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President Obama Crackin' Jokes with US Olympians I Don't Want 'Phelps Face'

9/29/2016 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

More jokes from President Obama ... this time, POTUS was busting out the zingers with the Team USA Olympians ... crackin' on everything from his gymnastics skills to "Phelps face."

It all went down at the White House ... where Obama and gold medal gym superstar Simone Biles riffed for a little while before B.O. turned his attention to Michael Phelps and the famous pre-race face that became an Internet meme.

One important note ... Ryan Lochte was NOT at the ceremony -- because he WASN'T ALLOWED per the punishment he received over that whole drunken bathroom situation in Rio. 

Too bad -- he missed a good time. 

Ryan Lochte Protesters Now Starring in Dancing With a Judge

9/27/2016 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0927-ryan-lochte-protesters-akmThe protesters who bum-rushed Ryan Lochte on "Dancing With the Stars" could end up behind bars now that prosecutors are hitting them with 2 charges.

We've learned the L.A. City Attorney's Office is charging Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi with leaving a spectator area and entering upon a stage, as well as interfering with a performance -- both are misdemeanors.

As we first reported, the protesters went to 'DWTS' because they blamed Ryan for a family member getting arrested in Brazil. 

No one's going to San Quentin -- the ballroom floor got the worst of the protest -- but if convicted, they could get up to 6 months in county jail, and a $1,000 fine.

Ryan Lochte Everyone Deserves a $econd Chance ... Financially

9/20/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0919-ryan-lochte-tmz-composite-02Ryan Lochte's becoming the poster boy for second chances, and the latest company to put their money behind his comeback is Debt.com.

Lochte has scored his second endorsement deal since his Brazilian fiasco with the personal finance company. It's no Speedo, but it's a start. He's also repping Pine Brothers throat lozenges, so doesn't look like there'll be any conflicts of interest. 

Not hard to see why Debt.com picked Lochte for their new ads ... the company's slogan is something along the lines of giving people a fresh start with their finances "when life happens."

Lochte will appear in several ads about how America is the land of new beginnings, which we gotta say, might not go over well with Brazilians.

Lochte says he'll be donating a portion of his proceeds from the endorsement deal to a muscular dystrophy charity. We're pretty sure he wouldn't lie about that.

Olympic Protester Tommie Smith I'm Boycotting James Woods ... Calling Kaep A 'Dirtbag' Is Wrong

9/17/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0916_tommie-smith-james-woods_nfl_tmz_gettyTommie Smith ... one half of the iconic Black Power demonstration from the '68 Olympics ... says he's done watching James Woods movies ... 'cause Woods called Colin Kaepernick a "dirtbag."

Woods has been all over Kaep -- and the NFL -- telling our cameras he's boycotting the league for it's refusal to discipline the 49ers QB over his national anthem protest.

But it's Woods' name-calling of Kaepernick on Twitter -- where he called Kaep a "piece Of S@#t" and a "dirtbag" -- that has Smith steaming mad.

Of course, Smith and fellow sprinter John Carlos are the OG's of the sports protest game ... creating an iconic image at the '68 Olympics in Mexico by raising their fists in the air for Black power.

0912_1968-Olympic-Games_tommie_smith-sub-gettyTMZ Sports spoke with Smith and he told us the personal insults aimed at Colin aren't fair ... and because of them, he can no longer support Woods' movie career.

"James Woods used to be one of my favorite actors ... but if he thinks he is dirt because of what he did then I am crossing him of my list because he is wrong."

Smith went on to say he totally disagrees with Woods' view that Kaerpernick's protest is disrespectful ... and is urging the Academy Award nominee to take a hard look at the issues.

"I think James should look a bit deeper, and focus on the reason [Colin] did what he did."

Lil Wayne Clowns Ryan Lochte In Rap Verse

9/15/2016 11:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Even Lil Wayne is making fun of Ryan Lochte these days ... using the disgraced swimmer to attack Cash Money in a rap performance on 'Ellen.'

Weezy was performing "No Problems" with Chance the Rapper when he changed the words into a Cash Money diss. 

The usual lyrics are ... 

"And if that label try to stop me ... There gon' be some crazy Weezy fans waitin' in the lobby."

The new lyrics were ...

"And if Cash Money try to stop me, Imma let 'em rob me ... YEAH RIGHT, like Ryan Lochte."

Ryan Lochte Protesters Relative Arrested for Olympic Ticket Scam

9/15/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0914-ryan-lochte-dwts-stage-crashers-tmz-akm-02The real reason the Ryan Lochte protesters went to 'DWTS' is because one of their family members got arrested in Rio, and for some reason they're trying to blame Lochte for the mess.

We've learned Justin Sotoodeh McNeil -- nephew and cousin of the 2 stage crashers -- was busted 3 days after Lochte claimed he was held up at gunpoint. McNeil was allegedly selling fake tickets to a Team USA Beach Volleyball match ... according to Brazilian reports.

Cops say he had 51 tickets and a fake ID. He was arrested and indicted for embezzlement and document forgery. He's out now, but authorities are holding his passport until he meets a list of requirements ... including paying a $264 fine. 

0914_luciano_bonucci_liscense_DivulgacaoGuarda-Municipal-do-Rio-de-Janeiro2Sources connected to the family tell us they think Lochtegate made Justin, and other Americans, a target for cops. We're told they deny he did anything wrong.

Lochte's team thinks it's laughable the family's blaming him, when Justin was busted for a felony -- not to mention the 2 guys getting arrested this week at 'Dancing.' 

Usain Bolt Fleet Feet And Pelvic Thrusts ... In Bora Bora Boogie Down

9/10/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Olympics are over but Usain Bolt is still going for a gold medal in something ... turning the hell up in Bora Bora to a level that only the fastest man in the world can.

Bolt is on vacay on the island ... and took some time to engage in some traditional dance -- complete with dancing ladies and even a little Magic Mike-style body rolling for the ladies.

Check out the clip -- and be happy for Bolt's GF that no ladies' butts were grinded on for the making of this clip.

Ryan Lochte Stiff Sentence But He Screwed Up Bad ... Says Rowdy Gaines

9/8/2016 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Lochte got what he deserved when the USOC suspended him and banned him from U.S Swimming's National Championships, but there's still an upside ... according to swimming great Rowdy Gaines.

Rowdy -- a 3-time gold medalist who knows Lochte -- came on "TMZ Live" and pulled no punches, telling us Ryan's lie in Rio was a huge mistake that forced the USOC to drop the stiff 10 month suspension.

He also thinks Ryan will have plenty of time to stage a comeback, and Michael Phelps is a perfect example of that -- since he was also banned from the National swim meet after his DUIs. 

And check out Rowdy's take on the 10 month sentence. Bottom line ... NBD.

Ryan Lochte Nailed by USOC ... No White House Visit, No World Championships

9/8/2016 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0908-ryan-lochte-tmz-01The USOC dropped the hammer on Ryan Lochte because his full punishment includes a ban from the next swimming National Championships meet ... which could put his swim career in jeopardy.

Lochte is also banned from visting the White House with the rest of Team USA Olympians. TMZ Sports broke the story ... Lochte will be banned from swim meets for 10 months, but the USOC just released the full list of punishments he's facing.

He has to return the money he was awarded for winning a gold medal at the games ... perform 20 hours of community service ... and he will have no access to training centers.

The National Championship ban -- which falls outside his 10 month suspension -- is a real shot, since it also means Lochte can't compete in the World Championships ... which could hamper the 32-year-old's hopes of competing in the 2020 Olympics. On the other hand, Michael Phelps got the same ban, and ended up kicking ass this year.

The other swimmers involved in the Rio incident -- Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen -- got 4 month suspensions ... and will also be banned from the White House visit.

Bentz will also do 10 hours of community service.

Ryan Lochte Here's What I Have to Say About My Suspension

9/8/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Lochte was a man of few words after he learned he's being benched for 10 months.

Lochte was on a plane Wednesday afternoon when TMZ Sports broke the story about the USOC's decision to suspend him. When he landed at LAX he was stoic, declining to say if he felt the punishment was too harsh, especially given the 6 months Michael Phelps got for 2 DUIs.

He had more to say about "Dancing With the Stars" ... he has a bad case of the nerves, and says why.

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Ryan Lochte Suspended for 10 Months

9/7/2016 2:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826-ryan-lochte-getty-02Ryan Lochte just got his punishment for his Rio gas station hijinks, and we're told the U.S. Olympic Committee was tough, but not career-ending.

USOC-connected sources tell TMZ Sports ... Lochte has been suspended for 10 months. There are additional sanctions. 

We're told the punishment was handed down not just by the USOC but by the IOC and USA Swimming as well.

The punishment is harsher than Michael Phelps' 6 month suspension for his 2 DUIs. The punishment was debated within the USOC, because Phelps put people's lives at risk and Lochte arguably didn't lie about a material fact. We're told some of the USOC decision makers felt Lochte's punishment was too severe.

The other 3 swimmers involved in the Rio incident were also suspended, but for less time. At least one of them got a 4 month suspension.

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U.S. Olympic Legend Edwin Moses Wife Files For Divorce ... Cites Adultery, Cruel Treatment

9/4/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826-edwin-moses-divorce-michelle-GETTY-01Here's a hurdle Edwin Moses is gonna have a tough time getting over ... his wife has filed for divorce and claims he's been cheating on her ... this according to documents obtained by TMZ Sports

Moses is a U.S. Olympic legend -- who scored gold medals at the '76 and '84 Olympic Games, and is credited with revolutionizing the sport. He's now the chairman of USADA, the famed drug testing agency. 

But Michelle Moses, his wife of 9 years, says the track and field star has been running around behind her back -- so, she filed divorce docs citing adultery and "cruel treatment."

It's clear in the docs Michelle is looking for serious coin from Edwin -- claiming she essentially managed his career over the past decade and is entitled to a significant cut of his earnings. 

We reached out to Edwin's lawyers for comment ... so far, no word back.

Hope Solo '17 Years and It's F***ing Over' ... Furious Over Punishment

8/30/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Hope Solo was being recorded at the moment she found out Team USA soccer was suspending her and terminating her contract for trashing Team Sweden ... and she was PISSED. 

"Six month suspension, no pay, terminated contract effective immediately," Solo said while hugging her husband, Jerramy Stevens (ex-NFL player). 

"17 f***ing years and it's over!"

Solo was being recorded for the Fullscreen documentary, "Keeping Score" -- which will air even more footage from the moment during the full episode. 

Solo was punished by Team USA soccer after calling the Swedish team a bunch of "cowards" after losing to them in the Olympics. Clearly, the organization was looking to 86 Solo after numerous behavioral issues. 

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