Chris Brown isn't some helpless jail inmate ... dude can FIGHT -- so says boxing champ Andre Berto who tells TMZ Sports he's trained with singer on multiple occasions.
Berto -- a 2-time welterweight champ -- was out in L.A. the other day when we asked if he had any advice for Brown, who's currently behind bars in a Virginia jail.
Turns out, the two are actually pretty good friends -- and Andre says they've trained together in the boxing gym several times over the years.
In fact, Andre says the singer has some pretty good hands when it comes to boxing -- though he doesn't think he'll have to use 'em in jail ... because he's too busy making friends!
Seriously, Andre says Chris is an "amazing guy" who just needs to work on getting his life in order.
You buyin' that?
Suffers Gruesome Thumb Accident
... in Saudi Arabia
4/19/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A WWE referee's thumb was nearly SEVERED from his hand during a bloody incident in Saudi Arabia yesterday ... but it wasn't for stealing a falafel from the market -- he's just a klutz.
Charles Robinson was preparing the ring for a WWE event with other crew members before Friday's show in the Middle East ... when something went terribly wrong and his finger got caught in the turnbuckle.
The result ... a DEEP DEEP GASH that nearly sliced his thumb in half.
Fortunately for the ref, a WWE doc was on standby and managed to quickly stitch him back together again.
But seriously, don't steal falafel in Saudi Arabia ... that hand-cutting thing ain't a myth (proof's on YouTube).
Not On TSA Watch List
'It's For Terrorists, Not Idiots'
4/19/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aldon Smith is NOT on the TSA's official "No Fly List" after his false bomb arrest -- with one law enforcement source telling us, "The no-fly list is for terrorists, not idiots."
We broke the story ... Smith was busted at LAX last weekend after allegedly telling TSA agents he had a bomb. Of course, he wasn't REALLY carrying an explosive device and was arrested on site.
For the record, Aldon has not yet been charged with a crime -- but if prosecutors do decide to go forward with a case ... he could face up to a year behind bars and a substantial fine.
But hey ... at least he can still buy a plane ticket.
Dodgers Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu
to South Korea Ferry Rescue Aid
4/18/2014 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has donated $100,000 to help those affected by the ferry disaster in his home country of South Korea ... this according to the Dodgers.
Ryu has previously expressed how devastated he has been by the accident -- which has left at least 29 dead and 270 missing.
"It’s just a really unfortunate situation," Ryu said earlier this week ... "I have a very heavy heart."
Ryu took the mound for the Dodgers yesterday and led the team to victory over the Giants. After the game, Ryu said, "I thought if I could just win today and pitch well maybe it would give them a little brighter side to think about. That’s why I went out there and tried to do the best I could."
Ex-Knicks Star Larry Hughes
Questioned In Rape Investigation
4/18/2014 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The report says Hughes met the alleged victim at Greenhouse nightclub late Thursday evening and walked to the Trump SoHo together at 4AM.
Former New York Knicks star Larry Hughes is being questioned by the NYPD as part of a sexual assault investigation ... this according to the NY Daily News.
TMZ Sports had previously confirmed with the NYPD that investigators were looking into an incident at the Trump Soho in NYC ... and now, the Daily News reports Hughes is the suspect.
According to the report, Hughes was taken out of the Trump SoHo in handcuffs earlier today -- though the NYPD will NOT confirm that with us.
As for the accuser, described a 22-year-old woman, she reportedly went to a hospital after the alleged sexual assault and told a doctor she was raped.
We've placed multiple calls to the NYPD, Trump SoHo and Hughes himself -- so far, no one is saying a word.
FYI -- we're told Hughes is the majority owner of Greenhouse nightclub ... and has taken over all operations from previous owner/operator Barry Mullineaux who resigned back in January.
Possible NBA Connection
In Sexual Assault Investigation
At Trump Hotel in NYC
4/18/2014 11:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The NYPD has confirmed ... it is currently conducting a sexual assault investigation into an alleged incident at the Trump SOHO early Friday morning ... and multiple sources tell TMZ Sports there is a possible NBA connection.
As far as the allegations, cops aren't saying much ... only that the NYPD Special Victim's Unit is looking into the situation.
So far, cops have not released the names of any suspects or persons of interest.
However, we're being told at least one of the people named in the investigation is a current or former NBA player.
Story developing ...
I Want To Be a Villain!!
4/18/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Georges St-Pierre may have a DARK SIDE ... 'cause the UFC legend tells TMZ Sports he has a secret desire to be a villain ... a la Darth Vader.
GSP was crutching around L.A. after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL when we started talking about his cameo in the new "Captain America" flick ... and asked him if he had any desire to play a superhero on the big screen.
St-Pierre said he's always been a huge "Star Wars" fan -- and would love to appear in one of the upcoming flicks ... but only if he can be a BAD GUY!!
He's actually got a pretty good explanation about why being evil would be way more fun ... check out the clip.
TEAM STEAK DINNER
... To Prep for the Playoffs
4/18/2014 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The team that eats together, WINS together -- at least, that's what the Clippers are hoping for because the entire squad got together for a pre-playoffs dinner last night ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, Big Baby Davis and the rest of the squad met up at Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills ... where Barnes explained that it wasn't a celebration, but rather a preparation.
The Clips face off against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center tomorrow for Game 1 of the first round ... we'll see if steak bonding actually pays off.
I 'Really Considered'
Becoming a Pro Golfer
4/18/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Heavy metal god Alice Cooper says golf isn't just a hobby -- it's his obsession -- and admits that "there was a time when I really considered [turning pro]."
Cooper has a killer reputation on the links -- considered one of the best celebrity golfers alive (he even has a single-digit handicap) ... and his game is so strong, people have often suggested he could hang with the pros.
But yesterday in NYC, Cooper admitted he considered making the leap to the pro level -- but realized as good as he is, the pros are just in a "different world."
Still. Cooper says the golf talent in the celebrity world is STRONG -- and names a couple of heavy hitters you may never have guessed who are actually pretty handy with a club.
HINT -- It's the first time "Back to the Future" and "No Doubt" may ever be mentioned in the same sentence.
I Didn't Punch That Kid in the Face!!
4/18/2014 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-L.A. Lakers player Smush Parker is adamant ... he did NOT slug a 16-year-old high school kid in the face during a pickup game in NYC this week -- claiming it was just a hard foul.
Parker has been under fire after reports surfaced that he got into it with prep star Wolfgang Novogratz last week -- and punched the kid in the face during a heated exchange.
But Parker's manager James Hunt says it's all B.S. -- claiming there WAS a hard foul between the two ... but no punch was ever thrown.
"Smush did not punch him in the face. It wasn't no assault or anything like that. It was a hard foul. He didn't hit anybody."
In fact, Parker believes the kid's father -- who happens to be the host of the HGTV show "House By Novogratz" -- is intentionally trying to blow the incident out of proportion to get some publicity for his son.
"The kid's father is trying to use Smush's name as a stepping stone to promote his son to be recruited by these high level Division 1 colleges," Hunt says.
Hunt says Parker has not reached out to Novogratz about the incident -- because he didn't think it was a big deal at the time, but says, "If the kid needs to be reached out to, those things will definitely take place if need be."
PISSED OFF WWE
Wrestlers Warned to Stay Away!!
4/18/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nancy Grace is being BLACKBALLED by the WWE over the way she covered the death of the Ultimate Warrior ... with superstars (past and present) being warned stay off her show -- OR ELSE!
Grace most recently enraged WWE officials when she had Diamond Dallas Page on her HLN show and strongly insinuated that Warrior's death was the result of steroid and drug abuse.
In fact, she even brought a doctor on the show -- who never treated Warrior -- to speculate that steroids and drugs directly led to the deaths of scores of young wrestlers.
She even scrolled a list of names -- which included Owen Hart -- who died during a freak accident on the set ... which had NOTHING to do with drugs or 'roids.
Now, we're told WWE is circling the wagons to ostracize Grace -- and though they haven't sent any official memos, we're told there's a strong word going around the grapevine that anyone connected to the brand should STAY AWAY from Nancy if they wanna keep a working relationship.
... and that's the bottom line.
TMZ Sports Show
Nick Young's Off-Season
Starts with Iggy's Ass
4/18/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
$20k Shopping Spree After Bradley Fight
... At Nordstroms
4/18/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Manny Pacquiao didn't waste any time spending his new post-fight fortune -- TMZ Sports has learned he immediately dropped $20k on a clothing shopping spree for his 50-PERSON entourage ... at Nordstroms!We spoke with Manny's pal Abbas Ahmadi -- who tells us the whole crew was on the way to the airport on Wednesday when they decided to hit up The Grove in L.A. to pick up some new threads.
We're told Manny -- who was guaranteed $20 MILLION for the Bradley fight -- told the guys to pick out whatever they wanted and he would cover the bill.
The 50 person entourage didn't get too greedy -- with most everyone walking away with 2 shirts and a pair of pants.
We're told Manny splurged on a pair of Ferragamo shoes for himself -- and liked 'em so much, he picked up a pair for Abbas as well.
We spoke to someone at Nordstroms who confirmed Manny spent a total of $20k.
With their new purchases, the gang went over to the nearby Apple store -- where they ran into Justin Bieber ... and Abbas even snapped a pic with the pop star.
Not a bad day at the mall.