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Denzel Washington I 'Tracked Down' Denzel Valentine ... I Love His Name!

6/27/2016 6:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Guys named "Denzel" gotta stick together -- so says Denzel Washington ... who tells TMZ Sports he actually "tracked down" NBA draft pick Denzel Valentine to say what's up. 

Denzel -- the actor -- was at Madeo over the weekend when he explained why it was important for him to meet the former Michigan State star. 

FYI, Valentine -- who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the #14 pick -- was actually named after the "Training Day" star

Moral of the story -- Wanna meet Denzel Washington? Just name your kid after him. It's that easy. 

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Chris Brown Threatening and 'High on Drugs' ... Claims Ex-Tour Mgr.

6/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-chris-brown-tmz-02Chris Brown allegedly cornered a female tour manager and went on a threatening, drug-fueled tirade so intense, she jumped off the tour bus and quit on the spot.

Sources connected to Chris' tour tell us the incident went down May 23 during Chris' European tour. Nancy Ghosh -- who's worked with the likes of J Lo, Kanye West and Justin Bieber -- claims Brown cursed her out in a dispute over her employment terms.

The day after the incident she fired off an email to Brown's team ... in which she explained she felt unsafe because Chris has been "irrational and high on drugs." Ghosh also claimed Brown referenced "what he did to Mike G" ... and threatened to do the same to her. TMZ broke the story ... Chris' ex-manager, Mike G, sued him for an alleged beatdown.

Ghosh said she refused to stay on the bus after the argument out of fear for her safety. 

We're told a production manager on the tour also complained, through his lawyer ... claiming Brown has been verbally abusive and threatening. 

We've reached out to Chris' camp ... so far no word back.

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Mariah Carey The Second Nick Signs I'm Getting Hitched

6/27/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0626-mariah-carey-james-packer-happy-TMZ-01Mariah Carey has been coy about when she might marry James Packer ... but we're told they now want to seal the deal as soon as the ink is dry on her final divorce docs.

As we've been reporting, Mariah has been pushing Nick Cannon to sign the papers for more than a year, but he won't do it. We're told he hasn't made any money or custody demands ... that's been a done deal for a long time. Mariah's people believe Nick's lawyers are dragging it out for as long as possible.

James has already divorced his wife, so all that's left is Mimi. And one other thing ... our sources say they will have a prenup, but it's unclear if that's been signed.

That said, they want to marry ASAP. Realistically it probably won't happen until August at the earliest, when she wraps up her Vegas gig. They've planned to sail on James' yacht for a month off the coast of Capri, which would be a pretty perfect spot to tie the knot. 

As for Nick, if you believe his freestyle, he'll finally sign.

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MLB Great David Wells The Bat Flip Is BS I'd Drill Players Who Did It!!

6/27/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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All you crazy bat-flipping home run hitters should thank your lucky stars you weren't born a couple years earlier ... 'cause retired MLB stud pitcher David Wells says if you did it to him ... you'd wear baseball.

We got Wells at the Hank's Yanks Golf Classic in NYC and asked him about the recent trend of the bat flip -- hitters showing up pitchers with aggressive lumber tossing after they go yard.

The main culprit is, of course, Toronto's Jose Bautista ... whose bat flip in game 5 of last year's ALDS has been called -- rightfully so -- "the most ostentatious bat flip of all time."

Check out the clip -- Wells says he would've given Jose a rawhide makeover his next time at bat ... 'cause in DW's opinion, flipping your hickory is just too damn disrespectful.

It's okay guys ... he's retired ... you can flip in peace. 

Chad Ochocinco's Baby Mama Catch Up On Child Support ... Or Else!!

6/27/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-chad-ochocinco-TMZ-01Chad Ochocinco's a deadbeat dad ... this according to his baby mama who says Chad's in the red on child support.

Andrea Pearson says Chad failed to make a $5,250 payment in April ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ. Her petition for contempt offers the judge several options ... garnish Chad's wages, slap him with a fine, or throw him in the pokey.

As we previously reported ... Chad's had money trouble going as far back as 2013, when his expenses far outpaced his income

We reached out to Chad who scoffed at the amount, telling TMZ, "5k? That's it? All she had to do was call like normal people do. You can always tell who is in it for the money." 

Keyshia Cole She Got Trashy with My Pad ... Landlord Sues

6/27/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-keyshia-cole-TMZ-01Keyshia Cole didn't take her eviction lightly, in fact she straight up trashed the place on her way out the door ... according to her ex-landlord. 

Keyshia got the boot for failing to pay $19,000 in back rent on her place in Santa Monica. The landlord already sued for that, but now he's filed a new lawsuit for the damage to his property. 

In the suit, he says the singer put holes in the walls and ceilings, scratched the floor, and destroyed door frames.

He lists the total damage at $150,000 ... and wants her to cough up that amount, plus a little something for his emotional distress. 

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Drake Former Producer is Just Swell

6/26/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-detail-injuries-tmz-02Drake's muscle packs a mean punch ... according to the guy on the receiving end.

We got these pics of the injuries of producer/rapper Detail, who claims the bruises were inflicted at the hands of Drake's security guard.

We're told the injuries were so bad he was hospitalized for days ... with a broken jaw and other injuries that required several surgeries.

As we reported, Detail claims Drake invited him to his home back in 2014 on the pretext of working on a project, but it was really an ambush. Detail says Drake was pissed he wouldn't work exclusively with the Canadian rapper.

Detail says he was so badly hurt he couldn't work for a year, and he asked Drake repeatedly, and in vain, to cover his medical expenses. When Drake refused, Detail had lawyers, Panish Shea & Boyle, file a lawsuit.

Our sources say Detail's camp is worried Drake's crew may be in L.A. for this weekend's BET Awards, and they're scared of more retaliation.  

Brittany Murphy Death House Back On The Market Big Discount, No Bad Juju

6/26/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624_brittany_murphy_house_for_sale_launchThe home where Brittany Murphy and her husband both died is back on the market ... and the awesome house is now looking like a bargain ... if money is no object.

The house was just relisted for $18.4 mil ... a million less than before. It looks nothing like the death home ... it was renovated from the ground up.

BTW ... Murphy bought the home from another famous Britney ... Spears. 

The house has 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, along with a home theater, massage room, wine cellar, infinity pool and an elevator to navigate the 9,400 sq. ft. property that's 3 stories high.

Real estate agents Ben Bacal and Ness Krief have the listing -- check out the marketing video.

Shaq My Fam's the Next Kardashians ... In a Good Way

6/26/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Shaquille O'Neal has changed his mind -- and officially given the green light for a bunch of his kids to star in a brand new reality show ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's been a work in progress for years. Our sources say Shaq was initially a little chilly on the idea -- but things have changed, and we're told the NBA legend has officially given his blessing for the VH1 show. 

The show will feature Shaq's 4 kids with ex-wife Shaunie -- along with her child from a previous relationship and will primarily focus on the kids trying to forge their way into various careers. One of the kids wants to be a comedian. Another is interested in music. 

And, of course, 17-year-old Shareef O'Neal is a top high school basketball player who's being recruited by some of the best colleges in the country. We're told the recruiting process will be featured on the show.

Plus, the baller stuff like Shaqir's insane celeb-packed 13th birthday will also be on the show. 

Caaaaan youuuuu digggg itttt?!?! 

Mary J. Blige NJ Hit Me Up For Another $166k

6/26/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-mary-j-blige-tmzOn one hand, Mary J. Blige is making progress in the tax lien dept -- her tabs are getting lower, but on the other hand ... she still has to pay 'em. 

The state of NJ dropped a new lien on MJB to the tune of $166,292.77.

This one's way more manageable than her past tax debts. She settled a lien for $900k with Jersey in 2014, but appears to still be on the hook for a $3.4 million tab with the IRS.

Bottom line: the tax man's keeping a close eye on Mary's money.

Young Dro No Jail Time For 'Borrowed' Car

6/26/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-young-dro-tmz-01Young Dro was staring down up to 10 years in prison for stealing a friend's car, but caught a huge break when the judge handed him 3 years probation.

The "F.D.B." rapper pled guilty in May to one count of theft by conversion ... thereby scoring probation instead of incarceration.

The case was pretty absurd ... Dro said he borrowed a friend's car and promised to pick her up after she was done with her shift at the Pink Pony strip club in ATL. He never showed, but cops found the car later with marijuana and a stolen gun in it.

In addition to probation, Dro also has to pay a $1,000 fine.

Verne Troyer I Was The Tiniest Linebacker Ever ... Here's My Football Glory Story

6/26/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ Sports content quiz ... would you rather hear a harrowing story of sports glory from one of the most feared athletes of his generation?

Or ... do you wanna hear about the time Verne Troyer made a single tackle in a full-contact football game against a guy (obviously) three times his size.

We thought so ...

Verne was out at LAX when the subject of football came up and he broke the epic news to us that he's not just a fan of the game ... he used to be a player!!

Check out the clip -- and remember, dynamite comes in small packages.

BET Awards Weekend LAPD On Alert for Sizzurp Sippin'

6/25/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624_lapd_training-for-lean_composite_gettyThe LAPD officers just got schooled on sizzurp, aka lean ... but the department swears there's nothing racial about it.

Law enforcement sources tell us LAPD brass has held meetings with cops to go over the basics when it comes to codeine. We're told they've been briefed on how users mix the syrup, how it looks, smells and most importantly ... to be on the lookout for double cups. 

The brass insisted it has nothing to do with this weekend's BET Awards show ... which will draw scores of rappers. They say cops will not specially hunt for double cups ... but officers will arrest anyone if they happen to notice during normal patrol.

Interestingly ... one of the LAPD divisions where a meeting was held was near the BET venue in downtown L.A. But the Hollywood Division didn't have such a meeting, and that's where lots of the after-parties will go down. We're told Hollywood cops already know what's up.

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