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Anthony Gonzalez Nick Bosa Cut His Pro-Trump Tweets?!? ... I'm Cool With It

4/14/2019 12:15 AM PDT
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Anthony Gonzalez -- an ex-Ohio State star and current Republican congressman -- says he's fine with Nick Bosa deleting his pro-Trump tweets ... saying the NFL prospect should focus on football.

Bosa made the announcement this month that he was cutting back the political rhetoric on his Twitter page -- which used to feature Trump praise as well as scorn for national anthem kneelers.

His reason? Per ESPN, "I had to. There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."

Enter Gonzalez ... who says he's cool with the ex-Buckeyes superstar making that call, telling TMZ Sports, "When you're playing football, I think the goal should be to focus on the game."

As for how Bosa's previously loud political opinions will impact his relationship with future teammates ... Gonzalez thinks it won't be an issue at all.

"There's not a lot that could really distract individual players. That was always my experience."

By the way, Gonzalez likes Bosa's chances in the NFL Draft later this month ... saying he can definitely see the pass rusher landing at No. 1 overall!!!

NFL Draft's Nick Bosa I Cut My Pro-Trump Tweets ... 'Cause Of 49ers

4/10/2019 7:40 AM PDT
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Top NFL Draft prospect Nick Bosa says he's done tweeting about Donald Trump and politics because, "I had to. There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."

The ex-Ohio State superstar -- who could be the #1 overall pick in this month's draft -- made waves over the past few years for his pro-Trump Twitter.

He "liked" controversial tweets from Tomi Lahren ... called Trump a "GOAT" and also heavily backed the President's criticism of players who kneel for the national anthem.

Bosa even famously tweeted his disdain for "Black Panther" and Beyonce's music ... and also trolled Colin Kaepernick by calling him "a clown" in a tweet.

But, those tweets are now deleted ... and future tweets with similar subject matter don't appear to be on the horizon either -- and Bosa tells ESPN it's all because of the 49ers.

San Francisco owns the #2 overall pick and has heavy interest in a pass rusher ... but it's also one of the most liberal cities in the country ... with the team famously birthing anthem-kneeling protests in 2016.

Seems Bosa feels distancing himself from politics and hot Twitter takes gives him a better chance to be picked there.

Because, what's more important than tweeting? GETTIN' THAT MONEY!!!

For their part, Niners GM John Lynch has said the team has huge interest in Bosa -- along with other top prospects Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen and Rashan Gary -- calling them all "really good players."

Colin Kaepernick 'Came Out on Top' In NFL Settlement ... Says Brandon Marshall

3/2/2019 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Colin Kaepernick's ex-teammate, Brandon Marshall, says he views CK's settlement with the NFL as a victory for the QB ... explaining, "It showed that he had some good evidence."

Remember, Brandon -- who played college football with Kap at Nevada -- was one of the first players to take a knee and join in Colin's protest to put a spotlight on police violence against minorities. 

While the terms of Kap's settlement with the NFL have not been made public, there are reports he got somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 mil ... and Marshall says that makes him "extremely happy."

"The fact that [the NFL] settled showed that [Kaepernick] had some good evidence. Whatever the outcome, I feel like Kap came out on top, so I'm happy for him."

Marshall says he knows Kaepernick still wants to play in the NFL -- and hopes teams can "let bygones be bygones and let him play quarterback."

Brandon says Kap is one of the hardest working guys he's ever met -- and he's confident he can still play at a high-level for a bunch of NFL teams. 

Next season starts in September. Stay tuned ... 

Jerry Rice Channels 2Pac 'Hit 'Em Up' Sesh at Vegas Nightclub

2/25/2019 2:02 PM PST
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Two G.O.A.T.s, one video ... with Jerry Rice turnin' up to 2Pac in Vegas, and TMZ Sports has the footage!!!

The Hall of Fame wide receiver hit the dance floor at the Juniper Cocktail Lounge at Park MGM in Las Vegas over the weekend ... showing at 56 years old, dude still loves to get down!!!

Rice got behind the DJ booth while Pac's legendary diss track "Hit 'Em Up" blasted through the speakers ... dancing around and having the time of his life.

We're told Rice couldn't have been nicer with the partiers ... posing for pics and chatting for a while, before taking the rage fest to the On The Record speakeasy and club.

As you probably know, Rice LOVES to party -- he's a big hit in Lake Tahoe -- but the only difference here is he actually kept his shirt on this time around (classic video, BTW!!!). 

Nice to see the dude is keeping his "Dancing with the Stars" skills from getting rusty!!!

Antonio Brown Hey, NFL Teams ... 'Got Guaranteed Money? Call Me!!!'

2/19/2019 6:47 AM PST
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8:10 AM PT -- Brown's rant wasn't all talk ... he just met with team owner Art Rooney II and says they both agreed it's time to part ways.

"Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues!

"We both agreed that it is time to move on but I'll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization!"

"If your team got guaranteed money ... tell 'em call me" -- Antonio Brown (from his elliptical machine Monday night). 

"I ain't got time to waste," AB added ... "I got FIVE KIDS. Ya heard!?"

It was all part of a 9 MINUTE rant on Instagram, which featured Brown working out like a maniac, sweating his face off ... and trying to convince NFL teams to sign his ass.

"This is not a game people. This is not for show. This is not to be cool. This is really to inspire you that no one can determine your destination but you."

"I'm bringing high heat, coach! I'm gonna be relentless this year. If your team got guaranteed money, they wanna get to know me and work with me? Tell 'em call me!" 

By the way ... Brown is already in the middle of a huge, 4-year, $68 million contract with $19 million guaranteed. Unclear exactly what he's looking for in a new deal. 

As we previously reported, Brown has been talking with Jerry Rice and REALLY wants to end up in San Francisco next season.

But, as NFL.com pointed out ... since Brown is still technically under contract with the Steelers, any team that contacts him directly right now would be "tampering." 

Brown doesn't seem to care about that -- he wants a new deal. And, a new nickname, saying he's over being called "A.B." and wants to switch to something sassier... "Mr. Big Chest."

Good luck with that! 

Colin Kaepernick All Smiles After NFL Settlement

2/16/2019 11:43 AM PST

The settlement is confidential, but Colin Kaepernick sure looks happy the day after striking a deal with the NFL.

Colin posed with his legal team -- led by Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas -- early Saturday morning with a big ol' smile on his face.

There are reports the settlement could be close to $100 million, but so far nobody is saying anything.

As we previously reported ... Colin agreed to end his suit against the NFL, in which he accused team owners and league officials of colluding to keep him off of an NFL roster because of his kneeling demonstration.

Colin filed the suit back in 2017 and deposed some of the most famous and important people in the NFL -- including Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell -- but now that CK has agreed to drop it, the public will likely never know what they said in those depos.

Kap has come under fire from critics like ex-NFL star Larry Johnson who says he is a "sellout" -- because they believed his case against the NFL was more about exposing racism than reaching a fat settlement.

Colin hasn't addressed his critics -- and likely won't -- but his smile speaks for itself.

Colin Kaepernick Strikes Settlement with NFL ... In Collusion Case

2/15/2019 11:15 AM PST
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Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid say their legal war with the NFL is over -- after striking a confidential settlement with the league. 

Kaepernick and Reid had filed a lawsuit against the NFL claiming owners and league officials colluded to keep them off NFL rosters because they chose to take a knee during the national anthem at NFL games. 

The league had adamantly denied blackballing Kaepernick ... even after President Donald Trump publicly urged owners to fire any "son of a bitch" who didn't stand for the anthem. 

Kap's attorneys, Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, issued a statement saying, "For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL."

"As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

Reid was picked up by the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 season and on Monday, the safety signed a $22 million 3-year extension. Kaepernick is still a free agent. 

We shot Kaepernick arriving in L.A. over the weekend -- but he remained silent when it came to his case against the NFL. 

Kaepernick initially filed his lawsuit in October 2017 -- and, as part of the case, a bunch of NFL honchos were deposed ... including Jerry Jones, Bob McNair, John Elway, Robert Kraft, Pete Carroll and more.

Kaepernick first began taking a knee during the 2016 NFL season, while he was still a member of the San Francisco 49ers. 

The QB opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017 -- and has not been picked up by another NFL team since then. 

When asked about Kaepernick during the State of the NFL speech during Super Bowl week, NFL Commish Roger Goodell insisted that Kap's unemployment was a direct result of his football ability ... and not outside politics

Kap supporters have strongly disagreed -- pointing out a slew of QBs with inferior experience and stats who got try-outs and contracts with NFL teams over the past 2 years. 

Story developing ... 

Cris Carter Kaepernick Could Replace Tom Brady ... On The Patriots

2/15/2019 7:29 AM PST
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The Patriots could replace Tom Brady with Colin Kaepernick ... so says NFL legend Cris Carter, who says he KNOWS Robert Kraft's team is "very, very fond" of the QB.

Tom's fresh off his sixth Super Bowl ring ... but he's 41 years old -- and there's no clear successor to him on the roster if Father Time somehow abruptly wins their yearly battle.

Enter Carter ... an NFL Hall of Famer and overall plugged in guy who says TB12's eventual replacement ain't in this year's draft -- it might be in free agency ... in the form of Kaepernick.

"I know that the Krafts are very, very fond of Colin Kaepernick," Carter said on FS1's "First Things First" ... "I'm just saying outside the box, if someone will do it, it will be the people in New England."

Kraft has been close with Trump for years -- but he's also been critical of the President. In fact, Kraft told NFL owners and players Trump's language referring to NFL kneelers was "divisive" and "horrible."

Tom Brady has also been critical of Trump. In fact, he also publicly labeled Trump's comments regarding Kap as "divisive."

Carter says the Pats aren't known for drafting very well ... and says, "I believe you should start looking at other situations besides the draft for how they're going to look to get Tom Brady's replacement."

Of course, Kap's been out of the league since the 2016 season ... claiming the NFL has blackballed him because of his anthem kneeling protests.

But ... people close to the QB say he can still play -- with even his ex-49ers coach, Chip Kelly, telling TMZ Sports, "He's ready to go."

Colin Kaepernick Touches Down In Los Angeles ... While AAF Kicks Off

2/11/2019 7:57 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Here's video of Colin Kaepernick arriving in Los Angeles while the rest of the non-NFL football world shows out for jobs by playing in the AAF ... something Kap clearly has no plans of doing.

Kap wasn't saying much when we got him at LAX ... dodging questions about politics, the Super Bowl, and even what he was listening to on his AirPods.

Though Kaepernick was quiet ... his inaction is loud ... because while former NFL players like Trent Richardson, Christian Hackenberg and Zac Stacy got busy in the new upstart league, Kap didn't.

Colin has shown ZERO interest in furthering his football career anywhere other than the NFL, seemingly because he believes he's proven he's got what it takes for the league, and his absence is about politics, not performance.

As for the AAF, we gotta say it was pretty entertaining ... who knew Trent Richardson could actually play football well?

Reggie Bush Calls BS On Goodell ... Kaepernick's Better Than Current NFL QB's

2/2/2019 10:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Roger Goodell's explanation of why Colin Kaepernick's NOT in the NFL is trash ... 'cause he's better than EVERY NFL backup QB and some starters, so says Reggie Bush, Kap's former 49ers teammate.

Translation: Colin's wayyyyy good enough to help an organization win. So, not being signed ... it ain't about talent, or W's and L's. 

TMZ Sports saw Bush -- who knows good QB play (he spent 5 seasons with Drew Brees) and winning (he's got a Super Bowl ring) at Shaq's Fun House bash in Atlanta -- and asked him if Goodell was right about Kaep.

Remember, earlier this week Goodell was asked about Kaepernick not being in the league ... and the commish pointed his finger at teams, saying they'd sign Colin if they thought he could help them win ball games.

Nonsense according to Bush -- who was with Colin in San Francisco in 2015.

"It's not true. It's just completely not true," ... Reggie told us.

"There are 32 backup quarterbacks. Kaepernick is better than all 32 backup quarterbacks, and he's better than some starting quarterbacks. I can name a few, but I won't do it for their sake."

"Kaepernick should be in the NFL right now, but he's not 'cause none of the owners are giving him a shot."

Jerry Rice Rockin' All 3 Super Bowl Rings In ATL

1/30/2019 1:57 PM PST
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Jerry Rice is flexin' HARD in Atlanta -- rocking all 3 of his Super Bowl rings ... plus his Hall of Fame ring!!!

The 56-year-old NFL legend flossed his hardware on the plane to ATL -- just another classic Rice humblebrag. 

Of course, Rice and the 49ers won Super Bowl 23, 24 and 29 ... with Jerry being named MVP of 23 with some insane receiving stats -- 11 catches for 215 yards and a TD. 

Super Bowl week is funny when it comes to former NFL stars -- who often bust out their accolades to show off to other players and fans. 

Jerry has been on a self-PR push lately -- remember, over the summer he went onstage with Charles Barkley at a charity event in Lake Tahoe and told the crowd, "I'm the f*cking best football player of all time."

He might be right. 

Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and is widely regarded as the best WR ever. 

As for best overall player ... Rice might be watching him play QB this weekend. 

Joe Montana I'm In the Weed Biz Now!

1/24/2019 2:52 PM PST
Breaking News

Call him Grow Montana ... because the NFL Hall of Famer is investing HEAVILY in the weed business. 

62-year-old Joe Montana is one of the major investors of a company called Caliva -- a major legal marijuana operation out of San Jose, CA. 

The company not only grows weed -- it also sells everything from joints to vape pens and even marijuana beverages. 

Montana started a venture fund back in 2015 -- and when Caliva was seeking investors for a $75 million round of funding, Montana's company joined in. 

Caliva CEO Dennis O'Malley issued a statement saying the company plans on opening retail stores in major cities in 2019. 

He added, "What we’re trying to do is be the #1 brand in California ... We believe this is where global brands are made."

As for why Montana decided to invest -- O'Malley says Joe believes the company will "make a serious impact on opioids use or addiction."

Richard Sherman A.B. To 49ers?? ... Here's What I Think

1/18/2019 6:38 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Richard Sherman tells TMZ Sports if Antonio Brown is REALLY wanting to join the Niners ... he doesn't think it'd be a mistake, saying his time in S.F. has been great so far.

A.B.'s on his way out of Pittsburgh after causing tons of drama this past season ... and Jerry Rice says the All-Pro wideout wants to play next for the 49ers, "really bad."

So, when we saw Sherm hitting up Catch in L.A. on Thursday night, we had to ask if he'd welcome the WR with open arms. 

"Good luck to him," the defensive back told us -- and when asked if he had advice to Brown added, "Go wherever makes you happy."

Of course, Sherman signed with the 49ers last March after a legendary career with the Seattle Seahawks -- and, despite the 4-12 record, Sherman says he's enjoying his experience in San Fran. 

Besides being a superstar on the field, Sherman is also advocating for lifetime health insurance coverage for NFL players ... so, we asked how that fight is going too. 

By the way, Sherman was super cool with us (as always) before leaving in a waiting SUV. 

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