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NFL Star Haloti Ngata

Tongan War Dancer

[Video]

11/18/2014 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111814_haloti_ngata_launchBaltimore Ravens star Haloti Ngata scared the hell out of a room full of people last night when he busted out an authentic Tongan warrior dance on stage ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

It's called the Kailao ... a traditional dance from Tonga (where his parents are from) ... and the 340-pounder showed off his moves at the 3rd Annual Haloti Ngata Family Foundation Luau. 

The event raised more than $50k for local educational groups and teachers ... and a whole bunch of Haloti's teammates were there to support him -- including Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, Chris Canty, Justin Tucker and Courtney Upshaw. 

But Haloti didn't just dance -- he also SANG -- busting out a rendition of "Rude" by Magic!  Check out the clip ... 

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Matt Lauer

Janay Rice Interview 'Was Fantastic'

11/13/2014 9:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111314_matt_lauer_launchMatt Lauer says his sitdown with Ray Rice's wife was "great" -- but it's clear he doesn't want to give too much away ... because he just bobbed and weaved like Muhammad Ali! 

Matt was heading over to 30 Rock in NYC this morning when he acknowledged the interview was in the can.

But watch the deflection technique ... Matt knows the golden rule when it comes to promoting a big interview -- no one's gonna buy the cow if he gives away the milk for free.

Ray Rice's Wife

Lights. Camera. Lauer.

11/13/2014 4:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1113-ray-rice-wife-nbc-interview-instagramRay Rice's wife Janay is ready for her close-up ... meeting up with beauty specialists before her big "Today" show interview with Matt Lauer

With cameras setup in her Maryland home, Janay Palmer -- the woman Ray KO'd in the elevator back in February -- invited over a local company that specializes in photo shoots to gussy her up.

The company is called Franchon Parlour -- and it does everything from wardrobe selection to hair extensions. 

It's clear that Janay and Ray want it to look like the interview is all about Janay -- but our NBC sources tell us Ray is the main reason they want this interview. And, our sources say Ray WILL be participating in some way even though his people say he is not yet committed.

We're told Ray was at the home when Janay went on camera.

Ray Rice

Breaking Silence to Matt Lauer

On 'Today' Show Sit-Down

11/11/2014 11:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Matt Lauer has won the war for Ray Rice -- booking the disgraced NFL star to appear on the "Today" show for an exclusive sit-down interview during sweeps ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's unclear if Ray's wife Janay Rice will participate in the interview. 

We're told the interview is expected to air sometime between now and Nov. 26th. 

It's a huge score for NBC ... especially since Rice and Janay have been radio silent with the media ever since we published the elevator footage showing Ray KOing Janay in an Atlantic City casino. 

update_graphic_red_barA source connected with Rice just contacted us and said Rice has made no commitment to sit-down with "Today" and will not do anything until after the arbitration decision on his suspension is made. The source says "Today" was really only interested in Janay, not Ray. Our NBC sources dispute that and say Rice is the prize. The Rice source says they will consider the interview but only after arbitration.

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Ray Rice & Janay

We're Praying for the Jerks

Mocking Us for Halloween

10/28/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ray Rice
and his wife Janay are fully aware of the Ray Rice costumes that have been surfacing this Halloween -- and they're telling friends they're simply praying for the people mocking them.

You've seen the pics -- people dressed up as Ray dragging around an inflatable Janay in an effort to lampoon the infamous elevator attack.

We've spoken with friends and family members close to Ray and Janay who tell us ... the couple is dealing with the unwanted attention by turning to religion.

One source tells us Ray and Janay have said they are "praying for those people."

As we previously reported, Ray and Janay have been extremely involved with their church since the incident ... and were both baptized in March when they decided to become born again Christians.

We're also told Ray and Janay are still committed to the marriage -- and have vowed to maintain their family and rebuild their lives together.

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AFI's Davey Havok

Ray Rice Costume Not Clever

... But There's A Way to Save It

10/26/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Now, THIS is interesting ...

AFI singer Davey Havoc tells TMZ Sports the Ray Rice Halloween costume that went viral is neither clever nor funny ... but there IS a way to save it.

You gotta listen to Davey's idea -- it's definitely clever ... and if executed correctly, could make a very anti-domestic violence statement.

Less than a week for Halloween -- if you still need a costume, this could be the way to go.

Rose McGowan

BLASTS RAY RICE COSTUME

'Those People Are Repulsive'

10/22/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

102214_rose_mcgowan_launchRose McGowan is not amused by the guy who decided to dress up as Ray Rice for Halloween -- telling TMZ Sports anyone who tries to mock that situation is downright "repulsive."

The actress was leaving the Arclight theater in Hollywood on Tuesday when we asked about the photo burning up the Internet -- featuring a man dressed as Rice carrying around a blowup doll that's supposed to be Janay Palmer.

The pic first surfaced on Reddit this month -- along with the caption, "Ladies were falling for my friend's Ray Rice costume."

Of course, Rose isn't the only star who's pissed about the situation -- but the question remains ... will the public outrage actually detour people from dressing up as Rice for Halloween??? We'll see ...
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'Law & Order: SVU'

Sports Scandal Mashup

Darren Sharper Meets Ray Rice

10/1/2014 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



The Darren Sharper alleged rape scandal is getting the TV treatment -- with a little Ray Rice mixed in -- because "Law & Order: SVU" is ripping both headlines for a sports scandal themed episode. 

The episode -- which airs tonight -- features a major sports star accused of drugging and raping multiple women ... a la the accusations levied against former NFL star Darren Sharper

Clearly, they are changing the names of the characters ... but it's clear, producers are using the Sharper case as the basis for the ep.

But here's where it gets bizarre ... producers are heavily promoting a controversial "elevator scandal" involving the sports hero ... which seems like a obvious take from the Ray Rice situation. 

Only in the preview clip for the episode, a woman is attacking the sports star ... the reverse of what happened in real life with Ray.  

"SVU" hasn't shied away from celebrity scandals in the past -- airing episodes based off Chris Brown, Casey Anthony and Paula Deen.

NFL Star Torrey Smith

Best Wedding Crasher Ever

... Says Bride

9/30/2014 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Finally, a GOOD story out of Baltimore ... where a Ravens superfan got the thrill of a lifetime on her wedding day ... all thanks to Torrey Smith

The Ravens wide receiver was chillin' at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore Saturday when a couple -- ABOUT TO GET MARRIED -- noticed him going up the escalator. 

We spoke to the bride, Courtney, who tells us she's a DIE-HARD Ravens fans who immediately noticed Smith "the second I saw those big pearly whites" ... and flagged him down. 

Courtney says Smith couldn't have been nicer -- and he and his wife came back down the escalator to take pics with the about-to-be-married couple. 

"They were a super awesome couple, took the time to talk to us, and wish us both well," Courtney says. 

But that's not all ... 'cause after the photo sesh, Torrey and his wife went back to their room -- which happened to overlook the ceremony -- and took pics which they tweeted and Instagramed to the newlyweds. 

"They put the cherry on top to an already perfect day."

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Tyson Beckford

I'm Boycotting the NFL

Scandals 'Turned Me Off'

9/30/2014 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Supermodel Tyson Beckford says he's done with the NFL ... at least for now ... saying he doesn't feel good about supporting the league after all of the recent scandals.

The face of Ralph Lauren arrived at LAX Monday when he explained why he's kicked his Sunday habit. 

"I don't even watch football no more," Tyson said ... "Seriously, I stopped watching ... it really turned me off."

Tyson says he hasn't watched one single NFL game this season -- and doesn't plan to anytime soon. 

He also explains why he feels the shady actions of the NFL screwed over Ray Rice and his wife.

Check out the clip.

Gene Simmons

I Won't Hire Ray Rice

On My Arena Football Team

9/26/2014 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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With Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson wondering if they'll ever play pro football again, one owner is taking a stand ... Gene Simmons ... who says he'd NEVER hire either one of 'em on his arena team.

Of course, Simmons is one of the owners of the L.A. Kiss -- which competes in the Arena Football League -- and even though signing those guys would mean huge publicity, Gene says they're simply not welcome in his locker room.

Check out the clip ...

CBS Honcho Les Moonves

Hey Rihanna, No Hard Feelings

9/24/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Les Moonves isn't fretting over the blow back he got by pulling the plug on a segment featuring Rihanna for the opening of Thursday night football ... because he scored where it counts. 

The CBS Prez crowed over ratings for both Thursday and Sunday night football as he left Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood Tuesday.

As for Rihanna ... the most powerful man in Hollywood said she's the one who exercised power by telling the network to go f itself.  

CBS pulled "Run This Town" -- the Jay Z song featuring Rihanna -- presumably because it would strike a raw nerve to see the woman who was beaten by Chris Brown in the wake of the Ray Rice video. Rihanna has never viewed herself as a "victim" and felt CBS unfairly resurrected the past.

Ravens Owner:

Ray Rice Is Behind ESPN Hit Piece

9/22/2014 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says Ray Rice and Ray's team are the main sources behind the ESPN article that claimed Bisciotti spearheaded a cover-up.

While addressing the media, Bisciotti says he strongly believes the sources for the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article were Ray's attorney, Ray's agent and Ray's friends -- who gave the info to ESPN in an effort to get Ray reinstated into the NFL. 

Bisciotti says the allegations in the ESPN article are false -- but says he believes Ray's people would push the false stories out because the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to "make everybody else look like they're lying."

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