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Matt Stafford's Wife My Husband's Not a Moron ... So Quit Talkin' Trash!

11/6/2015 6:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1106-kelly-stafford-instagram-01Finally, someone is coming to the defense of Lions QB Matt Stafford ... his wife ... who claims her husband IS SMART, DAMMIT ... despite what some former coaches think. 

After the bloodbath in Detroit this week, in which a bunch of coaches got fired after their 1-7 start, Kelly Stafford said, "Heard that one of the coaches, who got fired, came after matthew's intelligence. That is seriously comical."

"Come after the way he plays all you want, but the second you come after his intelligence is when you look far too desperate."

She then dropped that he scored a 38 on the Wonderlic test, an aptitude test NFL rookies take before the draft. 38 is a pretty good score. 

BTW, great Wonderlic scores don't always equal great NFL success ... Blaine Gabbert reportedly scored a 42 ... and we all know how that situation's going.  

As for the coach Kelly was attacking, unclear so far. 

Richie Sambora You Snooze, You're Gonna Lose in Court

11/6/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1104_RICHIE_SAMBORA_NIKKI_LUND_TMZRichie Sambora and his ex-girlfriend Nikki Lund just got socked with a big judgment in small claims court, but not because they were in the wrong ... but because they didn't bother to show up.

The short story ... two former employees sued their clothing company, Nikki Rich, because they didn't get their full salary. The employees made their case but Richie and Nikki weren't there to respond, so the judge issued default judgments for just short of $10k.

We have a strong clue on why Richie and Nikki were no-shows .... he's suing her for extortion and defamation after she allegedly tried to frame him with illegally recording a phone call.

Michael Lohan I Got Burglarized!! And Where There's Smoke There's Kate

11/5/2015 3:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1105_michael_lohan_kate_major_tmzCops rushed to Michael Lohan's Florida home for a suspected burglary, and we've learned he's pointing the finger at his estranged wife, Kate Major.  

We're told Michael's mom, who's been staying at the house with Lohan's two kids, was out running errands Thursday and when she got back it appeared someone had been inside. The biggest clue was cigarettes.

We're told Kate smokes Camels and there were butts on the lawn, and a pack in the kitchen. A back closet was left open and items were missing, so Michael's nanny called the cops. 

Law enforcement tells us they were called out for a burglary, but because Kate's name is on the lease, no charges will be pressed even if she did break into the house. 

Bill Goldberg I Don't Respect Donald Trump ... Because He Fired Me

11/5/2015 2:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bill Goldberg says he lost all respect for Donald Trump back in 2010 -- saying he's still pissed about the way he was fired from "The Celebrity Apprentice."

The firing was especially nasty ... but at the time, most people just chalked it up to reality show editing. Turns out, the anger was REAL.

"I respected him a lot before he fired me," Goldberg told TMZ Sports

There's more ... Bill says Trump is basically the same person as WWE honcho Vince McMahon -- "They're both kind of off their rocker."

FYI -- Bill doesn't like Vince either. 

Katy Perry Crushes Taylor Swift in $$$ Dept.

11/5/2015 6:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Katy Perry left Taylor Swift and every other female singer in the dust, earning $135 MILLION this year!

Forbes dropped the bombshell, reporting Katy raked in more than $2 mil per city during her Prismatic World Tour. With 126 shows, it adds up fast.

Taylor Swift, who's had a rivalry with Katy, came in second but way behind Katy with $80 million.

Fleetwood Mac came in 3rd with nearly $59.5 mil, edging out Lady Gaga by half a mil. Beyonce trailed 5th at $54.5 mil. 

All hail to Katy Perry.

Kate Major Keep Michael Lohan Away Once He Returns My Maserati!

11/5/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1104-kate-major-michael-lohan-getty-tmz-01update_graphic_red_bar9:30 A.M. PST -- Michael tells TMZ he's the one who paid for the car. In fact, he claims he's been supporting Kate for years, even before they were married.update_grey_gray_barKate Major is keeping the war with Michael Lohan alive by getting a restraining order against him ... but before they cut ties, she wants her car back. 

According to the docs obtained by TMZ, Kate wants Michael to stay 500 ft clear of both her and the Boca Raton school their older son attends.

Kate wants radio silence, but only after Michael returns her Maserati ... she wants the judge to order him to hand over the keys STAT.

Kate also wants spousal support ... $1,000 a week, or $2,000 every other week. She wants child support as well but doesn't say how much.

In her docs ... Kate describes emotional and physical abuse at Lohan's hands. As we reported, police rejected her claim that Michael slapped one of their kids. 

Kate got a temporary stay away order. There will be another hearing later this month, where the judge will decide whether to extend the order.

The judge told Kate to take up the money stuff with the family court.

Kenny Smith to Kobe 'Black Mamba' Is Dead Come Join Us On TNT

11/4/2015 11:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Finally, some good news for Kobe Bryant -- HE'S GOT A JOB OFFER ... courtesy of Kenny "The Jet" Smith.

Look, it's no secret Kobe's playing like crap these days -- and Kenny says it's because his superhuman "Black Mamba" alter-ego was murdered by Father Time (RIP). 

The good news? Kenny wants Kobe to come join him as a panelist on "Inside the NBA" on TNT ... but the job offer was laced with an old fashioned shot at the Lakers. 

"We got a seat for you Kobe on TNT ... and it'll be ready for you in April 'cause y'all wont make the playoffs."

Kenny says it's the perfect gig for Kobe ... since it would reunite him with his former BFF/archnemesis Shaquille O'Neal.  

"Could you imagine him sitting next to Shaq with us? Telling Lakers stories ... why they hated each other. Why they loved each other. Oh man."

Rebel Wilson I Would Never Share the Stage with the Kardashians

11/4/2015 9:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rebel Wilson went off on the Kardashians Wednesday, calling them a no-talent family and making it clear ... she feels they do not deserve the fame they achieved.

Rebel appeared on "The Kyle and Jackie O Show" on KIISFM in Australia, and revealed she passed on a chance to present at the VMAs with Kendall and Kylie. She seems super resentful, saying, "What they stand for is totally against what I stand for."

The "Pitch Perfect" star echoed what lots of actors grouse about ... that the Kardashians get more trapping of success than most of them, without the traditional attributes. 

Matt Barnes Punks Instagram Troll ... 'Say It To My Face'

11/4/2015 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Matt Barnes lost his patience with an Instagram troll Wednesday morning -- and issued the guy a crazy challenge, "You wanna talk sh*t say it to my face when you see me."

The NBA star was pissed off over a guy who was trashing him in the comments section of a pic Matt had posted earlier in the day. 

But instead of letting trolls be trolls, Barnes decided to lash out with a message of his own ... captured by our friends at BSO

"But seein you wanna talk sh*t say it to my face when you see me. Everyone is mike Tyson on social media."

Questionable move from a guy who was being investigated for getting into a REAL LIFE fight with another NBA employee recently ... but it's clear, Matt doesn't care. 


Ron Harper Defends Michael Jordan Kareem's Got Him All Wrong

11/4/2015 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jordan's former Chicago Bulls teammate is coming to his defense ... with Ron Harper telling us Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's criticism of MJ is simply unfair ... he ABSOLUTELY cares about people over shoe sales. 

Kareem went after MJ during an event in D.C. last week for an incident that went down back in '92 ... when Jordan reportedly refused to help black democrat Harvey Gantt in his campaign to unseat racist republican senator Jesse Helms because "Republicans buy sneakers, too."

Kareem said, "You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights. [Jordan] took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it."

But Ron isn't buying what Kareem is selling -- claiming MJ is a "very conscientious kind of guy."

"He may not come out and tell the world [what his values are] ... but he's one of the smartest guys I've ever been around."

"Some of the stuff he do may not get on TV on camera like some other athletes like to portray themselves as, conscientious Americans, but my boy MJ ... he knows what he's doing in life. Michael Jordan is caring."

LAPD to Quentin Tarantino We Have Your Back Even If You Don't Have Ours

11/4/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1103-quentin-tarantino-tmz-getty-02Quentin Tarantino called the cops 13 days before whipping a crowd up into a frenzy over when he called police murderers, asking them to come over and deal with someone who broke onto his property.

Law enforcement tells TMZ, Quentin was at his L.A. home October 11th at around 2 PM when he noticed someone in his backyard. We're told Quentin asked the guy to leave but he refused. Either Quentin or a member of his staff then called 911 and asked cops to come help.

We're told cops arrived minutes later and talked to the intruder who left without incident.

Just 13 days later, Quentin addressed a crowd at a NYC rally against "police terror," and fired them up by saying, "When I see murders, I do not stand by ... I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers."   

Quentin just clarified his comments, saying he was not referring to all cops as "murderers."

A member of the LAPD hierarchy tells us the word going around the Dept. is that the famed director is "an ass but [they] will still respond to calls for service at his home in a professional and timely manner."

Andre Berto to Jose Canseco: Stop Threatening My Boy ... Or Deal With Me!!!

11/4/2015 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Jose Canseco has pissed off a very dangerous man -- boxing superstar Andre Berto -- who's warning the ex-MLB player to stop threatening his friend ... or else.  

As we previously reported, Canseco has issued a very public threat to Haute Media CEO Kamal Hotchandani -- claiming Kamal screwed him out of $350k in a previous business deal. 

He warned Kamal,"People get killed for less."

But Berto says Canseco needs to shut his mouth -- and put down his keyboard, stat -- because he's personal friends with Kamal and tells TMZ Sports, "I got his back."

"Tell Jose Canseco he can come get it."

We're told Berto and Kamal go way back -- and Berto says he vouches for the guy in the strongest way possible. 

Canseco told us Tuesday he wanted to smoke out Kamal so he could confront the guy -- wonder if that plan has changed now that Berto is involved. 


'Love & Hip Hop' Star Milan I Can't Take Another Black Eye ... Keep My Ex Away!

11/3/2015 4:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1103-christopher-brock-instagram-01"Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star Milan Christopher took his war with his ex-bf to the next level -- going to court to get protection after Miles Brock allegedly attacked him last weekend. 

An L.A. judge signed off on Milan's request for a restraining order on Monday ... meaning Brock has to stay at least 100 yards away from Milan. In the docs, Christopher accuses Brock of punching him in the face, resulting in a "swollen face black eye."

TMZ broke the story ... Brock was arrested Saturday night in NYC, a day after the exes ended up at the same Halloween party where the punch allegedly went down.

We got Milan on his way out of court, and he insists ... there won't be any reconciliation.

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