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NY Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch I Support Ben McAdoo After Odell Beckham Criticism

9/29/2016 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NY Giants head coach Ben McAdoo just got a vote of confidence from his boss Steve Tisch -- who says he strongly believes Ben and Odell Beckham can work out their issues after OBJ's week 3 outburst. 

Beckham seemed upset after McAdoo said the wide receiver was a "distraction" to himself and his teammates -- when he exploded on the sideline during the Giants' loss to the Redskins. 

FYI, Beckham appeared to cry on the sidelines and got violent with a kicking net. 

Beckham chalked up McAdoo's comments as "he said, she said" talk -- and said his focus was on facing the Vikings on Monday night. 

So, when we saw NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch out in L.A. Wednesday, we asked about the situation and he made it clear ... McAdoo is still his "fantasy coach."

Gladys Knight My Son Tried to Blackmail Me With Medical Information

9/29/2016 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929-gladys-knight-shanga-hankerson-tmz-facebook-01Gladys Knight says her son stooped so low in their legal battle, he attempted to extort his own mother if she didn't cut him a break.

The R & B legend has been fighting Shanga Hankerson over the chicken & waffles joints that bear her name in the Atlanta area -- and when he didn't respond to the lawsuit, the clerk entered a default victory for Gladys.

According to docs, Gladys says Shanga's lawyer reached out and put a metaphorical gun to her head: give us more time to respond to the lawsuit, or we'll go public with your Alzheimer's diagnosis.

Gladys didn't give in, and then her own flesh and blood filed legal docs that indeed alluded to some form of dementia because, as they put it ... she had a "lack of mental capacity."

Now she's firing back -- denying the ailment and accusing her son of trying to "embarrass and harass" her. Gladys wants to keep the default in place, but Shanga's fighting to get it overturned.

Olympic Legend John Carlos Warns Shaq Over Kaep Criticism You're On the Wrong Side of History

9/29/2016 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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U.S. Olympic legend John Carlos -- who famously raised the black power fist at the '68 Games -- is warning Shaquille O'Neal about criticizing Colin Kaepernick's protest ... saying he's going to wind up on the wrong side of history. 

0912_1968-Olympic-Games_tommie_smith-sub-gettyEarlier this month, Shaq was adamant he would never follow Kaep's lead, cited relatives in law enforcement and military, and said, "There are other ways to get your point across." 

Well, that obviously struck a chord with 71-year-old Carlos, who was in D.C. to be honored by President Obama at the White House. 

He told TMZ Sports, "To Shaq and all the other guys that want to be the naysayers to what Kaepernick is doing, all I can say to them is they better be careful on how they gonna come out ... on which side of history they're gonna come out in the future."

"I think they're gonna come out on the wrong side of the street."

As for Obama, he praised Carlos and Tommie Smith for their legendary protest -- saying, "It woke folks up and created greater opportunity for those that followed."

Ryan Lochte Who Needs The White House? I'm Making Green!!

9/29/2016 1:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929_ryan_lochte_pine_throat_relief_launch_2While the rest of the Team USA Olympians were yukking it up with President Obama at the White House Thursday, Ryan Lochte was raking it in ... shooting a commercial with his new sponsor.

The Olympic swimmer and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant was in L.A. working with Pine Bros. throat drops ... he's going to appear in their print ads and a TV spot.

Lochte's campaign is all about forgiveness, and from the look of the pics ... he's already forgotten about the Rio scandal that led to his White House ban.

Derrick Rose Judge Shoots Down Pseudonym Appeal 'This Is Not a State Secrets Case'

9/29/2016 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0923-derrick-rose-gettyThe judge in the Derrick Rose rape case reaffirmed his decision and will NOT allow the accuser to use a pseudonym during the trial ... saying, "This is not a state secrets case." 

As we previously reported, the accuser had asked the judge to reconsider after he previously ruled that she must use her real name. But in a hearing Thursday afternoon, the judge shot her down.

"This is not a state secrets case," Judge Michael Fitzgerald said ... adding that the media could easily find out her real name. 

The judge also admonished the accuser for fighting to protect her identity when her name is already known to many people and can be easily discovered by the media. 

The trial is set to begin on October 4th. 

Kylie Jenner Leaked Phone Number Off Limits ... For a Whole Year!

9/29/2016 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-kylie-jenner-getty-02Kylie Jenner's phone number was shut down after Rob Kardashian leaked it -- and it won't be up for grabs again 'til next September ... TMZ has learned. 

A rep for Verizon -- where Kylie had her phone plan -- tells us it's going beyond its usual policy of reassigning a disconnected number after 50 days. In this case, they're jumping straight to their max period ... one full year.  

We broke the story ... Rob leaked Kylie's number Monday night after a baby shower mishap. As a shot to Kylie, who he apparently thought was to blame, he tweeted her digits for the world to see.

Verizon tells us they're quick to change a number if a customer complains about getting unwanted or harassing calls or texts. Kylie isn't getting any special treatment ... she just meets that criteria. Now they've moved to take it down and out of circulation for 12 months.  

Meanwhile, you shouldn't waste your time trying to call Kylie ... her hotline won't bling. 

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Ron Jeremy Hits Pedestrian ... Cops Investigate

9/29/2016 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929_ron_jeremy_with_cops_tmz_wmPorn legend Ron Jeremy busted a left turn while driving through Bev Hills, but failed to see a guy crossing the street and hit him -- now cops are on the case ... TMZ has learned.

It all went down Wednesday night and Jeremy says he never saw the pedestrian, who was dressed in all black. He says he "nicked" the guy. Cops and paramedics responded -- the victim was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.

Law enforcement sources tell us drugs and alcohol were not a factor. The photo makes it seem like cops handcuffed Jeremy on the scene, but both he and cops say that's not the case. He wasn't cited, but the accident's under investigation.

Boxer Victor Ortiz The DUI Mug Shot

9/29/2016 9:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0929_victor-ortiz-booking-photo_WMTMZ Sports has obtained the mug shot for ex-boxing champ Victor Ortiz -- taken right after he was arrested for DUI on Saturday. 

We broke the story ... the 29-year-old former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant was pulled over in California for expired tags on his BMW -- and during the stop, cops suspected he was drunk. 

Ortiz -- who is on probation stemming from a 2015 battery conviction -- was arrested and taken to a nearby station where he was booked for driving under the influence. 

He has since been released. So far, no comment from his camp. 

Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris Impossible Happens ... Bitter Exes Are Friends Again

9/29/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-calvin-harris-taylor-swift-tmz-instagram-02Satan's gonna need a winter coat -- Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are no longer at war after one of Hollywood's nastiest breakups, and are firmly in the friend zone.

Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ ... shortly after Taylor and Tom Hiddleston broke up, Taylor and Calvin started texting and put an end to their drama.

It's unclear who hit send first, but here's what we do know -- we're told this is NOT a rekindling of the old fire. Also, they have NOT spoken on the phone or seen each other in person. It's strictly text, but it's been enough to erase the resentment that exploded after the June breakup ... and that mess about who wrote "This Is What You Came For."

There's been buzz Calvin's new single, "My Way," is about getting over Taylor, but that had nothing to do with their decision to bury the hatchet. Besides, we're told it's really inspired by his old job at a grocery store.

Nothing romantic ... which is exactly how both sides describe the renewed friendship. 

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Justin Bieber Get to Miami for Grilling Or Else ... Cops Will Come Get You

9/29/2016 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-justin-bieber-tmz-02Justin Bieber has been ordered to get back to Miami for a deposition, and the judge doesn't care if it means interrupting his current world tour schedule. 

We're told Bieber's lawyers were in a packed courtroom Wednesday for the case where a photog is accusing the singer's bodyguards of attacking him inside a Subway restaurant.

According to court docs, the judge is giving Bieber 30 days to return to FL for the grilling by lawyers ... or he'll issue a writ of bodily attachment -- which means sheriff's deputies will haul him in if he doesn't come voluntarily. 

Bieber's European leg of his Purpose World Tour doesn't end until late November ... so it's going to be a logistical nightmare.

As we previously reported ... the photog's attorney, Mark DiCowden, will grill Bieber on his previous altercations with photogs and fans. We're also told the depo will be videotaped -- which probably doesn't sit well with Justin's legal team.

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Johnny Manziel Props to Tebow While Clubbin' in Hollywood

9/29/2016 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel was clearly impressed with Tim Tebow's instructional league home run -- and he told us all about it ... outside of a Hollywood nightclub. 

The ex-NFL quarterback hit up Warwick on Sunset Blvd just after midnight and partied for roughly two hours. Even though he seemed sober, Manziel played it safe and didn't drive himself home. 

The question we wanted to know ... any chance Manziel follows Tebow's lead and transitions into baseball? 

After all, Manziel was drafted by the San Diego Padres back in 2014 after a decent high school career as an infielder. 

Check out the clip ... hey, anything's possible. 

Rob Kardashian Chyna Wants a Rapper ... Not Me, Supersized

9/29/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928_blac_chyna_rob_kardashian_tmz-gettyRob Kardashian and Blac Chyna have been fighting for months, partially because he's convinced she's going to leave him for a rapper.

Sources close to the parents-to-be say Rob's never been comfortable with aspects of Chyna's past. For instance, we're told he's brought up her relationships with Tyga and Future. Our source says she had to stop listening to certain songs when Rob was around because he once told her point-blank, "You'd rather date a rapper than a fat Armenian."

As we previously reported, Rob's spiraled back into depression, and has put on weight while they've been on the outs. Their convos these days are tense ... especially if Chyna suggests he work out and eat healthy. He takes it as an insult, but we're told she's concerned about his health.

Suffice to say, the days of couples workout sessions are a thing of the past.


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Tinder CEO Let's Go Back To My Place It's On the Market

9/29/2016 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0929_sean_rad_tinder_house_launchTinder's CEO is looking to find a match with someone in the market for a new home ... who can swipe it right off his hands for a cool $9 mil.

Sean Rad just listed his 3 bed, 5 bath L.A. penthouse for $8.995 million, and if he gets his price, he stands to gain almost a $1.5 mil profit.  

As for the crib ... it's the ultimate bachelor pad you'd expect from the guy who co-founded Tinder. At 5,283 square feet -- and perched high up on the 23rd floor -- the home features floor-to-ceiling windows and a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains and city below.

Sean's looking to hook up with a buyer soon, and from the looks of this place, what's not to super like?

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