Kareem Abdul-Jabbarhad to be cringing whenDonald 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.
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.
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 ReaganLibrary 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.
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 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.
Davis 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 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.