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Philadelphia Eagles Another Player Won't Visit White House

4/25/2018 9:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Another member of the Philadelphia Eagles' 2017 Super Bowl team says he's not planning on going to Trump's White House with the team ... this time it's linebacker Dannell Ellerbe

"Me personally, I wouldn't go," Ellerbe says ... noting, "I've already been before."

Ellerbe -- who's now a free agent -- is referring to the Super Bowl ring he won as a member of the 2012 Baltimore Ravens team. That squad visited then-President Barack Obama

But, several Eagles players have stated they're not feeling the current President and will not attend the ceremony at 1600 Penn ... including Torrey Smith, Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins

Plus, it recently came out that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had made some anti-Trump comments -- calling his presidency, "disastrous."

Still, the White House has said it's working with the team to schedule a visit ... it'll be interesting to see who actually shows up. 

Meek Mill Judge Brinkley's 'A Little Delusional'

4/25/2018 6:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Judge Genece Brinkley is "a little sad and a little delusional" for not removing herself from Meek Mill's case ... so says Meek's lawyer.

Joe Tacopina is incredulous at statements made by Brinkley's lawyer that her honor will not recuse herself from Meek's case. Tacopina tells TMZ, Judge Brinkley needs to reread the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision springing Meek from prison, noting the court said, "[Brinkley] may opt to remove herself from presiding over this matter," then citing Pennsylvania law that says it should be done "in the interest of justice."

Tacopina thinks Brinkley can't take a hint ... he says the Supreme Court is clearly giving her a wink and a nod that she should get out of the case.

And Tacopina scoffs at Brinkley's lawyer's comment that the guns and drugs conviction might not be overturned if there are cops, other than the dirty one, who might still remain credible. Tacopina says the dirty cop is the one and only one responsible for the conviction. 

'Smallville' Star Sam Jones III Allison Mack Hid Her 'Inner Freak' ... 'Sex Cult' Shocks Me!!!

4/25/2018 7:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of Allison Mack's co-stars on "Smallville" says she was fairly normal while shooting the show, and never showed any signs she might have been part of an alleged sex cult.

We got Sam Jones III -- who starred alongside Mack for 3 seasons -- and he tells us she had a boyfriend at the time, and he never suspected she would get arrested for alleged ties to the self-help group, Nxivm -- for which she's accused of recruiting women to be "sex slaves." 

Smallville's Pete Ross offered his ex-castmate some advice ahead of her trial, where she's facing sex trafficking and conspiracy charges ... and could get 15 years in prison. His tip has to do with the residuals from the show, which -- as Sam showed us -- are still pretty fat.

Chuck D Meek Should Make 'Message' Music ... His Fans Will Follow

4/25/2018 8:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chuck D says Meek Mill is not the same man -- or artist -- he was when he first went into prison 5 months ago ... and, as such, his music should reflect it going forward.

We got the Public Enemy MC Tuesday at LAX on the heels of the news Meek was being released from prison, and Chuck thinks the Philly rapper is a changed person for the better now that he is back on the outside. 

Our photog asks if this will inspire Meek to start putting out tracks that will carry a message. Based on his answer (and also his own personal history) ... we're assuming Chuck wouldn't be mad if he started speaking for the people. 

Prince Ex-Wife Slams Sinead's Claims ... He's Not a Woman Beater!!!

4/25/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Prince's ex-wife doesn't buy Sinead O'Connor's claims he was violent toward women and abused hard drugs ... because she never saw a shred of evidence to support that.

Mayte Garcia -- who was married to Prince from 1996 to 2000 -- tells TMZ he was never violent with her and she never witnessed him being violent with anyone ... man or woman. She also says he didn't do hard drugs while they were together, and she only saw him drunk once.

Garcia's very skeptical of Sinead's self-proclaimed close relationship with Prince ... telling us she seriously doubts she could have known more than she did.

Mayte has a problem with the timing of Sinead's allegations, too ... because Prince wasn't alive to defend himself.

Garcia admits she found the reports of Prince's deadly pill stash shocking and heartbreaking, because she knew him for years and didn't see anything like that.

But as for O'Connor's most outrageous claim -- that Prince was into devil worship -- Garcia simply calls BS. She says he was spiritual and religious, but any claims of him doing something sinister are "ridiculously wrong" ... adding, "I strongly deny that in his honor."

Meek Mill Judge Will Not Remove Herself from the Case

4/25/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill's judge will NOT remove herself from his drug and weapons case ... despite the Pennsylvania Supreme Court inviting her to do so ... TMZ has learned.

Judge Genece Brinkley maintains she has been giving and will continue to give Meek a fair shake, this according to her lawyer, A. Charles Peruto, Jr.

Peruto tells TMZ the judge does not feel the Supreme Court in any way repudiated her rulings when it ordered that Meek go free without bail, pending the next hearing in June.

The hearing will determine if the drug and weapons case should be thrown out because of the testimony of a crooked cop, and Peruto suggested Judge Brinkley will not necessarily side with the prosecutor and Meek's lawyer, both of whom are asking the judge to toss the conviction.

Peruto says there were other cops who testified in the case, and if their credibility is intact the judge might not overturn the conviction.  

Judge Brinkley's lawyer says the judge bears no grudge against Meek and insists she's been fair from the start.

So, if the PA Supreme Court was trying to gently suggest that Brinkley remove herself from the case, the message was not received.

Heidi Klum I'm a Dancing Freak for Dundas

4/25/2018 8:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Heidi Klum can't pass up a good beat when she hears one -- even if it's in the middle of a shopping trip ... girl's just gotta dance.

We got Heidi Tuesday night walking up Melrose Ave. in WeHo, where she stumbled across a Dundas pop-up store -- which was bumpin' some tunes that she clearly dug.

The German model got her groove on with the Norwegian designer, Peter Dundas, himself. Maybe it's a Euro thing, 'cause he didn't miss a step as soon as she stepped into his space.

Pretty hot scene ... in the middle of a clothing store.

File this under things you will NOT see during your weekly Target trip.

Congressional Baseball Game GOP's 1st Practice Since Shooting ... No Sign of Scalise

4/25/2018 6:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Congressional Republicans came together this week to play some baseball -- the team's first reunion since a shooting last year that almost left Rep. Steve Scalise dead.

The GOP held its first Congressional Baseball Game practice Tuesday at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, VA, where different members made some opening remarks at a podium ... including lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot multiple times last summer by James Hodgkinson.

Mika thanked one of the paramedics on the scene who helped save his life, which was followed by a round of applause. We also ran into Senator Jeff Flake, who was reportedly at bat when Hodgkinson opened fire during an early morning practice.

He says it's emotional to come back onto the field, but also tells us he's looking for a win during this year's actual game. Scalise himself did not appear at Tuesday's practice.

Tekashi69 Manager Under Investigation For Shootings Before & During Broner Fight

4/25/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tekashi69's manager is under criminal investigation for two shootings that went down the day of Adrien Broner's fight ... and the moments leading up to the incident were caught on tape.

Law enforcement sources tell us 6ix9ine's manager, Tr3yway, is a person of interest in two separate gun-related incidents over the weekend -- one that occurred during the Broner fight, and another that went down just hours earlier on the streets of Brooklyn.

We're told police believe Tr3yway might be the person who fired a shot inside the Barclays Center after a fight broke out with Casanova's crew, based on surveillance video. They also think he might've been the guy who fired two shots 4 hours beforehand, when he was allegedly captured on video shooting at a car following Tekashi's SUV.

Cops tell us the suspect in the footage from both incidents resembles Tr3yway -- who'd been hanging out with 6ix9ine and Kim K's pal, Jonathan Cheban, over the weekend.

In the footage from outside the arena, obtained by TMZ, you see what eyewitnesses tell us is Tekashi's SUV presumably heading to Barclays. It stops suddenly, and a guy we're told is Tr3yway hops out and runs in the opposite direction ... at which point he allegedly fired. 

Sources say Tekashi got out in the vid, as well, but you can't make out his face -- or hair -- 'cause he's got a hoodie on. Criminal charges have yet to be brought against Tr3yway. Still ... considering Tekashi's crew has been linked to a THIRD shooting this week ... they might wanna lay low. 

We've reached out to Tekashi's camp multiple times for comment ... so far, no word back. 

Oscar De La Hoya Confirms GGG vs. Canelo In Sept. 'Canelo's Gonna Wail On Him'

4/25/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

We already told you Gennady Golovkin's camp was targeting a rematch with Canelo Alvarez for September ... and now Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed that's the plan.

The Golden Boy touched down in NYC where we asked all about his #1 fighter and the alleged tainted Mexican beef that led to a positive PED test, ruining plans for a May 5 rematch with GGG. 

"Canelo is getting really the short end of the stick here because obviously he's a popular fighter and a lot of people are gonna hate on him," Oscar says.

"But he's been one of the cleanest fighters I've known. He's passed numerous of tests, and you know ... it was very unfortunate."

Oscar is adamant Canelo is NOT a cheater ... and says there's proof Mexican beef has screwed all sorts of pro athletes in the past. 

We also asked Oscar how he felt about GGG's new Jordan Brand ad that mocked Canelo's meat excuse ... and clearly, De La Hoya wasn't laughing! 

"To me it's bulls**t," Oscar said ... "Once they fight in September, I'll tell you one thing -- Canelo's gonna freaking wail on him."

Meek Mill's Lawyer Joe Tacopina Justice is Served ... But it's Bittersweet

4/24/2018 2:49 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill's lawyer is happy, optimistic and feels vindicated after a long legal war finally led to the rapper's release from prison ... but he's not popping the champagne just yet.

Joe Tacopina tells TMZ he's relieved because Meek finally gets to be home with his family where he belongs, but still seems to be in disbelief over all the trouble he had to go through to get there ... which he says is unlike anything he's ever seen before.

Tacopina points specifically to the actions of Judge Genece Brinkley, who he feels had a legal vendetta against Meek from day one and was consistently unprofessional. On the plus side, Joe feels his time dealing with the judge is coming to an end ... whether it's by her choice or not.

More importantly, Tacopina firmly believes Meek is out of jail for good -- regardless of what Judge Brinkley does -- and eventually the right ruling will be made and he'll officially be a free man.

Hey, they've waited this long ...

Cardi B Meek's Out? Yeeeahhh, Boyyy!

4/24/2018 4:12 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B has just a few words for Meek Mill now that he's getting out of prison -- but they're quite telling, and in the same vein as ... awww sh******eeeeetttt!!!!!

We got the "Bodak Yellow" rapper Tuesday as she was heading into LAX, where we asked if she had any thoughts on the big news of the day ... namely, Meek getting sprung.

We broke the story ... the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overruled Judge Genece Brinkley and ordered bail be set for Meek's immediate release. The justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer used as a "critical witness" in the rapper's OG criminal case as a main reason.

Cardi's clearly happy for Meek, but she's also pretty defensive. Our camera guy asks if this moment will transform his rap career. Check out pit bull Cardi go to bat for the dude. 

Floyd Mayweather Happy for Meek Mill 'Deserves to Be Home'

4/24/2018 2:11 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

We just broke the news to Floyd Mayweather that Meek Mill is being released from prison ... and Floyd says he's really happy for the rapper. 

Floyd and Meek have supported each other over the years -- Floyd's publicly praised Meek's music and Meek attended the Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. 

So, when we saw Floyd out in NYC shopping for jewelry, we had to ask what he thought about Meek getting out of prison after 5 months. 

"I'm glad he home," Floyd said ... "He deserves to be home."

We also asked Floyd about the shooting in Atlanta but he didn't really want to talk about it. However, his bodyguard Greg La Rosa who was shot in the leg during the attack says he's recovering nicely and should be okay. 

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