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Mike Tyson

Mussolini's My Inspiration

I Get Why Hitler Liked Him

1/23/2015 9:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Mike Tyson says he was inspired to sing by one of the most hated dictators of all time ... Benito Mussolini

Tyson was talking to Rolling Stone about his vocal cameo on the upcoming Madonna song "Iconic" when he said he drew inspiration from the former Italian dictator.

"When I did it, I think about being some guy like [Benito] Mussolini and they're really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting. You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don't understand what he's saying — he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way."

But then Tyson ups his game ... by saying he can't blame Adolf Hitler for admiring the Italian leader.

"I know people may say 'this guy's a fascist' and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him. No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy's a hypnotic figure. There's so much pride behind what he's saying. I'm not even Italian and I feel the pride he's projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop."
 

Shaquille O'Neal

I'M GONNA BE A SITCOM STAR

Network Greenlights Pilot

1/23/2015 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Shaquille O'Neal could be the biggest sitcom star of all time ... 'cause the 7-footer has a brand new scripted TV show in the works. 

TruTV has ordered a pilot episode of the show, tentatively titled, "Shaq Inc." -- a workplace comedy that's kinda sorta based around Shaq's real-life business empire ... according to multiple reports. 

Shaq will also serve as one of the show's executive producers ... along with big time producer Mike Tollin, who's worked on stuff like "One Tree Hill," "Smallville" and "Arli$$."

"Shaquille and I have been friends for 20 years, and his growth as a businessman never ceases to amaze and amuse me," Tollin said. 

No word on when the show is expected to debut.

Cristiano Ronaldo

It Was a Beard All Along!

1/23/2015 8:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Seems Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot more free time on his hands now that he's single -- 'cause the soccer star decided to go under cover as a fat guy to screw with some fans. 

Ronaldo threw on a beard, mustache, sunglasses and some fat guy padding ... and went out on the streets of Madrid Thursday to juggle a soccer ball ... just to see how people would react. 

Eventually, Ronaldo ripped off the disguise ... and the people went crazy ... especially one young kid who got a hug from Ronaldo and an autographed soccer ball.

He's so sneaky.

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Justin Bieber

NBA PAL MAKES ALL-STAR TEAM

Thanks to Pop Star's Support

1/23/2015 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Maybe he really IS  the most powerful man in the NBA ... because Justin Bieber's pal Kyle Lowry has been voted to be a starter in the NBA All-Star game ... and it seems Bieb's support put him over the top. 

As we previously reported, Lowry was 3rd in All-Star voting for the Eastern Conference backcourt position behind Dwyane Wade and John Wall ... that is, until Bieber tweeted to his 60 MILLION followers to vote for the Toronto Raptors star. 

Well, Bieber's plan worked ... with Lowry surging ahead in the voting at the last minute to secure a starting spot ... beating out Wade by 15,000 votes. 

Belieb dat.

Justin Bieber

I'm Not Banging Hailey Or Kendall

... We're Just Friends

1/23/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber Kendall Jenner Hailey Baldwin FriendsJustin Bieber is not shtupping the young women everyone thinks he's shtupping.

Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner have been hanging with Biebs for a while now, and on the surface it looked like the chumminess was more than friendship. Turns out that's all it is.

As we reported, Bieber has been changing things up ... he hasn't been in trouble for months, he's not hanging with his old crowd and he's spending a lot of time on self-improvement.  

Our Bieber sources say J.B. likes hanging with Hailey and Kendall because they're relatively drama free and positive. They go to church, restaurants, concerts and clubs, but it's not romantic.

The trio went to the Clippers game Thursday night, along with 3 Vine stars -- King BachCurtis Lepore and Nash Grier.

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The trio went to see Bieber's pastor Judah Smith speak on Wednesday night and they hit up a comedy club afterward.

We're told Bieber's not with Selena either -- they see each other, but they're not a couple. Fact is ... he's single, and pretty happy.

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MMA Star Dave Herman

On Taser Arrest:

'If I Was Black I'd Be Dead'

1/23/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former UFC fighter Dave Herman tells TMZ Sports he's lucky to be alive after a violent encounter with police this weekend ... and says if he was black, he'd "probably be dead."

The video was insane -- showing cops using a taser on the 30-year-old heavyweight MMA expert during a stop in Indiana. Herman gets emotional when he tells us how the incident has affected his family. 

012115_dave_herman_launchThe DeKalb County Sheriff's Dept. has previously said Herman was speeding and refused to pull over. They also say Herman was aggressive during the stop. Herman says BS. 

Herman also says he's POSITIVE he never kicked an officer during the incident -- though he claims an officer put a knee in his back (and joked that his back may have injured the cop's knee). 

We've reached out to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Dept. for comment -- so far, no word back.

Tom Brady

Ball So Hard

[Deflate-Gate Remix]

1/22/2015 5:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Tom Brady
had a message Thursday -- he doesn't screw around when it comes to his balls. 

But we do ... which is why TMZ Sports proudly presents the Tom Brady Deflate-Gate Remix. 

C'mon, you saw the news conference -- he was practically beggin' for someone to put this to a beat.

Enjoy! 

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Charlotte McKinney

I Really Do

Eat Carl's Jr, But ...

1/23/2015 6:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012315_charlotte_mckinney_launchCharlotte McKinney's Super Bowl commercial for Carl's Jr. is awesome for sure ... although just about everyone is calling BS on her testimonial, because how can THAT chick eat a big fat burger? 

McKinney was out Thursday at Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills (the exact opposite of Carl's Jr) where it seemed the buxom blonde had a little sake with dinner. Or a lot.

Anyway when it came time to ask if she's a fan of Carl's ... she stayed on message like a pro.

Kate Upton, you've got a real challenger to your throne.



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Spurs Star Danny Green

PERMISSION GRANTED

To Wear Stuart Scott Shoes

1/22/2015 3:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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San Antonio Spurs star Danny Green has been given the green light to rock a special pair of sneakers dedicated to Stuart Scott for TONIGHT'S GAME ... the NBA tells TMZ Sports

Green had approached custom shoe designer Jake Danklefs and ordered up a special pair to pay tribute to his fellow North Carolina Tar Heel ... and was only waiting tor permission from the league. 

Well, we spoke with Tim Frank  -- Senior V.P. of Communications for the NBA -- and asked if everything was a go for tonight and here's what Tim said:

"He is ... Danny was asked and given permission to wear them for one game. Unlike some reports you might have read, he was never told 'no.'"

It's a great night for Green -- since the Spurs vs. Bulls game will be nationally broadcast on TNT.

#Booyah

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Richard Sherman

Patriots Trash Talk Begins ...

With a Llama!!

1/22/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0122_richard_sherman_llama_NEFFSo, Richard Sherman and a llama walk into a bar ...

Actually, it was a studio ... and one of them launched into a expletive-laced rant against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, in general -- kicking off Super Bowl smack talking season.

The whole thing is an ad for one of Sherman's sponsors -- but the Seattle Seahawks superstar might wanna take notes. The llama gets in a pretty good jab at Brady's favorite footwear.

Only thing missing? A shot at Brady's balls.

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Hope Solo

Husband Driving U.S. Team Van

... During DUI Arrest [Update]

1/22/2015 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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12:20 PM PT -- Multiple law enforcement sources tell us Stevens' blood alcohol level was around 4 TIMES the legal limit ... which would put it somewhere in the neighborhood of .32. 
update-grey-gray-barHope Solo's husband Jerramy Stevens was driving a U.S. Soccer team van at the time of his DUI arrest Monday morning ... and we're told it was the main reason Hope was suspended from the team. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Stevens -- a former NFL tight end -- was pulled over in front of a Manhattan Beach hotel around 1:49 AM while Hope was in the vehicle ... and both appeared to be hammered. 

As we first reported, Hope was belligerent with the arresting officers -- and now we've learned cops went out of their way to try to keep Hope out of cuffs ... despite the fact she was being a "major pain."

We're told cops asked hotel staffers to take Hope inside the hotel and keep her away from the situation while they arrested her husband in order to keep her from doing something stupid. 

The U.S. National Soccer Team later suspended Hope for 30 days -- and we're told soccer officials were especially upset that Hope allowed her husband to drive the team van ... potentially leaving the team liable had there been an accident. 

We reached out to team officials for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Barry Sanders

Why No TD Dances??

I've Got 'No Rhythm'

1/22/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012215_barry_sanders_launchBarry Sanders got jokes!! 

The NFL Hall of Famer was out in NYC Thursday when we asked why he never broke out any TD dances when he hit paydirt back in the day. 

Barry's response is great ... turns out his wit is as quick as his feet.   

We also brought up Tecmo Bowl -- and the infamous debate between who was the better T.B. running back ... Barry or Bo Jackson?  

Even Bo knows ... Sanders was a BEAST in 8 bit. 

Torrey Smith's Baby

$5,000 Winner

In Gerber Baby Contest

1/22/2015 8:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0121-torrey-smith-crawler-gerberHe's only 10 months old, but Torrey Smith's son has already DOMINATED his first modeling contest -- winning a $5,000 prize in a national Gerber Baby competition. 

The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and his wife Chanel entered Torrey Jr. into Gerber's "Be Our Baby Photo Search" back in November -- competing for a $50,000 grand prize. 

As adorable as TJ is, he didn't win the grand prize -- but he did win in his "milestone" category ... receiving more votes than anyone else in the "Crawlers" division.

The prize -- a $5,000 check from Gerber.  

Chanel has previously said that she planned to split up any prize money between TJ's college fund and a children's charity. 

Congrats!

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