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Karrueche Tran

Oh, That Bloody Lip?

It's Just ...

5/26/2015 5:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-karrueche-tran-bleeding-lip-INSTAGRAM-01Karrueche Tran's bloody lip and vague caption might have you believing something seriously physical went down a certain someone in her life ... but TMZ has learned that just isn't the case. 

KT posted the photo Tuesday afternoon with the caption, "Rough day in Chicago." While it seems like a bad domestic violence joke -- we're told she was actually referring to a photo shoot she just did in Chi-town.

Our sources say the spread called for Karrueche to play a "street fighter" type, thus the blood.

So, despite her ex-bf temporarily overreacting to her pic with Tyson Beckford -- this fight club snapshot was strictly a work thing.

Blake Griffin & DeAndre Jordan

No Playoffs? No Problem

... Tall Guys Trip To Cabo

5/26/2015 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526_blake_griffin_deandre_jordan_cabo_launchBlake Griffin knows exactly what to do to convince DeAndre Jordan to stay in Los Angeles ... take him to another country ... 'cause the two Clippers studs are tearing it up in Cabo together.

The Clippers are still licking their wounds from an epic playoff collapse ... and dealing with rumors that Jordan might bolt L.A. via free agency because of a reported beef with Chris Paul.

But  this weekend in Mexico, BG and DJ hit the beach and the clubs together -- and partied like they weren't gonna let a couple million dollars break them apart.

The team that tequilas together ... stays together ... and Ubers together. 

Casey Kasem's Widow

Will NOT be Prosecuted

For Elder Abuse

5/22/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Casey Kasem's widow Jean has been cleared in the elder abuse investigation, which has lingered for a year.

TMZ broke the story ... police launched an investigation after Casey's kids filed a report claiming Jean had taken the famous DJ on a wild, multi-state car ride which compromised Casey's health, creating bedsores that became infected. 

Casey died last June, and Jean took the body to Norway, where it remained for months. Police wanted it brought back to the U.S. for a complete autopsy but that never happened.

We've just learned the L.A. County D.A. rejected the case, saying Jean did a good job caring for her husband, and concluded, "The development of a bedsore by itself is insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect."

Case closed. RIP, finally.

David Letterman

Drops Thousands

On Staff's Parting Gifts

5/22/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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David Letterman's former employees didn't walk away empty-handed this week -- he dropped thousands of dollars hooking them up with ... wait for it ... custom-made letterman's jackets. 

Letterman's final gift to his staff  have the words, "Thank you and good night" scrawled across the front. Dave scooped up more than 200 of them ... according to the owner of Golden Bear Sportswear.

Dave's been buying staff swag from GBS for 15 years, and the owner tells us they were contacted last winter, after Letterman announced his retirement plan. She says Dave designed the jacket as a final gift. 

GBS wouldn't divulge exactly how much Letterman spent, but the jackets run AT LEAST $300 each ... so you do the math.

Safe to say, Dave can afford it.

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Rapper Lil B

James Harden Needs to Stop Doing My Dance

... OR ELSE!!!

5/21/2015 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-lil-b-james-harden-tmz-01The biggest obstacle standing between James Harden and an NBA championship is not Steph Curry ... it's Lil B, who is threatening to put a curse on The Beard ... unless he cops to his demands.

Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking his "cooking dance" when he celebrates draining a big shot. Harden has been doing it all season, but Lil B says he's watching the Western Conference Finals -- and if Harden does it again ... it's gonna be curses.  

Lil B tells TMZ Sports, "If Harden doesn't tell what he is doing, which is the Lil B cooking dance, he will be cursed. He needs to stop stealing Lil B swag without showing love."

Lil B is a reasonable man -- he's giving Harden until Game 3 to give him credit, but after that he says the curse goes into effect.

Not a believer? Remember, Lil B cursed Kevin Durant earlier this year, and uhh ...he's somewhere chillin' on a couch right now.

Stir at your own risk, Harden.

Mark Cuban

Tiger Killed Me Slowly, But Surely

At Poker Tables

5/20/2015 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Cuban suffered a slow, painful poker death at the hands of Tiger Woods, but wants to make it clear ... he's still got a few pennies left to invest on "Shark Tank." 

Cubes tells TMZ Sports, Tiger did hit him hard during the charity poker tournament in Vegas last weekend, and says Tiger's secret weapon was being a "very patient" player. Odd, since Woods is known to be anything but than when he's stinking up a golf course.

And the Mavericks owner says, despite the hysterical video he posted of Tiger's poker face right after their game -- he didn't lose everything. He says, "We didn’t have any big bets like people made it seem."

In other words, Cuban was just billionaire broke -- as in, still filthy rich to the rest of us -- and only until he walked 20 feet to the nearest ATM.

Who are we kidding? Someone delivers his cash to him. 

Floyd Mayweather

My Crocodile Bag

... Is Worth $150,000

5/20/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519-floyd-mayweather-twitterFloyd Mayweather is flossin' a ridiculously rare man-bag ... and it costs more than your CAR!!!! 

The boxer just touched down in Georgia this morning ... flaunting one of his favorite expensive purchases -- a diamond Hermès HAC 50 bag made out of crocodile skin. 

We spoke to someone from Hermès who told us the bag isn't being sold in stores -- and therefore, it MUST be a custom job (Pharrell had a custom Hermès bag made in 2007). 

So, we went to the The Money Team looking for answers ... and one of Floyd's top TMT guys told us Floyd paid around $150k for the bag, which is accented with 245 diamonds on the metal hardware. 

It's a drop in the bucket for Floyd who claimed he made around $200 million for the Pacquiao fight. 

And he's not done spending yet ... Floyd tweeted to his people in Atlanta -- "Anyone know what time the stores open up? I need to pick up a few items for the [Atlanta Hawks] game tonight."

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Insane Clown Posse

DUI Case Sinks National Tour

5/13/2015 12:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0513-insane-clown-posse-getty-01Any Juggalos planning to gather for their heroes, Insane Clown Posse ... should put those plans on ice because Shaggy 2 Dope's lingering DUI probation just sandbagged the band's tour.

ICP's rep confirms they had to cancel the remaining dates of their "Marvelous Missing Link In-Store Insanity Tour" due to Shaggy's probation constraints following his 2012 DUI arrest.

The rep tells us S2D was late filling out necessary travel requests with his probation officer, and was told going on tour could trigger a violation.

Don't worry though, Shaggy's been given the all clear to appear at the annual "Gathering of the Juggalos" festival in July.

Clowns will be clowns.

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'Real Housewives'

Lands Ex-MLB Superstar

5/12/2015 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0512-jim-edmonds-getty-01With Josh Hamilton out of the picture, 'Real Housewives' just picked up ANOTHER former Angels star ... World Series champion Jim Edmonds ... who just signed on to the show with his wife. 

Jim -- a 4-time All Star and 8-time Gold Glove winner -- will appear on the upcoming season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" with his wife, Meghan. 

We're told Jim and Meghan will be "full time" cast members. 

And get this ... we're told Hamilton, who was just recently shipped back to Texas, will appear on the show with his estranged wife ... but in a "friend of the cast" capacity. 

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Russell Wilson

Crashes Ciara's Girls Night Out

...And She's Smitten

5/11/2015 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511-ciara-russell-wilson-dc-steakhouse-TWITTER-02Girls night out isn't for BF's ... unless you're Russell Wilson ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned the Seahawks QB surprised Ciara at a fancy steakhouse ... and she could not have been happier. 

Ciara and two girlfriends were having dinner Saturday night at The Palm -- one of D.C.'s best restaurants -- drinking wine and eating crab ... when Wilson unexpectedly arrived during dinner.

The restaurant G.M. Mike Melore tells us ... "Ciara was shocked to see him. She said she didn't know he was coming, but she was super happy he was there."

And, when you're rich and famous ... you can stay as late as you want.

"We normally close around 10:30, but we stayed open late for them, until 1:30 AM," Melore says.

"They were extremely nice and humble. They took pictures with every staff member that asked before they left."

No word on what the final bill looked like -- but when it came to gratuity Melore says ... "I can't give you a number for privacy reasons, but let's say this, Russell and Ciara are EXTREMELY generous."

George Zimmerman

Injured in Shooting ...

Possible Road Rage Incident

5/11/2015 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:05 PM PT -- The other person involved is Matthew Apperson -- and he is the same man Zimmerman had a road rage incident with last September. Police also say Zimmerman did NOT fire any shots, and Apperson called police to report the incident.

As for what sparked today's incident -- police say they're still waiting to get more info from Apperson and Zimmerman.

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George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting with another man, and Zimmerman's lawyer tells TMZ ... his client and the other guy may not be strangers.

The shooting went down Monday afternoon on a road in Lake Mary, FL ... where Zimmerman lives. Police tell us they got a call for a road rage incident. News footage from the scene shows a bullet hole in the front passenger side window of Zimmerman's truck. 

0511-zimmerman-car-bullet-holeZimmerman's lawyer, Don West, tells TMZ Zimmerman told him he believes he recognized the other driver as someone with whom he had a run in several months ago.  

The lawyer says Zimmerman told him the other driver drove along side his client and fired into the driver's side window.

The lawyer says Zimmerman was not struck by a bullet, but rather shattering glass.

We do not know the race of the other man involved in the shooting. 

Zimmerman was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2013 -- and more recently was accused of assaulting his girlfriend. She later changed her story and refused to press charges.

The Game

It Pays to Be His Fan ...

Cold Hard Cash!

5/11/2015 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511-MAIN-the-game-cash-gift-kid-TMZ-01The mother of a 7-year-old boy managed to score the kid a sick birthday gift ... courtesy of The Game.

Darkima Johnson tells TMZ she was with her son Jaden last Thursday to celebrate his 7th birthday at the Lenox Mall in Atlanta. Darkima says she spotted Game out front and asked for a photo ... and explained it was her son's b-day. 

That's when Game decided to count out seven $100 bills and hand them over to Jaden ... despite the fact Jaden had no clue who Game was. 

0511-SUB-the-game-cash-gift-kid-TMZ-01Jaden's mom tells TMZ she's planning on getting him a four-wheeler with the money.

Hate it or love it ... that's a dope gift.

Boxer James Kirkland

He Wasn't Ready for Canelo

... Says Ex-Trainer Ann Wolfe

5/11/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511-james-kirkland-ann-wolfe-gettyJames Kirkland was simply not prepared to step in the ring with a fighter like Canelo Alvarez ... so says his legendary ex-trainer Ann Wolfe who tells TMZ Sports he took the fight way too soon. 

Kirkland was KNOCKED THE HELL OUT in the 3rd round of his fight with Alvarez this weekend ... after parting ways with Wolfe (his longtime trainer) earlier this year. 

Wolfe tells us ... Kirkland's first mistake was taking such a HUGE fight after a taking nearly a 17 MONTH hiatus from pro bouts. 

"He would have needed to have at least 3 'warm up fights' before stepping in the ring with Alvarez."

Wolfe says she has NO BAD BLOOD toward Kirkland ... and although they didn't speak after the fight, she called James' mother afterward to make sure he was OK. 

Wolfe says she doesn't really understand why Kirkland didn't bring her back as a trainer for the Canelo fight ... but says, "He will have to live with his decision."

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