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Mark Wahlberg

'Tom Brady's the Jimmy Butler of Football'

5/23/2015 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Wahlberg's going ALL IN to recruit NBA star Jimmy Butler to his beloved Boston Celtics -- comparing Tom Brady to HIM!!!

Mark and the Chicago Bulls stud were hanging out in Beverly Hills together yesterday -- when someone asked Butler if he was considering signing with the Lakers when his contract is up this summer.

That's when Wahlberg jumped in and said he wants Butler in Beantown -- while acknowledging that someone is gonna have to pay A LOT of money to get his good friend J.B.

FYI -- There are reports that the Bulls "fully expect" to get a deal done with Butler ... but that was before Wahlberg came into the picture. That dude can be pretty persuasive ...

Kevin Durant

Oops, There Goes the Weed!!!

5/23/2015 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Durant moseyed out of a Hollywood club Friday night and a Rx of weed came tumbling out of his SUV.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star chilled at Hooray Henry's, then limped out of the club with a boot covering his gimpy foot.  As the SUV door opened, what looks like a prescription bottle of weed careened out.

The real point here ... who cares if someone has weed?  It looks like it's what the doctor ordered, which would make it legal, and even if it isn't, it's not nearly as bad as texting while driving.

Hope it cures what ails ya. 

WWE Diva Sunny

I Wanna Get Slammed Between The Sheets ...

Not The Ropes

5/23/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0522-sunny-tammy-lynn-sytch-WWE-01WWE junkies can rejoice, because WWE Diva Sunny may get in the ring for a XXX face plant, because we've learned she's inclined to sign on with a huge porn company.

Sunny tells TMZ she's been mulling over Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch's 6-figure porn offer and is now 60/40 in favor of it. 

But there's a snag. Hirsch really wants the scene set in a wrestling ring, but Sunny thinks the gag has been played out. 

Sunny favors the more traditional setting, like a hotel room.  

The 42-year-old won't get flak from her boyfriend. She says her 27-year-old man is excited and wants an advance screening.

As for the lucky guy who gets to suplex Sunny ... she doesn't care who he is "as long as he's hot."

Atlanta Hawks Organist

I Got Hired Off Craigslist ...

Now I'm Cool With 2 Chainz

5/23/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0521_sir_foster_instagramThe Atlanta Hawks' best defense against LeBron James during home games might be their badass organist who keeps the fans turnt up, and has 2 Chainz and Ludacris hanging on every note. 

Sir Foster's become a breakout star during the Hawks' playoff run by busting out renditions of songs by Chris Brown, Outkast, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi ... pretty much every genre of popular music. He tells TMZ Sports it's all thanks to Craigslist.

Foster says he landed his dream job when "the team put out a Craigslist ad for an organist. I had zero experience playing sporting events, but I figured, 'I have nothing to do today,' so I went."

He nailed that audition 6 years ago -- and now that the Hawks are dominating deep into the playoffs, he's getting national recognition, and local celebs dig him too. "I've gotten a lot of support from artists like Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Pastor Troy and The Dream."

Foster says the key to his success is staying away from traditional (aka boring) stadium music -- "I play the songs people in Atlanta like to listen to." 

He's smart too ... during last night's game, Foster busted out Lil B's "Wonton Soup." Always good to give props to The Based God.

Golden State Warriors

Please, Lil B ...

Don't Curse Us!

5/22/2015 3:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Common sense would tell you a rapper doesn't have the power to "curse" NBA players, but just in case ... the Golden State Warriors aren't taking any chances.

The Dubs tweeted rapper Lil B Friday afternoon in an effort to get on his good side, and to thank him for allegedly waging voodoo against Houston Rockets guard James Harden. They wrote, "#THANKYOUBASEDGOD @LILBTHEBASEDGOD."

B hasn't officially cursed Harden yet -- that will come before Game 3 if The Beard doesn't apologize for stealing his "cooking dance." 

Even the Atlanta Hawks are afraid of the man who calls himself "The Based God," tweeting, "Dear @LILBTHEBASEDGOD: We're not like the others. Please show mercy and spare us #THEBASEDGODSCURSE. Sincerely, The Hawks."

Man, sports teams are CRAZY superstitious.

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Mike Tyson Reporting:

Cops Nailed Flavor Flav ...

They Found Some Other S**t Too

5/22/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Trapped deep inside of Mike Tyson is an evening news anchor ... who came busting out right after Flavor Flav's latest arrest -- and the video of his "audition" is just awesome.

Tyson was on "The Damon Elliott Show" in Las Vegas -- a new talk show set to air on the CW this summer -- and while waiting for Flav, who was also a guest, they got word he'd been busted.

Sources on set Thursday ... tell us Iron Mike suddenly went all Edward R. Murrow, and decided he needed to report the news to the studio audience.

Watch, it's hardly "Nightline" -- but then again ... it's way more entertaining.

Gloria Govan

I Never Banged Colin Kaepernick

No Clue On Barnes Feud

5/22/2015 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ex "Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan is so over the rumors about her and Colin Kaepernick ... she's now addressing them -- and wants everyone to know the 49ers QB never crossed her end zone.

Gloria was at the "So Sexy L.A." party at SKYBAR in West Hollywood Thursday night ... when our photog asked about her estranged hubby, Clippers star Matt Barnes, and his very public hatred of Kaepernick.

Just a few weeks ago, Barnes called Kaep "a hoe" on Instagram -- which is why our guy asked Gloria if she knew what was behind the beef.

Watch ... Gloria took the ball and ran, first telling us -- "There's been a bunch of different rumors" about her and Colin hooking up. But she says, "I've never had a thing with Colin Kaepernick."

Double G seems to think fans blame her for their feud, but she tells us it's something else altogether.

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Michael Sam

Montreal Pride Parade ...

'Be Our Guest Of Honor'

5/22/2015 11:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0522-michael-sam-montreal-pride-TMZ-02Michael Sam -- defensive end and ... Grand Marshal? Maybe ... because Montreal Pride organizers tell us they're so pumped over Sam's signing, they want him to be a guest of honor at their gay pride parade. 

With Sam signing on to play for the Montreal Alouettes, Jean-Sébastien Boudreault -- the VP of Montreal Pride, one of the largest gay pride events in the world -- tells TMZ Sports they are hoping to get Sam involved with their organization to help him feel at home in Canada. 

Boudreault tells us, "We will be seeking him to be an honorary guest during Pride. We would love for him to be honored during Montreal Pride and to make him welcome to the City."

As for whether or not Sam's sexual orientation will have any affect on his CFL career, Boudreault says, "As long as you are good at what you do, it should never be an obstacle."

Montreal Pride takes place August 10-16 ... right in the middle of the Alouettes' season.

Kobe Bryant

One More Ride ...

Done with Lakers After Next Season

5/22/2015 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Kobe Bryant's on his last leg -- the upcoming season will be his last in the purple and gold ... according to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.

Kupchak was on SiriusXM NBA radio when he dropped the mild bombshell -- saying that Kobe "has indicated to me that this is it" ... referring to the 2015-16 NBA season. Everyone knew this was the last year of Kobe's Lakers contract, but some fans held out hope he could keep it going for another season.

But Kupchak said, "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be. He hasn't indicated that he wants to continue to play."

It's unclear if he meant retiring from the Lakers -- or from the NBA altogether -- but the GM isn't guaranteeing Kobe will hang 'em up just yet. Kupchak admitted that in a year this could all change.

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Atlanta Mayor

LeBron Who?

Hawks Still Gonna Take It!

5/22/2015 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Give Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed some credit -- even in the face of a dominant LeBron James ... he's picking his beloved Hawks to take out the Cavaliers.

Reed was out in L.A. on Thursday night when he made his prediction -- we're not shocked he's riding with the Hawks ... but the odds are stacked against them. DeMarre Carroll is nursing a bad knee, their best defender is out with a broken leg, and they've lost home court advantage.

Oh yeah, and LeBron.

So, the shocking part is the number of games he thinks the birds will need to come out on top. He's pretty much saying tonight is a must-win.

No pressure, Hawks.

Ronda Rousey

Thanks David Spade, But

Peeing Is Riskier Than the WWE

5/22/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey doesn't want her pal David Spade worrying about her getting into WWE, and took a few moments to let him -- and all her fans -- know why she's determined to wrestle, and why it's low risk ... for her.

Ronda was leaving a book signing Thursday night when we asked her about Spade's comment that she should quit pining for pro wrestling ... because she might get hurt and screw up her UFC career.

Watch ... Ronda not only explains why she's still determined to return to the WWE, but also smacks down Spade's concerns. As she puts it ... she's more likely to stub a toe at home, than get injured while wrestling.

Not sure that's true -- but we're not about to argue with her.

Michael Sam

I'm Playing Pro Football Again

... In Canada

5/22/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-michael-sam-twitterMichael Sam can once again say he is a professional football player, just not in the NFL ... instead he'll be balling in the Canadian Football League.

Sam signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, after getting cut by the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

Alouettes GM Jim Popp says, "With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today. Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team."

Sam says ... "I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal."

Michael has told us he thinks the fact he's openly gay prevented him from getting a fair shake on an NFL roster.

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Broncos Antonio Smith

Related to Alleged Child Abuse Victim

Who Claims It Was Sexual

5/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0521_antonio_smith_gettyAntonio Smith's child abuse investigation is not only sexual in nature ... TMZ Sports has learned the alleged victim is one of his relatives.

We broke the story ... the Fort Bend County Sheriff's department in Texas has been investigating the Denver Broncos' new defensive end since late last year.

Now, a family source tells us the accuser told investigators the alleged abuse involved repeated sexual contact from December 2010 through January 2014. We're told the accuser is related to Smith, but not an immediate family member.

According to our source ... the alleged victim also told investigators about a conversation when Smith told her, "God has a plan," and "some relationships are meant to go deeper than just blood lines." 

We're told all the alleged incidents occurred at Smith's home outside Houston. He played for the Texans from 2009 to 2013.

No charges have been filed against Smith. A Broncos rep says the team is gathering information. We've reached out to Smith, but so far ... no response.

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