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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Thanks, Donald Trump ...

You Made My Point

9/17/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had to be cringing when Donald Trump got the crowd howling at Wednesday night's Republican debate -- because he tells TMZ Sports there's no way they're ever settling their beef.

Hours before the debate, we got Kareem at LAX, and brought up his blood feud with The Donald. You'll recall ... it started with Kareem's column calling Trump a "bully" who was bad for the country. Trump fired back that the Lakers legend "doesn't have a clue" -- and was generally hated during his playing days.

Now, 2 weeks later, the hate is as strong as ever. Kareem told us, Trump's personal jabs at him should be a warning to America.

Fair to say the Captain's expectations for a Trump White House are beyond low.

Trump to Bush

I Could Have Owned You if I Wanted!

9/16/2015 6:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump says he could have bought Jeb Bush if he wanted.

Trump woke up a pretty sleepy round 2 after Bush claimed Donald offered him money in return for supporting gambling in Florida.

Trump fired back Bush was lying, and if he wanted to buy Bush's vote he could have done it in a heartbeat.

And then Trump shot a zinger at Bush. In case you hadn't heard, Trump previously accused Jeb of a cardinal sin in Presidential politics ... being boring.

Trump lost the crowd when Carly Fiorina suggested his comment about her face was an insult to women.


Tom Brady

Endorses Donald Trump

I Hope He's Our President

9/16/2015 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Tom Brady has made his fantasy pick ... Donald Trump.

Brady has endorsed his longtime good friend for President of the United States.

Brady and Trump have been friends since 2002 -- frequently golfing together. Brady even has Trump's campaign hat in his locker.

It's unclear if Brady backs his policies ... or the renovation he might make to the White House.

Check out the clip.

Jon Stewart

Retirement Trumps the Donald

9/16/2015 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You'd think Jon Stewart would be licking his chops to get in on election season ... to sound off about Donald Trump and the Republican candidates, but he tells us he's got a wayyy better gig now.

We got the ex-'Daily Show' host Wednesday morning in D.C. -- he's there supporting a bill for 9/11 first responders -- and wondered if he wishes he'd stuck around through Nov. 2016.

Check out Stewart's awesome answer ... it proves some people really can walk away.

Side note: Props to Jon on the sweet retirement beard.


Mike Huckabee

I Didn't Tell Kim Davis

To Use 'Eye of the Tiger'

9/15/2015 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Huckabee is passing the blame for that whole Kim Davis-"Eye of the Tiger" fiasco, and his point is clear ... DON'T SUE ME! 

We spoke to the presidential hopeful about last week's Davis rally where the Survivor hit blared over her entrance. As we reported, the band was pissed and threatened legal action since no one asked for permission.

Sounds like Huckabee's aware of the risk, because you gotta see his reaction when we asked who picked out the song.

As for Davis returning to work at the county clerk's office -- Huckabee told us if he thinks she'll stand her ground on gay marriage, or find middle ground. 

Donald Trump

Face-to-Face with Replacement at Debate

9/14/2015 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Mark Burnett is a genius ... not exactly news, but the timing of the announcement that Arnold Schwarzenegger will become the new host of 'Celebrity Apprentice' couldn't be better, because we've learned Arnold will be front and center at Wednesday's Republican debate. 


We're told the former California governor was always planning to attend the 2nd debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, and the timing of the announcement is not accidental.

Our sources say there will be some contact between Donald and Arnold ... likely a handshake and a short conversation that will not be picked up on mic.   

Donald to Fallon

Here's Why I Never Apologize ...

9/12/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump did it again ... delivering the line of the day Friday on Jimmy Fallon's show.

Jimmy threw a clever question at the leader of the pack ... has Donald ever apologized for ANYTHING ... even when he was "little Donny Trump."

His answer ... classic D.T. 

Diana Nyad

Hillary Clinton Told Me ...

When She Calls, People Jump

9/12/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Diana Nyad, the woman who made that record-setting swim from Cuba to Miami (at freakin' 64) ... let us in on exactly HOW Hillary Clinton flexed her political muscle to make it happen. 

Nyad was out in Beverly Hills when we asked about her name coming up in Hillary's email debacle. As it's been reported, Nyad got in touch with Hill because her trek was starting on Cuban soil, and she needed U.S. government clearance. 

But you have to hear her recount the convo with then Secretary of State Clinton. It sounds like some classic DC power brokering. 

As for whether that's enough to get Diana's vote in 2016? She said of course it is, and then took a little jab at the competition.

Bonus boxing coverage: Check out Diana breaking down tonight's Mayweather-Berto fight. Despite Andre's 30-3 record, she calls the bout "a sham" ... and that's just for starters.

Kim Davis

Violence in Relationship with Baby Daddy

9/9/2015 10:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0909-kim-davis-getty-01Kim Davis may have a fundamental problem with marriage between same-sex couples, but she's certainly not saying all relationships between men and women are good, because she's had an incident violent enough that the courts got involved.

The now-famous county clerk had 2 children out of wedlock with Thomas McIntyre. According to court docs obtained by TMZ, on May 14, 1996, McIntyre went to Davis' home to visit the kids. He saw a bouquet of flowers on her kitchen table, and he got jealous.

According to the docs, McIntyre called Davis a "whore," and she slapped him and ordered him to leave. He challenged her to hit him again, and she said she didn't want to strike him and then picked up the phone to call the cops. She says he then ripped the phone cord out of the wall.

0909-kim-davis-sub-doc-01Davis says they began arguing and she slapped him again after he refused to leave the house.

When he finally left he said, "I see you in jail," and she responded, "No, in jail's where you'll be."

Davis went to court and got a restraining order, prohibiting McIntyre from coming within 1,000 feet of her and the kids.

P.S. She married McIntyre in 2007, but divorced him a year later.

Donald Trump

'Tom Brady Is the Greatest'

9/9/2015 10:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The love affair between The Donald and The Brady continues ... despite Brady sorta backing off his endorsement of the presidential candidate. 

As we previously reported, Brady was rockin' a Trump campaign hat in his locker the other day -- but when asked if he'd VOTE for Trump, Brady hedged and said he hadn't made up his mind. 

Trump doesn't seem bothered by the indecision though ... 'cause moments ago in D.C., Donald once again declared his love for #12.

Donald Trump Sued

Your Security Attacked US ...

Not the Other Way Around

9/9/2015 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Donald Trump just got hit with a lawsuit for the fist fight that went down last week between his security force and a group of Mexican protesters.

Efrain Galicia filed the suit in NYC ... and in it he says his "group of human rights activists of Mexican origin" were attacked by Trump's bodyguards outside Trump Towers last Thursday.

The Trump campaign tells a different story -- saying protesters jumped the guard from behind ... and it's considering filing criminal charges for the incident.

Video of the altercation showed one of the security guards punching a man, believed to be Galicia.

Galicia and 4 others are suing Trump, his campaign, and Keith Schiller ... who is reportedly the guard who threw the punch.


Donald Trump

I'm Making You RICH, CNN

... Donate Your Profits

9/9/2015 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news


Donald Trump just fired off a letter -- loaded with humility (not really) and humor -- trying to shame CNN Prez Jeff Zucker into giving up the cash his network will make off the next Republican debate.

Trump starts by pointing out CNN's ad rates have reportedly skyrocketed 4,000% -- from $5,000 to $200,000 per 30 seconds -- for next week's debate. He suggests that since he's self funding his campaign, the network should also do something good ... and donate its "massive profits" to veterans groups.

Best part of the letter ... Trump's efforts to NOT boast about himself. He writes, "While I refuse to brag, and as you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest and advertising is due 100% to 'Donald J. Trump.'"

Still not bragging, he mentions the enormous ad rates NBC got for 'The Apprentice.'

Ok, the letter lacks humility -- but veterans groups do need support.

Donald Trump

Very Serene Watching Serena

9/9/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0909-donald-trump-sleeping-splashDonald Trump tried to stay eyes wide open on one of the highlights of the U.S. Open Tuesday, but he put a lid on it.

D.T. dozed off as he watched Serena Williams beat big sister Venus.

Melania seemed more attentive ... and very serious.

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