LeBron James Sends ‘Very Special’ Gift to Canelo Alvarez Training Camp!

LeBron James Sends ‘Very Special’ Gift to Canelo … Before Jacobs Fight

4/23/2019 8:40 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Canelo Alvarez has some BIG fans in his corner — LeBron James and Maverick Carter — and to show their support, they just hooked the boxer up with some SUPER HOT kicks!!!

LeBron’s business partner just took a trip to Canelo’s training camp in San Diego where Alvarez is gearing up to fight Daniel Jacobs on May 4.  And, you better believe he didn’t come empty-handed. 

Carter presented Canelo with a pair of the new LeBron 16 “Martin” shoes — which have already become some of the most coveted shoes on the market. 

“You like sneakers?” Carter asks … “These just came out. Very special.”

Canelo is stoked — and tells Carter to give his thanks to LeBron. 

As we previously reported, Bron and Carter are producing a docuseries on the fight for DAZN called “40 Days” which premieres Tuesday night … and will show how Canelo is preparing for the bout. 

The series also features Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya — but if he wants a pair of LeBrons, he’s gonna have to pay for ’em!!!

Jussie Smollett’s ‘Attackers’ Abel and Ola Struggling to Find Acting Work

Osundairo Bros Jussie’s ‘Attackers’ Can’t Land Acting Gigs But Abel’s Landing Punches

4/22/2019 1:00 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

The men who allegedly “attacked” Jussie Smollett at his behest are feeling the pain in the aftermath of the whole debacle … because their acting careers have taken a major blow.

Sources close to the Osundairo brothers — Abel and Ola — tell TMZ … the 2 have come up empty trying to land an agent in the past several weeks. We’re told they’ve reached out to about 10 of the top agencies in Chicago and none have been interested in signing them.

This especially hurts right now because it’s pilot season in the TV biz, and actors like the bros can’t even get auditions without an agent.

What’s worse is Abel actually HAD signed with the Gray Talent Group about a month before his involvement in the Jussie drama became known, and got dropped shortly afterward.

The reason he was given, according to our sources, was generic and didn’t mention the Smollett case … but it was obvious. We’re told the agency told Abel it couldn’t provide him the opportunities he desired, adding … “parting ways with talented actors like yourself is a difficult decision and not a direct reflection on your character or your abilities.”

Unfortunately for the Osundairos … their fitness biz has tapered off as well. Our sources say while it seemed to be booming about a month ago, many of their potential clients turned out to be feigning interest in getting in shape and were really looking to get details on Jussie’s case.

The good news — at least for Abel — is his boxing career is on the rise. He followed up his win in the semifinals of the prestigious Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament last month by winning the whole damn amateur competition last Friday … in the first round.

So, congrats on that at least.

Justin Bieber Discovers He’s 60% Irish and Conor McGregor Loves It

Justin Bieber 60% Irish & Conor McGregor Loves It!!!

4/20/2019 4:06 PM PDT

Justin Bieber better learn to love whiskey and potatoes … ’cause he’s Irish!!!

The Biebs ecstatically revealed Saturday he’s around 60% Irish … prompting him to give Ireland a shout-out on his Instagram story. This was in response to his pops, Jeremy, posting on IG showing him holding a bottle of Conor McGregor‘s Proper Twelve Irish whiskey.

Naturally, all of this got Conor’s attention who jumped on Twitter and embraced his fellow deartháir — don’t look it up, it means brother. 

Justin, of course, was born in Canada and not long ago had huge plans on applying to become an American citizen. The kid’s literally taking over the world, eh?!

The Biebs’ got good timing … Conor sent his love all the way from Dublin where he was there taking part of an exhibition boxing match. Conor kicked ass … and now he has 2 reasons to slam back a few Proper Twelve shots.  

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G Herbo Arrested for Battery After Argument with Baby Mama Turned Physical

Rapper G Herbo Arrested for Getting Physical with Ari Fletcher

4/19/2019 5:36 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

4/19 — G Herbo was released from jail late Thursday night, and went on Instagram Live to talk about the altercation.

Rapper G Herbo is facing a battery charge after an argument with his baby mama, Ariana Fletcher, allegedly turned physical … TMZ has learned.

According to Atlanta Police … the rapper and Ari got into it Wednesday morning — mostly yelling at each other — but at some point, cops say Herbo assaulted her. Cops say he then left the location with their son but later returned … and after officers spoke to him, they arrested him for simple battery.

Cops say Ariana sustained minor scratches during the altercation, and right now it’s unclear what triggered the alleged assault. Cops are continuing their investigation. 

Perhaps complicating matters for G Herbo is the fact Ari is now dating boxer Gervonta Davis … and is actually about 14 weeks pregnant with his child.

What’s interesting is Ari and Gervonta were out partying Tuesday night at Allure Gentlemen’s Club where G Herbo also happened to be. The trio was NOT there together. It’s unclear if any encounter there might have led to the alleged assault the next morning. 

Herbo is still in jail. His bond has been set at $2,000.

Originally Published — 4/18 10:06 AM PT

LeBron James Producing Boxing Docuseries for DAZN

LeBron James Producing Boxing Docuseries … for DAZN

4/17/2019 6:02 AM PDT

Breaking News

Another huge move for LeBron James … not the basketball player, the Hollywood mogul. 

James — through his media brand, Uninterrupted — is launching a new show for DAZN called “40 Days” … a docuseries which will follow top boxers as they prepare for major prize fights. 

In fact, the first episode will follow Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs as they gear up for their May 4 fight in Las Vegas. Part 1 of the series is scheduled to premiere on April 23. 

Canelo’s participation is really no surprise considering he recently signed a $365 MILLION contract with DAZN. 

We’re told LeBron and his business partner, Maverick Carter, are executive producing the Canelo episodes — in association with DAZN and Oscar De La Hoya‘s Golden Boy Promotions. 

“These documentaries will shine a light on the 3-dimensional aspect of who these athletes are outside of the ring and empower them to tell their own stories as they prepare for some of the biggest moments in their boxing careers,” Maverick Carter said in a statement. 

De La Hoya has also weighed in … saying, “This is excellent for the sport as it will provide the kind of unique lens that only LeBron James and Maverick Carter can bring. At the same time, there’s no better way for them to start this partnership than by featuring the most important boxing event of the year, so Golden Boy is proud to be a part of it.”

LeBron is crushing it off-the-court these days — besides this deal, he’s also producing a new ‘House Party’ movie, a ‘Space Jam’ flick, a movie about his life and more. 

Jon Jones Rips Israel Adesanya, ‘I’ll Make You Call Me Daddy’

Jon Jones Rips Israel Adesanya ‘I’ll Make You Call Me Daddy’

4/12/2019 11:46 AM PDT

Breaking News

UFC superstar Jon Jones is firing back at Israel Adesanya — saying he would DESTROY the 29-year-old so badly when they fight down the road … “I’ll make you call me daddy by the third [round].”

Jon is responding to comments Israel made during an interview with TMZ Sports, when Adesanya told us a fight with Jones “tickles my loins” … and added, “I already killed one G.O.A.T. and I’m hunting the next.”

The “G.O.A.T.” Adesanya says he killed is Anderson Silva — who Israel defeated in a 3-round unanimous decision back in February. 

Just a few weeks ago, Jones told us he thinks a fight with Israel is on the horizon — and after seeing Adesanya’s “G.O.A.T.” comments, Jon is clearly fired up about the possible match up. 

“If you think you killed 44 yr old Anderson, you didn’t,” Jones tweeted out … “I’m not really sure what fight you’ve been watching.”

“You got past the legendary GOAT, now come f*ck with the King of the jungle. I’ll make you call me daddy by the third.”

Before he can focus on Jones, Adesanya is fighting Kelvin Gastelum for the interim middleweight title at UFC 236 on Saturday … a massive fight on ESPN+ PPV (click here to order)

Adesanya told us he’s laser focused on Kelvin — and will deal with Jones after he gets his “W.”

Kodak Black Apologizes to Lauren London After Disgusting Comments

Kodak Black Apologizes to Lauren London … After Showing Extreme Disrespect

4/7/2019 10:24 AM PDT

10:22 AM PTBig Boy from 92.3 the REAL just came down hard on Kodak Black, saying he won’t tolerate disrespect like this toward royalty in Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London. BB says hip-hop culture has a tendency to look the other way on moments like this, but he argues that has to change … and that people from the community have to hold one another accountable, including Kodak. It doesn’t sound like Big Boy is committing to not playing Kodak’s music on the airwaves like Justin Credible did, but he does say he hopes this helps change minds going forward about ya say about who.

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I won’t disrespect my timeline posting a pic of Kodak Black. However, I will say this, I’m not here for the blatant disrespect and fake ass apologies. To disrespect the King Nipsey and The Queen Lauren, is where I draw the line. Hip Hop has been very disrespectful lately. Not only is this disrespectful to Hip Hop, but this is disrespectful to a beautiful human being, spirit and a legacy. Sometimes I feel a certain way, but I don’t publicly speak out. I just don’t fuck with the person, place or thing. This one, I can’t just keep it on a personal chill. I’ve been a child of Hip Hop for a looooooong time. Hip Hop raised me and I’ve raised Hip Hop. I’m not new to this or fake with this. I’m a soldier!!!! I’m not just Phone Taps and funny interviews. Check my pedigree. I will not stand by and let Kodak Black come between an allegiance I have with dear FRIENDS. Nipsey’s honor can’t be disrespected like this. We must put a shield around @LaurenLondon and his ENTIRE Family. We can’t allow these things to happen. Nipsey wouldn’t. We look the other way and forgive too easily. I’m a black man first and I love all that deserve my love. I’m with unity, however, we must discipline our own as well. This isn’t about radio or dropping records, that’s been done. This is about protecting a LEGACY and holding people accountable. This may not change Kodak Black now, but I pray it changes his or someone’s future. For all those out there that wanna disrespect and play with royalty, I advise you to think “THRICE”. Long live the spirit, knowledge and wisdom of Nipsey Hussle. This has to be the standard FOREVER!!! The Marathon continues 🏁🏁🏁🏁 (I’m blocking the bullshit from now on. Try me)

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Check out his full statement above.Kodak Black apologized for something he clearly should not have done in the first place … disrespected Lauren London, the grieving girlfriend of Nipsey Hussle.

Kodak went on IG Live Saturday with his mea culpa, though somewhat half-hearted. He said he was sorry for disrespecting her, “even though I didn’t.”

As you know … on Saturday a video circulated of Kodak calling Lauren “that baby” and “whole widow out here.” He went on to say he was willing to give her a year of “crying and s***” before making a move on her.

Justin Credible from Power 106 in L.A. tweeted the station was “appalled by the disrespectful and poor comments” and they would no longer play his music.

Former welterweight championship boxer Andre Berto told us Saturday in Bev Hills, what Kodak did was super disrespectful, because Nipsey Hussle’s murder was so fresh, and Kodak would serve himself well by staying out of L.A. 

In Kodak’s “apology,” he did say Nipsey inspired him to do more in his community.

As we reported, there will be a huge memorial service for Nipsey — who was murdered a week ago Sunday — at L.A.’s Staples Center. 

Originally Published — 7:19 AM PT

Meek Mill Deserves His Own ‘Rocky’ Statue for Criminal Justice Reform

Meek Mill Deserves His Own ‘Rocky’ Statue … Says Congressman Evans

4/3/2019 12:30 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Hell yes, Meek Mill needs to get his own statue in Philadelphia, a la “Rocky Balboa” …  so says Rep. Dwight Evans who’s giving the rapper praise for all Meek’s done to transform the criminal justice system.

We got Pennsylvania’s Congressman on Capitol Hill hours after Meek’s Tuesday news conference introducing new legislation aiming to reform the state’s probation and parole system.

As we reported, Meek, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and CNN’s Van Jones — who is also CEO of REFORM Alliance — joined politicians to propose House Bill 1925.

Rep. Evans — who’s district includes Meek’s southwest Philly neighborhood — says the bill is commendable for several reasons. For starters, it provides hope for people who’ve given up on the system. He also admires Meek’s determination to continue putting the spotlight on the problem … even though he’s long since put his case behind him.

As for Meek getting immortalized in bronze — Evans says it’s a move his constituents can get behind.

Fact is, the city already embraced his track, “Dreams and Nightmares” as an unofficial anthem during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run … while Meek was still locked up.

Sooo, Rocky, Meek, the Liberty Bell and cheesesteaks — not necessarily in that order???

Anthony Pettis Says Fight With Conor McGregor Dream Matchup For Fans

Anthony Pettis Fight Vs. Conor McGregor … Is Dream Matchup For Fans

4/1/2019 3:21 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor vs. Anthony Pettis — a match made in fight Heaven — according to Pettis, who says fighting The Notorious would be a “dream fight” for UFC fans.

We talked to Pettis — days after moving up to the welterweight division and starching Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson —  about his next move … and he says Conor makes a whole lotta sense.

There’s just 1 problem … Pettis says if Conor’s actually mulling quitting, fighting him is a very bad idea.

“Man, I wouldn’t talk him outta retirement. If someone wants to retire, don’t get in the Octagon with me,” Pettis tells TMZ Sports

“It’s gonna be a bad one. I’m too hungry right now. I’m too motivated. I just knocked out the #3 in the world at 170 pounds. If you’re trying to retire, don’t entertain a fight with me.”

But, if Conor’s just using the threat of retirement as a negotiating ploy, Pettis is all the way down to fight … and he thinks it’d be a helluva entertaining match up.

“I go for the kill. He goes for the kill. We both have a flashy striking style with a great ground game.”. 

Ya hear this, Dana?

Boxer Kubrat Pulev Suspended For Kissing Female Reporter

Boxer Kubrat Pulev Suspended For Kissing Female Reporter

3/29/2019 11:32 AM PDT

Breaking News

Heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev has been suspended indefinitely by the California State Athletic Commission for kissing a female reporter during a post-fight interview, TMZ Sports has confirmed. 

A spokesperson for CSAC tells us Pulev will NOT be licensed to fight in CA until he appears before the Commission to address the incident in person. 

We’re told the next opportunity for Pulev to face the Commission will be in May — though it’s unclear if the Bulgarian fighter plans to attend. 

Of course, Pulev is in very hot water for kissing Vegas Sports Daily reporter Jenny Sushe after knocking out Bogdan Dinu Saturday night in Costa Mesa, CA. 

Sushe laughed it off during the incident — but immediately lawyered up, hiring Gloria Allred and now she’s considering taking legal action against the 37-year-old fighter. 

As for Pulev, he initially brushed the whole thing off … saying Jenny is a friend and they laughed the whole thing off together at an afterparty. 

Obviously, Jenny doesn’t feel the same way — saying in a statement, “I did not encourage or consent to Mr. Pulev grabbing my face, kissing me, or grabbing my backside.”

“I was there at the event covering the boxing match as a professional member of the press. Kissing a woman on her lips without her consent and grabbing her is not acceptable.”