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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
EXCLUSIVE

"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?

'3 Doors Down' Ex-Guitarist Estate Sues Doctor, Rite Aid for Wrongful Death

2/8/2018 7:48 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts died at the hands of a physician who was negligent and a pharmacy that enabled the doctor ... so claims Matt's estate in a new lawsuit.

The estate named Dr. Richard Snellgrove and Rite Aid as the ones responsible for Matt's death ... this according to new legal docs obtained by TMZ.

The estate claims Snellgrove's the one who prescribed high levels of opioids and benzodiazepines to Matt for years prior to his death. The suit claims Snellgrove has already been indicted in Alabama for Matt's death. The estate also faults Rite Aid for failing to comply with the Controlled Substances Act.

TMZ broke the story ... Matt died of an apparent overdose. He was scheduled to perform at a charity event when he was found dead in his hotel room. Matt's dad believed the possible OD was accidental.

He was 38.

Marlon Wayans Pryor, Brando Hookup Went Down Like This ...

2/8/2018 7:12 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Marlon Wayans is taking the news about Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando hooking up in stride -- and he's even got a pretty good idea of how it happened.

We got Marlon Wednesday night at Madeo in WeHo and told him Pryor's widow confirmed Quincy Jones' bombshell about Brando hooking up with her late husband

Marlon's view -- Richard had good taste! Fact is, Pryor was pretty open about his bisexuality.

And Marlon speculates Pryor probably didn't even realize the Brando bang sesh was happening. It's a drug thing ... you gotta see his explanation. 

Richard Pryor Widow Says Yes, He Did Bang Brando ... And There's No Shame

2/7/2018 1:20 PM PST
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Richard Pryor had a lot of sex in the '70s -- and it was with both men and women -- including Marlon Brando ... according to Pryor's widow, Jennifer.

Jennifer confirmed the Richard-Marlon hookup, which Quincy Jones first mentioned in a pretty wild Vulture interview. As Q put it, Brando would "f*** anything. Anything! He'd f*** a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye." The allegation sent the Internet into a frenzy.

Jennifer tells TMZ ... Richard would have no shame about Quincy's comments. She says the comedic legend was always very open about his bisexuality with friends, and documented it extensively in diaries. Jennifer says she'll publish them later this year.

As for Richard hooking up with Brando -- she says, "It was the '70s! Drugs were still good, especially quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you'd f*** a radiator and send it flowers in the morning."

Jennifer says she has no doubt Richard would be cracking up if he heard Quincy spilling the tea.

Tom Sizemore Ex-Neighbor Claims He's Tracking and Harassing Me

2/7/2018 11:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

10:27 AM PT -- Tom tells TMZ the restraining order is completely baseless and is only an attempt to keep him from retrieving person property he still has at the house. Sizemore claims his landlord is selling his personal belongings. He continues, "I have a lot of projects I am working on and I will not let this false accusation hinder. Tom Sizemore's ex-neighbor says the actor pushed her to use drugs, and has it out for her ... according to new docs.

The neighbor, Lauren Abouyan, requested a restraining order Tuesday in L.A. County Court ... and in the docs she says Sizemore has tried to coax her into using drugs with him. She says although Tom's moved out of the neighborhood ... he still comes around to "harass" her.

Lauren claims he last showed up on Monday, and claims he continually follows her around and tries to be around her.

The judge granted her the restraining order, and Sizemore must now stay 100 yards away from her and cannot contact her.

DJ Khaled Fiancee's Murdered Brother Was at Apt. for Super Bowl, Not Drugs

2/6/2018 1:37 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

DJ Khaled's fiancee's murdered brother wasn't involved in a drug deal gone bad and was simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was shot ... so says a source close to the family.

Nicole Tuck's brother Jonathan was killed in a Bronx apartment Sunday during what the NYPD called a botched weed deal. However, sources close to the family tell us Jonathan was only at the apartment to watch the Super Bowl.

Our sources say while Jonathan was there, there was an attempted robbery and, in trying to defend himself, Jonathan was shot in the back of the head -- not in the face -- as was first reported.

Jonathan was a devoted father to his 2-year-old daughter Gianna. We're told he was a stay-at-home dad who always put family first ... he was a loyal son and uncle as well. Jonathan and Nicole were very close.

DJ Khaled and Nicole tell us, "Our family appreciates the condolences from loved ones and friends ... we are requesting privacy during this difficult time."

Cassidy Wanted Man in Jersey City ... After No-Show in Court

2/6/2018 9:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cassidy's a wanted man ... for all the wrong reasons.

There's a warrant out for the Philly MC's arrest in New Jersey for failing to appear in court last week for a hearing in his drug possession case ... this according to the Jersey City Municipal Court.

TMZ broke the story ... the rapper was arrested and booked in November for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

There's a presumption of innocence on the drug charges, but he's definitely guilty of not setting a reminder to get his butt to court.

DJ Khaled Fiancee's Brother Murdered In Alleged Drug Deal

2/6/2018 7:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

DJ Khaled's fiancee's brother was murdered after an alleged drug deal gone bad ... TMZ has learned. 

Cops say Nicole Tuck's younger brother, Jonathan, was shot in the face after he allegedly showed up at a Bronx apartment Sunday to buy weed. We're told the apartment was less than a mile from Tuck's home ... he allegedly got into an argument there and was shot. He was taken to a hospital where he died.

Law enforcement sources tell us a 34-year-old man was taken in for questioning about the incident.

Khaled and Nicole had a son, Asahd, in 2016.

Kevin Hart Wasted Drunk at Super Bowl ... Kicked Off NFL Network

2/5/2018 5:36 AM PST
Breaking News

Kevin Hart got HAMMERED at the Super Bowl -- and was so drunk, he dropped an F-Bomb live on the NFL Network. 

Can't really blame Hart ... he's a hardcore Eagles fan and he had just watched his team beat the New England Patriots live in Minnesota. 

But when they brought him on the "NFL GameDay Prime" post-game show with Deion Sanders and company ... he was hyped up, slurring and, really, 3-sheets to the wind. 

After Deion personally escorted him off the stage, Hart left ... and made a drunken Instagram video trying to explain himself. It's pretty hilarious. 

Enjoy the hangover. 

FYI, Hart was also straight-up REJECTED trying to sneak into the Eagles' post-game celebration. Probably for the best.

Brody Jenner Puts Foot, and Beer, In His Mouth

2/5/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

If you're drinking with Brody Jenner and get a funny taste in your mouth ... check to see if the beer's been mixed with his foot sweat.

Brodes was enjoying The Groove Cruise in Miami when he got a hankering for a good ol' fashioned swig of beer from his shoe ... and wanted DJ Thomas Jack to join him.

DJ TJ declined -- for obvious reasons -- but Jenner wasn't having it and kept pestering him to take a sip. When that didn't work, he talked smack about Jack's profession ... and continued drinking his foot beer.

This isn't a new thing for Brody, by the way -- he apparently loves doing "shoeys" ... especially on airplanes.

Colts LB Edwin Jackson Dead at 26 Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver

2/4/2018 1:30 PM PST

Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed this weekend after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.

According to Indiana State Police, Jackson and another man, Jeffrey Monroe, were struck early Sunday morning by a driver off of I-70 in Indianapolis. Both men were killed.

Cops say Jackson and Monroe were standing near a stopped vehicle on the shoulder of the highway when a black Ford F-150 truck swerved into their area and hit them.

Police say they believe the driver of the truck, Alex Cabrera Gonsales, was intoxicated. He reportedly tried fleeing the scene on foot after the crash, but he was apprehended by authorities. 

The Colts released a statement on Jackson's death, saying, in part ... "We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization." A rep for the team added ... "We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time."

Jackson was only 26 years old. RIP

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