Germans love David Hasselhoff. They also love Dirk Nowitzki ... so you know they went CRAZY last night when Dirk broke out his guitar and sang a Hoff song ... on live German TV!!!
The Dallas Mavericks star appeared on "My Spass" with host Stefan Raab when they decided to show off their musical talent ... and the first tune was the Hoff classic, "Looking for Freedom."
Of course, they're German ... so they both knew all the words ... and the crowd claps along to the beat.
Dirk started to roll into the Extreme hit "More Than Words" ... but, unfortunately, he cut it short.
Still, you know somewhere ... Hoff is puffing out his famously hairy chest a little further this morning.
NBA Commish Adam Silver
ROGER GOODELL'S DOING A GREAT JOB
9/18/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who's been hailed as a BEST commissioner is throwing his SUPPORT behind the guy who's being trashed as the WORST ... with Adam Silver telling TMZ Sports he believes Roger Goodell is still doing "great" at his job.
We spoke with the NBA Commish in NYC Wednesday -- nearly 5 months after he was praised for his handling of the Donald Sterling situation -- and asked him how he felt about the way Goodell is handling all of the scandals in the NFL.
"He's doing the best he can under difficult circumstances," Silver said ... "He's been a great commissioner so far and he'll work his way through these issues."
Silver says Roger has NOT reached out to him for advice -- and says he doesn't need to .. referring to Goodell as "The Dean" ... and claiming, "I've only learned from Roger."
Check out the clip -- Silver also explains why he thinks the NFL will survive the scandals ... and also admits there's one team he's pulling for in particular.
Just Bleeped His Team, Right in the Bleep!
9/18/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jonathan Dwyer Arrest
TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS
'Causing a Fracture'
9/17/2014 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is suspected of assaulting his wife in TWO separate incidents ... and is accused of breaking bones ... cops tell TMZ Sports.
According to police, the 25-year-old allegedly roughed up his wife at their home in Phoenix on July 21st and again on July 22nd.
Shortly after the incidents, cops say, Dwyer's wife left the state with their child.
Cops list 2 victims -- a 27-year-old female (his wife) and their 18-month-old child.
A report was made with cops on September 11, 2014 ... and cops have been investigating ever since.
After investigators found probable cause, they arrested Dwyer on Sept. 17th for domestic violence in Tempe.
Cops say they interviewed Dwyer and he acknowledged the incidents -- but he DENIED any physical assaults.
Dwyer is being booked into the Maricopa County Jail on 1 count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, 1 count of aggravated assault involving a minor, 2 counts of criminal damage, 1 count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.
The Arizona Cardinals tell TMZ Sports Dwyer has been deactivated from the roster.
ARRESTED FOR Domestic Violence
9/17/2014 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:00 PM PDT: Cops now tell TMZ Sports, Dwyer was involved in TWO incidents and is accused of "causing a fracture."
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was just arrested for domestic violence over an alleged altercation with his wife.
The 25-year-old NFL player was arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911 ... this according to CBS News.
It's unclear when and where the alleged incident took place.
Of course, it's just the latest in a string of domestic violence arrests involving NFL players ... including former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and NY Jets rookie Quincy Enunwa.
Whatcha gonna do, Roger?
'Right In the P***y' Creators
WE'RE PROUD OF JAMEIS
... He's a Hero!
9/17/2014 2:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guys who created the "F**k Her Right in the P***y" craze tell TMZ Sports ... they're PROUD of Jameis Winston for spreading their message to the masses and hope his teammates follow suit.
We spoke with John Cain and his pal Fred -- who first posted videos screaming the phrase on the Internet earlier this year -- and it's clear they're upset Jameis is being punished for the incident.
In fact, when we asked Fred (the guy in the hood) how he felt about FSU ... he couldn't have been more clear -- "F**k THEM right in the p***y."
The guys are now calling for the entire student body at Florida State to rally around Winston with a NEW war cry at this weekend's game ... can you guess what it is??
He Blew Red Light, Not Me!
9/17/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dwight Howard says he was NOT behind the wheel when his car blew through a red light in Florida back in April ... telling TMZ Sports the culprit was his BROTHER.
We broke the story ... Howard's license was suspended in FL after officials say he ran a red and never paid the fine. Records also show Howard ran 9 MORE reds in 2012.
But Dwight's rep tells us they can explain the April incident -- his BROTHER was driving the car at the time. Dwight was in Houston playing the Spurs.
In fact, records now show the fine has been paid (after our story went up) and his license has been reinstated. Total cost to Dwight -- $345.
We asked about the other 9 violations ... but Dwight's people told us they're not sure who was driving the car back then. A rep for Dwight tells us he bought the car for his brother to use.
Either way -- stop for red lights, people.
I'm Pulling for Ray Rice
9/17/2014 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He lashed out at Adrian Peterson ... but when it comes to Ray Rice, Cris Carter tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for the NFL star to get his life back together.
Carter was on his way to the White House when he told us he stands by his emotional statements on Peterson -- saying he still strongly believes the Vikings should keep him off the field.
But when we asked about Rice, the NFL Hall of Famer told us he hopes the former Ravens running back can redeem himself ... and strongly believes he'll be able to get his life back together.
As for why Carter is at the White House -- he's set to speak on a panel about his battle with substance abuse and recovery.
SUSPENDED 1 HALF
For Screaming 'F*** Her Right In the P***y'
9/17/2014 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:25 AM PT -- Jameis just issued a public apology to his coaches, school and teammates ... calling his actions "selfish."
He added, "That’s not how you do things around here."
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for 1 HALF of FSU's game versus Clemson this weekend for screaming "F*** her right in the p***y" right in the middle of campus yesterday.
Several students tweeted about the incident Tuesday -- saying the Heisman Trophy winner stood up on a table and screamed it from the top of his lungs ... while people around him cracked up.
Of course, the phrase has become an Internet sensation in the past few months ... with hecklers often screaming it behind news reporters who are in the middle of live news shots.
It's just the latest in a string of problems for Winston -- who was convicted of stealing crab legs earlier this year ... and last year, had the cops called on him for allegedly stealing soda from a Burger King.
Of course, he was also accused of raping a student ... though no charges were ever filed against him.
No Trace of Radisson
At Today's Press Conference
9/17/2014 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Didn't take long for the Minnesota Vikings to scrub all signs of the Radisson after the hotel suspended its relationship with the NFL team ... because the logo is noticeably absent on the team banner at today's news conference.
The team is setting up to address the media -- and swapped out the backdrop, which used to prominently display the Radisson logo to one that just has the Vikings emblem on it.
The Radisson has suspended its relationship with the team after its logo appeared behind team reps earlier in the week when they announced they would be REINSTATING Peterson.
After intense public backlash, the team eventually reversed course ... but the damage was already done.
Team owner Zygi Wilf just said, "We made a mistake."
"Adrian will be away from the team," Wilf said.
NIKE SUSPENDS CONTRACT
'We Don't Condone Domestic Violence'
9/17/2014 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was only a matter of time ... but Nike has announced it has suspended its endorsement contract with Adrian Peterson.
The Swoosh just issued a statement saying, "Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL."
"We have suspended our contract with Adrian Peterson."
The timing is interesting ... considering AP left his house in Minnesota Tuesday covered head-to-toe in Nike gear.
It's almost like when Nike saw AP repping the brand in public, it seemed to be the final straw.
It's a huge step for Nike considering Peterson was one of the brands BIGGEST stars. The fact Nike has suspended the contract and has not dropped him entirely gives them the ability to reactivate him when they feel the time is right.
DROPS NEW $20K WATCH
... It's Part Alligator!
9/17/2014 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dwyane Wade's back in the watch game -- dropping a brand new $20k timepiece with Hublot ... and it's made with real alligator.
It's called the Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade -- designed with Miami Heat colors -- and it includes 18 karat gold parts, sapphire and an alligator strap.
The watch it Wade's second design with the company -- they released one back in 2011.
Wade isn't the first superstar to release a watch with Hublot -- Jay Z partnered up with 'em last year and released a version of his own.
Interesting to see whose watch will sell better in the long run ...
After 'Dancing with the Stars' Loss
9/17/2014 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lolo Jones says she felt broken, unlovable and embarrassed after she was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night ... and penned an emotional letter saying she's sick of being a loser.
The former Olympian unloaded on Facebook right after she got the boot from the ballroom ... saying, "When I was dancing last night and messed up I had flashbacks of the three Olympics and that people constantly tease me about. I thought oh no here it comes again. People are going to ridicule me. I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed."
"I joined the other competitors upstairs and I couldn't force a smile on my face. I felt like vomiting and in between the other dances I went in a back room and fought back tears. I felt so broken. So unlovable. Embarssed."
Jones -- who's been RIPPED in the public over her lackluster performances at the Olympics over the years -- added, "I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me."
"But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods. Instead I need to trust God that he would heal my heart. That I would not work so hard for the world to validate and redeem me but know that God already conquered that for me on the cross."
She concluded ... "My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages. You were helping me not fall into darkness."
Yeah, she's taking this pretty hard.