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Ex-NBA Player Sued Over Alleged Masseuse Attack ... Despite Acquittal

5/4/2016 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0429-rick-brunson-getty-01Ex-NBA player Rick Brunson is being sued over an alleged violent sexual incident with an Illinois masseuse ... despite the fact he was found not guilty last year, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Brunson's case made headlines in 2014 when he was arrested for sexual assault and other charges ... after a masseuse claimed he tried to force her to perform oral sex at the end of a massage. 

Long story short ... the woman claimed Brunson pulled down her shirt, grabbed her boobs and tried to force her head into his crotch. 

Brunson maintained his innocence -- and was eventually found not guilty on all charges. 

Now, the masseuse has taken her case to civil court ... where she's demanding more than $50,000 for intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery and gender violence. 

We spoke with Brunson's attorney, Alan Millstein,  who tells us, "We think the allegations are totally without merit. We proved him not guilty in criminal court and now will do so in civil."

John Salley Usher Botched Penis Pic ... Take My Advice.

5/1/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Heads up ... there's a lot of genital talk in this video ...

John Salley has some "pointers" for Usher about how to take a world class ... Internet-breaking ... truly inspiring and memorable ... picture of your penis.

Usher "inadvertently" showed his little guy on Snapchat Thursday ... posting a nude snap with a smiley face covering his happy place ... but leaving a little bit left over to say hi.

We asked John about this man-sized malfunction when we got him out at LAX -- 'cause he's sorta like an expert -- and he gives us the lowdown on proper penis pic etiquette.

Take notes, fellas ...


Adam Sandler & David Spade Roast D'Angelo Russell ... With Hilarious Spoof

4/28/2016 4:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


This is hysterical ...

Adam Sandler and David Spade just totally nailed the whole D'Angelo Russell/Nick Young video situation ... in a hilarious send-up spoof video.

The clip has Adam playing the part of poor D'Angelo with Spade as the unsuspecting Nick Young getting all his personal business pried out of him.

The title of the video -- "BroCode?"

Check out the clip ... except you D'Angelo -- you stay away from all electronic devices.

NBA's Andre Drummond I Partied With Bieber Too ... 'He's a Cool Dude'

4/28/2016 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nothing takes the sting out of being swept in the playoffs like a Justin Bieber concert ... so says NBA superstar Andre Drummond

The Detroit Pistons star was at LAX -- proudly displaying his VIP backstage pass to Bieber on his backpack from his concert in Michigan on Monday night ... one day after the Pistons were eliminated. 

"He's a cool dude," Drummond told us. 

AD also says Bieber put on one helluva show -- but it wasn't perfect ... he's still got some room to grow. 

As for the rest of Andre's off-season plans -- don't worry Detroit, Drummond says he'll come back even STRONGER next season. 

DeAndre Jordan Undercover Nightclub Party ... After Clippers Loss

4/28/2016 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

428-deandre-jordan-tmz-sportsHow do you get your mind off a crushing Game 5 playoff loss?? If you're DeAndre Jordan ... YOU TURN UP!!!

Hours after the Trailblazers downed the Clippers at Staples Center ... Jordan hit up Warwick nightclub in Hollywood with a few lady friends. 

We're told Jordan tried to keep things low key ... but it's hard to miss a 6'11" NBA star ... even with a jacket over his head.

It's hard to blame the guy ... with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out for the rest of the playoffs, DeAndre could probably use a drink or two ... or three ... or ten. 

Ozzie Silna Legendary Basketball Owner Dies Made $800 MIL Off NBA

4/27/2016 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0427_Ozzie-Silna_gettyLegendary basketball owner Ozzie Silna -- who along with his brother made the GREATEST deal in the history of sports -- has died ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The 83-year-old titan and his brother Dan became sports business gods -- reportedly making $800 MILLION from the 1976 sale of their ABA team, the Spirits of St. Louis. 

The long story short ... Ozzie and Dan -- who had previously made a fortune in the textile industry -- played hardball with the NBA during the ABA-NBA merger negotiations. 

Instead of taking a $3 million lump sum deal to fold their team, the Silnas negotiated for a portion of the NBA's TV rights ... which they owned in PERPETUITY. 

The Silnas had made $300 MILLION from the deal over the years ... but reportedly agreed to sell their rights back in the NBA in 2014 -- for an ADDITIONAL $500 MILLION!!! 

We spoke with Dan Silna ... who told us Ozzie passed after a "short illness." 

He told us, "Ozzie Silna was one of the most honest and moral people you'll ever meet. He was one of the most straightest shooters you'll ever meet. The world has lost a great guy."

Kobe Bryant Hardwood From Final Game ... Hits Auction Block

4/27/2016 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

42716-kobe-8-gettyWanna own a piece of the actual Staples Center hardwood from Kobe Bryant's legendary final game? Well, now you can ... if you've got A TON of cash to spend. 

The Lakers have announced ... the 3 panels that made up the custom #8 that was on the court when Kobe dropped 60 are going up for auction as a single item -- starting bid is $10,000.

And check this out ... proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation -- which helps underprivileged kids. 

As for the #24 that was also on the court that day -- the Lakers say that will be displayed as artwork in the new Lakers practice facility. 


NFL's Antonio Gates Warns College Bball Star ... NFL Is A Different World

4/26/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's the REAL Antonio Gates dishing out some advice to the guy being hailed as the NEXT Antonio Gates ... giving Baylor hoops star Rico Gathers some advice on how to make it as a tight end in the NFL. 

FYI -- the 6'8", 290-pound Gathers made headlines a few weeks ago when he declared for the NFL Draft ... despite the fact he hasn't played football since he was 13. 

0425_rico-gathers_GETTYFun Fact -- Gates famously didn't play a single down of college football ... but used his hoops skills to become one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. 

Gathers is hoping to follow suit ... so, when we saw Antonio out in L.A. with his wife Sasha Gates -- we had to ask if he had any wisdom to share with the young fella. Pay attention kid ... 

BTW, Sasha's a pop singer -- and she ain't half bad either! Peep this

Michael Rapaport Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Is About Knicks Fans ... 'Denial, Regret, Hope'

4/25/2016 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget Jay Z and alleged infidelity ... Beyonce's "Lemonade" is all about the ups and downs of being a Knicks fan, so says Michael Rapaport.

FYI, Michael is a HUUUUGE Knicks fan ... and says he can relate to ALL of the emotions that Beyonce delves into on "Lemonade" -- "denial, regret, hope."

You gotta watch ... it's a pretty compelling argument. 

Jamal Crawford I'd Love to See Odom Back In NBA ... 'He's So Talented'

4/22/2016 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lamar Odom still has some strong supporters when it comes to his NBA comeback -- including former teammate Jamal Crawford who tells TMZ Sports he thinks the guy still has real talent. 

The Clippers star -- and NBA 6th Man of the Year -- told us he's confident the basketball world would embrace Odom ... despite the issues he's had off the court. 

"He's so talented," Crawford told us. 

As we previously reported, Odom says he's NBA-ready NOW ... and just got an offer to play in the prestigious Drew League in Los Angeles

Stay tuned ...

Michael Jordan Prince Inspired Me ... He Was a Genius

4/21/2016 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

42116-jordan-prince-gettyMichael Jordan is paying tribute to Prince ... telling TMZ Sports the music legend's songs "inspired me throughout my career and remind me of so many moments from my life."

Jordan is a big Prince fan -- so we reached out to His Royal Airness for his thoughts about Prince's passing. Here's what he said in a statement given to us by his rep Estee Portnoy: 

"Like so many people I am shocked at the news that Prince has died. In a world of creative performers, Prince was a genius."

"His impact not just on music, but on culture, truly can’t be measured  His songs inspired me throughout my career and remind me of so many moments from my life."

"His greatness will live on through his music, but this is a sad day for his fans – me included. My thoughts go out to his family and friends."

Lamar Odom Real Offer to Join Basketball Team ... From Ex-NBA Star

4/21/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0420-baron-davis-lamar-odom-TMZ-01Lamar Odom has been invited to play on a prestigious L.A. basketball team to compete against current and former NBA stars ... and it's a huge step in getting back to the NBA. 

The person behind the offer is Baron Davis -- who tells TMZ Sports he heard about Odom's public declaration to get back in the big leagues ... and says he knows the perfect way to help. 

Turns out, Davis is a big deal in the legendary Drew League, an exclusive pro-am in Watts, CA where stars like KobeLeBronDurant and more have come to hone their skills during the NBA off-season. 

"I'm going to reach out to LO to see if he would want to play alongside me on my team since he is wanting to return," Davis tells TMZ Sports. 

Just last week, Odom confidently told E.T. he's NBA-ready -- this seems like it would be the perfect opportunity to prove it. 

The Game Kobe Should Pass On 'Inside the NBA' ... Here's Why

4/18/2016 5:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Should Kobe Bryant turn down "Inside the NBA"? The Game thinks so ... telling TMZ Sports he wants to see Kobe on TV, but not at the same desk as Barkley and Shaq. 

We broke the story ... producers at the TNT show have already reached out to Bryant to try to get him on the show. We're told Kobe is still considering his options before making a decision one way or the other. 

But Game -- a HUGE Lakers fan -- says Kobe should do something he doesn't really like to do ... pass. 

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