Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says Ray Rice and Ray's team are the main sources behind the ESPN article that claimed Bisciotti spearheaded a cover-up.
While addressing the media, Bisciotti says he strongly believes the sources for the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article were Ray's attorney, Ray's agent and Ray's friends -- who gave the info to ESPN in an effort to get Ray reinstated into the NFL.
Bisciotti says the allegations in the ESPN article are false -- but says he believes Ray's people would push the false stories out because the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to "make everybody else look like they're lying."
Ravens Coach John Harbaugh
I Did NOT Want to Cut Ray Rice
After 1st Elevator Video
9/22/2014 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is adamant ... he did NOT push to cut Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first "outside the elevator" video ... despite an ESPN report to the contrary.
The Ravens -- and Harbaugh -- have just issued a statement in response to the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article which said Harbaugh was "horrified" after seeing the 1st tape back in February and wanted Rice gone.
But now, Harbaugh says it just ain't true ... "I did not recommend cutting Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first videotape. I was very disturbed by that tape, and I told people that the facts should determine the consequences."
Harbaugh added, "When I saw the second videotape, I immediately felt that we needed to release Ray."
MY NEW KICKS ARE KILLER
... As In 'Serial Killer'
9/22/2014 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dwyane Wade is hoping to murder the shoe game ... by putting out a new pair of sneakers covered in fake blood splatter -- and he's calling 'em "The Dexters."
Wade has a shoe deal with a Chinese apparel company called Li Ning -- and it's latest release is clearly inspired by the gory "Showtime" series which followed a lovable serial killer played by Michael C. Hall.
D-Wade is clearly hoping his Dexters generate the same kinda buzz other shoes inspired by Hollywood have enjoyed -- like the McFlys or the Freddys ... clearly inspired by "Nightmare on Elm Street."
No word on when Wade's shoes are expected to drop.
Guess How Much I Pocketed
From (Allegedly) Stolen Headphones
9/22/2014 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Time for some PAWN SHOP MATH!!!
Ex-NBA star Rex Chapman is accused of stealing $14,278 worth of unused products from an Apple store in AZ -- including fancy headphones -- but can you guess how much $$$ he got when he allegedly sold the goods to a pawn shop?
Lock in your answers ................... now.
According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Chapman only raked in $5,460 for the stuff ... roughly ONE-THIRD of the retail value.
Clearly, Chapman's negotiating skills need work (allegedly).
Bonus footage -- Chapman appeared before a judge this weekend (via satellite) and was arraigned on nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking stolen property, all felony charges.
Yankees Contract Up for Auction
'No Booze, In Bed By 1 AM'
9/22/2014 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The very first contract Babe Ruth negotiated with the NY Yankees is about to hit the auction block -- which specifically outlines the MLB legend was BANNED FROM BOOZE and had a 1 AM bedtime.
TMZ Sports has learned ... the contract -- hand-signed by George Herman Ruth on March 10, 1922 -- is being auctioned off by Goldin Auctions ... and the sellers tell us they're expecting to fetch over $1 mil.
The terms of the 3-year deal are pretty interesting ... Babe agreed to league-high $52k-per-season ... but there were a couple of catches.
For instance, Babe had to fork over a $30 deposit for his uniform and was not allowed to play any other sport while under contract.
But the big one ... a clause that was added which spelled out that Babe was to "refrain entirely from the use of intoxicating liquors and that he shall not during the training and playing season in each year stay up later than 1 o'clock A.M. on any day without the permission and consent of the club's manager."
At the time Babe signed the deal, he had already been with the Yanks for 3 years ... but was playing under the contract he signed with his previous team, the Boston Red Sox.
The contract will hit the auction block on October 6th. Good luck ...
'Big Baby' Davis
I'M DROPPIN' ANOTHER SINGLE
... Get Ready!!!
9/22/2014 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Big Baby gon' turn it up ... AGAIN!!!!
It's been 2 years since the NBA superstar dropped his 1st single ... which got a 5-star review on iTunes from the 1 person who reviewed it ... but now it seems Glen Davis could strike again.
The L.A. Clippers forward out at Greystone Manor this weekend -- when we asked about a follow-up to his 2012 club banger.
"Oooh, that's coming out soon," Davis said (we know he's probably joking, but we're holding out hope anyway).
Check out the clip -- Davis gave us a little street performance of his first single.
No autotune? No problem.
DESTROYED ON THE COURT
... By Street Ball Legend
9/22/2014 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Trey Songz just learned the hard way what it's like be completely DOMINATED on the basketball court -- thanks to a legendary street baller.
The R&B singer was playing in the Power 106 All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game in L.A. this weekend -- which raised money for a charity that rehabilitates former gang members.
But one body definitely hit the floor on the court -- when Songz (an avid basketball player) tried to guard Bone Collector ... one of the most famous street ballers in the country.
Collector went through his legs and spun him around so hard, Songz went bottoms up.
LeBron & CP3
Train Together By Day
Party Together By Night
9/22/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Work hard, play hard ... that's the way it was for LeBron James and Chris Paul Sunday -- who hit the gym together during the day and the CLUB together at night.
LeBron and CP3 spent their Sunday training at the gym at UCLA with Bron's Cleveland Cavs teammate Tristan Thompson ... and even posted a pic to Instagram.
But when the sun went down, Bron and Paul freshened up -- and hit up Greystone Manor in West Hollywood.
The two arrived around midnight and spent about 2 hours in the place ... finally leaving the when the club shut down.
The two have been good friends for years -- but the big question, when the tab came ... who paid?
Comes to Rescue
of Motorcycle Crash Victim
9/22/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When you need a calm, soothing voice to get you through a traumatic event, you don't think of Mike Tyson ... but that's exactly what happened to a motorcycle crash victim.
Ryan Chesley tells TMZ ... he was on his way to Las Vegas this week when a cab cut him off on the freeway ... sending him flying off his chopper.
Chesley says Tyson saw the whole thing ... slammed on his brakes and stopped traffic. Chesley says Tyson -- mindful the victim might be in shock -- kept him calm until paramedics arrived.
Chesley -- who has broken bones, muscles, ligaments, nerve damage and needs shoulder surgery -- tells TMZ he's sending Tyson a thank you note and a fruit basket.
Mike Tyson ... he can hurt you bad, and help you good.
Baltimore Orioles Mascot
PUNCHED IN THE NUTS
... Mascot Fights Back
9/22/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another ferocious assault involving a Baltimore superstar ... the Orioles mascot ... who got HIT IN THE BALLS by a dumbass fan AND FOUGHT BACK ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Our MLB sources tell us ... the incident went down at Oriole Park at Camden Yard in April 2013 when a seemingly drunken O's fan approached the mascot for a photo -- and then suckerpunched the bird right in his feathered crotch.
The bird executed a perfect judo-style legsweep ... and took down the attacker.
Our sources tell us ... the nut-puncher was arrested moments after the camera shut off.
Moral of the Story -- don't punch mascots in the nuts. They don't like it.
Will Reportedly Claim TMZ Edited Tape
... Dumbest Defense Ever
9/21/2014 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice will reportedly argue that TMZ Sports edited the "inside the elevator" video ... thereby altering what really happened that night.
He's right. We did edit the video ... and we made that point crystal clear in our original post -- the same post where we also INCLUDED the raw unedited version showing Rice KOing Janay Palmer.
As we initially reported, the original raw video was jerky -- in that it would move forward and then in reverse every couple of frames ... so we removed the reverse frames.
Again, TMZ Sports included the raw video in our original post.
Maybe Rice's team should've scrolled down.
I'm Calling the FBI
Over Leaked Topless Pics
9/20/2014 8:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gabrielle Union says she was the victim of a digital hate crime ... after some topless photos she sent to Dwyane Wade somehow leaked onto the internet -- and now her legal team will be contacting the FBI.
Union and Wade released a joint statement saying, "it has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures."
They add, "I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."
Topless pics of what appears to be super model Emily Ratajkowski and Jenny McCarthy also leaked online today -- as well as nude photos that appear to be Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell.
Union and Wade add, "For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes - We send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong."
We reached out to reps for Ratjkowski, McCarthy, Bosworth and Bell ... so far, no word back.
Ex Titans Kicker Rob Bironas
Dead at 36
Crashes Car Into Trees
9/21/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas -- Terry Bradshaw's son-in-law -- died Saturday night after he lost control of his SUV and crashed into a line of trees.
The Metro Nashville PD says Bironas was traveling fast in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali when he lost control in a curve shortly after 11 p.m.
Cops say the SUV veered off the road and struck a bunch of trees before it flipped over. Bironas was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Cops also say there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs. They believe Bironas was heading home ... because the accident occurred less than a mile from his house.
Rob married Terry Bradshaw's oldest daughter Rachel back in June ... and even though Bironas was no longer a Titan -- Terry jokingly told our photog before the wedding Rob still had permission to marry her.