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Drake Down with Giving Hero Coach Aaron Feis ESPY Courage Award

2/24/2018 7:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drake has joined the chorus to give fallen Marjory Stoneman Douglas coach Aaron Feis the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the upcoming ESPY's.

We got Drizzy Friday night in WeHo arriving at Craig's in a super sweet Ferrari Laferrari and asked about the hero coach.

There's a big move to honor Aaron Feis with the award, and Drake is solidly behind the movement. The awards are scheduled for July 11th. 

BTW ... that model Ferrari ... costs as much as $7 mil.

Lil Yachty Give H.S. Shooting Coach an ESPY ... Real-Life 'Superhero!'

2/24/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

There's no debate -- the football coach who died protecting students in the Parkland, Florida shooting is 2018's Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner ... so says Lil Yachty.

"Honestly, bro, if the 'ESPYs' didn't do it -- that’s a problem," Yachy told TMZ Sports.

Yachty calls himself "the face of the youth" ... so the rap star gave us his thoughts on Aaron Feis  -- the coach who gave his life shielding kids from bullets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School -- when we got him at LAX.

"He was obviously more than just a coach. In my eyes, you do something like that, you a superhero."

FYI, one source connected to the ESPYS told TMZ Feis is a "no-brainer" for the award ... but the show's in July, so the committee won't discuss nominees until April.

Florida School Shooting Hero Coach Feis Deserves ESPY ... Push On to Make it Happen

2/23/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Aaron Feis, the assistant football coach who was shot and killed while protecting students in Parkland, FL, is being nominated for an award for courage ... by thousands of people.

There's an online campaign aimed for ESPN to posthumously award Aaron the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's 'ESPYs.' As we reported, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School coach and security guard shielded students during the rampage.

Sources connected to the ESPYs tell TMZ ... the key award recipients are chosen by an ESPN committee and reps at Maggie Vision -- the production company for the ESPYs. 

One source described Aaron as a "no-brainer" for the honor -- however, the award show is not until July, and we're told meetings about nominees won't start until April.

Previous Arthur Ashe recipients include Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Caitlyn Jenner, Robin Roberts and Michael Sam

Danica Patrick 'Aaron Rodgers and I Are Dating'

1/15/2018 12:25 PM PST
Breaking News

Danica Patrick has officially confirmed what TMZ already knew ... she's dating Aaron Rodgers

After we posted a photo of the two out at dinner in Arizona, Danica spoke with the Associated Press and announced the new supercouple. 

"Yes, Aaron and I are dating."

Patrick says the two met at the ESPYs back in 2012 -- and have apparently stayed friendly. 

Danica says she's a longtime Chicago Bears fan -- but has always rooted for Aaron individually. She now says, "I am probably going to cheer for the whole team."

She then added ... "Take out the word 'probably.' Now I'm going to cheer for the whole team."

Police Org. to LeBron We Heard Your ESPY Speech ... Let's Work Together!

7/14/2016 11:28 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The largest police union in the country says it heard LeBron's ESPYs anti-violence speech loud and clear -- and wants to team up with the LJ, CP3, D-Wade and 'Melo to begin working together ASAP. 

We spoke with Jim Pasco -- the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police -- who tells us, "We heard their comments and we welcome them."

"We’d like an opportunity to speak with them about how we can work with them to improve communication and interaction between police and the community.”

"These are 4 of the top athletes in their sport and they are role models in the community."

The NBA stars opened the show with a passionate speech to fellow athletes and fans alike -- begging everyone to work together to find a solution to end police violence and racial profiling.

LeBron James After-Party Ultimatum 'Dance Or Get the F*** Out'

7/14/2016 9:38 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LeBron James issued a VERY SERIOUS warning to his ESPY after-party guests Wednesday night -- either you dance or "get the f*** up out of here!!!"

FYI, this video is awesome! 

Bron took the stage at the Uninterrupted party at Le Jardin -- and made it clear he had no patience for the bougie Hollywood people who are too uptight to turn up. 

"If you not dancing, shaking your ass or having a good time ... there's an exit sign right there!" 

"So if ya'll not dancing having a good time shaking your ass ... ya'll got to go man."

By the way, the party was INSANE -- with a performance by Kendrick Lamar ... and SO MUCH DELICIOUS FOOD!!!! 

Seriously ... check out this clip of DJ K-Love with his to-go plate -- "It's like mini-Thanksgiving dinner in that motherf****r right now!" 

#KendrickLamar Performing at #Lebron Party #LeJardin #LosAngeles #HollywoodGrind #IVPROMO #ESPYAwards #NetworKing #ESPYs

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Peyton Manning I Loved LeBron's ESPY Speech ... 'Really Effective'

7/14/2016 5:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Peyton Manning tells TMZ Sports he was very impressed with LeBron, Carmelo, D-Wade and CP3 -- saying their passionate ESPYs speech was not only excellent ... but effective. 

The NFL legend was leaving LeBron's after-party at Le Jardin in Hollywood when we asked about the powerful opening moment at the award show. 

The 4 NBA stars spoke out against gun violence and racial profiling -- and challenged the athletes in the room to get involved in their communities to help solve the problem. 

Peyton says he got the message loud and clear. 

Caitlyn Jenner Suck It, Haters ... Vogue LOVES My Style

7/20/2015 3:03 PM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner's taken a ton of flak for her appearance, but now she has a bona fide stamp of approval -- from no less an authority than Vogue!  

The magazine just put her ESPY outfit on its list of the 10 best dressed women of the week.

Pretty sure D.L. Hughley ain't co-signing on that selection. How about you? 

Kendall Jenner I Got a New Accessory ... A Nipple Ring!!!

7/17/2015 2:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kendall Jenner is officially attached ... to a nipple ring!

It was semi-apparent when the 19-year-old walked the red carpet before the ESPYs. There was a faint trace of what looked like metal balls in the nipple area.

Our Kardashian sources say it's the real deal. The 2 balls that were evident are the ends to a bar that goes right through her left nipple.

Turns out Kendall is following in her little sister's footsteps. Kylie got her piercing earlier this year. 

Peter Berg Let The Backpedaling Begin 'I Respect Caitlyn Jenner'

7/16/2015 3:03 PM PDT
Breaking News

Peter Berg's in full damage control mode ... saying he has nothing but the "utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner" ... after posting a meme about her earlier today that many people called "transphobic." 

The "Ballers" producer/co-star just went to Instagram and wrote, "I have the utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner and I am a strong supporter of equality and the rights of trans people everywhere."

It's a much different tone than the one he took earlier -- when he posted an Internet meme that ripped ESPN for giving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Jenner instead of a military vet.  

The original meme Berg posted included a pic of both a double amputee military vet and Caitlyn Jenner and included the caption, "One man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs." 

In his new Instagram post, Berg tries to clarify his stance -- saying, "I also believe that we don't give enough attention to our courageous returning war veterans, many of whom have sacrificed their bodies and mental health for our country and our principals- principals that include the freedom to live the life you want to live without persecution or abuse." 

So far, Caitlyn has yet to respond to any of Berg's comments. 

Caitlyn Jenner Instagram Blackout Over Hateful Comments

7/16/2015 2:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There was a Caitlyn Jenner blackout on ESPY day ... and the reason is all about hate.

We noticed late Wednesday morning if you hashtagged Caitlyn Jenner "most recent" would not come up. That means there was no way to see photos or texts using the hashtag.  

The only photos you could see were from a few top posts ... all very nice and positive.  

Here's what we found out. Instagram itself blocked its users ability to view "most recent" photos and texts, because there had been a flurry of really awful comments and uploads, including:

-- 'Until you grow a vagina and bleed, you will never be a woman'

-- 'F***ing Fa***t'

-- 'How is this THING rewarded anything'

There were so many negative comments and complaints about those comments, Instagram took swift action.   

After Caitlyn took the stage, Instagram re-activated the hashtag and there was a flood of positive comments.

Nevertheless ... Caitlyn clearly has her work cut out for her. 

Peter Berg Pissed Over Caitlyn Jenner She Doesn't Deserve the Praise

7/16/2015 8:15 AM PDT

Peter Berg ain't happy with all the praise being heaped on Caitlyn Jenner -- and is now mocking everyone from ESPN to President Obama for honoring her ... instead of military vets. 

The "Friday Night Lights" director -- who also produces and co-stars in "Ballers" -- reposted a crass meme to Instagram following the ESPYs which compares a double amputee military vet to Caitlyn. 

Berg co-signed on the meme with a simple comment -- "Yup."  

Berg wasn't the only star to express outrage over Jenner getting the award -- Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted, "What exactly is 'COURAGE' these days?" 

He was retweeted by NFL linebacker Sio Moore

So, how is ESPN handling the criticism? Michelle Beadle summed it up this way:  

"This rage over an arbitrary award is silly. Courage and bravery come in many forms and faces. I welcome progress for everyone. #BeYou."  

Caitlyn Jenner Passionate, Tearful, Inspiring At ESPYs

7/15/2015 8:00 PM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner owned the ESPYs Wednesday night when she gave an emotional, personal, sometimes tearful and rousing plea for acceptance of all transgenders ... not just her.

Caitlyn's kids were there in force as she took the stage and joked about being judged ... not as a transgender, but as a woman who had to choose the right dress, hair and makeup.

It turned serious quickly, as she talked about the difficulties transgenders face ... but also the strides her community has made.

Caitlyn choked up as she thanked her children for their support, and the kids all teared up as they watched.

Her speech followed a 6-minute retro on the life of Bruce and Caitlyn, and the private struggles of someone who has led a very public life.

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