- NFL Superstar Reggie Bush Dropping Mad Cash On His Wedding
- Charles Barkley: Big Girls Still Love Him
- Nick Young And Iggy Dis Reality TV, Look At Khloe And Lamar
- Tim Tebow Training In LA Keeping The NFL Dream Alive
MLB Star Geovany Soto
I'm EMBARRASSED Over Weed Arrest
49 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is apologizing to teammates, fans and his bosses ... saying he's "embarrassed" after being arrested for weed possession last night.
The 31-year-old former NL Rookie of the Year was pulled over for speeding in Grapevine, TX around 10PM Wednesday night ... and during the stop, cops say they found a small amount of pot.
Soto was ultimately arrested for marijuana possession -- and was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked and posed for a mug shot. He was released on $500 bail.
Moments ago, Soto issued a statement saying, "I was stopped by Grapevine Police on Wednesday night. I am embarrassed and would like to apologize to my family, the Rangers organization, and our fans that I was taken in on this charge."
He added, "Because this is an ongoing case, I cannot discuss this matter any further at this time.”
LEBRON IS A HERO
He Brought Hope Back to Cleveland
7/11/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James is a TRUE BASKETBALL HERO for deciding to return to Cleveland ... so says Cleveland rap legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
We spoke with Krayzie, Wish, Bizzy and Flesh ... who all tell us they're FIRED UP about Bron's Cleveland comeback -- telling us, "He's a hero for Cleveland."
"He brought hope back to the city," Wish says ... "The entire city is already partying downtown. I am here now! All of my neighbors were screaming and yelling ... everyone is going crazy."
Krayzie adds, "It makes a better story for him in the end if he comes back to Cleveland and wins."
Flesh said, "I'm at a loss for words. I'm so happy I can't believe it."
We also spoke with Patrick Carney -- an Ohio native from The Black Keys -- who says he's already looking into getting tickets to the Cavs home opener.
Carney also has a message to any Cleveland fans who still hold a grudge for the move to Miami back in 2010 -- get over it!
We asked Bizzy Bone if the city would be disappointed if the Cavs didn't immediately start winning again -- to which he replied, "I don't even wanna think about that. We're gonna win."
'Forgiven' Shirts Explode
Website Breaks from Traffic Eruption
7/11/2014 11:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A t-shirt website selling LeBron James "For6iven" shirts was bombarded with cyber-traffic in the moments following 'Bron's announcement ... breaking the site ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke to the owner of Fresh Brewed Tees -- who tells us the demand for the shirts SKYROCKETED ... and in the first 5 minutes after the announcement, the site crashed due to a sudden influx of traffic.
The owner, Tony Madalone, says the site has only been selling the shirts for a few days -- but judging from the overwhelming interest, he expects to sell more than 10,000 shirts .
... just as soon as he can fix his site.
... Kobe Never Left!!!
7/11/2014 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You didn't think LeBron James was gonna be able to pull this "Returning Home" thing off without getting some crap for it, did you???
Well, Snoop Dogg -- a hardcore Los Angeles Lakers fan -- was one of the first celebrities to fire a shot at King James ... with a little bit of help from Kobe Bryant.
Snoop just posted a pic on Instagram that shows the Black Mamba in the Purple and Gold with a caption that reads, "I Never Left."
I CHOOSE CLEVELAND
... Return of the King
7/11/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James is RETURNING TO CLEVELAND ... telling Sports Illustrated he has finally made up his mind to leave the Miami Heat.
Bron is from Cleveland ... and still has a house in Akron.
During his 4-year run with the Heat, LeBron won 2 NBA championships and made the NBA Finals all 4 years.
James wrote an essay for Sports Illustrated explaining his decision ... in which he writes, "I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when."
"After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy."
James says, "I'm not promising a championship" ... but says that's clearly his goal ... a goal that will take several years to accomplish.
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel just tweeted -- "YESSSSSSSS!! Couldn't be happier for my guy @KingJames and the @cavs #Cleveland."
Soccer Star Mario Balotelli
Takes Aim At 'Haters' ...
WITH A SHOTGUN!!!
7/11/2014 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a really stupid thing a soccer superstar just did ... Team Italy phenom Mario Balotelli just posted a message to all of his "haters" ... EAT SHOTGUN LEAD!!!
Of course, Balotelli and Italy were bounced from the World Cup in the 1st round -- and he's been getting all sorts of crap from Italians and soccer fans from around the world.
So, in what may have been the most ill-conceived PR move ever, he grabbed his shotgun ... aimed it at a camera and posted the pic along with the message, "Big kiss to all the haters."
After posting the gun pic, people started TRASHED Mario like crazy ... and he eventually decided to pull the pic OFF of social media. Unfortunately for him, it was too late ... the image had already gone viral.
Shoot first ask questions later ... doesn't always work.
'Harry Potter' Actor
Dies Hiking in Death Valley
7/11/2014 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
2:10 P.M. PDT -- Inyo County officials tell us ... an autopsy was performed and the cause of death is heat stroke.
One of the villains from the "Harry Potter" movies -- British actor Dave Legeno -- died while hiking in Death Valley ... TMZ has learned.
Legeno's body was found by a pair of hikers on Sunday in an area so remote ... a CHP helicopter had to be called in to remove it.
50-year-old Legeno played the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the 'Potter' movies. He was also in "Snatch."
The Inyo County Sheriff's Department (in CA) tells TMZ it appears Legeno died of heat related issues ... and may have been dead for 3-4 days before his body was discovered. Summer temps in Death Valley are known to go over 120 degrees.
We're told the coroner still has Legeno's body while his family makes plans.
He has a daughter in her 20s.
Dave was also a pretty successful MMA fighter in the UK ... with a professional record of 4-3.
BIG WOMEN STILL LOVE ME
... Here's The Proof!
7/11/2014 8:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charles Barkley has emerged unscathed after going after the "big women" of San Antonio ... because last night some plus-size Texas ladies couldn't wait to give Chuck some love ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Of course, Barkley came under fire from MULTIPLE obese acceptance organizations after going on "Inside the NBA" on TNT and repeatedly making fun of S.A. for it's large population of big ladies.
But last night, 3 lovely larger ladies nearly lost their minds when they saw Barkley in Bev Hills -- telling him they LOVE him on the show and are huge fans ... even after the fat-scandal.
He always did have a talent for rebounding.
My Wedding's Costing Me a Fortune!
7/11/2014 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"We're excited," Bush said ... noting the guest list will mostly be composed of family members.
Reggie Bush is learning the hard way -- even for rich people, WEDDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE AS HELL!!!!
Bush and his GF Lilit Avagyan were leaving Fishing with Dynamite restaurant in Manhattan Beach ... when we asked about their big wedding at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego this weekend.
But the best part of the clip is when we suggested that the soon-to-be married couple should buy LaDainian Tomlinson's mansion ... and Reggie responded, "I'm tapped out. This wedding is costing me a lot of money!"
Don't feel too bad for Reggie -- he's currently in the middle of a 4-year $16 million contract with the Detroit Lions. And don't forget his monstrous rookie contract with the Saints ... a 6-year deal $62 million deal with more than $26.5 in guaranteed money.
Yeah, he's gonna be just fine ... CONGRATS!!!!
I'm Still Training for the NFL!!!
7/11/2014 6:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tim Tebow refuses to let his NFL dream die -- telling TMZ Sports he's back in L.A. to continue his training ... whether he's on a team or not.
The 26-year-old hasn't played a single down since 2012 ... during a failed experiment with the New York Jets. He later signed a contract with the Patriots but they cut him before the 2013 season.
Tebow then made this pledge -- "I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."
Over the past year, we've seen him working out all over Los Angeles ... mostly focusing on his throwing motion.
And last night, while heading into Boa Steakhouse -- Tebow made it seem like he's still determined to make his NFL return ... even if the odds are stacked against him.
Nick Young & Iggy
WE'D NEVER DO A REALITY SHOW
Don't Wanna End Up Like Lamar Odom!
7/11/2014 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nick Young and Iggy Azalea tell TMZ Sports ... they'll NEVER try to keep up with the Kardashians in the world of reality TV ... because they don't wanna end up like Lamar and Khloe.
The Lakers star and the rapper were leaving Crustacean in Beverly Hills last night -- and seemed to be having so much fun with each other in front of the cameras, we asked if they would ever consider a reality show in their future.
Not only did Nick shoot down the idea -- but also used Lamar Odom as Exhibit A ... telling us things have gotten so bad between L.O. and K.K., they can't even go to the same nightclubs anymore.
And they aren't the only relationship that's fizzled after reality TV ... just ask:
-- Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
-- Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro
-- Hulk Hogan and Linda
-- Jon and Kate Gosselin
-- Whitney and Bobby
-- Kim K and Kris H.
-- Kim K and Reggie Bush
-- Britney and K-Fed
-- Kordell Stewart and Porsha
The list goes on, but you get the point.
Woman Tells Cops She Was Drugged
While Boozing with NBA Star
7/11/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cops say they did some checking ... and confirmed the fire department DID transport Torre to the hospital that night ... after she was discovered "passed out" in the hotel restaurant.
Dennis Rodman has been named in a police report -- by a woman who claims she was drugged last week during a hotel drinking session with the ex-NBA star ... TMZ has learned.
According to the report filed with Ft. Lauderdale PD ... 22-year-old Angela Torre says she met Rodman and a friend named Charlie at the Ocean Manor Resort Hotel on July 1st.
Torre claims the three went back to a hotel room -- where she had "one drink and a shot" ... and then she blacked out. Next thing she remembers is waking up in the hospital.
Torre told police ... when she woke up in the hospital, she BOLTED before she was properly discharged and did not know the results of any medical tests that may have been performed.
Sources tell us ... doctors DID NOT administer a rape kit.
According to the police report, Torre claimed she had a bruise on her chest and a bump on her head ... but no other injuries.
The report also says, "Torre believes she was given drugs by an unknown person without her knowledge, but does not recall."
She NEVER directly accuses Dennis of any wrongdoing -- and he is NOT listed as a suspect in the police report.
It's worth noting ... Rodman WAS at the Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar at Ocean Manor on July 1st during the World Cup match between USA and Belgium ... and even shot a pump-up video for the U.S. team that day (see below).
Sources tell us Torre recently went back to the hospital for a blood test to see if any drugs show up in her system ... those results are still pending.
The case is currently under investigation.
We reached out to Rodman for comment ... so far no word back.