Trinidad James may have looked baked out of his mind in the mug shot after his arrest last week ... but pics don't convict ...so James is walking ... TMZ has learned.
James was busted Friday for possession of marijuana after lighting up in his Mississippi Holiday Inn hotel room -- but after further investigation, cops have backed off the case.
We asked repeatedly why they won't even present the case to prosecutors ... but we got nothin'.
On second look ... we take back what we said earlier ... that pics don't convict.
Univ. of Tennessee
9 Football Players Busted
At Insane House Party Gone Wrong
2/10/2014 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nine members of the University of Tennessee football team were busted at a HUGE team rager over the weekend ... with booze, weed and FIGHTS, this according to the cops.
TMZ Sports has learned ... cops initially responded to an off-campus party in Knoxville just after midnight on Sunday morning after getting noise complaints. Cops say the party was hosted by Dontavis Sapp -- a former UT linebacker.
Cops say they went to talk to Sapp ... but he was clearly wasted ... and they tried to take him into custody. That's when, cops say, senior linebacker AJ Johnson stepped in ... and grabbed a cop by the shoulder, in an effort to keep Sapp from being arrested.
Johnson was "pulled to the ground" by one of the cops who says the football player "continued to resist arrest by pulling away and rolling around."
Cops say .... another player, 20-year-old defensive lineman Danny O'Brien, was also hammered and combative and was taken into custody "after a brief struggle."
Cops cited 3 other football players -- Curt Maggitt (LB), Jakob Johnson (LB) and Jalen Reeves-Maybin (LB) -- who allegedly provided booze and weed to underage party guests, including:
-- Dontavius Blair (OL)
-- Dimarya Mixon (DL)
-- Justin Coleman (DB)
-- Malik Brown (DL)
The 4 players were cited for underage drinking.
A spokesperson for UT tells us ... "We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information."
"We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee and appropriate action will be taken."
UFC Star Thiago Silva
Arrested for Attempted Murder
Accused Wife of Affair, Shoved Gun in Her Mouth
2/7/2014 5:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
8:21 AM PT -- The judge has THROWN OUT the attempted murder charges against Silva, claiming there isn't enough evidence to prove the UFC fighter ever intended to kill his wife, despite allegedly pulling a gun on her on multiple occasions and sending threatening text messages to her.
The judge explained, "It just seems if he wanted to shoot Mrs. Silva, he would've done it. He didn't do it."
Instead, Silva was hit with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm ... and the judge has decided to hold him in custody without bond.
Silva was not only deemed a flight risk, due to his connections in Brazil -- but the judge says there's a high risk he'll commit violence against his wife.
Thiago's lawyer had argued that his fighter was being unfairly judged because of his occupation as a UFC fighter -- saying, "There's an overreaction [with the charges] simply because the man, what he does for a living."
During the hearing, Silva's lawyer said the fighter is dead broke ... and desperately needs the paycheck he'll receive for his scheduled fight in Dallas at UFC 171.
However, UFC honcho Dana White tells TMZ Sports ... "This guy will never fight in the UFC again."
THE ALLEGATIONS -- Silva's wife told police Thiago went nuclear because he suspected his wife was having an affair with MMA instructor Pablo Popovitch, who runs a jiu-jitsu center in South Florida.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Thiago pulled up to Pablo's training center Thursday night ... pulled out a GLOCK and pointed it at his wife.
Thiago allegedly told his wife, "You have ten seconds to bring Pablo outside and if he does not come out, I will go in the gym and start shooting everyone."
Cops say the class was filled with 25 students at the time of the altercation.
Thiago's wife told cops Pablo raced out of the center to protect Silva's wife -- and that's when Thiago threatened to kill them both. Pablo then raced inside the gym to call 911. That's when Silva drove back to his home.
There's more ... cops say there was ANOTHER violent incident between Thiago and his wife on January 30 -- when he accused her of cheating on him.
Thiago's wife says he got so angry, he pulled out a silver revolver and shoved it into her mouth -- while threatening to shoot her. Thiago's wife eventually got free and obtained a restraining order against the UFC fighter.
THE ARREST -- UFC fighter Thiago Silva was arrested Thursday night for attempted murder following a standoff with a SWAT team after he allegedly threatened people at a jiu-jitsu school and barricaded himself inside his home -- and we have footage showing the moment he was finally captured.
Cops in Broward County, FL say the incident began just before 8 PM, when Silva went to the school owned by famed instructor Pablo Popovitch. Silva -- sporting blue board shorts -- allegedly threatened people there and then went back to his home.
According to police, Silva barricaded himself inside the home. The SWAT team arrived a short time later and surrounded the place as officials tried to get him to surrender. Silva finally gave himself up around 11:15 PM.
TMZ Sports has obtained video of Silva in the back of the cop car. The photog asked him if he pulled a gun on his wife. Silva responded no, adding, "She wants my house, she wants my money." And then he says, "Just don't report this. Can you do that for me?"
Once in the police station, Silva flipped off photogs as officers booked the fighter on 4 criminal charges -- 2 counts of attempted felony murder, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of resisting arrest.
The 31-year-old Brazilian-born fighter is 16-3 in the UFC -- and was expected to fight at UFC 171 in March. We're guessing that ain't gonna happen now.
Struts His Stuff
2/6/2014 4:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber clearly thought he was too cool for school when cops busted him in Miami Beach last month -- and in surveillance footage released by cops ... he isn't just pacing behind bars ... he's strutting.
Justin looks like he's been thoroughly put out by the DUI arrest ... his head cocked back during the wee hours of the morning.
You see Justin get patted down by cops ... but they found nothing.
Cops say Justin was under the influence of Rx drugs, weed and booze.
George Foreman's Son
ARRESTED for Allegedly Attacking Wife
2/4/2014 10:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Foreman's 23-year-old son -- George Edward Foreman the 5th -- was arrested in Texas this weekend after cops say he assaulted his wife.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, officials say George the 5th choked Ashley McVea-Figueroa during an altercation on February 2.
The documents say George attacked Ashley by "impeding the normal breathing and circulation of the blood ... by applying pressure to [her] throat and [her] neck."
We're told Ashley was the person who called 911 ... and during the call, George threatened to leave the house with their child.
George was eventually arrested and booked for felony assault. Court docs show Foreman was released on $10,000 bond.
G5 is one of Foreman's 12 children -- his five sons are all legally named "George" ... but they all go by various nicknames.
George the 5th goes by "Red."
NCAA Basketball Star
Arrested for Peeing Out of Moving Vehicle
2/3/2014 7:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Oklahoma State University basketball star Stevie Clark is in trouble again ... this time the 19-year-old freshman was arrested for allegedly peeing out of the window of a moving vehicle, TMZ Sports has learned.
Law enforcement tells us ... Clark was arrested at 12:46 AM on Sunday in Stillwater, OK after cops observed a man busting a #1 outside of a car window.
The Stillwater PD tells TMZ Sports ... Clark appeared to be "extremely intoxicated" at the time of the arrest.
Clark was arrested for "outraging public decency" and was hauled to a nearby jail. He was released a short time later after posting bond.
FYI -- if convicted, Clark will NOT be forced to register as a sex offender.
It's not Clark's first brush with the law ... earlier this year, he was arrested for allegedly rolling a blunt in a car while on his way to basketball practice.
Ex-WWE Star Matt Hardy
ARRESTED & BLOODY
After Alleged Brawl with Wife
1/29/2014 7:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former WWE champion Matt Hardy was arrested at a motel in Virginia earlier this month ... after allegedly getting into a fight with his wrestler wife ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Just look at the mug shots of Hardy and 27-year-old Reby Sky -- both appear bloody and scratched up.
Hardy has multiple scratch marks all over his face and Sky -- real name Rebecca Hardy -- appears to be sporting a fat lip, black eye and several small cuts on her face.
Law enforcement tells TMZ Sports ... cops raced to the Hampton Inn in Emporia, VA on January 1st around 5:45 AM after someone at the hotel call 911.
During the 911 call, obtained by TMZ Sports, the hotel staffer told the operator ... "A guest just came down here and said somebody's beating the hell out of his wife a girl or something."
When cops arrived to the scene, both Matt and Sky were arrested for assault and battery. They were released on $3,500 bail.
Our sources tell us both Matt and Sky got restraining orders against each other.
Since the incident, both Matt and Reby have posted photos of each other -- and it appears they are still together and going strong.
Sharting Case Wiped Clean from Record
1/28/2014 2:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jason London can now say he was never convicted of crapping in a police car ... even though he pled guilty ... TMZ has learned.
Jason had pled guilty to disorderly conduct -- for sharting in a squad car after getting popped for a drunken bar fight in Scottsdale, AZ.
According to the plea deal he struck, Jason was required to complete a 16 hour alcohol-ed course. Once classes were completed, the judge agreed to erase the conviction -- as if it never occurred.
Well Jason graduated magnum cum laude from his class ... so it's like he never crapped in the car.
Proactiv to Justin Bieber
Clean Up Your Act
... And Your Face
1/27/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber will never get a sweet deal with Proactiv again if he keeps screwing up ... but even if Justin turns into a choir boy, he's gotta 86 those pimples.
It's hard to miss the zits on Bieber's face in the now famous mug ... pretty ironic, considering Bieber was a spokesperson for Proactiv in 2012.
Proactiv co-creator Dr. Kathy Fields tells us, she's seen the mugshot and it's clear Justin's stress is causing him to break out ... so they're gonna send him some Proactiv+ and X-Out to help get him back on track.
As for him getting a full-on spokesman deal again ... Fields says they look for people who are in "the right state to help others and right now Justin needs to get himself healthy."
That and some intensive psychotherapy.
Arrested for DUI
Drag Racing and Resisting Arrest
1/23/2014 10:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
11:36 AM PT -- Justin left the jail just moments ago ... climbing on top of an SUV and waving to a crowd of fans.
Justin Bieber was arrested for DUI early Thursday morning and it wasn't pretty -- cops say Justin was wasted and resisted arrest and cussed the cop out, dropping multiple F bombs ... TMZ has learned.
Justin posed for a smiley mug shot moments after the arrest -- while sporting a jail-issued orange jumpsuit.
Law enforcement tells us ... Bieber was busted in Miami Beach and it didn't end with DUI ... he was also busted for resisting arrest without violence, drag racing and driving on an expired license.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they believe Justin was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.
We're told ... Justin blew a .04. That would not automatically make him a drunk driver -- IF he were 21 or older. But Justin is 19, and Florida has a zero tolerance for underage drinkers who drive. A BAC higher than .02 is ground for an automatic license suspension.
In fact, officials held a news conference and said, "[Justin] made statements he had consumed some alcohol, been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication."
According to the police report -- obtained by TMZ -- cops approached Bieber's car and they instantly realized he reeked of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. He had a "stupor" look on his face.
The police report says ... Bieber was defiant from the get-go, yelling at the cops, "Why the f**k are you doing this?" He also yelled, "What the f**k did I do. Why did you stop me?"
When the officer tried to perform a routine pat down, Bieber said, "I ain't got no f**king weapons, why do you have to search me? What the f**k is this about?" Bieber claimed he wasn't drunk and coming back from recording music. That's not true, because we knew he was at a club.
Now the basis for the resisting arrest charge -- Before the pat down, as Bieber got out of the car, he "kept going into his pants pocket." The cop ordered him to put his hands on the vehicle, and Bieber initially complied but soon took his hands off the car, turned and then cussed out the cop. The cop then grabbed Justin by the right arm, Justin pulled his arm away, and said, "What the f**k are you doing?"
The report says Justin was driving between 55 and 60 MPH in a 30 MPH residential area.
Bieber was taken into custody and transported to the police department where his blood alcohol level was tested. Our law enforcement sources say Justin was given a field sobriety test at the scene ... and failed.
His was then taken to jail where he was booked and processed.
We're told Bieber had just left SET nightclub and was driving a yellow Lamborghini at the time cops spotted him in a residential neighborhood. Our sources say Justin's people actually blocked the street off so Bieber could drag race.
Sources say the person Justin was racing was also arrested. We're told that driver was Khalil, a well-known rapper on Def Jam Records. He was in a red Ferrari.
Justin had a passenger in the car -- Chantel Jeffries -- a model, who's dated multiple celebs including an NFL superstar.
The traffic stop was for drag racing and cops determined he was driving under the influence.
The photo (below) is Chantel -- the model who was in Justin's yellow Lambo -- and Justin. The pic was NOT taken at the time of the arrest.
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
During Court Appearance
Justin Bieber made a point of showing off his tattoos and his muscles during his court appearance Thursday in Miami Beach.
Bieber appeared via closed circuit TV as the judge set bond in his DUI/resisting arrest/driving on a suspended license case.
Check out how Bieber rolled up his jumpsuit sleeves. He let his arms do the talking because he said nothing as the judge set bail at $2,500 ... which we're guessing he can afford.
It's not exactly a capital offense, but Bieber hired the best ... attorney Roy Black, who helped William Kennedy Smith beat the rape rap. He's also repped Rush Limbaugh and Kelsey Grammer.
Bieber should post bail soon.
Young Jeezy Arrest
He Could've Been a Major Threat
... Cops Say
1/22/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Young Jeezy was hauled off to jail yesterday because cops thought he posed a serious threat when they showed up at his GF's pad ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ obtained Jeezy's mug shot, and the police report -- and according to the docs ... Alpharetta, GA police say they didn't know if someone was dead, injured, or if there was an intruder when they responded to a panic alarm at the woman's home.
So, when they ran into Jeezy ... police viewed him as an unknown threat.
Also working against Jeezy -- cops say he was verbally abusive, saying ... "F**k you, I don't have to tell you s**t!"
Ying Yang Twins Rapper
Arrested and Charged
For Beating His Wife
1/19/2014 12:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Deongelo Holmes -- one half of the rap duo Ying Yang Twins -- was busted in Georgia ... after Holmes' wife accused him of punching her in the head.
Prosecutors say Holmes socked his wife Porsche Holmes in the head back in November ... and the rapper hit her so hard she got a big bump over her left eye.
Authorities charged Holmes with "family violence" and two counts of simple battery. Deongelo was released on bond after agreeing to stay away from his wife -- among other restrictions.
We reached out to a rep for Deongelo ... so far, no word back.
Machine Gun Kelly
Photog Sues ...
I Want My Mug Shot Money, Bitch
1/17/2014 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This photo of Machine Gun Kelly is now at the center of a big legal battle ... thanks to the photographer ... who claims the rapper's manager STOLE it from him to make crappy t-shirts.
Dario Calmese filed the lawsuit in New York, claiming he initially shot the MGK photo in 2012 for a limited edition t-shirt line with clothing company Black Apple (above) -- emphasis on "limited."
During production, Dario claims Black Apple submitted the photo to MGK's manager Byron Kirkland for final approval ... and everything appeared hunky dory.
The Black Apple tees hit the market without a hitch -- but soon after, Dario claims the mug shot photo began to surface on cheap knockoff t-shirts around the web, including at online stores Spencer's Gifts and Live Nation Worldwide.
Now Dario is pissed ... claiming Byron hijacked the photo for his own personal t-shirt production -- outside of Black Apple -- not only using the pic without his permission, but cutting him out of the action as well.
Dario wants everyone (except Black Apple) to STOP producing the mug shot tees stat. He's suing Live Nation, Spencer's, Byron Kirkland and more ... demanding a bunch of money.