Team USA soccer star Jermaine Jones says he's got big plans when his playing days are over -- telling TMZ Sports he wants to start his very own sports agency ... a la Lil Wayne.
Jones was out in L.A. -- riding on one of the cool Cam-Am 3-wheeled motorcycles (don't worry, he was wearing his helmet) -- when he told us he doesn't just want his future biz to focus on soccer ... but music and entertainment as well.
Probably a good idea for Jones -- he's been crushing the networking side of the agency business since he returned from the World Cup ... kicking it with huge stars like Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson and more.
As for how he feels about Weezy getting into business with Cristiano Ronaldo -- he talks about that too ... check out the clip.
7/31/2014 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Some idiot soccer fan got absolutely ANNIHILATED when he ran on the field at a Man U game last week ... thanks to two badass security guards who hit like NFL linebackers.
It all went down in L.A. when the L.A. Galaxy hosted Manchester United for a friendly match at The Rose Bowl.
Right after the final whistle blew (finalizing Man U's 7-0 victory) ... the fan jumped on the field and started approaching some of the players.
That's when security raced after the guy and delivered a BONE-CRUSHING tackle on the guy that woulda made Lawrence Taylor proud.
Perfect. Form. Tackle.
SHAQ'S A DOPE RAPPER
I Wish I Woulda Signed Him
7/31/2014 12:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z, Kanye West, LL Cool J, who's missing? According to Russell Simmons it's Shaquille O'neal because the Hip Hop pioneer tells TMZ Sports he "wishes" he'd have signed Shaq to a record deal back in the day.
Russell, co-founder of the legendary Def Jam records, was out in New York City when we asked him if there was a rapping athlete that he'd have wanted to work with back in DJ's heyday.
Simmons doesn't hesitate to big up the Diesel -- who recently dusted off his rap skills to audition for Pharrell -- cracking a huge smile and telling us Shaq was "kinda cool" on the mic.
Ya hear that Pharrell? Russell says it's OK.
FLOODS CAN'T STOP ME
My Charity Game at UCLA Will Go On
7/31/2014 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA star JaVale McGee isn't letting a little thing like a 20 MILLION gallon flood get in the way of his charity softball game -- TMZ Sports has learned the event will happen at UCLA on Sunday ... despite the fact parts of the campus are still underwater.
The Denver Nuggets star was all set to host the 1st Annual JugLife Celebrity Softball game at Easton Stadium on the UCLA campus to benefit (ironically enough) a program to help get clean drinking water in Uganda.
So when a water main broke this week on Sunset Blvd. -- and flooded the school (including athletic fields) -- everyone wondered if the event would be moved or scrapped entirely.
BUT GOOD NEWS -- a rep for JugLife tells us the org. has spoken with UCLA numerous times since the flood and the school assures them the softball field is OK ... and the game can go on!!
UCLA says Easton Stadium happens to be located on a hill -- and received NO DAMAGE from the water.
For the record, a bunch of big sports stars are scheduled to attend -- including John Wall, Nick Young, Kevin Love and more.
Shaq & Waka Flaka
Sued For Mocking Fan on Social Media
7/31/2014 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shaquille O'Neal and rapper Waka Flocka Flame just got hit with lawsuits for reposting a photo of a man with a rare disorder and mocking his appearance.
Jahmel Binion posted a selfie back in April which Shaq and Waka eventually reposted with mean-spirited captions ... clearly making fun of his face.
Jahmel suffers from a disorder called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia -- it causes limited hair growth, missing teeth, and facial deformities.
As we reported ... once Shaq found out about Jahmel's condition he took down the post, got in touch with Jahmel and apologized. He tweeted ... "Made a new friend today when I called and apologized to Jahmel Binion. Great dude. #alwayslearning #MYBADCUZ."
Jahmel has now filed a defamation suit against Shaq, Waka, and Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke -- who allegedly threw in his own insults over social media. The lawsuit points out that more than 8.4 million people saw the insults.
23-year-old Jahmel told the Macomb Daily in Michigan ... "When they said sorry, I felt like they were saying it to get the pressure off of them for being considered ‘bad people.’”
Elevator Arrest Is ...
'Biggest Mistake of My Life'
7/31/2014 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice says the incident inside of that casino elevator in New Jersey in February was "the biggest mistake of my life" ... and says he takes "full responsibility" for his actions.
The Baltimore Ravens running back addressed the media to discuss the 2 game suspension handed out by the NFL as a result of the arrest -- and while he never specifically said he KO'd his wife that night, he acknowledges that he did do SOMETHING wrong.
"I don't condone any of my behavior. I take full responsibility for my actions. My wife can do no wrong."
Ray said what happened that night was "a huge mistake on my behalf."
"I know that a lot of people out there have lost respect ... maybe not like me anymore. That's my fault. I have to own that."
Rice also says never planned on appealing any punishment the NFL decided to give -- no matter how harsh. He also says the incident in Atlantic City was a "one-time incident."
"I've never had a problem with domestic abuse."
Domestic Violence Arrest
... Ruined My Career
7/31/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Chad Johnson fully understands the consequences of his actions -- saying his 2012 domestic violence arrest didn't just ruin his NFL career ... it also destroyed his legacy.
The former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver went to Twitter this morning and in an obvious reference to the incident with then-wife Evelyn Lozada wrote, "3 seconds of anger cost me a lifetimes worth of work."
He continued, "I LOVE everything in sight for a reason, those few seconds I stopped doing so."
After Johnson's arrest, he was immediately cut from the Miami Dolphins and was essentially blacklisted from the NFL.
Johnson is now playing ball in Canada ... but it's clear he believes his arrest overshadows his achievements on the gridiron.
Chad then tweeted ... "Now that was a #TBT"
Lamar Odom Poisoned My Brother
7/31/2014 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian clearly blames Lamar Odom for contributing to her brother's drug problems -- and says she feels guilty for not being able to protect Rob from L.O.'s influences.
As we previously reported, Rob had gotten deep into sizzurp and weed -- and his family was pushing for him to go to rehab.
Now, Khloe is talking about Rob's issues -- and without specifically mentioning the drugs -- says Rob's problems stem from the time he lived with Lamar Odom, who has serious drug problems of his own.
"Rob has said, 'Being in that house it was so dark and it made me do dark things,'" Khloe said on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
Khloe added ... "Only Rob and Lamar know what happened in the house and know what's going on."
Khloe says she feels guilty about Rob's situation -- saying, "I was not there to protect Rob. I was not there to protect myself."
I Want to Squash the Beef
... with Floyd Mayweather
7/31/2014 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
T.I.'s wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle tells TMZ Sports ... she's ready to end the war with Floyd Mayweather ... after a feud that already led to a bloody brawl at a Vegas burger joint.
You know the backstory ... T.I. confronted Mayweather at Fatburger back in May and a huge fight broke out. Floyd later said T.I. was mad because the rapper thought he had sex with his wife.
Both Floyd and Tiny had denied hooking up -- and said they were just friends -- but a short time later, Tiny blew Mayweather off on the red carpet at the BET Awards ... and it appeared the friendship was over.
But this week, we asked Tiny if the two would ever bury the hatchet -- and judging from her answer, she's ready to stop the fighting and finally move on.
Gunning for Deal with Louboutin
After Getting $5k In Free Shoes
7/31/2014 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Did Ryan Lochte just get 5 pairs of super-expensive designer Louboutins for free? Jeah.
Does Ryan Lochte already have a sponsorship deal with the shoe brand? Nah.
Does Ryan Lochte want one, ASAP? Jeah.
Lochte has been huge fan of the red-bottoms for a while and has several pairs. And now, after the company sent him 5 pairs of its newest designs for free (which retail around $1,200 each) ... we're told he's hoping to lock up an official endorsement deal with the brand.
As we previously reported, male Louboutins are blowing up in the fashion world -- with NFL stars like Brandon Flowers telling TMZ Sports he's got several pairs of the kicks.
It's good to be rich ... and famous.
TMZ Sports Show
Orlando Bloom Throws Punch At Bieber...
UFC Legend Weighs In!!!
7/31/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
My Wedding Invitations
7/31/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Keyshawn Johnson just sent out the BEST wedding invitations ever -- iPad 4s -- each pre-programmed with all of the 411 for Key's big day ... TMZ Sports has learned.
It's pretty badass.
Here's what we know ... the iPads were sent to several guests a few weeks ago -- and once they're powered on, a program opens informing the recipients about Key's wedding events.
Also included -- a photo gallery, guestbook, and countdown to the big day.
The couple also made it easy for guests to buy wedding gifts -- by including the registry right on the iPad.
Of course, the woman Keyshawn is set to marry is Jennifer Conrad -- his longtime GF and the mother of 2 of his children.
It'll be Key's second marriage.
Boxer Shannon Briggs
Fight with Wladimir Klitschko Was Real
... 'He's a Punk'
7/31/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former heavyweight boxing champ Shannon Briggs says his hostile encounter with Wladimir Kitschko this week was 100% REAL ... telling TMZ Sports he LOATHES the guy and wants to set up a fight, STAT.
Footage of Briggs crashing Wladimir's workout in South Florida this week went viral -- with Shannon getting right in the Ukrainian legend's face to challenge him to a brawl.
"I went there to fight totally for free ... with no gloves," Briggs says ... "He's a punk."
So, where does the hostility come from? Briggs says Wladimir dissed him in public a few years ago for no reason -- treating Briggs like a nobody outside of a random event.
Now, Briggs says he feels like the only way he can let that go is if he gets the chance to pound Wladimir's face into a jelly.
"I'm putting pressure on him daily. He's going to fight me or leave this country. I came back to boxing just to whoop his ass."
Stay tuned ...