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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Car Crash at UCLA

... Wearing Lakers Jersey

7/7/2015 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0707-kareem-abdul-jabar-accident-tmzKareem Abdul-Jabbar is having a rough year ... the NBA legend got into a car wreck at UCLA yesterday ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

Kareem was arriving to UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent quadruple bypass surgery earlier this year, when he got into a collision with another vehicle. 

Sources connected to the Hall of Famer tell us he's doing OK -- no major injuries -- and it appeared the other person in the wreck was also fine. 

People recognized Kareem at the scene ... not just because he's huge, but also because he was wearing his old Lakers jersey at the time of the crash. 

Cops showed up ... but we're told there were no major issues, just your usual fender bender. 

update_graphic_red_bar10:04 AM PT -- Kareem's rep tells us, "Kareem is fine and was not injured, but his car was severely damaged. The accident was caused by the other person -- not Kareem."

Floyd Mayweather to Cops

Go Ahead, Ticket Me

'Not Like I Can't Afford It'

6/29/2015 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Floyd Mayweather almost got fined by police this weekend ... and he couldn't have cared less. 

The boxer and his entourage were rollin' down Hollywood Blvd. late Friday night in a caravan of expensive cars ... Floyd was driving his Bugatti, flanked by SUVs with another Bugatti and a Rolls Royce in the back. 

Our law enforcement sources tell us ... at one point during the joy ride, Floyd stopped his car in the middle of the street, stood up inside of it and played up to the cheering crowd. 

Cops approached Mayweather and told him he needed to move the car ASAP (because traffic in that area SUCKS) or else they would ticket Floyd or impound his car. 

Floyd's reply -- "It's not like I can't afford it."

BTW, he's right ... Mayweather was just listed as #1 on Forbes' highest paid celebrities list. 

But in the end, Floyd decided it was just easier to move the car ... so instead of taking the fine, he went along his way. 

Floyd Mayweather

Closing the Deal on $4.8 Mil Super Car

6/28/2015 7:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0628-floyd-mayweather-car-Gallery-Launch-TemplateHow do you upgrade from a $3.8 million Ferrari?? Easy ... you get a $4.8 MILLION super car to take its place ... at least, that's what Floyd Mayweather's planning to do ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources close to the boxer tell us ... he's thiiiis close to closing the deal on an ultra-rare sports car called a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita ... one of only THREE of its kind in the entire world. 

The car is lightning fast ... 0-60 in 2.9 seconds ... and tops out at 250 miles per hour! 

Our sources tell us Floyd has had his eye on the car for a while -- but now, he's finally pulling the trigger ... and we're told his car guy Obi Okeke at Fusion Luxury Motors has already imported it to his L.A. showroom specifically for Mayweather.

Floyd is currently in L.A. for the BET Awards -- don't be surprised if he's rolling around town in the car by the 4th of July. 

Courtney Love

Attacked, Held Hostage

By French Mob

6/25/2015 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Courtney Love fled for her life Thursday after her Uber came under attack by an angry mob in Paris.

Love says the crowd held Uber drivers and passengers -- herself included -- hostage, and destroyed the vehicles with metal bats. The crowd also lit tires on fire and turned over some of the cars.

The protesters are largely taxi drivers who feel Uber drivers have an unfair advantage because they aren't paying steep licensing fees to become drivers. 

Love -- who had just arrived in Paris and was driving into the city -- was so scared she paid 2 guys on motorcycles to sneak her out.  She says when the mob spotted her fleeing on the motorcycle, they chased her ... throwing rocks at them. 

She went on Twitter to warn Kanye -- who had apparently also just landed in Paris -- not to leave the airport. 

In Courtney fashion, she said, "They've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they're beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad."

0625-sub-courtney-love-instagram-02Her second car was surrounded by several people and that's when Courtney decided to make a break for it. She wrote, "Paid some guys on motorcycles to sneak us out, got chased by a mob of taxi drivers who threw rocks, passed two police and they did nothing." 

According to reports, French police have donned riot gear and used tear gas to try and break up the protests. 


Floyd Mayweather

If You Buy My $3.8 Mil Ferrari

... I'll Throw In a Pic!

6/24/2015 4:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Are you rich? Like REALLY, REALLY rich??? 

Well, good news ... 'cause Floyd Mayweather says if you drop $3.8 MILLION to buy his ultra-rare Ferrari Enzo ... he'll throw in a picture with you FOR FREE!!!

We already told you Floyd's been getting serious interest in the car from legit billionaires -- but they all seem to have special requests to sweeten the deal ... from photo ops, to video shoots ... one guy even wants to spar with Floyd. 

So, when we shot Floyd out in NYC after he finished up some jewelry shopping Wednesday ... we had to ask if he was down for a photo op with whoever buys the car. 


'Anakin Skywalker'

Dash Cam of High Speed Chase ...

Kicking Up Clouds of Dust!!

6/23/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We just got the first video of Jake Lloyd's high speed chase and it's INSANE!

As we've reported ... cops say Lloyd hit 117 mph in his Nissan as he swerved in and out of traffic -- and this dash cam video shows him going off the highway, passing people on the shoulder, and kicking up huge clouds of dust in the median.

How he didn't crash into an innocent driver ... is amazing. 

The dash cam was mounted in the patrol car of a Colleton County Sheriff's patrol car, and you can see at least 3 other units trying to catch up with Lloyd -- who played young Anakin Skywalker in the 'Star Wars' prequels. 

The chase finally ended when Lloyd abruptly turned right ... going off the road and slamming into a tree.

He was arrested and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest, and driving without a license. He remains in custody. 

Lance Armstrong

Rollin' with Brett Favre

6/22/2015 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0622-lance-armstrong-TWITTER-01Lance Armstrong has a brand new riding partner ... NFL legend Brett Favre

The two connected at Lance's bike shop Mellow Johnny's in Austin, Texas Monday ... and decided to go out on a ride together.  

We spoke with someone at the shop who tells us the two came into the shop together this morning -- Brett had some service done to his bike ... and then the two hit the road. 

Brett is just the latest big sports star to have Lance's back -- he just rode in Bo Jackson's charity event in Alabama and former British soccer star Geoff Thomas has called for the public to forgive him.  

'Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker

Car Chase Hit 117 MPH ...

Before Crash

6/22/2015 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0622-jake-lloyd-facebook-01Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" -- hit speeds of 117 MPH as he swerved in and out of traffic before hitting a bunch of trees.

TMZ broke the story ... Lloyd is in custody after the wild chase last week. It started in Charleston, S.C. when cops noticed Lloyd driving a Nissan at around 80 MPH. They began to chase him, and Lloyd's reaction was to speed up, weaving and narrowly missing cars and trucks. He even used the median to pass vehicles.

Lloyd hit several trees and was taken into custody and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license. 


Floyd Mayweather

Billionaire Battle Over $3.8 Mil Ferrari

6/22/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0619_floyd_mayweather_ferrari_main_launchThree different BILLIONAIRES have thrown their hats in the ring to buy Floyd Mayweather's $3.8 MILLION Ferrari ... so says Floyd's car guy ... but the buyers have all asked for special favors to "sweeten the deal."

We broke the story ... Floyd put his ultra-rare Ferrari Enzo up for sale last week -- and now, his personal car dealer at Fusion Luxury Motors, Obi Okeke, tells us the response has been INSANE! 

"People have been calling from all over the world ... countries like Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, India, South Africa, Nigeria and the United States."

But the best part of the story ... Okeke says several people have made full-price offers -- but they each come with interesting caveats. 

"I got some crazy request from a 60-year-old man who wants to buy the car -- but only if he can lace up some gloves and spar in the ring with Floyd in his gym."

Here's a list of some of the other requests coming from people who made a full-price offer:

-- Buyer wants a 1-on-1 dinner with Floyd
-- Buyer wants a video shoot with Floyd and the car
-- Buyer wants Floyd to make himself available to take a picture with buyer's entire family  

Okeke says 3 of the potential buyers are people who have made Forbes' Billionaires List ... though he says he's going to keep the names private for now. 

We're told Floyd has scheduled a meeting with Okeke to decide how he wants to proceed with the sale ... stay tuned. 

Princess Love

Ray J Gave Away

MY Bentley!

6/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ray J's ex Princess Love lost way more than a BF when they broke up -- she lost the freakin' BENTLEY she bought with her own dough!

The "Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood" star is calling BS on Ray J's claim that HE bought the whip for her last year. Princess was in Bev Hills -- walking, mind you -- when she claimed SHE paid for it, but Ray J jacked it back.

Princess accepts some of the blame though since she's the "dumb ass" who put the car in Ray J's company's name. But she IS pissed about what he did with it after they split. 

Don't cry for her too much -- Princess is strolling into Cartier in this clip.  


'Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker

Arrested After Crazy Car Chase

6/21/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," was arrested, TMZ has learned, after an insane car chase that ended when Jake plowed into some trees.

Cops say Lloyd was driving in Charleston, South Carolina, when Sheriff's deputies began pursuing him.  The chase was underway and it went on for miles, into another county.  

Deputies say Jake began passing cars on the double yellow line and began driving recklessly, at high speeds.

Cops say eventually Jake lost control of his car, which ran off the road, through a fence and into a wooded area where it struck several trees.

The 26-year-old who also starred in "Jingle All the Way" was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

He's currently in custody.


J.R. Smith

Scooter Frenzy

NBA Exposure Created Bigger Boom Than Bieber

6/20/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0619-jr-smith-phunkee-duck-finals-GETTY-01Bieber has one ... so does Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown -- but the guy who ignited the biggest sales boom of those new 2-wheeled scooters is Cavs star J.R. Smith ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's called the PhunkeeDuck -- a foot-controlled motorized scooter -- and Smith was often seen zooming around on one during the NBA Finals ... watched by roughly 18.5 million people. 

We spoke with PhunkeeDuck founder Max Waxman who tells us sales exploded thanks to the NBA Finals exposure ... "We did almost as many in sales as we had done in the prior 5 or 6 weeks."

And that's HUGE considering Bieber had been showing off his PhunkeeDuck to his 30 million Instagram followers and Foxx had brought his on "The Tonight Show."

"The exposure J.R. got us helped a tremendous amount. To have the whole NBA Finals audience see and talk about our product made a huge difference."

NBA's Alex Len

Wrecks BMW In Brutal Crash


6/19/2015 11:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0619-alex-len-accident-tmz-sportsPhoenix Suns player Alex Len -- the 5th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft -- was involved in a bad car crash in Arizona yesterday ... in which another car was flipped on its side ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A witness tells us ... Len was driving a black BMW SUV which collided with a blue Ford around 1:15 PM in Phoenix. 

The witness says it appeared as if Len (pictured in the black tank top) was trying to help the other driver ... in the moments following the collision. 

Emergency personnel raced to the scene. It didn't appear as if Len suffered any major injuries. No word on the condition of the other driver.  

Story developing ... 

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