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'New Girl' Star Lamorne Morris

Chicago Fans, Lay Off Derrick Rose

He's The Best Bull Since Jordan

2/26/2015 10:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022615_lamorne_morris_launch"New Girl" star Lamorne Morris is sick of Bulls fans dissing Derrick Rose for getting injured (again)  ... telling TMZ Sports even a gimpy Derrick is still the Bulls best baller since MJ.

Morris was out at Warwick nightclub in L.A. Wednesday night when we asked the Chicago native and huge Bulls fan about the Windy City's reaction to D-Rose's latest injury setback.

It's been pretty bad for Derrick since it was announced he'd have to have ANOTHER knee surgery, with memes, tweets, and IG posts all slamming the injury prone superstar.

Check out the clip -- Morris goes off on anyone taking Rose to task, reminding Bulls fans just how much the team sucked after Jordan left, and saying the city is lucky to have him.

BONUS -- He gives a pretty dynamite Stephen A. Smith impression at the end of the video, you'll want to see it.  

MMA Star Josh Neer

Case Closed in Gym Beatdown

'No Rules Were Broken'

2/26/2015 9:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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MMA fighter Josh Neer's gym beatdown was NOT a violation of Iowa Athletic Commission rules ... and therefore he will not be disciplined for his role in the fight ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported ... the IAC launched an investigation into Neer (who's 36-14 in pro fights) to see if he broke any Commission rules when he decided to fight Patrick Martin earlier this week. 

But according to IAC honcho Joe Walsh ... Neer is clean -- telling TMZ Sports, "We've determined that we don't have anything in our rules that covers incidents that take place in a gym."

Walsh adds, "Because of that, there will be no further investigation.  We've closed the case."

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Aaron Hernandez

Gas Station Dance Party

Before Odin Lloyd Murder

2/26/2015 8:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Aaron Hernandez was in one helluva good mood in the hours before Odin Lloyd was murdered ... dancing on his way into a local gas station ... and it was all captured on video.  

The video was shot around 2AM on June 17, 2013 ... about 90 minutes before officials say Lloyd was murdered. 

Prosecutors believe the video plays a key role in the timeline ... connecting Hernandez with the car that Lloyd got into a short time later ... the same car that was seen driving into the secluded area where Lloyd's body was found later that day. 

Prosecutors also say the video shows Hernandez buying gum inside the gas station -- gum that officials say also connects Aaron to the murder. 

Ronda Rousey

Must Win UFC 184

... So I Can Afford Mayweather Tickets!

2/26/2015 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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UFC pain machine Ronda Rousey says she has EXTRA motivation to beat the living crap out of her opponent at UFC 184 this weekend ... she needs the prize money to pay for tickets to Mayweather vs. Pacquaio!! 

The baddest woman in the history of MMA was training her ass off in L.A. yesterday ... while the DJ pumped salsa music through the gym ... and looked extra ferocious as she gears up for Cat Zingano

But when we asked about a rivalry between boxing and MMA ... Ronda called BS -- saying ALL combat fighters have a respect for each other ... and that's why she's pumped for the big fight in May. 

So, who's she's rooting for? Check out the clip. 

Dez Bryant

Questioned, Not Arrested

in 2011 Wal-Mart Incident

2/26/2015 5:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dez Bryant was questioned by Texas police in 2011 regarding an alleged incident in a Wal-Mart parking lot where a woman was allegedly pulled out of a vehicle by a black male ... but cops determined Dez did not commit a crime ... this according to the police report.

The police report just surfaced ... in the wake of rumors of an alleged video featuring Dez doing something terrible. So far, there is still no video, but Thursday morning a never-before-seen police report finally became public. 

The report, from July 11, 2011, shows someone went to Wal-Mart security and said they witnessed a black man drag a woman out of a car around 6 AM. The victim is listed as Ilyne Nash -- Dez Bryant's long-time girlfriend and mother of two of his children. 

In the report, first published by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, cops say a car registered to Bryant was at the scene in the parking lot ... and Dez later arrived to the scene in another car WITH the alleged victim.   

In the report, cops say they interviewed several people at the scene, including Bryant, but determined no crime had been committed. 

According to the report, Nash did say she got into an argument with another man ... a guy named Alex Penson ... but was adamant she was not assaulted or injured in any way.  

The report does not make note of any visible injuries to Nash. 

Nash says after the argument, she went to a friend's house ... and contacted Dez to pick her up ... and that's why they were ultimately together when they returned to the Wal-Mart. 

In the report cops say, "After speaking with all parties involved, it was determined that there was no offense. All parties were advised they were free to go."

The police report makes NO mention of the video. 

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Hope Solo

Prosecutors Appeal Domestic Violence Case

2/26/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Hope Solo ain't outta the woods yet in her domestic violence case ... because prosecutors have filed an appeal claiming there were significant "issues" with the judge's decision to dismiss the case.  

TMZ Sports has learned ... the prosecutor's office for the City of Kirkland in Washington filed the appeal earlier this month. 

As we previously reported, Solo was accused of beating the crap out of her 17-year-old nephew and her own half-sister during an alleged drunken rampage in 2014. 

Solo denied any wrongdoing ... and a judge threw out the case in January, citing lack of cooperation from witnesses. 

But we spoke with Solo's half-sister Teresa Obert -- who says BS ... telling TMZ Sports they were fully cooperative from the beginning. 

Obert also says her story has remained the same from the beginning ... and insists Solo was LYING when she claimed she was the real victim. 

"She slammed my son's head into the concrete multiple times, punching me repeatedly when I pulled her off of him," Teresa says ... "We tried to keep her away, but she kept coming back into the house. We've never changed our story."

Sources from the prosecutor's office tell TMZ Sports it's NOT standard operating procedure to appeal every D.V. case that's dismissed -- only in cases where "we believe there are issues."

Officials would not tell us what those "issues" are. 

Don't expect a ruling on the appeal any time soon ... these things usually take a while. 

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Romeo Miller to Colleges:

STOP RECRUITING LEBRON JR.

'Kids Need To Be Kids

2/25/2015 4:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022515_romeo_miller_launch_v2Add Romeo Miller to the group of people who think 10-year-olds shouldn't make college plans ... 'cause the ex-child star tells TMZ Sports the fact that schools are offering scholarships to LeBron James Jr. is bad for everyone. 

LeBron James Jr. -- aka "Bronny" -- has been tearing it up on the court ... creating RIDICULOUS highlights while leading his 4th grade squad to an undefeated 2-month run. 

In fact, his famous says colleges have been reaching out ... and it's been pissing him off -- claiming universities should face SANCTIONS for going after kids that young. 

Enter Romeo ... who wasn't just a kid star, but also played college ball at USC ... and he tells TMZ Sports he's right with Team LeBron on the issue.

"It's not good business, kids need to be kids."

Check out the clip -- Romeo says he knows what the James family is going through, because his little brother is a top-ranked baller too ... but his father Master P has figured out an effective way to put a stop to out-of-line recruiters.  

Listen to the man ... if only because his girlfriend is unbelievably hot.

Marshawn Lynch --

My Movie Sucks

... I Want It Changed

2/25/2015 3:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Marshawn Lynch thinks the biopic about his life growing up in Oakland is TERRIBLE and is demanding wholesale changes to the project before it can be released ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A four-minute-plus "promo" for "Family First the Marshawn Lynch Story" -- which stars Lynch as himself -- was released Tuesday and we're told Marshawn went Beast Mode when he saw it ... in a bad way.

"It was the quality, It doesn't look like some sh*t nobody would want their name attached to" ... one source close to Marshawn tells us.

We're told Marshawn thought the film (which was his idea) was going to look like a big budget Hollywood affair ... but, in his cinematic opinion, ultimately felt the sound, editing, and lighting were "not good at all." 

The news came as a shock to the film's director Mario Bobino -- who says he was blindsided by Marshawn's less-than-encouraging take on the project. 

"I've known Marshawn his whole life. All of the sudden he's mad at me and now doesn't want the film to see the light of day. I'm upset by this because he fully committed to see the project through and now he wants out," Bobino tells us. 

Mario says he met with some of Lynch's reps Wednesday and temporarily agreed to remove the clip from the Internet while he makes some changes ... but insists the movie is coming out "no matter what."

He also claims the mega rich NFL superstar's actions are hurting the other actors who appear in the movie ... including family members.

"I'm just upset and disappointed in Marshawn. Why are you afraid for the world to know who you really are? By blocking the film, it screws his mom and brother. Get out of that shell dude!"

'Remember the Titans' Coach

Arrested for DUI

2/25/2015 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Remember the Titans" actor who starred as a coach in the film -- and was NOT named Denzel Washington -- got busted for DUI in South Carolina.

Will Patton, who ended up being Denzel's assistant coach in the classic football flick ... was arrested Tuesday night in Isle of Palms, SC. He was released on $997 bond.

Patton played Coach Bill Yoast in 'Titans' -- and 10-year-old Hayden Panettiere played his daughter. He also starred in "Armaggedon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Patton's hometown is Charleston ... not far from Isle of Palms. He'll be back in court next month to face the DUI. 

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Dez Bryant

I've Been Betrayed

2/25/2015 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0225-dez-bryant-getty-01Dez Bryant says he's been betrayed ... but he's not saying by whom ... or how. 

In the wake of rumblings that a tape exists showing Bryant doing something terrible ... a tape everyone's talking about but no one says they've seen ... Bryant went to Twitter to express his frustration. 

"I need to get me a real raw uncut tv show or something ... I can't continue to get betrayed like this."

It's the second time Bryant has addressed the rumors.

Last week, he posted another cryptic statement that reads ... "Just quit with the b.s. … It’s clear as day what's going on… I might need to do a exclusive interview about my life these past 5 years since the world is destined to know."

"I use to let people take advantage of my life now that I’m no longer allowing that to happen it seems to be a problem… I’m not ashamed of none of my past incidents because that’s what made me who I am today."

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Iggy Azalea

Nick Young's a Sleep Farter

2/25/2015 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Talk about committing a foul ... Iggy Azalea says her boyfriend Nick Young is a straight-up "sleep farter" ... and he's damn proud of it. 

Iggy was hangin' with "#TheCruzShow" on Power 106 when her Los Angeles Lakers boyfriend called in ... and the conversation turned to night flatulence. 

Don't worry, Nick defended his woman ... saying she's too much of a lady to sleep-fart. 

And just in case, Iggy says she tapes her b-hole when she goes to bed. 

#GoodLookinOut

There's more ... Iggy also talks about that sick '62 Impala she got Nick for Xmas -- and says there's a major Hollywood connection to the car. 

Josh Neer's Opponent

'Beatdown Video Is BS'

He Attacked Me After The Bell!

2/25/2015 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The man who got his ass kicked by MMA star Josh Neer is demanding a REMATCH ... telling TMZ Sports Neer took him down with a cheap shot ... AFTER the bell. 

We spoke with Patrick Martin -- a 6'6", 240 lb. amateur fighter from Iowa -- who claims he held his own against Neer for an entire round ... which pissed Neer off. 

"We went for 3 minutes. The bell sounded, and I turned around," Martin says ... "Then he shot and speared me and took me to the mat. It was a cheap shot. He was frustrated at how the round went."

Martin believes Neer's camp has the video to back up his claim -- and wants them to release it ... in addition to the 14 second clip that went viral earlier this week. 

022415_josh_neer_launch_v2Patrick also says he's NOT a heckler -- claiming Josh is the one who actually started the war of words that led to the fight. 

"It started because Josh was being a tough guy, disrespecting me. That's when I went on the Facebook frenzy, and asked him to fight."

So, what happens next? Neer says he wants to settle the beef the old fashioned way -- in the ring. 

"Why wouldn't I want to fight him again? I can take Josh. He's not a tactical fighter. I could go 3 rounds and easily beat him."

Floyd Mayweather

Insane Layered Sculpture

... From Famous Artist

2/25/2015 8:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022515_floyd_mayweather_launchThis is a pretty bad ass birthday gift!!

Floyd Mayweather turned 38 yesterday ... and to honor the boxer, famous artist Michael Kalish whipped up one of those ultra-cool layered sculptures of Floyd's face. 

If you haven't seen one of these before, they're awesome -- comprised of multiple pieces set apart from each other in layers -- but when you look at it head on, they all come together to form an image. 

Kalish says the sculpture took four months to put together and cost $75,000.

Mayweather received the gift at a bowling party in Vegas ... and you can tell the guy is clearly impressed. 

Kalish tells TMZ Sports, "I will be at the upcoming fight against Pacquiao, but I won't be the next Justin Bieber, walking in next to him."

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