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NFL's Brandon Browner Secretly Busted for Coke In May

10/20/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-Seattle Seahawks star Brandon Browner was arrested for cocaine in L.A. back in May and was hauled to the station for a shirtless mug shot ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The La Verne Police Dept. has confirmed 33-year-old Browner was arrested on May 25 at 7:04 AM after cops say he was in possession of a controlled substance and under the influence. 

Our law enforcement sources tell us the substance in question is cocaine. 

We're told the former Pro Bowl cornerback -- an original member of the Legion of Boom -- was released a few hours after his arrest. 

Just a few months later, Browner was arrested again for allegedly making criminal threats against a woman. 

We've made multiple attempts to contact Browner -- so far, no word back. 

Sean Penn Tries Blocking Netflix Documentary Suggesting He Ratted Out El Chapo

10/19/2017 11:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sean Penn is using a full-court press to either block or re-edit a Netflix documentary that suggests Penn ratted out El Chapo by alerting the United States Dept. of Justice of his whereabouts.

Multiple sources involved in the documentary -- due out Friday -- tell TMZ, some of the people interviewed suggest that Penn alerted the DOJ that he was traveling down to a secret location in Mexico to interview the drug kingpin for a Rolling Stone article.

TMZ has obtained an email from David Broome, the Executive Producer of "The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story," in which he worries ... "My concern is that we are taking an immense amount of pressure from all directions related to Sean Penn and currently Netflix has done a great job of hanging tough -- but their nerves are on edge."

Broome goes on ... "I'm worried that there's a chance Netflix hits the brakes for a while."

Penn, del Castillo and 2 others met Chapo on Oct. 2, 2015. Twelve hours after the meeting, Mexican authorities raided the site but Chapo had already left. He was captured 3 months later.

We've learned several lawyers working for Penn repeatedly contacted Netflix to, at the very least, eliminate any references to their client allegedly contacting DOJ prior to meeting Chapo.

Our sources say Penn's concern is that if Chapo's associates in the world of drugs believe he set Chapo up for capture, there'd be a target on the heads of Penn, his family and his associates.

Penn's spokesperson, Mark Fabiani, tells TMZ, "It is reprehensible that, in their ongoing, relentless efforts to gain additional attention and publicity, Ms. del Castillo and her team (who have zero firsthand knowledge) have sought to create this profoundly false, foolish, and reckless narrative."

The rep goes on, "The notion that Mr. Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted DOJ to the trip is a complete fabrication and bald-faced lie. It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened."

Ex-NHL Star Mike Comrie At Cubs Playoff Game Arrieta Wasn't The Only One Lights Out

10/19/2017 11:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Following in the great tradition of Harry Caray, ex-NHL star Mike Comrie got a little boozy for the Cubs playoff game on Wednesday ... maybe a little too boozy. 

Comrie's a big Cubbies fan -- his father is a part-owner of the team -- and with Chicago finally taking it to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the NLCS, Comrie celebrated a little extra hard in the stands. 

You can see in the footage ... Comrie needed a 7th inning stretch before the 7th inning! 

We reached out to Comrie for comment -- and he gave us one of the best statements ever. 

"Lights out for Arrieta and me. One too many beers."

UFC Fighter Sues Vitamin Company You Snuck Steroids Into Workout Supplement

10/19/2017 9:39 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC fighter Lyman Good claims his multi-vitamin was tainted with an illegal steroid, causing him to fail a drug test -- and now he's suing the vitamin companies allegedly responsible for his dirty test. 

TMZ Sports has obtained the lawsuit filed in New York ... in which Good claims he went to a Vitamin Shoppe store before his fight at UFC 205 and purchased Anavite, a multi-vitamin. 

Good claims he failed his USADA drug test -- which came up positive for 1-andro ... an illegal anabolic steroid. 

Good says he turned over all of his supplements to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for further testing and it showed Anavite secretly contained 1-andro ... despite the fact it was not advertised or properly mentioned on the label. 

In his suit, Good claims the manufacturer -- Gaspari Nutrition -- intentionally added the steroids in order to "increase sales in the competitive dietary supplements industry."

Good is suing Gaspari and The Vitamin Shoppe (among others), claiming the store didn't honor its promise to "enforce strict quality assurance." He's seeking unspecified damages. 

FYI, Good was ultimately hit with a 6-month ban for his positive drug test -- and he claims the whole ordeal has damaged his career. 

A company spokesperson for The Vitamin Shoppe says, "It has come to our attention that the multivitamin, Anavite, by Gaspari Nutrition, has been alleged to contain an undisclosed ingredient."

"We take these issues very seriously and as a precautionary measure, we are removing this supplement from our stores and our website while we review this matter. Our customers' safety is our priority and we are committed to providing quality products they can trust."

We reached out to Gaspari, but they didn't have a comment. 

Andre Berto Dana White's Right ... Jon Jones Is The #1 Wasted Talent

10/19/2017 8:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Jones is the biggest wasted talent in sports history -- so says Andre Berto, who agreed with Dana White's bold statement from earlier this week.

Don't get it twisted -- Andre is a HUGE Jones fan, and told TMZ Sports he "wouldn't say it as harsh" as the UFC honcho ... but the boxing star thinks Jones fits the bill based on all his physical gifts.

"Jon Jones is ridiculously talented, man. Tall, long, rangy, skills."

FYI, Jon is currently facing a suspension for up to 4 years after getting popped for steroids ... but swears on God and his kids that he didn't use.

As for A.B. -- he says he's serious about joining the UFC!

'Lean on Me' Star Busted for Nearly 6 Pounds of Weed

10/17/2017 9:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Lean on Me" star Jermaine Hopkins might need another meeting with Morgan Freeman -- cops say he tried to speed past them with several pounds of marijuana in his car.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops in Apex, NC spotted Jermaine driving 70 in a 55 last week. Once they pulled him over cops say they found 5.7 lbs. of weed in his trunk and arrested him for felony drug possession with intent to sell.

He also got tagged with a speeding ticket before he was released on $3,000 bond.

Jermaine was also busted in 2011 for buying 200 lbs. of pot from an undercover cop -- so 5 lbs. almost seems like an improvement. By the way, he got 3 years probation for that 2011 arrest. 

We've reached out to Jermaine, so far no word back. 

Tapatio Sues Duuuuuuuude ... You Stole Nuestro Famoso Logo!!!

10/17/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

9:56 AM -- The owner of Trapatio, Isaac Granados, tells TMZ he reached out to Tapatio about a possible collaboration and insists they were open to the idea. He says, "With the legalization of weed I would have never thought they would come after me. The cannabis community needs products like this. Tapatio needs Trapatio."

Tapatio's turning up the heat and going after a guy who's trying to start a different kind of blaze ... while allegedly ripping off the company's iconic sombrero-wearing mascot.

Tapatio -- arguably the most famous hot sauce in America -- is suing the guy behind the marijuana-infused "Trapatio" hot sauce claiming that product's using an eerily similar logo.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Tapatio says its famous "charro" -- or Mexican cowboy -- logo belongs to them and "Trapatio" is marketing itself with a similar name and an almost identical man in a sombrero, yellow jacket and red tie. Not to mention jacking their font.

Tapatio thinks the similarities will make loyal customers think it's in bed with the pot sauce ... which comes fully loaded with 400 mg of THC. The OG sauce's lawsuit is pretty blunt -- quit duping us, and fork over the profits "Trapatio" has already made.

Melissa Etheridge Delightful Mug Shot in Drug Bust ... 70s Rocker Arrested Too

10/14/2017 12:30 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Melissa Etheridge didn't pass the K-9 sniffing test ... Todd Rundgren did, but they both got arrested for drugs on the U.S.-Canadian border.

Melissa and Todd were both pinched -- on separate dates -- in North Dakota after their tour buses were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. According to docs, Melissa's bus was returning to the U.S. on August 17. After a K-9 unit detected possible drugs, agents found marijuana oil.

Cops say Melissa said she uses it to manage pain from cancer. That's legal in Cali, where she lives, but in N.D. it's still a no-no. She was booked for possession of a controlled substance ... took a super pleasant mug shot, and pleaded not guilty.

As for 1970s rocker Rundgren -- Customs nabbed him on September 9 when his bus was stopped. The dogs missed it, but agents found 2 vapes and containers with liquid THC.

Hello, it's me ... I just got booked for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Derek Jeter Vodka-Fueled Party w/ Diddy, DJ Khaled ... Welcome to Miami!!

10/13/2017 8:16 AM PDT
Breaking News

Derek Jeter got a proper Miami introduction on Thursday night -- a star-studded welcome bash co-hosted by P. Diddy!! 

The new Marlins owner turned up with Diddy and friends at KOMODO ... with huge artists like DJ KhaledBusta Rhymes, French Montana and Prince Royce also coming through.

We're told Diddy's signature Ciroc vodka was free-flowin' ... and that Puff even stood up to toast the former Yankees captain at the end of the night.  

A bunch of the gang headed to STORY Nightclub for the after-party ... but not Jeter.

DJ's an MLB CEO (and Dad) now -- probably the right call.

Macklemore Car Crash Other Driver Absolutely Bombed ... According to Cops

10/12/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who collided head-on with Macklemore had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit ... TMZ has learned. 

Jake Pitcher's BAC was .19% according to police docs -- and that was nearly 2 hours after the accident! Pitcher was charged last week in Washington with DUI.

As we've reported ... Pitcher was driving a pick-up truck on a winding road in July when he swerved across the lane and smashed into the rapper's Maybach. Incredibly, no one was seriously hurt in Macklemore's car. Pitcher suffered face and head injuries.

Mack recently opened up about the experience, saying he thought he was going to die.

John Legend Wine Grapes Feeling Heat in Wildfires ... But Safe for Now

10/12/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Legend's keeping a close eye on the massive wildfires in California's wine country, because the vineyard that produces his wine is flirting with disaster.

The singer's LVE Collection Wines are produced at Raymond Vineyards in Napa, which is smack-dab in the middle of the surrounding blaze. The owner of the vineyard, Jean-Charles Boisset, tells TMZ the fires are 5 miles away in every direction, so John's grapes and vines are safe ... for now.

However, we're told Legend's been informed his grapes will most likely be affected by the smoke. The damaged ones would have to be sorted out at harvest time ... which could increase costs. As you can see, the sky over the vineyard is smokey as hell.

The fast-moving fires in Cali's wine country have killed more than 20 people and hundreds are missing. And the inferno's far from contained.

Baby Bash I'm Not in Jail, Y'all It Was 'Just a Little (Music Vid) Herb'

10/12/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Baby Bash fans can chill -- despite a video making it seem like he got pinched for smoking a joint, right in front of a cop ... there was no funny biz. Just show biz.

Baby tells TMZ he got hit up left and right by fans who'd seen him getting patted down
Tuesday night by an officer in L.A. -- but he assures us the scene they saw was all for a music video.

He says he was shooting a scene outside a dispensary for his new song, "Hey Rasta." Gotta love the plot -- a cop searches and arrests him for lighting up in front of 5-0. Baby's response is the best ... "It's just a little herb, Mr. Officer."

Hand that man an Oscar-shaped bong!

Josh Gordon Baylor Coach Helped Me Cheat Drug Tests (Update)

10/10/2017 6:38 AM PDT
Breaking News

9:59 AM PT -- Baylor has now issued a statement in the wake of Gordon's comments saying: 

"Josh Gordon was a football student-athlete from 2009 until 2011 at which time he was suspended indefinitely and ultimately left the program."

"None of the football staff from this timeframe are currently employed by Baylor. As such, we decline to comment further."

Suspended Cleveland Browns star Josh Gordon says a Baylor football coach helped him beat the drug testing system in college ... revealing he was given bottles of detox to clean his system.

Gordon opened up about his serious drug issues for the first time in a mini-documentary for "Uninterrupted" on Tuesday ... saying he's had experiences with Xanax, cocaine, weed and codeine.

The 26-year-old -- who had completed 70 days of his most recent rehab stint at the time the doc was filmed -- says he was taught how to pass drug tests after getting suspended for weed in 2010.

"That was my first experience with, like, getting over on the system and the authority not really being serious because it was kind of being guided by someone who was employed by the university."

Gordon says he eventually failed another drug test in 2011 after he ran out of detox drinks.

There's a lot more to the 13-minute doc ... Gordon talks about taking rehab seriously this time, his 2-year-old daughter, and his relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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