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Kareem Hunt Wants to Apologize to Victim 'Haven't Had the Chance'

5/15/2019 11:36 AM PDT
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Kareem Hunt says he has NOT directly apologized to the victim in the 2018 hotel hallway attack -- but he wants to. 

"I have not, but if I was to see her, I would apologize to her face," the Cleveland Browns running back told the media Wednesday.

"But, I have not had the chance to do that. I don't know any ways of contacting her. I have not."

Hunt was asked a bunch of questions about the incident -- and how he's been trying to improve as a person since TMZ Sports published the video of the attack. 

Hunt says he's been going to counseling and has leaned into religion -- he's being baptized this Sunday and looks forward to the feeling of "being reborn."

The 23-year-old says he understands he's on thin ice with the Browns and feels grateful for his 2nd chance ... and vows to make the most of the opportunity. 

Hunt insists he's grown as a person and has learned how to deal with his anger in a better way -- and will NOT make the same mistakes that got him in trouble in the first place. 

Before Hunt took the podium, his QB, Baker Mayfield, went to bat for his new teammate -- saying he thinks Hunt is a "great kid" and when it comes to his violent past, the QB says, "Mistakes happen."

Hunt had just made his first appearance at the Cleveland Browns practice facility Wednesday -- taking part in voluntary team workouts -- and Baker, along with head coach Freddie Kitchens, were singing his praises. 

"Just being around him, I think he's a great kid," Baker said ... "Ya know, mistakes happen. I can speak from personal experience."

Baker is clearly referring to his own Feb. 2017 incident when he tried running from police and got rocked by a cop who hit him with a perfect form tackle. 

As for Kareem, TMZ Sports broke the story ... the former Kansas City Chiefs star was captured on video shoving, bull-rushing and kicking a woman during an altercation at a Cleveland hotel back in February 2018. 

Hunt was also accused of being involved in at least 2 other violent incidents -- including an assault on a man at an Ohio resort in June 2018 and another incident at a nightclub in January 2018. 

The Chiefs cut Hunt in November 2018 -- hours after we published the hotel video -- and he was picked up by the Browns a few months later. 

The NFL punished Hunt with an 8-game suspension, which he'll serve in the 2019 season. 

But, Hunt has clearly been making a good impression on his new teammates and coaches.

Mayfield said he spoke with Kareem's old Chiefs' teammates -- including Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, who vouched for the running back.

"They speak very highly of him," Mayfield said ... "So, I think that's really important, and it's been pretty important for him to be here too."

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens was also high on Hunt on Wednesday ... saying he believes Kareem is doing the best he can to become a better person off the field.

"I love Kareem," Kitchens says. "What I really love more than anything about Kareem is he's handling his business off the field."

"He's continuing to try to be the person he wants to be and that everybody here wants him to be and we're going to continue to support him in every way possible to do that."

"Kareem's out in the community now every week. He's either involved in the community or he's actually doing some hosting events in the community trying to reach out to kids who could be heading down the same path."

Originally Published -- 10:41 AM PT

Colin Cowherd Yo, Baker Mayfield ... Let's Just Be Friends!

5/6/2019 9:26 AM PDT

FS1 star Colin Cowherd desperately wants Baker Mayfield to know he doesn't hate him ... telling TMZ Sports, "Baker thinks I don't like him. I love Baker."

Of course, the two have had a rocky relationship over the past few years -- and the beef flared up again on Friday when Baker attacked Colin on Twitter.

Colin posted a video clip from 'The Herd' explaining why he thinks Baker and Browns GM John Dorsey are the perfect couple for Cleveland ... and that's when Mayfield responded, "you’re a donkey man."

Cowherd fired back saying, "I wish you would LISTEN before ruining my weekend" ... which prompted Baker to write, "Why would I listen to you instead of just reading the quote?"

"That’s exactly what you do when you go on air... skip all the details and important stuff, then go for the irrational opinion for clicks."

But, when we got Cowherd out at LAX just hours after the spat ... he told us he has NO beef with Baker -- and says he just wants to be friends!!!

"Send my best to Baker," Colin says ... "Baker thinks I don't like him, I love Baker." 

As for Mayfield's side of the feud ... doesn't seem like the feeling's mutual -- 'cause he's gone after Colin SEVERAL times in the last couple years.

But, will Mayfield finally accept this new olive branch from Cowherd? Stay tuned.

Kareem Hunt Advising Kids 'Not to Make Mistakes I Did' ... Browns Say

5/1/2019 11:08 AM PDT
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Kareem Hunt has been visiting kids at local Cleveland schools ... imploring them to learn from the mistakes he's made, Browns GM John Dorsey says.

The former Chiefs superstar was picked up by the Browns after Kansas City released him following the TMZ Sports video showing the 23-year-old shoving and kicking a female at an Ohio hotel last year.

Now, Dorsey is saying the running back is doing everything possible to show remorse for the incident ... including visiting kids after work to advise them to learn from his issues.

"What people don’t realize is once he’s off the field, he's doing things unannounced," Dorsey said to Bull and Fox on 92.3 The Fan on Tuesday.

"He's actually going out and talking to young kids and working behind the scenes to teach young kids, 'Don’t make the same mistake I made.'"

The Browns have confirmed to The News-Herald that Hunt has visited several high school students from the Elyria and Lorain area -- cities on the outskirts of Cleveland.

Browns reps tell The News-Herald they've been trying to keep his visits low key, because, "Hunt doesn’t want any attention to distract from his message."

For his part, Hunt released a statement after his Browns signing in February saying, "What I did was wrong and inexcusable."

"That is not the man I was raised to be, and I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact."

Joe Haden I Can't Wait to Cover Odell ... in Cleveland

4/2/2019 8:40 AM PDT

Joe Haden ain't pissed the Browns got stacked after he got traded to the Steelers ... matter of fact, he's HAPPY for the city -- telling TMZ Sports he CAN'T WAIT to line up against OBJ!!

We spoke with the NFL star about his ex-team's newest addition ... and he's stoked for several reasons -- one being the fans having something to be excited about again. (After all, the Browns were awful in Haden's 7 years in Ohio).

"I'm happy for Cleveland. That's a great football city," Haden tells us. "They deserve everything. Odell, that's one of my good friends ... he's gonna bring a lot of flash and flare there."

The other big reason -- Haden can now line up against his good friend, Odell Beckham, twice a year ... and it's got some extra sauce to it, considering Pittsburgh's huge rivalry with CLE.

"I can't wait. You gotta go against the best to be the best."

Of course, the Browns officially introduced OBJ on Monday ... and there's a lot of talk about Cleveland being serious contenders with guys like Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Jarvis Landry on offense.

Meanwhile, the Stillers traded away Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell jetted off to New York. Haden says it'll be tough to replace those guys, but they're ready for the challenge.

We also asked Haden about his QB, Ben Roethlisberger's leadership skills ... and he's got nothing but praise for the signal caller, despite what AB may say.

Chanel Iman Odell Beckham Is Family ... Giants Or No Giants

3/26/2019 4:00 PM PDT

Odell Beckham might be with the Browns, but he's still invited over for NY Giants thanksgiving ... that's as long as it's at Chanel Iman and Sterling Shepard's house, cause they love the guy.

We got Chanel out in L.A. shopping ... and after learning she has no clue who Rob Gronkowski is -- seriously, that's not a joke -- we asked how she and her husband Sterling felt about Odell being moved.

"Odell is family, so I mean it was really sad to hear he's leaving. He's always gonna be very close to us and we're gonna see him all the time."

Here's the thing ... Shepard will probably benefit on the field from Odell's absence, 'cause he's the number one guy now, but it still must hurt not to have your boating buddy around.

Oh, by the way ... Chanel is beautiful. Has nothing really to do with this post, but hard not to say when you see her out on the streets of L.A., so we'll say it and disregard your judgments.

You continue to shine Sterling Shepard ... we see you brother.

Johnny Manziel's Wife Wipes QB From Social Media ... Broken Up?!

3/21/2019 11:17 AM PDT

Johnny Manziel's wife, Bre Tiesi, has DELETED all traces of the QB from her Instagram page -- and removed "Manziel" from her last name ... and all signs point to a breakup. 

Unclear what triggered the move -- we're working on the story right now. 

Bre just came back from a girls' trip to Bali while Johnny has been working on getting his football career back on track by signing with a team in the AAF league. 

Obviously, SOMETHING happened ... we're trying to figure out what. 

Bre and Johnny had been going strong for years ... the two hooked up back in 2016 -- and it only took about a year for Johnny to ask her to marry him.

In fact, Manziel was so head over heels for Bre -- he gave her all the credit for pulling him out of his downward spiral that started with him being cut by the Browns after the 2015 season.

"When you find a girl as amazing as I did that saved me from where I was in my life, you absolutely put a ring on it."

But now, it seems the relationship could be over. 

It's just another rough time for the embattled QB ... remember, it was just a few weeks ago when he was cut from the entire Canadian Football League for violating the terms of his contract.

Things had started looking up for Johnny, though ... he just signed on with the Memphis Express in the AAF and could get some playing time.

For her part, Bre's been in Bali the last few days -- clearly trying to booty shake the pain of a breakup away.

Barry Sanders Jim Brown & Emmitt BATTLE OF THE BACKS

3/18/2019 9:13 AM PDT
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Here's an amazing photo ...

Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders all got together at a massive autograph signing event over the weekend -- and it begs the question, how do you rank these guys!? 

All 3 have routinely been brought up in the age-old "Who's the greatest running back of all time?" debate. They're all in the Hall of Fame. They're all legends. 

So, when they got together for a pic at the Chicago Sports Spectacular, it forced us to do some real debating in the office. 

Barry Sanders ... 15,269 yards on the ground in just 10 NFL seasons. 10 Pro Bowl selections. 6-time All-Pro. All this without a great offensive line. 

Emmitt Smith ... 18,355 yards rushing in 15 seasons. 164 rushing TDs. 1993 MVP, 3 Super Bowls, 8 Pro Bowls, 4-time All-Pro. 

Jim Brown ... 12,312 yards rushing in 9 seasons, 106 rushing TDs, 8-time NFL All-Pro, 9 Pro Bowls, 3 NFL MVPs. 

We looked at the autograph prices this weekend ... here's how they stack up in terms of value. 

Barry Sanders ... autographs start at $135, photo ops are $135. 

Emmitt Smith ... autographs start at $235, photo ops are $200. 

Jim Brown ... autographs start at $150, photo ops are $150. 

So, go ahead ... rank 'em. 

*Shout-out Walter Payton

Odell Beckham Thanks Giants 'I Gave U My All'

3/14/2019 6:12 AM PDT
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Odell Beckham is NOT going scorched earth on the Giants now that he's leaving NY -- in fact, he's killing his old fans with kindness on the way out.

"So many mixed emotions and feelings," Beckham said in a statement Thursday morning ... "This is all, a lot to process but it is reality."

Of course, Beckham was traded from the Giants to the Cleveland Browns where he'll be reunited with his close friend and former college teammate, Jarvis Landry.  

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"I want to thank the NY giants organization for giving me an opportunity to do what God put me on this earth to do," Odell said.

"I want to thank the organization and the owners for everything and especially giving me my first chance to be a part of the NFL."

"I gave u my all every Sunday."

Beckham also had this note to his fans and haters -- "I just wanna thank u guys for making my experience in NY SOMETHIN ILL NEVER FORGET!"

"To the New Yorkers and REAL NYG fans... you guys will always have a place in my heart, a beautiful city .. a beautiful place Thank You for every last moment and experience. Without them, I wouldn’t be exactly who I am today ! LUV"

Beckham was drafted by the Giants in 2014. He just signed a monster 5-year, $95 MILLION contract extension with the Giants in August 2018. 

There are reports he's seeking to redo his deal so he can get more money in Cleveland -- but so far, that hasn't happened yet. 

Kellen Winslow Jr. Back In Jail Lewd Conduct with 77-Year-Old

3/5/2019 6:29 AM PST
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Ex-NFL star Kellen Winslow Jr. is back behind bars following TWO new allegations of sexual deviance ... this time, he's accused of touching himself in front of a 77-year-old woman. 

Remember, Winslow had been out on bail while fighting allegations he raped 3 women. Officials say 2 of the women were transients who were kidnapped by the former tight end. 

A 3rd woman claims Winslow raped her 15 years ago while she was unconscious. 

If convicted on all counts, Winslow faces up to life in prison. Bail was set at $2 million, which he posted back in July

But, according to officials, Winslow has NOT been living up to the terms of his bail -- and now, prosecutors claim he committed more sexual impropriety just last month. 

Officials say Winslow was working out at a San Diego area gym on Feb. 13 -- when he started touching himself and asking a nearby elderly woman if she liked it. 

The very next week, the woman claims she was in a hot tub at the same gym when Winslow once again engaged in lewd conduct. The woman says she got out of the tub and reported Winslow. 

She also claims Winslow reached out and touched her arm and foot as she tried to leave. 

Winslow was formally charged with 2 counts of lewd conduct, 1 count of battery of an elder and 1 count of willful cruelty to an elder. 

The judge in Winslow's case revoked his bail on Monday and ordered him to be locked up. 

He's due back in court later Tuesday. 

Winslow played in the NFL from 2004 to 2013 -- and made the Pro Bowl in 2007 as a tight end for the Cleveland Browns.

NFL's Jermaine Whitehead Icy Diamond Chain Haul Worth $79k!!!

3/2/2019 12:05 AM PST

Cleveland's already cold as hell ... and Jermaine Whitehead ain't helping, 'cause the Browns safety just dropped a big chunk of dough on some new ICE ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The ex-Auburn Tigers star is staying busy in the off-season ... adding 3 shiny new additions to his jewelry collection.

We're told JW hit up Luxe Jewelers in ATL for the job ... and this is all he copped --

Smaller tennis chain 10kt gold 19.50ct diamond -- $20k
Bigger tennis chain 10kt gold 30.00ct Diamonds -- $47k
Pendant 14kt 4.90ct round and Baguette Diamonds -- $12k

Add all that up ... and you got a $79,000 haul!!!

We're told each piece is one-of-a-kind specifically made for Whitehead ... and he LOVES the end product.

Get that ice, young man!!!

Nick Chubb Crushes 410-lb Lift ... Your Move, Kareem Hunt!

2/27/2019 10:20 AM PST
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Here's Nick Chubb reminding EVERYONE why he's still the starting RB in Cleveland ... he just murdered a 410-pound lift in an offseason workout -- and didn't even celebrate it!!!

The Browns star -- who was just named the starter over newly acquired Kareem Hunt -- loaded up 410 pounds on the bar and hit a perfect clean Wednesday.

If you're unfamiliar ... the lift is a power clean that's REALLY difficult -- even pro lifters struggle with weights over 400 pounds in the move.

But, Chubb didn't even react like it was a feat ... calmly poppin' the bar off his shoulders after he hit the perfect rep.

Sure seems like more than a coincidence that Chubb decided to post the vid Wednesday ... 'cause his coach, Freddie Kitchens, just told reporters Chubb is still the team's starting RB over Hunt.

Remember, the team just signed Kareem earlier this month ... and some wondered how soon it would be for the ex-Chiefs superstar to take over as the lead back.

But, seems it won't be that easy ... especially if Chubb keeps hitting the iron like this!!!

Nick -- one of Cleveland's two 2nd-round picks last year -- was a stud for the Browns as a rookie this past season, running for 996 yards and 8 TDs in only nine starts.

While Chubb's in the gym, his quarterback, Baker Mayfield, is taking a well-deserved vacation in Turks and Caicos.

Baker and fiancee Emily Wilkinson are relaxing by the beach with fellow NFL stars Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, who also brought their significant others. 

By the way, Sterling is married to Victoria's Secret model Chanel Iman ... and yeah, she looks goooooood

NFL's Antonio Callaway Mostly Victorious In Weed Arrest Case

2/21/2019 12:20 AM PST

Good news, bad news for Cleveland Browns star Antonio Callaway -- officials have DROPPED the drug possession charge against him stemming from a 2018 weed arrest. 

BUT ... he just got sentenced to probation for driving on a suspended license. 

As we previously reported, the 22-year-old wide receiver was pulled over in Ohio at 2:59 AM on August 5 for a routine traffic violation. 

During the stop, cops found a small amount of weed, gun parts and bullets in Antonio's Dodge Charger -- and he was cited for weed possession and driving on a suspended license. 

Callaway told the officers the weed was not his -- it was left over from someone else who had been driving the car. Antonio's attorney, Kevin Spellacy, tells us the amount of weed in the car was so "insignificant" it became clear to prosecutors they "couldn't make a case on the drugs."

Now, we've learned Callaway appeared in court on January 25 -- where prosecutors decided to drop the weed charge but pursued the suspended license situation. 

Callaway pled guilty to the license charge and was sentenced to 1 year probation and was ordered to pay around $400 in fines, plus other court fees. 

There's more ... Callaway also pled guilty in court to a speeding charge he picked up for a SEPARATE incident in the fall -- when he was busted for going 58 mph in a 35 mph zone before the Browns played the Chargers on Oct. 14.

Court records show Callaway was ordered to pay a fine in that case.

Bottom line -- he's basically out of the woods ... as long as he keeps his nose clean for the next year. 

Callaway caught 43 passes for 586 and 5 TDs for Cleveland in an impressive rookie season this past year ... and is expected to be a major part of the offense during the 2019 season. 

Baker Mayfield I Haven't Talked to Kareem Hunt

2/18/2019 8:11 AM PST

Baker Mayfield says he hasn't linked up with his newest star running back ... telling TMZ Sports he's yet to talk to Kareem Hunt since joining the Browns.

The star QB -- along with his fiancee, Emily Wilkinson -- was at LAX over the weekend and we asked if he's had a chance to connect with Hunt after the team signed him last Monday.

Of course ... it's been a busy week for Bake -- he had a romantic Valentine's dinner with Emily ... and just got back from a trip to Denver with his Oklahoma teammates.

As for Bake's teammates, we spoke with David Njoku about the new addition ... and he says he's excited to welcome Hunt aboard. So, we're assuming the guy won't be getting the cold shoulder.

We also asked Mayfield if the Browns will be in the playoffs next year ... and the Dawg Pound will (cautiously) wanna hear his response.

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