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Michael Sam

My Brothers Are Homphobes

... They Broke My Trophies

12/26/2014 11:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Sam says he had to deal with homophobia right in his own home from the time he was a kid ... with his own brothers calling him the f-word "because I was different."

It's just the latest from Sam in his tell-all interview with Oprah -- scheduled to air this weekend -- in which the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL says his brother would "Abuse me daily."

"They called me a lot of things. They called me a f**. They called me gay. They called me anything you could think of -- just to hurt me."

Sam says one of the most hurtful things they did involved  an MVP trophy he received.

"I was so proud of those trophies ... and my older brother, he was so jealous he just broke them in front of me. And it was the saddest thing."

Clippers Spencer Hawes

Rocks Amazing Hideous Xmas Suit

... Tribute to Craig Sager

12/26/2014 8:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1226-spencer-hawes-christmas-suit-AP-01It might be the most incredible/disgusting/amazing outfit ever worn by a NBA player -- the holiday suit Spencer Hawes wore on the bench during last night's Clippers vs. Warriors game.

But there was a reason the Clippers 7-footer decided to rock the nasty red, white and green look ... it was all a tribute to TNT's legendary sideline reporter Craig Sager ... who's famous for his outrageous fashion statements.

Unfortunately, Craig's battling leukemia and hasn't worked this season -- so Spencer felt he would pick up the Xmas day slack.  

In fact, Hawes -- who was sidelined with an injury last night -- tweeted, "Mr. Sager do you approve? Merry Christmas!"

Get well soon, Craig!

Oregon WR Byron Marshall

Mariota's No Johnny Manziel

12/26/2014 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

122614_byron_marshall_launchNot all Heisman Trophy winners are alike ... especially when it comes to party habits -- just ask Oregon wide receiver Byron Marshall who says Marcus Mariota has a completely different playbook than Johnny Manziel when it comes to post-game celebrations.

Marshall -- who led the team with 61 catches for 814 yards this season -- was at LAX this when he told us how Mariota likes to unwind after a big win -- and it ain't exactly poppin' champagne and prowlin' for chicks a la Johnny Football.

Instead, Marshall says Mariota likes to just chill and kick it with his lady ... which is interesting considering there were several reports that Marcus had broken up with his GF Nicole Watase ... his high school sweetheart who also goes to school at Oregon.

So, does this mean they're back together? Based on this pic, let's hope so ...


Justin Bieber

Called Out By Ex-Champion Boxer


12/26/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber just got CALLED OUT by former two-time boxing champ Fernando Vargas -- who says his teenage son Fernando Jr. would KICK THE CRAP out of the Biebs ...  and wants his chance to do so.

The Vargas' were doing an interview with BBoxingnews.com when the elder Fernando was asked if he'd let Jr. -- an undefeated amateur-- spar Justin since he's been training with Floyd Mayweather.

"Bring him down, we'll meet him anywhere, I'd love to do a fight with Justin Bieber and my son."

The younger Vargas weighed in too, saying he's seen Justin training with Floyd on social media and says he definitely wants to test his pretty Canadian chin.

"He's alright, he's cool. If he's trying to do [Mayweather's famous shoulder roll technique], I don't see it happening for him."

Check out the video -- Both Fernandos seem incredibly serious about the prospect of fighting Bieber and based on what we see of Jr. working the mitts we have a suggestion.

Back away slowly Justin ...


WWE Star Sheamus

Goes Back In Time ...

Buys a DeLorean

12/26/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

WWE Sheamus DeLorean

WWE superstar Sheamus may not be a champ anymore, but he's still living like one -- dropping a bundle on the crown jewel for all exotic car lovers ... who also happen to love "Back to the Future."

Our sources tell us the Celtic Warrior went searching for a DeLorean last weekend -- and hit up Just Toys Classic Cars in Orlando for a test drive. He clearly fell in love with it on the spot ... 'cause he scooped it up for around $55K. 

Unclear if Seamus is a "Future" fanatic ... but he can forget about a road trip to 1955. The seller tells us the car -- which is more than 30-years-old -- has a "tough time getting to 88 miles per hour." 

Buyer beware! 

Fun fact: In "Back to the Future III" ... Marty Mcfly's great-great-grandpa's name is ... Seamus!

Chad Johnson


... Even If They're Not Exactly Legal Yet

12/25/2014 8:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1225-ocho-cinco-cigar-INSTAGRAM-01Chad Johnson isn't waiting for the smoke to clear on the changing foreign policy with Cuba ... he's already got his hands on some authentic Cubans ... and he ain't afraid to puff away in public. 

Of course, the cigar community is pumped about President Obama's decision to end the embargo with Cuba -- but according to U.S. officials, authentic Cuban cigars are still off limits to most Americans. 

But Johnson isn't wasting any time ... and recently fired up a Monte Cristo #2. 

And on Xmas morning, the former NFL star showed off a brand new box of "Hoyo de Monterrey" cigars ... fresh from Havana. 

1225-SUB-ocho-cinco-cigar-INSTAGRAM-01It's just a matter of time before Cubans are 100% legal in the States ... but when it comes to the risk, clearly Chad shares Sharon Stone's mentality from "Basic Instinct:"

"What are ya gonna do ... charge me with smoking?"


'All Blacks' Rugby Star

My Porn Star Ex-GF

... Is a Hall of Famer!

12/25/2014 8:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


She famously dated one of the best rugby players in the world ... and now porn star Kaylani Lei is finally becoming a Hall of Famer in her own right ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Lei made international headlines back in 2005 when she hooked up with New Zealand All-Blacks superstar Byron Kelleher after reportedly meeting the guy at Hedonism sex resort in Jamaica. 

In fact, one major British paper called them the raunchy version of Posh and Becks ... until they broke up in 2006. 

After their relationship fizzled, Byron (now 38 years old) reportedly dated Princess Charlene of Monaco. He's now engaged to a hot European model Lilly de Vellis

As for Kaylani -- who starred in classics like "Count Rakula," "Asian Fever 11" and "Yum Yum Dim Sum" -- she went on to win multiple XXX awards .... including Starlet of the Year (2005), Comeback of the Year (2008) and Best Group Sex Scene (2010). 

Now, she's been selected for the AVN Hall of Fame ... and will be inducted with the 2015 class during the AVN Awards in January. 



Boxer Jermain Taylor

Throws Brick at Woman

... Cops Called

12/25/2014 7:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1225-jermaine-taylor-getty-01More drama for boxer Jermain Taylor ... this time, the IBF Middleweight champ has been accused of throwing a BRICK at a woman near his home in Arkansas. 

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Dept., a 30-year-old woman claims Taylor launched a brick through her car window ... and she was bleeding. 

Cops say Taylor ADMITTED to launching the brick, but claims he only did it because the woman was driving right at him. 

Here's the shocking part, neither Taylor nor the woman were arrested ... even though cops say the woman had cuts to her elbow and damage to her vehicle. 

It's just the latest legal problem for Taylor -- who's set to go on trial in June for allegedly shooting his cousin. 

Kevin Nash

Suspended By WWE

... After Battery Arrest

12/25/2014 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Wrestling superstar Kevin Nash has been suspended by the WWE in the wake of his violent, bloody arrest in Florida ... TMZ has learned. 

We broke the story ... 6'10" Nash was popped after allegedly choke slamming his 6'5" son Tristen during a domestic dispute.

Now, the WWE tells us that while 55-year-old Nash has not performed "regularly" since 2004, his non-wrestling "legends" contract has been immediately suspended until the domestic dispute is resolved. 

The "legends" contract is primarily a promotional deal with the WWE -- where Nash makes appearances under the WWE banner.

L.A. Lakers Player

Drops $200k on Aston Martin

... Merry Xmas to Me!

12/25/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Swaggy P ain't the only Lakers player rollin' around on some fresh new wheels ... TMZ Sports has learned teammate Wesley Johnson just dropped $205k on a pimped out Aston Martin!!

We're told ... the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft recently hit up Roadstarr Motorsports in L.A. looking to get a Christmas gift for himself. 

He picked out a 2014 Aston Martin Rapide -- 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds -- and customized it with a pearl white paint job that featured a matte black center.  

The interior ... burgundy Italian leather with white stitching -- plus 10-inch monitors on the back of the front seats.

Plus ... 20-inch rims (we're told Wesley was adamant about dubs.)

Who needs Santa when you've made $13 million playing basketball???


WWE Star Kevin Nash

Arrested for Battery

Bloody Fight with Son

12/24/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ just got the two police reports. As for Kevin's arrest ... the report says he told cops his son came home wasted and belligerent toward him and Kevin's wife, then spit in his face and elbow-checked him. Kevin told cops he pinned Tristen to the ground and that's when Tristen scratched his face.

But Tristen said Kevin was berating him over his relationship with his girlfriend. He says Kevin then choke-slammed him to the ground and, just like Kevin's signature move, Tristen says he hit is head so hard on the ground he blacked out.  

Cops arrested Kevin because they felt he was the "primary aggressor."

As for Tristen's arrest two hours later ... Tristen's uncle told cops the young man -- who is 6'5" and 200 lbs -- was drunk and  had "slung his mom around the kitchen" and tried attacking him as well.
update-grey-gray-barWrestling superstar Kevin Nash was arrested early Christmas Eve morning -- after getting into a bloody fight with his teenage son Tristen ... TMZ has learned.

The 55-year-old legend -- who is currently under contract with the WWE -- was taken into custody in Volusia County, Florida  after cops received a call about a domestic incident just after midnight. 

When cops arrived to the scene ... they noticed blood on Kevin's face and arrested Nash.

Two hours later, cops received another 911 call from a person claiming 18-year-old Tristen attacked his mother. He was also arrested for battery. 

Cops tell TMZ alcohol may have been a factor. 


Both men were hauled to a nearby jail where they were booked and are currently being held without bond. 

FYI -- Nash (6'10" and 277 pounds) is one of of the biggest stars in wrestling ... he's won titles in the WWE, WCW and TNA ... by using his signature move, the jackknife powerbomb. 

Nash has also had a decent film career. He appeared in "Magic Mike" and will be in the sequel as well. He's also appeared in "John Wick," "Rock of Ages," "The Longest Yard" ... and as Super Shredder in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze."

Tristen is an aspiring singer in a band. 

Just four years ago, Kevin fiercely defended Tristen when Internet trolls blasted the music he posted in YouTube. Kevin wrote, "or those that are just haters because he is my kid, f**k you and I hope you wake up with a brain tumor tomorrow."

Story developing ...

Boxer Amir Khan

Heavily Armed Security In Pakistan

... To Take On Taliban

12/24/2014 9:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1224-SUB-guns-amir-king-khan-belt-INSTAGRAM-01Boxer Amir Khan has landed in Pakistan -- where he's got a heavily armed security escort -- and plans to help rebuild the school that was terrorized by the Taliban. 

Khan -- who has family in Pakistan -- was deeply affected by the massacre ... in which Taliban militants stormed a school and murdered 141 people ... including 132 children.

The 28-year-old already donated a pair of $45k gold boxing trunks to raise money for the school ... and scheduled an emergency trip to the country to help "fight the menace of terrorism."

The 2-time world champ touched down in Pakistan early Wednesday morning ... and immediately held a news conference -- telling reporters, "I want to show the world that we can improve Pakistan."

He added, "I'm here in this time to stand with the Pakistani nation. I've come here to prove that Pakistan is a safe country for sports. I also want to give the message that sports and education will take us forward."

Immediately following the conference, Khan went to a sports complex in Islamabad and met with local kids. 

The Rock vs. Strahan

Xmas Carol Battle

... In Onesies

12/24/2014 8:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Two giant men ... two giant onsies ... one epic Christmas carol battle. 

The Rock hit up "Live with Kelly & Michael" this morning and challenged the morning show hosts to a Christmas karaoke showdown. 

Michael and Kelly took on "Christmas in Hollis" by Run-D.M.C.

The Rock did "Here Comes Santa Claus" ... the Elvis version ... with a little help from a special guest. 

It wasn't just pride on the line -- the competitors were battling it out for an actual trophy. 

So, who won?? Check out the video ...

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