created his own indoor monsoon that dwarfed Goldson's mini-downpour.

Our strip club sources tell us Davis was throwin' so much cash around, 4 dancers left with $3k each ... and that doesn't include the $5k he dropped around the stage.  

Check out the pic below which shows one dancer's take from Davis. 

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As for Goldson, as one strip club source put it -- "He made it sprinkle." 

No one said being fiscally responsible was fun.

Alice Cooper

Tiger Woods Is No Loser

He'll Win 10 More Tourneys

1/21/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Alice Cooper Tiger Woods LoserNot everyone has given up on Tiger Woods ... in fact, famed golf-aholic Alice Cooper says Tiger is still a BEAST -- and will win at least 10 more tournaments before he hangs 'em up. 

As we previously reported, Cooper is one of the most well-respected celebrity golfers on the circuit -- and even considered turning pro a few years back. Translation -- the guy knows what he's talking about. 

And in NYC Tuesday, Cooper was adamant that Woods is not as washed up as some people make him out to be. 

"If you ask the young guys ... they'll probably tell you he's still the BEST golfer," Cooper says. 

For the record, Tiger is currently ranked #43 in the world.

Lindsey Vonn

TIGER DIDN'T LIE

About Missing Tooth Story

1/20/2015 5:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-lindsey-vonn-tmz-01Another bizarre twist in the Tiger Woods missing tooth mystery -- his GF Lindsey Vonn is backing his "camera smacked me in the mouth" story ... despite eye witnesses who claim it's all BS. 

Vonn just went to Facebook to back up Tiger's story about why he was pictured without a front tooth at the World Cup skiing event in Italy this weekend -- saying:

"I feel terrible that his tooth got knocked out though. When he was in the finish area a camera man accidentally knocked into him and took out his front tooth. He was still in great spirits though and didn’t complain once or ask for any special assistance or security."

Problem is ... event officials have gone on the record and said no such accident ever occurred and if it had, there would have been witnesses or video of the incident. 

One official told TMZ Sports that Tiger never even showed signs of pain ... signs that you'd expect someone to have after losing a tooth. 

But Lindsey came up with an explanation when talking to USA Today -- saying, "This pain is really nothing when he has had as many injuries as he's had. It's not a big deal. He was in good spirits."

You buyin' it?

Paulina Gretzky

Squeezes Out the Next Great One

... Births First Child

1/20/2015 4:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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 and PGA fiance Dustin Johnson just produced a future all-star -- and gave Wayne Gretzky his first grandchild in the process ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Sources tell us Wayne's daughter gave birth to a boy, Monday outside of Los Angeles ... and we're told mother and child are healthy and fine. 

As for the name -- all we know is it starts with a T, in keeping with a Gretzky tradition for guys. Wayne's son's are named Tristan, Trevor, and Ty.

Paulina and Dustin announced the pregnancy back in September by posting pics of her holding her belly -- but they never revealed the due date.

0120_paulina_gretzky_instagram_SUBLet's face it ... this kid's got greatness flowing through his veins already -- so the proud parents talked to us a few months ago about baby Johnson possibly going pro someday.

Mazel!

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Ex-UFC Champ BJ Penn

Slammed Head Against Bar

... Before Fight

1/20/2015 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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BJ Penn slammed his head against a solid wooden bar 3 times in anger ... before the ex-UFC champ went outside and got into a fight this weekend ... bar sources tell TMZ Sports

We're told ... BJ was a "perfect gentleman" when he arrived to the South Shore Tiki Lounge in Maui on Saturday night -- but became agitated and at one point began banging his head into the bar. 

"He was definitely aggravated at something," one source tells us who also says Penn did NOT appear to be drunk.

"He only had one drink.  At first he was okay, then he was hitting his head on the bar .... and 20 minutes later he was outside fighting."

As we previously reported, Penn allegedly attacked one of his friends in the parking lot -- and reportedly injured the guy so bad, he was hospitalized for a broken eye socket. 

Penn was later arrested for assault. Cops are still investigating the incident.

Crying Packers Fan

Mom Posts Tantrum Vid ...

Kid Scores a New Bike!!

1/20/2015 12:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012015_packers_kid_tmzlive_launch_v2Kierra Yarbrough did her 6-year-old son a huge favor by posting a video of him bawling his eyes out over the Packers loss -- instead of embarrassing him ... she helped him get a new bicycle!

The adorable video shows little Xavier crying a river after Green Bay's devastating defeat to the Seattle Seahawks -- and when he spotted a Seattle player riding around the field on a bicycle ... he really lost it.

Kierra was on "TMZ Live" Tuesday ... explaining why she put her son's tears on front street -- possibly opening him up to schoolyard taunting -- and it involves none other than Aaron Rodgers.

But the video's already worked a different kind of miracle -- Kierra says a local Seattle coffee shop saw the video and reached out to offer Xavier a bike of his own.

Not as cool as a trip to the Super Bowl, but it will do.

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Pro Surfer Ricardo Dos Santos

Dies From Gunshot Wounds

... After Brazil Attack

1/20/2015 12:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-ricardo-dos-santos-facebook-01Brazilian pro surfer Ricardo Dos Santos died Tuesday -- one day after he was shot multiple times ... but the details surrounding the shooting are sketchy at best. 

No one seems to be disputing the fact that Ricardo -- a 24-year-old rising star in the sport -- was shot and died as a result of his injuries. 

But there seems to be conflicting reports about who fired the shots and why. 

There are some reports that say Ricardo saw two men using drugs on the beach and asked them to stop -- when one of the men suddenly began to open fire. 

Another report says Ricardo was doing home repairs with his grandfather when he got into it with some other men over a pipe that was being used in the project ... and the men shot him. 

Tributes have been pouring in from all over the surf community -- with Kelly Slater dedicating a surf session to his late friend. 

There are reports that a man was taken into custody in connection with the shooting. We're working on confirming the details. 

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Hope Solo

Hits the Gym without Hubby

... After DUI Drama

1/20/2015 11:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012015_hope_solo_launchHere's video of Hope Solo moments ago at her L.A. hotel ... just a short distance from where her husband was busted for DUI yesterday. 

We broke the story ... Hope's husband Jerramy Stevens was arrested early Monday morning -- and during the stop, our sources say Hope and Jerramy were a total pain in the ass. 

This morning, Solo was out and about in L.A. -- and as she returned back to her hotel (sans Stevens) she told us she had a "great weightlifting session" ... but wouldn't talk about the arrest. 

As for Stevens, we're told he's been released from custody.

Chiefs QB Aaron Murray

The Wedding Is Off!!!

Hot Reporter 'Moving On'

1/20/2015 10:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-aaron-murray-kacie-mcdonnell-instagram-01Stick a fork in 'em, 'cause the engagement between KC Chiefs QB Aaron Murray and smokin' hot news reporter Kacie McDonnell is over ... and it doesn't sound like there's any chance of a reconciliation. 

Their love story became national news ... when she left her job (a great job) as a reporter in Philadelphia last year and moved to KC to be with Aaron who was drafted by the Chiefs.

Kacie got a job in news in Kansas City and everything seemed to be perfect ... until McDonnell made this shocking announcement:

"I’m really committed to being a part of this community for the time being. The engagement is off. I wish him the best, it’s best to part ways. I’m moving on with my life."

FYI -- Aaron's brother is Josh Murray who just broke off his engagement to former "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman earlier this month. 

Happy almost Valentine's Day everyone!

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Hope Solo's Husband

BUSTED FOR DUI

'Don't You Know Who We Are?'

1/20/2015 8:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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9:23 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us ... Hope Solo was in the car with Stevens when he was pulled over for allegedly swerving on the road. 

We're told Solo was "acting belligerent" in the car ... and pulled out her cell phone to record officers during the stop. 

One source says "they were a major pain" ... and cops were thiiis close to arresting Solo for disorderly conduct. 

We're told both Solo and Stevens were trying to play the dreaded, "Don't you know who we are?" card. 

As for Stevens, we're told he refused to submit to a breath test -- so cops got a warrant to take him to a hospital to test his blood. Ultimately, cops were convinced he was wasted and arrested him for DUI. 

The timing is interesting ... considering Solo was JUST let off the hook in a domestic violence case against her nephew and sister in which she was accused of going on a drunken violent tirade. 
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Former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens -- who's married to USA soccer star Hope Solo -- was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles this week ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

According to officials, the 35-year-old was popped for driving under the influence around 1:49 AM on Monday morning. Police say he was initially pulled over because his headlights were off.

Bail was set at $5,000.

According to his booking sheet, Stevens is listed at 6'7", 245 pounds.  

This isn't Stevens' first arrest -- he was busted in 2012 for assault after allegedly getting violent with Solo ... though the case was eventually dropped for lack of evidence. 

Stevens -- a former 1st round draft pick -- played in the NFL for 9 seasons ... and was part of Seattle's 2005 squad that lost in the Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DeMarco Murray

Engaged To Soap Actress

1/20/2015 9:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-heidi-instagramWho says the Cowboys can't close? 

DeMarco Murray just popped the question to his longtime GF Heidi Mueller ... and good news for the running back, she said 'Yes.'

Mueller famously portrayed Kay Bennett Crane on "Passions."

DeMarco and Heidi have a daughter together. 

It's the first in a series of big moves for the Dallas star -- who's set to become an unrestricted free agent in a couple of weeks and may have to leave Big D if the Cowboys don't come up with a big contract offer. 

But until then ... CONGRATS!

Tiger Woods

Race Organizers Call BS

Photog Didn't Knock Tooth Out [Update]

1/20/2015 9:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar10:20 AM PT -- We also spoke with Nicola Colli ... who tells us Tiger "never seemed like he was in pain."

"We aren't mad at Tiger or his reps," Colli told an Italian-speaking member of our team ... "It's just funny and strange that he would claim something went wrong when everything seemed perfectly OK."

"You would think that if somebody hit you – somebody would say something. But [Tiger] told us nothing."update_grey_gray_barTiger Woods may have been lying through his teeth tooth ... because race organizers at a World Cup alpine skiing race in Italy say Tiger's story about being smacked in the face by a photog is BULL. 

After photos started circulating of Tiger sans front tooth ... Woods' agent issued a statement saying the golfer was caught in a photog crush and his tooth was knocked out when he was accidentally smacked in the face by a camera. 

Curiously, there was no video or photos of the alleged accident ... and Tiger's mouth didn't appear bloody or swollen. 

Now ... Nicola Colli, the secretary general of the race organizing committee, told the AP, "I was among those who escorted him from the tent to the snowmobile and there was no such incident."

Colli also says Tiger asked for more security when he arrived -- so police were looking after both him and his GF Lindsey Vonn at all times. 

So how did Tiger really lose the tooth? All signs point to Elin ... 

Busted. Again.

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