It's shocking enough to see Tiger Woods hanging out with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren again ... but even MORE SHOCKING to see them together with Tiger's GF Lindsey Vonn by his side.
But that's exactly what happened at a tee ball game in Florida this past weekend -- where Tiger and Elin came together to support their son Charlie, who was playing with the 5 & 6-year-olds.
The threesome sat together in the stands -- and while Tiger placed himself between Lindsey and Elin, we're told they all appeared civil ... even friendly at times.
Long story short ... no one got hit with a golf club ... and for this group, that's progress.
Wins Over NFL Vets
In Hardcore Training Session
24 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Football went to Florida ... and left with the support of a whole bunch of NFL vets ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke to Pittsburgh Steelers superstar cornerback Ike Taylor ... who tells us he worked out with Manziel at Coach Tom Shaw's legendary performance camp at the Wide World of Sports Complex back in March.
Taylor says Manziel showed up to the camp with Jon Gruden to film a project for ESPN -- but when it came time for Johnny to hit the field, dude performed like a champ ... excelling in a variety of passing, timing and accuracy drills. Taylor says there were a bunch of NFL players working out a the camp that day ... and they were all equally impressed.
"I like Johnny. He's like a rock star," Taylor says ... "Say what you want, the kid is good. You have to have confidence to play quarterback, and he definetly doesn't lack that."
Ike says he also worked out with Teddy Bridgewater, A.J McCarron and Blake Bortles at Coach Shaw's camp.
So, we had to ask ... which QB he would take with the #1 pick -- and Taylor said Manziel ... without a doubt.
"I know one thing for sure, he's gonna perform ... and he's gonna hate to lose."
Michael Pineda's Stupid ...
You Gotta Hide the Pine Tar Better Than That
4/23/2014 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When George Brett talks pine tar -- and cheating in baseball -- people listen ... and the Hall of Famer just gave TMZ Sports an earful about Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda's ejection for blatantly using the substance.
Pineda was tossed in the 2nd inning of Wednesday night's Yankees-Red Sox game when the umpire said he had pine tar on his neck. The allegation is Pineda was using the substance to get a better grip on the ball.
Brett was totally shocked, telling us ... "Wow. I've known guys to put it on their glove, shin guards, on their bats ... but I never heard of that. It's mind-boggling."
Sneaking pine tar is fairly common, but considering Pineda nearly got ejected for the same thing last week ... Brett added, "It's not the smartest thing in the world."
Of course, George was at the center of baseball's most famous pine tar incident -- back in 1983, he had a game winning homer nullified when Yankees manager Billy Martin accused the Royals star of having too much PT on his bat. (MLB eventually overturned the call and the Royals won)
To be clear though -- Brett doesn't seem to have an issue with Pineda cheating ... in fact, he told us the pitcher just needs some tips from his manager Joe Girardi.
"He's a bright guy -- [Pineda] should ask him ... where do you think I should hide it?"
And now -- because it's so awesome -- Brett's reaction to his '83 incident. Epic.
QB Calls Audible ...
I'm Getting Divorced
4/23/2014 2:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Russell and Ashton have known each other since high school in Virginia -- and they started dating during their college years.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is filing for divorce from his wife Ashton ... after 2 years of marriage -- and less than 3 months after earning his first Super Bowl victory.
Wilson just made the announcement, saying ... "I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don't come easy."
They got married in January, 2012 ... just a few months before Russell was drafted by the Seahawks.
The divorce is kinda shocking ... considering the couple did a ton of charity work together -- often visiting children's hospitals during his Super Bowl winning season.
But truth is ever since Russell and the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII ... the couple hasn't been seen together in public much.
The last pic we found ... is of them walking into David Letterman's studio the day after the SB.
Russell's known to be a very religious guy ... and Wednesday afternoon he tweeted: "God never promises the absence of storms. He just promises to walk with us through them."
God never promises the absence of storms. He just promises to walk with us through them.— Bible Scripture (@Scripture_Truth) April 23, 2014
New Mexico Running Back
Graphic Details Emerge
In Alleged Rape Case
4/23/2014 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
University of New Mexico running back Crusoe Gongbay was in a car with 2 other men when he allegedly kidnapped and raped a UNM student earlier this month ... this according to court documents obtained by TMZ Sports.
As we previously reported, the 20-year-old football player was arrested in Albuquerque on suspicion of rape stemming from an incident in the early hours of April 13th.
According to court docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, the alleged victim told police ... Gongbay, along with 2 other men, approached her while she was sitting in a car outside of a house party and made her get into a waiting BMW.
While in the BMW, the woman claims one of the men began to force her to perform oral sex on him, and then undressed her, while Gongbay and another man were in the car.
The woman claims the 1st man then put on a condom, "Forced [her] on his lap" and had sex with her.
After he finished, the woman claims Gongbay also forced her to perform oral sex ... before putting on a condom and raping her as well.
According to the documents, Gongbay and the 1st man were dropped off at an unknown location -- and the 3rd man drove her back to campus.
But before he let her out of the car, the woman claims he pulled out a gun, held it to her head and forced her to perform oral sex. She claims he proceeded to rape her as well.
The woman claims she was eventually allowed to leave the car -- and later went to police, where she identified Gongbay and another man. The identity of the 3rd person was unclear.
Gongbay was arrested on suspicion of rape and kidnapping. He has since been suspended from the UNM football team.
LOSES 40-YARD DASH
... Against Ex-NFL Players
4/23/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's fast ... they were faster.
Terrell Owens broke out his track cleats today for a 40-yard sprint against two former NFL players -- Justin Tryon (29) and Paul Pratt (28) ... but in the end, he just couldn't keep up.
It all went down in Calabasas, CA -- where the 40-year-old wide receiver got off to a slow start and just couldn't make up the gap.
T.O. ran two different races -- Pratt won the first race ... Tryon won the second. We're told Owens was right in the thick of things in both races.
Sources at the race tell us ... it appeared Owens beat Tryon in the first race. But clearly came in 3rd in the 2nd race.
Even though he didn't win, we're told everyone at the track was blown away by Terrell's speed.
We spoke to Pratt, who tells TMZ Sports ... "He's faster than he was ten years ago. He should be a #1 receiver on an NFL team."
Ballsy Singer Asks MJ for Custom Shoes
4/23/2014 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teyana Taylor -- a singer on Kanye West's label -- finally met her idol Michael Jordan the other day ... and immediately hit him up for custom Air Jordans ... on video.
It's pretty funny -- Taylor had just finished singing the National Anthem at the Jordan Brand Classic basketball game ... when she came face-to-face with the NBA legend.
Taylor says she immediately began to cry ... because she was so overcome with emotion ... but pulled her self together and asked MJ to hook her up with a custom pair of "all red" Air Jordan 3s.
Jordan didn't exactly say no ... and called for his guy who runs the Jordan Brand to hook her up.
Taylor didn't get the shoes on the spot ... but she's confident they'll be in the mail soon enough.
Moral of the Story -- you never know until you ask.
Eric Williams' Ex-Teammate
Tami Roman is WRONG
... 'He's a Good Man'
4/23/2014 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ Sports spoke with Tony Delk -- who played with Eric on the Celtics -- and he tells us Tami Roman was WRONG when she said Eric's current situation is karma because "God don't like ugly."
Of course, Roman made the comment because she felt Eric terrorized his ex-wife Jennifer Williams on the VH1 reality show ... and the fact his life has since fallen apart is his just desserts.
But Delk tells TMZ Sports ... the Eric he knew is a "great guy with a good heart" ... adding, "He's as generous a guy as I've ever met."
"He was always smiling and happy about life."
Delk -- who admits he doesn't watch "BBW" -- says Eric's less-than-desirable behavior on the show isn't the real Eric ... claiming the show brings out the worst in people.
As for Jennifer, Tony says she should be grateful for everything Eric gave her during their relationship -- offering this message to the reality star: "Don’t forget where you were when he found you."
Ronda Rousey's Paving the Way
... for My Daughter!
4/23/2014 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There could be another Liddell in the Octagon one day ... Chuck's DAUGHTER ... and the Iceman tells TMZ Sports it's all thanks to Ronda Rousey.
Chuck was out at LAX yesterday when we asked how he felt about UFC honcho Dana White calling Ronda the "new Chuck Liddell."
FYI -- Dana made the comparison because Ronda will "fight anybody, anywhere at any time" ... just like Chuck used to do.
Clearly, Chuck was flattered by Dana's comments -- and told us she's not only a great athlete, but "paving the way for my daughter."
Though, it could be a while before you see a Rousey vs. Liddell battle ... Chuck's daughter is only 2-years-old.
Still, 16 years from now ... and IT'S ON!!!
I Was DeSean Jackson's Wingman
... When He Hollered At Rihanna
4/23/2014 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"You know what man, D-Jax, that's like my little brother man," Game said ... "I'm his wingman wherever he need it."
"If he need the assist, I'm Tim Hardaway!"
We also asked Game the million dollar question -- what did Jackson actually say when he was trying to pick up one of the hottest women on the planet?
Game gave us some insight -- and then told us why he might have an advantage when it comes to locking down famous chicks of his own.
Check out the clip.
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Eric Williams Deserves Homelessness
4/23/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joakim Noah Sues Le Coq
I WORE YOUR CRAPPY SHOES
And You Screwed Me Out of a Fortune!
4/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA superstar Joakim Noah has sued his former shoe sponsor -- claiming Le Coq Sportif makes TERRIBLE SNEAKERS that may have damaged his feet ... TMZ Sports has learned.Noah quietly declared war on the French company in a D.C. court back in November ... claiming LCS signed him to a 6-year $6 million deal back in 2007, only to screw him out of more than $1.65 million.
In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first -- but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal. Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay.
Noah says despite the negative energy, he held up his end of the bargain -- and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were "not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar fasciitis."
Noah says his medical condition likely linked to the crappy shoes "caused him to miss several games during the 2012-13 Chicago Bulls NBA season, including key games in the NBA playoffs."
Le Coq filed a counterclaim against Noah -- but it appears the two sides were able to strike a settlement because they suddenly dropped their cases against each other just last month.
FYI -- Noah has moved on to a new shoe sponsor ... Adidas.
Bernard Hopkins Should Retire
'You Gotta Know When to Stop'
4/23/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The legendary George Foreman tells TMZ Sports he has a message for Bernard Hopkins -- HANG 'EM UP ... while you still have your health.
Foreman -- who famously fought until he was 48-years-old -- says he was incredibly impressed with 49-year-old B-Hop's commanding victory over Beibut Shumenov this weekend ... but cautions, "Don't tempt fate."
"I fought all the way until I was about 50," Foreman says ... "Around my 56th birthday, I was gonna come back. I saw a path to the heavyweight championship. My wife said, 'you're not gonna do it.' We all need someone like that. It was the best thing that could've happened to me."
Foreman adds, "Leave while you can. When the curtain closes, you don't want to be laying on your back in the middle of the ring."
When asked what he would say to Hopkins, Foreman told us, "Bernard, you looked great! Fantastic! Isn't that the way you wanna go out? You looked unbeatable, now leave."
"I think Muhammad Ali would say the same thing. Get out and smell the roses."
"There's life after boxing," George says ... joking, "If he makes a Bernard Hopkins Grill, I'll have all my kids buy one! I have 10 kids, 10 grandkids, and 2 great grandchildren. He can make a lot of money just off us!"