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Kenyon Martin: LONZO BALL'S DAD IS CRAZY ... Stop Comparing to Steph!!

2/21/2017 5:52 AM PST
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Kenyon Martin says Lonzo Ball's father is OUT HIS DAMN MIND ... because it's absolutely insane to say the UCLA star could be better than Steph Curry!

Of course, LaVar Ball ignited a firestorm last week when he told TMZ Sports his 19-year-old superstar kid will be better than 2-time NBA MVP. 

Kenyon -- the former #1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft -- takes some SERIOUS issue with the comments. 

"Listen man ... STOP IT."

By the way, Kenyon knows what it's like to be the father of a superstar kid -- his son, Kenyon Jr., is killin' it in the high school ranks. But even Martin Sr. won't say he'll be better than Steph! 

Shia LaBeouf Protest Camera Spray Painted

2/21/2017 6:47 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Someone's protesting Shia LaBeouf's protest by spray painting the camera trained on his "He will not divide us" demonstration.

A vandal approached the live stream camera early Tuesday morning at around 4:20 and unloaded a canister of red spray paint. The vandal is wearing a mask or bandana to hide his identity. 

The hijinks went down in Albuquerque, days after Shia made it the new home of the protest after getting kicked out of his New York venue.

Fear not ... someone's scraping off the paint right now.

Donald Trump Meeting Set with Kasich The Question, Who Blinked?

2/21/2017 1:00 AM PST
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0220-donald-trump-john-kasich-tmzDonald Trump will sit down with John Kasich in the Oval Office Friday, but there's a dispute over who requested the meeting.

Kasich has been MIA in Trump's life since the Republican National Convention in July and refused to support him. Kasich's people say he ended up writing in John McCain for president.

Our Trump sources say it was Kasich who requested Friday's meeting, but our Kasich sources dispute that and say Trump wanted the sit-down.

Our Kasich sources also say the governor is in the dark on the purpose of the meeting ... Trump isn't saying. Trump's people say, "There's no agenda. It's just to catch up."

TV Actors Sinkhole Victims We Fought for Our Lives

2/21/2017 12:50 AM PST
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Two actors drove smack into the L.A. sinkhole that made national news Friday, and they escaped from their car that got swallowed up in the raging storm.

"30 Rock" star Bobb'e J. Thompson and "Lincoln Heights" star Zachary Williams were in 1 of the 2 vehicles swallowed up by a 20-foot sinkhole that ended up closing Laurel Canyon, which connects Hollywood with the San Fernando Valley.

Zachary -- who was behind the wheel of his mom's Honda Odyssey -- says the earth literally moved under their feet, as the back tire hit the growing hole in the road ... disabling it. They scrambled to safety as they watched the Honda disappear into hole filled with rainwater.

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They jumped into Good Samaritan mode as they saw a woman in another car who was trapped as it plunged into the sinkhole. They summoned cops, who then were able to save her.

Foo Fighters & NOFX Supergroup We Need Nut Huggers To Keep Punk Alive!

2/21/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Punk rockers Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' top priority when they hit the road is testicle care -- making sure their nuts are comfy.

TMZ got a copy of the greenroom demands for the super group -- made up of NOFX's Fat Mike and Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett -- and a 5 pack of Hanes nut huggers are apparently crucial to their success ... as is Nicorette gum, mint flavor only.

They're playing the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in May, so organizers have some time to hit a local Target for undies. The rest of their demands are mostly booze-related: 

- 1 bottle of Midori
- 6 pack Wild Irish rose red wine
- 2 bottles Jameson
- 1 bottle Grey Goose 

They also want 2 whole chickens and rash cream -- not for use with the chicken. We're guessing, but ya never know.

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Lonzo Ball Blocked By Cybersquatter ... Let's Make a Deal!

2/21/2017 12:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0220-lonzo-ball-tmz-getty-01Pop Quiz -- Guess who owns the rights to LonzoBall.com???

Answer -- It ain't Lonzo Ball

Turns out, the site was snatched up by a huge basketball fan named Jeremy back in 2013 ... in the hopes the kid would blow up one day. 

Now, Jeremy's prediction has come true -- and it puts him in a very precarious position. 

Obviously, Ball -- who some say could be the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft -- would want that domain to launch his official website. 

But don't expect Jeremy to just hand it over. We spoke to the guy who says he'd definitely be willing to part with the domain if the price is right. 

So, what are Ball's options? He could pick a legal fight if he doesn't want to pay ransom money for the site ... but that could take way more time, energy and money than just writing a check. 

Our prediction ... Jeremy will probably get paid -- but were guessing Ball's future agent will probably be the one to foot the bill. 

After all that's what agents are for, right? 

Darrelle Revis' Ex-Teammate 'That's Definitely Not Revis' Voice'

2/20/2017 4:32 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

At least TWO of Darrelle Revis' teammates are adamant the voice bragging about knocking out two people in Pittsburgh is NOT the NFL star.

TMZ Sports spoke with Brandon Browner -- who won a Super Bowl with Revis with the Patriots in 2014. 

Browner says he watched the video from the aftermath of the Revis incident and says, "I know for a fact that voice that I heard is not Darrelle Revis."

He also points out that Revis' current NY Jets teammate Brandon Marshall feels the same way. 

For his part, Revis has denied K.O.'ing the two men and his lawyers say they look forward to proving his innocence in court.

WWE's New Day: No Way In Hell We'd Fight In UFC ... We're Too Pretty!

2/20/2017 3:59 PM PST
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Brock Lesnar's done it. CM Punk's done it ... but the guys from The New Day say there's NO DAMN WAY they'd ever considering moving from the WWE to the UFC.  

The tag team superstars -- who were just tapped to host WrestleMania 33 -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) ... and told us their feet are FIRMLY planted in the WWE. 

So, why not give the UFC a shot? Big E put it best ... 

"I gyrate for a living! I shake my hips for a living, that's what I do! You want to get punched in the face by Derrick Lewis?? NO THANK YOU!" 

The guys also tell us how the other WWE superstars REALLY feel about Conor McGregor -- who's taken some major shots at pro wrestlers in the past. 

President Trump Southern White House Sends Flight Schools into Panic

2/20/2017 3:42 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0220-trump-mar-a-lago-no-fly-zone-air-traffic-school-fun-art-GETTY-01Flight schools in the Palm Beach area are taking a big hit because of President Trump's Southern White House ... and at least one school is concerned about terrorism.

Multiple flight school staffers tell TMZ ... the FAA's airspace lockdown is killing business. Whenever Trump's at Mar-a-Lago, flight schools operating within a 10-mile radius of it are shut down.

One school owner tells us he loses around $7,000 a day when Trump is in town, and he's down $56k since the inauguration. Another flight school owner says the buzz in town is that Trump will be there for most weekends through May, so they're bracing for the worst.

Another school owner has an even deeper concern. He won't take his students anywhere in the vicinity of Mar-a-Lago, even though he's allowed to do it when Trump's not in town. He says he doesn't unwittingly want to help someone who is out to harm the President. You'll recall some of the 9/11 terrorists attended flight schools.

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Steve Sarkisian On Leaving 'Bama For NFL: 'Crazy How the World Works'

2/20/2017 1:43 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Steve Sarkisian says his new offensive coordinator job with the Atlanta Falcons was too good to pass up ... explaining, "You get great opportunities, you just try to take advantage of them."

Of course, Sark left his offensive coordinator job at the University of Alabama after just 1 game -- the National Championship game -- when the Falcons offered him the NFL gig.

"Crazy how the world works," Sark tells TMZ Sports.

He's clearly excited for the job -- and says he's ready to dive right in.

We also asked how he felt about his Falcons predecessor's controversial playcalling in the Super Bowl -- you know, when they took themselves out of field goal range in the 4th quarter. Sark is careful not to talk trash.

Aaron Carter Attacker He IS Racist ... Needs to Say Sorry to My Whole Town

2/20/2017 12:55 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who ambushed Aaron Carter because he felt the singer made a racial slur against his bandmate is doubling down ... and demanding an apology.

Haze Carbajal tells us ... he's certain Carter's "Bye Felipe" was a racist comment because he and his fellow ILL State band members were the only Hispanics at the show. He says he was offended ... and had no choice but to retaliate.

Despite allegedly sending Aaron to the ER, Haze wants the singer to apologize for disrespecting his people. He also threw some major shade at Aaron's "fame."

Carter maintains he didn't say anything racist.

Giannis Antetokounmpo The Real 'Greek Freak' Is My 15-Year-Old Bro!!

2/20/2017 11:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

If you think 6'11" Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is a problem in the NBA, you ain't seen nothing yet ... 'cause Giannis says his 15-year-old brother, Alex, is gonna be even better.

We got BOTH Antetokounmpo brothers in New Orleans for the All-Star game and asked the older version flat-out ... is young Alex -- who's currently a high school player -- gonna be better?

The Greek Freak didn't hesitate to say the kid (who's already 6'3") is gonna take his game to levels big bro hasn't reached yet.

BTW -- if that's not enough, there's a THIRD brother, Kostas, a 6'10" 18-YEAR-OLD ... who's currently playing ball at Dayton.

We only have one question ... WHAT ARE THEY FEEDING THESE KIDS???

Allen Iverson My Hoop Dream?! I Wanna Play with Kobe!

2/20/2017 7:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Allen Iverson says it's his DREAM to ball on the same team as Kobe Bryant -- and says he HOPES the Mamba will consider coming out of retirement to join his 3-on-3 team.

The Answer was out in New Orleans enjoying NBA All-Star Weekend -- when we asked about his highly anticipated debut as a player/coach in Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league.

That's when he told us he'd LOVE to get a squad with his 2001 NBA Finals opponents Kobe and Shaq -- but knows the chances of that actually happening are slim to none.

We also asked if he was hoping his coaching experience in Cube's league will springboard him to coach in the NBA ... YOU GOTTA HEAR HIS ANSWER!!!

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