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Michael Phelps

'I'm Deeply Sorry'

... For DUI Arrest

9/30/2014 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Michael Phelps just issued a statement on his DUI arrest in Baltimore this morning ... saying he takes "full responsibility" and is sorry he let everyone down.

Here's the statement Phelps just issued on Twitter:

"Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines."

"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility."

"I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed the Olympic legend was hammered.

He was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lanes.

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Michael Phelps

BUSTED FOR DUI

... Again

9/30/2014 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Our sources tell us ... the USA Olympic legend was pulled over around 1:40 AM in his white Land Rover. We're told he bombed his field sobriety test ... and his B.A.C. was almost twice the legal limit. 

Officials just issued a statement saying Phelps was initially pulled over for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed he was hammered. 

Our sources say Phelps was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI -- and was eventually released.  

Cops say Phelps was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines.  

It's Michael's 2nd DUI arrest -- he was popped in Maryland in 2004 when he was 19 years old. He struck a plea deal with prosecutors and pled guilty in exchange for 18 months probation.

We've made multiple calls to Michael's reps -- but they would not take our calls. 
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1:00 PM PT -- Michael is now apologizing for the arrest.
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Ryan Lochte

Phelps 'Made Dumb Decision'

... Should've Had a Driver

9/30/2014 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ryan Lochte says he doesn't understand why Michael Phelps didn't just hire a driver to take him home early Tuesday morning ... telling TMZ Sports his decision to get behind the wheel after allegedly drinking was just plain dumb. 

We reached out to Phelps' Team USA swimming teammate and asked if he was concerned for the Olympic legend ... to which Lochte replied, "I'm not concerned ... he just makes dumb decisions."

Lochte continued, "He has so much money to get a driver. I even have a driver. Just stinks for the sport of swimming."

"But he will become smarter from this. Luckily he did not hurt himself or someone else."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI ... his second DUI arrest in the past 10 years.

Lolo Jones

EMOTIONALLY BROKEN

After 'Dancing with the Stars' Loss

9/17/2014 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Lolo Jones says she felt broken, unlovable and embarrassed after she was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night ... and penned an emotional letter saying she's sick of being a loser.

The former Olympian unloaded on Facebook right after she got the boot from the ballroom ... saying, "When I was dancing last night and messed up I had flashbacks of the three Olympics and that people constantly tease me about. I thought oh no here it comes again. People are going to ridicule me. I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed."

"I joined the other competitors upstairs and I couldn't force a smile on my face. I felt like vomiting and in between the other dances I went in a back room and fought back tears. I felt so broken. So unlovable. Embarssed."



Jones -- who's been RIPPED in the public over her lackluster performances at the Olympics over the years -- added, "I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me."

"But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods. Instead I need to trust God that he would heal my heart. That I would not work so hard for the world to validate and redeem me but know that God already conquered that for me on the cross."

She concluded ... "My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages. You were helping me not fall into darkness."

Yeah, she's taking this pretty hard.

Johnny to Victor

There Will Be No Mutual Masturbation

From Here on Out!

4/15/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Johnny Weir wrote a 5-page post-nup which is part of his newfangled reconciliation package with Victor Voronov -- and Johnny makes it clear mutual masturbation will NOT be tolerated.

TMZ broke the story ... Johnny and Victor agreed over the weekend to call off their divorce, but Victor wanted Johnny to sign a document apologizing for trashing Victor in the media and promising to keep Johnny's mom out of their relationship.

So Johnny fired back with a document of his own, which, among other things, defines the type of cheating that will not be tolerated.  The document -- obtained by TMZ -- lists the following:

-- sex outside the marriage
-- oral sex outside the marriage
-- kissing or making out
-- sexting
-- aggressive flirting
-- mutual masturbation
-- social media/grindr/dating

And it gets better.  According to the document, if either one has a situation where they're "in close range or contact with someone from our past or someone to be part of the future" ... the other can veto the contact.  Johnny specifically gives an example of a figure skater he dated.

The document also requires joint STD tests every 6 months with the results being read with both in the room.

And there's a section about splitting assets if they ultimately get divorced:  "Should a gift be given, i.e., the Cartier Roadster (R.I.P.), the gift belongs to you."  Someone broke the watch!

And finally ... there's a section titled "Ultimatums."   Johnny lists examples of Victor's ultimatums, including, "If I give you one more day to get your bank records to me, then I want to have a free f*** of anyone I want."

Simply fabulous.

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Johnny Weir

Olympic Paycheck Couldn't Buy Me a Purse!

4/7/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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appears to be way more cash strapped -- and less marketable -- than anyone thought, because reports that he made a cool million for the Winter Olympics are exaggerated 40 times over.

TMZ has obtained a draft of the contract Johnny signed with NBC.  The network offered him an anemic $25,000 for the Sochi games.  And get this ... NBC also wanted him to FLY COACH for the domestic flights.

Johnny's lawyer didn't even push back and make a counteroffer.

There were a few extras.  NBC offered an addition $40K for Johnny to show up at 8 non-Olympic events.  So the grand total for Mr. Weir was a whopping $65K.

FYI -- a Hermes Birkin 35 Pelouse Porosus Crocodile will set you back $78,000 ... and that's USED!

Ne-Yo

Usain Bolt Better Not Dagger in This Country ...

We Call That Rape

3/27/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Warning to Usain Bolt: Don't go thrusting your crotch at people in the U.S.A. because it could be criminal ... that's Ne-Yo's take on it, anyway.

The singer was out in NYC when we asked him about Usain's ridiculously dirty dancing ... called "daggering" -- and admits he's tried the super-sexualized move too.

But Ne-Yo makes it clear ... he only daggers when he's down in Bolt's homeland of Jamaica, where it's socially acceptable.

As for why he doesn't do it stateside ... Ne-Yo says, "In New York it's called something else. It's called rape."

Hard to argue.

Johnny Weir

Allegations of Shakedown

In Vicious Divorce

3/20/2014 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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has been gracious about his divorce from husband Victor Simon Weir-Voronov ... but TMZ Sports has learned the breakup is not just bitter ... it's vicious, with allegations of a shakedown.

Sources connected with Johnny tell TMZ Sports ... on Wednesday Victor's people called Johnny's lawyer and said a media outlet had contacted them offering money for an interview.  Johnny's people say Victor's lawyer said his client would turn down the interview IF Johnny paid him $25,000 for lawyers fees, plus support. 

Victor's people admit they did mention the interview and asked for support ... but the 2 were not connected.

And there's more.   Victor claims Johnny blindsided him ... that he found out only Tuesday Johnny filed for divorce.  But sources connected with Johnny say Victor is lying. 

We know Victor is already on his second divorce lawyer.  Johnny's people say that doesn't sound like a guy who just found out.

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Our Johnny sources say Weir told Victor he was going to file for divorce BEFORE he left for the Olympics.  We know Johnny's divorce docs were signed January 28, and he left for Sochi 2 days later.

Check out the pics of Johnny during the Olympics.  He's NOT wearing his wedding ring.

0320_johnny_weir_no_ring_sochi_olympics_footerThe divorce docs were actually filed with the court February 12.  Our Johnny sources say Weir told Victor shortly after he pulled the trigger that the docs were in court.  Sources connected with Victor say BS ... they both threatened divorce for the last year, but Victor never knew Johnny would go through with it.

To show how bitter it's gotten ... Johnny is asking the judge to make Victor pay his lawyer's fees and other costs connected to the divorce.

Johnny Weir Split

Aborted Vacation Plans

... At Center of Breakup

3/20/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Johnny Weir got too busy to take a vacation -- and it PISSED OFF his husband ... and that was a major reason the couple split up ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Johnny and husband Victor Voronov have been having issues for a while -- but were hoping to spend some quality time together on a long, relaxing vacation.

But when Johnny was tapped to cover the Olympics in Sochi, he got super busy -- and we're told the vacation was pushed ... and pushed ... and pushed. 

We're told Victor supported Johnny and his career, but the couple had only seen each other 2 or 3 times in the past month and it was taking a toll on Victor. 

Victor has been telling people there was a vacation ultimatum -- but Johnny was simply too busy to take time off for a getaway ... and we're told that was the final straw. 

Johnny announced Wednesday the couple had split up after more than two years of marriage.

Team USA Hockey

Auctioning Off Olympic Jerseys

From Slovak Annihilation

3/19/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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T.J. Oshie's sweaty, smelly game-used jersey from the Olympics could be yours ... 'cause Team USA is auctioning off the unis from their destruction of Slovakia for charity ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Oshie, Patrick Kane and a bunch of other Team USA players have donated their jerseys to the USA Hockey Foundation ... in an effort to raise money for hockey programs for kids. 

The site is offering game-used jerseys from a couple of the Team USA hockey games in Sochi  ... including the February 13th prelim against Slovakia ... where Team USA emerged victorious 7-1. 

For the record, the jersey Oshie wore during his insane shoot-out performance against Russia isn't on the site ... but the Slovakia one still has his sweat on it. So, next best thing? 

Oscar Pistorius Murder Case

Man Gets Death Threats

Over Lego Recreations

3/19/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0319_oscar_pistorius_lego_launchThe Lego-artist who's been posting Lego recreations of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial tells TMZ Sports he's been getting DEATH THREATS from people upset with his work. 

We spoke to Armando Tejada ... who says he initially decided to document the Pistorius case because, "I've been fascinated by the trial" ... plus, he had a Legos set from the 2012 Olympics, which came with a tiny Pistorius figure. 

The images are NOT graphic -- they mostly chronicle Pistorius interacting with the judge and his lawyer in the South Africa courthouse where his trial is being held. 

"I don't plan on posting any graphic depictions of the murder or any scene that shows the victim Reeva Steenkamp out of respect," Tejada tells us. 

Still, Tejada -- who lives in Chicago -- says some people are so mad they've threatened his life.

"I've received death threats," Tejada says ... "I understand why people would be upset about it. There's a very thin line and I'm sure I've crossed it."

We're told one of threats involved shooting Tejada with a gun. 

Tejada says he has not gone to police -- since the people behind the threats are based in South Africa ... and he doesn't believe he's in any real danger.

Oscar Pistorius

VOMITS IN COURT

During Graphic Description of GF's Wounds

3/10/2014 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0310-oscar-pistorius-02-GettyOscar Pistorius threw up in court today ... several times ... as a pathologist detailed the injuries he found on Reeva Steenkamp's body after she was shot, in gruesome detail. 

Pistorius was given a bucket to puke into during the testimony ... and used it quite frequently.

In between vomit sessions, the Olympian was seen rocking back and forth, crying and covering his ears with his hands. 

As for the testimony, Professor Gert Saayman detailed the bullet wounds he found on Steenkamp following her death ... saying she was shot on the top of the head, in the right elbow, in the right hip and left hand.

Saayman said the head would have incapacitated Steenkamp immediately. He also said the ammo, Black Talon bullets, are the kind that "expand and mushroom" on impact for maximum damage. 

At one point, the judge asked Pistorius' lawyer if he was going to be able to compose himself and stay in the courtroom. Oscar said he wanted to continue ... and was allowed to stay.

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Oscar Pistorius

Murder Trial Begins

I Heard 'Bloodcurdling Screams'

3/3/2014 5:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0303-oscar-pistorius-GettyOlympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius arrived to court in South Africa for Day 1 of his murder trial Monday -- and it's already getting intense ... with a neighbor saying she heard "bloodcurdling screams" the night of the shooting. 

Pistorius -- aka "Blade Runner" -- shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 -- and he's been charged with premeditated murder. Oscar pleaded not guilty to the shooting -- and claims it was accidental because he thought Reeva was an intruder who got inside the house. 

Today, Oscar's neighbor recounted what she remembered from that night -- "Just after 3, I woke up from a woman's terrible screams. Then I also heard a man screaming for help. Three times he yelled for help."

The neighbor said her husband immediately called authorities. 

The entire trial is expected to last about 3 weeks -- if convicted, Oscar faces life in prison.

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