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Ex-‘L&HH’ Star Benzino Pleads Guilty In Felony Drug Case

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Former “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Benzino has copped a plea deal in his felony drug case out of Georgia, and avoided jail time as a result … TMZ has learned.

A rep for the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office tells TMZ … Raymond Scott (Benzino’s real name) pled guilty to all 3 charges he was facing Thursday morning. We’re told he was sentenced to 2 years probation and fined $ 500 … plus surcharges. 

We broke the story … the music producer was arrested in January 2017 after cops raided his ATL apartment and found drugs inside. He was charged with felony possession of THC oil gummies (22 grams), felony possession of 6 MDMA pills, and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of weed. 

We talked to Benzino about the case last month, and he told us the search warrant cops used to get into his pad was illegal … even though a judge signed off on it. He was adamant that racist police officers were behind the trumped-up charges, and at the time … told us he was gonna fight it in court.

If he’d been convicted on all charges during his trial, he would’ve faced up to 15 years in prison. Looks like he had a change of heart.

Eric Reid Not Targeted By Random Drug Tests … Says NFL & NFLPA

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The NFL and NFLPA both say Eric Reid was NOT targeted for excess drug tests as a punishment for kneeling … claiming they have PROOF the process was truly random. 

The Carolina Panthers safety is currently suing the NFL for collusion — claiming owners blackballed him (along with Colin Kaepernick) for taking a knee during the national anthem — and believes the 7 drug tests he was forced to take in 11 weeks this season was payback. 

“That has to be statistically impossible,” Reid told reporters last month … “I’m not a mathematician, but there’s no way that’s right.”

But, in a joint statement released by the league and the NFL Player’s Association on Wednesday … both say, “Mr. Reid’s tests were randomly generated via computer algorithm” and “his selection for testing was normal.”

“There is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing.”

The league and the player’s association added, “We take any claim questioning the integrity of our collectively bargained performance-enhancing drug policy seriously.”

So far, no comment from Reid — guessing we’ll hear from him soon. 

The 27-year-old logged 71 tackles in 13 starts for the Panthers this season … but is slated for free agency this offseason.

Jon Jones Apologizes for Failed Drug Test … But I Didn’t Cheat!

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Once again, UFC superstar Jon Jones is apologizing for a failed drug test — claiming the steroid found in his system this week was not consumed with the intention to cheat. 

“I just wanted to take the time out to apologize to the fans for what is going on,” Jones said in a video posted Sunday night … “It’s a situation that’s completely out of my control.”

In case you didn’t know … officials found traces of the steroid Turinabol while testing Jones for his upcoming fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on Dec. 29. 

But, officials from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) have essentially said the traces found in JJ’s system were TINY — and likely leftovers from when he tested positive in 2017. 

Still, the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not let Jones fight in Vegas — but he got the green light in California … so, Dana White and the UFC relocated the event to L.A. 

Some people (including UFC fighters) are furious — claiming they already made plans, bought tickets, hotel rooms, airplane tickets, etc. 

In his video, Jones acknowledges the situation is messed up but claims he didn’t take any PEDs and never intended for this to happen.

“This is a situation that is completely out of my control … but I still will man up and apologize for this happening.”

“I realize there’s a lot of people who lost out in the situation … people came from Sweden, people came from Brazil … I feel your frustration.”

Jones says he’s trying to make things right — and has paid for hotel rooms and airplane tickets for some people — but insists, “This is not a mistake I made.”

Jon’s rival Daniel Cormier ain’t buying JJ’s excuses — tweeting out, “He tested positive again!”

Josh Gordon ‘Stepping Away’ from Patriots Reportedly Fails Drug Test

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6:43 AM PT — More sad news regarding Gordon … NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero is reporting Gordon violated the league’s substance abuse policy and now faces a suspension.

Unclear of how Gordon failed a test — or failed to show up to take a test. Either way, it’s bad. 

And, with Gordon’s history of failed drug tests during his NFL career, this won’t be a slap on the wrist punishment. 

He’s already missed the entire 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons for substance abuse issues. Unclear what he’s facing this time around. 

Josh Gordon is leaving the New England Patriots — at least, for now — with the star wide receiver saying he needs to focus on his mental health.

“I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level,” Gordon said in a statement. 

“I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally.”

“With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health.”

“I would like to thank Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, as well as countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support.”

“I want to thank my fans for their support as well as I continue down the path getting back to 100%.”

This is not the first time Gordon has taken a break from football — the 27-year-old has battled substance abuse issues and has pressed pause on his career to get treatment. 

In fact, before the 2018 season — when Gordon was still a member of the Cleveland Browns — he trained privately away from the team so he could focus on his well-being. 

When he rejoined the Browns, the reunion didn’t last long — he suffered an injury in September during a promotional video shoot — and the team quickly traded him to New England. 

When healthy, Gordon has proven to be a force in the NFL — and made some key plays for the Patriots throughout the 2018 season.  He’s already caught 40 balls and 3 TDs for the Pats in 11 games. 

Now, with 2 games left — and playoff seeding on the line — the Pats will be without Gordon. And that’s a big deal. 

Story developing … 

Dorial Green-Beckham Ex-NFL WR Arrested … Felony Drug Possession

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Ex-NFL wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested on a felony drug possession charge in Missouri on Wednesday, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Details surrounding the arrest are unclear (we’re working on it) but we know the 25-year-old was also hit with a resisting arrest charge. 

Green-Beckham was hauled to a police station in Springfield where he was booked and locked up. As of this post, he’s still behind bars. 

It’s just the latest legal issue for a guy who had potential to be a huge NFL star. As we previously reported, Dorial was arrested for DWI last year while picking up a friend who had just been busted for drunk driving. 

Green-Beckham was one of the top high school WRs ever — but never reached his potential in college or the NFL due to off-the-field issues.

He was drafted by the Titans in the 2nd round of the 2015 Draft but didn’t last there long. The Eagles picked him up in 2016 and he played 1 season — racking up 36 catches for 392 yards and 2 TDs.

The Eagles released him before the 2017 season.

Famous Dex Crew Working to Quell Drug Abuse … IG Live Vid Just Latest Scare

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Famous Dex falling asleep on IG Live had fans concerned about his health, and it turns out they’re not the only ones … his camp is working overtime to help the kid kick drugs.

TMZ has learned the Chicago rapper passing out in the middle of his live stream earlier this week was just the latest troubling sign that he’s got a drug problem. We’ve been told Dex abuses opioids.

In case you missed it, FD literally nodded off in the middle of talking to his followers and playing music. His head began to lean forward and his lit blunt rested on his hand for a while before he finally woke back up. The disturbing scene was alarming to his fan base.

Dex later responded on the same platform, telling folks he’d simply fallen asleep because he was tired from working in the studio for so long … and it was all much ado about nothin’.

Thing is, we’re told that’s just not the case. Sources say Dex was upset by the video of himself passing out and expressed a desire of never wanting to see himself like that again. The problem … he’s tried getting treatment, but always circles back to drugs.

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This is how bad it’s gotten for Dex — we’ve learned there’s someone who is always by Dex’s side for the sole purpose of making sure he’s coherent enough to do his job. We’re also being told that, at times, there’s even someone who sleeps in the same bed to make sure he’s okay. His team is actively working to get him the help he needs.

In the wake of Mac Miller’s death — and lots of other celebs dealing with drug abuse — we’re told Dex is well aware of his issue and the support of everyone around him.