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Antonio Brown's Dad My Son Didn't Fake Injury 'It's Not In His Character'

1/11/2016 12:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0111_antonio_brown_gettyPacman Jones can hold on to that Oscar ... or Grammy ... 'cause Antonio Brown's father insists his son is NO ACTOR ... and didn't fake hurt after taking that shot from Vontaze Burfict

TMZ Sports spoke with Eddie Brown who tells us he has already checked in with the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver to make sure he's okay after taking a shot to the head during Saturday's playoff game. 

"He is doing well. I talked to him but I didn't go into detail. I just wanted to make sure he was okay. That was my biggest concern as a father and parent."

We asked what he thought about Pacman accusing his son of faking hurt -- and Eddie told us the thought of Antonio bluffing an injury is simply unfathomable.

"It's not in his character. I don't have to defend him because you can just look at his track record. Check his and then check the track record of the ones accusing him ...  he's taken big hits before and he's gone right back to the huddle."

We also asked if he thought Burfict should be punished by the league for the hit:

"I don't set the rules, My thing is the hit happened and I'm just glad my son is okay and he is going to be playing Sunday. The team who did the hit will be at home watching."

SF 49ers Sued for Booting Service Dog and Owner

1/9/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The San Francisco 49ers booted a fan and his service dog from Levi's Stadium which made the fan have a seizure ... according to the lawsuit he's now filed against the team.

James Hilburn says he and his Alaskan malamute, Bear, had no problems entering the Niners-Cardinals game on November 29 -- the ticket taker let them in, no questions asked. In his suit, Hilburn says he suffers myoclonic dystonia ... which causes seizures. Bear is trained to alert him and people nearby when one is about to hit.

In the lawsuit, James says once he entered the staidum, police and security guards surrounded him and said Bear was not allowed to be there -- and the stressful situation triggered a seizure.

TMZ Sports obtained video Hilburn's friend shot, and you can hear Bear yelping a warning. Police and stadium staff attempted to get a shuttle to pick them up, but Hilburn declined. He did end up suffering, and had to be hospitalized, according to his lawyer Mark Thomas.

Hilburn wants the team to pay for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

We reached out to the 49ers who told us they do not comment on pending litigation.

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Mike Tyson Doc Shut Me Down for a Week After Hoverboard Fail

1/6/2016 11:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Mike Tyson's epic fall on one of those self-balancing scooters didn't play as hysterically with his doctor as it did on the Internet.

Tyson tells TMZ Sports he had to seek medical help after the disastrous spill flat on his back, and he says the doc ordered him to stay in bed for 7 days.

Naturally, the video went viral and Mike says at first he was upset that his wife put him on blast by posting the clip -- but eventually he was able to laugh it off. 

Don't expect an encore performance though. Tyson says he's "never riding the board again. It's not for me."

Hard lesson learned.

Rob Kardashian Diabetic Emergency On Verge of Triggering Coma

12/30/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1229_rob_kardashian_tmz_2Rob Kardashian was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis ... this according to our Kardashian sources.

TMZ broke the story ... Rob was taken to an L.A. hospital Sunday after feeling terrible all weekend.

Our sources say after a battery of tests, Rob was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when someone's body produces high levels of blood acids, or ketones.

Rob had no idea he was diabetic, and it's a good thing he took precautionary measures. If untreated, the condition can lead to a diabetic coma. 

But there's good news ... our Kardashian sources say the doctors told Rob if he eats well and leads a "healthy lifestyle," he can actually get his diabetes, which is type 2, under control and potentially have it go into remission.

Rob is back at home and resting, and this may be just what the doctor ordered -- literally -- to get him back on the right path.

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Cleanthony Early Knicks Player Shot, Robbed Outside Strip Club

12/30/2015 5:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1230_cleanthony_early_gettyupdate_graphic_red_bar7:18 AM PT -- TMZ Sports spoke with Early's mother who said her son "was in good spirits." update_grey_gray_barNew York Knicks guard Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg during a robbery just after leaving a Queens strip club ... and his assailants made off with a gold necklace ... and the gold caps on his teeth. 

According to the NYPD, Early was leaving CityScapes Gentleman's Club early Wednesday morning in an Uber when the car was boxed in by three other vehicles. Cops say a group of men approached Early and robbed him, shooting him once in the knee for good measure.

Police say Early called 911 and was taken to a nearby hospital. He's in stable condition.

Just last week, another New York Knicks player, Derrick Williams, was the target of of thieves ... who allegedly made off with over $600,000 in jewelry. 

Early is in his second season with the Knicks. He's appeared in just 10 games this season.

Rob Kardashian Hospitalized with Diabetes

12/29/2015 2:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Rob Kardashian was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with diabetes ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Rob wasn't feeling well over the weekend and as his condition worsened, his family became alarmed and Rob was taken to an L.A. hospital.

Doctors performed tests and diagnosed the condition ... and it was news to Rob. He had no clue he was diabetic.

Doctors stabilized him and as of this post he's still in the hospital.

Sources close to the Kardashians say this was a wake up call and Rob wants to start 2016 healthy.

Rob was last seen in public on an In-N-Out run this past June.

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David Foster Yolanda's No Faker Her Lyme Disease is Legit

12/22/2015 7:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222-david-yolanda-foster-tmz-01David Foster just put all the doubters to rest ... saying Yolanda Foster's battle with Lyme disease is very real and very serious.

In a statement obtained by TMZ ... Foster backs his ex, saying, "it is so frustrating to see headlines questioning her chronic debilitating illness." Foster's addressing several reports that have suggested Yolanda might not actually be as sick as she claims.

Foster gives Yolanda even more props ... saying he's proud of Yolanda's fight and how brave and open she's been in finding a cure for the disease.

It makes sense ... TMZ broke the story -- David's been the one to foot all of Yolanda's medical bills -- even after their split, so you gotta assume he knows what's going on with her health.  

Now that's a good ex. 

Vegas Strip Crash VIDEO Seconds After Impact

12/21/2015 1:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Video shot seconds after Lakeisha Holloway mowed down several dozen people on the Vegas strip shows the chaos on the street.

The video -- shot on a cellphone -- shows the injured laying on the street and sidewalk. You see people scrambling to provide help, before paramedics arrived.

The person shooting the video is obviously horrified ... wondering where the driver went.

Poison Drummer I Have Cancer ... Michael Douglas Was Right

12/15/2015 2:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Rikki Rockett is fighting oral cancer, and says it was caused by HPV ... the same way Michael Douglas got it.

Poison's drummer was on the Sirius XM show "Eddie Trunk Live" when he revealed his diagnosis, saying it all started over the summer when he had a cold and a sore throat. He says doctors at USC eventually did a biopsy and discovered a tumor at the base of his tongue.

Rikki says the human papillomavirus is behind his diagnosis -- "This is very similar to [Iron Maiden's] Bruce Dickinson, very similar to Michael Douglas, similar to [Aerosmith's] Tom Hamilton, as far as I know."

Been a rough year for Rikki -- as we first reported, he filed to divorce his wife Melanie in July.

The good news -- 54-year-old Rikki says he's been responding well to treatment and his prognosis is "excellent."

Robert Nkemdiche 911 'Seemed Delirious, Incoherent' ... After Hotel Fall

12/14/2015 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche was bleeding -- and appeared delirious -- after falling out of an Atlanta hotel window this weekend ... so says the person who called 911.  

On the recording, obtained by TMZ Sports, the witness says she was at the valet at the hotel when she noticed an emergency situation ... and then saw Robert. 

The woman tells the operator she didn't see Nkemdiche fall -- but saw that he was in bad shape and in need of immediate medical assistance.  

He was moving and breathing -- however, the woman says, "He didn't seem coherent, he seemed like he was delirious."

The woman also told the 911 operator the situation was so dire -- that people on the scene were requesting a defibrillator.  

Nkemdiche was eventually transported to a nearby hospital where he is now listed in stable condition. 

Boosie Badazz Half a Kidney Gone in Cancer Surgery

12/11/2015 4:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1211-lil-boosie-getty-01The surgery Boosie Badazz had to attack his cancer was more severe than anyone knew and way more expensive. 

Boosie went under the knife on Tuesday and tells TMZ, the doctors removed half of one of his kidneys. It's called a nephrectomy, and Boosie says it worked like a charm ... docs believe they got all of the cancer.

Boosie says he's still feeling weak 3 days after the surgery, and his wallet's definitely feeling it too. He doesn't have health insurance, so he had to pay $90,000 out-of-pocket!

He feels blessed to have been successful enough that he could foot the life-saving procedure. He's going to be in a cancer rehab facility for at least 3 weeks, but overall ... Boosie calls this a minor setback for a major comeback.

John Madden Undergoes Open Heart Surgery ... 'Procedure was Successful'

12/10/2015 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1210-john-madden-getty-01NFL legend John Madden is recovering after undergoing open heart surgery -- and is "expected to fully recover" ... so says NFL commish Roger Goodell.

The 79-year-old Hall of Fame coach was released from a San Francisco hospital Wednesday -- after docs performed a procedure to repair blockages in his heart. 

Goodell spoke with Madden ... and says, "He sounds great, but is frustrated about being on injured reserve for the time being."

"He is anxious to return to action soon doing the important work he does for our game. He’s a tremendous fountain of ideas and we can’t wait to get him back. We are all pleased to know that John’s procedure was successful and wish him a speedy recovery."

Madden still does a lot of work with the NFL -- serving on the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel and the Coaches Subcommittee to the Competition Committee.

Yolanda Foster Divorce Is The Right Medicine

12/10/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1209-yolanda-david-foster-gettyYolanda Foster thinks she'll bounce back now that she's split from estranged husband David Foster.

Yolanda's been battling a severe case of Lyme disease, and sources say she's convinced it got worse when things got rocky with David. Lyme disease attacks the nervous system and stress is the enemy.

Our source says Yolanda constantly leaned on David during their marriage, but toward the end he was traveling a lot and she couldn't handle the change and got really sick as a result. 

Now that they've pulled the plug on their marriage, she has no expectation that he'll be around, and that's actually dramatically improved her health. 

Yolanda's still struggling with Lyme disease, but she's mobile again and feels she's on the mend. 

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