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Ezekiel Elliott Marijuana Tourist ... During Seattle Road Trip

8/25/2016 3:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

When in Seattle ... check out the LEGAL recreational weed shops -- that's what Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did before preparing to play the Seahawks. 

The 21-year-old rookie hit up the "Herban Legends" weed shop in Belltown -- a 5 minute drive from the Space Needle -- where he checked out some of the merchandise Thursday afternoon. 

For the record ... our sources tell us they did NOT see Elliott make any sort of a purchase -- and we're told it's VERY common for tourists to just browse the weed shops while visiting town. 

0825_ezekiel-elliot_weed-shop_sports_wmElliott didn't seem like he was hiding or embarrassed to be there -- and even posed for pics with fans outside the shop. 

Despite the fact it's legal in Seattle, weed is still outlawed in the NFL -- and players who test positive for marijuana could be suspended. 

We reached out to the Cowboys for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Doc Gooden Church and Medication Helped Me Beat 'Massive Depression'

8/24/2016 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Doc Gooden says he fell into a "massive depression" after his mother died back in July -- but says he's now feeling great thanks to church and the right medication.  

The ex-Mets pitcher sat down with Brandon Steiner in the wake of Darryl Strawberry's allegations that he's a "complete junkie addict" whose life is in danger.

"[I'm] feeling great," Gooden said ... "And I think the things that happened in the last couple days is a test to really see where I was at."

Gooden says he went through a tough time in the wake of his mother's passing -- but says, "I seek help for that, dealing with depression with that, got some great medication, things started going up." 

"I'm fine. I'm healthy. I haven't done anything wrong. I haven't broken the law or anything like that."

Affluenza Mom Now Doing Time ... Behind Bar

8/23/2016 7:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-tonya-couch-tmz-wm-01Tonya Couch, the mother of the "affluenza" teen who fled to Mexico with her son, is back on her feet -- especially during happy hour -- tending bar.

We've learned Ethan Couch's mom is slinging drinks at the Honky Tonk Woman Saloon in Azle, TX. Tonya's telling her customers the Saloon gig was a lifesaver because no one wanted to hire her after she and Ethan were captured in Mexico last year. We're told she's had the job for about a month.

Tonya was cleared to start working in June. She was just released from house arrest on Tuesday, but still has to wear an ankle monitor. Ethan's doing 2 years for violating probation -- and Tonya's still facing 2 felonies -- for their illegal jaunt to Mexico.

The Honky Tonk Woman calls itself a bar for people from all walks of life, hosting pig roasts, NASCAR parties and biker rallies. Definitely a good time, but a long way from Couch's old comfy life in the 'burbs.

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Nate Diaz Blew Up My Vape Biz But I Can't Cash In!!

8/23/2016 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-nate-diaz-vape-pen-tru-oil-YOUTUBE-01Nate Diaz gave an upstart vape pen company a HUGE BOOST when he lit up after UFC 202, and now the biz is struggling to meet the high demand.

Tru Vape Oil's founder, Derek Hodslo, says his phone and computer haven't stopped blowin' up since Nate puffed on one of his pens at Saturday night's news conference. He says the endorsement was totally unplanned and, in fact, Nate caught 'em off guard.

He says they had no time to stock up on the cannabidiol (CBD oil) which Nate was using that night -- and also shouted out on Instagram. Hodslo estimates they could've shipped 20,000 units, but they only had 506 CBD cartridges in stock.

Still, he says the publicity is invaluable and will eventually pay off -- even if they're not getting rich quick.

As for Nate catching heat from USADA for smoking CBD -- he says it helps him deal with post-fight inflammation -- Hodslo is team Diaz all the way, standing by his product's healing properties.

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Nipsey Hussle My Chain Is Dope ... Seriously, Light It Up

8/23/2016 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-Nipsey-Hussle-tmzNipsey Hussle never has to worry about running outta chronic as long as he's wearing his new 100 percent smokable gold chain.

Nipsey's new piece is every stoner's dream ... 100 grams of weed rolled into joints with gold papers, and then linked together. The giant pendant is toke-ready too!

The handiwork was done by professional joint roller Tony Greenhand -- yes, that's a job, and you gotta love his name. We're told the papers alone cost $300, and the pendant is loaded with $3,000 worth of pot ... retail price, of course.

Nispey got it gratis though. It's just a matter of time before that chain's reduced to a choker, and then a bracelet ... a ring ... paper clip ... 

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Todd Marinovich Arrested for Meth ... Naked In a Stranger's Backyard

8/22/2016 12:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0822-todd-marinovich-mug-shot-TMZ-SPORTS-01Ex-USC quarterback Todd Marinovich -- who also played for the L.A. Raiders -- was arrested for possession of meth in Irvine, CA ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We spoke with Commander Hallinan of the Irvine PD who tells us they got a call about a naked man on the Venta Spur walking trail on Friday night ... and officers eventually found Marinovich in a nearby backyard.

Marinovich was still naked when cops arrived. We're told he was cooperative. 

Cops searched the area and found a brown bag containing meth, weed and Todd's I.D.

He was arrested and cited for possession of a controlled substance, trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Marinovich has since been released. 

The 47-year-old has struggled with substance abuse since his playing days -- but seemed to be on a good path back in 2011, when he said he'd been sober for 3 years and had taken up painting. 

Ryan Lochte I'm Rethinkin' Drinkin' After Rio

8/22/2016 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Lochte seems genuinely remorseful about his behavior in Rio ... and he not only says he was irresponsible when it came to excessive drinking ... he's not ruling out rehab. 

Our photog got Ryan in L.A. Monday, and he had a lot to say ... about Speedo firing him, how being suspended by the USOC would crush him, and what he'll do post-pool.

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Carlton Gebbia Carted From Club On a Stretcher

8/22/2016 11:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Carlton Gebbia was barely conscious while being loaded into an ambulance Friday night, and it appears alcohol is to blame ... TMZ has learned.

The 'Real Housewife of Beverly Hills' star appeared unresponsive outside Bootsy Bellows. She was eventually put into a wheelchair before paramedics arrived and placed her on a stretcher.

Sources tell us an ambulance was called to transport an unconscious female.

Multiple sources tell us they believe Gebbia's condition was caused from excessive alcohol while in the club.

It's unclear how long she was hospitalized, but sources close to the 'Real Housewife' tell us she was resting at home on Sunday.

We reached out to Carlton, so far no word back.

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Prince No Conrad Murray in His Death

8/22/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0602-prince-getty-3Prince's deadly dose of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl was NOT prescribed by a doctor, which means it's a near impossibility anyone will ever be charged with his murder.

Law enforcement sources confirm investigators have not turned up a prescription for the Fentanyl. The Fentanyl pills found at Paisley Park were in a bottle labeled hydrocodone -- and it's now believed they were illegally obtained.

Our sources tell us whoever gave Prince the drug would face a 3rd degree murder charge under Minnesota law. However, without a prescription, we're told Prince's doctors would be in the clear ... so there'll be no Conrad Murray-esque trial.

Investigators would have to track down the source of the illicit Fentanyl -- it's reportedly an epidemic problem in Minnesota -- for anyone to stand trial for murder.

It's still possible a doctor could get nailed for over-prescribing other opioids. Remember, we broke the story ... Prince nearly OD'd on Percocet 6 days before his death at Paisley Park. 

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Dana White I Don't Believe Jon Jones Used 'Roids

8/20/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Jones is ALMOST out of Dana White's doghouse ... with the UFC honcho telling TMZ Sports he doesn't believe the ex-champ was using steroids ... but he did take SOMETHING he shouldn't have. 

White joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (weeknights on FS1) -- and spelled out the latest with Jones and the failed drug tests that got him kicked off the card at UFC 200

"He was accused of taking the drug that you take when you're getting off steroids ... and it's looking now like it's not the case. He did not take that drug. He took something else that had it in it."

White says he's not as pissed off at Jones as he was in the wake of the failed test -- but he's still upset. 

"I'm a little happier now that he wasn't taking that drug and that I now believe that he wasn't taking steroids ... but still, you can't put anything in your body without notifying USADA or the Nevada State Athletic Commission."

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WWE Superstar Eva Marie Adderall Prescription At Root of Suspension

8/19/2016 6:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-eva-marie-instagramThe banned substance that triggered a WWE wellness policy violation for Eva Marie is Adderall, but we're told Eva is adamant she had a prescription, and will appeal the punishment. 

As we previously reported, Marie was hit with a 30 day suspension this week for allegedly violating the policy -- which covers everything from substance abuse to annual physicals and cardiovascular health. 

Our WWE sources tell us ... all performers are REQUIRED to disclose all medication to WWE officials for company approval.

We're told in Eva's case ... the WWE claims the medication was NOT properly approved, thus the violation

Sources connected to Eva say she claims she has a legit prescription from her doctor. 

We reached out to Eva, and she said ... “I am disappointed that this suspension has occurred, yet understand and respect that WWE upholds their Wellness Policy to the letter and won't compromise on its integrity."

She added, "I violated policy by not turning in portions of required paperwork in the time frame WWE Medical deemed timely. I look forward to my return!” 

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Justin Bieber It's Tough Losing A Pal, So The Tab's On Me

8/20/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-justin-bieber-getty-tmz-01Justin Bieber shelled out a few hundred bucks to cover the bar bill of a grieving group of strangers.

The Biebs was a few drinks in at Residuals Tavern in Studio City Tuesday when he noticed customers at a nearby table crying. Justin asked the bartender what was up, and he heard the saddest story.

One of the regulars at the bar -- a guy named JD who was in his late 20s -- had tragically died earlier that day when he fell from his fire escape.

Bieber was moved so he paid their tab, which came to a few hundred bucks.

And, no, it didn't end up on Instagram.

Brazilian Legend Royce Gracie Hey, Ryan Lochte ... COME CLEAN ALREADY

8/18/2016 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0818-royce-gracie-ryan-lochte-tmz-instagram-01Brazilian MMA legend Royce Gracie has a message to Ryan Lochte -- cut the crap and tell the TRUTH already! 

We spoke with Gracie moments ago about the Lochte situation in his home country -- and Gracie told us he's sick and tired of the lies. 

"You are a professional athlete. The young generation is looking up to you ... come clean."

Gracie believes the root of the problem is alcohol -- with Brazilian officials saying Lochte and the other 3 swimmers were hammered when they vandalized a gas station bathroom in Rio. 

"He needs to clean up his act and stop drinking," Gracie says ... "People will respect him more."

"As an athlete I am on a different level. I don’t drink, never smoked. He should know that and he forgets what the life of an athlete is."

"It’s time for him to quit drinking and don’t ever drink again ... that's what caused this."

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