Antonio Brown Released By Patriots Looking for New NFL Team

1:54 PM PT -- Antonio Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, just issued a statement about the WR saying, "It's unfortunate things didn't work out with the Patriots."

"But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon."

Brown is now giving away the football from the only TD he scored with the Patriots ... and he's holding a caption contest on IG to select a winner.

The New England Patriots have just parted ways with Antonio Brown after a new NFL investigation into concerning text messages.

"Thank you for the opportunity @Patriots #GoWinIt," Brown posted on Twitter ... adding, "The marathon continues."

He also posted a photo with Tom Brady on Instagram, "Love ya champ. That was fun!"

Brown was only an official member of the Pats for 11 days.

The Patriots issued a statement saying, "The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time."

The writing was certainly on the wall ... Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shut down a press conference Friday morning because he was sick of answering questions about the WR.

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As we previously reported, the Patriots signed Brown on Sept. 7 -- hours after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders following multiple issues with Raiders executives.

Brown didn't sign his contract with the Pats until Sept. 9. His deal was a 1-year contract worth up to $15 mil with a $9 million signing bonus.

Days after Brown signed his deal with the Pats, a woman named Britney Taylor filed a lawsuit against AB accusing him of forcible rape in 2018, along with 2 allegations of sexual assault in 2017.

Brown has denied all wrongdoing and vowed to explore his own legal options. Brown was not arrested or charged with a crime in that case. Taylor never went to police.

Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated published a report containing allegations from a 2nd woman who accused Brown of sexual misconduct.

Brown later sent that woman menacing text messages in which Brown directs associates to look into the accuser's family. He also sent a pic of the accuser's children.

The NFL was contacted by the woman's attorney and immediately launched an investigation.

Despite the investigation, Belichick suggested the team was planning on using Brown on Sunday when they take on the NY Jets.

Brown played 24 snaps for the Patriots in his debut with the team against the Dolphins last weekend. He saw 8 passes from Tom Brady, catching four of them for 56 yards and a TD. He also had one rushing attempt for 5 yards.

AB has been a superstar in his career on the field, he's logged at least 100 catches and 1,200 receiving yards in each of the last six seasons.

In his 10-year career, Brown's scored 75 receiving touchdowns ... putting him in a tie for 34th all-time in NFL history.

As for the Raiders, Oakland cut bait with Brown after a string of bizarre behavior including a weird injury in a cryotherapy chamber and issues with his helmet.

Brown also secretly recorded Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and posted the audio online.

The last straw seemed to be when Brown publicly called out Raiders general manager Mike Mayock after the team fined him for missing multiple team activities.

The question now ... will another team take a chance on Antonio Brown -- or is his NFL career finished?

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Originally Published -- 1:14 PM PT

Britney Spears Squirmy with Sam at Awards Show ... Bails on Event

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Britney Spears looked like she wanted to be anywhere else after she arrived with her boyfriend to the Daytime Beauty Awards, so after a few photos ... she was outtie.

Britney and Sam Asghari showed up to the awards show Friday looking stylish as they got out of their SUV, but as they walked up to take pics it appeared Brit immediately grew uncomfortable.

After a few seconds of cameras clicking and flashing, Spears said to her publicist ... "I just want to go."

She stuck around for a few more shots and forced smiles, but seemed to be urging Sam to keep moving ... until she finally had enough and said she was leaving.

Asghari -- who's being honored for Outstanding Achievement in Fitness -- had to reverse his course and walk her back to their SUV, where she got in and left.

Of course, this comes in the midst of a family showdown in court over Britney's conservatorship. As we told you ... a "fireworks show" was expected this week, but as of now things are still up in air.

Looks like Britney's feeling the effects.

Jennifer Lopez Hindsight is 20/20 ... Brings Back THE DRESS!!!

Jennifer Lopez is here with a flashback Friday for the ages ... bringing back THAT dress -- y'know the one from the 2000 Grammys, and this time it stole the show at Milan Fashion Week.

J Lo hit the runway at Versace's Spring 2020 show Friday in a recreated version of her iconic Versace grown from nearly 2 decades ago, resurrecting one of the most memorable fashion statements in history.

Jenny rocked the throwback look with Donatella Versace walking her down the runway ... and the crowd went absolutely bonkers. Excuse us while we pick our jaws up off the floor.

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Easy to see why J Lo got a standing O in Milan ... she's every bit as stunning in the plunging green dress as she was back in the day, showing off her flawless figure and leaving little to the imagination.

Check out the gallery for more J Lo in green ... Alex Rodriguez is one lucky man.

Crazy Chicago Video Car Plowing Through Mall!!!

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A bizarre and terrifying scene in Chicago -- someone behind the wheel of an SUV drove straight through a Sears and into a mall.

In the video, shot by one terrified shopper, the vehicle plows through kiosks in the Woodfield Mall, and just keeps going ... smashing store windows and rolling over everything in its path.

You can hear one shopper repeatedly yelling, very appropriately, "What the f**k?!!" Multiple reports say police responded and were able to take the driver into custody.

Video from a news chopper showed the outdoor entrance to Sears totally destroyed -- so, it appears that's where the driver first got into the mall in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg.

It's unclear what the psycho's motive was ... or if there were any casualties.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine J. Prince Says He's a Lying Rat ... 'Election Day Has Come'

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Tekashi 6ix9ine was rat material from the start, and now he's going to get what's coming to him ... so says Rap-A-Lot Records honcho J. Prince.

Prince claims "clown" Tekashi's recent testimony -- specifically the part about an attempted robbery of Rap-A-Lot reps last year in NYC -- is a bunch of lies.

The rap boss says he's been warning everyone for awhile ...  that if Tekashi "keeps campaigning with dumb sh*t that he was gonna get elected! Election Day has come and now I’m hearing lies he’s telling under oath about robbing me or representatives of #Rapalot."

J. Prince adds ... "If him or any of those clowns were to try to rob me or anyone from the #Rapalot family bad news would’ve beat them home."

In case you missed it ... during day 2 of 6ix9ine's snitch-fest, he detailed how his relationship with his former gang, the Nine Trey Bloods, began to sour.

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He claims he was denied entry to a Houston gig in March 2018 by Rap-A-Lot peeps because he didn't "check in," and it cost him money. As revenge for the diss, the Nine Treys planned to rob J. Prince's people a month later in New York ... and Tekashi says they pulled off an armed robbery on Rap-A-Lot reps in the lobby of a building.

J. Prince says Tekashi's version of events isn't how it went down, and the gig he got turned away from was his son's party ... because they simply didn't want him there.

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He says ... "Let this be a lesson to those who know better to do better because there was never a question mark in my mind that this kid #takashi69  was rat material that’s why my sons didn’t allow him to come into their party. It was never about a rat checking in with us."

As for that robbery ... Tekashi testified he was outside in a parked car while his former manager, Shotti, and other members did it. Surveillance footage of the incident was played in court.

Law enforcement sources tell us 5 perps approached 2 victims as they got out of the elevator, pointed guns at them and threatened to kill them if they didn't get on the ground. They allegedly made off with 2 chains, a cell phone and a bunch of hard drives.

Kawhi Leonard L.A. House Hunt Begins Checks Out $10 Million Home!!!

Kawhi Leonard is officially on the prowl for his new home ... checking out some of the best available cribs in Los Angeles ... starting with an incredible $10 million pad!!

TMZ Sports has learned ... the Clippers superstar has been lookin' for a place to hang his hat recently ... exploring all the nicest houses L.A. has to offer (and there's a lot).

Leonard was spotted visiting a spot on the Sunset Strip earlier this week ... and we gotta say, the dude has great taste.

The home -- listed by Dustin Nicholas of the Nicholas Property Group -- has HUGE windows, high ceilings, a chef's kitchen ... and, of course, a pool and sundeck.

The crib is listed at $9,995,000 ... but remember, the dude's in a 3-year, $103 million contract.

No word on whether the Klaw is all in on the pad ... but if he takes it, we're jealous.

Aaron Carter Twin Sister Files Restraining Order

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Aaron Carter's twin sister has followed in Nick Carter's footsteps ... filing a restraining order against her brother.

Angel Conrad filed docs Friday in Los Angeles for a domestic violence restraining order. A judge has not heard the case to decide whether or not to grant the protection.

TMZ broke the story ... Aaron's brother, Nick, filed a restraining order against him on Monday claiming Aaron had "thoughts of killing babies." Nick claimed Aaron had made the claims during a FaceTime with Angel in August. Nick also said Aaron told Angel he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Aaron's then-girlfriend, Lina, was there during the convo and chimed in, "Angel, how do you think I feel with him sleeping with a sword next to him?" According to the docs, Aaron got upset and said, "Shut up Lina, you are next on my list."

In that filing, Nick explained he needs the court-ordered protection from Aaron because he's afraid Aaron will listen to the "voices in his head and cause harm to my family." He also states, as far as he knows, Aaron owns 6 firearms, which he's known to keep "readily available."

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Aaron has denied making those statements and tells us he would never harm his family. All he wants is for them to leave him alone.

Mike 'The Situation' My Life On The Outside ... Gym, Tan, Laundry!!!

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is getting back to his old ways now that he's out of prison ... and you know what that means ... GTL!!!

Sitch was out in New York City Friday afternoon and "Jersey Shore" cameras were rolling as he and his wife, Lauren, ran into some old friends ... the first time we've seen Mike in public since getting outta prison.

Situation says he's pumped to be back in the Big Apple ... as for how he's passing the time as a free man, Mike unleashes his famous "Jersey Shore" catchphrase.

Yes, GTL is officially back, baby!!! Still, it looks like Mike's been going heavy on the G and L, and not so much on the T.

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Mike's been on the outside for a little more than a week after spending 8 months behind bars for tax evasion ... and now he's focused on growing his clothing biz.

Speaking of laundry ... Sitch looks happy to shed his prison jumpsuit. Check out his threads, his shirt sums up his situation.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Wedding Guests in Italy ... Along with Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom

9:58 AM PT -- The rumors are true -- the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived for the wedding ceremony. Harry and Meghan are looking sharp and smiling at the Villa Aurelia in Italy, where Misha and Michael are set to be wed Friday.

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are taking advantage of their friends' fancy wedding weekend ... by turning it into a fun-filled, romantic time of their own.

The engaged couple looked happy and in love at a pre-wedding dinner party in Italy Thursday night ... smooching at their table at the seafood restaurant Pierluigi.

The celeb couple's in Rome to see their friend, fashion designer Misha Nonoo, tie the knot with millionaire entrepreneur Michael Hess.

Katy and Orlando aren't the only big names attending the lavish wedding -- Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with supermodel Karlie Kloss and hubby Joshua Kushner are on hand ... and there are rumors royalty will be in the house too. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to show for the ceremony.

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As with most weddings, the vibes were jovial at the dinner. At one point Katy and Orlando were spotted walking out arm in arm with other guests looking like they were having the time of their lives.

Bet they can't wait for the real reception.

Originally published -- 7:03 AM PT

Bill Belichick Walks Out of Press Conference ... Over Antonio Brown Qs

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10:53 AM PT -- Tom Brady ain't a mobile quarterback ... but he was able to scramble away from all AB questions during media availability on Friday, saying his focus is on the Jets.

Bill Belichick has reached his boiling point in the Antonio Brown saga ... abruptly ending a press conference after reporters peppered him with Qs about his controversial superstar WR.

The New England Patriots coach faced the media on Friday -- just hours after the NFL opened an investigation into alleged texts Brown sent to a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct in 2017.

Of course, the media wanted answers ... but Belichick told reporters right off the bat he wouldn't be answering any questions about AB. He opened saying, "We take all situations with our team very seriously."

"There's some things we're looking into. But, I'm not going to have any comment on any of the off the field situations or questions on that."

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Bill also suggested Brown would be active and playing on Sunday when the Patriots take on the NY Jets.

When Belichick tried to move past the Brown questions, the media stayed focused on the bigger story ... and Bill. Got. Pissed.

"I think I've already addressed this ... we're gonna get ready for the Jets here. Happy to answer any football questions. But, the rest of it ... I'm done with the rest of it."

When a reporter followed that up with another AB question ... Bill got fed up, interrupted him and left the podium.

"That's it. Yep, I'm good. Thank you."

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Meanwhile, the NFL is still investigating Brown -- but it's theoretically possible league officials could take action on new text message development before Sunday.

Originally Published -- 9:07 AM PT

Ty Herndon Lil Nas X Coming Out ... Can Open Doors For Hip-Hop

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Lil Nas X coming out is going to spark change in the hip-hop community ... so says Ty Herndon, who thinks Lil Nas' bravery will make it easier for others in the industry to be themselves.

We got Ty before his Thursday night set at Rockwell Table and Stage, and our guy asked if the country music veteran thinks Lil Nas X will help other gay hip-hop artists feel comfortable and accepted enough to come out.

Ty's the first male country musician to reveal he's gay, which is why he says he knows times are a changin'. He flat-out believes ... in Nashville, your sexuality doesn't matter anymore -- and he thinks Lil Nas can bring that same change in hip-hop.

TMZ broke the story ... the "Old Town Road" rapper became inspired to share his truth with the world at the end of Pride Month after performing with Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus in front of a MASSIVE crowd in England.

Ty says he was super proud of LNX for coming out because it's extremely hard for rappers to be themselves, and he thinks Lil Nas can be a trailblazer in the industry.

Kevin Hart Back Home ... I Can't Believe I'm Alive

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Kevin Hart has checked out of his inpatient rehab facility and is back home where he's receiving intensive physical therapy, but the big takeaway ... he's "grateful" and "shocked" he's alive.

Sources very close to Kevin tell us, he's looked at the photos of the car crash and can't believe anyone walked out alive. TMZ broke the story, Kevin messed up his back bad -- 3 spinal fractures that required fusion.

He spent 10 days in the hospital under heavy pain meds and was then transferred to the inpatient facility, but he's home now. He has a physical therapist coming to his house most days ... and he's doing lots of stretching and exercises with therapy bands.

He's still in a lot of pain but says he's handling it without all the meds that knocked him out.

We're also told he's not worried about the injuries torpedoing his career ... doctors and the PT have assured him he'll be pretty much back to where he was before the accident, and he had nothing immediate on his plate work-wise, so he can focus on bouncing back.

Kevin says he's grateful to be alive and has "a new perspective on life." We asked what that meant and were told, "He really cherishes the fact that he's alive, and wants to make the most of it in every respect. The crash had a huge impact on him."

One more thing ... Kevin's a gym rat -- something that has helped him through this because he's in such good shape -- but he's taking a break from working out and is only doing physical therapist-approved exercises.

Kim & Kanye Get Too Wild with Wildlife ... Lecture from Law Enforcement

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have a lot to learn about living in Wyoming -- where the deer and the antelope play ... but they can't play with Ye.

The couple was issued a slight scolding over a video Kim posted last weekend, in which it appears Kanye's taking them for an ATV ride across the range ... as he chases some pronghorns, AKA American antelope.

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At one point it sounds like Kim shouts, "I think you're scaring them!!!" ... and she's probably right ... which is why there are laws against it.

A spokesperson for the Wyoming Game & Fish Dept. tells TMZ ... State laws prohibit this type of animal harassment. We're told the department was made aware of Kim's video and paid a visit to the manager of Kanye's new ranch to make sure everyone is aware of the rules pertaining to wildlife.

We spoke with a source close to the couple who tell us they were simply cruising along when the animals came running by ... Kim and Kanye came to a slow soon after the vid and let the pronghorns on their way. We're told it wasn't a chase ... and they never disturbed the animals.

The good news for Kanye and Kim ... this can simply be considered a lesson learned. We're told no formal complaint was filed against them -- only angry calls -- so there's currently no investigation into the incident.

If there were, the couple could get slapped with a citation and a $435 fine.

We broke the story ... Kanye plunked down some serious cash for the property just outside Cody, Wyoming -- called Monster Lake Ranch -- which includes 8 lodging units, 2 fresh water lakes, a restaurant, an event center, and lots of barns, corrals and horses.

The asking price was $14 million for 4,500 acres, and while we know he didn't pay full price ... it's still a lot of money.

So, the $435 fine certainly would be no biggie.

Gardner Minshew I Smashed Own Hand with Hammer ... To Keep College Eligibility

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Gardner Minshew was a football LEGEND long before he took his first NFL snap ... admitting he once smashed his own hand with a hammer to try and extend his college football career.

The Jacksonville Jaguars QB said it all went down in 2016 during his first year at East Carolina University ... where he was the 3rd string QB and planned on redshirting the season.

But, the 2nd string QB was moved to running back and the 1st string QB suffered a concussion halfway through a game in Week 4, so he was forced to go in and play.

The problem ... once Minshew took the field, the redshirt option was out the window -- and Gardner was pissed he was going to blow an entire year of eligibility for 30 minutes of playing time.

And, what did Gardner do next? He realized the only way to get that year of eligibility back was to get a medical redshirt ... which means he needed to prove he suffered an injury that knocked him out for the season.

"So, you know, I get an idea," Minshew told the guys on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast (go to 31:20).

"I go home, I grab a bottle of Jack Daniels and I grab a hammer. And, I go back into my room, I take a pull of the Jack Daniels, I put my hand down on the table and BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! 1,2,3 ... I hit the hell out of my hand dude!"

Another problem ... Minshew says he knew right away he didn't actually break his hand -- so he continued to smash away another 2 times. But, he failed with each attempt!

"I couldn't break my own hand!"

Oh, and get this ... Minshew says the hand he was smashing was his THROWING HAND because he knew he would be pressured to play through the pain if he broke his non-throwing hand.

At the end of the day, Minshew says he gave up with the fake injury attempt and just told the coach he slammed his hand in a car door.

Don't worry, things worked out for him ... he's now the starting QB for the Jaguars and looked pretty solid Thursday night in the teams' 20-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans, throwing 2 TDs in the process.

Hugh Jackman & Ryan Reynolds Marvel at What Could've Been!!! Coffee and Laughs in NYC

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are teasing the hell out of their superfans ... giving us a glimpse into what never happened on film -- Wolverine and Deadpool just kicking it over coffee.

Can't ya just hear the witty one-liners looking at Hugh and Ryan chumming it up Thursday in NYC? The duo had just left Hugh's Laughing Man coffee shop in TriBeCa, and even snapped some pics with fans.

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They were spotted talking and laughing for about an hour in a nearby park before Reynolds walked home and Jackman took off on his bike.

Seeing how well these guys get along in real life is kinda bittersweet if you're a fan. As you know ... Ryan tried, unsuccessfully, to get Hugh to return to his Wolverine character and do a movie with Deadpool -- a pairing fans desperately wanted.

They've been engaged in a faux social media war for years -- which is part of their charm -- but announced a truce back in February to pitch ads for each other's companies.

You'll recall, they agreed to make awesome ads -- for Hugh's coffee and Ryan's Aviation American Gin. Classic Hugh & Ry humor.

Anyway, soak up their real-life bromance ... 'cause, for now, it seems like that's all we're getting.

Area 51 Alien Enthusiasts Show Up for Raid ... But the Rager's in Vegas

The plan for millions of people to storm Area 51 to "see them aliens" ended up being just a light sprinkle, attended by those who didn't care the plan was aborted ... or just missed the memo.

A small crowd of alien enthusiasts showed up at the entrance of the Nevada Test and Training Range near the super-secret military base late Thursday ... equipped with signs, masks and inflatable green aliens.

The tiny group gathering was a pretty hilarious and fitting button to the 'Storm Area 51' saga -- aka, an internet joke that got taken way too seriously.

As we told you ... the event planners, Matty Roberts and Frank DiMaggio, got folks hyped with a Facebook page invite to go searching for aliens, but changed course when it became clear law enforcement and the military wasn't messing around with any such raid.

Matty and Frank pivoted quickly and put on a free music festival in Sin City instead ... and that went off without a hitch Thursday night in Downtown Las Vegas.

Attendees were treated to the music of Tripnotic and others. Not shockingly, there was a much better showing for the free concert -- than the ill-fated attempt out in the desert to storm Area 51 gates while risking jail time ... or worse.