Surf legend Kelly Slater is choosing sides on the situation in Ferguson, MO -- riding a massive wave with his "hands up" as a tribute to Mike Brown -- the man who was shot to death on August 9.
Slater posted the pic on Instagram -- adding the caption, "One for #MikeBrown, #DontShoot #Ferguson #HandsUp."
The "Hands Up" gesture has become a sign of solidarity among those who believe the 18-year-old was attempting to surrender to police with his hands up when he was shot multiple times and killed by an officer.
In fact, several members of the Washington Redskins took the field with the "Hands Up" gesture during "Monday Night Football" this week.
And Nelly -- along with Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Bow Wow -- all put their hands up at a recent charity flag football game in L.A.
Meanwhile, back in Ferguson -- a grand jury will meet on Wednesday to begin hearing evidence in the case.
On Johnny Manziel:
'He's a Real Class Act'
8/19/2014 5:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Manziel's 1-finger salute ain't sittin' well with the redneck community -- at least according to the official redneck spokesperson Jeff Foxworthy who tells TMZ Sports the dude has NO CLASS.
The legendary Blue Collar comic was out in L.A. when he told us why Johnny's televised bird during "Monday Night Football" exposed the "real" Johnny Manziel.
"He's a class act ... you can't hide class."
Foxworthy also explained why flippin' off a pack of 300-pound beasts who run a 4.6 is a terrible idea -- check out the clip.
From Super Bowl Halftime Show
8/19/2014 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apparently, the NFL is still upset with Janet Jackson for that whole nipplegate thing back in 2004 -- because league reps tell us she's still on the blacklist when it comes to the Super Bowl Halftime show.
TMZ Sports reached out to the NFL to discuss possible acts at Super Bowl XLIX (49) in Arizona next year -- and while the league wouldn't say who's in the running, they did issue the following statement:
"As for potential acts --- we have only ruled out Janet Jackson."
No word on how Justin Timberlake escaped the ire of the NFL -- considering he played a key role in the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that day -- but if he's NOT banned, BOOK HIS ASS!!!
Kourtney's a LIAR!
I Didn't Hide Mold
8/19/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Keyshawn Johnson is enraged that Kourtney Kardashian is suggesting he defrauded her by selling her a mold-infested house.
Sources close to Keyshawn tell us he's scoffing at Kourtney's intimation he painted over dangerous black mold so it would go undetected. In fact ... Keyshawn insists he never painted a single wall during the 2 1/2 years he lived in the Calabasas mansion.
Our sources say ... Keyshawn believes the mold developed AFTER the sale when a bathroom pipe sprung a leak in the wall. Keyshawn says someone in the Kardashian klan actually reached out to Keyshawn asking if the house was still under warranty so they wouldn't have to pay for the repair.
Keyshawn is incredulous because he has 2 kids who lived in the house until the day before it was sold ... and the kids mostly slept in the master, where mold was found. He says he would never knowingly expose his kids to mold.
He also says the Kardashians have been a pain in the ass ... calling at least 10 times after the sale to ask about this and that.
11:21 A.M. PDT -- Keyshawn just had his lawyer give us this statement: "There was no water damage to the house I sold to Ms. Kardashian. It is a new home that I built less than 10 years ago. It never had any water or mold problems. Prior to sale, the house was thoroughly inspected by excellent, experienced inspectors that they hired. I don't know what has transpired since they moved into the house but I wish them well."
Still Rockin' Celtics Gear
... After Trade to Wizards
8/19/2014 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a question -- if an NBA team trades you away to another squad after one season, do you still rock their gear out in public?
Ya do if you're Kris Humphries.
Kim Kardashian's ex-husband was out in L.A. sportin' his Celtics sweat pants yesterday -- despite the fact the team shipped him out to the Washington Wizards back in July.
Kris didn't seem too bothered by the issue when our guy asked him about the fashion decision -- but people like Allen Iverson got crushed when he rocked another team's gear out in public while he was playing for the 76ers.
More recently, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick took all sorts of heat for rockin' a Miami Dolphins hat.
So, was Kris out of line ... or just out of clean clothes?
Barry Bonds Belongs In Hall of Fame
... Even If He Juiced!
8/19/2014 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Barry Bonds is getting screwed -- and DESERVES his own plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame ... so says former MLB superstar David Justice.
Here's the gist of David's argument:
-- Yeah, Barry was probably juiced up from '97 to '07 ... and that's bad.
-- But BB was a BEAST from '86 to '97 ... BEFORE his head expanded 8 hat sizes.
Long story short ... if Barry's career was ended by injury in '97, he'd still be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer ... and that's enough for Mr. Justice.
"I think they should put Barry in ... period."
Of course, Bonds has been eligible for a spot in Cooperstown for the past 2 years ... but didn't get the votes he needed.
I Got Screwed
Buying a Mold-Infested House!
8/19/2014 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kourtney Kardashian is crying cover-up ... claiming the house she bought from Keyshawn Johnson is infested with dangerous mold that was masked by a coat of paint ... sending her family fleeing for their safety.
We're told Kourtney's decorator found the mold when he installed some fixtures.
Kourtney and the kids checked into the Montage hotel in Bev Hills Monday. The photo agency didn't get Scott Disick ... but we're told he arrived later. The family just returned from the Hamptons and decided it was too dangerous to move back into the house -- especially since Kourtney is pregnant.
Sources connected with Kourtney say she's on the attack ... ready to sue anyone who's responsible. She believes the fresh paint over what she claims is mold is the smoking gun.
We've made multiple calls to Keyshawn ... but haven't heard back.
AL ROKER SYNDROME IS REAL
Head Too Big for Skinny Body
8/19/2014 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Al Roker Syndrome -- When you drop a ton of weight and your head is disproportionately bigger than your body. See: Al Sharpton, Star Jones, guy from Blues Traveler.
A.R.S. is for real -- and can affect all sorts of people ... especially in the NFL community ... so says former NY Jets star Bart Scott.
We were talking to the ex-linebacker in NYC yesterday and he explained that head-to-body ratio needs to be a factor when former NFL players decide to drop weight after their playing days.
"You gotta find an equilibrium ... you gotta find a part where your head and your body match."
Ya gotta watch the clip -- Scott is hilarious ... and even calls out one of his former NY Jets teammates who came down with some ARS after dropping more than 100 pounds!!!
Al Roker Fun Fact -- dude once sharted his pants in the White House. For real.
Turns Two at Hollywood Nightclub
Smokin' Hot Chicks
8/19/2014 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Dodgers star Matt Kemp took advantage of his day off yesterday and hit the Hollywood club scene -- only to drive off with two hot ladies ... one of which was an absolute smokeshow.
TMZ Sports has the footage showing the Dodgers outfielder bee-lining to a waiting SUV outside of DBA nightclub ... followed by a modestly dressed woman who got into the passenger seat ... and another woman dressed in some Daisy Dukes and a tiny top who got into the back.
Kemp and the Dodgers are set to take on the Padres in a few hours -- hopefully he's got some energy left.
Chicago Can Be Cold
8/19/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dwyane Wade reportedly makes around $30 million a year -- his estimated worth is approximately $100 mil -- which makes it pretty shocking his $1.2 million Chicago pad is in foreclosure.
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- Wade stopped making payments on the $225K mortgage ... the docs don't say how much he's behind.
The house is located in South Holland, a Chicago suburb. It's massive -- 7,800 square feet, 6 bedrooms and a basketball court on 3 acres.
Dwyane and then wife Siohvaughn lived in the house with their 2 kids until he filed for divorce in 2007. The divorce was extremely bitter ... he ended up getting custody. She lives in the house alone.
Dwyane's attorney tells TMZ ... the basketball star finally reached a financial settlement with his ex-wife last year, and in addition to getting a huge payout, she got the home and assumed the mortgage payments. The attorney says Siohvaughn just stopped paying.
The lawyer adds Dwyane has no further responsibility, but it seems likely he signed the mortgage papers in the first place so, as they say, tell it to the bank.
The bank sent the foreclosure notice August 11.
Mets Legend John Franco
HUGE MO'NE DAVIS FAN
I Hope She Makes the Majors!
8/19/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
She's only 13, but Mo'ne Davis could be the 1st woman to break down the MLB gender barrier --so says Mets legend John Franco who says he's a HUGE fan of the female fireballer.
Franco -- who pitched in the Majors for 21 years -- was out in NYC on Monday and told us he's super impressed with Davis ... who's broken out as the star pitcher in the Little League World Series.
"She's good. She's really good. She's great for baseball."
FYI -- Davis is DOMINATING at the LLWS ... and just last week, she threw a complete game shutout against South Nashville ... striking out 8 (with no walks).
In fact, Franco says he probably couldn't get a hit off Davis if they ever faced off.
Then again, Franco only recorded 3 hits in his entire MLB career ... but you get the point.
Flips Off Redskins Bench
On 'Monday Night Football'
8/18/2014 8:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ornithologists in the Washington D.C. area got quite a treat Monday night ... when the rare causasian middlepecker appeared at FedEx Field during "Monday Night Football."
The bird appeared during the 3rd quarter of the Browns vs. Redskins game ... right after Johnny Manziel threw an incomplete pass and started jogging away from the Redskins bench.
So the question ... will the stunt fly with the Browns honchos ... or is he totally flocked?
Knicks Star J.R. Smith
Killin' The Competition
At Secret NYC Pick-Up Game
8/18/2014 6:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It went down at Terminal 23 -- an elite b-ball facility in Manhattan -- where the Knicks players balled with fellow NBA stars Lance Stephenson, David Lee and Chris Douglas-Roberts.
But the man who stole the show was J.R. -- who thew down a pair of nasty dunks ... including an impressive 2-handed reverse tomahawk.
We're told J.R. and Melo played on the same squad during the game -- and unlike most of last season, they actually emerged victorious.
Maybe change really does start in the gym.