Dwight Howard's son has had a rougher time than anyone thought ... the baby mama who reported Dwight to Children's Services for belting their son was herself investigated for the exact same thing.
The Florida Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) got a call in February from 6-year-old Braylon's school, informing authorities the boy had been belted on the back of his neck and leg for using "potty words."
According to docs, baby mama Royce Reed fessed up and said she did indeed belt the boy because he "dropped the f-bomb" in school. Authorities checked out the kid and there were no obvious marks ... she told them she only hit him once with a child fabric belt. The case was closed out, but school officials spoke with Reed and accused her of using excessive force on the child.
TMZ broke the story ... Reed called DCF in August, saying Howard belted Braylon badly ... and Howard subsequently copped to it. Howard is currently the subject of a criminal child abuse investigation for the incident.
UFC Hottie Brittney Palmer
I'll Paint You A Picture...
... For $6,000-a-Pop!
36 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
If you thought Brittney Palmer's ass was a work of art ... wait'll you see what she does with a paint brush.
TMZ Sports has leaned the UFC ring girl has built up a pretty successful side business as a painter -- and the going rate on her stuff is around $6,000 per painting.
We spoke to Palmer who tells us she's always loved art -- but didn't get serious about it until 4 years ago when she enrolled in art school ... and it blew up from there.
"I posted what I thought were these sh**ty, sh**ty, paintings [on Twitter] -- but people contacted me and asked to buy them," Palmer says.
Brittney says she's been hired to paint for all sorts of celebs including computer guru Michael Dell and UFC fighter "Mighty Mouse" Johnson ... saying, "I usually get $3,000-6,000 for each painting, depending on the details."
But there's one person who doesn't have to pay ... Brittney's BOSS ... UFC honcho Dana White.
"I did a Muhammad Ali painting for Dana," Palmer said ... "It's not on the wall, but he still has it."
I Don't Just Tip Toe In My Jawwdinz
... I Ball In Them!!
46 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Here's video of Riff Raff playing basketball the only way he knows how ... on a cruise ship while wearing watermelon shorts, no shirt and his hair dyed pink.
You're welcome, America.
It all went down last week at the Mad Decent Boat party during "Riff Raff's Waffle & Hoops Tournament on The Candy Coated Ocean Blimp" where fans got the right to play 5-on-5 with Jody High Roller himself.
Check out the video -- Riff, a former college player definitely pulls off some decent moves, and fires a couple nice passes but the question still remains ...
Does he really got game?
I'm Wearing Your Salary On My Neck
... If You Make $75K A Year
11/22/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Note to all district attorneys*, hydrologists*, and physical therapists* ... TMZ Sports has pics of what 12 months of your salary ($75,000) looks like around the neck of NFL star DeSean Jackson.
DeSean -- whose Redskins are 3-7 -- decided to cheer himself up with a "Treat. Yo. Self" moment ... and hooked himself up with a monster chain from one of L.A.'s top jewelers.
How monster you ask? 2,200 diamonds, 22 inches and a HALF KILO of gold. Treat. Yo. Self.
The Dr. Frankenstein behind the bling is Ofer -- Ceo of NuO jewelry in L.A. He tells us DeSean wanted a Cuban link chain ... which is back in style these days thanks to stars like Jay Z and Usher.
He ordered one in pure gold, but when he got it back ... DJ decided it wasn't quite swaggy enough so he put in another work order with Ofer that involved more ice than the North Pole.
Ofer tells us Desean's customizations pushed the value of the chain to $75,000. Easily one of his most expensive pieces ever.
Treat. Yo. Self.
* -- salaries according to various job websites. If you make more, sorry. If you make less, sorry.
The Rock Would Kick My Ass!!
11/22/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anderson Silva knows his limits in the ring ... and those limits are about 6'5, 260 lbs ... telling TMZ Sports that Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson would beat the crap out of the UFC legend if they fought.
Silva was out in L.A. when we asked the man who Dana White called "the greatest mixed martial artist of all time" if his octagon expertise would be enough to take down the freak of nature that is The Rock.
Watch the video -- Anderson wants no part of Mr. Johnson, not hesitating in the least when we drop the question on him.
FYI -- Anderson also (kinda) picks a winner between Mayweather and Pacquiao (like it's ever gonna happen) and tells us who's hotter out of Beyonce and Rihanna.
Long live the Queen ...
UFC Champ Jon Jones
I Believe Bill Cosby
He's Too Classy To Be a Rapist
11/21/2014 5:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
UFC champ Jon "Bones" Jones says he doesn't believe the allegations against Bill Cosby -- telling TMZ Sports the actor always seemed way too classy to be a rapist.
Jones was at LAX Friday when he explained why he was on Team Bill -- "I've never met him, but from what I've seen he seems to be a class act. I kinda grew up admiring him."
In fact, Jones also joked that Cosby was such a huge star, he wouldn't need to rape women -- he could have anybody he wants.
Still, Jones adds ... "I hope [the allegations are] not true."
The Topless Beach Romp
11/21/2014 12:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here's proof Brazilian that superstar Neymar is winning at everything (besides the World Cup) ... his (reported) GF Serbian model Soraja Vucelic topless on the beach in Montenegro.
Soraja, who was Playmate of the year Serbia in 2011 (hey, it still counts) and Neymar have apparently gone public with there relationship recently posing for pictures together on social media.
In fact, Neymar is rumored to be so hooked on Soraja that he recently sent a private jet to scoop her up and deliver her to Barcelona before his team played in a huge soccer game against rival Real Madrid.
Judging by what we're seeing in these pictures, we can't say we blame the guy.
BONUS: Soraja bounciness on a segway below ... you're welcome.
Tell Shaq I Would Dominate Him
... In a Free Throw Contest
11/21/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's "The 'Stache" vs. "The Diesel" ... Magnum P.I. vs. Kazaam ... old guy vs. older guy ... 'cause Tom Selleck is calling out Shaq ... telling TMZ Sports he'd crush the big fella in a free throw contest.
Tom was at LAX when our camera guy asked the former USC basketball player who would win if he took on Shaq Daddy in a battle from the charity stripe.
Check out the vid -- when he realizes we're just talking about a free throw shooting competition, Tom TOTALLY calls out O'Neal, not only saying he'd win ... but telling us to tell Shaq he's calling him out.
For the record -- Tom scored only 4 total points for USC, but Shaq missed over 5,000 free throws during his NBA career, so I guess we're saying ...
It's a toss up.
Gets 8th Degree Black Belt
... Just For Kicks
11/21/2014 9:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Vladimir Putin is even more dangerous ... earning his 8th degree black belt in a form of karate ... so says the Russian news media.
The 62-year-old President of Russia is a student of Kyokushin -- a stand-up, full contact form of karate ... in which fighters do not wear head gear. Head strikes are also banned in competition.
Putin is pretty skilled in martial arts -- having earned his 9th degree black belt in taekwondo back in 2013. Plus, he's also a heavy duty judo enthusiast.
Meanwhile, President Obama practiced taekwondo in Chicago from 2001 to 2004 ... but only earned a blue belt.
Not like it's a competition or anything ...
I GOT MY STUFF BACK
In Auction House War (Video)
11/21/2014 8:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been REUNITED with his treasured Bruce Lee poster -- and his college letterman sweater, rocking chair, NBA jerseys and more ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
The NBA legend hired a moving truck Thursday and hit up Julien's Auction House in Beverly Hills -- where his most treasured belongings were being held during a hotly contested legal war over the items.
Julien's claims KAJ gave them permission to sell the items. Kareem says BS.
Long story short ... a judge just granted Kareem the right to go pick up his stuff from the shop, so he went ... and you can see in the video, he was THRILLED to get his stuff back.
"It's very special to me," Kareem says ... "It's something I've worked for my whole life, and it was really sad that I had to go through all of this."
As for Julien's ... a rep for the auction house tell us the war is not over -- they are now seeking monetary damages from Kareem.
"We simply want Kareem and his company to do the right thing and make us whole for the damages they caused. Pay us the money we are owed."
I'll Never Use a Switch Again
11/21/2014 6:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson is finally speaking out -- saying he's a changed man and vows to never hit any of his children with a switch again ... in what seems like an obvious ploy to appease NFL commish Roger Goodell.
The NFL star just gave an interview with USA Today, essentially saying he now understands why people are upset at the way he disciplined his 4-year-old son ... and that he feels terrible about it.
"There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."
He added, "No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg. No one knows that dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn't mean to do this to you and how sorry I was."
"I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine."
The timing of the interview is VERY curious ... considering NFL commish Roger Goodell just ripped Peterson in a letter for having shown "no meaningful remorse" since the incident.
In a letter, which Goodell made public, the NFL commish explained why he banned AP for the rest of the season without pay.
Goodell continued ... "You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”
So, the question now ... you buyin' AP's new stance? Or is it just lip service to try and get back on Roger's good side?
I'm Glad I Roasted Jameis
... 'He's a Good Kid'
11/21/2014 6:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
You only roast the ones you love ... this according to Kevin Hart who says he actually LIKES Jameis Winston ... and that's why he grilled the FSU star to his face last week.
The "Wedding Ringer" star was leaving The Nice Guy restaurant on La Cienega last night when he defended the Florida State quarterback.
"He's a good guy. He's a good kid. He's a great athlete," Hart said.
When asked if he went a little too hard on the guy by teasing him about the crab theft incident in front of all of his FSU teammates, Hart shot that down too.
Jameis didn't seem happy about the grilling at the time ... but clearly, Hart is confident the two are on good terms.
NFL Star Joe Haden
Opening Dope Sneak Shop
... On Black Friday
11/21/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cleveland Browns superstar Joe Haden is such a huge sneakerhead -- HE JUST BOUGHT AN ENTIRE STORE ... and TMZ Sports has learned he's having a massive grand opening party on Black Friday!
Here's what we know ... Haden has been wanting to get into the shoe biz for a while -- and bought out an existing sneaker shop in downtown Cleveland, which he renamed "The Restock."
We spoke to Joe's business partner David Damier, who tells us ... "It's a consignment-based store. We specialize in offering shoes that you can no longer find in stores. Rare shoes are our specialty."
Doors open on Black Friday -- and David says Joe will definitely be on hand to celebrate ... even though the Browns have a game in Atlanta that weekend.
"They don't fly out until Saturday, so Joe will definitely be there. There will be a bunch of athletes there."
No word if Haden will be selling anything from his personal collection -- which is stocked with some of the most sought-after sneakers ever made ... including Air Yeezys, South Beach LeBrons, Corks, and some ultra-rare Air Jordan VIIs.