Magic Johnson has never talked about it before ... but he wanted to open up about his gay son and the implications that Earvin Johnson III's coming out will have in the black community, in the sports community and in their lives.
TMZ sat down with the NBA legend for an unbelievably candid interview -- we've divided the video into three parts:
1) How Magic went to his son around the age of 13 and asked, "Are you gay?" Magic explains why he felt the need to approach his kid and the importance of letting EJ know his whole family loved and supported him.
2) Magic tells us how he feels about some of the hateful reactions to EJ's coming out on African-American blogs and whether he's bitter, given his unparalleled support of the black community.
3) Magic talks about how his son's coming out could inspire professional athletes to follow suit. Harvey also asks Magic how, as the owner of the L.A. Dodgers, he would react to a player coming out.
You gotta watch Magic -- he's awesome and inspiring.
Rocks '88 World Series Ring
... to Dinner!!
3/12/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's been almost 25 years since Orel Hershiser fireballed the L.A. Dodgers past the Oakland A's in the 1988 World Series ... and this week, he reminded everyone of his former greatness by rocking his championship ring to dinner in Bev Hills.
Orel -- who's now part of ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" team -- was out at Madeo with friends this weekend ... when we noticed a large, shiny, blue object on his pitching hand.
Turns out, Orel still believes in showing off the goods in public ... 'cause the bling turned out to be his '88 ring ... and Orel was quick to flash it to the cameras.
On one hand, it's pretty badass ... on the other hand, it's a little Springsteen "Glory Days."
Frank Screwed Me Over ....
1/10/2013 3:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jamie McCourt has filed a new lawsuit against her ex-hubby former L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt ... claiming he grossly shortchanged her in the property settlement by fraudulently undervaluing their assets -- in particular the Dodgers.
In the lawsuit ... obtained by TMZ ... Jamie says based on the valuation of assets Frank's team provided ... she agreed to accept a $131 million settlement plus a few other things.
Jamie now says Frank cooked the books by undervaluing the Dodgers assets at less than 1/10 their actual value. Jamie says their total assets were more than $1.7 BILLION.
Jamie says based on the real numbers, she should have received more than $900 million.
Rich people's problems.
Ex MLB Star Andruw Jones
Christmas Day Bust
for Domestic Violence
12/26/2012 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former New York Yankees slugger Andruw Jones' Christmas Day started out behind bars -- police in Georgia arrested him for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his wife ... following their Christmas Eve party.
According to the incident report, obtained by TMZ, Andruw's wife called police at 1:30 yesterday morning, claiming Andruw drunkenly attacked her in their Duluth, GA home following the holiday get together, dragging her through their garage and choking her.
Andruw's wife told police she had asked him to help her set up for Christmas morning after the party -- including assembling a computer desk -- and Andruw grew belligerent ... grabbing her and attacking her.
According to the report, when police arrived at the couple's home, they found the baseball player passed out in bed, still dressed in his clothes from earlier in the day. Officers then woke Andruw up and placed him under arrest.
According to Gwinnett County jail records ... Jones was booked for battery and released on a $2,500 bond.
35-year-old Jones starred with the Braves, Dodgers, White Sox, Rangers ... and last season with the Yankees. He just signed a deal to play in Japan next year.
Dodgers Pitcher Josh Beckett
Board with His Hot Wife
12/10/2012 9:30 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
L.A. Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett got the paddle from his smokin' hot bikini-clad wife in Maui this weekend.
With his wife Holly at the helm of a stand up paddle board, Josh sat back and enjoyed the ride.
Ladies, never let your man weigh you down.
Accused of Felony
Domestic Violence ... Again
11/9/2012 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former L.A. Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley's estranged wife told police he beat the crap out of her this week ... the third time she's accused him of attacking her -- this according to law enforcement sources.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Milton's wife Monique filed a felony domestic violence report with the LAPD, claiming she and Milton were in their house when a verbal altercation turned physical ... leaving her with visible marks on her body. Our sources couldn't be more specific.
Milton and his wife have been through the ringer in the last year. Both filed dueling divorce petitions after Milton was arrested for felony assault ... when he allegedly swung a bat at her.
The bat incident occurred in September 2011. Milton was arrested for a separate domestic violence incident in January 2011 -- also involving Monique -- making this the THIRD time Milton's been accused of domestic violence.
So far, Milton's just been named in the police report. Officers haven't arrested him yet, but law enforcement sources tell us, cops really want to speak to him.
Milton is also suspected of violating the restraining order Monique currently has against him.
Milton's attorney Harland Braun tells TMZ, "Milton denies hitting her and will cooperate with police. This is an ongoing, bitter divorce."
Takes His Busted
Shoulder Out Clubbing
10/10/2012 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With his arm in a sling, Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp took his busted left shoulder out clubbing Tuesday night ... just FOUR DAYS after undergoing surgery.
Kemp -- who had arthroscopic work done on his rotator cuff and shoulder -- and the Angels' Torii Hunter hit up Supperclub in Hollywood Tuesday night ... where they battled crowds and the dreaded rose-seller lady on the way out.
Kemp seemed to be in good spirits for a guy who won't be able to swing a bat for the next three months.
Buuuuut ... Kemp just signed a $160 MILLION contract .... so is it a smart move to take your tender, vulnerable shoulder to a place packed with crowds and drunk people?
On the other hand, it's not like the Dodgers have a game anytime soon.
'Modern Family' Actor
STARTED Dodgers Fight
9/17/2012 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet picked the fight between himself and a Cardinals fan this weekend at the Dodgers game -- this according to the Cardinals fan, who tells TMZ, Stonestreet took a friendly rivalry WAAAY over the line.
The Cardinals fan in question -- a guy named Michael Gallagher -- says the drama began when he heckled Matt Kemp for grounding out at the bottom of the 8th.
Gallagher says he yelled, "Hey Kemp, 0 for 4, nice job!" ... and Kemp rolled his eyes, laughing it off.
According to Gallagher, Stonestreet was sitting next to him and yelled back, "Matt Kemp should've come over and punched you in the face."
Gallagher claims Stonestreet then approached a security guard and said something to the effect of ... "Someone needs to kick this guy's ass."
Gallagher tells us, Stonestreet continued to yell insults at him and his friend, such as "Nice v-neck" -- and finally his friend snapped, yelling back, "Well you're a fat ass!"
According to Gallagher, that's when things got out of hand -- and the actor came over to exchange words up close.
Security quickly intervened and escorted everyone up to the main concourse -- at which point Gallagher says Stonestreet whipped out the infamous line ... "Don't you know who I am?"
Gallagher says security let Stonestreet go back to his seat, but kicked him and his friend out -- for no good reason. As for Stonestreet, the "Modern Family" actor told us nothing happened, despite admitting he was escorted out of his seat.
'Modern Family' Star
of L.A. Dodgers Game
9/17/2012 3:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet was escorted out of his seat at last night's Los Angeles Dodgers game after he allegedly got into a verbal altercation with a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
According to a witness, Stonestreet said something to the Cardinals fan after the guy heckled a Dodgers player. The two exchanged words, but we're told it never escalated to the point where either threatened the other in any way.
In the video, you can see Stonestreet and the fan exchanging words before security eventually came over and asked Stonestreet to leave. The guy who Stonestreet appeared to be arguing with was asked to leave as well.
Stonestreet was later seen in the hallway, talking to security staff.
Calls to Stonestreet's rep were not returned. A rep for the Dodgers tells TMZ that Stonestreet was not ejected from the stadium and, after speaking to security, was allowed to return to his seat.
FYI -- The Dodgers won the game in dramatic fashion, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 9th (with 2 outs) to beat the Cards.
After our story went up, Stonestreet tweeted his version of events, saying, "i did NOT get kicked out of the Dodgers game last night. did i get escorted to the top of the stairs by security? yes. yes i sure did." He also spoke to our cameras on Sunday night (see below).
L.A. Dodgers AA Team
Is That an ASS TATTOO
in Left Field?
8/27/2012 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Chattanooga Lookouts are a minor league baseball team affiliated with the L.A. Dodgers ... they're also the only team with a picture of a naked man's tattooed ass hanging in left field.
This photo was taken yesterday at AT&T Field in Tennessee ... showing what appears at first glance to be a harmless ad for Champy's Chicken right near the scoreboard.
Upon closer inspection ... turns out the Champy's logo is actually a tattoo that happens to be located on the right ass cheek of a very big Champy's fan.
A rep for the restaurant tells TMZ ... Champy's gave the ass model $200 in store credit so they could use the shot in their ads. The credit was all up front ... so, the model gets nothing in the back end (rimshot).
We're told the ad has been up at the stadium all season long and it hasn't been a distraction ... in fact, the Lookouts are currently in 1st place.
L.A. Dodgers Star
Sued Over Maserati-
Smashing Car Crash
6/11/2012 5:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another interesting twist in James Loney's bizarre Maserati-crashing, eyelid-twitching, super-sweaty, breathalyzer-refusing incident -- TMZ has learned the L.A. Dodgers star has been sued over one of the cars he allegedly hit that day.
Mid-Century Insurance Company just filed a lawsuit against Loney -- claiming the baseball player CAUSED the infamous multi-car wreck in L.A. back in November ... and therefore he's liable for the $30,506.79 worth of damage to a 2008 Mercedes that was banged up in the pileup.
At the time of the crash, cops said Loney was acting incredibly strange ... and blamed the accident on another driver -- telling one officer, "The b*tch hit me from behind."
Cops said Loney didn't know what day it was ... and spit the mouthpiece of a breathalyzer at a cop when they tried to test him for booze.
Shockingly, Loney's toxicology tests came back NEGATIVE -- and officials decided not to prosecute him over the incident due to insufficient evidence.
'VERY HAPPY' for Magic
to Take Over the Dodgers
4/2/2012 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp is fired up about the change in Dodgers ownership ... telling TMZ he's "very happy" that Magic Johnson is taking over the team.
Kemp was leaving Philippe Chow (great noodles) in L.A. this weekend ... when he told us, "Magic's the man" ... and noted it's "World Series time."
Kemp isn't the only Dodger fired up about the post-McCourt regime ... Andre Ethier and pitcher Clayton Kershaw have both expressed excitement about the change as well.
When we asked Kemp if Magic was gonna bring a little of the old "Showtime" flair to the Blue Crew ... Matt told us, "I hope so man."
So do we.
I WOULDA Bought the Dodgers ...
If I Had the Money
3/30/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen tells TMZ, he's rich ... but he ain't Dodgers-buying rich -- and that's the ONLY reason he didn't throw down to acquire the struggling L.A. franchise.
Charlie was out in NYC yesterday -- telling us, it's "pretty cool" Magic Johnson and his investment team have agreed to purchase the Dodgers for $2 billion.
But when we ask why Charlie -- a notorious baseball fanatic -- wasn't buying the team instead of Magic, he replies, "I didn't have any money at the time."
"Any" is a bit of a stretch.