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Blake Griffin

Off the Hook

In Vegas Pimp Slap Case

3/24/2015 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


The pimp hand of justice just ruled in Blake Griffin's favor -- because officials have decided to DROP the battery case against the NBA star after they couldn't prove he actually slapped a guy in a Vegas nightclub. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Griffin was charged with battery stemming from an incident at Tao nightclub on October 19th ... when he allegedly put the 5 fingers to some dude's face for snapping a pic without Blake's permission. The man also claimed Blake grabbed his neck and squeezed.  

Blake denied the allegations --  and now we're told the charge has been formally dropped after Griffin's attorney Richard Schonfeld provided prosecutors with multiple witness statements contradicting the accuser's story.  

It's a big deal for Griffin ... who faced up to 6 months in jail if convicted. 

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis


(But Meet MY New Model GF)

3/9/2015 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Some bad news/good news for L.A. Clippers star Glen "Big Baby" Davis

The Bad News -- His marriage to his longtime sweetheart and baby mama Jenna Gomez is officially over. 

The Good News -- He's got a brand new girlfriend ... and she's a model!!! 

Davis and his new flame Jasmin Jaye his up Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills last night where they were on a mission to shoot down rumors that they were dating behind Glen's wife's back. 

"I am divorced," Davis said. Davis and Gomez married on December 31st, 2013. 

Glen also explained where he and Jasmin met and what first attracted him to her ... and it was all because "she had a big, ol ..." 

We'll let him complete the sentence. 

Kevin Garnett

Drops More than $20,000

On 1,000 Ticket Giveaway

3/2/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Garnett didn't get an employee discount when he bought 1,000 tickets to give away to fans for tonight's Timberwolves game ... dropping more than $20k of his own money, TMZ Sports has learned. 

After fans came out in force to attend KG's first game back in Minn. last week, the NBA legend decided to give back ... by hooking up 500 fans with a pair of tix for tonight's game. 

Smelled like a team-engineered publicity stunt ... but the V.P. of Communications for the T-Wolves assures us that Kev bought the tickets HIMSELF and paid FULL PRICE for all of 'em. 

The rep wouldn't say exactly how much KG spent ... but the cheapest seats go for $21-a-pop. 

$21 x 1,000 = $21,000.  Not cheap.

KG's career earnings?  $315,000,000+ ... so, he can afford it.

Still, pretty cool. 

L.A. Clippers Player

Courting Jack Nicholson

'Come to Our Side!'

2/23/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Could Jack Nicholson quit on the Lakers completely ... and become a Clippers fan?!

That's what Clippers prodigy Austin Rivers is hoping for ... especially with Jack telling TMZ Sports this week that he's not as obsessed with the Lake Show as he used to be.

Rivers -- the son of Clippers president/coach Doc Rivers -- was out in L.A. and told us, "I'm trying to get him over on our side man!"

Here's the thing ... we already know Jack has pro-Clippers tendencies ... he went to a Clippers playoff game last season. And they definitely have a brighter future than the Lakers.

Plus, Jack already knows his way around the stadium ... since the Clips and the Lakers both play in the Staples Center.

Jeanie Buss ... it might be time to panic.


Tony Parker

Politically Correct

After Obama Says He's Better Than Chris Paul

2/19/2015 6:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021915_tony_parker_launchHow does it feel to have the President of the United States pick YOU over Chris Paul in a "Who's The Better Player" debate??

Exactly how you think it feels. 

At least that was the take away when we asked that very question to Tony Parker last night -- since it was revealed that Barack Obama had his back in a friendly dispute on the issue with his former personal aide Reggie Love

In fact, Love wrote about the dispute in his new book -- saying he and Obama went back and forth for years -- with POTUS eventually dropping the "RINGS" argument ... since Parker has 4 and Paul has 0. 

Of course, Parker was politically correct on the subject while leaving Giorgio Baldi last night ... but look at his face -- that smile says it all. 

Donald Sterling

Ultimate Cash Cab

... Billionaire Hails Taxi

2/12/2015 7:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021215_donald_sterling_launchHere's something you don't see every day ... a multi-billionaire hailing a cab. 

Donald Sterling -- who recently sold the L.A. Clippers for $2 BILLION -- was out in Bev Hills Wednesday when he decided to catch a cab to go home. 

Interesting, considering most billionaires in this city either drive themselves ... or use a private chauffeur ... or at least use Uber LUX if they're gonna hit the town. 

But not Sterling ... who quietly got in the back seat and was quickly whisked away. 

Weird, right? 

NBA Star


... At L.A. Strip Club

1/21/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

One made it THUNDERSTORM ... the other made it drizzle. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... L.A. Clippers star Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Tampa Bay Bucs star Dashon Goldson were two of the stars that hit up the grand opening of Ace of Diamonds in L.A. on Monday. 

For the record, Goldson signed a $41.2 million contract in 2013. Davis has made about $26 million in his NBA career. 

Which is why it was a bit shocking when Big Baby created his own indoor monsoon that dwarfed Goldson's mini-downpour.

Our strip club sources tell us Davis was throwin' so much cash around, 4 dancers left with $3k each ... and that doesn't include the $5k he dropped around the stage.  

Check out the pic below which shows one dancer's take from Davis. 

As for Goldson, as one strip club source put it -- "He made it sprinkle." 

No one said being fiscally responsible was fun.

Clippers' Doc Rivers

My Son Won't Get Special Treatment

Now That He's On My Team

1/16/2015 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Clippers President Doc Rivers says the NBA ain't Little League ... telling TMZ Sports his son Austin Rivers won't be treated ANY DIFFERENTLY now that he'll be joining his team. 

FYI -- The Clippers acquired the 22-year-old in a 3-team trade that went through on Thursday. 

Hours after the deal, we saw Doc leaving a power dinner with Donald Trump at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood and asked him if he was worried that the players thinking Austin will get special treatment because of their relationship. 

Rivers is adamant he'll treat Austin just the same as everyone else -- not easier, not harder. 

A father has never coached a son in the NBA before -- so the minute Austin takes the court, he'll be making history.

Pretty cool, right?


Magic Johnson

Steve Ballmer Can Dance!!

Better Moves Than Me!

1/8/2015 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
010815_magic_johnson_launchIt got all "Stomp the Yard" in the Staples Center last night ... when Clippers owner Steve Ballmer busted out some EPIC dance moves during the game ... and Magic Johnson LOVED IT!!!

It all went down when Fergie came out to perform during the Clips vs. Lakers game ... when the music took hold of Ballmer's body ... and the body parts began to fly!!! 

"That's an owner who can dance and own the team all at the same time," Magic told us on his way out of the arena. "He got better moves than me!" 


Doc Rivers

No Bad Blood

Between Clippers Players

1/1/2015 4:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Doc Rivers is calling BS on reports that his Clippers players don't get along -- telling TMZ Sports, "We all love each other."

Questions have surrounded the Clip squad after a report from an NBA insider that the team -- comprised of stars like Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul -- simply "don't like each other."

But last night in L.A., Rivers shot down the report -- telling our guy there's no bad blood in the organization.

Check out the clip.

Donald Sterling Sued

You're a Hot Tub Slime Machine!

12/30/2014 5:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Sterling is under attack ... again ... this time by a woman who claims she busted her ass while trying to climb out of the hot tub at one of Sterling's L.A. apartment complexes. 

TMZ Sports has obtained the lawsuit filed by Susanna Tarontsi ... in which she claims she was trying to take a dip in the hot tub back in Sept. 2013 ... but slipped and fell due to a faulty handrail next to the spa. 

In her suit, Tarontsi claims she went down hard ... suffering serious bodily injuries. 

Now, she's going after the disgraced former L.A. Clippers owner claiming it's his fault for not fixing the handrail before she slipped. 

It's just the latest problem for Sterling ... who's also being sued by another former tenant who claims Donald ignored a bed bug infestation in his apartment because he's black. 

We reached out to Sterling's camp for comment -- no word back.


Donald Sterling Got Screwed

'He's a Great Guy'

12/29/2014 4:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

In today's episode of "Things You Never Thought A Black Guy Would Say" ... West Coast hip hop legend Kurupt is going to tell us what a great guy the NBA lost in ... Donald Sterling.

Here's the thing ... he's not kidding. 

During the 5-minute interview with ... the rapper praises Sterling as a "great guy" -- who got screwed over by the NBA. 

"They took a good man down," Kurupt says with a straight face ... despite the fact Sterling said on-tape that he didn't want V. Stiviano bringing black people to Clippers games. 

Kurupt also explains his friendship with Stiviano ... and defends her too. 

FYI -- Kurupt's making his living these days by pushing medical marijuana in L.A.

It must be really, really, really, good.

DeAndre Jordan

Calls BS On 'Big Baby Davis'


12/28/2014 12:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Wanna see DeAndre Jordan call out Glen "Big Baby" Davis for making him spend $1.99 to buy a copy of his 2012 rap single?

Good ... 'cause this is pretty hilarious. 

Jordan was leaving Warwick nightclub in L.A. this weekend -- when he actually called "BS" on his  L.A. Clippers teammate for making him spend nearly TWO DOLLARS to own a copy of "Big Baby Turn It Up."

"It's a recession out here and I have to pay $1.99 for a song??" 

Ya gotta check out the clip ... DeAndre also gives props to another Clippers teammate, Spencer Hawes, over his amazingly ugly Xmas day suit. 

As for Big Baby, he has yet to drop another single ... but recently told TMZ Sports he's got a follow-up song on the way soon. So ... stay tuned???

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