Stewart was famously SLAMMED to the mat by John Cena during "Monday Night Raw" back in August -- earning him TONS of respect from the wrestling faithful.
'Million Dollar Listing' Star
College Kickers Bang Mad Chicks
... Trust Me.
10/4/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before he was crushing real estate, "Million Dollar Listing" star Josh Altman was crushing ass at Syracuse ... where he says being the kicker for the football team paid off HUUUGE!
Check out the clip ... Altman says he's still friends with some of his former Orangemen teammates -- including Donovan McNabb ... who gave him a nickname he STILL uses.
By the way, Altman's days of chasing ladies are over -- that smokin' hot blonde he's with is his fiancee.
Apparently, rich and famous real estate guys also do well with the chicks ...
MLB Rookie Hazing
Cross-Dressing Sends Dangerous Message
... Says LGBT Org.
10/3/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A powerful LGBT group -- backed by some HUGE athletes -- is calling for MLB teams to quit hazing rookies by forcing them to cross-dress ... because it sends a dangerous message to kids.
Several teams -- including the Oakland As, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs -- dressed their rookies up in women's clothing and paraded them around this week as part of a hazing tradition that's been going on for years.
Enter Hudson Taylor -- head of Athlete Ally -- an organization that promotes LGBT acceptance in sports. Taylor says the cross-dressing ritual is designed to embarrass the players ... which reinforces the message that men in women's clothing is something to be mocked.
"Requiring rookies to dress in feminine presenting clothing like wigs, dresses, and bikinis sends a strong and dangerous message that being a girl, woman, or feminine is somehow less than, and something to be mocked."
"Regardless of intent, as long as professional athletes participate in hazing of this kind, they will be continuing to perpetuate a culture that isolates, excludes, and marginalizes the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and female athletes."
Athlete Ally has more than 130 pro athletes on its "ambassador" roster -- including Andy Roddick, Abby Wambach, Kenneth Faried, Martina Navratilova, Donte Stallworth, James Blake, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe.
Star NFL Teammate Concerned
Over Prison Sentence
10/3/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
At least one of Irving Fryar's old teammates still has his back -- ex-Miami Dolphins star Keith Jackson ... who says he believes Fryar is a good person at heart and is very concerned that he'll be spending the next 5 years in prison.
Jackson tells TMZ Sports ... he's remained friends with Fryar ever since they played together back in the '90s -- "That's my boy. I love him like a brother."
As we previously reported, Fryar was sentenced to 5 years behind bars this week for bilking people out of $1.2 MILLION in a mortgage fraud scheme.
"I'm concerned," Jackson says about the sentence ... "It's not good."
Jackson says he has a hard time accepting that his friend is now a convicted criminal ... but he's refusing to turn his back on Fryar.
"I'm still with him. I'm standing with him. It's hard for me to believe he did this... he was always a trustworthy, good person."
In Louisville Sex Scandal Allegations
10/2/2015 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is adamantly denying having any involvement in an alleged prostitution scandal rocking the school's basketball program ... claiming he's completely shocked by the allegations.
The University has already launched an investigation into allegations spelled out in a book penned by self-described madam Katina Powell ... in which she claims U of L staff paid her more than $10,000 for dancing and sex services from her stable of escorts.
In her book, Powell singles out ex-Louisville staffer Andre McGee -- a graduate assistant who became director of basketball operations -- claiming he was the point man who paid Powell.
Powell claims her stable of dancers included her own daughters -- and they would perform for Louisville players at various off-campus locations from 2010 to 2014.
After the dances, Powell claims she would negotiate a separate fee for the players to have sex with the women.
As for Pitino, he just addressed the media and denied any involvement in the alleged sex plot -- adding, "It's a mild understatement that I'm shocked at these allegations."
Pitino says he spoke with McGee about the allegations -- and McGee denied everything. Still he added, "If Andre is a part in this in any way, I've got to forgive him."
There's more ... Pitino says, "I'm shocked over this. My heart's just taken out of my body and broken."
"I venture to say that not one person came here because of these women."
4:35PM PT -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City -- where McGee currently coaches -- just released a statement announcing McGee has been placed on administrative leave. School officials say they've initiated a review into the UL prostitution allegations.
Gambles On Vegas Restaurant
... My Chicken's a Hit!
10/2/2015 1:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pete Rose is betting on himself again ... opening the Pete Rose Bar & Grill in Las Vegas -- where you can definitely watch sports ... but can't bet on them.
Charlie Hustle says the Pete Rose Bar & Grill will open on Las Vegas Blvd. in mid-October ... and says the place will be chock full of TVs so sports fans can booze and eat and watch ANY sporting event they want.
As for the menu ... Rose says it's essentially a love letter to the cities where he played with items like:
-- Cincinnati Chili on Spaghetti for the Cincinnati Reds
-- A classic Philly Cheese Steak for the Philadelphia Phillies
-- And a spin on Poutine for the Montreal Expos, topped with brown gravy and cheese curds.
As for gambling, we're told there will be NONE -- not even those video poker machines at the bar -- because Rose says he really wants to focus on the food and the atmosphere.
Ex-NFL Star Irving Fryar
GETS 5 YEARS IN PRISON
... For Mortgage Fraud
10/2/2015 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL star wide receiver Irving Fryar -- who played in the league for 17 SEASONS -- was just sentenced to 5 years in prison for a mortgage fraud scheme involving his 74-year-old mom.
Earlier this year, Fryar and his mother were found guilty of conspiring to defraud banks out of more than $1.2 MILLION through a home equity loan scam.
But moments ago, the Fryars learned their fate -- Irving gets 5 years behind bars ... and his mom gets 3 years probation ... partly because of her advanced age.
Fryar was a pretty good pro -- a 5-time Pro-Bowler and won the Bart Starr Award in 1998 ... an award given to NFL players who demonstrate outstanding character and leadership.
Really missed the mark on that one ...
UFC Champ Johny Hendricks
... Medical Emergency
10/2/2015 12:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
MMA star Johny Hendricks will not be fighting in UFC 192 on Saturday after being rushed to the hospital for intestinal blockage and kidney stones stemming ... so says Johny's manager.
Hendricks was scheduled to put his welterwight championship on the line against Tyron Woodley tomorrow night, but ran into huge medical issues while attempting to cut weight Thursday night.
According to his manager Ted Ehrhardt, Johny was in bad shape -- he needed to be given an IV and kidney stones were detected during his trip to the emergency room.
In fact, Hendricks told MMAFighting.com ... "The weight was coming off fine and then yesterday my body just started to shut down. When it hit that point, I tried to push through it, and well, it didn't go well because then I had to go to the ER."
Hendricks -- who is out of the hospital now -- says his body is "hurting and sore" from the entire ordeal.
Domestic Violence Case Back On
... Court Overturns Dismissal
10/2/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
She thought she was off the hook ... but Hope Solo's domestic violence case (which was previously dismissed) is now BACK ON ... which means she WILL face charges in municipal court.
As we previously reported, Solo was accused of beating up her 17-year-old nephew and half-sister in a drunken rage at a house party in the Seattle area ... allegations Solo adamantly denies.
The case was previously dismissed on procedural grounds ... but city prosecutors appealed and now the decision has been reversed.
A document filed to the state court's website on Friday states: "The court reverses the decision of the lower court and remands the case to the Kirkland Municipal Court."
No word on when the case will get in front a judge ... stay tuned.
Josh Scobee's Wife
God Will Help Us Get Through This
10/2/2015 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Scobee's wife tells TMZ Sports ... she's confident the Pittsburgh Steelers kicker will weather the storm after missing 2 key field goals Thursday night ... saying, "He has a strong faith in God."
Scobee's been catching hell from hardcore Steelers fans -- including Snoop Dogg -- who are calling for his job after missing 2 crucial kicks in the 4th quarter, opening the door for the Ravens to come back and win the game.
Melissa Scobee tells us she and her husband are still "waiting to see what the team is going to do" ... and says Thursday's game was "definitely the toughest of his career."
"There's no doubt [Josh's] going to get thru this," Melissa adds ... "He has a strong faith in God."
"I have faith in God, and I have faith in my husband, and I have trust in both of them that we are going to get through this."'
As for the critics, Melissa says she knows people are upset -- but she's trying her best to ignore the haters ... "I'm just focused on supporting my husband."
James Blake to NYPD
FIRE COP WHO TACKLED ME
... And Everyone Like Him
10/2/2015 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tennis superstar James Blake is calling for the NYPD to terminate the officer who viciously tackled him to the ground last month ... claiming people like him should NOT be empowered to police the streets, EVER.
Blake appeared on Cari Champion's podcast "Be Honest" yesterday and blasted Officer James Frascatore --- who body slammed Blake in NYC last month after mistakenly identifying him as a criminal suspect.
The NYPD has since apologized -- but Blake essentially says talk is cheap ... he wants to see the cops TAKE ACTION by firing Frascatore's ass ... and anyone else who acts like he did.
"We need to make sure officers like [Frascatore] don't get their gun and badge back and have that feeling of invincibility just because they have a badge."
FYI -- Frascatore's police record has been under attack since the incident ... with reports that he's been the subject of 5 civilian complaints in 7 months and 2 excessive-force lawsuits.
Blake says he's fortunate that his incident was caught on video -- but says he's taking such a public stand to help people who went through similar situations but weren't so lucky to have a camera rolling.
Houston Texans Cheerleaders
Bikini Dance Party?
BIKINI DANCE PARTY!!
10/2/2015 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's Friday ... and the Houston Texans cheerleaders decided to celebrate by dancing around in tiny bikinis and then jumping in the pool.
Don't let their efforts go to waste ... watch the video!!!
DUI Crash Photos
Drinking with Ex-NHLer Mike Comrie Before Wreck
10/2/2015 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We broke the story, Brandon -- heir to the Davis oil fortune -- had a single car wreck in L.A. and absolutely destroyed his Mercedes Benz sedan. Davis was transported to a hospital, where police arrested him for an alleged DUI.
Earlier in the evening, Brandon was seen drinking wine with Comrie -- Hilary Duff's estranged husband -- at L.A. sushi joint Matsuhisa. It doesn't appear Comrie was in the car with Brandon at the time of the accident ... as the ambulance only transported one patient.
Davis, aka Greasy Bear ... has been released from the hospital, and is getting transported to jail.