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Johnny Manziel 'Felt Like End of World Was Near' ... Now, There's Hope

2/18/2018 1:00 AM PST
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Johnny Manziel says his bipolar disorder and depression got so bad at one point, he legitimately thought the world was coming to an end.

But, Johnny tells TMZ Sports he was able to pull his life back together ... and he wants people struggling with the same issues to know there's hope.

Manziel spoke to us about his mental health struggles on the heels of his bombshell "Good Morning America" interview -- saying he "felt like the end of the world was near and that I would never make it out."

FYI, Johnny told 'GMA' he was diagnosed as bipolar in 2017 ... after years of self-medicating with booze to cope with depression. 

Now, Manziel says he has a positive outlook on life as he tries to mount a pro football comeback

"To be where I'm at today and see hope and see a light ... I feel blessed to be able to have fought through the bad times," he told us at Delilah in L.A. -- where his GF, Bre Tiesi, was hosting an event.

And his message to others battling bipolar disorder/depression -- "As dark as it gets, eventually times will get better." 

Dennis Rodman Still Rebounding ... Hits 30-Day Sober Mark!!!

2/17/2018 10:39 AM PST

Dennis Rodman's reached a new milestone -- 30 days of sobriety -- but he knows it's a journey ... and he still has a long way to go.

The Worm posted a message for his fans Saturday ... thanking them for the support during his recovery and acknowledging that a lot of people doubted him.

One guy who didn't, though, is his rep Darren Prince ... who says Dennis is "doing what he has to do to take care of himself and become a better healthier person and that’s just so bad ass for this bad boy with a great big heart!"

As we reported ... Rodman entered rehab January 17 -- which he points out was Muhammad Ali's bday -- after getting busted for a DUI in Newport Beach. He checked out a week later, but only to get long-term treatment at the Turning Point center outside L.A.

Interesting note -- Rodman's 30-day mark falls on another legend's bday -- his former teammate, Michael Jordan's!

Marilyn Manson Rambles, Melts Down on Stage ... Leaves Fans Pissed!!!

2/16/2018 2:24 PM PST
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Marilyn Manson gave fans in New York a performance they'll never forget ... for all the wrong reasons.

The shock rocker had a show at The Paramount concert hall in Long Island Thursday night, which we're told got started 90 minutes late. No biggie, it happens. But once Marilyn started, a concertgoer tells us Marilyn struggled through a mere 5 songs, acted strange, then went into a meltdown before leaving the stage for good.

The concertgoer also says Manson was wearing a white cast on his leg -- he was injured at a show in September -- and trashed New Jersey by calling it a "s**thole" before his early exit.

We're told he left during a long guitar solo and never returned, and security told everyone to leave with no explanation. Some fans thought he was "wasted" because he pushed over an amp and urged the crowd to tell him they loved him.

Our source says she paid $260 for 2 tickets and wants her money back.

Interestingly, his next gig is scheduled for Friday night at the Starland Ballroom in his fave state ... Jersey. 

Charles Barkley I Played One NBA Game Drunk As Hell ... Here's Why

2/15/2018 6:57 AM PST
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Charles Barkley says there's one game in his NBA career he doesn't remember -- because he was SO drunk, it's a miracle he even got on the court. 

It all went down in the late '80s after Barkley had been told he was being traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Chuck told "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" he was so happy to be getting out of Philly, he got "blasted" drunk around 11:30 AM that day ... shots, chugging, the whole deal. 

Problem is ... about 3 hours into the booze sesh, Chuck's agent called back and said the deal was off and he needed to be ready to play for Philly THAT NIGHT. 

What ensued, according to Barkley, was a mess. 

Barkley says it's the only time he ever played drunk -- but he played HUNGOVER a bunch of times.

BONUS: Chuck also talks about how many times he's smoked weed and why it's just not his thing. 

Warren Sapp Denies Drunken Attack On Woman ... Claims Accuser Was Wasted

2/15/2018 6:32 AM PST
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Warren Sapp says he's INNOCENT -- claiming the woman accusing him of drunkenly running her over at a 2015 Super Bowl party was so wasted that night, she's clearly misremembering the facts. 

We broke the story ... Sapp is being sued by Paula Trickey -- who claims she was hanging at an ESPN party in Arizona on Jan. 30, 2015 when a sloshed Sapp came out of nowhere and bowled her over, causing serious injury.

Sapp was served with his summons earlier this week in L.A. when a process server posed as a fan and blindsided him by slapping him with his court summons. 

Now, Sapp's rep, Brandon V. Chretien, is firing back ... telling TMZ Sports simply, "Mr. Sapp was never at the ESPN party where Ms. Trickey is claiming she had a run in with him and no one will be able to produce pictures that suggest otherwise."

"It's on record that Mr. Sapp was hosting an 'NFL Alumni Association' party where Pitbull was performing that evening of January 30th, 2015 and this was a completely separate event from the ESPN party that Ms. Trickey is alluding to."

Sapp's rep also points to the fact Trickey was arrested for DUI after the party -- "Ms. Trickey was heavily intoxicated that evening as she was arrested for DUI at 3:40 am in the morning with BAC of .119, double the legal limit."

"We are consulting with our legal team and we look forward to getting to the bottom of this issue."

'Survivor' Winner Jenna Morasca Allegedly Bites Cop After Being Revived in Drug OD

2/15/2018 6:16 AM PST
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'Survivor' winner Jenna Morasca allegedly was so whacked out on drugs she had to be revived with Narcan and, when she regained consciousness, she bit a cop.

Morasca, who won a million bucks on "Survivor: The Amazon" in 2003, was observed unconscious in her SUV in Washington, Pennsylvania in an intersection with the ignition on ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ.

Cops were called, and they observed a passenger in the car trying to hide several syringes in a large Ziploc bag in her purse. Cops quickly determined Morasca was under the influence, administered Narcan, and placed her on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

According to the police report, Morasca, who also appeared on "Survivor: All-Stars" and "The Amazing Race," tried to bite paramedics on the way to the hospital. An officer entered the ambulance trying to subdue her, and cops say Morasca bit her on the forearm.

She was arrested for DUI and possession of narcotics paraphernalia and will be charged with assaulting a police officer for the incident, which occurred at the end of January.

'90 Day Fiancé' Star Busted for Weed TWO HUNDRED & NINETY-THREE POUNDS of Weed!!!

2/15/2018 12:30 AM PST
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Keeping a self-proclaimed gold digger happy knows no bounds ... just ask this guy from the show "90 Day Fiancé" who got busted for allegedly trying to sell 300 pounds of weed. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Jorge Nava -- who met and married Russian beauty Anfisa Arkhipchenko on the TLC show last season -- was arrested last week in Arizona on multiple felony counts ... including possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.

We're told Jorge was pulled over by cops in Mojave County for a traffic violation. During the stop, cops conducted a search and made the colossal discovery. It's unclear where in the car Jorge had stored the weed or if it was in plain view.

He spent 2 days in jail before posting $25k bail. If convicted, Jorge faces up to 12 1/2 years in prison.

It's interesting ... Jorge's wife was pretty explicit on the show ... saying she wanted a $10k monthly allowance, expensive shoes, bags and even a car. He asked her what would happen if he, say, ever got hurt and couldn't work. She said she'd leave his ass.

Any takers?

Esteban Loaiza Pleads Not Guilty In Cocaine Smuggling Case

2/14/2018 3:25 PM PST
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Ex-MLB star Esteban Loaiza is fighting the charges in his cocaine smuggling case -- pleading not guilty to possessing more than 40 POUNDS of blow. 

The 46-year-old former All-Star pitcher appeared in court in his jailhouse jumpsuit -- where his lawyer told the judge he denies all of the allegations against him. 

As we previously reported, cops say Loaiza had a "sophisticated" drug smuggling compartment in his vehicle -- and when they searched his home, they found the motherload. Officials say Loaiza kept the drugs in a home just steps away from a preschool. 

Prosecutors say Loaiza had come back from a trip to Mexico on the same day he was arrested

He's facing multiple felony criminal charges including possession of cocaine for sale. 

The judge set Loaiza's bail at $250,000 after prosecutors argued that he's a flight risk. The judge ordered him not to leave San Diego without permission from the court. 

If convicted on all counts, Loaiza faces more than 20 years in prison. 

Johnny Manziel Signs Football Contract w/ Spring League

2/14/2018 7:11 AM PST
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Johnny Manziel has signed on to play full contact football again -- as a quarterback in the upcoming "Spring League."

The league kicks off on March 28 in Austin, TX -- and during the 2017 season, several NFL scouts attended games to check out some of the players.

Previous Spring League players include Greg Hardy and Kellen Winslow Jr. 

Manziel issued a statement saying, "The Spring League has provided me with a great opportunity to play ball again, and ultimately, that is all I want to do."

"I miss the competition. I'd like to thank Brian Woods and The Spring League staff for this opportunity to play the game I love. I've made my share of mistakes, but I'm 25 years old and I know my best football is ahead of me."

The Spring League had previously made 2 conditions for Manziel to play -- nightly check-ins with a team staff member at 9:30 PM AND he must pass a USADA drug test on the first day of the league. 

No word if those conditions still apply.

The League tells TMZ Sports, "We believe our platform is the ideal forum for Mr. Manziel to enact his NFL comeback."

Cops: Esteban Loaiza 'Sophisticated' Cocaine Smuggler ... w/ $500k In Blow

2/12/2018 10:08 AM PST
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Ex-MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza was dealing $500,000 in cocaine from a home located steps away from a preschool ... and was using "sophisticated" devices to hide it, cops say. 

The San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. is now releasing details about Loaiza's Feb. 9 arrest -- saying he was busted during a drug-smuggling sting by the Border Crime Suppression Team. 

Loaiza was initially stopped by police during a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation -- but a search of his car led to the discovery of a "sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband."

Cops then got a warrant to search a home that Loaiza had been renting since early February -- located "steps away from an area preschool" --  and found roughly 20 kilograms of suspected cocaine.

Estimated street value -- $500,000.

Loaiza was booked into San Diego County Jail for 3 felonies -- Possession of Cocaine Over 20 Kilograms, Possession of Cocaine for Sale, and Transportation of Cocaine.

His bail was set at $200,000. 

MLB's Esteban Loaiza Arrested In Huge Drug Bust ... At Least 44 Lbs. of Cocaine, Heroin

2/12/2018 8:16 AM PST
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Former MLB All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested Friday in San Diego with at least 44 pounds of heroin or cocaine ... and could now face more than 20 years behind bars. 

Loaiza, 46, is being charged with 3 felonies ...

1) Possession of more than 20kgs of heroin or cocaine

2) Possession or purchase of narcotics

3) Transportation or sale of narcotics

He's currently being held at Chula Vista's South Bay Detention Facility with bail set at $200,000. He's due to appear in court on Wednesday. 

Loaiza, the second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in MLB history, played for 8 different teams in his career -- earning over $43 million.

He last played for the White Sox in 2008 -- the same team he played for when he was an All-Star in 2003 and 2004. 

Loaiza was previously arrested for DUI in 2006.

Johnny Manziel Diagnosed Bipolar 'Self-Medicated with Alcohol'

2/12/2018 6:03 AM PST
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Johnny Manziel says he's been battling bipolar disorder and depression for years -- and had used alcohol as a way to "self-medicate" ... but claims he's sought professional help to work through it. 

"I am taking medication for bipolar, and I am working to try to make sure I don’t fall back into any type of depression," Johnny told "Good Morning America" ... "because I know where that leads me and I know how slippery a slope that is for me."

Manziel says he was diagnosed as bipolar about a year ago -- around the same time he decided to start changing his life and begin his pro football comeback. 

"I am watching all the other guys doing what I want to be doing, and I am sitting on a couch being a loser."

"The goal of this comeback is to get back to the NFL, ultimately."

As for his battle with booze -- Manziel explained, "I was self-medicating with alcohol. That’s what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression."

"When I would wake up the next day after a night like that, going on a trip like that, and you wake up the next day and that is all gone, that liquid courage, or that liquid ... sense of euphoria that is over you, is all gone."

"You are left staring at the ceiling by yourself, and in that depression and back in that hole, that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself, super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you made in your life."

"What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced?"

Johnny says the support from his family and his fiancee, Bre Tiesi, have been key to getting his life back together. 

'Celebrity Big Brother' Lots of Alcohol = Scandalous Secrets ... You Listening, Trump?

2/9/2018 12:50 AM PST
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"Celebrity Big Brother" is out to spill secrets this season, because producers are plying the contestants with truth serum in the form of booze.

Production sources tell TMZ ... the bigwigs have changed the policy of limiting alcohol consumption ... the spigot is wide open and the cast is taking full advantage. Omarosa, James Maslow, Brandi Glanville, Ross Mathews and the other houseguests have partaken every night since January 31 when they entered the house.

The buzz we're hearing ... producers want Omarosa to spill the beans on her tenure in the White House. She's already started, turning on Trump ... saying everyone should be worried about the Prez, saying things in the W.H. are "so bad."

The show used to be stingy in the alcohol department ... it was typical contestants would share 2 bottles of wine and a few 6-packs each night, but producers are worried celebrities play things closer to the vest than the average Joe, so a little alcohol -- or a lot -- always does the trick. 

The show has even created a meetin' place for booze-fueled convos -- a new bar. 

Omarosa, have another?

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