EXCLUSIVE Al Sharpton is very skeptical of EA's statement on why it removed Colin Kaepernick's name from the Madden 19 soundtrack ... telling TMZ Sports, "I'm questioning their intentions." The creators of football's top-selling game issued an apology after it was discovered they scrubbed the Kaep reference from YG's song "Big Bank" ... and blamed the whole ordeal on a licensing issue. Sharpton ain't ready to buy any of that ... explaining to us their actions sound more like evidence of NFL collusion than an honest mistake. "It clearly looks like it is an agreement among the owners," Al says. "They keep [Kaepernick] isolated -- they keep him off the field. And I think that is something that is un-American." Sharpton is calling for a more in-depth explanation from EA on the debacle ... and even makes his case for why the some EA employees should be "penalized" for it all. … [Read more...] about Al Sharpton Questions EA Sports’ Apology To Colin Kaepernick, ‘I’m Very Suspect!’
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’