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Michael Irvin

Michael Sam to Cowboys:


9/3/2014 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Sam has the blessing of The Playmaker ... 'cause NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin tells TMZ Sports he "loves" that the defensive end signed with his beloved Dallas Cowboys.

"I like Michael Sam, I love that he's with the Cowboys," Irvin told us in front of Craig's in West Hollywood Tuesday night. 

"He knows how to get to the quarterback and we're happy to see that. When you're trying to get players, and the Cowboys need players, that can get to the quarterback, you sign Michael Sam."

"And I'm happy with that."

As we previously reported, Sam inked a deal with Dallas Tuesday to join the practice squad ... just as soon as he completes a physical.

Michael Sam


By Cowboys Offer

9/2/2014 6:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

The "Michael Sam to Dallas" move was a bang-bang play -- with the whole deal unfolding in just a couple of hours ... starting with a phone call from Dallas to Sam's camp around 11AM Tuesday. 

Our NFL sources tell TMZ Sports ... the whole thing was like a whirlwind -- and Sam had no idea he was in the cards for Dallas until the phone rang. 

After that, Sam hopped on the first plane to Texas -- where he'll join the practice squad ... pending a physical.

Our sources tell us ... Sam is fired up about the opportunity and can't wait to get on the field.

Michael Sam

Gets Shot with Dallas Cowboys

9/2/2014 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Michael Sam is heading to Big D -- where he's reportedly going to be signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad. 

Sam was cut by the Rams over the weekend despite having a monster preseason ... where he recorded 2.5 sacks. 

According to's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys spent the day calling several players and gauging their reactions to signing Sam ... and apparently, the feedback came back positive. 

Sam will undergo a team physical Wednesday, says ESPN's Adam Schefter ... who says if things go well, the deal is all but done.

Michael Sam

Cut by the

St. Louis Rams

8/30/2014 1:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0830-michael-sam-getty-01The St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam on Saturday, after making him the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team back in May. 

Sam could still be picked up by another team. If he clears waivers, he can sign with any team and he could still end up with the Rams on their practice squad.

Speaking about the decision to cut Sam, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told the media, "There was no distraction. Mike fit in very, very well, he was fun to be around. There was no issue there."

Harry Styles

Rocks Michael Sam Jersey

... At St. Louis Concert

8/28/2014 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0828_harry_styles_michael_sam_twitterMichael Sam is getting support from one of the biggest pop stars in the world -- Harry Styles ... who rocked the football player's jersey during a One Direction concert in St. Louis yesterday. 

Harry threw on a #96 St. Louis Rams jersey with Sam's name across the back during the a performance at Edward Jones Dome ... where the Rams play. 

It's an interesting move for Styles -- whose bandmate Liam Payne came under fire for his support for the "Duck Dynasty" guys after the reality stars came out against gay marriage. 

Sam has had a helluva week -- not only with teammates rallying behind him after ESPN ran a story about his locker room showering habits ... but he also survived the 1st round of cuts.

Michael Sam

ESPN Apologizes for Shower Coverage

8/27/2014 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news


ESPN has issued an apology for a report which covered the locker room showering habits of Michael Sam

The network came under fire yesterday after Josina Anderson went on the air and reported on her discussions with multiple Rams players about how Sam is conducting himself in the locker room. 

In her report, Anderson said ... "Another Rams defensive player told me that ‘Sam is respecting our space’ and that, from his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable."

Now, after several people -- including Rams star Chris Long -- went after the network, ESPN has issued an apology ... saying:

"ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports." 

So far, Sam has yet to comment on the situation. 

Draya Michele Sued

She May be Victim

Of Smear Campaign

8/22/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Draya Michele Sued
Draya Michele just got sued by a club that had claimed she cancelled a gig because there were too many gay people ... but there's now evidence she may be the victim of a smear campaign.

TMZ broke the story ... a VIP hostess at Penthouse nightclub claimed Draya showed up for a scheduled event August 10, surveyed the crowd and then homophobically groused there were too many "f**s" and "d**es." The hostess said Draya stormed out, making the night a disaster.

But in the club's lawsuit ... there is not a word mentioned about homophobic comments. In fact ... the lawsuit doesn't even say Draya showed up. It says they got a text from her saying she was too tired to show.

The story in the lawsuit syncs up with the one Draya told us ... that she never showed up because she was sick. She also told us the club owner threatened to trash her in the media for being a no show.

The question ... did the owner make good on his threat?


V. Stiviano Lawsuit

Donald Sterling Is Gay

... I Was a 'Beard'

8/21/2014 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821_stiviano_sterling_tmz_gettyV. Stiviano has just filed new legal docs in her war with Shelly Sterling -- claiming she NEVER slept with Donald Sterling ... 'cause he's into men and she was his beard. 

TMZ Sports has obtained the lawsuit -- which Stiviano filed in response to Shelly's allegations that V. accepted cars and property from Donald that he didn't have the authority to give her. 

In the new docs, Stiviano argues that the items in question were given to her in exchange for being Donald's "beard" -- and she insists Shelly knew about it.

Stiviano states ... she was "not ever a sexual partner of Donald T. Sterling" and "believes that [Sterling] is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males."

In the legal doc, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Stiviano says Shelly was "acutely aware of [Donald's] sexual orientation and condoned same as well as acknowledged and approved [Donald's] gifts of money [to Stiviano]." 

Stiviano also says the gifts she received were NOT community property -- but rather Donald's separate property. 

Stiviano is also suing Shelly and Donald for defamation -- claiming they slandered her in the media by calling her a thief and saying she embezzled money and property from Donald. She's demanding no less than $10 MILLION. 

We reached out to Donald's camp -- so far, no word back. 

Story developing ...


Michelle Duggar

Transgender People Should Not Get Choice of Restrooms

8/19/2014 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michelle Duggar Anti TransgenderMichelle Duggar is convinced ... child predators are aiming to use the cover of being a transgender to hurt children ... and she's determined to stop them in their tracks.

The "19 Kids and Counting" star is on the warpath against a proposed Arkansas law that would allow transgender people to use either the men's or women's bathroom -- whichever they feel suits them best.

Duggar thinks convicted male child molesters will have a field day if the law passes ... simply dressing up like a woman and perving out in girls restrooms.  

She doesn't want her 9 girls subjected to men leering at them in their private space -- so she's voiced a robocall to AR voters urging them to vote no ... and it's fascinating.

'Basketball Wives' Star

Allegedly Cancels Gig Because of

'Too Many F**s and D**es'

8/15/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Draya Michelle Homophobic Comment
"Basketball Wives" star Draya Michele ditched a paid gig at a West Hollywood nightclub because there were too many "f**s and d**es" ... so claim club honchos who are now threatening to sue her.

The hostess at Penthouse Nightclub tells TMZ ... Draya was supposed to host an event Sunday. When she arrived she looked at the crowd and said she didn't want to waste her time with "f**s and d**es" and left.

Draya told us she did NOT make the homophobic comment. She says never even showed up to the club that night ... she had called them to say she had to cancel because she was sick.  She says the club owner threatened to trash her in the media for being a no show.

The club fires back ... Draya accepted a $2.5K deposit, was obligated to show and the club lost money when a disappointed crowd simply left the club. The club now plans on suing her.

Draya tells us ... she'll be happy to entertain her LGBT fans on another night ... at a different club.

Transsexual Porn Star

I'm a Man, Baby!

Now I Can Get Divorced

8/14/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0813-buck-elayne-angel-twitter-01Transsexual porn star Buck Angel is now 100% legit under Louisiana law ... which means he can now legally ditch his wife and go after her money.

According to the court decision, Buck and Elayne Angel's union is legal because they always intended to be married as a man and woman -- and back in 2003 they were granted a marriage license in Louisiana ... as a man and a woman. No one questioned Buck's gender when they got the license.

California also played big in the court's decision because Buck got a legal name and gender change there way back in 1998. 

Elayne was hoping the court would rule Buck is a woman -- which would nullify their same-sex marriage under Louisiana law.

As we previously told you ... Buck wants a divorce and is gunning for $2,000/month in spousal support.


ASU Football Player

I'm Gay

First Active NCAA Player to Come Out

8/13/2014 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0813_chip_sarafin_instagramASU backup offensive lineman Chip Sarafin has come out publicly as gay ... making him the first active NCAA football player to do so.

Sarafin revealed he was gay during a recent interview with Compete Magazine, and says he started telling his Sun Devil teammates a few months ago during Spring practice. He says opening up to them "was really personal to me, and it benefitted my peace of mind greatly."

Former University of Missouri star Michael Sam came out in February -- after he'd finished playing football at the NCAA level.

Sarafin is a 5th year senior, but as a backup ... has never played in a regular season game.

Arizona State coach Todd Graham tells TMZ Sports, "We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil way."

Chip started posting pics with his boyfriend several months ago, and captioned one ..."Michael Sam and his boyfriend have nothing on me and mine! #gayfootball"


Sophie B. Hawkins

Damn, I Guess I'm Not Your Lover

8/11/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sophie B Hawkins Break Up
Sophie B. Hawkins is about to become a single mom ... her longtime partner has filed to end their domestic partnership and is giving up custody of their son.

Hawkins -- whose song "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" was a hit in 1992 -- has been in a partnership with her manager, Gigi Gaston since Sept. 2008. According to court docs ... they've been separated for the last year and a half.

In her docs, Gigi says she wants Hawkins to have physical custody of their 5-year-old son, Dashiell ... she's asking for visitation.

Gaston's not looking for a payday ... she didn't ask for spousal support.

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