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Ex-CFL Player's Mom My Son's Stuck in China, Too ... Help Us, Trump!!

11/18/2017 12:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's work in China isn't done yet ... 

The mother of an ex-Canadian Football League player -- who's now locked up in China -- is hoping POTUS can work his magic again and bring her son home, too. 

30-year-old Wendell Brown -- a former LB at Ball State -- was coaching an American football team in Chongqing, China last year when he was involved in a bar fight and arrested. 

Brown claims he was attacked and was forced to defend himself. He claims several witnesses corroborate his story. 

Still, he was locked up in a Chinese prison and put on trial. Brown is still behind bars while waiting on the verdict ... despite the fact the trial concluded back in June. 

Now, Brown's mother Antoinette says she hopes President Trump will get involved the same way he did when LiAngelo Ball and the UCLA basketball team needed his help.

"My message to President Trump is I pray you have enough compassion to help me with my innocent son that's detained in China."

Antoinette says her son has never been in trouble with the law before -- and she wants him to get home to his 10-year-old son who misses him. 

"It's been hell," Antoinette explains. "My son is like one of my closest friends."

Wendell's family has created a GoFundMe page for child care and other financial emergencies.

Elliott Gould Al Franken's a Good Guy 'We All Make Mistakes'

11/17/2017 7:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Elliott Gould doesn't think Sen. Al Franken's career deserves to be sunk by Leeann Tweeden revealing he groped her in 2006 ... because that mistake doesn't define his friend. 

The actor's been tight with Franken long before his political days-- Franken was an 'SNL' writer back when Elliott hosted. Despite the allegations -- many of which Franken admitted and apologized for -- Elliott stood by his friend Thursday night outside Craig's.

His take? Franken's track record should count for something -- which is why Elliott doesn't think the Senator will go the way of Harvey Weinstein.

Sen. Al Franken Facing Calls for Ethics Review Leeann Tweeden Claims Harassment

11/16/2017 9:19 AM PST

10:54 AM PT -- Leeann says she accepts Franken's apology. 

Sen. Al Franken may face an Ethics Committee review in the wake of claims he groped and sexually harassed radio host and former model Leeann Tweeden.

Tweeden released a 2006 photo of Franken -- who was not then elected -- groping, or at least pretending to grope her as she slept during a USO trip they both made. Tweeden says Franken, an 'SNL' vet and comedian at the time, had written a skit for their USO show in the Middle East, which required him to kiss her.

She claims during rehearsals he repeatedly tried to kiss her even though she told him it was not necessary. As she put it, "Relax Al, this isn't SNL ... we don't need to rehearse the kiss." She claims he persisted and eventually put his hand on the back of her head, and jammed his tongue in her mouth.

She says the alleged groping photo was taken on the plane ride home, after the 2-week tour, and as she slept.

Franken released a lengthy statement, apologizing directly to Tweeden. He also said, "I respect women. I don't respect men who don't. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't satisfied with the apology, and says, "As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter."

Congresswoman Katherine Clark We Should Call Out D.C. Sexual Harassers by Name

11/16/2017 6:37 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Congresswoman Katherine Clark wants to go a step further than some other members of Congress ... she wants the names of her colleagues who are sexually harassing people exposed.

We got the Massachusetts Democrat on Capitol Hill Wednesday ... and she wants to take things a step further than Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who said earlier this week there was a Democratic and a Republican currently in Congress ... both of whom are sexual harassers, but she didn't name them.

Clark believes naming them will protect future victims.

We also speak with Clark about the so-called "creep list" ... members of Congress who are preying on staffers and interns.

Donald Trump Hey, UCLA Players ... Shoulda Thanked Chinese President, Too!

11/16/2017 5:50 AM PST
Breaking News

Donald Trump is only HALF satisfied with the UCLA basketball players he helped get out of China -- telling the guys they should've also thanked the President of China during the news conference.

After LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley confessed to shoplifting in Hangzhou and thanked Trump for getting them back to the U.S., POTUS tweeted at the Bruin players.

"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE!"

He added, "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"

As we previously reported, Trump -- along with President Xi and Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma -- were all involved in resolving the international incident.

The players have been suspended indefinitely.

LaVar Ball Returns to U.S. 'We'll Be Good' with Trump

11/15/2017 6:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball tells TMZ Sports he expects to have an encounter with President Trump now that he's back in the U.S. ... and he expects it to go well.

"We're gonna run into each other. We'll be good," LaVar said after touching down at LAX Wednesday night with his youngest son, LaMelo.

The Big Baller was clearly being careful with his words -- and for good reason -- since his son LiAngelo is still in the middle of an international incident after shoplifting in China.

It seems LaVar is confident everything is going to be okay ... and he's using the media attention to put a spotlight on his favorite thing in the world -- Big Baller Brand!!!

Ricky Williams To Colin Kaepernick: Time to Move On from NFL

11/15/2017 4:04 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ricky Williams says Colin Kaepernick should consider closing the book on his NFL career -- saying bluntly, "If they don't want you, go do something else."

"I'd rather be somewhere I'm celebrated rather than where I'm tolerated," the ex-NFL superstar told TMZ Sports out in Venice, CA. 

Williams says he hopes Kaep plays again -- but really thinks the QB needs to focus his energy on life after football. 

BTW, he also gives us his best Kaepernick joke ... and it's definitely one a white person probably shouldn't say.

Al Sharpton Props to Trump on LiAngelo Ball 'Broke Clock's Right Twice A Day'

11/15/2017 9:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

LiAngelo Ball might just be the answer to world peace ... 'cause Al Sharpton is actually BACKING Donald Trump after POTUS' involvement in the LiAngelo-China saga.

"I think that President Trump speaking to (President) Xi to make whatever arrangements were made ... was good," Sharpton told TMZ Sports in NYC. "He did the right thing."

But, don't expect to see Donald and Al hitting the links anytime soon ... 'cause Sharpton says "even a broke clock is right twice a day."

Also, probably worth noting that we got Sharpton BEFORE Trump publicly demanded 'Gelo and his UCLA bros show him some love. 

Still ... it's a start.

Bonus: Al's got a piece of advice for LaVar Ball ... and something tells us the Big Baller ain't gonna like it.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier We've Been Working on Sexual Harassment Way Before Weinstein

11/14/2017 2:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Congresswoman Jackie Speier says it didn't take Harvey Weinstein to focus her on sexual harassment in D.C. ... but she's still playing her cards close to her vest.

We got the California Representative Tuesday on Capitol Hill, after she announced she knows of sitting members of Congress who have sexually harassed staffers.

Speier, who says she's been working on new rules on the subject since 2014, went so far as to say some of the alleged victims had their private parts grabbed on the House floor. This comes on the heels of a reported "creep list" -- a word-of-mouth roster of male members who allegedly made inappropriate moves on staffers and interns.

No one has named any of the people on the list, nor did Speier reveal the identity of 2 current members to which she referred during her news conference.

Lil Yachty Trump Didn't Save LiAngelo Ball ... Money Did!!!

11/14/2017 2:09 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

LiAngelo Ball's a free man, but it ain't got a damn thing to do with Donald Trump -- so says Lil Yachty.

We got Yachty at LAX ... and the rapper told us LiAngelo's about to be back in the U.S. 'cause of his Big Baller bankroll -- NOT 'cause Trump hit up the President of China. 

"F**k Donald Trump, bro. Nobody give a f**k about Donald Trump," Yachty told TMZ Sports. "It's money, bro -- you got money, you can get outta anything."

Yachty would know after blowing up this past year -- though that didn't stop him from asking LaVar for some free BBB merch!!

LiAngelo & UCLA Teammates Video From Shanghai Airport ... Minutes Before U.S. Flight

11/14/2017 7:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained video of LiAngelo Ball and his 2 UCLA teammates at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai minutes before boarding their flight to the United States. 

Ball -- along with Jalen Hill and Cody Riley -- were dressed in sweats and sporting UCLA team backpacks and sneakers as they made their way toward the boarding area Tuesday evening (local time). 

The person who shot the video says the guys appeared pretty relaxed -- and it's reflected in the video. 

All 3 men were arrested last Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting at Louis Vuitton and reportedly faced up to 10 years in Chinese prison if convicted. 

Donald Trump, President Xi Jinping and Jack Ma were all involved -- and tried to get the charges reduced. They were successful -- all charges were dropped. 

Question now ... what happens when they get back home? Stay tuned ... 

Donald Trump LiAngelo Ball Is 'His Responsibility' ... Says Kenyon Martin

11/13/2017 4:15 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's absolutely doing the right thing by trying to bail out LiAngelo Ball and his UCLA teammates after their shoplifting arrest in China -- so says Kenyon Martin.

"That's his obligation. That's his responsibility," K-Mart told TMZ Sports ... when we asked him about POTUS hitting up Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the situation.

The ex-NBA star says LiAngelo and his bros are only guilty of being young and dumb ... and "shouldn't be punished" for that. Not by China, at least.

Kenyon says he fully expects UCLA to drop the hammer -- and that should be enough.

"They made an honest mistake. They're paying for it dearly. So let's just move on."

President Trump Let's Do Breakfast ... Just Pay Me $3 First!

11/13/2017 3:31 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

President Trump wants to eat bacon and eggs with one lucky voter and talk shop on American issues ... but he'd like a donation first.

Trump and Mike Pence's re-election committee sent out a message to GOPers Monday, in which they're soliciting $3 donations for a chance to break bread toast with the Prez.

In the document purportedly written by Trump himself, 45 says he wants to hear what REAL Americans have to say about the country, and wants to do it over breakfast in NYC. But, of course, ya gotta shell out three bucks to get a seat at the table. 

Deadline for Trump's breakfast raffle is the Monday after Thanksgiving ... so save room for morning thirds!

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