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Matt Barnes

Beefin' With Colin Kaepernick

Calls QB a 'Hoe'

5/1/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0501_colin-kaepernick_matt_barnes_tmz_gettyColin Kaepernick has a new enemy -- L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes ... who just fired a shot at the QB on social media ... and sources tell us the animosity is very real. 

Barnes went on Instagram to congratulate Arik Armstead on being drafted by the SF 49ers last night ... and wrote, "Congrats to my young boy #ErikArmstead [sic] proud of you fam. Ur QB a hoe tho!!"

Clearly, the message was directed at Colin. 

Multiple sources close to Matt tell us the beef with Kaepernick goes back several years -- and stems from a situation where Matt felt "disrespected" by Colin. 

As one source extremely close to Barnes puts it -- "Matt hates his guts."

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L.A. Clippers

Got Lakers Permission

For Locker Room Takeover

4/21/2015 12:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421-lakers-clippers-staples-getty-01The Clippers aren't trolling the Lakers by turning the team locker room into an owners lounge for the NBA playoffs -- they asked the team for permission and got it ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

There were rumblings that the Clips were trying to diss Laker Nation by using their space at Staples Center as Steve Ballmer's personal hangout area ... since the Clips are still playing and the Lakers didn't even come close to the playoffs. 

But it just ain't the case -- at least according to Staples Center honcho Lee Zeidman who tells us there was an arrangement made before the 1st playoff game. 

"The team inquired about using the Lakers locker room as a space for the Clippers owner. The Lakers gracefully granted use."

He continued, "People are trying to make something out of this, as if the Clippers are pissing off the Lakers by using their locker room. That's not true at all. We'd never use the Lakers space without asking the team."

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Matt Barnes:

Hey V. Stiviano ...

Karma's a B*tch!!!

4/16/2015 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

V. Stiviano ain't gettin' no sympathy from the Clippers -- with Matt Barnes saying he's GLAD she got crushed in her war with Shelly Sterling ... "it couldn't have happened to a better person."

TMZ Sports spoke with Barnes last night ... and it's clear the dude is NOT a Stiviano fan, despite the fact she played a key role in freeing the team from the clutches of its previous racist owner. 

"I'm glad she has to pay every penny back," Barnes said ... referring to the $2.6 MILLION judgment she's forced to pay Shelly for the cars, cash and condo that Donald had given her in the past. 

Shelly had previously said she wasn't going after Stiviano for the money -- but because she wanted "justice" for all of the harm she had caused the Sterling family. 

Barnes summed up the situation perfectly -- "A woman scorned is a MUTHA."

Shelly Sterling

It Wasn't About the Money

... I Wanted to Stick It to Stiviano!

4/15/2015 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415_shelly_sterling_v_stiviano_TMZShelly Sterling says she didn't go after V. Stiviano for the money -- SHE WANTED JUSTICE -- and says she plans to give away every single cent she won in her crushing court victory to a charity. 

Our sources say ... Shelly was "out for blood" from the start -- and really wanted to put the screws to Stiviano for all the crap she put her family through. 

In fact, Shelly told the Associated Press ... her lawsuit was about getting even with Stiviano who had "harmed" her in so many ways.

Of course, Sterling won a $2.6 million judgment against Stiviano -- ordering her to fork over the keys to her $1.8 million condo AND $800,000 in cash. 

Sterling says she doesn't even want the money -- 'cause she's a billionaire -- and to prove it, she's giving every cent to a worthy charity.

How benevolent. 

Donald Sterling

Side Piece Ordered to Return $2.6 Mil

4/15/2015 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Sterling had no right to shower V. Stiviano with lavish gifts, no matter how good of an archivist she was, because the loot he used to buy all the goodies wasn't his to give away.

A judge just sided with Shelly Sterling, concluding Shelly was still very much Donald's wife when he pulled his shenanigans -- giving V. a duplex, a Bentley, a Range Rover and a Ferrari totaling $2.6 mil.

But don't roll out the tow truck -- Shelly doesn't want the cars ... she wants the money. According to the ruling, $830k of the $2.6 mil is due in cash -- with $430k earmarked for the value of the vehicles. 

V. tried in vain to convince the judge Donald and Shelly were separated at the time she scored the goods, so he had every right to shell out the cash. The judge begged to differ, saying Donald had no right to use the Sterling money to fund V.'s lifestyle.

So the question ... how does V. make it right?   

Return, return, return. 

Blake Griffin

Leaves Club With Hot Chick

... Continues to Live Dream

4/9/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here's video of Blake Griffin leaving Warwick nightclub in Hollywood Wednesday night ... with a smokin' hot mystery lady.

No idea who she is ... are they dating? Are they friends? Casual banging pals? We're workin' on it. 

Either way, Blake proved an NBA star can still have a good time at a nightclub without getting stabbed or arrested at the end of the night. 

So, for that ... congrats. 

Matt Barnes

Divorce War Truce

'She's Always Gonna Be My Homie'

4/8/2015 7:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The marriage may be over ... but NBA star Matt Barnes says he's finally made peace with his estranged wife Gloria Govan ... telling TMZ Sports, "I'm always gonna love my ex."

We broke the story ... Matt and his reality star wife separated back in September due to "trust issues" and at first, things were pretty nasty between the two.

And even though Matt hasn't formally filed divorce docs yet (we're told it's just a matter of time) ... the L.A. Clippers star told us both sides are finally moving on ... under peaceful circumstances.  

"She's always gonna be my homie. She's the mother of my kids," Barnes says. 

FYI -- the two were married back in 2012 and have 6-year-old twin boys together.

"She's always gonna be a part of my life ... so I have no ill feelings toward her."

#Maturity

Blake Griffin

Off the Hook

In Vegas Pimp Slap Case

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

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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

I'M DIVORCED

(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
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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Tony Parker

Politically Correct

After Obama Says He's Better Than Chris Paul

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

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
EXCLUSIVE

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? 

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