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LeBron James I Respect Kaepernick, But I'm Standing for the Anthem

9/26/2016 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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LeBron James says he will NOT follow Colin Kaepernick's lead when it comes to the National Anthem ... and vows to STAND when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played during the NBA season. 

James was speaking with reporters at Cavs Media Day in Independence, OH when he explained his position. 

"Me, standing for the national anthem is something I will do," James said ... "That's who I am. That's what I believe in."

"But that doesn't mean I don't respect and don't agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing."

There's more ... check out the clip. 

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Joe Biden Carson Wentz Is My Guy ... It's Our Year!

9/26/2016 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0926-joe-biden-carson-wentz-getty-04Joe Biden is ALL THE WAY ONBOARD THE WENTZ WAGON!!! 

The Vice President just dished out some HUGE compliments to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Twitter ... essentially saying the rookie is gonna fly the bird gang all the way to the Super Bowl. 

"Heart, guts, and poise from my guy, @CJ_Wentz. Huge game, strong start for the @Eagles. @DrBiden (Jill Biden) is pumped. It's our year."

Biden -- a huge Eagles fan -- had already bragged about Wentz to President Obama ... but that was before he beat up on the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Been a pretty big day for Wentz ... Eagles head coach Doug Pederson compared him to Peyton Manning (when it comes to film study). 

No doubt the guy's playing great ... but before we clear out a section in Canton, remember ... IT'S ONLY WEEK 3!

Brad Pitt Angelina's UN Ambitions ... UN-Safe For Our Kids!!

9/25/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmzAngelina Jolie is so obsessed with becoming the head of the United Nations ... it caused major marital issues with Brad Pitt

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Brad became increasingly upset over Angelina's political ambitions ... we're told her dream is to become the top UN official ... she was never specific. Toward that end, we're told she has 2 political advisers and a "war room" to help with decisions and image.

Brad, we're told, was especially upset that Angelina had taken the kids to various war-torn countries, including Lebanon and Iraq. We're told Angelina would always make sure to bring a security team that was the best of the best on her trips ... but for Brad, it still wasn't enough.

We're told things got extremely tense when Brad and Angie argued over taking the kids to Syria to help rebuild the war torn country..

Our sources say Brad was always supportive of Jolie's solo charity work, but travels with the kids became a bone of contention for several years.

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Oprah There's a New Emmett Till Every Day Now

9/23/2016 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Oprah's connecting the dots between the recent police-involved shootings, and the civil rights movement of the '50s and '60s ... telling us it sometimes feels like not that much has changed.

We got O in D.C., shortly after she made her first trip to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture -- and she said the Emmett Till exhibit hit her hard ... in light of recent events. 

Till was lynched in 1955, his death helped spark the civil rights movement.

She also gave us her 2 cents on people anointing Prez Obama as the greatest black man of all-time. You gotta see if she's on board with that sentiment. 

UFC Star Urijah Faber I Witnessed Kevin Johnson Kick Ass Here's What Happened ...

9/23/2016 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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UFC star Urijah Faber personally witnessed the BEATDOWN doled out by ex-NBA star/Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson ... and he's tellin' us exactly what he saw.

Faber joined the "TMZ Sports" TV show (weeknights on FS1) to break down the brawl.

ICYMI, Sean Thompson, 32, was arrested for smashing a pie in the face of Mayor Kevin Johnson -- a former 3x NBA All-Star -- at a charity event Wednesday night.

What happened next, priceless.

For the pie, Thompson got two things ... his ass kicked by the mayor, and arrested.

Watch Urijah describe the fight ... and its aftermath!

Mariners Catcher Steve Clevenger Suspended For Season Over Racially Insensitive Tweets

9/23/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0923-steve-clevenger-gettySeattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been SUSPENDED for the rest of the MLB season -- without pay -- for a series of racially insensitive tweets.

The team released a statement announcing the suspension, saying, "as soon as we became aware of the tweet posted by Steve yesterday we began to examine all of our options in regard to his standing on the team."

The decision? Send him home for the last 10 games of the year.

In case ya missed it, Clevenger went on an offensive Twitter rant Thursday ... attacking everyone from the Black Lives Matter movement to President Obama.

Now, since he ain't playin' baseball ... Clevenger has until spring training to contemplate deactivating his Twitter account.

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Mike Ditka 'Get the Hell Out' Kaepernick! There's Nothing to Protest, Anyway

9/23/2016 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka says Colin Kaepernick should stop disrespecting the U.S. ... and just "get the hell out" of America if he doesn't like it here.

Ditka appeared on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Friday morning when he was asked about Kaep's protest ... and he didn't hold back ... at all.

“Anybody who disrespects this country and the flag,” Ditka says, “If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out."

Not only does Ditka have no respect for the way Kaepernick is protesting ... he doesn't believe there's a reason to protest at all.

"I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on." 

Check out the clip ... it's clear Ditka's fed up.

Colin Kaepernick Protest So Big, It Deserved Cover ... Says Time Mag

9/22/2016 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0922_colin-kaepernick-time-coverTIME magazine says Colin Kaepernick is on the cover of their magazine 'cause the movement he sparked has gotten so huge ... and spread so far ... he was the obvious choice. 

TMZ Sports asked TIME why it tapped Kaep for the latest cover, and a spokesperson told us the goal was exploring "the nationwide debate happening around national anthem protests."

The spokesperson added, the fact his protest has now become so widespread ... "from the rest of the NFL to high schools and colleges across the country" -- meant this was just the right time for a cover story.

Translation: He's gonna be gold for sales numbers.

The issue -- which hits newsstands Friday -- features a photograph of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee. It's a shot from one of his previous on-field protests, not a photo shoot.

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Donald Trump Thanks a Lot, Don King ... Awkward N-Word Moment

9/21/2016 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump won't forget the intro Don King gave him anytime soon, since it included the n-word ... and seemingly left the presidential candidate in an uncomfortable position.

The boxing promoter supreme was speaking at Trump's rally in Cleveland Wednesday morning when he tried to convince black voters to back the Republican by telling a story about "negroes" in America.

Check out King's slip of the tongue, and the crowd's reaction. Lot of awkward smiles.

As Trump put it once he got on the mic, "There's only one Don King."

Gene Simmons' Son Stop Talking, Dad!! You're the Trump of Rock

9/20/2016 3:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Gene Simmons wants more Americans profiled ... but Nick Simmons just wants Gene to quit shooting off his mouth about everything other than playing bass for KISS.

We got this awesome clip with Gene's son outside The Nice Guy, where we asked him about his dad saying the key to the war on terror is racial profiling. Nick thinks he knows why Gene believes that -- but still, absolutely disagrees with him.

He's obviously looking forward to going toe-to-toe with his father over this topic. In fact, the way Nick put it to us ... it could be a family wide battle.

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The Game My Beef with Meek Mill Is Stupid Next to Tulsa Shooting

9/20/2016 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Game admits it's gonna make him "look bipolar" -- but he has mixed emotions about his second Meek Mill diss track because it came on the heels of the Tulsa cop shooting of Terence Crutcher.

Game was in NYC when he told us it's not a good look to be squaring off with another African-American artist in light of Crutcher's death ... still, he ain't backing down.

Watch the clip, it's kinda bizarre -- one moment he's encouraging peaceful protests on the issue of police brutality ... the next he's talking up the diss track, "Pest Control" ... which features all new violent threats against Meek.

As for squashing the beef -- he says there's still a way.

NBA's Larry Sanders Terence Crutcher Shooting Makes Me Scared For My Kids

9/20/2016 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NBA star Larry Sanders says the Terence Crutcher shooting makes him scared for his son -- who will grow up to be a big man ... and he doesn't want him profiled as a "bad dude."

By now you know Crutcher -- a black man -- was shot and killed in Tulsa by a white police officer while his hands were in the air. Someone in a police helicopter covering the scene said Crutcher "looks like a bad dude too. Probably on something."

Sanders spoke with TMZ Sports and says his 5-year-old son loves cops and is friends with people of all race -- but he has very serious concerns ... "At what point does he become the enemy?"

Sanders cites a "terrible cycle of fear" on both sides of the equation -- and says "that just needs to be broken."

Jimmy Fallon Unpacking Trump's 'Bag' with Hillary

9/20/2016 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Fallon finally hosted Hillary Clinton on his late night show -- and they did exactly what you'd expect ... took shots at Donald Trump.

The bit went like this -- Jimmy unpacked a brown paper bag he claimed Trump left behind from his 'Tonight Show' appearance. It was full of gag items, including a framed homage to Vladimir Putin

Check out the clip -- Hillary gets in a couple jabs ... first at Jimmy, then at Putin. The Putin could potentially complicate things at a future state dinner. 

The rest of it was more like a stump speech by Clinton -- and Jimmy let her go and go ... 

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