Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney says she was under 18 when the hacked nude photos of her were taken ... and now she's taking legal action against several porn sites that reposted the images.
TMZ has learned one of Maroney's attorneys fired off a letter to Porn.com ... informing the site that McKayla was underage in several of the photos. The letter demands the images of McKayla -- who turned 18 last December -- be taken down immediately.
Another attorney for the gymnast sent a different letter to multiple websites stating Maroney owns the copyright on the hacked photos.
The legal claims by her attorneys are a strong indication the photos really do show McKayla -- even though she said on Twitter they were "fake photos." It's also possible only portions of the images are really McKayla. The letter is not specific.
A rep for Porn.com tells us they immediately removed the pics once they got the letter from Maroney's attorney.
Gets Shot with Dallas Cowboys
9/2/2014 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Sam is heading to Big D -- where he's reportedly going to be signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.
Sam was cut by the Rams over the weekend despite having a monster preseason ... where he recorded 2.5 sacks.
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys spent the day calling several players and gauging their reactions to signing Sam ... and apparently, the feedback came back positive.
Sam will undergo a team physical Wednesday, says ESPN's Adam Schefter ... who says if things go well, the deal is all but done.
Olympic Teammates FURIOUS
Over Nude Photo Scandal
9/2/2014 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
She claims they're fake, but McKayla Maroney's Team USA gymnastics teammates are lashing out on her behalf anyway ... trashing the scumbag who hacked tons of celeb nude pics and posted them online.
Aly Raisman -- a fellow member of the 2012 Gold medal team -- just went to Twitter and sounded off ... saying, "This scandal is not a joke and it is upsetting that an invasion of privacy results in entertainment for some."
She continued, "Please respect the fact that the photos were private and not for the whole world to see. My heart is broken for the women who were violated."
"Every person is entitled to their own privacy. I am saddened that something like this has happened and I hope it never happens again."
Gabby Douglas also weighed in with a message to McKayla that said, "Love ya girl. #WeAreStrong #Champions."
As for Maroney, she finally addressed the issue Monday ... tweeting, "The fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT you sir, need Jesus."
Dwyane Wade Wedding
Yes, LeBron Was There
9/2/2014 9:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mystery solved ... LeBron James and his wife were DEFINITELY present at Dwyane Wade's wedding this weekend ... multiple sources tell TMZ Sports.
So far, no photos of The King have surfaced ... probably due to the fact Wade forced his guests to sign confidentiality agreements and banned everyone from using cell phone ... but we're told James was absolutely on hand to watch his former teammate tie the knot to Gabrielle Union.
Of course, LeBron wasn't the only star at the wedding -- Kevin Hart, Chris Bosh, John Legend, Carmelo Anthony & Lala, Ludacris, Ray Allen, Shane Battier and former teammate Dorrell Wright were all at the Chateau Artisan castle in Miami as well.
Colts Owner Jim Irsay
In DUI Case
9/2/2014 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:51 A.M. PDT -- The NFL has dropped the hammer on Irsay, suspending him 6 games and fining him $500,000 -- the maximum dollar amount permitted for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a letter to Irsay, said ... “I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players. We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.”
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay just pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated ... stemming from a March arrest.
55-year-old Irsay appeared in court Tuesday morning in Indianapolis -- where he was sentenced to 1 year probation and will be subjected to court-ordered drug tests.
As we previously reported, Irsay was popped just before midnight on March 16th after driving super slow and failing to signal ... and officials say he had multiple painkillers in his his system, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Officials also say Irsay had various prescription drugs in his car at the time of his arrest
At the time of his arrest, cops said the prescription pills found in Irsay's car did not match up with the prescription bottles.
Cops also say Irsay had roughly $29k in cash with him at the time.
Irsay had previously pled not guilty to TWO counts -- but ultimately changed his plea after striking a plea deal with prosecutors.
... With Smokin' Hot Baby Mama
9/2/2014 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Blake Griffin is back ON with Brynn Cameron -- because the two spent Labor Day weekend TOGETHER ... hangin' out on the beaches of Hawaii with their adorable kid.
As we previously reported, Blake and Brynn have been on-and-off over the years ... and were definitely not together last year when Brynn gave birth to their son Ford.
But all signs pointed to "couple" in Hawaii ... where the two put every other vacationing couple to shame with their insanely ripped physiques.
Sidenote -- Ford's "not impressed" face ... epic.
Rips 'Uneducated' Mayweather
9/2/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Manny Pacquiao is following 50 Cent and Nelly's lead -- bashing Floyd Mayweather for his apparent lack of formal education. Manny was doing an interview with NJ.com when he started going off on the boxing champ.
"I think I finally understand him ... what he says ... how he acts ... and I don’t like it."
"But what l learned and heard from him, well, I realize why he is like that. I understand sometimes when the people are not educated they just talk to talk. He sets a very bad example."
Mayweather's erudition has been under attack lately -- with 50 claiming the fighter can't read and Nelly trashing him for allegedly failing to graduate high school.
Floyd has been mostly silent about the attacks -- but his father went off on his behalf ... calling 50 (and everyone else ripping his son's education) as "player haters."
Indy Champ Tony Kanaan
I Won't Let Valets Park My Car!
9/2/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
IndyCar champ Tony Kanaan says his car is like his second wife ... and nobody gets to put their hands on it but him ... which is why he refuses to let valets park it at restaurants.
Kanaan -- who took the checkered flag at the MAVTV 500 in Fontana this weekend -- was out at Club Nokia in L.A. and told us why he's so protective of his ride.
However, there is one exception ...
"If it's a RENTAL car, I'll let the guy valet it ... if it's MY car, I will pay him extra then I want it to park and usually I ask to park up front."
The clip is great -- Kanaan also revealed an industry secret about how drivers can drop 6 POUNDS without ever getting out of their cars!!!
TMZ Sports Show
Wipeout: David Beckham Crashes Motorcycle
9/2/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gambles On Real Estate
Pays Off Huge!!!
9/2/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He may never make it to the Hall of Fame, but Pete Rose just wrapped up a real estate transaction worthy of a plaque ... selling his home for a $1 MILLION PROFIT!!!
TMZ Sports has learned ... Charlie Hustle just sold his 5-bedroom home in Sherman Oaks, CA for a cool $1.9 million ... which is great news for the ex-MLBer who bought the place for $913k in '99.
No word on why Rose decided to part ways with the crib -- it's a pretty cool spot (pool, palm trees, office, bbq area) ... but he does spend a lot of time in Vegas these days.
Still pretty far from Cooperstown.
Devours His Birthday Cake
9/1/2014 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Lochte celebrated his birthday exactly how you would imagine he would ... without a shirt.
The Olympian/reality TV star was having his birthday dinner at Andiamo Steakhouse located inside the D Casino Hotel Las Vegas ... when he was dragged next door to where the Men of Strip were performing.
After a birthday serenade, the crowd implored Lochte to take off his shirt ... and he of course obliged. He then proceeded to take a sloppy bite out of his birthday cake ... still without his shirt on.
If you have a thing for Ryan Lochte and some kind of cake fetish ... then you're welcome.
TRUCK BOOTED AGAIN
Tow Man Choked ... Again
9/1/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shaquille O'Neal's truck was booted ... for the second time.
And he reacted by choking the tow man ... for the second time.
Don't worry, Shaq didn't hurt the guy -- it was a playful choking -- and just like last time, the NBA great got off the hook without having to pay a cent.
It all went down in front the Instanblue Lounge in Georgia earlier this week where Shaq was hanging with friends ... and when he emerged, he noticed a guy putting a boot on his ride.
The booter is Spence Beck of ABS Booting -- who tells us just like last time, Shaq was super nice about the whole ordeal and explained that the whole thing was just a stupid mistake.
"The pay box is old-school, and Shaq didn't push his money through the slot all the way."
In the end, Spence says he pulled off the boot and let Shaq go ... and just like last time, the two made a video to remember the moment.
Boxer 'Kid Chocolate'
My Wife's the Real Champ
After 36 Hour Labor!!!
9/1/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Talk about stamina ... boxing champ Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin tells TMZ Sports his wife is the REAL bad ass in the house after giving birth to their son after a 36 hour labor!!
Peter -- the reigning WBO middleweight champ -- says his son Joaquin was born last Saturday ... 8 pounds, 2 ounces ... and he's already got a nickname, "King."
"There is nothing comparable to witnessing your child being born ... I cried tears of joy."
But Peter says he couldn't be more proud of his wife -- "She's a true champion. She was in labor for 36 hours and was calm during the delivery."
And get this ... Peter says he already has big plans for his son -- "He will be a future champ and I just know we are going to shake up the boxing world!!!"