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The Slants Supreme Court Victory! Offensive Name is Free Speech

6/19/2017 10:29 AM PDT

Asian-American rock group, The Slants, are free and clear to trademark their name after a Supreme Court ruling in their favor.

The Slants had attempted to trademark their controversial name back in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shot them down based on the name being disparaging.

Monday, the Supreme Court said that law violates free speech, and therefore the trademark should be granted. It's a victory for the band, and potentially for the Washington Redskins ... whose trademark request was denied on the same grounds.

The Court's decision opens the door to a slew of arguably offensive language being trademarked.

Rohan Marley Weed Won't Be an Issue ... For NFL Son!

5/18/2017 10:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

With Bob Marley's grandson, Nico, signing with the Washington Redskins ... we got to wondering, will marijuana be an issue?? 

For the answer, we went right to Bob's son, Rohan Marley, and asked if Nico will be able to pass on the family's favorite pastime ... since weed is outlawed in the NFL. 

The good news for the Redskins ... Rohan says weed isn't really Nico's thing -- plus, he can always wait until AFTER his NFL career to partake in the herbals. 

Rohan -- who was a stud football player back in the day -- is clearly proud of his kid ... but you gotta see his reaction when we ask if Nico is better than he was. Classic. 

Sean Taylor Redskins LB Cast to Play NFL Legend ... On Murder Investigation Show

4/15/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A Washington Redskins linebacker has been cast to portray slain Redskins legend Sean Taylor in a new TV show about his murder ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We've learned 25-year-old Khairi Fortt will star as Taylor on a June episode of "The Perfect Murder" on Investigation Discovery ... which will explore how cops helped solve Sean's tragic 2007 home invasion murder.

The show is a combination of real-life interviews with investigators and family members, and scenes dramatizing the actual events.

But get this ... the role of Taylor's father will be played by Fortt's father, Guy Fortt -- who was an actor working with producers on the show last year when he suggested they consider Khairi to play Sean.

Khairi got the audition and executive producers Kevin Kaufman and Rick Tirelli tell us it was an obvious fit.

Break a leg (or don't, the Redskins wouldn't like that).

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Junior Galette Tased During Spring Break Arrest ... Cops Say

4/11/2017 6:59 AM PDT
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Police used a taser to subdue and arrest Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette during an alleged violent incident at Black Beach Weekend in Mississippi ... law enforcement tells TMZ Sports

We spoke with Sgt. Rhodes of the Biloxi Police Dept. who tells us an officer was flagged down around MGM Park for a fight around 10:30 PM on Friday. When the cop arrived to the scene, he claims he saw 6'2", 260 pound Galette punch someone.

Sgt. Rhodes says the cop went after Junior, but we're told the NFL star ran. When the officer caught up with Galette, he used his taser to take down the 29-year-old.

Galette was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to comply. From that point on, we're told Galette was "very cooperative."

All that being said, Sgt. Rhodes says the incident was "extremely minor" and Galette was not charged with assault because they didn't think the alleged victim would cooperate. 

Galette was released after posting a $500 bond. 

Redskins Star Chris Baker Owns The Runway With Belly Shake ... At Charity Fashion Show

12/12/2016 2:35 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Washington Redskins star Chris Baker knows the key to winning over a crowd -- BIG MAN BELLY DANCE!!

Baker -- a seasoned vet at the Becky's Fund charity fashion show in D.C. -- decided to show some skin his 4th time around, and he somehow managed to outdo himself AGAIN this past weekend.

The event -- which raises money to fight domestic abuse -- also featured Wizards stars Kelly Oubre and Otto Porter and Baker's teammates, Pierre Garcon and Vernon Davis ... but Baker is clearly the star of the show.

DeSean Jackson 30th Bday Blowout So Much Gold, So Much Booze

12/1/2016 11:10 AM PST
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DeSean Jackson turned 30 years old Thursday ... and he celebrated by raging his face off at a D.C. nightclub ... chugging champagne, taking shots and rocking more jewelry than Tiffany and Co. 

The Washington Redskins superstar hit up Sax -- a super gaudy, gold-everywhere, over-the-top club -- where he celebrated with the likes of Wale and 'Basketball Wives' star Laura Govan

Jackson broke out his fancy jewelry and his fancy Maybach for the occasion and turned all the way up. 

Our advice ... HYDRATE! Just 3 days 'til DJ takes on the Arizona Cardinals.

Redskins Stars Confronted By Cowboys Fan at Turkey Giveaway ... Hilarity Ensues

11/22/2016 7:13 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Washington Redkins stars Pierre Garcon and Chris Baker were doing a pretty cool thing Monday night, giving away Thanksgiving turkeys ... when suddenly a HUUUGE Cowboys fan crashed the party! 

The woman -- sporting her Dallas Cowboys beanie -- is hilarious ... getting right up in Baker's face and pledging her allegiance to her squad ... adding, "I look forward to seeing you Thursday!" 

The video is great -- the woman talks smack, but does it in a playful manner -- while ultimately saying, "For real, thank you baby. Regardless of what team I belong to, I still think you're doing a good thing." 

But if you think she left without firing one last shot ...  

Washington Redskins Official SHUTS DOWN GERMAN REPORTER ... NO! NO! NO!

10/31/2016 6:30 AM PDT

Haven't seen a German get steamrolled like this since Stalingrad ...  

Moments after Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins blew a game-winning field goal during an NFL game in London, a German reporter went live on the field for a post-game interview. 

Well, he tried ... 

A Redskins team official shut the whole thing down HARD -- while the dude was ON ZEE AIR!!

It's pretty hilarious ... and also, not the first time the Redskins guy has done that (it also happened in 2014!)

Remember, NO MEANS NO! 

Ex-NFL Receiver Hank Baskett Jordan Reed Needs To Hang It Up Think About Your Future

10/14/2016 12:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former NFL receiver Hank Baskett says it's time Redskins TE Jordan Reed starts thinking about his future off the field ... saying "you gotta know when actually it's time to hang it up."

Reed's health became a hot topic this week after he suffered the 6th concussion of his short career during last weeks game against the Ravens. Baskett -- who played 5 years in the league -- thinks Reed should look at the bigger picture.

"If you keep pushing -- especially after 6 confirmed concussions -- I think you gotta think about that a little more," Baskett tells TMZ Sports.

"You gotta think about life. Life is bigger, there's so much after sports. If I was in that situation where I had 6 concussions, I would stop because my family and my health is more important."

Check out the clip.

Redskins' Pierre Garcon We Raided Team Medical Room ... To Bring Supplies to Haiti

10/12/2016 3:59 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cool story from Redskins star Pierre Garcon -- who says owner Dan Snyder encouraged him to grab all the team medical supplies he needed to personally fly out to hurricane victims in Haiti. 

Ace bandages, wraps, wound cleaners ... you name it ... if it was in the team training facility, Garcon and teammate Ricky Jean Francois got the green light to bring it to the people affected by Hurricane Matthew.

In fact, when we spoke with Garcon ... he told us it was actually Snyder's idea to send the guys on a supply run on his private jet ... since he knew Garcon has family in Haiti. 

"They was giving us more than I even expected to receive," Garcon says. "But they were more than willing to just give us everything."

Garcon says Snyder also provided food, souvenirs for doctors, and "anything and everything" he thought they would need for the trip.

Pierre says the goodwill mission has also lit a new fire under him to kick ass on the field -- check out the clip, he explains why. 

Redskins Su'a Cravens' Mom I'll Make Him Wear Cowboys Gear ... For Ignoring My Calls

9/16/2016 1:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Washington Redskins rookie Su'a Cravens is about to find out why he should NEVER ignore his mom's phone calls ... even if she's a fan of his team's rival.

Cravens told reporters earlier this week that he was preparing for his first matchup with the Dallas Cowboys by shutting down all communication with his mom -- a DIE-HARD supporter of America's Team. 

Yolanda Cravens -- who admits she's slowly transitioning into a 'Skins fan -- tells us there will be consequences for Su'a's antics if the Redskins aren't victorious.

"If the Cowboys win, he has to wear something Cowboys. I don't know, they might throw tomatoes at him if he does that."

As for the Redskins drafting Su'a ... Yolanda says there's only one team she REALLY didn't want to select him ... and her reaction is hilarious.

Check out the clip ... and call your mama, Su'a!

Josh Norman 'Humbled' By Jay Z Thanks for the Lyrical Shout-Out!

8/25/2016 1:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

What's it like to have Jay Z drop your name on a track????

Josh Norman would know ... he got a shout-out from Jigga on DJ Khaled's "I Got the Keys" -- and he tells TMZ Sports he's humbled by it. 

The Washington Redskins superstar was practicing with the team Thursday -- when we asked if he thought the name-drop would make him an even bigger target on the field.

Check out the clip ... Norman essentially says the whole thing is an honor and he's got mad respect for Jay.

Washington Redskins We Accidentally Gave $40k to Ex Player ... He Won't Give It Back!

2/25/2016 9:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

If your boss -- who fired you -- accidentally gave you an extra $40,000 ... would you give it back?

Didn't think so. 

And that's the problem the Washington Redskins are facing ... 'cause they just filed a lawsuit claiming they accidentally issued a $40,000 check to a player they cut back in 2012 ... and he won't give it back. 

The man with the extra dough is H.B. Blades -- who was on the Redskins' main roster from 2007 to 2010.

The team says it officially cut ties with Blades in 2012 and gave him a $40,000 severance check for his troubles. 

The problem ... they "mistakenly paid an additional $40,000 to Blades on Dec. 27, 2013 as a result of a clerical error."

MERRY XMAS!!! 

But sadly, the team says it realized the mistake and demanded the money back -- but Blades refuses to pony it up. So, the Skins took their gripe to the judge ... filing suit in NY federal court. 

We reached out to Blades for comment -- so far, no word back. 

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