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Adrian Beltre Kyler Murray ... Can Play In Both MLB And NFL

1/15/2019 1:14 PM PST
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One of the greatest hitters in MLB history says Kyler Murray can play BOTH football and baseball ... with Adrian Beltre saying he actually WANTS to see it happen!!!

Of course, tons of ex-athletes say there's just no way in hell Kyler can suit up as a QB for an NFL team and then manage to successfully hit the MLB diamond in the offseason.

But, Beltre ain't buyin' all that talk ... telling TMZ Sports, "He can do both. Why not??"

If there's anybody that knows the rigors of baseball ... it's Beltre -- dude played 21 years in the league and logged over 11,000 at bats.

And, in his opinion, it's clearly possible Kyler can do all of that and also help a team on the gridiron on Sundays.

"If he's comfortable with it, he can do whatever he wants."

Kyler's put his name in for the NFL Draft ... but still has time to decide if he wants to spurn the Oakland A's for whatever team picks him in April.

So, stay tuned.

Super Bowl 53 Gov't Shutdown Won't Affect Security ... Says FBI, Atlanta PD, DHS

1/15/2019 11:21 AM PST
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NFL fans planning on going to the Super Bowl in Atlanta have no reason to fear -- the security there's going to be as strong as ever ... government shutdown be damned.

According to law enforcement sources ... the FBI had a meeting with city and state officials Tuesday to lock down the final details of the overall security plan for SB 53 -- which will be held February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

We're told the Atlanta PD is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for safety at the event, but -- like at prior Super Bowls -- it will team up with FBI agents and the Department of Homeland Security to make it happen.

FBI Specialist Kevin Rowson tells us the agency's role is twofold -- it coordinates the collection and dissemination of all operational intelligence ... but it also steps up to take over in the case of an act of terrorism or if any crime rises to a federal level.

In the past, the FBI's role in security has included conducting the background checks for ALL of the event day staff who will be credentialed ... including security guards, food vendors, media and volunteers. That can mean as many as 30,000 individuals.

Rowson says ... "Our plans for the Super Bowl security have not changed despite the shutdown."

DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton adds, "The Department takes the security of high risk events like the Super Bowl extremely seriously ... the current lapse in government funding will have no effect on our commitment to assuring a safe and secure event."

ATL PD's Public Affairs Director agrees, telling us ... "We’re confident our federal law enforcement partners will continue to assist us every step of the way and anticipate no impact from the shutdown."

As you'll recall ... security for last year's SB in Minneapolis resembled a militarized zone, with armed police officers and Humvees on the scene.

Seems like this year will be no different ... as long as everyone doesn't call in sick.

Terrell Owens 1st Ballot HoF Snub 'Ridiculous' & a 'Travesty'

1/15/2019 11:00 AM PST
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Terrell Owens is TEEING OFF on Hall of Fame voters for keeping him out of Canton for 2 years ... calling it "ridiculous" and a "travesty" he didn't get his gold jacket in his 1st year of eligibility. 

T.O. was finally voted into the HoF in 2018 -- but the dude is clearly pissed it didn't happen sooner ... sounding off on Kevin Hart's "Cold as Balls" series on Laugh Out Loud about why he got snubbed.

"That c-word ... character, which a lot of the voters kinda added to the mix of the criteria of inducting guys," Owens said.

"It should be about your body of work and your accomplishments," Owens said ... adding he got different treatment than other players because he was outspoken throughout his career.

Of course ... T.O. famously snubbed the Hall of Fame right back ... turning down his invite to the enshrinement ceremony in Canton for a more personal setting at U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

There's a bunch of fun stuff in the whole clip -- T.O. also resumes his trash talkin' duties by calling out ex-NFLer George Teague for their infamous incident in 2000 ... and dishes on his middle name!!

NY Giants QB Kyle Lauletta Pleads Guilty In Dangerous Driving Case

1/15/2019 10:36 AM PST
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NY Giants backup QB Kyle Lauletta just pled guilty to obstruction of justice stemming from his wild October arrest where he allegedly almost ran over a cop. 

Remember, officials in Weehawken, New Jersey say the 23-year-old was driving his 2017 Jaguar in a "dangerous manner" on the way to Giants practice when cops attempted to pull him over. 

When an officer tried to stop him, the QB continued to drive like a maniac and almost hit the cop. 

He was initially booked on several charges -- including 3rd degree eluding police, obstruction of justice, reckless driving and other lesser crimes. 

But now, officials say Lauletta cut a deal with prosecutors in which he pled guilty to a disorderly persons offense of obstructing the administration of law at a motor vehicle stop ... and in exchange, the more serious charges will be dropped as part of a conditional dismissal. 

In other words, if Lauletta stays out of trouble for 12 months, all of his legal problems go away. 

If he screws up, the judge can reinstate all of the initial charges -- in which case he could face up to 6 months in jail.  

In addition, Lauletta pled guilty to a few minor traffic violations. 

As for the Giants, the team previously hit Lauletta with a fine.

Moral of the Story ... don't be late to practice. 

Chiefs' Tamba Hali I Don't Regret Retiring ... Before Epic Season

1/15/2019 8:30 AM PST
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Does one of the greatest Kansas City Chiefs ever regret retiring just months before the team's best run in recent franchise history???

Tamba Hali tells TMZ Sports not one bit ...

"I think there were measures -- I could've did more about being on the team this year, but I'm happy for those guys."

Hali is a legend in K.C. ... having played the last 12 seasons there and racking up 89.5 sacks -- but he retired after last season having never gotten further than the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

That's why we at TMZ Sports wondered if there was at least SOME regret that he decided to call it a career just before Patrick Mahomes got the Chiefs on an epic run this season.

But, 35-year-old Tamba says while it is "bittersweet," he's at peace with the decision.

"I think the way coach [Andy] Reid treated me was great. He kind of saved me, because I played the game wreckless. I probably would've been on the other side -- would've wrecked my body."

"So, I'm happy, yet it is bittersweet."

As for the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game against the Pats this weekend ... Hali says he's giving the edge to Mahomes over Tom Brady in the big matchup, and ya gotta hear why.

Master P Hey, YG ... Let's Bet $40k On Saints vs. Rams!

1/15/2019 7:43 AM PST
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Master P is challenging YG to an NFL version of big bank take lil bank ... telling TMZ Sports he's so confident his New Orleans Saints will beat YG's Rams this weekend, he wants to put $40K on it.

We got P out in L.A. on Monday ... and he was still on a high from the Saints beating the Eagles and punching their ticket back to the NFC title game for the first time in nearly a decade.

Of course, YG is a massive L.A. Rams fan -- and when P heard the rapper won $20k in an NFL playoff bet with Dallas Cowboys superfan Post Malone, the No Limit boss had to up the ante. 

"Okay, DOUBLE THAT," P told us ... "We good."

"YG, I know you beat Post Malone. But, that's not happening in the dome."

Master P says he's cool with YG -- and it's all in good fun -- and with the money both of these guys have made, it's not a life-changing wager. It's more about bragging rights. 

"The Saints are my team so we're going to the Super Bowl this year."

There's more ... P says when the Saints win the title, he's gonna put some of the players in "I Got the Hook Up 3" as a reward! 

His son, Romeo Miller, also has special plans to hook up Drew Brees with a special pair of his new MoneYatti kicks. 

Remember, the Saints won the Super Bowl back in 2010 -- defeating Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts in one of the most exciting games in SB history. 

If the Saints make it back -- you can bet P will be at the game. 

Larry Fitzgerald Praises Kliff Kingsbury But, I'm Not Sure I'm Coming Back

1/15/2019 6:08 AM PST
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Larry Fitzgerald tells TMZ Sports he's excited to meet new Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury -- but there's one slight problem ... he might not be playing for him next season. 

The 35-year-old wide receiver will be a free agent in 2019 -- but has said if returns to the NFL, the plan is to remain a Cardinal for life. 

Now that AZ is transitioning to a new head coach in Kingsbury, we asked Larry for his thoughts on the situation. 

"Hell of a coach," Fitz told us at LAX ... "Look at his resume. He's innovative offensively. That's somebody with a future right now. So, I'm excited for the chance to meet him."

So far, Larry says the two haven't talked -- but they've exchanged text messages. 

As far as Larry's career goes -- "I don't know yet. Taking time to figure it out still."

We asked if he had set a deadline for himself to make a decision, but Larry tells us he's not sure yet ... he's taking it day by day. 

Fitzgerald had played in the NFL for 15 seasons since being drafted 3rd overall in the 2004 Draft. He's been selected to the Pro Bowl 11 times. 

He led the NFL in receptions in 2005 and 2016 ... and in receiving TDs in 2008 and 2009. 

Fitzgerald also won the "Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year" in 2016. 

Kyler Murray Will Have Great NFL Career ... Says Saquon Barkley

1/15/2019 12:30 AM PST
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Should the Giants draft Kyler Murray to replace Eli Manning??

Saquon Barkley ain't so sure about all that -- "that's above my pay grade," he says -- but the Giants superstar DOES think Kyler's got a huge NFL career ahead of him regardless.

"I got to personally play with him in The Opening in high school -- I played 7-on-7 with him. So, I know what he's about and I know how talented he is."

Kyler's made headlines the last few days while still pondering whether or not he wants to play in the NFL or in the MLB (where he was the Oakland As' first-round pick last summer).

But, Barkley clearly thinks the dude's got a future with the shield -- saying he's just as talented as other first-round prospects like Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock.

"I think there's a lot of talented quarterbacks in the class and all those guys have a great future."

We also spoke with Barkley about Antonio Brown ... and he says it's a no-brainer the Giants should go after him at all costs.

"I think that's an easy answer -- anybody would want to play with him."

Sooo ... Kyler, Saquon, Odell and A.B. in NYC in 2019?!?!

Crazier things have happened ...

Amari Cooper Cowboy For Life!!! ... With $65k Chain

1/14/2019 2:23 PM PST
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Amari Cooper expects to be in Dallas for a LONG time ... at least, that's what it looks like after the dude invested in a sick, diamond Cowboys jersey with his name and number on it!!

Amari's team just got knocked out of the playoffs by the Rams, but now the dude can still rep his team in the off-season ... courtesy of the solid piece made up of 40 carats of diamonds!!

TMZ Sports has learned ... A.C. hit up Gabriel the Jeweler -- the go-to guy for huge stars like Antonio Brown, OBJ and Jarvis Landry -- earlier this month to solidify his spot with America's team.

FYI --Cooper's expected to sign an extension with Dallas this offseason ... and after the production he's put up, the dude is expected to cash in with a fat, new deal before the end of next season.

We're told the jersey -- valued at $65k -- was part of Cooper's recent bling haul, complete with a 45-carat Cuban chain and 15-carat bracelet ... worth $140k total!!

It's good to be rich. But, it's good to be richer. Get that money, Cooper!!

Sean McVay Hit L.A. Hot Spot With Girlfriend ... After Beating Cowboys

1/14/2019 12:27 PM PST
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There's just no way your head coach is THIS cool ...

Just hours after beating the Cowboys to move the Rams to the NFC Championship Game ... Sean McVay pulled the ultimate power move -- hitting up Delilah with his smokin' hot GF!!!

Of course, Delilah is one of the HOTTEST spots in Hollywood ... but McVay clearly had no problem getting a table for him and his GF, Veronika Khomyn, after a big win.

This ain't the first time the 32-year-old coaching wunderkind has thrown his weight around in L.A. -- the coach was spotted with Veronika at Warwick on New Year's Eve too!!

Bottom line ... seems it's pretty good to be young AND one of the best coaches in the NFL!!!

Bears Coach Matt Nagy Speaks With Kareem Hunt ... Not Ruling Out Signing

1/14/2019 11:47 AM PST
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Bears head coach Matt Nagy says he spoke with Kareem Hunt just a week ago ... and didn't rule out signing the troubled RB when asked about the possibility Monday.

Hunt's been out of the NFL since TMZ Sports published video of the ex-Chiefs star shoving and kicking a woman during a February altercation at a Cleveland hotel.

But ... Nagy's got a great relationship with the RB -- he was Hunt's OC during the RB's rookie season in 2017 -- and says he wanted to check in on him when they spoke just a few days ago.

"I talked to Kareem completely wanting to know how he's doing. And we had a good conversation."

Nagy says the convo never turned to football ... but he did say he's a coach that has always been in favor of giving players second chances.

"Me, personally, depending on certain people's situations, I'm a guy that has always been that. I've been kind of raised that way to give guys second chances."

Does that mean Hunt will be in a Chicago uniform next season? Nagy certainly didn't seem opposed to the idea ... but GM Ryan Pace says the Bears need more time to make that call.

"We're not even there yet," Pace said ... "I know what [Hunt] is as a player, obviously, from watching him. Matt knows a little bit more about him as a person. But we're not even close to that point."

Hunt is still facing suspension -- which is expected to be AT LEAST a 6-game ban next season -- from the league for the incident.

Tom Brady Uses 50 Cent to Clap Back at Haters

1/14/2019 10:52 AM PST
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10:50 AM PT -- Brady's message is getting Fiddy's stamp of approval ... 'cause the rap star just responded to the shout-out, saying, "Oh sh*t he gonna do it again, he listening to (Many Men) getting his mind right. @tombrady let’s go!!!"

"Many men wish death upon me" -- 50 Cent.

They said he was too old, they said he lost a step ... and now Tom Brady is having the last laugh ... channeling his inner rap star to clap back at the haters after a big playoff win!!

Brady posted a video Monday on Instagram bragging about the 41-28 win over the Chargers -- and punctuated his message with 50's "Many Men."

Specifically, Brady used the hook with the following lyrics directed at his critics: 

"Many men wish death upon me. Blood in my eye, dog, and I can't see. I'm trying to be what I'm destined to be, and n****s trying to take my life away."

Yeah, Brady's going gangsta. 

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Obviously, Brady heard some of the chatter before Sunday's game -- where football pundits were saying he's fallen off and the Pats were screwed. 

In his video, Brady said ... "Monday, January 14, it's great to be working on a Monday. Great team win. We're on to Kansas City, baby!! Let's go. LET'S GO!"

Clearly, TB12's got the memory of an elephant ... and is putting all reporters on notice.

Shots. Fired.

Antonio Brown Gunning to Play for 49ers ... Says Jerry Rice

1/14/2019 10:26 AM PST
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Jerry Rice says he had a long talk with Antonio Brown about his NFL future -- and the guy REALLY wants to play for the San Francisco 49ers. 

"He wants to come here really bad," Rice said on the "Joe, Lo & Dibs" show on 95.7 The Game. 

"He's talking about running the hills with me, doing all that and just working out ... you know, just picking my brain."

Of course, A.B. is on his way outta Steel City after his recent antics led Steelers owner Art Rooney to say last week it's "hard to envision" the WR coming back in 2019.

But, Rice says the Niners NEED to step in and trade for the wideout -- guaranteeing Brown will behave -- and flourish -- if he's given the opportunity in S.F.

"I would be looking forward to just passing some of that knowledge on to him, and being around this guy, because I know he's a great individual."

"If it was left up to me, he would be here in a heartbeat."

Seems Jerry's got a pretty strong finger on A.B.'s pulse -- the two talk often ... and Brown even has a painting of Rice up in his home gym.

And, per Jerry, Antonio's a stand-up guy that would only make the Niners better.

"I don't know what happened in Pittsburgh. But, I know that if this guy comes here to San Francisco, he's going to do everything possible to help this team to win."

Translation ... get it done, Lynch!!!

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