How does Jermaine Jackson feel about the NFL blacklisting his sister from performing at the Super Bowl halftime show?
Simple -- "That sucks."
Jermaine was out in L.A. when we broke the news to him that the NFL has only ruled out one person from performing at Super Bowl XLIX ... Janet Jackson.
"Who cares about Nipplegate?" Jermaine said ... calling the league "crazy" for holding a grudge ten years after the infamous wardrobe malfunction.
Jermaine cautioned that the league should be careful about pissing off Janet nowadays -- since she's married to a BILLIONAIRE and has become more powerful than ever!
Check out the clip.
City Attorney Demands Law Change
After NBA Star's Home Invasion
8/20/2014 11:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The 7 teens who entered Ray Allen's Florida home while his wife and children were asleep inside SHOULD HAVE been arrested ... so says the Coral Gables City Attorney who tells TMZ Sports he's gunning to change the laws so he can lock up trespassers in the future.
The backstory is crazy ... the teens were partying at a nearby home last week when they decided to waltz into Allen's home because they thought he was in Cleveland with LeBron James.
When they got inside ... after opening an unlocked door ... they were confronted by Allen's wife who screamed at the group to leave. So, they did.
Cops were called and officials found the teens -- who allegedly admitted to trespassing. Problem is ... because of the way the law is written in FL, cops couldn't arrest them.
Coral Gables City Attorney Craig Leen says cops are only allowed to arrest trespassers if an officer witnesses the crime ... and Leen believes the law needs to change immediately.
Leen says he will push for an "emergency ordinance to change current occupied trespassing to an arrestable offense without an officer having to witness it."
"Part of the ordinance will also urge the governor, and legislators to change current Florida law - and make it a felony to trespass an occupied home."
"We’re going to push this hard," Leen says ... "Ray Allen and his family -- they’re the victims here -- and we never want something like this to happen again."
As for the teens, Leen says they will still be prosecuted for trespassing -- and he's confident they'll be punished accordingly.
My Favorite Rap Song Is
... Not By Jay Z
8/20/2014 11:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Durant and Jay Z might be business partners -- but that's apparently where it stops ... 'cause when Durant recently named his favorite rap song, Beyonce's husband was NOT the culprit.
The Durantula recently sat down for an interview at an NBA2K15 event where he was asked a bunch of personal questions, including what song gets him ready to go out and drop buckets.
Check out the video ... if you're expecting some Roc Nation loyalty, you ain't gonna get it.
Silver lining? Kevin's answer is just one more thing for Pharrell to be happy about (no it's not that song either, thank god).
Crushes Coaching Debut
At Rucker Park Hoops Tourney
8/20/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Call in the Brinks truck ... 'cause 2 Chainz just helped a group of streetballers collect a $25,000 check -- coaching the guys to victory in a huge hoops tourney in Miami.
2 Chainz was one of 6 celebrity coaches at the South Beach Invitational in Miami ... which pitted some of the best street ballers from all over the country against each other in a tourney sponsored by the legendary Rucker Park.
Check out the video -- 2 Chainz, a former college basketball player, clearly took his job seriously ... dishing out wisdom to his team as they took on squads coached by Pusha T, French Montana and other stars.
In the end, 2 Chainz's team won the grand tourney and the grand prize -- a fat $25k check.
'It's Only Right'
Syracuse Ranked #1 Party School
8/20/2014 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Carmelo Anthony tells TMZ Sports ... he's a PROUD ORANGEMAN today -- after his alma mater was ranked the #1 party school in the country.
Syracuse beat out schools like UCSB, West Virginia, Illinois and last year's winner, Iowa -- this according to the Princeton Review, which conducted a nationwide survey of 130k students.
"It's only right," Melo told us on his way to M7ProWeek at the Terminal 23 gym in NYC.
FYI -- Melo played at SU during the 2002-03 season ... and admitted 'Cuse wasn't the party powerhouse during his his year at school.
He's right ... back in 2003, Syracuse didn't even crack the Top 10. That year, the #1 honor went to the University of Colorado-Boulder.
I Have Mouth Cancer
... Blames Chewing Tobacco
8/20/2014 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former MLB pitching great Curt Schilling says he was diagnosed with mouth cancer back in February ... and believes it was caused from his 30-year habit of chewing tobacco.
The former Boston Red Sox pitcher says he stayed quiet about the diagnosis for months for two reasons -- he didn't want people to pity him and he didn't want to get into the chewing tobacco debate.
Still, 47-year-old Schilling says ... "I'll go to my grave believing that [chewing tobacco] was why I got what I got ... absolutely, no question in my mind about that."
Schilling says he learned about the cancer only after seeing a doctor about a dog bite wound on his finger -- and felt a lump in his neck.
He got it checked out -- and it turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma ... aka mouth cancer.
Schilling says he went through several weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments -- and says the whole thing hurt like hell.
"The pain that I was in going through this treatment, the second or third day it was the only thing in my life that had that I wish I could go back and never have dipped. Not once. It was so painful."
Magic and Doc
Hit Baseball Game with New Clips Owner
8/20/2014 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a photo of the new L.A. Clippers owner in a public photo with TWO black people.
Take THAT Donald Sterling!
Steve Ballmer hit up the L.A. Dodgers game with Magic Johnson and Clippers President Doc Rivers last night.
It's interesting ... considering it was a photo featuring Magic Johnson that led to Donald Sterling's downfall ... when he blasted V. Stiviano for posting a photo of Magic on social media.
In audio posted on TMZ Sports, Sterling screamed at Stiviano for being seen in public with black guys and told her not to bring any black people to his games.
Earlier this week, Sterling himself admitted -- "I'm finished. I'm over."
My Shaq Impression
8/20/2014 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Turns out, the "Inside the NBA" host can do one helluva "Shaq" -- nailing his co-host during an event for the NBA2K15 video game ... and it was all caught on video.
Johnson was talking about how he and Shaq would work together on some motion capture stuff for the game -- when he seamlessly dropped one of the best Shaq impressions we've heard ... maybe ever.
OK, he's no Aries Spears ... but not bad for an amateur [WARNING -- the Spears clip has some explicit language].
Keyshawn to Kourtney:
Mold Problem Is Yours
... Not Mine! (Video)
8/20/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Keyshawn Johnson has a message for Kourtney Kardashian -- YOUR MOLD IS YOUR PROBLEM -- telling TMZ Sports ... KK's claim that he sold her a moldy Calabasas mansion is pure B.S.
Keyshawn and his fiancee Jennifer Conrad were out in Beverly Hills -- getting ready for their wedding this weekend -- when the future Mrs. Johnson told us, "There was no mold when the house was sold. I promise you that."
Key added, "House was sold. House was bought. Everything else is everybody else's problems -- not mine."
As we first reported, Kourtney and her family are living in the Montage in Beverly Hills --claiming Key failed to disclose black mold in the master bedroom.
Key told us the house was "thoroughly inspected by excellent, experienced inspectors that they hired" before the deal went through -- and he did nothing wrong.
Still, KJ says he's not letting the Kardashian drama bother him -- "I'm not worried about mold ... I'm worried about getting ready for my wedding."
Breaks the Mold and Talks!
8/20/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian assumed auntie duties in Calabasas Tuesday ... taking her nephew Mason Disick to the movies.
Kim didn't have a lot to say but Mason did. He told our photog he went to see "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in The Commons. He also has a fav -- Donatello.
We're told Kim took Mason out for the afternoon so he didn't go stir crazy in the Montage hotel in Bev Hills, where mommy Kourtney, Daddy Scott and sister Penelope are staying because they claim the house they bought from Keyshawn Johnson is full of dangerous black mold.
Surfing With "Hands Up"
... In Mike Brown Tribute
8/19/2014 6:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Surf legend Kelly Slater is choosing sides on the situation in Ferguson, MO -- riding a massive wave with his "hands up" as a tribute to Mike Brown -- the man who was shot to death on August 9.
Slater posted the pic on Instagram -- adding the caption, "One for #MikeBrown, #DontShoot #Ferguson #HandsUp."
The "Hands Up" gesture has become a sign of solidarity among those who believe the 18-year-old was attempting to surrender to police with his hands up when he was shot multiple times and killed by an officer.
In fact, several members of the Washington Redskins took the field with the "Hands Up" gesture during "Monday Night Football" this week.
And Nelly -- along with Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Bow Wow -- all put their hands up at a recent charity flag football game in L.A.
Meanwhile, back in Ferguson -- a grand jury will meet on Wednesday to begin hearing evidence in the case.
On Johnny Manziel:
'He's a Real Class Act'
8/19/2014 5:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Manziel's 1-finger salute ain't sittin' well with the redneck community -- at least according to the official redneck spokesperson Jeff Foxworthy who tells TMZ Sports the dude has NO CLASS.
The legendary Blue Collar comic was out in L.A. when he told us why Johnny's televised bird during "Monday Night Football" exposed the "real" Johnny Manziel.
"He's a class act ... you can't hide class."
Foxworthy also explained why flippin' off a pack of 300-pound beasts who run a 4.6 is a terrible idea -- check out the clip.
From Super Bowl Halftime Show
8/19/2014 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apparently, the NFL is still upset with Janet Jackson for that whole nipplegate thing back in 2004 -- because league reps tell us she's still on the blacklist when it comes to the Super Bowl Halftime show.
TMZ Sports reached out to the NFL to discuss possible acts at Super Bowl XLIX (49) in Arizona next year -- and while the league wouldn't say who's in the running, they did issue the following statement:
"As for potential acts --- we have only ruled out Janet Jackson."
No word on how Justin Timberlake escaped the ire of the NFL -- considering he played a key role in the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that day -- but if he's NOT banned, BOOK HIS ASS!!!