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Ted Cruz Boycott 'Rich Spoiled Athletes' Who Protest National Anthem

9/12/2016 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0912-ted-cruz-tmz-02Senator Ted Cruz is furious with Colin Kaepernick and other "rich spoiled athletes" protesting the National Anthem ... and is now calling for Americans to boycott them. 

Cruz spoke out on Twitter -- after ex-NBA star Jalen Rose tweeted out a "salute" to "all NFL players & teams that peacefully did protests for change."

Cruz responded, "To all the athletes who have made millions in America's freedom: stop insulting our flag, our nation, our heroes."

Then the call for the boycott -- "Here's a peaceful protest: never buy another shoe, shirt, or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag."

Of course, Kaepernick's protest has caught on with other players -- including Broncos' linebacker Brandon Marshall, Arian Foster and Kenny Stills. Other players raised a fist during the anthem including Marcus Peters and Martellus Bennett. 

CM Punk Mocked By WWE ... Lampooned at 'Backlash'

9/12/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

CM Punk's getting no love from the WWE -- with superstars Dolph Ziggler and The Miz mocking his UFC debut during Sunday night's "Backlash" PPV event. 

The Miz played the role of Punk ... throwing a wild punch while Ziggler, playing Mickey Gall, took him down to the ground and proceeded to deliver a pounding like the one at UFC 203. 

So far, no word from Punk. 

Kim Zolciak Sorry, NeNe ... I'm Not Back On 'RHOA' But My Kids Are

9/9/2016 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0909-Kim-Zolciak-nene-leaks-tmzKim Zolciak isn't sure why NeNe Leakes is telling people she's coming back to 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' -- 'cause she's definitely not ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Kim tell us she has not shot anything for the show, and hasn't signed on to shoot either ... contrary to NeNe's statement. 

Kim has her own show on Bravo, and we're told she doesn't see any point in returning to 'RHOA.' Funny enough, our Kim sources say her daughters, Brielle and Ariana, will actually make an appearance next season ... because they went to Sheree Whitfield's son's birthday.

As for NeNe claiming she's not coming back ... we're told producers ain't buying it, and expect to see her there front and center -- just like last season. 

Rick Fox Leave D'Angelo Russell Alone ... Deserves Clean Slate

9/8/2016 4:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rick Fox has a message for anyone still hating on D'Angelo Russell for the Nick Young video -- GET OVER IT ALREADY!!! 

We got Fox out at LAX and asked the former Lakers star what he thought about Russell still getting grief over the infamous Nick Young video ... the one that exposed his teammate cheating on Iggy Azalea.

Long story short ... everyone makes mistakes and it's officially time to give the 20-year-old a pass.

Nick seems to agree ... recently explaining, "I can't be mad forever."  

Ted Cruz Rips Obama ... Supporting Kaepernick Is Disrespectful

9/7/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ted Cruz railed on Colin Kaepernick and while he was at it BLASTED President Obama.

We caught up with the senator at Reagan National Airport and asked him about Kaepernick's stand to kneel.

Check out the vid ... Ted wasn't having it. He unloaded on the 49ers QB, calling him rich and spoiled. And in true Republican fashion ... he saved some smack for the prez.

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Keshia Knight Pulliam Ed Hasn't Paid Me ... Lock Him Up!!

9/6/2016 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0906-pulliam-hartwell-instagram-getty-01Keshia Knight Pulliam is accusing her estranged husband, Ed Hartwell, of not ponying up money he agreed to pay her ... now she's asking the court to find him and lock him up until she gets it.

Keshia claims she and the former NFLer signed an agreement shortly after he filed for divorce ... which required him to cut her a check. She says it never happened, despite repeated attempts to collect.

According to the docs ... the amount she's supposed to get is confidential, but she's so pissed she wants Ed behind bars.

This breakup's already had nasty paternity issues and claims of emotional abuse -- so time is obviously not healing any wounds.

Ice Cube Not Losing Sleep Over Jerry Heller's Death

9/6/2016 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ice Cube went ruthless discussing Jerry Heller's death.

The rapper joined Big Greg in Detroit on 107.5 "The Morning Heat" and said he had no emotions whatsoever when he heard about Heller dying over the weekend

Check out the vid ... Cube's indifferent about the controversial figure who brought N.W.A. to fame.

'LHHA' Star Karlie Redd Sued She Ruined My Rep! That's Worth a Mil

9/6/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0902-karlie-redd-pharaho-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01The guy Karlie Redd claimed got all pervy by trying to take pic of her is now firing back ... with a defamation lawsuit.

Christopher Powe -- aka Pharaoh -- says Karlie dragged his name through the mud by making the false claims -- both to TMZ and on social media -- alleging he attacked her, tried raping her and taking her picture while she was asleep. 

Powe says he and Karlie were seeing each other this summer until he pulled the plug, and she threatened to sic her goons on him. He says she was just a woman scorned who then made up lies.

Chris says Karlie went on an unrelenting campaign bad-mouthing him ... costing him tons of dough for a crisis PR guy. He's suing for more than a mil, and also wants a retraction and an apology.

We reached out to Karlie for comment ... so far no word back. 

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Lil Wayne 'F*** Cash Money!!!'

9/5/2016 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lil Wayne jumped on stage during Drake's concert Sunday night and made it clear ... his beef with Birdman is what almost got him to throw in the rap towel.

Drake was super supportive of Wayne during his Houston concert, but it was Wayne who got the crowd riled up by taking a shot at Birdman, who's refused to release "The Carter V" for years. Wayne, who's in an epic legal battle with Birdman, ended with a call to action ... "F*** Cash Money!"

Wayne insinuated over the weekend he was done with music.

Drake made his support clear after the concert, saying, "We are fighting until you get yours.  Freedom to drop music and peace of mind."  Drake added this ... "I know you gave me a shot and all I can ever do with the rest of my life is return the favor.  YOUNG MONEY FOREVER."

Chris Brown The Prosecutor is Out to Get Me

9/2/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0901-chris-brown-going-to-jail-X17-01Chris Brown was arrested this week because the woman who prosecuted him in the Rihanna case still has a score to settle ... so claims Chris and his team.

Deputy D.A. Mary Murray was a key player in the decision to have Brown arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon ... this according to law enforcement sources. Murray has a long and contentious history with Chris. She not only prosecuted Brown in the Rihanna case, she was involved in the various probation violation hearings in which she asked for jail time, and often lost.

Our sources say the day Chris allegedly pulled a gun on a woman at his home, the cops had decided NOT to arrest him, but rather take the case under investigation. In fact, at one point Chris actually came out of the house and was yukking it up with the cops.

We're told it was Murray who pushed a change of plans ... to arrest Chris on the spot.

Brown believes the decision to arrest him was purely punitive ... that the only witness who made the gun claim was a woman with big credibility problems, and he had many witnesses who disputed her story.

Chris has lashed out at Murray in the past. When she got a judge to toss out his community service hours, claiming they were bogus, he left the courtroom and took to Twitter, calling her a racist.

We reached out to the D.A.'s office, but they had no comment.

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SpaceX Explosion Zuckerberg to Musk... You Destroyed My Satellite!!!

9/1/2016 1:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

File this under billionaire bitchfest -- Mark Zuckerberg going off on Elon Musk's company, SpaceX, for the epic failure of a rocket launch.

Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded Thursday morning in Florida during testing. The blast obliterated a Facebook satellite that was on board, and meant to offer connectivity to much of Africa.

Zuck ain't happy and threw some low-key shade Musk's way shortly after the payload went boom.

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Kanye West Why So Mad Ray J? We're All In the Same Bed!!

8/31/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West still has a lot on his mind after his famous VMAs speech ... like why the hell is Ray J so pissed?!

We got Yeezy leaving The Mercer Hotel in NYC, and he says he can't understand why people are getting mad about him shouting out to Ray J. After all, they're all in the same bed together in his "Famous" vid.

Our photog also asked Kanye if there was anything at the VMAs he wanted to say but couldn't, and he did not disappoint ... with some ideas on how his school uniforms can save the world.

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Rodney Harrison No Punishment From NBC After Controversial Kaepernick Comments

8/30/2016 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0830_rodney-harrison_nbc_sports_gettyRodney Harrison WILL NOT BE DISCIPLINED for his controversial comments about Colin Kaepernick ... a rep for NBC Sports tells TMZ Sports.

Harrison made the shocking comments during a radio interview Tuesday morning saying, "I'm a black man and Colin Kaepernick ... he's not black."

Harrison later apologized and backtracked ... explaining he "never even knew [Kaepernick] was mixed."

Still, many anticipated Rodney would be punished by NBC ... or even FIRED for his comments.

However, a rep for NBC Sports tells us Rodney will face NO punishment or discipline ... and is expected to be on the air for "Football Night in America" on September 11th.

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