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Manny Pacquiao To Hell with the Ban I'm Still Going to The Grove

4/1/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Manny Pacquiao doesn't care that he was "banned" from the famous Grove shopping center in L.A. -- the boxer tells TMZ Sports ... I'M STILL GONNA GO ANYWAY!!!

As we previously reported, Manny became persona non grata at The Grove over his aggressive homophobic comments ... which included a bible verse suggesting gay people should be put to death

Real estate magnate Rick Caruso -- who owns the place -- said Manny's intolerant views weren't welcome at his center ... despite the fact Manny has been frequenting the place for years.  

But Manny tells TMZ Sports he REFUSES to acknowledge the ban -- saying it's a public place and he'll continue to go there with his massive entourage. 

He added, "I love everyone."

So, will Manny actually be blocked from entering the place the next time he feels like taking in a movie??

Stay tuned ... 

Caitlyn Jenner Blasts Off 1st Golf Tourney as Woman ... Crushes Drive!

3/30/2016 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Big day for Caitlyn Jenner ... she just teed off in her 1st golf tournament as a woman -- and SMASHED her first shot right down the fairway. 

Jenner is participating in the ANA Inspiration Pro-Am in Rancho Mirage, CA -- playing in the same foursome as U.S. soccer legend, Abby Wambach.  

For the record, Caitlyn's first swing looked GREAT -- confident, good follow through and powerful. 

Abby looked okay ... but it's clear she's gonna have her work cut out for her if she wants to hang with CJ.

It's an 18 hole tournament ... so anything can happen. Stay tuned.  

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Omarosa Drops Homophobic Insult Don Lemon Is Too 'Queenie'

3/29/2016 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Omarosa is ripping into CNN's Don Lemon over an on-air feud -- but she did it by dropping a word many will take as a homophobic attack.

Omarosa was leaving the Staples Center in L.A. when we asked what she thought of Lemon -- who is gay -- cutting her microphone when she was on his show last week.

At first, she dismissed him as a "drama queen" ... but then she repeats her diss without the word "drama" -- and she did it multiple times.

After this, we're guessing Lemon won't be inviting her back for round 2 -- though it would make great TV. 

Andre Berto I Didn't Call Ortiz a F** 'I Respect Gay People'

3/25/2016 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0325-berto-ortiz-tmz-01Andre Berto is adamant he did NOT call Victor Ortiz a "f*g" during a fight at their press conference this week -- telling TMZ Sports, "I respect gay people."

Berto and Ortiz got into a shoving match Wednesday -- when Berto felt Ortiz was getting too close during their face-to-face staredown. During the scuffle you can hear Berto say, "I ain't with that gay sh*t."

Ortiz told "Fight Hub TV" Berto also called him the f-word -- something Berto adamantly denies. 

"Not true at all," Berto tells TMZ Sports ... "I respect the gay community to the fullest."

"Listen, I respect gay people but I love women. So if another man comes and puts his lips near mine, it would make you uncomfortable."

"No hard feelings ... he just got too close."

Rosie O'Donnell Assemblyman Brother MMA Is Gay Porn With Different Ending

3/22/2016 1:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rosie O'Donnell's brother, New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, just took the floor of the assembly and claimed mixed martial arts is like gay porn, but without a climax.

O'Donnell opposes a bill that would legalize MMA in New York. He believes the sport is thinly-veiled erotica, telling his colleagues, "Two half-naked hot men rolling around in a cage trying to dominate each other. It's basically gay porn, only with a different ending."

He went on to say his famous sister was for lifting the MMA ban in New York, but he feared it would trigger a rise in violence and gambling among young people, adding he was going home "to take a long shower" after discussing the prospect of legalizing MMA.

The assemblyman, who is gay, went on to call MMA "an alleged sport."

Matthew Titone, another openly gay Assemblyman, cracked a different gay joke during the hearing.

Manny Pacquiao Re-Banned from The Grove We Don't Welcome Gay Haters

3/18/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Manny Pacquiao has been banned from the popular L.A. shopping center The Grove -- again -- all because of his "statements of hatred" against gay people ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The battle between The Grove and Pacquiao started in 2012 ... when Manny was banned over an interview in which he reportedly quoted a Bible verse that called for the death penalty for gays. 

The Grove later reversed the ban when it learned Manny had been misquoted.   

Fast forward to this week ... when Manny and his 16 person entourage hit the center for a movie in the wake of his newest round of anti-gay statements, which include saying gays are "worse than animals" and posting the "gays should die" Bible verse on his Instagram. 

Grove honchos saw Manny on the property ... and after he left, decided they don't want him to come back. 

"These are statements of hatred," Grove owner Rick Caruso tells us ... "A lot of people from the gay community come to The Grove and they have a right not to feel uncomfortable."

"Manny Pacquiao is no longer welcome."

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Charles Barkley I Hate Those Westboro People 'Someone Should Beat 'Em Up'

3/16/2016 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Westboro Baptist Church is just a bunch of "awful people" ... and Charles Barkley says he hopes they all get their asses kicked for boycotting an openly gay basketball player.  

We asked Sir Charles how he felt about the church targeting Seton Hall's Derrick Gordon -- the first openly gay man to play in the NCAA tournament ... and Chuck went off!!! 

"I really hate them sumbitches," Barkley said ... "Hopefully, somebody will beat the hell out of those Westboro people."

Barkley also had some great advice for Gordon ... you HAVE to watch this clip.  

Westboro Baptist Church Boycotting Gay Player In NCAA Tourney

3/16/2016 6:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0316-derrick-gordon-twitter-02Fear not, raging homophobes ... when the first openly gay man to play in the NCAA tournament takes the court in Denver Thursday, the a-holes from the Westboro Baptist Church have vowed to be there to picket. 

Seton Hall's Derrick Gordon went public about his sexual orientation roughly 2 years ago ... but this is the first year he'll be playing in the biggest tournament in college basketball as an openly gay man.  

Most people are hailing it as a triumph ... but the Westboro Baptist Church says it's an abomination. 

"Satan-inspired media loves to stoke his rebellion, but we'll protest @marchmadness for Derrick Gordon," the church tweeted. 

So far, Gordon hasn't responded -- seems he's too busy focused on the actual game. 

Apl.de.ap Pacquiao Was Misunderstood ... 'He Meant Well'

3/12/2016 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Looks like there is someone willing to defend Manny Pacquiao's recent anti-gay tirade ... kinda ... fellow Filipino Apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas who says Manny's sentiments were "misunderstood."

Pacquiao made all the wrong kinds of headlines last month when he compared gay people to animals ... then doubled down in bigotry by posting a bible verse suggesting all gays be put to death.

Apl and Manny have been friends for years so when we got Mr. de.ap out on a rainy night in L.A. we had to ask him ... what's wrong with your boy?

Check out the clip -- he stops short of a full scale defense of Pacquiao's statements, but makes it clear the statements Manny made don't really reflect what's in his heart.

If you say so, bro.

Lisa Ling to Caitlyn Jenner Walk in Those Heels Longer Before You Shade Hillary Clinton

3/10/2016 8:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lisa Ling is taking a huge shot at Caitlyn Jenner for shading presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

We asked Lisa, a staunch Hillary supporter, about Caitlyn's comment on her show ... that Hillary cares more about herself than other women.

Caitlyn got all political during the season 2 premiere of "I Am Cait" -- but Lisa thinks Jenner needs to step out of the political arena ... at least where Hillary's concerned.

Watch ... she doesn't just throw shade, she attacks Caitlyn's womanhood.

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Carson Kressley I Dated An NFL Player ... A Good One!

3/8/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's the celebrity couple you never heard about ... 'Queer Eye' star Carson Kressley says he once dated an NFL player ... an 8 year veteran who played in the Super Bowl.

FYI ... the guy Carson's talking about is Esera Tuaolo who played DT in the NFL from '91-'99 and saw action in the Super Bowl XXXIII as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

We got Kressley out at LAX and asked him about the stigma that gay men would somehow be less effective on the football fields of the NFL.

That's when Carson shot down the idea ... and revealed he had dated Tuaolo -- who revealed his sexual orientation after he finished his career back in the day.

By the way, Carson says he and Esera are still good friends. 

Arnold, Caitlyn We've Been Tight for Decades

3/3/2016 6:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Caitlyn Jenner were almost cheek-to-cheek Wednesday night at an event, proclaiming their undying affection for each other.

The two have crossed paths for years and formed a true bond. Both were world-class athletes in the '70s.

0303-sub-arnold-bruce-ap-01Things change ... but friendships stay strong.

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Sam Smith Bottoms Up With Drag Queen At Post-Oscars Party

3/1/2016 12:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sam Smith got a fitting thank you for his Oscars LGBT shout-out -- getting serenaded by a famous drag queen at legendary gay bar, The Abbey.

We're told Sam and his crew rolled into the club around 11 PM for their Monday night Lip Service drag show and stayed till about 1:30 AM fueled on vodka.

It’s quickly becoming Sam’s tradition … he hit the same spot after his Golden Globes win, but this time he was singled out by Vicki Vox ... who's a legend in the drag world for her parody hit, "This Boy Is A Bottom."

Vox had some sweet words for Sam during the show ... for a drag queen at least.

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