Antonio Tarver has just been released from a Florida jail ... and tells TMZ Sports he plans to hit the gym tomorrow to restart his boxing career so he can pay back his $200,000 debt.
Tarver was locked up in FL on a warrant from Nevada -- stemming from allegations he never repaid the Wynn Las Vegas on a $200,000 gambling marker from a 2012 gambling binge.
But Wednesday evening, Tarver says famed boxing manager Al Haymon spotted him the cash to post bail -- and he was released from the Pinellas County Jail. We confirmed Tarver has been released.
When we spoke with Tarver, the 45-year-old insinuated that Haymon ALSO spotted him the cash to repay the entire $200k debt to Wynn.
"It was a debt that I had," Tarver admits ... "a hiccup in the road."
Tarver says he's hard up for cash -- and hasn't "made a dime in two years" -- but vows to repay his debt to Haymon with his fists.
"With Al, it's all about friendship first ... I'm gonna pay him back by becoming the next heavyweight champion."
Antonio -- who fought back in November (and won btw) -- says he plans to hit the boxing gym first thing Thursday morning. Stay tuned ...
USC Basketball Coach
I'm No Lane Kiffin
Takes Big Hit on Florida Home
3/5/2014 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Not all USC coaches are created equal ... at least when it comes to real estate -- just ask Trojan basketball coach Andy Enfield who just got rocked in Florida the same week Lane Kiffin made out like a bandit in L.A.
TMZ Sports has learned Enfield took a $130k hit on his "Dunk City" home in Fort Meyers, FL -- where he lived when he ran the b-ball program at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Enfield dropped $725k on the place when he bought in 2011 -- and initially put it on the market for $675k when he ditched the school in 2013.
But no one bit ... so he dropped and dropped and dropped ... until he finally found someone to take the property off his hands last month for $597,500, according to RealEstate.com.
It's the opposite side of the spectrum from Kiffin -- who made $1 MILLION last week after selling the Manhattan Beach pad where he lived during his time at SC.
The good news for Enfield -- his wife's super hot (see below).
So, there's that.
It's Mel to the Rescue
In Bankruptcy Case
3/5/2014 2:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mel Gibson may end up saving the woman who ruined him.
Oksana Grigorieva just filed docs in her bankruptcy case, claiming she can only afford $372 a month to repay her debts -- listed at $438,000 -- but at that rate, it will take her nearly a hundred years to make good.
So, Oksana is asking the court to clear the balance of her debts after 5 years -- when she'll only have repaid $22,320 ... or 5% of her total debt ... most of which she owes to the lawyers she employed in her war against Mel.
The funny part ... Mel is currently paying Oksana $20,000 a month in child support for their daughter Lucia -- so if she gets what she's asking for in the bankruptcy case, she could clear her debt in one fell swoop with a single child support check from her one time sugar daddy.
So the lawyers get screwed, Mel gets screwed and Oksana ... well, that's just what she does.
Suspected in Kardashian Jewelry Heist
3/5/2014 1:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom's drug dealers could be linked to the $250,000 jewelry heist at Lamar and Khloe's house ... because we're told the dealers threatened to break in to get the money Lamar never paid.
Multiple sources involved in Lamar's drug deals last year tell TMZ ... Lamar wasn't paying his tab. In fact, our sources say he was in the hole $15K to just one dealer back in Sept. and he owed another more than $40K.
Lamar would fend them off by saying he was loaded and therefore good for it. He would also justify not paying from time to time because the quality of the drugs was "wack."
We're told Lamar owed 10s of thousands of dollars to drug dealers when he left for Spain last month.
Now the plot thickens. We're told Lamar was getting text messages threatening his safety and also warning him they would break into his home to get even.
Cops don't know who stole the expensive jewelry but we're told there was no sign of forced entry. One source says he has reason to believe one of the dealers had connections to someone who works for the family and had lawful access to the house.
Cops to Sean Kingston
Eenie Meenie Miney Mo ...
Pay Your Bar Tab, Or We Can't Let You Go
3/5/2014 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sean Kingston might be used to getting freebies -- but TMZ has learned, he had to answer to cops in the Dominican Republic this weekend after allegedly skipping out on an $8K bar tab.
The singer was with friends Saturday at a place called Euphoria -- and sources at the club tell us, there was a miscommunication between Sean and the managers. We're told the managers promised to "take care of" Sean and Sean thought that meant comping his drinks -- not so.
We're told Sean had a great time -- drinking, smoking hookah -- and ran up a bill of $8,771 ... before leaving the club without paying a dime.
According to sources, the club quickly called Dominican police -- who eventually tracked Sean down on Sunday ... insisting he had to pay the bill, or he wouldn't be able to leave the country.
When he realized the mistake, we're told Sean was VERY apologetic -- and returned to the club to ante up in full.
Allen Iverson's Wife
WE BURIED THE HATCHET
... for the Sake of the Kids
3/5/2014 8:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Allen Iverson and his wife have finally made peace -- after years of being at war -- and Tawanna tells TMZ Sports .... she's thrilled the two are finally on the same page so they can co-parent their 5 kids.
Allen and Tawanna have had a very turbulent relationship over the years -- with Tawanna filing for divorce in 2011 ... followed by a very nasty custody battle, allegations of alcohol abuse and claims Allen was trying to screw her out of money.
So, it was a shock when Allen THANKED Tawanna during the Philadelphia 76ers jersey retirement ceremony Saturday night -- giving her props for "helping me grow as a man and taking care of me throughout my career and always being by my side and loving me."
Iverson added, "She'll always be my favorite person in the world."
So, what changed in the past few months??
Tawanna tells us ... the two finally came together and had a long talk about their relationship and their duties as parents.
"We've known each other since we were 16 years old ... and we have 5 kids together. So, we have to do what's best for our kids."
It's unclear if the two will officially get "back together" ... but for now, they're on pretty good terms ... and that's a HUGE deal, considering it was just last year, Tawanna blasted A.I. in court for not living up to his end of the custody arrangement.
"We'll always have a connection with each other," Tawanna says ... noting that she and A.I. are in a "happy" place.
Teresa & Joe Giudice
Let Us Serve Prison Time Separately
We Have Kids!!!
3/5/2014 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa and Joe Giudice want to serve their prison terms separately ... so at least one parent can remain with their 4 children while the other is behind bars, TMZ has learned.
Teresa and Joe's attorney Miles Feinstein tells us, the couple will ask the judge to stagger their sentences -- i.e. serve them consecutively rather than concurrently -- for the sake of their four daughters (aged four, eight, nine, and thirteen). Their sentencing date is July 8.
As we reported, the Giudices pleaded guilty Tuesday in their money fraud case -- Teresa to four counts and Joe to five. Teresa faces 21 to 27 months in prison and Joe faces up to 46.
Feinstein is confident the judge will grant their request -- he says the judge has granted similar requests before.
As for the sentences, Feinstein is trying to see the silver lining -- yes it sucks ... but he says the outcome was the best they could have hoped for. Indicted on 41 criminal counts, Feinstein says the couple originally faced 100+ years in prison ... but got off with just a few.
Pee Wee Herman
Famous Movie Bicycle Can Be Yours
... In Pieces
3/5/2014 8:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The bicycle that Pee-Wee Herman refused to sell for even a hundred million, trillion, billion dollars ... is up for sale ... but for a whole lot less.
One of the bikes used to film the 1985 flick "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" is being auctioned on eBay ... and the owner tells us he has a letter of authenticity from the studio to prove it's the real deal.
Just one problem: some assembly is required.
The seller says the bike is in pieces but he says all the parts are there -- including the bicycle bell and the handlebar streamers. He says he'll also throw in an autographed photo of Paul Reubens.
The owner tells us he bought the cruiser in 2010 for $10K ... he's hoping to get at least $15K for it from the auction. Current bid is $8K.
Famed Wrestler Buff Bagwell
I'm A Successful Gigolo Now!
3/5/2014 5:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Legendary wrestler Buff Bagwell is still trading on his lady's man image ... now, as a gigolo.
Bagwell -- who was a force in World Championship Wrestling between 1991 and 2001 -- has joined Cowboys4Angels ... a premium gigolo service targeting lonely and very possibly horny women.
Bagwell has appeared on the Showtime hit, "Gigolos," but he's not just doing it for the camera.
As for Cowboys4Angels ... it provides "escorts" who offer companionship -- reading between the lines is highly permissible.
The company charges a pretty penny for Bagwell's services -- $800 for 2 hours, $1550 for 4 hours and $3000 for an overnight "visit." Weekends are steep -- $8K. And a full week with Bagwell -- $25K.
The owner of the service -- Garren James -- tells TMZ, Bagwell is already the second most popular escort on the website ... behind Nick Hawk.
Bagwell is married, but apparently unlike Robin Thicke, it's a true open relationship.
'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'
Not-Really-Jenner House For Sale ... $6 MILLION
3/5/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Kardashians might have to pretend they live in a different L.A. mansion -- very soon -- TMZ has learned, the one they currently use for exterior shots on their reality show is for sale ... listed at $6.25 million ... and whoever buys it has the right to pull the plug on the show.
Sorry to burst your bubble -- but the outside view of the "Jenner House" from KUWTK isn't the house the family actually lives in -- we're told Kris and co. didn't want to show the outside of their real house (located 20 miles away) for security reasons.
It's a pretty common trick in Hollywood -- except it's usually used for TV shows that shoot in studios or on sound stages. Not really in "reality."
On KUWTK, the Jenner House interior is sleek and modern -- but the interior of this 7-bedroom home is way more 19th century Italy. Check the photos.
KUWTK isn't the only show to use this house either -- it's also appeared on "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Chuck," "True Blood," and "Entourage."
Jacked for $50,000
Possible Link to Khloe Heist
3/5/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe wasn't the only theft victim in the Kardashian family -- TMZ has learned, $50,000 in CASH was stolen from Kourtney's house last month ... and cops believe the two heists are related.
Sources tell TMZ, the money was stolen from inside Kourtney's Calabasas home -- following an appearance gig that paid in cash -- hmmmm -- and Kourtney believes it was an inside job.
We're told Kourtney left the money in a safe place in the house for a couple days -- and when she finally went to deposit the loot ... it was gone.
As we reported ... Khloe recently discovered $250,000 worth of jewelry missing from her Tarzana home.
Given the timing and the fact that Kourtney and Khloe work with so many of the same people, we're told police believe the two thefts are connected.
Cops plan to question people who had access to Kourtney's house around the time of the theft -- and they'll give special attention to people who ALSO had access to Khloe's house.
These chicks need to buy a safe.
Carolina Panthers Star
I'm a Daddy Again!
Teammate Sends Mamaroo
3/5/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's been a GREAT couple of weeks for Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano ... 'cause right before he signed his new $12 MILLION contract, his wife gave birth to their 2nd kid ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Graham tells us ... right after his son was born (the couple's 2nd boy) ... some of his Panthers teammates sent fancy baby gifts to the house ... including a Mamaroo, courtesy of linebacker Chase Blackburn. Apparently, babies love those things.
Graham says ... even ex-teammates hooked baby Gano up with some fresh gear, including former Panthers defensive end Everett Brown -- who sent several boxes of gifts.
As for how Gano plans to celebrate the new contract, Graham tells us he can't really go crazy because of the kid -- but he does have some bachelor parties coming up and hopes his wife will give him a break from baby duty to let him go.
Yeah, good luck with that!!
I'm Poor Now
So Lower My Child Support
3/4/2014 5:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mathew Knowles -- who once made millions of dollars a year as Beyonce's manager -- just got his child support slashed because his income has plummeted in radical fashion.
Knowles asked a judge to reduce the $12,000 monthly child support he pays to baby mama Alexsandra Wright, with whom he has a 3-year-old son.
Knowles -- who made $3 million a year before his daughter fired his ass in 2011 -- now says he pulled in a relative paltry $127K in 2013.
And, Knowles says, even though his income has been slashed, his expenses remain sky high -- $51,000 a month. To make up the shortfall, he's liquidating his assets.
The family court judge apparently validated his financial plight, and reduced his child support to $2,485 a month.
Not great news for Alexsandra, who's been getting $300 a month in food stamps.