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

2/25/2016 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0225-hb-blades-GETTY-02If 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."


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. 

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins 'You Like That' Towels Wave In $60k for Charity

1/12/2016 4:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0112_kirk_cousins_ijm_gettyHuge weekend for Kirk Cousins (besides that whole playoff loss thing) ... 'cause the Washington Redskins QB helped raise nearly $60k for charity ... all thanks to his famous "You Like That" quote. 

Long story short ... the team asked Cousins if they could print the phrase on towels for fans to wave in the stadium during Sunday's game. He agreed with one condition -- put my charity's logo on it. 

FYI, Cousins' cause is the International Justice Mission -- a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world.

The good news ... thanks to the exposure on the towels, IJM raked in close to $30k in donations from fans on Sunday ... a rep for the organization tells us. 

And it gets better -- 'cause the org. says a local wealthy couple has agreed to MATCH the number! 

In total, the group raised $59,442 over the weekend ... plus, IJM says it's taken in another $50k overall from shirt sales and other fundraisers connected from the "You Like That?!" phrase. 

Yeah, we like that. 


NFL's Albert Haynesworth RG3 Can Still Be a Hall of Famer ...If He Escapes D.C.

1/5/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0104-albert-haynesworth-robert-griffin-GETTY-01Here's something you probably haven't heard since oh ... 2013 or so ... Robert Griffin III can be one of the NFL's greatest signal callers ever -- at least according to one ex Redskins star.

Albert Haynesworth tells TMZ Sports RG3 needs to change zip codes though, if he's going to get over the hump in his pro career because ... "It looks like they don't believe in him. I'm not there so I can't say why they don't."

He thinks Griffin can prove he's got Hall of Fame stuff if he gets on a different squad in 2016.

Haynesworth signed a $100 million deal with Washington back in '09, but got traded 2 years later ... and recently criticized the team's handling of "high profile players." But he also thinks RG3 needs to get out because the fans in DC won't cut him a break.

In Albert's words ... "Most Redskins fans are the nastiest I've met and the most ridiculous in the way they act. They couldn't get any ruder."

Kirk Cousins Hawking 'You Like That!?' Shirts ... For Charity

10/27/2015 4:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027_kirk_cousins_you-like-that-twitterKirk Cousins is turning his biggest NFL moment into a profitable moment ... selling, "You Like That?!" shirts ... but it's all for a good cause. 

After the pumped up Washington Redskins QB shouted those 3 words at the media following his comeback victory over the Bucs this weekend, the video went crazy viral. 

Now, as our friends at BSO pointed out ... Cousins is getting in on the action -- with $23 shirts to memorialize the moment. 

Cousins says proceeds will benefit the International Justice Mission to support ending violence and oppression of the poor worldwide. 

We like that. 

RGIII I'm Still Washington's #1 QB ... At The Wobble

10/8/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

RGIII's not seeing much field time these days, but he's showing his dance moves are still in Pro Bowl form!

RGIII, along with Washington teammates Colt McCoy and Alfred Morris attended the "All-Star Survivors Celebration" earlier this week, an event in honor of 31 women currently fighting off breast cancer.

At some point in the festivities, Robert thought it would be a good idea to tempt fate ... and try to perform actual physical activity without injury.

The result? Touchdown RGIII ... not only one of the best wobbles we've ever seen (seriously, dude can move) but all for the best possible cause one can imagine.

You gotta check him out -- Hips? Check. Attitude? Check. Fun factor? Check. He absolutely slayed it.

Try that, Kirk Cousins.

Washington Redskins Fan Goes Full Red-Skinned

9/25/2015 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0925-redskins-fan-twitter-01If you name your pro football team the Washington Redskins, you're just inviting this kind of BS -- a fan decorating himself like he's a "Blazing Saddles" extra ... except there's nothing funny about it. 

Some guy painted his face red and donned a black wig with long side braid ... then plopped himself down at MetLife Stadium to watch his team perform pitifully, and lose to the New York Giants.

See, the play on the field was NOT the most offensive part of that game. 


Robert Griffin III Fire Sale On Jerseys ... At D.C. Sports Stores

9/2/2015 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0902-rg3-jersey-tmzsportsFile Under: "You Know It's Over When ..." 

Check out the sale rack at City Sports in Washington D.C. -- slashing prices on RG3 jerseys ... days after he was benched in favor of Kirk Cousins. 

We're told the jerseys were originally on sale for $100 ... but after various markdowns, numerous sales associates tell us you can get yours for a cool $47.99 at any City Sports in the D.C. area. 

And that's not all ... Capitol Hill Sporting Goods tells us they're also hacking prices on RG3 jerseys. 

Question is ... have the low prices resulted in more sales?  

As one City Sports employee told us bluntly, "No. Not a single one."

Robert Griffin III I Didn't Like Anti-Redskins IG Post ... It Was My Intern!!!

9/1/2015 6:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0901-rgiii-tmz-01It's time for "BLAME THE INTERN" ... starring Robert Griffin III

RG3 is doing some serious explaining/fingerpointing this morning ... after Instagram showed that his account "LIKED" an anti-Redskins post that someone had written yesterday. 

The post in question was a rant by a Skins fan who said, "I don't regret the skins grabbing RG, I do regret having a sorry ass team owner and sorry ass front office who couldn't put a winning coaching staff together who could actually compete for a super bowl."

0901-subasset-rgiii-instagramAfter people noticed that RG3 "liked" the post -- the QB went into damage control ... and posted his explanation. 

"One of our interns who helps with Instagram liked the post. As soon as I was made aware of it, it was immediately unliked."

Griffin continued, "I did not 'like' that IG post ridiculing our team. I have not been social media active consistently for awhile now and am ultra-focused on working to get back on the field and trying to help this team."

So far, the I.D. of the mysterious "intern" has not been revealed ... 


Robert Griffin III Teammates Applaud Benching 'Now We Can Start Winning'

8/31/2015 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0831_Robert-Griffin_redskins_gettySeveral members of the Washington Redskins tell TMZ Sports ... they're PUMPED the team is benching RG3  ... with one player saying, "Now we can start winning games."

We spoke with a handful of Redskins players -- all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity -- and they were all on the same page ... they've been wanting the move for a while.  

One player told us, "We're relieved. This is good for the team." 

Another player was more blunt ... saying, "We have a better chance of winning with [Kirk Cousins] than Robert Griffin. Sometimes teams need a change and we obviously did."

Even the defense is excited -- with one starter saying, "The team is excited with the change. We are all looking forward to Kirk leading us this season."

As for Griffin, one player tells us it's not personal, it's just business -- "Robert is a professional. He will be ready when his number is called." 

NFL's Dan Snyder BILLION DOLLAR WOBBLE Watch Me Get Down with RG3

8/20/2015 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wanna see a billionaire NFL owner get downright FUNKY to a hip-hop song??? Great, us too. 

Here's Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder feelin' the beat to "Wobble Baby" during a charity event last year at Lucky Strike bowling alley in Washington D.C. 

Snyder was gettin' ready to bowl (in the same lane as RG3) when the beat took over his body -- you can see the slow build ... which culminates in Snyder throwin' his hands in the air, and wavin' 'em around like he just don't care. 

Get it. 

NFL's Clinton Portis I'M NOT BROKE Money Issues Stem from 'Bad Business Deal'

6/18/2015 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0618-clinton-portis-GETTY-01Clinton Portis says he didn't blow his entire NFL fortune -- even though he reportedly owes more than $1 million to creditors -- claiming his money issues stem from a bad business deal but he's still "doing fine."

The long story short ... Portis says he's still dealing with the financial fallout from a bad investment deal in 2008 ... where he sank a ton of cash into a casino that ultimately went bankrupt.   

Portis -- along with several other former NFL players -- later sued a financial adviser who allegedly duped them into investing in the first place. 

"This been ongoing since 2011, 2012 ... we just gotta go thru the court process," Portis tells us. "There's nothing else I can do. My lawyers are currently dealing with this."

Portis continues ... "At the time I was the biggest name and had the deepest pockets. Now, they're trying to hold me solely responsible for what was a bad business deal involving a lot of different people."

Now, Portis reportedly owes more than $1 million to various creditors -- including $450k in taxes, $287k to the MGM Grand in Vegas and has other issues with real estate and car loans. 

"My lawyers are on top of it," Portis says ... "I'm still eating. Look at my Instagram. I'm not starving. I'm gaining weight."

"I'm doing fine. I'll be okay."

Robert Griffin III Taking Parenting Lead ... From Steph Curry

6/2/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

RG3 is firmly planted in the pro-Steph Curry camp -- when it comes to kids at news conferences -- telling TMZ Sports he plans to follow suit with his own little girl ... when she's old enough. 

The Redskins QB and his wife Rebecca welcomed their 1st daughter Reese Ann earlier this month -- so, when we saw him out in D.C. this weekend we had to ask ... is Reese Ann gonna get a Riley Curry moment

0502-rg3-instagramOf course, certain media members have been bitching about Steph's decision to bring Riley to the NBA post-game pressers -- claiming she disrupts the regular process with her adorableness.  

But Griffin's all about it ... telling us he'll "for sure" bring her to the podium ... "I just don't want to bring her too early." 

By the way, RG3 was attending an event called the House Inc.’s National Capital A Cinderella Ball -- which honors children connected to the military with a disability or life-threatening illness. 


Robert Griffin III My Baby Has Arrived, But Won't Be RG4

5/21/2015 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0521_robert_griffin_baby_instagramRobert Griffin III officially became a father Thursday, but he's going to have to wait a while for RG4 ... because his wife gave birth to a girl.

Rebecca Griffin squeezed out 7 lbs, 9 oz. of baby today ... and they named her Reese Anne.

Griffin posted a photo of the happy family, along with the Bible passage, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

Hope RG3 got a really, really good night's sleep last night. As he himself told us ... it's gonna be hard to come by now

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