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Adrian Peterson I'm Gunning for Rushing Record ... 'That's My Goal'

6/28/2016 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Adrian Peterson says he ain't ready to retire anytime soon -- telling TMZ Sports he's got his sights set on breaking the rushing record in 2016.  

The Minnesota Vikings running back was leaving The Argyle with a buddy when we asked about a recent interview in which 31-year-old AP discussed how much longer he'd like to play in the NFL. 

When our guy asked if there was a chance he'd hang it up before the season starts, Peterson quickly shut him down -- and told us he expects nothing short of another spectacular season. 

Moral of the story -- get Peterson on your fantasy team ... even if it's a keeper league. 

Chris Brown Publicist Says You Call Me 'Bitch' ... I Quit

6/28/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627-chris-brown-tmzChris Brown went ballistic on a publicist, referring to her as a do-nothing "bitch," and the publicist fired back that she spent all of her time cleaning up his "s***t."

Chris had an angry exchange with PR guru Nicole Perna over magazine covers he wanted for his clothing line. The conversation started with Perna texting him, "Loooove all the black pyramid pieces ... awesome collection!"

A frustrated Brown did not receive the compliment well, saying, "I don't want you texting me compliments with no results." He went on to accuse Perna of doing nothing to secure Vogue, GQ or any other publications, telling her, "Get in the game."

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And then the fireworks started. Perna lashed out, "Anna Wintour doesn't want to f*** with you. These editors don't want to f*** with you." She goes on, "The majority of my time is spent on damage control. I am constantly cleaning s*** up and having your back."

Brown fires back, "NICOLE, you texting me as if I will give a f*** if u dont work for me or not ... Do whatever makes u feel better. Me personally, I DONT GIVE A F***!!!"

Mike G, Chris' manager who just sued the singer for allegedly attacking him, was included in the string of texts. Chris then texted, "Mike, this bitch got all the balls in the world talking to me but can't talk to the editors or anyone for that matter when they release bulls*** in the press ... Send this bitch her termination."

And then, Perna texts Chris, "Chris, respect. You're in my prayers x."

Chris's final shot, "Bitch u in my nightmares."

Perna sent her resignation letter to Chris. 

Calvin Harris Taylor Meeting Tom's Mom Is a Joke ... Just Ask MY Mom

6/28/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627-calvin-harris-tom-hiddleston-taylor-swift-TMZ-GETTY-01Calvin Harris thinks it's "f****** laughable" that Taylor Swift has already met Tom Hiddleston's mother ... considering she NEVER met Calvin's parents during their 15-month relationship.

Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ ... Calvin wanted Taylor to meet his parents, who live in the U.K., but Taylor always told him it was too far away.

We're told Calvin was understandably "bewildered and astonished" when he heard about TayTom's visit to meet his mother, Diana ... in the freakin' U.K.!! Remember, Hiddleston's only been in the picture for a few weeks at this point.

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What's the rush? One source says Calvin thinks Taylor's cozying up to Tom to lock down a Bond girl role ... IF he becomes the new James Bond, as rumored.

If it sounds like sour grapes, it's not -- we're told it's more comical to Calvin, who also feels like he dodged a bullet.

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Tracy McGrady Olympics Are Way Too Dangerous ... No Way I'd Play!!

6/28/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tracy McGrady says there's NO DAMN WAY he'd hoop for the U.S. in the '16 Olympics ... warning athletes everywhere that Zika and the putrid water situation make it not worth it. 

Tons of huge stars have signed up for Team USA -- including Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving ... while other stars like LeBron, Steph and Russell Westbrook took a pass. 

So, with all the questions about the health risks to the players, we had to ask T-Mac what he would do in the same situation. 

Long story short -- HELLLLLL NO. 

Don't close the door yet, Tracy ... if guys keep dropping out we might actually need you.

Sean Kingston Dudes Jacked My $300k Chain!!

6/28/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0627-sean-kingston-tmzSean Kingston's got an accessories problem ... someone straight up yanked a $300k chain off his neck ... so claims the singer.

Two suspects approached Sean inside Penthouse Nightclub & Dayclub in L.A. and somehow the altercation turned physical ... they began punching him before one forcibly took the pricey chain -- this according to the police report.

By the time cops arrived Sean and the 2 suspects had split. We're told someone from Sean's camp filed a police report, and an investigation will be launched.

First his watch ... now this.

NBA's Thabo Sefolosha NYPD Calls BS On Abuse ... 'Force Was Justified'

6/27/2016 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627_thabo-sefolosha_nypd_gettyThe NYPD officers who subdued and arrested NBA star Thabo Sefolosha last year were completely justified in their action, so says the NYPD ... despite Thabo's claim he suffered serious injuries during the incident.

You know the backstory ... the ATL Hawks star got into it with NYPD officers back in April 2015 outside of 1 OAK nightclub ... minutes after a fellow NBA player was stabbed nearby. 

Sefolosha was initially arrested for obstructing justice and disorderly conduct -- but he took the case to trial and was eventually exonerated. 

Thabo claimed the officers used excessive force -- striking him with a baton, forcing him to the ground and handcuffing him. Thabo claims he suffered a broken leg and ligament damage.

Thabo had sued the 5 officers and the City of NY seeking up to $50 million in damages.

Now, the City of NY has responded -- and officials are backing the cops.

In court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, the City states, "Any force was reasonable and justified."

As for the alleged injuries -- the City blames Thabo ... saying, "Any injury alleged to have been sustained resulted from [Sefolosha's] own culpable or negligent conduct or the culpable or negligent conduct of others." 

The City wants the judge to throw out the case. We're guessing that ain't gonna happen. 

Stay tuned ... 

Courtney Love Divorce & Moving Out Best Options for Frances Bean

6/27/2016 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Courtney Love has no worries about the police drama around her daughter's divorce, and insists it was the right decision for her to leave.

TMZ broke the story ... LAPD officers were standing by to "keep the peace" last week when Frances Bean Cobain's people moved her stuff out of the house she shared with Isaiah Silva, her husband of less than 2 years.

Check out Courtney's take on the situation. As they say ... if mama's happy, everybody's happy. Cops or not.

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NFL's Dan Skuta I Didn't Hit That Woman ... But She Hit Me

6/27/2016 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627-dan-skuta-GETTY-01Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta is adamant he never laid a finger on a woman outside of an Orlando bar last weekend ... but says SHE struck HIM ... and he can prove it. 

As we previously reported, Skuta was arrested for battery on June 19th after a woman told police Skuta shoved her head against a glass window after she refused to give him her phone number. 

But Skuta's lawyer says the woman is lying through her teeth -- and the NFL player has multiple witnesses who can back him up.

We spoke with Skuta's lawyer, Mark NeJame, who tells us straight up -- "Dan is innocent."

"Eye witnesses who we have already received statements from in our initial investigation will attest that Dan was alongside his girlfriend when this fabricated event supposedly took place."

NeJame says the female accuser and another woman were harassing Skuta and his friends -- so the NFL player verbally instructed them to leave his group alone. 

"Dan was then struck in the face by one of the women, as is evidenced by his mugshot which clearly shows where he was struck."

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Skuta's attorney says the NFL player and his girlfriend then turned and walked away from the women "as to avoid further trouble from his attacker."

"Dan never placed his hands on anyone."

NeJame says Skuta has an outstanding reputation in the community and he's been hurt by the allegations ... but he's confident "the full truth will soon be determined."

Keith Thurman Bring Me Manny Pacquiao!

6/27/2016 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Less than 48 hours after the fight of the year, Keith Thurman is ready to do battle again ... and he wants a piece of Manny Pacquiao!

The WBA champ joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) -- and was asked about rumors of a possible matchup with PacMan. 

"I would love to see a contract with Manny Pacquiao's name on it," Thurman said ... "I'm down to fight the best in the world!"

You gotta watch the ENTIRE interview on the show tonight -- "One Time" reveals the awesome bruises behind his shades and tells us how he plans to spend the $1.4 million purse! 

Brittney Griner I'M SINGLE AGAIN ... Divorce Finalized

6/27/2016 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627-brittney-griner-glory-johnson-tmz-instagram-02WNBA superstar Brittney Griner is officially out of one of the WORST marriages ever -- because a judge just finalized her divorce from Glory Johnson ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Griner and Johnson -- both WNBA players -- got married back in May 2015 ... right after they were both arrested for domestic violence for attacking each other in their Arizona home.

The marriage lasted only 28 days before Brittney pulled the plug ... while Johnson was pregnant with twins! Griner claimed Johnson was cheating on her with an ex-boyfriend. 

Johnson had claimed they both agreed to parent the children -- and demanded financial support. 

A judge saw it Glory's way and ordered Griner to fork over $2,516 per month PER KID in child support ... PLUS another $2,835 per month to pay for daycare services. 

Griner will NOT have to pay spousal support. 

So, that's it ... it's over. 

Meantime, Johnson has already rebounded ... with a guy. 

Russell Westbrook I'd Play For Obama ... He'd Be A Great NBA Owner

6/27/2016 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

President Obama's dream of owning an NBA team just got its first superstar endorsement ... 'cause Russell Westbrook says he'd love to lace 'em up for the top man if he ever scored his team.

Westbrook was out in Beverly Hills when we asked about Obama saying he wants to run an NBA franchise when his lease at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue runs out.

Question is, would Westbrook ... who's a free agent after next year .... wanna hoop it up for Obama's dream team?

Check out the clip -- Looks like there's a formula to bring Russ to your NBA team ...

Just add Obama.

Lil Jon to Dave Chappelle You Ruined My Life!! (In The Best Way Possible)

6/27/2016 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Yeah ... Lil Jon's got a few things to get off his chest when it comes to Dave Chappelle.

We caught up with the rapper/producer at LAX and our guy asked if Dave's famous 2004 skit has had any impact on his life and career. Holy crap, we stumbled on to a hot topic for Jon!

Check out the vid ... and yes, people -- he says a lot more than "Yeah!"

Ray J Manager's PISSED at Kanye 'Watch Your F****** Mouth!'

6/27/2016 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If Kanye West wanted to get under people's skin with his "Famous" music video ... it worked, and now he's got Ray J's manager on his ass ... making serious threats.

Ray was in downtown L.A. when we asked what he thought of his nude appearance in Kanye's vid. Watch this -- Ray doesn't have much to say, but his music manager, Wack 100, said a lot, and sent a message to West -- "Tell that n**** he a long way from Chicago."

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There was a lot more -- and it's obvious that something about the video has rubbed Ray J and his team the wrong way.

If you forgot, Wack is the same guy who manages The Game, and knocked out Stitches with one punch last year. Sooo ... there's that. 

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