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Aaron Hernandez 3rd Note Was for Attorney ... Not Gay Lover

4/26/2017 2:33 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The three notes recovered in Aaron Hernandez's prison cell were written to his fiancee, his daughter and his attorney, Jose Baez ... NOT a supposed gay lover, sources tell TMZ Sports. 

The contents of the letters are being kept under wraps for now -- but sources familiar with the investigation tell us the ex-NFL player did not leave any sort of a message for another inmate.

There are reports Hernandez had been corresponding with a "gay lover" during his time in lockup -- but Baez had previously shot that down as false ... saying, "These are malicious leaks used to tarnish somebody who is dead."

Kevin Gates Gets 30 Months for Gun Charge

4/26/2017 12:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

2:29 PM PT -- Kevin's attorney, Herschel Rush, tells TMZ the rapper's charges carried a maximum of 10 years in prison so "we are very pleased with the result of 30 months."

Rapper Kevin Gates finally knows his fate in his gun case -- he's going to prison for 30 months.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois says Kevin appeared in court Wednesday and pled guilty to his original charge of felony gun possession. Remember, the outstanding weapons-related warrant popped up the same day he completed his sentence in Florida for kicking a woman in the face at one of his shows.

The warrant was issued because Kevin failed to appear in court for the 2013 gun case.

We're told Kevin, who has been in jail since March 30, will be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Patti LaBelle Ultimate Photobomb From Anti-Fur Protesters

4/26/2017 11:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Patti LaBelle got a taste of what Kylie Jenner and Kelly Rowland experienced when anti-fur protesters pulled a photo op sneak attack on her.

Patti was signing copies of 'Desserts LaBelle' at a Barnes & Noble Tuesday in NYC. The protesters tucked in close with her, posing as fans who wanted a pic -- then suddenly whipped their signs and started chanting, "Patti LaBelle has blood on her hands!” 

It's similar to what happened to Kelly in in New Jersey earlier this month, and to Kylie last weekend in Las Vegas.

The protesters were eventually kicked out by B&N security.

Queen Noor of Jordan Impossible To Compare Me to Melania

4/26/2017 10:51 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Queen Noor of Jordan clearly does not want to be compared to First Lady Melania Trump.

The Queen arrived at the Refugees International 38th Anniversary Dinner at Mellon Auditorium. She's big on refugee and missing persons work, as well as nuclear disarmament these days.

Our photog asked if she saw any similarities between herself and the First Lady, other than marrying men who ran a country. The Queen made a graceful exit, saying it was an "impossible" question to answer.

As for comparisons ...

-- Both women immigrated ... Queen Noor was born in the U.S. before moving to Jordan. Melania was born in Slovenia before coming to America.

-- Neither was the first wife ... Her Majesty was the king's 4th wife, Melania is Donald Trump's 3rd wife.

-- They like design ... Princeton-educated Queen Noor received a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning and worked on international urban planning and design projects in Australia, Iran, the U.S. and Jordan. Melania was a model who wore designer fashions.

Still, apples to oranges.

Snoop Dogg Joins New Pro Basketball League ... As Celeb Commish

4/26/2017 9:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Snoop Dogg is getting in the hoops biz -- officially signing on as the Celebrity Commissioner of a new summer pro basketball league ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Snoop will own an overall piece of the Champions Basketball League -- a 5-on-5 pro summer league featuring ex-NBA players who are 1 to 3 years removed from the league. 

We're told some of the players on the league roster include Al Harrington, Corey Maggette and Kareem Rush.

In his new role, we're told Snoop will focus on the entertainment aspect of the league -- bringing high level stars into the fold.

He's also one of the owners of the L.A. team ... so, he's all-in on this thing.

The league is set to kick off in a couple of months. Should be fun.

NFL Prospect Gareon Conley Boozing at Nightclub Before Alleged Rape

4/26/2017 8:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained footage of NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley partying at a Cleveland nightclub with a bottle of vodka roughly 2 hours before the alleged rape ... an allegation he denies.

The footage was shot at Barley House on April 9 around 1 AM and shows Conley dancing by himself while surrounded by a group of partiers.

We're told the accuser is NOT in the footage.

Conley is wearing sunglasses at the bar -- notable since his accuser claims he refused to take his sunglasses off during the alleged incident a short time later.

Conley's attorney claims he initially met the accuser while leaving the club and they both went back to his hotel room at a nearby Westin.

The accuser claims Conley asked her to join a 4-way sex session with another couple but she refused so he had 1-on-1 sex with her instead. She claims he refused to stop when she told him to.

Conley has adamantly denied the allegations. Witnesses inside the hotel room say Conley never got intimate with her and she made up the allegations out of spite for being kicked out of the room.

The case is still under investigation. No arrests have been made. No charges have been filed.

Chris Soules Made 911 Call After Crash Checked Victim's Pulse

4/26/2017 7:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Soules called 911 at the scene of the crash before booking it ... this according to the 911 audio.

You hear a winded Soules -- who also seemed coherent -- telling the dispatcher there was an accident with a tractor and a vehicle and says the tractor driver was injured and unconscious after being thrown into a ditch.

Soules interacted with the victim, checking his pulse ... saying he felt it. Soules also said the victim was bleeding from his mouth.

The 911 audio goes on ... the dispatcher asks if anyone could administer CPR. Someone is performing CPR but it's unclear if it was Soules.

It's apparent from the 911 call there were others present when the call was made, and they were the ones who saw Soules leave the scene.

Johnny Manziel's Fiancee I Want Kids!

4/26/2017 6:33 AM PDT
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Johnny Manziel ... future daddy?!

That seems to be the plan according to his fiancee, Bre Tiesi.

The ex-NFL quarterback and his soon-to-be bride were at Catch in L.A. when the "Wild 'N Out" model told us there could be kids in Johnny's future.

For now, Johnny says he still plans on getting back into the NFL -- but he wasn't exactly forthcoming with the details when we asked how the comeback is coming along.

By the way, it's only been 3 years since Manziel was taken with the 22nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. He's still only 24 years old.

Justin Bieber Former Neighbors Claim Singer Committed Hate Crime Against Jews

4/26/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

10:40 AM PST -- A judge just ruled in favor of JB, saying the anti-Semitic comments hurled during the egging don't qualify as a hate crime against Bieber because he didn't make the comments, his bodyguard did. His attorney, Jeremiah Reynolds, says, "It is unfortunate that the Schwartzs were trying to exploit hate crime laws for personal gain. We are glad the judge denied their motion to plead these claims."Justin Bieber's former neighbors -- the ones whose house he egged -- claim the singer committed a hate crime by hurling anti-Semitic comments their way, but even they admit it was not the Biebs who made the comments.

Jeffrey and Suzanne Schwartz have gone after Bieber for years after the infamous 2014 egging, for which Bieber was prosecuted. They got $80k from the singer for repairs to their home, but that wasn't enough. Jeffrey claims Bieber ruined his car sales business with all the publicity surrounding the feud.

They filed suit claiming emotional distress and loss of income, but now they've upped the ante by alleging a campaign of terror was waged against them. In the new docs, lawyers for the Schwartzes say, "Threatening a man with body harm while calling him a 'little Jew boy' and intimidating him with 'what are you going to do about it, Jew boy?' is a hate crime."

Bieber's lawyers say it's preposterous. The Schwartzes have admitted in legal docs the statements were allegedly made by Bieber's bodyguard and the singer never uttered such words.

The reason a hate crime is significant ... it ups the stakes in damages they can collect.

Kylie Jenner I'm Getting Even Closer with Travis After Coachella Flirting

4/26/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott jumped from holding hands at Coachella to holding way more at an NBA playoff game, and yet ... they're still in the heavy flirting with a chance of banging stage.

The rapper was courtside in Houston Tuesday night for the Rockets-Thunder game and must've thought rubbing Kylie's inner thigh would bring his hometown Rockets good luck.

This comes on the heels of Coachella ... where sources at the music fest tell us Kylie showed up to support Travis as he headlined the second biggest stage. KJ was there with her own pals, but the social media clip of them holding hands doesn't lie.

We're told they were super flirty in the desert, and although nothing was consummated ... all signs point to it happening soon. Our sources add ... they've been close for years, since they both appeared in a Justine Skye music video.

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From the looks of it, they moved a BIG step closer to banging in Houston.

Timing might not be great -- he's touring with Kendrick Lamar this summer, and she's fresh off the breakup with Tyga breakup.

But as they say, the best way to get over a rapper is to find another one ... who can pay his bills.

Jaleel White: Kobe Killed UCLA In Secret Games ... When He Was 17!

4/26/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kobe Bryant was murdering some of the best players in college basketball in secret pickup games at UCLA when he was only 17 years old ... so says Jaleel White who witnessed it himself!!!

Here's the deal ... Jaleel was on the "TMZ Sports" TV show where he reacted to Kobe's Steve Urkel slam poetry reading (he loved it!). He also told us a pretty great Kobe tale.

"I was attending UCLA when Kobe moved from Philadelphia to L.A.," White said.

"So, he used to hang out at UCLA a lot and I would watch him play our UCLA basketball team ... and I'm telling you -- probably the greatest pickup games I've ever seen in my life!"

"I watched him destroy young men's dreams at 17 ... and we had just won a '95 championship that year so we had a lot of guys on the team that were pretty cocky."

"He wanted to just sh*t on anybody who thought they could play basketball in the city and that's what he did!"

We asked White to name names on who got rocked by Mamba ... but his lips were sealed.

For the record, the '95 Bruins had college studs like Tyus Edney, Toby Bailey, Cameron Dollar and the O'Bannon brothers. 

Still, young Kobe destroying big league talent ... that really surprise you??? 

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Master P Biopic Director Saves Wheelchair-Bound Man From Burning House

4/26/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Production on Master P's biopic indirectly saved the life an elderly man when a house went up in flames.

The movie's director, Jeff Reyes, tells us he was scouting shoot locations in New Orleans a couple weeks ago when he and his cinematographer came upon the burning building. He says they asked if anyone needed help, and were told a wheelchair-bound man was trapped inside.

Reyes, who was in the Army, says they covered themselves to fight off the smoke, and then rushed inside to find the guy. They lifted him out of his chair and carried him to safety outside. Much of the rescue was recorded by a witness.

The title of the Master P flick is "King of the South." At least one NOLA resident would say that applies to Reyes too. 

April the Giraffe Park on the Hunt for Sponsors For Baby-Naming Ceremony

4/26/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

April the Giraffe is coming back online post-birth ... but she needs some serious cash flow for the sake of the animals.

The indoor camera feed that captured the birth of April's baby will be re-launched next week. This one won't run 24/7 -- it'll have set times. This time we'll see April indoors and out.

Here's the catch ... April needs new sponsors, and the zoo she's staying at is taking bids. 

Folks at the Animal Adventure Park tell us they're accepting 2 sponsors to help continue their conservation efforts -- one for the live stream, and another for the live web show next Monday where they'll announce the calf's name. 

A third of the proceeds will go to the park, another third to the Giraffe Conservation Fund and the remainder to a charity -- Ava's Little Heroes -- that helps families with unforeseen medical costs.

As we reported ... April's live stream pulled in some big viewer numbers, with Toys 'R' Us sponsoring the live stream.

We did some checking, and it looks like the new deal could rake in 6 figures.