Antonio Cromartie Blasts Adam Gase ... Jets Should Hire Chiefs' OC Instead!!!

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Antonio Cromartie says Adam Gase has NO future with the Jets ... telling TMZ Sports if he were running his old team, he'd fire the guy ASAP for Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy!!

Cromartie made the bold statement when we got him out in Miami recently ... and he did NOT mince words when it came to his feelings about AG.

As for why he dislikes the guy so much ... Cromartie says the way Gase treated Le'Veon Bell during the season speaks volumes about his capabilities as a head coach.

"We don't give our running back the ball in the second half of a game," Cromartie says. "It just shows you that you're trying to say that you don't need him."

Cromartie says he would have cut bait with Gase after the season ... but says the Jets are stuck with Gase for at least the 2020 season since they didn't move on from him in January.

As for Cromartie's choice for a Gase replacement ... he tells us Andy Reid's offensive coordinator in Kansas City is the perfect man for Gang Green.

"I would go get Eric Bieniemy," Antonio says.

The ex-defensive back also spoke with us about the Rooney Rule ... and says NFL officials are really failing their minority coaching candidates by not revamping the rule.

Browns Mascot Swagger Dead At 6 ... After Cancer Battle

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Tragic day for the Cleveland Browns ... the team's first-ever live mascot, Swagger, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 6 years old.

The 145-pound bullmastiff joined the Browns as a puppy at the beginning of the 2014 season ... and ran out with the players before every home game until Week 10 of the 2019 season.

The only home game Swagger missed was in 2017 ... when the Browns played in London.

Swagger's son, SJ, took over the mascot duties as the cancer progressed ... and the beloved dog served as "Dawg Pound Captain" during his final Browns game.

Swagger was a fan favorite at FirstEnergy Stadium ... and even got some one-on-one time with folks like UFC champ Stipe Miocic and Baker Mayfield.

According to Browns fans in our office ... the dog was a true bright spot during some of the Browns' worst years.

Mayfield posted a tribute to Swagger, saying "Doggy heaven got a good one today."

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The team says SJ will continue to fill his dad's shoes for 2020 and beyond.

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Antonio Brown Huge Loss In Condo-Trashing Case ... Fat Check Coming

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Antonio Brown just took a HUGE loss in his condo-trashing case ... the former NFL All-Pro was found liable for the damage done to his pricey apartment after an April 2018 incident.

... and now the only question is, how fat will the check be that Brown will be forced to write??? (insert "Whole Lotta Money" joke here).

As we previously reported, Brown is being sued after his former apartment complex, The Mansions at Acqualina in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., accused him of destroying his fancy pad.

Attorneys for the complex claim Brown threw cushions and a vase off his balcony in an April 24, 2018 incident ... and trashed his apartment during the fit of rage as well.

The Attorneys say Brown did everything from cracking mirrors, to breaking tables, to staining couch cushions ... and they provided pictures to the court of the alleged damage.

Brown fought the case in court throughout the past year and a half (remember, he famously caused headaches during the case's depositions), claiming it was actually his former trainer who did the damage.

But a judge just ruled Brown IS responsible for it all, regardless ... ruling in favor of the apartment complex this week.

Brown will almost certainly now have to write a HUGE check to the complex ... although the case will continue in court to find out exactly how much he'll eventually owe.

Eli Manning Soaking Up Retirement ... Hits Golf Course W/ Peyton!!

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Here's Eli Manning clearly devastated he ain't playing football any -- AHHH JUST KIDDING!! ELI'S HITTING THE LINKS WITH HIS BIG BRO AND OBVIOUSLY LOVING RETIREMENT!!!

The ex-NY Giants QB -- who just officially called it an NFL career on Jan. 22 -- hit the pro-am at Pebble Beach on Thursday ... and he sure didn't look like a guy who's missing getting hit for a living.

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Eli and Peyton were part of a foursome alongside pros Kevin Chappell and Luke Donald ... and the Manning bros actually played pretty well.

Eli -- a 10 handicap -- posted an 8-under total with Chappell ... while Peyton -- an 8 handicap -- carded a 5-under with Donald. Not bad for two old retired guys!!

Of course, the tournament's also filled with a TON of other celebs and athletes ... including NFL legends like Steve Young and Larry Fitzgerald.

But it was another QB who stole the highlight show for the day ... Aaron Rodgers made some tremendous shots on the course -- and even walked in one of his putts!!

And, as for the non-professional athletes, country superstar Jake Owen really had himself a day ... check out these two shots he poured in from distance!!!

NFL's Xavien Howard Domestic Violence Case Dropped ... Accuser Stopped Cooperating

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8:48 AM PT -- This is important ... officials tell TMZ Sports the accuser had a change of heart and stopped cooperating with prosecutors.

"The victim said she did not want to proceed with prosecution. She signed an affidavit of non-prosecution," a spokesperson for the State Attorney's Office tells us.

"She also stated that it was a 'situation that got out of hand' and she has no fear of the defendant and no fear for her safety."

"There were no other witnesses to the incident and our prosecutors said they were unable to proceed without testimony from the alleged victim."

Miami Dolphins star cornerback Xavien Howard is off the hook in his domestic violence case ... TMZ Sports has learned his battery charge was dropped Thursday.

Howard's attorney, Michael C. Grieco, says it was announced at a short hearing in a Broward County courtroom that the case against the NFL player has been dismissed.

It's huge news for the 26-year-old, who was facing jail time after his fiancee alleged he roughed her up after an argument at their Davie, Fla. home on Dec. 29.

In the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, the woman says Howard grabbed her, pushed her against a mirrored wall, and when he let her go, she fell on one of his crutches.

Cops say in the report they noticed visible scratches, redness and an abrasion on the woman's body ... and arrested the 6-foot-1, 200-pound cornerback.

What's worse ... in 911 audio from the incident, the woman -- who has three children with Howard -- insinuated the NFL player had repeatedly abused her in the past.

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It's unclear what prompted the state attorney's office to not pursue charges this week ... we're working on it.

Howard -- who made the Pro Bowl in 2018 -- is still subject to NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.

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Chiefs' Byron Pringle Gunning For Pringles Deal ... After Super Bowl Win

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Chiefs WR Byron Pringle says now that he's a Super Bowl champ, he's the PERFECT candidate to be a rep for Pringles ... and he wants the chip co. to reach out to him ASAP!!

"Once you pop, you're never going to stop. You know?" Pringle tells TMZ Sports.

Of course, 26-year-old Byron's been angling for this sponsorship for YEARS ... he says dating back to high school, teammates and friends have constantly told him he NEEDS to be a rep for the canned chips because of his last name.

And, now that he's about to add some title bling to his finger ... he says he's ready to get into serious talks.

Pringle tells us his demands in the deal are pretty simple ... "some commercials" and "life-long Pringles chips, any flavor" are high on his list.

But, he also says vending machines at his former schools that dispense free Pringles to students would be a sweet add-in as well.

As for his pitch to Pringles and what he'd bring to the company moving forward ... he says he's got star potential on the gridiron.

"Every time I'm in, I'm always making a play," Byron says. "Doing my assignment in the play, for the play."

By the way, we had Byron rank the best flavors of Pringles ... and Sour Cream & Onion was shockingly not his #1!!!

Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Slams Kareem Hunt For Police Incident ... 'Not Acceptable'

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Turns out, getting pulled over for speeding with an open bottle of vodka in the car -- and admitting you'd fail a drug test -- does not go over well with your boss.

At least, that's the takeaway from Jimmy Haslam's comments about Kareem Hunt -- with the Cleveland Browns owner ripping his running back over that Jan. 21 police incident.

"What he did was not acceptable. He's got to do better," Haslam said Wednesday ... "It's not good. Kareem knows he's got to do better."

FYI, Hunt is now a restricted free agent -- and after watching the clip, you gotta wonder if the Browns are just gonna cut bait with the guy considering his controversial past.

Haslam said there's still a chance they keep Hunt around for one more season -- but even if they do, he's clearly on super-thin ice.

As we previously reported, Hunt was pulled over for speeding in Rocky River, Ohio -- and during the stop, cops say they found weed and an open bottle of vodka in his ride.

In police footage, obtained by TMZ Sports, you can see the pullover was not the best look for Hunt ... who straight-up admitted he would have failed an NFL drug test at the time of the stop.

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Hunt was issued a citation for speeding ... but he was NOT cited for the pot -- and was sent on his way by the officer.

Haslam was asked about the incident during a press conference announcing the team's new GM ... and his disappointment in the 24-year-old was palpable.

"We have and will continue to work closely with Kareem," Haslam said. "But he knows our expectations are higher than what he showed a week or two ago."

For his part, Kareem has yet to publicly comment on the incident.

NFL's Xavien Howard Accused of Repeated Abuse ... In Dom. Violence 911 Call

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The woman who called 911 on NFL star Xavien Howard claimed he abused her multiple times in the past, but he convinced her not to call police because it would hurt his career.

... and it's all in the 911 call released by officials and obtained by TMZ Sports.

Howard -- a star cornerback for the Miami Dolphins -- was arrested on Dec. 29th after allegedly roughing up his fiancee during an altercation at their Davie, FL home.

Now, in new 911 audio from that day of the incident, you can hear the woman describe a pattern of abuse.

"My fiance continues to think he can just push me, throw me into the wall without me doing nothing just because of who he is," the woman says.

"But it's kind of getting to a point, it's just like, it's getting physical."

When the operator asks what she means by "who he is" ... the woman explains, "Because he plays football."

"So every time a situation happens it's always like, 'Oh, don't do this.' Or, 'Oh, well, you'll be OK. Don't call the cops.'"

The woman added, "But it's like, OK, like him just pushing me into the mirror, grabbing my arm, grabbing me by my neck, like this is probably the last day that's going to happen."

As we previously reported, Howard was arrested after the woman -- the mother of his children -- accused him of getting violent with her after an argument in their bedroom.

The woman told cops at the time Howard had grabbed both her arms and pushed her into a mirrored glass wall in the hallway. She claims once he let her go, she fell into one of the crutches he was using after an in-season knee surgery.

In the police report, cops say they noticed "visible scratches," redness and an abrasion on the woman ... and they arrested Howard on one charge of domestic battery.

Howard appeared in court just hours later on crutches ... but bonded out on the condition that he'd have NO contact with the alleged victim.

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The former Pro Bowl corner has been fighting the case in court ever since -- pleading not guilty last month. There's another hearing scheduled for later this week.

The Dolphins said at the time of the arrest, "We are aware of the situation and are currently gathering information. We will have no further comment at this time."

Le'Veon Bell I Don't Hate Gase ... I Swear!!!

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Le'Veon Bell says he has absolutely NO beef with his head coach Adam Gase ... and tells TMZ Sports he wants to play for the NY Jets for AT LEAST the next few years!!

"Me and coach Gase had our exit meeting," Bell says. "It was fine, so we straight. Yeah, we good."

Of course, it's unclear if his team feels the same way -- there are a ton of rumors casting a shadow on Bell's future in the Big Apple ... and most of them stem from reports Gase doesn't like Le'Veon.

It was reported last off-season Gase had no desire to sign Bell to his huge contract ... and, in December, the coach didn't seem thrilled about the idea of bringing the RB back in 2020.

But when we got Bell out at Unique Rides pop-up in Miami (a sick custom car shop where Bell's brother is opening a new Midwest location soon), he told us he thinks everything is fine with the Jets.

"Everybody blowing everything out of proportion," Bell says. "Water under the bridge -- we're fine. We good ... Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes."

As for what Bell is doing to blow off the steam of all the rumors ... he's been focused on his rap career -- releasing his "Catch Me If You Can" album this month.

In fact, the 27-year-old even put on a performance at Rockwell Nightclub on Monday night to celebrate the release ... and we're told clubgoers LOVED his new music!

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Donovan McNabb Gives Kevin Hart Signed Game Jersey Kevin Loses His Mind!!!

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Here's awesome video of lifelong Eagles fan Kevin Hart getting a game-worn, autographed jersey from one of the best players in franchise history ... and rightfully freaking out!!

Donovan McNabb came bearing gifts when he met with the comedian during Super Bowl week ... hooking Hart up with what will end up being one of his most prized possessions.

McNabb was a guest on Hart's "Laugh Out Loud" Radio show in Miami .. and told the movie star he had a little something for him ... and the dude's eyes LIT UP.

"It says 'official,' bitch!!" Kevin yells when he realizes the jersey is game-worn. "Look at this! An official f**king jersey!"

Remember ... Hart is from Philly and he's a HUUUUGE Eagles fan. In fact, he was front and center during the Super Bowl victory celebrations when the Eagles won it all in 2018 ... and even tried getting on stage with the players during the trophy presentation, but was rejected by security.

Kev's reaction is absolutely priceless ... and McNabb jokes that the jersey might be a bit too big for the smaller Hart.

We take it Kev will have to get this thing framed.

Jessica Simpson Tony Romo Dumped Me Over John Mayer Cheating Suspicion

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Jessica Simpson claims Tony Romo broke up with her back in 2009 because he thought she was cheating on him with John Mayer.

Simpson spells out the whole thing in her new book "Open Book" -- in which she finally breaks her silence on the demise of her 2-year relationship with the former Dallas Cowboys QB. Long story short, Simpson claims she ran into Mayer at her parents house and didn't tell Romo, but he eventually found out through an email from John to Jess.

"[Tony] accused me of seeing John behind his back. I hadn’t cheated on Tony at all, but I could not lie and say I hadn’t even seen him," Simpson said.

Jessica told Tony "nothing happened" ... but Romo didn't buy her story because ... well, John Mayer.

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"Tony didn’t believe that for a second. And within that second, he broke up with me right there. Two years, gone with an email."

Simpson says she knew Romo wouldn't blab to the media about the real reason for the split because "it would imply that he wasn't enough for me."

Jessica says eventually "Tony soon realized I was telling the truth. Of course I didn’t cheat on him."

"But our breakup had been so ugly that it shocked me into realizing it had been necessary."

As for Mayer, Jessica claims the musician made a full-court press to put a ring on it.

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"[John] had said all these things, practically asking my parents for my hand in marriage while I was in a serious relationship. Swearing to me up and down that he was a changed man."

"Now here I was, ready to pledge my love back, and to kiss him as the curtain came down. And it fell on my head ... All this time, all those years, he was breaking up with me to torture himself enough to get good material."

In other words, Jessica was convinced John just wanted to try to be with her so he could get content for his music.

"It felt inevitable to be in love with John, so I continued talking to him for months. But I knew now not to let him get close enough to shoot me down again."

Everyone ultimately moved on with their lives ... Jessica married ex-NFL tight end Eric Johnson. Romo married beauty queen Candice Crawford.

And Mayer moved on to, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry. But he's currently single.

Fun Fact -- Jessica famously bought Tony Romo a $100,000 boat as a birthday present before they broke up ... but told TMZ at the time she wasn't going to ask for it back!

Joe Burrow My First NFL Check ... I'm Getting a Personal Chef!!!

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Joe Burrow is looking to follow LeBron James' lead when he starts making that NFL money ... telling TMZ Sports he's gonna hire a personal chef to keep him in shape!!

Of course, the Lakers superstar reportedly spends a whopping $1.5 million a year to maintain peak physical shape -- including trainers, massage therapists and a chef.

Other huge names like Conor McGregor have taken notice and followed suit ... electing to invest in his body rather than spending dough on cars and jewelry (though let's get serious, he'll be able to afford that too).

We spoke with the champ at the Fanatics Super Bowl party in Miami on Saturday ... and he tells us he's already on the hunt for whoever can whip him up the best steak!!

Burrow says he's not a picky eater, so whoever wins the gig won't have too hard of a time.

"I'm a healthy eater, so whatever he or she can make that tastes good and keeps me shredded," the Heisman Trophy winner tells us.

As for how he likes his steak?? Medium rare with a side of asparagus or lobster mac ... with NO A1 sauce.

Once again, MEDIUM RARE BECAUSE THAT'S THE CORRECT ANSWER.

Smart kid.

49ers We Lost The Game ... But We Won The After-Party!!!

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The San Francisco 49ers didn't go home with the Lombardi trophy ... but they got a sick consolation prize -- an all-out rager with Lil Wayne and DaBaby ... and it was LIT!!!

TMZ Sports has learned ... the NFC champs hosted a bash outside the American Airlines Arena shortly after the devastating 31-20 loss in the Super Bowl ... but we're told everyone was in great spirits!

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Lil Wayne and DaBaby each performed some of their hits, the Niners players joined them on stage ... and Kyle Shanahan bro'd out with Tunechi!!

FYI -- if you didn't know, the Niners coach is a HUGE Wayne fan and even named his son, Carter, after the rap legend ... and we're told Shanahan made sure to point that out to Wayne during the party.

Get this -- both rappers got a fat check to perform at the party. Like, we're talking 6 figures.

But, the party wasn't just for the players ... we're told the York family (who own the team) had a front-row seat!

That's one helluva way to get over a loss!!

Ryan Tannehill Henry Should Be Highest-Paid RB ... 'Pay The Man!!!'

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Every teammate needs a guy like Ryan Tannehill ... 'cause here's the Tennessee Titans QB hyping up his star running back Derrick Henry ... while calling for him to get a HUGE payday.

It all went down outside the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl party down in Miami ... when we asked RT why he wasn't posing for pics with his buddy -- and he had a PERFECT explanation

"You see how much drip he has on? I can't stand next to him," a diamondless Tannehill told us at the Sports Illustrated party in Miami.

That's when we got into some football talk with the QB and asked him what kinda payday Henry should get in free agency ... and they better get the Brinks trucks ready.

"Drip, drip ... pay the man!" Tannehill says when we ask if Henry should be the highest-paid running back in the league.

FYI -- the current highest-paid running back is Zeke Elliott ... who's currently got a 6-year, $90 million deal.

So, if Tannehill has his way, there will be a LOT more drip coming Henry's way.

Bill Belichick's GF You're Gonna Ask About Tom Brady?! ... BAHAHAHAHAH!!!

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So, we saw Bill Belichick leaving Prime 112 in Miami over the weekend with his girlfriend, Linda Holliday ... and when we asked about Tom Brady's future, SHE CRACKED UP!

Obviously Bill ain't about to spill the tea on his QB in the middle of the street -- and everyone knows it -- but Linda's reaction to our photog's effort made us laugh.

"You know he's not gonna answer," Linda told us while fighting through the laughter. She was super nice and ultimately correct -- but hey ... she warned us!

Belichick and Holliday were leaving a night out with Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia, who spent years working under Belichick as part of the Patriots coaching staff.

The two are still super close.

As for Tom Brady, the 42-year-old made a commercial for Hulu claiming he's "not going anywhere" -- but many believe there's a very real chance he leaves the Patriots.

So, where could he end up?

There are reports the Las Vegas Raiders are making a serious push to get TB12 -- and there are rumblings the Tennessee Titans are also in the mix as a possible landing spot.

It's gonna be a very interesting offseason.

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