Darren Sharper's ex-girlfriend -- a woman who dated the ex-NFLer for nearly a year -- tells TMZ Sports she was "completely shocked" by the rape allegations ... saying, "It's the opposite of the guy I knew."
The woman, who asked not to be named in this post, told us Sharper was not a booze-obsessed, drink-spiking maniac during their time together.
In fact, the woman says, "He didn't want me to drink. Never offered me drugs. He was really concerned with how I was around him."
"I've seen him help people. We went to a charity event together. He was egotistical, but the guy that I know is not like [the way he's been described in police reports]."
The woman tells us she found it "weird" when she heard about the allegations against Sharper in 5 states because "most women who would ask me about him would drop their drawers for him in a second."
Sharper's ex says Darren did some research on her before they started dating -- trying to get as much info on her as possible -- but only to make sure she wasn't a "crazy girl."
As for the current allegations, the woman says, "I'm hoping for his children's sake it's not true. I don't want to see him leave that type of legacy for his children."
Terrell Owens' Wife:
He's Gonna Pay for This Divorce!
3/7/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Terrell Owens' estranged wife says she DESERVES to continue the lifestyle she grew accustomed to during their 72 hours of marriage ... and that's why she's going after alimony, TMZ Sports has learned.
Rachel Snider has finally responded to T.O.'s divorce petition -- and in documents she filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Snider says she also wants Owens to pay for her legal costs.
It's basically a middle-finger back to T.O. -- who checked the box asking Rachel to foot the legal bill. Rachel is also asking to legally drop "Owens" as her last name.
There's one thing they both agree on -- the marriage only lasted from January 23rd to January 26th.
In Rachel's docs, she also makes it clear she's going to fight Owens' claim that there's no community property.
Bottom line -- she wants T.O. to pay for the failed marriage in some way, shape or form.
Calle 13 Rapper
Destroys Own Maserati with a Baseball Bat
Wealth Is Killing Hip Hop
3/6/2014 4:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Calle 13 rapper René Pérez Joglar is leading the charge against conspicuous consumption in the hip hop world -- he just beat his own Maserati to pieces and drove it off a cliff ... all to prove the point that money is killing music.
René pulled off the stunt for his new music video "Adentro" -- and if that wasn't cool enough ... baseball legend Willie Mays actually hands him the bat.
Rene tells us, "I bought the Maserati because I myself fell victim to the stereotypes. I thought that once I had a nice house and a nice car that meant I had made it in the entertainment industry."
He adds, "When I started using the car, it made me feel uncomfortable owning it ... because I realized that the car stood for everything that is wrong with society ... Material goods aren't what makes life worthwhile."
Buy My L.A. Beach Pad
Plenty of Room to Flop
3/6/2014 3:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For Sale: Vlade Divac's beach house in L.A's Pacific Palisades. The retired NBA star is asking $3.25 million for the home.
Here are some of the highlights.
-- 5 bedrooms ... to flop in.
-- a wine cellar ... to flop in.
-- yoga room ... to flop in.
-- walk-in closets ... to flop in.
-- outdoor dining area with ocean view ... to flop on.
-- 4.5 bathrooms ... to poop in.
Divac -- who reportedly made more than $93 million during his career -- bought the place back in 2003, but according to Realtor.com, he had offered it as a rental for $13k-per-month.
The home is expected to draw as many offers as Vlade did fouls. #flopjokes.
SORRY FOR HOVERBOARD PRANK
Didn't Think People Were That Dumb
3/6/2014 1:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tony Hawk is sorry ... he's sorry that some people were actually STUPID ENOUGH to believe his obviously phony hoverboard commercial was real.
Of course, hours after the video was released, it was exposed as a gag clip for 'FunnyOrDie.com" -- but apparently, not everyone was hip to the hoax.
"I wanna apologize for the hoverboard prank," Hawk said in a new video ... "I thought it was obvious it was fake but a lot of people believed it."
In related news ... the flux capacitor is also bulls**t.
Admitted to Raping Women
... N.O. Investigators Say
3/6/2014 1:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper "admitted" to witnesses that he and a 2nd suspect raped two women back in September ... this according to New Orleans investigators.
The N.O.P.D. has released the application for the arrest warrant of Sharper's alleged associate Erik Nunez -- in which officials allege both men had non-consensual sex with two women who were "substantially impaired" on September 23.
Cops say a "known acquaintance" observed Sharper in the NFL star's apartment wearing only his boxers -- and saw Nunez exiting Sharper's bedroom in his boxers as well.
In the document, officials say ... "Through further investigation by the detectives it was learned that Nunez and Sharper admitted to other known witnesses that he and Sharper had vaginal and/or oral sex with victims #1 and #2 without their knowledge or permission."
Neither Sharper nor Nunez have been charged with a crime.
Sued By Transgender Athlete
You Wont' Let Me Compete With Women!
3/6/2014 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A transgender woman is going to war with CrossFit -- claiming the fitness titans refused to let her compete in the women's division at the upcoming CrossFit Games because she was born with a penis ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 MILLION lawsuit against CF -- claiming she underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman by the State of California.
But when Chloie -- 5'4", 151 lbs -- asked the powers that be about competing in the Games with the ladies, she was shot down hard.
In fact, TMZ Sports obtained a letter from CrossFit to Chloie in which the CF pulled no punches -- "We have simply ruled that based upon [Chloie] being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men's Division."
CF argues ... "The fundamental, ineluctable fact is that a male competitor who has a sex reassignment procedure still has a genetic makeup that confers a physical and physiological advantage over women."
But in the letter, CF gets aggressive -- saying, "Our decision has nothing to do with 'ignorance' or being bigots -- it has to do with a very real understanding of the human genome, of fundamental biology, that you are either intentionally ignoring or missed in high school."
Chloie says CF is full of crap -- claiming the company is violating her civil rights by not letting her compete as a woman ... and she wants at least $2.5 million to make things right.
For its part, CrossFit says transgendered athletes will be "welcomed with open arms in this community, but what we will not waver from is our commitment to ensure the fairness of the competition."
Boxer Adrien Broner
RAPPING W/ RICK ROSS
Spits About Strip Clubs, Guns, Booze
3/6/2014 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If boxing phenom Adrien Broner is trying to make noise outside the ring -- he found the right way to do it ... teaming up with Rick Ross on a new rap that's all about spendin' cash and stripper ass.
The 24-year-old former WBC champ just dropped his new joint, "40," which includes lyrics like:
-- "Hit the club at 12:40 with like 40 on me"
-- "The watch I got, it cost me 40."
-- “Miami nightlife [King of Diamonds] man they took 40 pictures"
-- "Man there was 40 bottles of liquor and 40 strippers"
-- "Strapped at the 40/40 with two 40s on me”
Interesting timing for Broner to drop the new song, considering Floyd Mayweather just told the media he thinks Broner should spend less time rapping and more time boxing.
Fun Fact -- In 3 years, Mayweather will be 40.
Dalai Lama was 'Enlightening'
Taught Me 'Tibetan Stuff'
3/6/2014 8:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Question: What do Phil Jackson and the Dalai Lama talk about when they get together?
Answer: "Tibetan stuff."
That's what Phil told TMZ Sports yesterday when we asked him about the quality time he spent with his holiness in Los Angeles last week.
"I didn't give him any Zen advice ... he gave me all that Tibetan stuff. It was wonderful."
Jim Carrey was also in the room when Phil met with Mr. Lama at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. There's also a photo of Lama appearing to bless Eva Longoria that night.
Smooth, Dalai ... smooth.
Ex-NFL Star Michael Clayton
Thank God Lil Boosie's Free!!
3/6/2014 7:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL wide receiver Michael Clayton has been friends with Lil Boosie since they were kids -- and he tells TMZ Sports he's VERY EXCITED his "dawg" is finally out of prison.
Boosie was released from Louisiana State Penitentiary on Wednesday, where the rapper had been locked up since 2009 for drugs.
Now that Boosie's free, Clayton -- who was a beast on the Tampa Bay Bucs -- says, "For me, it feels really good that he's out."
"He's got a sweet soul," Clayton says ... "He took care of a lot of people before he went to prison."
Clayton says he just spoke with Boosie's mother -- who says she's "very happy to have her baby home."
Michael -- who stayed in touch with Boosie throughout his prison stint -- is also optimistic that Boosie left the pokey a changed man.
"He learned a good lesson," Michael says ... "Sometimes being behind them bars helps you learn."
TMZ Sports Show
Martin OK with Bullying
If It's Bieber Getting Blasted
3/6/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jonathan Martin whined so much about getting bullied ... Richie Incognito got cut from the Dolphins -- but Martin was totally cool with bullying Justin Bieber on the Internet. Hardcore hypocrisy?
Plus, Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha finally appear in public ... TOGETHER ... PDA included! Will this finally quiet all the scandal rumors about their marriage?
And tennis stud Rafael Nadal is risking his career by hanging with his smoking hot gf on the beach? Yeah, some people think so.
Plus, Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha finally appear in public ... TOGETHER ... and do some PDA too! Will this finally quiet all the scandal rumors about their relationship?
And tennis stud Rafael Nadal is risking his career by hanging with his smoking hot gf on the beach? Yeah ... some people think so.
- Swaggy P Rips Ex-Teammate
- T.O. is a Giant Tech Tease
- The Iversons' Peace Treaty
to Gabrielle Union:
Cheaters Sometimes Do Prosper
3/6/2014 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Adultery isn't always a bad thing ... at least that's what Dwyane Wade seems to be saying in a new Instagram post in which it he apparently admits to cheating both with and on Gabrielle Union.
Wade posted a photo of Gabby on "Woman Crush Wednesday" along with the caption: "My #WCW my #beautifulblackqueen... My Life mistakes gave me you and my life mistakes almost made me lose you but your love has conquered all and I hope to spend the rest of my life with you."
Of course, the big mystery -- what are the "life mistakes" Wade is referring to.
The life mistakes "that almost made me lose you" are likely when he knocked up another woman last year. Dwyane has already acknowledged he's the dad but insisted he and Gabby were on a break at the time.
As for the life mistakes that "gave me you" ... Wade's first wife, Siovaughn Wade, has publicly suggested Dwyane cheated on her with Union back when they were still married.
Wade's post would suggest that he's confirming her suspicions.
With 2 Hot Models
3/6/2014 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Webb has hot friends ... well, at least 2 ... and she proved it in a bikini photo she posted online.
A.J, McCarron's girlfriend got together with Miss California 2012 Natalie Pack (middle) and another hot model Letícia Zuloaga (left) to show off their physiques ... and it was good.
Unclear where they were hanging out ... or why ... or what they did after. But who cares? Enjoy the photo.