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Dallas Cowboys' Rico Gathers Cuts Deal In Weed Case ... Avoids Jail Time

3/21/2019 11:14 AM PDT
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Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers cut a deal in his weed possession case and won't face jail time ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The 25-year-old was arrested back in August in Frisco, Texas just after Cowboys' training camp ... when cops say they found him with less than 2 ounces of weed.

Gathers was charged with possession of marijuana ... but on Thursday, he struck a deal with prosecutors and will avoid time behind bars for the incident.

Court officials tell us Gathers had his charge reduced from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class C misdemeanor in exchange for a guilty plea.

Rico's punishment? He has to keep his nose clean for the next 90 days ... and, if he does, the conviction will be wiped off his record.

Rico also had to pay fines and court costs.

It's good news for the young tight end ... his role on the Cowboys is in limbo after Dallas brought back veteran Jason Witten this offseason.

Gathers -- a former basketball star at Baylor -- started 4 games for the Cowboys at tight end last season.

Tyrone Crawford Bar Brawl Video Shows Cowboys Star Wrecking Bouncers

3/20/2019 9:58 AM PDT
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TMZ Sports has obtained footage showing Dallas Cowboys defensive captain Tyrone Crawford brawling INSIDE a Florida bar ... destroying several giant security guys. 

The video shows Crawford -- 6'4", 280 lbs. -- fighting off a team of bouncers at the Coyote Ugly Saloon in Panama City Beach, Florida on March 15. 

Unclear what started the brawl ... but it escalated VERY quickly -- with at least FOUR big bouncers desperately trying to subdue the NFL player, who is just too powerful to overcome. 

Crawford is just wrecking everyone -- using brute strength and powerful punches to take down everyone in his way.

At one point, 4 bouncers -- in red shirts -- are ganging up on Crawford ... who frees himself and clocks one of the bigger security guards, sending the bouncer crashing down to the ground. 

As we previously reported, the fight spilled outside and cops were called to the scene ... where Crawford continued to get physical with multiple police officers. 

There is video that shows Crawford barreling through 2 cops and then shoving 2 other cops while they are trying to arrest a man allegedly involved in the bar fight. 

Crawford was NOT arrested that night and has not been charged with a crime. 

The NFL went to the bar on Tuesday in an effort to view surveillance footage and collect information on the incident. Unclear if the bar allowed the investigators to watch the video. 

According to the police report, the bar also has surveillance from inside the Saloon ... but the responding cops noted there were several blind spots that missed key moments in the altercation.

The good news... our video, shot by a bar patron that night, could fill in the blanks. 

The league has disciplined players in the past for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy despite not being arrested, charged or convicted of a crime ... which means Crawford could be punished if the NFL finds his actions violated the PCP.

We've reached out to Crawford and the Dallas Cowboys but they haven't commented on the situation.

We also reached out to the NFL regarding their investigation but they aren't commenting either.

Originally Published -- 8:09 AM PT

Dallas Cowboys' Captain Shoves Cops In Crazy Bar Brawl

3/19/2019 12:20 AM PDT
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford -- a defensive team captain -- shoved TWO police officers while they were making an arrest during a bar brawl in Florida, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Crawford was at the Coyote Ugly Saloon in Panama City on March 15, when things got violent around midnight. Sources tell us Crawford's crew had gotten into it with bar staff. 

The fight was epic -- in a bad way -- multiple people suffered bloody injuries, including bar staff. One employee suffered a broken foot in the melee.

Cops raced to the scene ... and witnessed 8 to 10 people still fighting outside, this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports. 

The report does not mention Crawford by name, but we've spoken with witnesses who are adamant Crawford was a key player in the incident. 

At one point, Crawford -- 6'4", 285 pounds -- bull rushed his way through two cops and aggressively put his hands on TWO officers who were in the process of handcuffing one of the alleged combatants. 

Multiple cops swarmed Crawford and restrained him -- while pushing him away from the arrest scene. 

The incident involving Crawford was captured on the bar's surveillance video and shows the scene play out clear as day. 

Despite the chaotic scene, Crawford was NOT arrested. 

We've reached out to Crawford and the Cowboys for comment -- so far, no word back from either camp. 

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

Bin Laden Killer Rob O'Neill 'Jerry Jones Hosted Me For Thanksgiving!!!'

3/17/2019 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know ... Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones once made the guy who killed Osama Bin Laden his special Thanksgiving VIP guest???

It's true ... and when we spoke with Navy SEAL legend Rob O'Neill -- he told us what it was like spending Turkey Day with one of the most powerful guys in the NFL. 

We were in D.C. talking with O'Neill about his favorite NFL team -- the Washington Redskins -- when he dropped the Jerry Jones fun fact ... so after the clip, we called him up on the phone to get the full story.  

It all went down in 2014 when Rob was living in Dallas ... some of the Redskins honchos wanted to do something nice for him so they put him in touch with the Cowboys in hopes of getting him VIP access to the Thanksgiving Day game. 

The Cowboys not only hooked it up -- but Jerry personally invited the American hero into his private owner's suite for the full Thanksgiving turkey spread!! 

Jones also took Rob down on the field with a full access pass. Least he could do, right?! 

Rob says he's still a hardcore Washington fan -- but he's got a soft spot for the Cowboys. 

Anyway, salute this man. 

#RESPECT

Snoop Dogg Wrong for Backing NFL's Weed Rules ... Says David Irving

3/16/2019 12:15 AM PDT
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Snoop Dogg's claim that David Irving was "not smart" to quit the NFL in a pot-smoking blaze of glory is just "ignorant" ... so says Irving, who now has a message for the rap legend. 

Snoop went after Irving during a conversation with Stephen A. Smith -- essentially saying waging a pot war with the NFL is unwinnable and stupid.

Long story short ... Snoop says Irving blew up a golden opportunity to make millions of dollars all because he wanted to smoke weed. And, this is SNOOP saying this. 

Well, Irving says he respects Snoop ... but tells TMZ Sports the rapper is just wrong in this case. 

Irving says Snoop made uninformed assumptions about why he stepped away from the game -- and he's now inviting the rapper to have a 1-on-1 conversation to talk things out. 

The 25-year-old's point is that it's not about getting high ... it's about finding safer ways to treat pain -- and if anyone should be sympathetic, it's Snoop. 

"I'm pretty sure if I could've met with Snoop and let him know exactly what I'm doing, the businesses I've set up and the things I'm doing, I'm pretty sure he would say different."

So, Snoop ... thoughts? 

Baltimore Ravens CB Earl Thomas Can Have My Jersey Number ... For Free!!!

3/15/2019 1:36 PM PDT
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Earl Thomas was facing a MAJOR issue in his first days as a Baltimore Raven ... his beloved #29 jersey was already taken ... and he'd have to cough up some serious dough to get it.

That is ... until Marlon Humphrey decided to change his mind and give it away FOR FREE -- and his explanation is pretty dope.

"I initially asked Earl for money, and later that day I realized that’s not who I am," Humphrey says.

"So I texted him and said he can have it. I respect what he has done and accolades in 29. Didn’t want to alter that for a number I’ve accomplished nothing in."

MH has a point -- Thomas has been stellar in #29 ... winning a Super Bowl, making 6 Pro Bowls and being named a 1st team All-Pro 3 different times!!!

Battles over jersey numbers have gotten expensive in the past -- Clinton Portis famously offered an old Redskins teammate $40k(!!!) to get #26 in 2004 (that ended in a court battle).

Deion Sanders also bought a teammate a BMW to get his number when he joined the Cowboys.

Gotta give props to Humphrey for offering it up for free, 'cause dude coulda had some fatter pockets -- Thomas just inked a $55 million deal.

Herschel Walker Steelers Are Big Losers ... In Antonio Brown Trade

3/14/2019 10:30 AM PDT
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Herschel Walker says the Steelers took a big L in their trade with the Raiders ... telling TMZ Sports Pittsburgh didn't get nearly enough in return for Antonio Brown.

"It's sad because Antonio Brown is a heck of a player. I think everybody knows that. So, I think that's going to be a loss for Pittsburgh."

If you missed it, the Steelers gave AB away over the weekend to the Raiders for just a 3rd-round pick and a 5th-round pick in next month's NFL draft.

It's interesting ... 'cause Oakland got a 1st-rounder for Amari Cooper last year from the Cowboys, while the Lions got a 3rd-rounder for Golden Tate from the Eagles.

Brown is unanimously considered to be better than those two ... which is why Walker can't understand how Pittsburgh didn't get MORE for the future Hall of Famer.

"It's strange because with a guy as talented as Antonio Brown, you assume they'll get something out of it."

As for this trade changing the future of the Steelers in a way similar to how HIS trade from the Cowboys catalyzed Dallas back in 1989 ... Walker tells us why that's just not possible.

Cowboys' David Irving Weed Offers Rolling In ... After NFL Retirement

3/13/2019 2:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

David Irving -- the NFL player who quit over the league's marijuana policy -- says he's getting into the weed business ... and he's already brainstorming names for his new company. 

Remember, the 25-year-old went to social media last week -- lit up a joint -- and announced he was leaving the Dallas Cowboys and retiring from pro football, despite the fact he's a pretty solid player. 

So, what's next for Irving? A lot, actually. 

Irving tells us he's doing everything from producing TV shows to working with FUBU ... and, of course, he's already planning to launch his own strain of marijuana.

"It's gonna be that 9-5 OG" Irving says ... referring to his jersey number on the Cowboys. 

"It's been going crazy. It's been off the hook. I've had a lot of good emails. A lot of good text messages and a lot of good conversations. There's a lot of options, and a lot of ways I can go."

As for his Hollywood plans, David says he's the executive producer for a new TV show called "Behind The Money" -- hosted by FUBU co-owner J. Alexander ... which premieres on Impact Television Network in May.

"Things are going well, man. I can't complain right about now."

Dak Prescott Warned Twice Of Dangerous Dogs ... Before Violent Attack

3/13/2019 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dak Prescott had the chance to prevent his pit bull from violently attacking a neighbor, according to officials ... who say they warned the QB MULTIPLE times his dogs were escaping from his house.

It's all in court docs obtained by TMZ Sports ... where officials allege they told either Dak, or residents of Dak's Frisco, Texas home ... TWICE that his dogs were getting out and running loose in the streets.

They say there's a door near the Cowboys star's garage that doesn't close properly unless it's locked ... so they told Dak he needed to fix the issue to prevent his pit bulls from escaping.

But, the QB seemingly didn't take care of the problem ... 'cause his dogs broke out of the door once again on Feb. 25, tearing into a neighbor's yard and attacking.

As we previously reported ... a woman claims she lost part of her finger when she tried to pry Prescott's dogs off of hers ... telling 911 operators she believed her dog was "probably" injured in the attack as well.

Now, Dak's dog, Icon, is facing a "dangerous dog" hearing ... where if he's found to be dangerous, he could be put down.

The hearing is set for March 20 at 8 AM PT.

We've reached out to Prescott's attorney in the case for comment ... but so far, no word back.

Cowboys' David Irving 'No Regrets' After Quitting NFL Sends Message to Jerry Jones

3/9/2019 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dallas Cowboys star David Irving says he will NOT reverse course on his decision to quit the NFL over their policy on marijuana ... and he's got a message for Jerry Jones in case they never speak again. 

The 25-year-old defensive tackle famously lit up a joint and announced his sudden retirement from the NFL during an Instagram Live session on Thursday night. Shocking, considering he could've made MILLIONS continuing his career in the league. 

But, Irving tells us he's 100% done playing pro football -- and now he's moving on to the next phase of his life. 

"No regrets whatsoever," Irving says ... "I know what I wanted to do. I've had plenty of time to think about it."

Irving says he's heard the critics who have called him stupid -- and worse -- for closing the book on such a lucrative profession ... but he doesn't care. 

"I'm living my life. They can do whatever the hell they want to do in their life."

Irving tells TMZ Sports he consulted with his father -- a military veteran -- before making his decision. David feels strongly he should be able to medicate using marijuana instead of opioids, which he considers addictive and dangerous. 

So, what's his message to Jones? Ya gotta watch the clip ... but Irving says the Cowboys owner was his strongest supporter during his time in the NFL and believes they'll be cool when it's all said and done. 

Cowboys' David Irving My Career's Up In Smoke!!! Hits Joint On IG to Announce NFL Retirement

3/8/2019 6:49 AM PST
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"I'm outta there. I'm not doing this sh*t no more."

*hits joint*

That's seriously how Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving announced his NFL retirement Thursday night ... going on Instagram Live to tee off on the NFL's drug policy and quit his job.

The 25-year-old was suspended indefinitely last week after reportedly violating the league's drug policy again ... and now he's letting everyone know he's taking the punishment by smoking weed.

"Basically guys, I quit," Irving said. "They wanna talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I'm outta there. I'm not doing this sh*t no more."

Irving has dealt with several injuries during his short career, including a severe concussion that he claims led to a car accident in 2017. Instead of using marijuana to get better, Irving says he was forced to take Rx pills in order to stay within the policy guidelines.

"We got this opioid thing going on ... I'm prescribed all that bullsh*t. I just think it's bullsh*t that we have to deal with that policy."

"Everyone thinks it's about smoking weed. It's not about smoking weed. It's much bigger than that."

Irving also takes issue with how the league has handled Colin Kaepernick ... as well as his old teammate, Randy Gregory, who has also been suspended several times in just a few years.

Irving wants to make it clear that he still has a passion for the game ... but he refuses to continue to "put up with the bullsh*t."

"I love football ... I mean, sh*t, it shaped me. I wouldn't be here without it. However, I don't love the NFL. The NFL is not football."

Irving says he has "big plans in the making" in the next few months ... and we got a hunch it's weed related.

Dak Prescott's Pit Bull Could Be Put Down ... Over Neighbor Attack

3/7/2019 8:55 AM PST
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Dak Prescott's pit bull is possibly facing the death penalty after attacking a neighbor in Frisco, Texas last week ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Prescott's dog, Icon, was quarantined last Monday after it escaped from the Dallas Cowboys QB's home and attacked a woman who was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Icon was supposed to be held in quarantine for 10 days -- which means it was scheduled to be released today -- but there's been a change of plans due to the seriousness of the incident

Law enforcement tells us ... the case has been referred to the City of Frisco Municipal Court for a hearing to determine if the dog will be, or should be classified as a "dangerous dog."

If found to be dangerous, we're told there are multiple options on how to deal with it -- one of the options is euthanasia. 

One official tells us the goal is to work with all parties for an amicable resolution -- but putting the dog to sleep is a real possibility. Another option could be removing the dog from city limits. 

Unclear when the hearing is set to take place -- but we're told the dog will remain in quarantine until the outcome is decided. 

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