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.
Fight Breaks Out at Practice
With the Media Watching
12/10/2014 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Two Washington Redskins threw haymakers at each other during practice Wednesday right in front of the media -- and you thought the Skins ran out of ways to embarrass themselves.
The fists started flying during drills between receiver Andre Roberts and corner Bashaud Breeland. A few wild swings were thrown before players and coaches came in and separated the guys -- but they never came together to shake or hug it out.
The team kicked out all cameras right after the brawl.
Sitting at 3-10 ... the Skins should bottle up some of that fight for Sundays.
'No One Believes In Him Anymore'
12/6/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Griffin III is a spoiled diva who cares more about branding himself than winning ... so says a Washington Redskins player who tells us he's not the only one in the locker room who feels this way.
The player -- who spoke with us on the condition of anonymity -- says playing with RG3 has been a nightmare this season ... and the locker room has lost faith in the QB.
"No one is happy ... no one gets the hype around him anymore."
As bad as Griffin's play on the field has been this year, our guy tells us it's actually RG3's off-the-field demeanor that ticks off his fellow players the most.
"He's secluded and it affects us in the game. We don't have that real rapport. He's lost confidence and is complacent now."
There's more ... Griffin's mediocre season has made some of his teammates skeptical of not just his future with the Redskins ... but in the league period.
"I don't see him being in the NFL for that long," we're told ... "I think he goes into politics. He's good at that kinda thing."
I'm Wearing Your Salary On My Neck
... If You Make $75K A Year
11/22/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Note to all district attorneys*, hydrologists*, and physical therapists* ... TMZ Sports has pics of what 12 months of your salary ($75,000) looks like around the neck of NFL star DeSean Jackson.
DeSean -- whose Redskins are 3-7 -- decided to cheer himself up with a "Treat. Yo. Self" moment ... and hooked himself up with a monster chain from one of L.A.'s top jewelers.
How monster you ask? 2,200 diamonds, 22 inches and a HALF KILO of gold. Treat. Yo. Self.
The Dr. Frankenstein behind the bling is Ofer -- Ceo of NuO jewelry in L.A. He tells us DeSean wanted a Cuban link chain ... which is back in style these days thanks to stars like Jay Z and Usher.
He ordered one in pure gold, but when he got it back ... DJ decided it wasn't quite swaggy enough so he put in another work order with Ofer that involved more ice than the North Pole.
Ofer tells us Desean's customizations pushed the value of the chain to $75,000. Easily one of his most expensive pieces ever.
Treat. Yo. Self.
* -- salaries according to various job websites. If you make more, sorry. If you make less, sorry.
Bin Laden Shooter
Kicks It With NFL Team
... Let's Take Out the Bucs!
11/16/2014 7:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Navy Seal Team 6 member who shot Osama Bin Laden is a huge Washington Redskins fan -- and met with the team last night to motivate the guys to take out Tampa Bay.
Rob O'Neil attended the team meeting on Saturday and even took a photo with superstar wide receiver Pierre Garcon.
"We had the honor of meeting and listening to a real HERO tonight before our game tomorrow and he's a Redskins fan," Garcon wrote.
"Navy Seal Team 6 Rob O'Neill thank you for the inspiring words. #HTTR"
After a loss to the Vikings in their last game, we'll see if Rob can help get his boys back on target.
Big Man Busts Smooth Moves
On Fashion Catwalk
10/31/2014 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Anyone who thinks a 6'2", 320 lb. hulk can't get it poppin' like a supermodel ... is about to get a lesson from football star Chris Baker in this awesome video.
Baker joined other NFL players Pierre Garcon and C.J. Mosley to strut down a fashion runway in D.C. last night. You gotta see how the crowd ate it up.
All the guys were decked out head-to-toe in threads by GANT for the Becky's Fund 6th annual "Walk This Way" fashion show ... which raised more than $200k -- but also made Chris a true player in big man dancing.
Fred "Rerun" Barry would be proud. R.I.P.
TROLL COWBOYS FANS
... At Dallas Airport!!!
10/28/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Talk about pouring salt in the wound!!!
A Washington Redskins superfan grabbed a microphone at the DALLAS AIRPORT this morning and led the D.C.-bound crowd in a rendition of the team fight song ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
The guy who grabbed the mic was in town for the Cowboys vs. Redskins game Monday night -- and was clearly still fired up about his team emerging victorious!
So, while waiting for his flight back to D.C., he grabbed a mic from the flight attendant's stand and asked all the Redskins fans who could hear his voice to join him in singing "Hail to the Redskins."
They did ... and it was LOUD!!
Meantime, the Cowboys fans sat there and listened ... helplessly.
Redskins PR Guy
I Had a Good Reason
For Rushing Colt McCoy
10/28/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Washington Redskins PR guy who rushed Colt McCoy away from a live interview with ESPN Deportes tells TMZ Sports there's a good reason he hurried the QB -- he didn't want Colt to miss the coach's postgame speech.
The interaction went viral -- with the Redskins PR guy famously screaming to the reporter, "NO MEANS NO!"
We spoke with Tony Wyllie -- the Senior VP of Communications for the Skins -- who tells us, "We wanted to get Colt in to hear coach's postgame speech."
He adds, "I wasn't denying access. I wanted Colt to hear coach talk. I felt we needed to get him inside."
Wyllie says, "Right after the speech, Colt went out and did the interview. I explained the situation to them. They were happy in the end."
As for the contentious moment, Wyllie says, "Normally we set these [postgame interviews] up before [the end of the game]. They'll say, 'This is who we want to talk to.' They didn't do that."
Washington Redskins PR
SHUTS DOWN ESPN REPORTER
'No Means No'
10/28/2014 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"NO MEANS NO!"
Crazy scene at the end of the "Monday Night Football" game last night ... when a Washington Redskins PR guy WENT INSANE on an ESPN Deportes reporter who tried to interview Colt McCoy.
The Redskins QB had just finished up his first postgame interview after leading the team to victory over the Dallas Cowboys ... when the ESPN Deportes reporter grabbed Colt and tried to have a conversation.
That's when Colt's team handler went BERSERK -- getting in the reporter's face, grabbing Colt ... and screaming, "NO MEANS NO!!!"
DON'T CHANGE THE REDSKINS LOGO
10/21/2014 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Matthew McConaughey is coming out IN FAVOR of the Washington Redskins logo -- saying he's a huge fan of the emblem ... despite numerous Native American groups claiming it's offensive.
Matt -- who says he's a huge Washington fan -- was talking with GQ when the topic of the Redskins came up.
"What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it’? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board."
Matt continues, "I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it would't, but it will."
Tons of powerful people have come out against the name recently -- including Barack Obama -- but team owner Dan Snyder has made it clear he doesn't plan on changing the name or logo anytime soon.
Replaces QB With Kirk Cousins
9/25/2014 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When it rains, it pours ... especially for Robert Griffin III -- whose character was REMOVED from a scene in Wednesday night's "South Park" episode -- and replaced with Kirk Cousins instead.
The episode -- which was basically a 30 minute attack on the Washington Redskins and the NFL -- had promoted the show by using a scene featuring RG3 earlier this week.
But when the ep aired Wednesday night, RG3 was no where to be found -- instead, the role was played by the man who replaced Griffin as the team's starting QB a few days ago ... Cousins.
NFL Star Alfred Morris
Takes Fancy Waiter Job
After 2 TD Performance
9/16/2014 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
24 hours after a dominant TWO touchdown performance, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris was already back to work ... as a waiter a fancy steak restaurant.
Morris -- and several of his teammates strapped on some aprons for "Celebrity Waiter Night" at Ruth's Chris in Arlington, VA ... where the guys served up appetizers to raise money for charity.
On his way into the steak joint, Morris told us being a waiter is CAKE compared to his job on the gridiron ... saying, "All you do is smile and be polite!"
The gang raised money for the Blitz for the Better foundation -- which helps out families in need in the D.C. area ... especially families with children who are ill, have special needs or are physically challenged.
Tickets went for $350-a-pop ... hopefully, the guy (who's one of the most underpaid players in the NFL) made out with a few tips.
Jimmy Graham & Pierre Garcon
Ballin' it Up with U.S. Soldiers
... In Afghanistan
3/12/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmy Graham only knows one speed -- game speed -- and during a USO trip to Afghanistan last week, he broke out his basketball skills during a 1-on-1 game with a U.S. solider.
The New Orleans Saints star -- along with Redskins WR Pierre Garcon and Dolphins punter Brandon Fields -- went to the Middle East to visit soldiers in the field.
"It was an uplifting experience," Garcon tells TMZ Sports ... "It's amazing seeing the work they are doing to protect us."
Garcon says everyone he met was a huge sports fan -- "They were telling us stories about how they wake up at 3am to watch football. And then depending on how their team does, they're in a good mood or bad for the rest of the day."
The gang not only traveled, ate and hung out with the soldiers -- they also tossed around a football in their downtime.
"This experience for me has truly been life-changing," Graham said in a statement following the trip ... "I grew up in a Military home and this just makes me more of a patriot. I have more of an appreciation for the little things we have back home each and every day."