EXCLUSIVE Call him BallStradamus ... because LaVar Ball told TMZ Sports the LeBron James to the Lakers thing was a done deal way back in February. Of course, back then there were rumblings about LeBron coming out west, but it was far from official. Still, when we saw LaVar at a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop, he made it clear that he had no doubts about LeBron's future. "Who said it was a rumor? Didn't I tell you he was coming here," Ball said in February. "Lonzo's gonna make him a better player." LaVar even had a nickname for the new LeBron, Lonzo Ball duo -- and it's more about his son than James. LaVar hasn't said anything since the move became official on Sunday -- but, if there's anything we can count on, it's Ball weighing in soon ... and definitely patting himself on the back for the prediction. … [Read more...] about LaVar Ball Told TMZ About LeBron Deal Back In February
EXCLUSIVE Brian Ortega isn't just puttin' a hurtin' on other UFC fighters ... he'll also choke out a TMZ staffer. The UFC superstar joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) -- where one of our producers (Lucas) asked Ortega if he could be a human crash test dummy for a live demonstration of a rear naked choke. Ortega obliged ... and the office went nuts!! Don't worry, Lucas is alive (he's actually proud of himself!) Make sure to check out the entire segment on FS1 where Ortega has some words for his UFC 226 opponent, Max Holloway. The two square off in Vegas on July 7. Ortega is undefeated 14-0 but Max hasn't lost a fight since 2013. Check out "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1. … [Read more...] about UFC’s Brian Ortega to TMZ Staffer, Cool If I Choke You Out?
George Stoia Detroit Free Press Published 6:51 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 Former Detroit Lions quarterback Erik Kramer was arrested on Wednesday at his home in Agoura Hills, Calif. after an altercation with his wife — Cortney Baird — who told police she is now fearing for her life, according to TMZ Sports. Kramer was released from jail on Thursday after posting a $50,000 bond and was charged with "felony corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant," according to the Los Angeles Times. Baird filed for divorce on Friday, according to TMZ, and had an emergency 100-yard restraining order filed against Kramer, but hopes to extend it. "I am terrified that he is out looking for me at this very moment and will kill me and my daughter," Baird said according to the TMZ report. That report claims that after a verbal and physical altercation between the two, Kramer "started grabbing various household items to throw at her ... including ice packs and … [Read more...] about Ex-Detroit Lions QB Erik Kramer’s wife fears he wants to kill her: TMZ
EXCLUSIVE Ice Cube's got a message for the Qatari investors he's suing for over $1 BILLION ... after they allegedly went back on their agreement with the BIG3. "We gon’ win. Stay out of American sports if you don’t wanna do the right thing," Cube said on his way into Power 106 in L.A. to promote VH1 "Hip Hop Squares," which premieres Wednesday night. TMZ Sports broke the story -- Cube and his BIG3 partner, Jeff Kwatinetz, are suing a bunch of Qatari investors who were supposed to invest $5 mil in Cube's pro hoops league. In fact, they recently added the CEO of Qatar Airways to the list of defendants. Cube says the Qataris made up every excuse in the book to avoid ponying up -- and now him and Jeff are seeking $1.2 BILLION in damages. Clearly, Cube's confident these billionaire dudes are gonna get schooled in the courtroom -- and he ain't afraid to let 'em know. The BIG3 founder also told us why fans should be hyped for Season 2 -- and we … [Read more...] about Ice Cube Stunts on Rich Qataris He’s Suing for $1B, ‘Stay Out of American Sports’
EXCLUSIVE If you think Conor McGregor's bus attack pissed people off in New York, wait 'til ya get a load of this old lady from Ireland ... who went NUCLEAR on Conor at LAX!! THIS CLIP IS HILARIOUS!!! Our photog was asking Brandon T. Jackson a question about McGregor when this woman came outta nowhere, hijacked the interview and unleashed hell on the Irishman. "He's a big a** ... absolutely disgusting man. Nobody likes him in Ireland," she told TMZ Sports. She continued -- "Absolute disgrace. If Mayweather ever sees him again, I hope he kicks his ass!" Brandon loves it ... and is the perfect hype man as she goes HAM. "You about to get a whoopin' by grandmama right here ... I got my money on her, Conor!" Yeah ... might wanna look into extending that vacay. … [Read more...] about Epic Irish Lady Ethers Conor McGregor, ‘Disgusting Man, Absolute Disgrace’
EXCLUSIVE Meek Mill got some surprise visitors in prison this week -- Philadelphia 76ers stars Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons ... TMZ Sports has learned. We're told 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin organized the visit ... hoping Meek could provide some inspiration for the rookie stars so they can make a push for the NBA playoffs. Rubin's been a huge supporter of Meek while he's been locked up, visiting often and bringing along other players, like Joel Embiid. One source with knowledge of the situation tells us ... "the conversation was very positive and Meek's spirits are still high. He is also proud of the 76ers." Meek also dished out some "words of wisdom" for the guys. Remember, Meek also received a ton of support and love from the Philadelphia Eagles during their Super Bowl run -- so, maybe he's the key to success?! Stay tuned ... … [Read more...] about Meek Mill Gets Prison Visit from 76ers Star Rookies
EXCLUSIVE Floyd Mayweather is already spending his new fortune -- dropping millions on a brand new red Bugatti, TMZ Sports has learned. We spoke with Floyd's car guy, Obi Okeke -- aka Doctor Bugatti -- who tells us Floyd hit him up 2 days ago to purchase a "triple red" 2012 Bugatti Grand Sport Convertible. Obi says the car is "one of one" -- and costs $3.3 MILLION!! We're told Floyd wanted the car to make a splash on his way to the weigh in for the McGregor fight Friday afternoon. Floyd's expecting to make around $300 MIL for the fight ... so, what's a couple mil on a new whip, right? … [Read more...] about Floyd Mayweather Drops Millions On New Bugatti, Pre-Fight Present!
EXCLUSIVE Cam Newton was involved in a collision with a dump truck in Atlanta on Thursday ... and TMZ Sports has a photo from the scene. We're told the Carolina Panthers quarterback was driving his matte black Ferrari F12 (valued over $300,000) when the collision occurred around 4:00 PM local time. Atlanta PD confirms the accident occurred but says neither party wanted to fill out a police report. Unclear what caused the collision or who was at fault -- but calm down, Panthers fans, Newton appeared to be okay after the incident. In fact, he was seen walking the car around in his shorts and one of his funky hats. FYI, Newton is from Atlanta and still lives there. 28-year-old Newton has been involved in car accidents in the past -- he overturned his car in North Carolina back in 2014. He was hospitalized with minor injuries and ended up being okay. … [Read more...] about Cam Newton In Car Crash with Dump Truck
EXCLUSIVE Conor McGregor is hitting the beach after hitting the bus ... jetting down to the Bahamas to relax after getting approval from his bail bondsman, TMZ Sports has learned. Sources connected to McGregor tell us ... the UFC star flew out of NYC on Saturday bound for the islands. The issue -- because of his pending criminal charges against him in the bus attack case, Conor needed his bail bondsman to approve travel plans before leaving the country. We spoke with Conor's bondsman, Ira Judelson, who tell us he did in fact sign off on McGregor to travel -- but wouldn't confirm the destination to TMZ. Judelson also noted McGregor has been "100% compliant" with the terms of his bail package, so far -- which has essentially required Conor to check in and stay out of trouble. Conor is due back in NYC on June 14 ... we'll see if his tan sticks. … [Read more...] about Conor McGregor Jets to Bahamas After UFC Bus Attack
EXCLUSIVE If Keaton Jones REALLY wants to get bullies off his back, Rampage Jackson says there's only one way he can get the job done. "I would kick somebody's ass!" Rampage told TMZ Sports. "You fight -- you go down swingin' -- they ain't gonna kill you, most likely." The MMA star says the world's getting waaay too soft when it comes to bullying ... and throwing hands accomplishes something words never could. "You get your respect and people won't mess with you no more. Most people are cowards, anyway. Most bullies are cowards." And if Keaton needs to see how it's done, Rampage is scrappin' with Chael Sonnen at Bellator 192 in January. … [Read more...] about Rampage Jackson to Keaton Jones: World’s Gone Soft, Kick Your Bullies’ Asses!