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

8/30/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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. 

Ryan Lochte Case Rio Cops Deserve Praise for Exposing 'Farce' ... Say Rio Cops

8/26/2016 2:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826-ryan-lochte-tmz-02Authorities in Rio really showed Ryan Lochte and his teammates who's the boss -- just ask Rio authorities, who are patting themselves on the back ... hard!

The Court of Justice in Rio believes its handling of Lochte-gate brought "international prestige" to its city and required "courageous action." We know this because the court actually fired off a statement to the media saying so.

Rio police similarly shouted out the efforts of Rio police ... saying they uncovered the "farce" of the Team USA swimmers' story. 

The praise and adulation came 24 hours after Lochte was charged for lying to police -- a non-extraditable offense that Lochte has no intention of returning to Brazil to face.

But word among Rio's finest is ... they nailed it.

Gisele Retirement Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

8/25/2016 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825_gisele_bundchen_modeling_butt_launchGisele might have the greatest gig as a supermodel, but the guy in charge of prepping her ass for the camera has gotta be a close second.

Gisele squeezed in a very wet photo shoot in Rio on the heels of the Olympics. She's officially retired from runway modeling, but thank God she's still posing for pics like these.

We're guessing the butt wrangler does NOT get hazard pay -- shouldn't be paid at all, really.

It's unclear why he needed to be shirtless.

Ryan Lochte Hit with Criminal Charge in Rio ... Could Face Jail Time

8/25/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-ryan-lochte-tmz-02Ryan Lochte has just been formally charged in Brazil with filing a false police report stemming from the August 14th gas station incident ... and faces jail time if convicted. 

Brazilian officials have already summoned the swimmer to Rio for a hearing on the incident -- but sources close to Lochte say there's no way in hell he'll go. 

The charge is not an extraditable offense ... meaning he can't be forced to Brazil by American courts. 

If convicted of filing a false police report, Lochte could face up to 6 months in jail. The likelihood is ... Lochte's lawyers will negotiate a fine similar to the one Jimmy Feigen paid -- $11k -- to charity, and the case will go away.


Olympic Wrestler Helen Maroulis I'm Open to MMA Career ... 'There's a Possibility'

8/25/2016 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There could be a HUGE new star in the world of women's MMA -- because the U.S. Olympian who just won the gold medal in wrestling says she's open to the idea of getting in the cage. 

We spoke with Helen Maroulis -- the 24-year-old phenom who dominated the world at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio -- and asked her straight up if MMA is in her future. 

Maroulis made it clear wrestling is her main priority and first love ... but says a transition to MMA is definitely a possibility down the road. 

The best part of the video ... Maroulis says she'll 100% return to the Olympics in 2020 to defend her title.  

Ryan Lochte Comeback Begins ... Locks Down 1st New Sponsor

8/25/2016 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825-ryan-lochte-pine-bros-tmz-01Ryan Lochte's endorsement comeback is underway ... he just signed a brand new deal with a throat drop company ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Lochte will team up with the Pine Brothers throat lozenge company, a rep confirms -- to be the face of a campaign that promotes the drops as "Forgiving On Your Throat."

Lochte will appear in print ads and a commercial. 

Pine Bros. CEO Rider McDowell says, "We all make mistakes, but they're rarely given front-page scrutiny. He’s a great guy who has done incredible work with charities. I’m confident that Pine Bros. fans will support our decision to give Ryan a second chance."

We're guessing the campaign will include some comical references to Lochte's Brazil drama -- you know, since he's asking the public to forgive him for that whole thing. 

Of course, Lochte lost all of his major sponsors after Brazilian officials say he lied about an alleged gas station robbery -- but when 1 (or 4) door closes ... 

Ryan Lochte Sorry, Brazil ... I Ain't Going Back

8/25/2016 10:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0819-ryan-lochte-tmz-11Ryan Lochte will NOT be returning to Brazil -- despite the fact officials in Rio have reportedly summoned the swimmer to testify in front of the country's Justice Department ... sources tell TMZ Sports

Brazilian officials want Lochte to appear at a hearing to face potential legal action over the infamous gas station bathroom incident. 

We contacted Lochte's team but they have not heard anything of the sort about Brazilian police wanting him back. That said, sources familiar with the situation say there is no way Lochte is going back to Rio because police could detain him, prosecute him, jail him, do whatever they want ... and it would be ridiculous for him to go down that road. 

FYI, the other 3 swimmers involved -- Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen -- all spoke with police and agreed to fork over roughly $11,000 to a charity to make good. 


Post Malone I Witnessed Usain's Pimpness ... Ultimate Ladies Man

8/25/2016 6:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

When Usain Bolt was getting his swerve on in a London nightclub this weekend, rapper Post Malone was RIGHT THERE partying alongside him ... and tells TMZ Sports, "It was awesome!" 

Bolt has been on a tear with the ladies this past week -- despite the fact he's got a GF back home in Jamaica -- and Post saw the legend in action at Cirque le Soir club on Monday night. 

"He's a ladies man," Malone said.

"Fastest man in the world ... even if the cops were chasing him, he could escape ... [if they were chasing him] in a vehicle. He fast as hell so he can do whatever he wants to do."

Malone -- the guy behind the hit "White Iverson" -- says he may FINALLY meet the NBA inspiration for his song ... but it's gonna be halfway around the world!

Check out the clip.  

In London with the fastest man dem @usainbolt

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Team USA's DeMar DeRozan Wasn't Digging 'Flotel' ... We Wanted Olympic Village!

8/25/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Not everyone on Team USA was thrilled with the super swanky floating hotel the squad stayed on in Rio ... DeMar DeRozan says he HATED the digs ... and would've rather shacked up in the Olympic village.

In case you forgot ... Team USA basketball stayed on board a RIDICULOUS cruise ship called the Silver Cloud in Brazil ... which featured a pool, gym, cigar lounge AND bar.

We got the newly crowned gold medalist out in L.A. and asked him a question normies all over the world want the answer to ... what was it like to live in that incredible floating mansion on the sea?

Check out the clip -- DeMar gives a typical rich guy answer ... claiming -- for good reason -- that the posh accommodations weren't all they were cracked up to be.

Uh huh ... we'll take your word for it, bro.

Hope Solo Hit with 6 Month Suspension ... For Trashing Sweden

8/24/2016 4:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0824_hope-solo-gettyHope Solo has just been benched by Team USA soccer for SIX MONTHS -- for trashing Team Sweden as a "bunch of cowards" after they beat the U.S. in an Olympic match earlier this month.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced the suspension Wednesday afternoon -- saying the comments were "unacceptable and do not meet the standards of conduct we require from our National Team players."

But what's really interesting ... Gulati says Solo got such a harsh suspension because of her history of embarrassing off-the-field issues ... like the time Hope and her husband went joyriding in a Team USA soccer van without permission, while her husband was drunk. She was suspended 30 days for that incident. 

"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action," Gulati said. 

Translation -- the team is sick of Hope's crap.

After the suspension was announced, Solo released the following statement on Instagram.


Gabby Douglas SHOOTS HER SHOT I'm 'In Love' With Hot British Actor

8/24/2016 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Attention, hot British actor Alex Roe -- GABBY DOUGLAS WANTS A PIECE!!! 

For those unfamiliar, Roe's the super handsome 26-year-old star of that movie, "The 5th Wave" ... and Gabby likey. 

In fact, when we saw the U.S. Olympic legend in NYC -- not only did she tell us she wants to work with the guy in front of the camera ... but she wants a crack at dat ass too!

Don't be stupid, Roe ... these kinds of opportunities don't come knocking down your door every day!!!!


Kerri Walsh Jennings BACK OFF RYAN LOCHTE 'He's Not a Terrible Person'

8/24/2016 12:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ryan Lochte has a strong ally -- Olympic legend Kerri Walsh Jennings who says people need to STOP treating the swimmer like a super-villain ... adding, "He's not a terrible person."

Kerri was at the ASICS Long Beach World Series of Beach Volleyball when she told us people are being way too hard on Lochte ... after that whole gas station incident in Rio. 

"He's not a terrible person," Walsh Jennings said ... "He made a mistake it sounds like and he's going to pay for his mistake."

"I don't think we need to crucify the guy."

There's more ... we asked Kerri -- who won the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Games -- if she plans to compete in 2020 ... check out the clip.   

Kevin Durant & DeAndre Jordan Bikinis, Bottles & Zero Shirts ... Victory Turn Up In Greece

8/24/2016 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0824_kevin_durant_deandre_jordan_party_sub_footerHere are Kevin Durant & DeAndre Jordan enjoying the spoils of their Olympic victory ... with a world champion day party turn up sesh in Mykonos.

After absolutely pummeling Serbia in the gold medal game, the guys headed over to Greece and proved once again that America is #1 ... at partying our faces off.

Check out the pics and vids ... and remember that some Americans don't have to tarnish a country's reputation to have a good time.

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