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Caitlyn Jenner

Bruce Can Be Erased from Olympic H.O.F.

... If She Wants

6/5/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0604_caitlyn_jenner_olympic_hall_of_fameCaitlyn Jenner can make Olympic history again -- the doors to the Hall of Fame are swinging wide open for her to enter ... all she has to do is ask.

Caitlyn was inducted into the H.O.F. back in 1986 thanks to her legendary gold medal in the 1976 Olympic decathlon. But, of course ... Bruce is the name attached to that honor. At least for now.

Patrick Sandusky, spokesperson for the US Olympic Committee, tells TMZ they would gladly update the name to Caitlyn. He says if she files a formal request, the Committee would review it,  and presto -- bye bye Bruce, hello Caitlyn.

A rep for Caitlyn tells us she's unclear if she'll make the request.

She's got time to think it over. There won't be any physical honor for the H.O.F. inductees until the U.S. Olympic Museum opens in 2018.

So for now, the change would just be one for the record books.

Michael Jordan

Ball Boy Unearths MJ's Olympic Sneaks

... Wants Big $$$

6/3/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0603-jordan-shoes-getty-tmz-sports-01A former ball boy for the U.S. Olympic basketball team says he has the ACTUAL SNEAKERS Michael Jordan wore during the '84 Games ... and now, he's putting them on the auction block. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the kid, now a full-blown man, says MJ signed the kicks and gave him the pair as a gift moments after Team USA won the gold medal. 

FYI -- the '84 team included future NBA superstars like Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Sam Perkins. 

What's interesting about the shoes ... they're made by Converse, not Nike -- and the '84 Games was the last time (at least that we could find) that Jordan rocked a pair of non-swoosh kicks on the court. 

The former ball boy -- who doesn't want to reveal his name -- says he saw that Jordan's "flu game" shoes sold for $104k in 2013 ... and decided to hit up Grey Flannel Auctions to see if he could get a similar payday. 

We're told the shoes have been authenticated -- and will hit the auction block on June 5th. 

Starting bid -- $50k. 

Good luck.

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Olympian Nastia Liukin

She's Bashing Me, But I Made Her Rich

... Ex-Agent Fumes

5/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0521_nastia-liukin_Agent-Evan-Morgenstein_getty-3Former gymnast Nastia Liukin is pissing on the people who helped make her a star after the Olympics, and she's doing it just to launch her own business ... according to her ex-agent.

Liukin -- a gold medalist in Beijing and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant -- started the beef when she recently said her former reps never got her deals she could be "passionate about." In other words ... they all sucked.

One of those former reps, Evan Morgenstein, took the comment very personally, and tells TMZ Sports ... "It's an absolute slap in the face. She's got revisionist history. She got deals that no other Olympians had ever gotten."

Morgenstein says he was Nastia's agent from '07-'12, and scored her countless lucrative deals -- including JCPenney and Wheaties. He says he always saw Nastia as family and not just a client, telling us ... "My daughters looked up to her." 

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Liukin obviously thinks she can do better -- she recently opened the Shine Agency.

Morgenstein's not exactly wishing her good luck -- "She had a come to Jesus moment, and now she thinks she's the next Scott Boras. It's ridiculous."

We reached out to Nastia, but no response yet.

U.S. Olympic Sprinter

I Forgive My Cheating Teammate

Even Though They Took My Medal

5/15/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Would YOU forgive a teammate who CHEATED and costed you an Olympic medal??? 

Well, U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin says he's ready to do just that when it comes to Tyson Gay -- who admitted he doped during the 2012 Olympics ... which resulted in the IOC stripping them over their silver medals in the 4x100. 

Gay has admitted to taking banned substances -- but says it wasn't intentional. "I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down."

Now, with the IOC taking the medals back, Gatlin tells TMZ Sports he won't fight the decision. 

"The rules are the rules ... and if the committee says we have to return it -- I’m going to follow the rules. I honestly don’t mind giving it back if it wasn't won fairly."

As for his feelings about Gay, Gatlin says ... "He has apologized for his actions and asked for public forgiveness. So now it’s time to move on from that."

Gatlin says he now has his eyes focused on another prize -- GOLD at the 2016 Games. 

"I know we have another chance coming up in Rio – and we just started off the season beating the Jamaicans at the world championships."

Good luck!  

Retired U.S. Olympian

Uses Javelin to Pull Daughter's Tooth

(Epic Video)

5/6/2015 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tooth fairy better pay EXTRA for this one ... 

Here's video of retired U.S. Olympic athlete Bryan Clay -- who took gold in the decathlon in 2008 -- helping his daughter Ellie remove a loose tooth ... by tying it to a javelin!!!!  

The footage is crazy ... Clay launches the javelin .. tooth goes flying out of Ellie's mouth ... then, blood. 

By the way, MEGA PROPS to Ellie -- who's so tough, she not only DIDN'T cry ... but only asked for a glass of water to wash out her mouth!!! 

Lolo Jones

Boycott 'Fifty Shades'

God Would Not Approve

2/17/2015 3:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0217_lolo_jones_50shades_TMZLolo Jones -- U.S. Olympian and self-proclaimed virgin -- says "Fifty Shades of Grey" is an abomination ... and people should boycott the movie because it glamorizes unholy sex. 

Jones -- who's also a devout Evangelical Christian -- went to Twitter and wrote, "Funny how some people think there's nothing wrong with 50 shades of Grey. God didn't create sex for that purpose."

She added, "Watch another movie."

Jones then explained her stance ... saying the movie's hypersexual plot makes people feel that sex for pleasure is the answer to emotional pain.

"Some ppl medicate pain by being more and more physical to where if they are ever alone they can't feel any peace," Jones wrote. 

The tweet is in direct contrast to Russell Wilson, another devout Christian who says it's not only OK to see the movie ... but admits he took in a screening last week and said he thought it was "great."  

[h/t FTW

Michael Phelps' Alleged Ex

Dives In to Hardcore Porn

1/7/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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Michael Phelps' self-proclaimed ex-girlfriend just had a close encounter with about a billion little swimmers ... after shooting her very first hardcore porno flick ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The "star" is Taylor Chandler -- who claims she had a relationship with Phelps after meeting him on Tinder. She also says she's "intersex" ... which means she was born with both a penis and a uterus (she's since had the penis removed). 

And now, we've learned Chandler is showing off what she's got below the belt in a new X-rated flick she shot with Vivid Entertainment ... the porn company famous for bringing Kim Kardashian's sex tape to the world. 

We spoke with Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch who tells us Chandler's raking in 6-figures for "Going for the Gold" ... which features a Phelps look-alike and is set for release next week. 

"This is the most unique footage Vivid has ever released," Hirsch says ... "The sky is the limit on this movie." 

Go USA. 

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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
EXCLUSIVE
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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
EXCLUSIVE
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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
EXCLUSIVE
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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
EXCLUSIVE
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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!

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