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Ezekiel Elliott Handcuffed at Vegas Festival ... After Knocking Man to the Ground

5/20/2019 12:49 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:49 PM PT -- The guy who saved Zeke's ass ... is the victim, according to cops. 

A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. tells TMZ Sports ... the main reason Zeke wasn't arrested is because the victim didn't want to push forward with charges. 

"On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at approximately 3 a.m. LVMPD officers working at EDC observed from a distance an adult male, later identified as Elliott, push a security officer to the ground."

"Two officers approached and placed Elliott into handcuffs while they investigated the incident. The security guard who was the victim of the misdemeanor battery, refused to press charges and officers escorted Elliott a short distance away and he was released."

If you're a Cowboys fan, might wanna buy this dude a beer the next time you're in Vegas. 

Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed at the EDC music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend after he shoved a security guard to the ground and TMZ Sports has the video. 

... but the NFL star's attorney says Zeke was NOT formally arrested (only detained) and claims the whole thing is much ado about nothing. 

Here's the deal ... the Dallas Cowboys superstar running back had been spotted in the parking lot at the Electric Daisy Carnival around 3 AM on Saturday morning arguing with his girlfriend.  

Zeke never puts his hands on the woman but he uses his body to block her from walking away several times during the argument. 

A short time later, Zeke and the woman are seen speaking with event staffers -- when suddenly Elliott confronts one them and says, "You got something to say!?"

Zeke gets in the staffer's face and uses his body to shove the guy backward until the staffer hits a metal gate -- that's when Zeke uses his forearm to shove the guy to the ground.

Zeke immediately throws his hands up and says, "I didn't do anything!"

Event security -- along with Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. officers rush over and eventually put Zeke in handcuffs and escort him away from the scene. 

We spoke with Zeke's attorney, Frank Salzano, who says Elliott was released shortly after our video ends and he was not formally arrested or charged with a crime. 

Salzano says Elliott was just having a normal discussion with his girlfriend and blames event security for "overreacting."

"Security misconstrued and overreacted to the situation," Salzano tells TMZ Sports. 

"He was cuffed as a precautionary measure. He was released with no charges. He left Vegas that night and went to his [youth football camp in Dallas] on Sunday."

Even without an official arrest, Elliott could face discipline from the NFL if they find his actions violated the league's personal conduct policy. 

Remember, the league had investigated Zeke in 2017 over allegations he physically abused an ex-girlfriend -- and even though he wasn't arrested, the league believed there was enough evidence to warrant a 6-game suspension

Zeke has always maintained he did not attack the accuser in that situation. 

Originally Published -- 9:34 AM PT

Chargers' Tre'Von Johnson Choked By Sister Cops Say In Fight Over Laundry

5/18/2019 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The sister of LA Chargers linebacker Tre'Von Johnson was arrested back in March after cops say she choked the NFL player in a fight over laundry ... TMZ Sports has learned.

According to police documents, Tre'Von and his sister, Tkeyah Johnson, got into a scrap when she wanted to wash her clothes at Tre'Von's Denton County, Texas home ... but he prevented her.

Cops say Tkeyah grabbed Tre'Von by his neck in a rage over not being allowed access to the washing machine ... and when he had trouble breathing -- he pushed her, causing her to fall to the floor.

Cops say marks were visible on Tre'Von ... and when they determined on the scene that Tkeyah was the primary aggressor in the altercation -- they arrested her.

Tkeyah was charged with domestic assault involving choking -- a felony in Texas -- and later posted bond.

Tre'Von has bounced around the NFL since signing with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Weber State in 2017 ... playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and Chargers the past 2 years.

The 24-year-old -- who played in 4 games for the Chargers this past season -- has 3 career tackles.

NFL's Tyrone Crawford Hit with Criminal Charge ... After Insane Bar Brawl

5/14/2019 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Tyrone Crawford is being prosecuted for that crazy bar fight at the Coyote Ugly Saloon -- but shockingly, he's not being charged with assault. 

Remember, we posted footage showing the Cowboys defensive team captain WRECKING several bouncers at the Panama City Beach, FL bar on March 15. We also know Crawford shoved TWO police officers while they were in the process of making an arrest later that night. 

But, despite the footage, court records show Crawford was only charged with the single misdemeanor count of unlawful assembly, which a maximum sentence of up to 60 days in jail. 

It does not appear as if Crawford was ever formally arrested -- but we know he's already entered a not guilty plea and is currently fighting the charge. He's due back in court next month. 

We know the Panama City Beach Police Dept. conducted an investigation -- and spoke with multiple Coyote Ugly staffers. 

One staffer told police Crawford's party had been bothering a female bartender at an inside area earlier that evening and they had been told to stay outside for the rest of the night or leave the premises. 

25 minutes later, a fight broke out and several bouncers tried like hell to restrain Crawford and his brother -- and judging by the video, it didn't go very well.

The issue for Crawford and the Cowboys ... the NFL can discipline Tyrone for his conduct if they feel he violated the league's personal conduct policy ... even if he ultimately beats the criminal charge. 

We reached out to prosecutors to find out why Crawford was hit with such a minor charge -- so far, no word back. 

Ezekiel Elliott Rushes to Kid Hit By Puck ... At NHL Playoff Game

4/30/2019 6:44 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ezekiel Elliott saw a kid get hit by a hockey puck at the Dallas Stars playoff game on Monday ... so he jumped into action and raced over to make sure the little boy was okay. 

Don't worry, the kid appears to be fine -- and now he's got selfies with Zeke! 

Unclear exactly when the kid was hit by the puck -- or how serious the impact was -- but Elliott (who's been a regular at the Stars games) made his way over to the boy in the 3rd period to check in on him. 

The Dallas Cowboys superstar thought snappin' a pic with the youngster would help sooth the oncoming bruise ... and guess what?? IT DID!!

You can see in the video ... the boy cracks a smile as Zeke daps him up and busts out the phone for a few pics. His family seemed happy with the gesture too. 

Elliott also made sure another fan who was hit by the puck ricochet got some love as well. 

It's not like Zeke works for the Stars and was sent over by management to diffuse the situation -- just a famous guy who was trying to help out. Seems like it worked. 

The bad news ... the Stars lost the game 4-3 ... and are now down in the series 2-1.

Martellus Bennett Not Interested In Replacing Gronk ... 'I'm Retired!!!'

4/30/2019 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sorry Patriots fans ... the guy who filled in for Rob Gronkowski in 2016 ain't interested in doing it again in 2019 -- with Martellus Bennett telling TMZ Sports he's retired for good.

Bennett -- who had 5 catches for 62 yards in the Super Bowl that season -- announced his retirement from the NFL in March 2018. 

But, that was BEFORE Gronk decided to hang up his cleats ... 

Remember, it was just back in February Marty joked about rejoining the Cowboys during a monster workout session in the gym. Dude still looks like he can play!! 

So, when we spotted Marty B out in NYC Friday afternoon, we had to ask if he would consider putting the jersey back on for another stint with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

The long story short ... the 32-year-old says his mind is made up -- and it's a hard no. 

"It's not me, I'm not the one," Bennett told us. 

Instead, Bennett tells us he's focusing on his multimedia production company -- he's doing everything from book publishing to animated features and more. 

Great for Bennett ... sucks for the Patriots. 

Ezekiel Elliott's Dad Zeke's Next Contract? It'll Be Most RB Money Ever!!!

4/28/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Move over Todd Gurley ... Ezekiel Elliott's contract is about to TOP your epic $57.5 MILLION deal -- so says Zeke's dad, who tells TMZ Sports the Cowboys are about to make his son rich!!

"Ezekiel will be the highest-paid running back EVER," Stacy Elliott says ... "In the history of the NFL!"

Of course, Zeke is still 2 years away from NEEDING a new deal -- the Cowboys just picked up his 5th-year option this week, keeping him under team control through the 2020 season.

But, Elliott's camp has already made it clear they'd like a new contract -- and his dad tells us it ain't gonna be cheap.

But, don't get it twisted ... Stacy says there won't be any sort of Le'Veon Bell-like holdout going down in Dallas -- saying the Elliotts' relationship with Jerry Jones is GREAT!!

As for what's going on with Zeke ON the field ... Stacy says he's never seen his son in better shape -- and tells us don't be surprised if Zeke rushes for more than 2,000 yards this season.

In fact, Stacy is so confident in his son -- he says Emmitt Smith's all-time record of 18,355 rushing yards will be toast by the time Zeke's career is finished!!!!

NFL's Terrance Williams Wrecked Lambo Hits Auction Block ... Still Wrecked!!!

4/25/2019 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams NEVER fixed up the expensive Lamborghini that he wrecked in Texas last year ... and now the smashed up supercar is up for auction at a HUGE discount!!!

Remember, back in May 2018 ... cops found TW's 2017 Lambo Huracan wrapped around a light pole in Frisco, Texas with no driver in sight. 

Cops later found a drunk Williams trying to bike to the crash scene (he fell down) with the Lambo key still in his pocket. Despite the evidence, he denied being the driver who crashed the car. Suuuuuuure. 

Instead of taking the car in for repairs, which could cost a FORTUNE -- the car was eventually handed over to the insurance company ... which ultimately decided to auction the wreckage. 

Now, the car is up for sale through Crashed Toys Dallas -- which specializes in selling used and damaged exotic cars. 

Starting bid ... $75,000!!! 

Seems to be a bargain because the estimated retail value is $218,460, according to the site. 

But, buyer beware -- Crashed Toys says, "Unit is sold as is and without guarantee."

The problem, of course ... there's tremendous damage to the front driver's side, including tire damage. 

If you can fix this baby, it's worth it -- the car goes 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds!!!

Bidding ends May 1 ... hope you know a good mechanic!!! 

As for Williams -- he was initially hit with misdemeanor public intoxication for the incident -- but the charge was dismissed after he paid for the damaged pole and completed an online alcohol awareness course.

Steve-O Zeke's Self-Tat Is Douchey But Funny ... I Would Know!

4/24/2019 8:04 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"I think that it's perceived as kind of a douchey thing to do, but that's why it's funny!"

That's Steve-O -- the man who made getting tattoos of himself on himself famous -- weighing in on Ezekiel Elliott's tat ... and, spoiler alert, the guy LOVES what the running back did!

"Everybody's favorite topic of conversation is themselves," the former "Jackass" star tells TMZ Sports ... "So, why not just celebrate that?"

Remember, Steve-O once inked a GIANT pic of himself on his back ... and in case ya forgot what it looked like, watch the clip -- he showed us how it's aged over the years.

So, when got him out in L.A. on Tuesday ... we had to ask for his thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys superstar getting his mug etched into the side of his calf earlier this month.

No surprise here ... Steve-O says he's ALL FOR IT!!!

"You gotta have the ability to not take yourself too seriously. Poke a little fun at yourself. 'I'm self-centered, I enjoy myself,' and I think that's funny, you know?"

Steve-O does have one criticism of Zeke's artwork ... and you'll wanna hear the way he'd spice up the RB's piece!!

Ezekiel Elliott Popcorn Shower In My Mouth At Game ... Courtesy Of Dak!!!

4/23/2019 6:36 AM PDT
Breaking News

Teammates that go to hockey games together ... feed each other???

That's exactly what happened when Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott hit up the Dallas Stars game Monday night ... 'cause the QB fed his running back a whole bucket of popcorn!!

It all went down in Dallas' playoff game against the Preds ... when cameras caught the two Cowboys stars taking in the action.

Zeke, of course, had to hit the jumbotron with his famous "Feed Me!" celebration ... so Dak obliged -- making an entire bucket of popcorn rain all over the RB's face!!

Seems the guys on the ice were motivated by the gesture ... 'cause the Stars finished off the series upset over Nashville, winning the game in overtime just a few minutes later.

You know what this means ... Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn -- there's a bucket of popcorn waiting for you all at Jerry World in September!!

Ezekiel Elliott Tattoo Of Myself ... On Myself!!!

4/22/2019 4:51 PM PDT
Breaking News

Ezekiel Elliott will NEVER forget what he looked like when he dominated the NFL ... 'cause the Dallas Cowboys superstar got his own mug tatted on his leg!!!

The NFL's leading rusher just got the ink done this month ... and it's massive -- taking up nearly all of the outside of his (very muscular) calf.

The pic is a twist on a famous shot of a helmet-less Zeke ... with zombie eyes and a crown on top of his trademark afro.

Seems Zeke LOVES the artwork ... he put it on full display while hanging out with Von Miller and Erroll Spence at Miller's charity event this past weekend.

Of course, Zeke has some pretty unique ink all over his body -- there's an Ohio State logo on his shoulder, a portrait of his mom on his chest and even one of his dogs on his forearm.

Begs the question ... where's he gonna put the Dak Prescott one next?!?!

Dak Prescott Dog Attack Video ... Cops Drew Assault Rifle

4/5/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dak Prescott is lucky his dogs are still alive ... TMZ Sports has obtained video of the day the QB's pets allegedly attacked his neighbor -- and it shows a cop had an assault rifle trained on the animals with a finger on the trigger.

It all went down on Feb. 25, when two of Dak's pit bulls managed to escape his Frisco, Texas home ... and made their way down the street to a neighbor's yard.

Officials say the dogs chewed through the neighbor's fence ... attacked her dogs -- and when she tried to intervene, one of the pit bulls chewed off the top of her finger.

Police body cam footage shows the aftermath of the attack ... when cops arrived on the scene and found the two animals running loose in the streets.

The video is extremely intense ... in order to keep the Dallas Cowboys star's pets at bay, one officer trains his assault rifle on the dogs and yells, "GET BACK!"

Luckily for all parties, Dak's dogs weren't aggressive ... and when Prescott's good friend showed up with leashes -- they quickly retreated and the situation was diffused.

Dak's dad, Nathaniel Prescott, also eventually showed up to help squash the situation ... ensuring cops he wouldn't let the dogs get out ever again, apologizing repeatedly for their actions.

As we previously reported, one of Dak's dogs, Icon, was punished for the incident ... with officials only releasing him back to Dak under the condition he is removed from Frisco.

For his part, the QB never commented on the issue ... and multiple attempts to reach his camp for comment were unsuccessful.

Michael Irvin Grinning Ear To Ear After Cancer-Free Diagnosis

4/1/2019 7:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Irvin's clearly SUPER relieved to find out he's cancer-free ... 'cause the Dallas Cowboys legend was still smiling from ear to ear hours after receiving the great news!!

"I appreciate the prayers!" Irv told TMZ Sports out in D.C. on Sunday night.

As we previously reported, the Hall of Fame receiver announced last week he was "TERRIFIED" he might have throat cancer after losing his voice for several months during the NFL season.

"Saying I am afraid this time is a big big understatement," Irvin wrote on his social media page.

But, Michael announced early Sunday morning he received good news ... there's no cancer in his 53-year-old body!!!

"Thank you God for continuing to answer Prayers and Thank you ALL for Praying," Michael said. "I spoke with Dr St John at UCLA Medical and she has informed me that all test have come back 100!% clean. NO CANCER!!!!!!"

"It is impossible to express my family and my appreciation for the overwhelming out pour of love, support and prayers."

He added, "I was on my threshing floor dealing with the stronghold of fear. You all covered and encourage me."

Irvin's old teammates couldn't have been happier to hear the news -- his quarterback, Troy Aikman, wrote, "Great news Irv!!"

As for his buddy, Emmitt Smith, the Cowboys legend posted a pic of the 2 together, saying, "God is good!!! So thankful for the good news. @michaelirvin88 is cancer free!!"

NFL's Rico Gathers Weed Arrest Video ... Peacefully Smoking In Park

4/1/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's video of Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers being put in cuffs and getting hauled off to jail for quietly enjoying an evening blunt with his friend in a park.

For real.

TMZ Sports has obtained the body-cam footage of Gathers' August arrest in Frisco, Texas ... and the clip shows the pretty unbelievable circumstances that led to Rico spending a night behind bars.

Gathers and his lady friend are in a public park, sitting on a bench having just enjoyed some weed ... when cops on bicycles cruise up to interrogate them.

They tell the tight end they could smell the marijuana ... and when Rico reveals he has one more fully unused blunt in his possession, the investigation escalates.

One cop pats the two down ... and ultimately decides to slap the cuffs on Gathers -- who says the weed is his -- telling him, "There's like no tolerance for that stuff here, okay?"

You can see the moment where it hits Gathers that he's truly about to be punished for such a minor offense ... 'cause he PLED with the cops to let him off with a warning.

"It's literally too close to game time," Gathers says ... "I play for the Cowboys ... I really don't need this right now."

"I know y'all don't want to see a grown man cry, but like, literally, this is too much. The media -- this is a lesson for me in general."

The cops take him to jail anyway ... and the TE was eventually charged with possession of marijuana -- a Class B misdemeanor.

Gathers had to fight the charge in court throughout the Cowboys' 2018 season ... and eventually struck a deal with prosecutors last week, agreeing to keep his nose clean for 90 days in order to have the charge dropped.

He also had to pay fines and fees.

Gathers -- who nearly lost his job because of the arrest -- finished with 4 starts at TE last season.

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