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Suge Knight Back in Hospital For Blood Clots

3/22/2017 4:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-suge-knight-tmzSuge Knight is back in the hospital for a condition that has been dogging him  for 2 years ... blood clots.

We're told Suge -- who's facing murder charges for running over someone in 2015 at Tam's Burgers in Compton -- is at USC Medical Center.

Suge has been in solitary confinement and has complained the conditions have compromised his health. He's been in and out of the hospital while his trial drags on.

We're told Suge is in stable condition.

'Cash Me Outside' Girl My Mom Didn't Beat Me That's Just How We Play Fight, Okay?

3/22/2017 4:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Cash Me Outside" girl Danielle Bregoli denies her mother beat her down a couple years ago ... and says it was nothing but friendly play fighting.

We got 13-year-old Danielle Wednesday in Bev Hills, and our camera guy asks her straight-up ... what was happening in a leaked video that appears to show Barbara Ann brutalizing her child?

Danielle goes to bat for her mom, saying the clip doesn't accurately portray the events of that day ... adding there haven't been further incidents since.

Speaking of Barbara ... we can't help but notice she's nowhere to be seen here.

U.S. Congressman Calls Putin a 'Thief' For Stealing Super Bowl Ring

3/22/2017 3:07 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NY congressman Peter King says the recovery of Tom Brady's jersey is a "solid first step" in getting back ANOTHER stolen piece of Super Bowl memorabilia ... the ring Putin stole from Bob Kraft!!

The Patriots owner has talked openly about how Vladimir Putin walked off with his Super Bowl 39 ring during a meeting in Russia in 2005. 

King says the fact we got Brady's jersey back sends a strong message to people with ill-gotten Super Bowl stuff everywhere ... we're coming for you! 

He even refers to Putin as a "thief."

Guessin' Vlad ain't gonna like that ... 

John Daly Calls BS On The Rock You Hit 490 Yard Drive? Prove It.

3/22/2017 12:32 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Daly says he ain't buyin' The Rock's claim that he smacked a 490 YARD drive during a recent golf outing ... telling the movie star straight-up: PROVE IT! 

After The Rock posted a yoked out pic of him on a golf course boasting about his nearly record-breaking shot, we went right to the PGA legend to get his reaction.

"Highly unlikely," Daly said ... but not impossible. 

"Now, we know he's strong enough to do it and if I had that body, I'd be hitting it 490 yards myself ... but my motto is, 'I don't work out. I put out.'"

True. 

Taraji P. Henson, Nia Long At War on 'Empire' Set

3/22/2017 11:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-taraji-henson-nia-long-tmzTaraji P. Henson and Nia Long were at each other's throats on the set of "Empire" in such a big way ... producers almost had to shoot the scenes they were in together ... separately.

Multiple production sources tell TMZ, Nia was extremely rude to the people in hair, makeup and wardrobe -- something Nia's people strongly deny -- which pissed Taraji off something fierce. 

We're told it got to the point they stopped speaking to each other when they were on set. Our sources say it was next to impossible to film the scenes they did together, and that's why they had actually blocked out how to shoot those scenes separately.

Nia played a recurring role in season 3, which has wrapped. Her character was an ex of Lucious Lyon, who was in the process of getting back with Cookie.

As for whether Nia will be back for season 4, our sources say no way in hell. 

Nia's rep tells TMZ, "This story is complete nonsense. Throughout her long, established career, Nia has been nothing but a consummate professional treating all members of productions with respect."

The rep goes on, "This is nothing but another complete fabrication about a series that has been plagued by constant rumors of drama and misconduct."

Austin Rivers On LeBron's Kids: I Got Crap for Famous Dad Too ... Didn't Faze Me!

3/22/2017 10:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball could be right in his analysis of LeBron James' kids -- 'cause Austin Rivers says he's been "getting s**t" for being Doc Rivers' son since he was 6 ... but it never fazed him.

We got Austin leaving Catch in L.A. where he APPLAUDED James for clapping back at LaVar -- who recently said Bron's kids could get crap from other kids just because he has a famous father.

LeBron told LaVar to NEVER talk about his kids ever again.

But when we asked Rivers what it was like for him growing up with an NBA star for a dad ... this was his response:

"I've been getting that since I was 6 years old just for being the son of Doc. I've been getting s**t since I was a kid ... and it's never fazed me. I'm here now and I'm only getting started."

Translation -- Rivers says the haters only motivated him to be better ... and it sounds like they still do.

He then got into a $250k Mercedes G-Wagon and drove away.

#Winning

'Big Rig Bounty Hunters' Star Vince Jones Dead at 46

3/22/2017 9:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_Vince-Jones_big_rig-historyVince Jones -- who stars on History Channel's "Big Rig Bounty Hunters" -- died at his home in Delaware, OH on Wednesday  ... TMZ has learned.

Vince's mother, Cathy Smith, tells us ... Vince's wife woke up at 4 AM and heard him making strange noises, and he was barely breathing. She says the wife performed CPR and his 14-year-old son tried to help as well ... but they couldn't revive him.

The family believes it was a heart attack.

We're told Vince was diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and wasn't wearing his mask Tuesday night ... which they believe deprived him of oxygen and triggered the heart attack.

Vince's daughter just got married last Saturday, and we're told he was fine at the wedding.

Vince leaves behind his wife and 6 children. He was 46.

Wyclef Jean Sheriffs Lied About Traffic Stop

3/22/2017 6:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wyclef Jean says L.A. County Sheriff's deputies flat-out lied about his traffic stop to cover their asses.

Wyclef tells TMZ, he doesn't really have a problem with the fact he was stopped in West Hollywood early Tuesday after someone dressed similar to him and driving a similar car committed an armed robbery.

The singer has big issues with the Sheriffs' narrative -- that he was furtive, went to his trunk and refused to move his hands away from his waistband. Wyclef calls BS, saying the cops were all over him the second they stopped the car and he had no chance of going to the trunk.

Wyclef says the Sheriffs have committed character assassination and he's now considering legal action ... not for the stop, but for what he says are the blatant lies.update_graphic_red_bar7:02 AM PT -- The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. has doubled down, saying they are sticking with their story that Wyclef went to his trunk and ignored demands to move his hands away from his waistband.  They also say they'd love to talk with him to clear the air.update-grey-gray-bar

The White House Another Fence Jumper Gets Caught ... Literally

3/22/2017 6:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-white-house-getty-01Another man tried to charge the White House Tuesday night, but this time he was caught, and not just by the Secret Service.

TMZ has learned at 10:50 PM, a man tried jumping the fence on 15th Street, but, according to the Secret Service, he was "entangled in security features affixed to the top of the fence."  

Congressman Jason Chaffetz put it in more common parlance for TMZ ... "He was up there dangling on the fence, and the Secret Service grabbed him."

Chaffetz says as far as he can see, protocol was followed on this one, but all the details are not in. 

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El Chapo Feds Want to Root Out Moles On Legal Team

3/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0321_El-Chapo_gettyEl Chapo could compromise hundreds, possibly thousands of federal drug investigations with a well-placed mole on his legal team ... that's the fear of federal officials.

We've learned Chapo's legal team will become privy to thousands of sensitive DEA documents that chronicle his activities in the international drug trade. The worry ... that the lawyers Chapo hires will use the info to warn other drug kingpins of the DEA's moves, compromising the investigations.

Prosecutors went to court and asked the federal judge in Brooklyn who is presiding over Chapo's drug trafficking case to allow them to screen every potential foreign lawyer on Chapo's legal team to make sure they're on the up-and-up.

The judge issued an order, obtained by TMZ, in which he allowed them to appoint a specific lawyer to do the screening.

Turns out, there's even a special name for this type of lawyer -- a "firewall attorney." It's someone who works in the U.S. Attorney's Office but is not involved in the Chapo case. It does raise questions ... they're all in the same office, after all. Nonetheless, the judge approved it.

If the firewall attorney thinks one or more of Chapo's lawyers are shady, a recommendation will go to the judge who could prevent the lawyer from joining the defense team.

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Sarah Palin Removes Kaepernick Article from Website ... 'Not Her Opinion'

3/22/2017 8:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-palin-kaepernick-gettySarah Palin has removed an article from her website criticizing Colin Kaepernick's $50,000 donation to Meals on Wheels ... and we're told the post is NOT in line with the former governor's beliefs.

As we previously reported, a story went up on SarahPalin.com Wednesday morning titled, "SERIOUSLY? Colin Kaepernick Just Pulled ANOTHER Political Stunt."

The article was NOT written by Palin -- but it was posted on Sarah's official Facebook page with a comment saying, "And he wonders why he can't find a job."

Now, we're told Sarah did NOT have a personal role in greenlighting the story, posting it on her site or Facebook page, or adding the additional comment.

One source familiar with the situation tells us, "This is not a view that Governor Palin holds. She has a long history of volunteering for Meals on Wheels and donating to them."

"This was an opinion by a contributor to sarahpalin.com and as has since been removed."

We're told comments that Palin personally writes are signed with her initials. 

Metta World Peace LeBron SHOULD Take Games Off ... Those Games Don't Matter!

3/22/2017 7:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Metta World Peace has simple logic for why people need to BACK OFF big NBA stars like LeBron James for resting during regular season games ... THEY DON'T REALLY MATTER! 

"When you're trying to win a championship, you can't focus on the little games," Metta says.

"You don't win a title by winning a bunch of games. You win a title by winning in the playoffs."

As for people claiming the fans are unhappy when stars sit, Metta says they need to chill ... because if the team wins in the playoffs, the fans will be happy in the end!

Greg Hardy Coke Arrest Video 'He's a Cowboys Player, Don't Stir Anything Up'

3/22/2017 12:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained the Greg Hardy cocaine arrest video which shows cops warning each other that he's a big, strong, Dallas Cowboys player ... so "we have to not stir anything up."

Hardy was arrested in Dallas back in September after officers found cocaine in his wallet during a routine traffic stop.

In the video, Hardy is with a female passenger and is extremely polite to the officers. The officers are also acting carefully. One whispers to another, "He's very big and fit."

FYI, Hardy is 6'4", 280.

When the cops find a purple baggy filled with coke in Hardy's wallet (which was in his car), his explanation is bizarre.

"I just got a job, I play football. I was at a party. I got drunk. Literally last night. I was at a mixer with NFL guys trying to do an interview. Like I said, I don’t know what happened between me and him, he could’ve slipped stuff in my pocket. Some people offered me some stuff. I literally don’t know what is in that. Whatever it is. I haven’t even seen it. I thought that I had nothing in the car."

He added, "I just came from a date. I was just trying to get a date in before I go and try to get a job to play ball."

So, two things ...

1) Hardy is convinced someone connected to the NFL planted drugs on him.

2) At the time, Hardy (a free agent) was convinced he was going to sign with a new team. That never came to fruition. He didn't play in 2016.

As for the arrest, Hardy eventually struck a plea deal and got 2 years probation.

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