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Patriots Safety Pops a Squat With TV Chef On His Back!

5/4/2016 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It was cooking session meets gym session for Patriots safety Patrick Chung this week -- when he stopped a culinary exhibition to do some deep squats ... with a famous chef on his back!

Chung teamed up with celebrity super chef Ming Tsai (you know him from "Top Chef," 'Iron Chef,' etc.) for a fundraiser for Family Reach foundation ... which provides financial aid to families of cancer patients. 

But while Chung was prepping his famous jerk chicken dish -- Tsai challenged him to do some squats while carrying him on his back! 

Chung accepted ... and beasted out in front of the crowd -- and they loved it!! 

They also loved the food -- we're told Chung's got real skills in the kitchen.

Nice work, dude. 

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NFL Warns Players BEWARE MEXICAN MEAT ... Eating May Be Cheating

5/3/2016 1:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0503-cow-getty-02Looking to pack on some BIG MUSCLE while cutting a few corners at the same time? 

Screw needles and deer antler spray ... it's all about MEXICAN STEAK ... so says the NFL. 

Seriously, the NFL just sent a letter out to the players warning them about eating large quantities of meat products in Mexico and China because they may contain banned substances. 

"There is evidence that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances. "

0503-nfl-contaminated-meat-INSTAGRAM-01"Consuming large quantities of meat while visiting those particular countries may result in a positive test for clenbuterol in violation of the Policy."

If players DO eat the meat and test positive, the NFL says ... tough luck, you're still screwed. 

So, how are the players reacting? AZ Cardinals D-lineman Frostee Rucker says, "So let me get this straight. We have to go #vegan if we travel out of the country because there's #PEDS in #CarneAsada?"

He added a few hastags ... "#MissMeWithThat #TacoTuesday #Loyal #cabowabo #NFL #11thYear #DontEatLeague #testforGMO."

Patrick Peterson is also clowning the situation ... writing, "This can't be real life! #SMH #GottaGoVeganOnVacation."

Hey, there's always fish. 

Hillary Clinton Now My Staff's Dripping in Hot Sauce!

5/2/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428-hillary-clinton-thehot-sauce-boss-01Hillary Clinton's affinity for hot sauce has rubbed off on her staff ... because we've learned her campaign just ordered a big shipment of the spicy stuff straight to HQ.

A top Hillary staffer hit up The Hot Sauce Boss for a bottle of each flavor, including Spicy Honey, Guava Mango Coconut, and Spicy Kush Lime. The joke's too easy ... the box was sent to Hillary for America in New York City

We're told the sauce wasn't specifically for H ... the staff has become hardcore disciples, particularly when it comes to eggs. 

As you know, Hillary told Charlamagne Tha God she never leaves home without her sauce.

Wiz Khalifa My Favorite Beer is High Life Adjacent

5/1/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427-wiz-khalifa-tmz-khalifa-kush-01Wiz Khalifa doesn't always drink beer -- he's more of a smoker -- but when he does he likes his brew infused with hemp.  

Yeah, Khalifa is gearing up to launch his own line of beer, juice, carbonated juice, energy drinks, and non-alcoholic cocktails ... all infused with the hemp plant. 

According to the trademark docs Wiz filed he wants to sell the drinks under his "Khalifa Kush" handle ... which is also the brand he uses to push his strains of weed.

Bad news though if you're looking for a liquid high -- even though hemp looks like weed, the THC levels are too low to produce a strong buzz. 

Good news for the Beyhive -- Wiz is also making a hemp-laced lemonade. Becky not included.

Starbucks Sued Again Easy On The Ice!! And Pay Us $5 Million

4/30/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428_starbucks_compositeStarbucks is shorting cold drink lovers by loading up on ice cubes, and one thirsty Illinois customer's so pissed about it ... she's filed a lawsuit.

The issue, according to docs ... is not getting the advertised amount of beverage. For example, a venti is supposed to be 24 ounces, but the suit says more often you get as little as 14 because "large pieces of ice take up more space."

It's hardly rocket science, but the slighted customer is seeking damages in excess of $5 million.

Starbucks says the lawsuit is absurd because ... "Our customers understand and expect that ice is an essential component of any 'iced' beverage." It says it will gladly remake any beverage for an unsatisfied customer.

Starbucks was also sued last month for hot beverages being grossly underfilled.

#FirstWorldProblems

Katt Williams A Salt & Battery Bust at Restaurant

4/28/2016 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Normally we'd take a Katt Williams arrest with a grain of salt, but this one was over multiple grains of salt ... which the comedian allegedly threw at a restaurant manager. 

Katt got arrested late Wednesday night at Atlanta seafood restaurant Spondivits after he got into it with the staff ... according to cops.

We're told Katt's party walked into the restaurant and decided to seat themselves instead of waiting for a host. Katt soon followed and started arguing with the manager over the seating situation.

Katt allegedly settled matters by grabbing a salt shaker, chucking it at the manager and smashing him in the face. Cops say his lip was bleeding, and Katt had fled when they arrived.

Officers found Williams a little later and arrested him for battery (no salt) ... he posted bond and was released around 12:30 AM. 

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Chris Pratt I Ruined Aaron Rodgers' Steak ... My Bad.

4/28/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The mystery is over. 

Chris Pratt says he takes FULL RESPONSIBILITY for torching Aaron Rodgers' steak on a couples trip earlier this month -- falling on the sword in the biggest celebrity meat story since "Kim Kardashian, Superstar." 

Turns out Pratt's wife, Anna Faris, is tight with Aaron's lady, Olivia Munn ... and the foursome went on a fun outdoorsy vacation together last week. And everything was cool ... until dinner. 

When the guys charred the steak, Olivia man-shamed the duo on social media. Now, Pratt's doing what any superhero would ... saving a friend.  

0427-olivia-munn-instagram-02But more importantly ... sounds like the guys had a good time together (perhaps a bromance is brewing?) ... and Pratt says the Packers QB is quite the outdoorsman.  

Fingers crossed this one lasts longer than McConaughey/Armstrong.

Billy Dee Williams Saddles Up Again To Pitch Colt 45

4/26/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Billy Dee Williams' mug is coming soon to a can near you ... 'cause he's now the face of his old go-to beverage -- Colt 45.

Lando Calrissian is reprising his role as the malt liquor's spokesman, but this time his signature smirk and mustache are emblazoned on the can because -- well, why not? It works every time.

Billy Dee faced heavy criticism when he first signed on to promote Colt 45 back in the 80s ... due to concerns about marketing booze in underprivileged neighborhoods. 

We asked Billy about that on Tuesday's TMZ Live -- and it's clearly NOT an issue to him.

Jon Jones Hired Food Specialist ... For UFC Comeback

4/23/2016 12:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0422-jon-jones-instagram-01Jon Jones was so serious about getting body ready for his comeback, he hired a food specialist to take over his diet leading up to UFC 197.

TMZ Sports spoke with weight management specialist Louis Giordano who tells us he's been preparing all of Jon's pre and post workout meals for the last 9 weeks.

It's a big fight for Jon -- one that could put him back on top of the UFC -- and Lou says Jones has been super meticulous about his 6-meal-a-day diet, pounding a TON of protein to prepare for battle.

"Chicken, turkey, buffalo/bison, steak, and salmon. I’ve also prepared lots of eggs, veggies such as kale, broccoli, spinach, & arugula. Black rice, sweet potato pancakes, oatmeal and more."

Though he says they don't really watch calories, Lou insisted Jon is no Rob Kardashian -- SO NO CHEAT DAYS.

"We don’t do that. Jon is focused on the prize and excited to get back in the ring, cheating isn’t a part of this."

Check out pics of the vittles below ...

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Sen. Ted Cruz Blows Softball Soup Question ... And Probably NY Primary

4/15/2016 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sen. Ted Cruz could have taken a big bite out of Donald Trump's lead when we lobbed him a question about his favorite subject ... soup!

Ted's made no secret about his love for Campbell's soup, so our photog asked what's his favorite kind. Mind you, he's trailing Trump and John Kasich in NY, where Tuesday's key primary is being held.

Check out the video ... apparently, the senator thought he was in Dixieland, instead of Yankeeland. Our photog gave him what would've been the right answer to suck up to NYC voters.

#BlownOpportunity

Tamar Braxton Kobe Took Me On Date Once ... To Friday's

4/12/2016 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Nothing says "18-year-old NBA millionaire pimp" like loaded potato skins ... just ask Kobe Bryant who took Tamar Braxton on a date to Friday's. 

Braxton was dishing about her "sorta" date with Kobe on "The Real" (airs April 13th, check local listings) -- saying the two got dinner in Philly right after Mamba got drafted back in 1996 ... but the vibe was more friendly than freaky. 

In the end, Braxton says the two ended up as "homies." 

Moral of the story ... if Friday's is good enough for Kobe Bryant, it's good enough for you! 

#DontLaugh #SesameJackChickenStripsAreBomb #DittoForOreoMadness

Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna On the Juice

4/12/2016 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0412_rob_kardashian_blac_chyna_mcdonalds_X17Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna look like their weekly cheat day has become cheat DAYS -- they started their day by pulling through a McDonald's drive-thru for breakfast.

No word if they got any hash browns (wouldn't blame 'em) ... but we can see they got OJ. Not the worst diet slipup, but the sugar could be an issue.

In the last month they've hit up a couple of In-N-Outs and even pulled over for ice cream on the side of the road.

As they say, quitting is easy ... when you've done it a hundred times.

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Abigail Ratchford vs. In-N-Out Her Double-Doubles Are Bad for Biz

4/12/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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041116_abigail_ratchford_primaryAbigail Ratchford's milkshake dripping, booby bouncing homage to In-N-Out ain't bringing the burger joint's execs to the yard -- they're demanding she take down her viral video ... or else.

In-N-Out lawyers fired off a letter sent to the model's producer, Liverichmedia ... saying they've been flooded with complaints over a video posted last month showing Abby in "various sexually suggestive acts with In-N-Out Burger food."

At first viewing (second, third and fourth too) ... the "Dream Girl" clip might seem like a great plug, but the burger bosses are worried customers will think they're in bed with Ratchford -- which they say doesn't mesh with the company's image.

If it isn't taken down immediately, In-N-Out says it will likely serve up a lawsuit. Fresh. 

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