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OKC Thunder Co-Owner 'Tapped Brakes' Several Times ... Before Fatal Crash

3/14/2016 11:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0312-aubrey-mcclendon-getty-4OKC Thunder co-owner Aubrey McClendon "tapped the brakes" several times before his SUV crashed into a bridge ... but cops say they aren't clear if that means he WASN'T trying to kill himself. 

56-year-old McClendon died in the March 2nd accident -- after hitting an Oklahoma City bridge at such a high rate of speed, his SUV exploded in flames almost immediately. 

In a news conference in OKC moments ago, officials say McClendon's car was going 88 mph 5 seconds before impact ... and 78 mph at the moment of the crash. 

030216-sub-aubrey-mcclendon-crash-9Cops say McClendon tapped his brakes several times during the final 5 seconds -- but cops aren't considering it "breakage" because he stopped touching the brakes 31 feet from the wall. 

The medical examiner says it doesn't appear McClendon had a medical episode in the final moments -- fueling theories the crash was a suicide. 

It's important to note that McClendon had been indicted on a conspiracy charge just hours before the crash -- and was facing prison time if convicted. 

Cops are still investigating the crash -- talking with people he was close with ... including co-workers. 

Aubrey McClendon 911 People Raced to Help ... But It Was Too Late

3/3/2016 8:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Several good Samaritans ... including someone who appeared to be a doctor or nurse ... stopped to try to help Aubrey McClendon after his car crash -- but the fire proved to be too dangerous. 

TMZ Sports obtained the 911 calls from the crash -- one caller says he actually witnessed the impact. The witnesses say McClendon's SUV swerved and crashed into the underpass and caught fire. 

Another witness says people were running up to the car to try to help ... but noted the fire was "really escalating."

Eventually, the car burst into flames and another witness told 911 ... "There were people standing up there by the vehicle, which doesn't seem very smart to me."

Emergency vehicles raced to the scene -- but it was too late. 

OKC Thunder Co-Owner Suicide Not Ruled Out ... Say Police

3/2/2016 3:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0302-mcclendon-police-getty-01Oklahoma City Police say suicide has NOT been ruled out in the fiery car crash that killed OKC Thunder co-owner Aubrey McClendon ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we reported ... McClendon died when his car smashed into a bridge at an incredible high rate of speed Wednesday morning ... hours after he was indicted on a federal conspiracy charge that carries up to a 10 year prison sentence.

We spoke with OKC Police Dept Captain Paco Balderrama who told us ... cops are working on several possible theories that led to his death -- ranging from suicide to a medical episode behind the wheel. 

"Anything is possible," Capt. Balderrama said ... "At this point we just don't know."

Cops say McClendon was NOT wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash -- and he made no attempt to slow down before impact.

We spoke with a rep for the coroner's office who tells us an autopsy will be completed Thursday. 

OKC Thunder Players React To Co-Owner's Death 'We're Praying For The Family'

3/2/2016 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

OKC Thunder players Anthony Morrow and Andre Roberson say they're praying for the family of co-owner Aubrey McClendon ... who was killed Wednesday morning in a horrific car accident.

The team plays the Clippers tonight ... and when we got them out they told our photog ... GM Sam Presti told them about the tragedy ... and the whole squad is united in prayer for the McClendon family.

OKC Thunder Co-Owner Killed In Car Crash ... Apparent Suicide

3/2/2016 11:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0302-aubrey-mcclendon-getty-01Aubrey McClendon -- co-owner of the OKC Thunder -- crashed his car into a bridge and killed himself in what appears to be a suicide mission ... one day after he was charged with conspiracy. 

Law enforcement says McClendon was going VERY fast in his 2013 Chevy Tahoe when he veered out of his lane and struck a bridge. The car exploded and was quickly engulfed in flames. 

030216-sub-aubrey-mcclendon-crash-02Officials say there was no indication McClendon tried to stop at any point before impact. 

The cops didn't specifically call it a suicide attempt -- but it sure appears that way. 

The timing is bizarre considering the 56-year-old was charged with conspiracy in an alleged oil and gas scheme on Tuesday evening. He was facing 10 years in prison if convicted.

McClendon had publicly denied any wrongdoing. 

NBA's Russell Westbrook Stopped By the Bouncer ... 'What's Your Name?'

12/22/2015 9:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Even megastars like Russell Westbrook have bouncer drama at Hollywood nightclubs -- 'cause the NBA superstar got stopped at one of the hottest bars in L.A. Monday night 'cause the bouncer didn't know who he was. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar hit up The Nice Guy -- often frequented by huge stars like Justin Bieber, Gigi Hadid and Leonardo DiCaprio -- when the bouncer pumped the brakes at the door. 

Don't worry, he eventually got in ... but we gotta hand it to the bouncer ... who kept his cool even when Westbrook played the "let me talk to the owner" card. 

Russell Westbrook I'm Getting Hitched! Doing it Chill in Bev Hills

8/27/2015 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-russell-westbrook-tmz-instagramOklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook is getting a ring even before the NBA season begins -- he's marrying his longtime GF this weekend in a pretty baller setting. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Russell and Nina Earl will walk down the aisle in Beverly Hills on Saturday -- just about a year after they started planning. As we reported, they announced their engagement last September ... when Nina posted a pic of her $700k ring!

We're told the couple is having a low-key ceremony, and wants to keep the exact location under wraps, but trust us ... the wedding pics will be spectacular.

Mazel tov!


Kevin Durant Wanna Suck Like Me? Buy My Used Straw!

6/15/2015 9:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-SUB-kevin-durant-candy-slush-EBAY-01You can finally share DNA with Kevin Durant ... if the price is right ... because the NBA superstar's actual USED straw has hit the auction block ... for real. 

In fact, the straw is the REAL piece of plastic KD sucked from during a SONIC fast food commercial the NBA star shot back in March, when he was promoting the Kevin Durant Signature Slush.

The straw also comes with a certificate of authenticity personally signed by KD that reads, "This is the actual straw from the Candy Slush that Kevin Durant (KD) had on the set of a SONIC commercial shot on March 26, 2015."

There's more ... Sonic is also auctioning off the ACTUAL candy from KD's slush ... which also come with a C.O.A. 

0615-kevin-durant-candy-slush-EBAY-01Don't worry, it's not some cheap stunt to make a few extra bucks -- the auction benefits the Limeades for Learning program ... which raises money for educational programs across the country. 

So far, bidding on the straw is already up to $40 ... but there's still 5 days left to go! 

Kevin Durant Sneaker Tribute to Stuart Scott

1/6/2015 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0106-kevin-durant-shoes-getty-01Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant honored ESPN legend Stuart Scott on the court last night ... with a hand-written tribute to the anchor penned on his sneakers. 


Kevin Durant MEN'S UNDERWEAR BATTLE ... With Russell Westbrook

10/22/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There's a war brewing in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room -- an underwear war -- because teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are now officially competitors in the man-panties biz. 

Durant just inked a deal with Neff -- one of the hottest skater/surfer brands -- to launch an underwear line ... set to kick off next year in time for back to school shopping.

Neff works with HUGE celebs and athletes (Snoop Dogg and Richard Sherman, to name a few) ... but Durant's deal is different because he actually OWNS part of the new line.

In fact, we spoke with Shaun Neff, the founder of the company, who tells us, "We've met several times. He's very involved, especially in the creative process and marketing."

So, where does Westbrook fit in? RW has a line of boutique undies with Kings & Jaxs -- featuring all sorts of funky designs personally approved by Westbrook. 

Bottom line -- these guys are super competitive ... so it'll be interesting to see who emerges as the Underwear King of Oklahoma. 

Stay tuned ...  

NBA Star Russell Westbrook I'M ENGAGED With $700k Ring! [Update]

9/4/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:06 AM PT -- IT'S A $700,000 RING!!!! 

We've learned ... it was made by Jason of Beverly Hills ... who's made engagement rings for all sorts of stars including Gabrielle Union and Evelyn Lozada.

As for Russell's ring -- we're told it's a 6-piece elongated cushion cut ring with VVS clarity ... and in total, the whole thing is worth $700k. 

We're told Russell knew exactly what he wanted when he hit up Jason's shop. It was very important to him that he got a ring with the highest quality possible.

Dude did a helluva job. update-grey-gray-barOklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is the next NBA star in line for a wedding -- 'cause he popped the question last night ... with a massive diamond ring ... and his GF said yes!

Westbrook and longtime GF Nina Earl made the announcement on social media Wednesday night ... showing off the gargantuan rock with a caption that read, "Nothing even matters..@ninamri3_ forever my lady! LOVE YOU!!!!" 

0904-nina-mari-instagram-02Earl is a former UCLA basketball player -- and the two met during their college days ... before Westbrook signed his $80 MILLION contract extension. 


Serge Ibaka 'My Big Black Angel' NBA Star Comes to Rescue After Bike Crash

2/20/2014 8:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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NBA star Serge Ibaka sprung into HERO MODE last night when he saw some dude on a bike wipe out in a mall parking lot ... and according to the victim, Serge was nothing short of a "big black angel."

The guy who ate pavement is Grant -- who works in the Penn Square Mall in OKC. Grant tells TMZ Sports he was biking home when he lost control, flipped the bike and landed on his face ... chipping his tooth and opening a gash on his chin.

Grant says as soon as he went down, someone rushed over to see if he was OK ... someone who happened to be Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka.

Grant says he was disoriented after the crash ... but Serge helped him up, brought him inside the mall, got him water and helped clean off his wounds.

"He was so nice, really nice," Grant says ... "He really didn't need to take time to do that, but it's awesome that he did."


Kevin Durant & Friends Call 13-Year-Old After Brain Surgery Get Well Soon!!

2/18/2014 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0217_micka_tmz_wmA 13-year-old boy got one heck of a birthday surprise after emerging from brain surgery last week ... when his phone rang and 3 HUGE STARS were on the line to wish him a speedy recovery.

TMZ Sports has learned ... Kevin Durant, actor Kevin Hart and NFL star Tavon Austin called up 13-year-old Mikka on Thursday after learning about the brave boy's battle with a brain condition.

We spoke to Mikka's dad who tells us, "Before they called, his energy level was low ... but those guys really picked him up. They actually brought a smile to his face."

He adds, "Mikka didn't believe it. When Kevin Durant called I said, 'It's really K.D.'"

"All three guys told him to be strong and they wished him a happy birthday."

Tavon tells TMZ Sports ... "I was happy to call Mikka when I found out he was having major surgery. He's my family (cousins). I watched Mikka as an infant. He's a tough kid."

Mikka's dad says ... Mikka was released from a Maryland hospital on Sunday -- and says, "He can't wait to go to school and tell all of his friends!"


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