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Rajon Rondo Didn't Take Team Bus to Game ... Here's Why

1/11/2017 9:36 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rajon Rondo didn't get on the team bus with the rest of the Chicago Bulls to travel from the hotel in D.C. to the Verizon Center Tuesday ... but the team insists it has NOTHING to do with his beef with head coach Fred Hoiberg.

TMZ Sports spotted Rondo getting into a private car at his hotel before the Bulls played the Wizards -- while the team bus was parked right outside. 

The timing is interesting since Rondo has voiced serious displeasure with Hoiberg over his recent 5 game benching. 

But a rep for the Bulls tells TMZ Sports there's a perfectly good explanation for Rondo traveling solo.

"On game days, Rajon often goes to the arena early before the team bus departs the hotel. We have few players who will do this when they want to get in extra work pregame."

Rondo played 27 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the Wizards but went off on Hoiberg after the game -- saying his benching was "bulls**t."

Maybe it's best they travel separately ...

Donald Trump Toe-to-Toe Shouting Match With CNN Reporter

1/11/2017 9:23 AM PST
Breaking News

President-elect Donald Trump just went ballistic on a reporter from one of the news outlets he's blaming for spreading the alleged Russian hack report on him.

Trump's news conference got super heated when a CNN reporter tried to get his attention to ask a question. Mind you, Trump had already called out BuzzFeed and CNN multiple times for the "fake news" -- so the reporter couldn't possibly have thought this would go well.

It didn't. EPIC verbal melee.

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George Karl Admits Book Screwup Handled Kenyon & Carmelo the 'Wrong Way'

1/10/2017 1:33 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

George Karl is finally expressing remorse about the controversial comments he made about Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin ... saying, "I think I said that the wrong way."

Karl came under fire for a passage in his new book that said guys like Melo and Kenyon didn't know how to act like men because they didn't have fathers in their lives growing up.

Kenyon blasted Karl as a coward and terrible person.

We saw the ex-NBA coach in NYC moments ago and asked if he regretted what he wrote. He wouldn't go as far to say, "Yes" ... but he doesn't exactly defend his work either.

Karl also has a message for Carmelo.

The Miz: Soulja Is Screwed Chris Brown Gonna Beat Dat Ass

1/10/2017 11:39 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

WWE superstar The Miz has a warning for Soulja Boy ... RUN!!!!

Basically, Miz explains why Chris Brown has every possible advantage over Soulja if they ever get in the ring and fight -- from size to strength and even his coach.

Truth hurts. 

Colin Cowherd Responds to Dabo Swinney 'I Can Take a Punch'

1/10/2017 9:21 AM PST
Breaking News

Colin Cowherd finally reacted to Dabo Swinney calling him a "fraud" after the National Championship game Monday night ... telling the Clemson coach, "I can take a punch."

Swinney called out Cowherd minutes after the game last night over Cowherd's harsh criticism of the team earlier in the season. 

So, Tuesday morning on 'The Herd' on FS1 ... Cowherd reacted -- but it wasn't a firefight. He gave Swinney the ol' "Tip of the cap."

Still, Cowherd didn't exactly back down ... saying his job is to have strong takes on topics people care about and he'll continue to do just that no matter the blowback.

He even used a Donald Trump example to make his point.

Cowherd finished with a strong message to Dabo -- "You're a helluva coach ... you made college football better."

Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Full-Blown Mutual Attacks

1/10/2017 9:04 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0110-amber-heard-johnny-depp-TMZ-03Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are fighting as fiercely against each other as they did when they broke up.

Amber just filed legal docs claiming Johnny has defied their settlement by refusing to pay her installments for the $7 million settlement they struck. Johnny has fired back that Amber has dragged her feet in the settlement and not signed the documents needed to seal the deal.

Johnny, who is asking the judge to slap Amber with $100,000 in sanctions, strongly insinuates Amber doesn't really want a divorce ... because she's reveling in the public attention. Johnny's lawyer says in legal docs, "It is clear that she is intent on prolonging resolution and continuing litigation as long as the public's attention will allow."

Amber says in her declaration, it's Johnny who has dragged his feet in the divorce. Amber says in her docs, "I want my life back. I want to be divorced from Johnny now."

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Megyn Kelly & Lara Spencer Near Collision at JFK Feeling Frigid in NYC

1/10/2017 7:43 AM PST

Lara Spencer and Megyn Kelly may have hugged, kissed or schmoozed before the camera rolled, but it certainly wasn't apparent from what we see at baggage claim at JFK.

The 'GMA' host and the soon-to-be NBC talk show host were feet from each other Monday night, but not a word was spoken ... at least as far as we can see.

ABC and NBC are in fierce competition, but then again competitive anchors still chew the fat.  

At the very least, the video's entertaining.

Chris Brown, Soulja Boy We're Boxing in Dubai To Make a Fortune Off Pay-Per-View

1/10/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0109_chris_brown_soulja_boy_boxing_compositeChris Brown and Soulja Boy are gearing up for a bloodbath in the ring, but for various reasons they can't pull it off in the U.S. ... so we've learned they're planning to fight it out in Dubai.

Sources connected with both Chris and Soulja tell TMZ they genuinely dislike each other and each wants to beat the crap out of the other, but what they want more than anything is a huge paycheck by running the fight on Pay-Per-View.

The initial plan was for a Vegas fight, but we've learned there are several rules and regs that would make such a fight impossible there, not the least of which is a mandatory drug test for amateur fights ... which both Chris and Soulja know they would never pass.

We're told their plan is to take the fight overseas -- first choice Dubai -- and they believe the Pay-Per-View audience would rake in untold millions of dollars.

Both Chris and Soulja have talked about making this a charity fight, but we're told some of the money will line their pockets.

Ex-Inauguration Announcer Screw Trump ... I Scored a New Job!

1/10/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Longtime inaugural announcer Charlie Brotman is pissed Donald Trump fired him from the post he's held for 60 years, but tells us he'll still be working come Jan. 20.

The 89-year-old announcer, who's MC'd presidential inaugurations since Dwight D. Eisenhower, said he thought about suicide when he found out Trump gave him the boot.

We're happy to report ... Charlie's bouncing back, and will have a new gig on the big day. It's not as prestigious as being the official guy -- he calls it being a "make-believe" announcer -- but it pays.  

Charlie says he knows why Trump's tapped MLB announcer Steve Ray instead of him, and he thinks it smacks of political payback.

Bottom line: no Vin Scully-esque send-off for Charlie, but he's still got a job!

God knows it's hard out there for octogenarians.

Mike Tyson Records Diss Track 'Thoulja's Going Down!'

1/9/2017 3:04 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mike Tyson is using the majesty of song to describe his hatred for Soulja Boy ... and it's hilarious. 

Iron Mike hit the recording booth with producer Damon Elliott and belted out a verse for the new track, "If You Show Up" ... which obviously takes aim at Soulja.  

As we previously reported, Mike's coaching Chris Brown for their big celeb boxing match ... and in the song, Mike says bluntly, "I'm gonna teach him how to knock your ass out."

We're told Chris is planning on doing a verse this week and a music video is in the works -- which will be released on Mike's YouTube page. 

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Ex-NBA Champ I Saw Charles Oakley SLAP Charles Barkley In The Face!

1/9/2017 1:18 PM PST
Breaking News

Charles Oakley straight -up OPEN HAND SLAPPED Charles Barkley in the face during a 1999 off-the-court encounter ... so says ex-NBA champ Chucky Brown.

In fact, Chucky says he watched the entire thing ... and says Barkley got punked hard. 

Chucky gave the blow-by-blow on the "Jerseys & Dress Shirts" podcast with MJ and Dale "The Lawyer" ... explaining how it unfolded in a hallway before an NBA player's union meeting.

In case you didn't know ... Oakley and Barkley had bad blood for years. They famously fought on the court in a pre-season game in 1996.

Brown says Barkley refuses to acknowledge the incident. We're reaching out to his reps anyway.

The entire interview airs January 13.

UFC's Dana White Fires Back at 'Uppity, 80-Year-Old' Meryl Streep

1/9/2017 9:38 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White says Meryl Streep is an "uppity 80-year-old lady" who was completely WRONG when she took a shot at MMA during the Golden Globes.

We spoke with the UFC honcho about Meryl's comments Sunday night -- when she was ripping Donald Trump's immigration plans and said if we kick out foreigners, "you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts."

White objects in a BIG WAY -- calling the dig at his sport "stupid" and "uneducated."

We also asked if he thought Meryl targeted MMA because Dana gave a speech for Trump at the Republican National Convention.

Donald Trump Fires Back at Meryl Streep She's an 'Overrated' Hillary Flunky

1/9/2017 6:27 AM PST

Donald Trump isn't taking Meryl Streep's Golden Globes attack lying down -- he's dismissing her as a Hillary Clinton "flunky."

Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecile B. DeMille Award to bash the President-elect for his campaign tactics ... especially his infamous run-in with a disabled reporter. The speech got a huge response in the room ... and, apparently, at Trump Tower.

Trump called her, "One of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big."

His Twitter reply continued ... "For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him "groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad."

His right hand woman, Kellyanne Conway, has also joined the fray.

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