L.A. Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp has just spoken out about being mentioned in the new Donald Sterling recording ... saying it would be "tough" for him to attend Clippers games as long as Sterling owns the team.
As we previously reported, Sterling can be heard instructing his girlfriend to remove a photo of Kemp from her Instagram account because Sterling doesn't believe she should be seen with a black guy in public.
Moments ago, Kemp addressed the situation to the media saying, "Racism is kind of old."
Also interesting ... Kemp says he remembers taking the photo with V. Stiviano ... and while laughing, said he never imagined it would blow up like this.
I Was SAVAGELY BEATEN By Cops
... In L.A. County Jail
4/2/2014 4:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lenny Dykstra claims he was beaten within an inch of his life while in custody at L.A. County Jail ... and the former MLB great says his attackers were corrupt cops ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ Sports.Dykstra -- who was locked up for bankruptcy fraud -- is suing L.A. County claiming back in April 2012, roughly 6 sheriffs entered his cell, yanked him from his bed and began beating him for no reason.
Dykstra says he was punched in the head, face, nose, mouth, arms, legs and body -- and his head was slammed into a wall. He also claims he was kicked and beaten until he was "barely breathing."
In his lawsuit, Lenny claims he suffered serious injuries -- including bruises, scabs and some of his teeth were knocked out.
And get this ... Lenny claims corrupt law enforcement officers prevented him from getting proper medical attention after the beating -- instructing nurses and doctors to NOT do their job.
Dykstra also says the Captain of the jail had it out for him -- and had him labeled as crazy and told the medical staff to forcibly medicate him with drugs to discredit him.
And for theatrical flair, Dykstra, in his suit, compared the cops to the corrupt officers in the Stallone flick "Copland" ... which, for the record, was NOT Sly's finest work.
We reached out to the Sheriff's Dept. for comment -- so far, no word back.
‘Mentalist’ Star Robin Tunney
Give it up Cubs Fans
You'll Never Win Another World Series!
3/26/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chicago Cubs fans praying for a World Series title are wasting their time, 'cause according to "Mentalist" hottie Robin Tunney, it ain't happening ... EVER.
Robin was out in West Hollywood this weekend when we asked the Chicago native -- and White Sox fan -- what would happen in Chi Town if the Cubs pulled it together and finally won the World Series again.
And that’s when Robin delivered the truth bomb.
Fun Fact – Robin once competed in the World Series of Poker … which is one more World Series than the Cubs have been to since 1908. Ouch.
I'M BACK FROM AUSTRALIA
... Now Let's Hit the Clubs!
3/24/2014 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hours after the L.A. Dodgers returned from their series in Australia ... Yasiel Puig did what anyone would do after a long flight around the world -- HE HIT THE CLUBS!!!!
Puig -- along with fellow Dodgers star Juan Uribe -- hit up Greystone Manor in Hollywood last night ... and just to make sure everyone knew he was there, Puig rolled up in his $300,000 Rolls Royce Ghost.
Puig had been under fire from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who recently compared Puig to the boy who cried wolf because he's always acting like he's injured -- but he looked pretty healthy last night.
Big War Over 'Big Hurt' Shoes
3/19/2014 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Thomas is coming out swingin' at Reebok -- claiming the company had NO RIGHT to re-release his iconic "Big Hurt" shoes back in 2013 ... and he's out to make them pay.
You remember the famous "Big Hurt" shoes from the '90s -- Frank says he had a deal with Reebok from '95 to '98 to let the company use his "Big Hurt" trademark on all sorts of Reebok products.
Now, here's the problem ... according to a lawsuit, filed by Thomas in Illinois, Frank says Reebok resurrected the "Big Hurt" brand for a "Classic Retro Campaign" in 2013 ... but they never got his permission.
Frank says Reebok put the retro Hurts out anyway ... and now Frank's pissed -- claiming the release of the shoe makes it look like Frank signed off on the deal ... when, in fact, he did not.
Frank wants a judge to forbid Reebok from selling any "Big Hurt" shoes ASAP -- plus he wants damages, including any profits Reebok made from the sale of the retro Hurts.
MLB in Australia
Epic Timelapse Footage
Shows Baseball Diamond Built from Scratch
3/18/2014 8:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have touched down in Australia for their historic series Down Under ... but the most impressive thing -- how the locals erected the entire baseball diamond from scratch.
The teams will face off at the historic Sydney Cricket Grounds ... which is essentially a giant circular field of grass.
Officials rolled in the heavy machinery ... and built a regulation-size MLB field in a matter of weeks ... and TMZ Sports has the incredible timelapse video of the transformation.
LA and AZ face off in AUS on March 22 -- 100 years after the country hosted an exhibition game between the White Sox and the New York Giants.
Bday Party Catered
By OSCAR WINNER!!
3/18/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
CC Sabathia took the celebrity chef craze to a new level for his 33rd bday party -- because the whole thing was catered by Three 6 Mafia member (and Oscar winner) DJ Paul ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The party for the Yankees pitcher was insane -- it all went down at Phil Maloof's mansion in L.A. back in the Summer ... and we're told it was packed with superstars like Joba Chamberlain, Derek Jeter, Carl Crawford and Chris Brown.
But according to multiple sources, the best part was the food -- and the man responsible was DJ Paul ... who moonlights as a private chef for a TON of famous people when he's not in the studio.
"I'm good friends with the Maloofs," Paul tells TMZ Sports ... "A lot of times they'll pay me to come cook for their celebrity parties ... which, with them, is often."
Paul says he's rocked the kitchen for stars like Michael Phelps, the New England Patriots, the Yankees, Dodgers and more.
So, what was on the menu for CC's bash?
"I made spaghetti with a vodka marinara, barbeque chicken, sausage, ribs, carne asada," Paul said ... "Chris Brown went crazy over the spaghetti with the vodka sauce."
Paul says his celebrity friends are usually shocked when they notice him in the kitchen at the A-list parties he caters -- "The first thing people say is, 'Oh s**t, this is good! Did you really make this?'"
He adds, "I love cooking. I'm from Memphis, Tennessee. All we do is eat ... eat and get diabetes."
Now, who's hungry?
Miss Dominican Republic
Manny Ramirez Broke My Heart
3/17/2014 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Manny Ramirez should be ASHAMED of himself ... not just because he cheated and destroyed his baseball career ... but because he made Miss Dominican Republic REALLY SAD!!!
Miss D.M. Bobbi Dean was leaving the Queen of the Universe Pageant in L.A. this weekend when we asked how she felt when the Dominican-born baseball star was busted for performance enhancing drugs.
"I like to think of our people as very honest," Dean said ... "it was a little disappointing to find out that he wasn't as honest as we would've hoped."
Still, Miss Dominican Republic says she's still confident that players from the D.M. are still WAY BETTER than players in Cuba ... even without the 'roids.
L.A. Dodgers Superstar
ACCIDENTAL SHUT OUT
I Locked My Damn Keys in the Car!
3/10/2014 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Talk about a bad day getting worse ... 'cause after Clayton Kershaw lost to the SF Giants yesterday, the Dodgers ace LOCKED HIS KEYS IN HIS CAR ... and had to call in a lefty for the save.
Ya gotta feel for the guy ... you can see the look on his face when he realizes he's locked out.
Come on ... we've all been there.
Kershaw -- along with several members of the Dodgers organization (including teammate Justin Turner) -- scrambled to break into the Ford ... but to no avail.
Eventually, a hero in a reflective green vest arrived to the scene on his noble white steed (his AAA truck) ... and managed to jimmy open the door.
Kershaw kept his cool during the ordeal ... and offered the guy some chips and a bottle of water.
Guess the Wad
3/9/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Jobe was Like Jackie Robinson
They Changed Baseball Forever
3/7/2014 7:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The doctor who invented "Tommy John Surgery" ranks up with Jackie Robinson when it comes to people who changed baseball forever ... so says Tommy John himself.
TMZ Sports spoke with the iconic MLB pitcher after the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe -- the man who pioneered the elbow surgery that saved Tommy's pitching career ... and countless others.
The surgery, which Jobe first performed on Tommy in 1974, was revolutionary ... in which a torn tendon in the elbow is replaced with a healthy tendon from somewhere else in the body.
John was the first major athlete to undergo the procedure ... and went from considering retirement to winning 164 GAMES following the surgery.
But Tommy says Dr. Jobe wasn't 100% confident it was going to work before he went under the knife.
"Before the surgery, Frank said to me 'do you have something else to do? I'm not sure this is going to work.' He knew my wife was pregnant."
Fortunately, the whole thing worked out ... now more than 1/3 of active MLB pitchers have undergone the "Tommy John surgery."
John says ... "Three people changed baseball more than anyone: Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier. Marvin Miller who changed the players union. And Frank Jobe, who revolutionized the medical side of baseball."
Tommy says he was surprised when he learned of Jobe's passing this week ... explaining, "I sent Frank an email a few weeks ago and I told him 'if I get into the Hall of Fame, I want your butt standing next to me.' He was one of the most important people in my career."
Dr. Jobe was 88.
Famous Death Bed Speech
Handwritten Notes Up for Auction
3/3/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The notes from Mickey Mantle's emotional farewell address -- scribbled from his deathbed in 1995 -- is about to hit the auction block ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The speech is legendary ... televised from the Baylor University Medical Center on July 12, 1995 ... when a dying Mantle begged his fans, "Please don't do drugs and alcohol. God only gave us one body."
Now, we're told Grey Flannel Auctions will be opening up bidding on the handwritten notes for the speech that Mick had earlier scribbled on the back of a PGA tour score card in his hospital room.
One of the most memorable lines from the speech -- "I didn't know how Lou Gehrig could here [sic] at home plate knowing he was going to die and say he was the luckiest man on the face of Earth [sic]. Now I think I know."
GFA tells us the item will hit the auction block at the end of April. There will not be a starting bid.
Mick died just 4 weeks after the speech after suffering from liver cancer, cirrhosis and hepatitis.
He was 63.
7:40 AM PT -- The auction house tells TMZ Sports ... they've decided to put a $10k starting bid on the item.
I Dare You To Run Me Over!!!
2/26/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Bench tells TMZ Sports he fully SUPPORTS the new anti-collision rule in the MLB -- but that doesn't make him a wuss. In fact, Johnny says he's still tough as nails ... and he's willing to prove it.
Johnny was out in D.C. Tuesday when he dropped some serious collision knowledge -- comparing speeding base runners to MISSILES who can seriously injure a catcher.
But when we asked if he still considered catchers "tough" -- the 66-year-old Hall of Famer challenged our guy to a collision right there on the spot.
Seriously, we're lucky our guy walked away in one piece.