Another ferocious assault involving a Baltimore superstar ... the Orioles mascot ... who got HIT IN THE BALLS by a dumbass fan AND FOUGHT BACK ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Our MLB sources tell us ... the incident went down at Oriole Park at Camden Yard in April 2013 when a seemingly drunken O's fan approached the mascot for a photo -- and then suckerpunched the bird right in his feathered crotch.
The bird executed a perfect judo-style legsweep ... and took down the attacker.
Our sources tell us ... the nut-puncher was arrested moments after the camera shut off.
Moral of the Story -- don't punch mascots in the nuts. They don't like it.
Will Reportedly Claim TMZ Edited Tape
... Dumbest Defense Ever
9/21/2014 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice will reportedly argue that TMZ Sports edited the "inside the elevator" video ... thereby altering what really happened that night.
He's right. We did edit the video ... and we made that point crystal clear in our original post -- the same post where we also INCLUDED the raw unedited version showing Rice KOing Janay Palmer.
As we initially reported, the original raw video was jerky -- in that it would move forward and then in reverse every couple of frames ... so we removed the reverse frames.
Again, TMZ Sports included the raw video in our original post.
Maybe Rice's team should've scrolled down.
I'm Calling the FBI
Over Leaked Topless Pics
9/20/2014 8:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gabrielle Union says she was the victim of a digital hate crime ... after some topless photos she sent to Dwyane Wade somehow leaked onto the internet -- and now her legal team will be contacting the FBI.
Union and Wade released a joint statement saying, "it has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures."
They add, "I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."
Topless pics of what appears to be super model Emily Ratajkowski and Jenny McCarthy also leaked online today -- as well as nude photos what appears to be Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell.
Union and Wade add, "For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes - We send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong."
We reached out to reps for Ratjkowski, McCarthy, Bosworth and Bell ... so far, no word back.
Ex Titans Kicker Rob Bironas
Dead at 36
Crashes Car Into Trees
9/21/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas -- Terry Bradshaw's son-in-law -- died Saturday night after he lost control of his SUV and crashed into a line of trees.
The Metro Nashville PD says Bironas was traveling fast in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali when he lost control in a curve shortly after 11 p.m.
Cops say the SUV veered off the road and struck a bunch of trees before it flipped over. Bironas was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Cops also say there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs. They believe Bironas was heading home ... because the accident occurred less than a mile from his house.
Rob married Terry Bradshaw's oldest daughter Rachel back in June ... and even though Bironas was no longer a Titan -- Terry jokingly told our photog before the wedding Rob still had permission to marry her.
BAN HIM FROM RUNNING TRACK
Says U.S. Olympic Legend
9/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oscar Pistorius should be BANNED from running track FOR LIFE ... so says U.S. Olympic legend Sanya Richards-Ross ... who says it pains her to say it because she used to be tight with Blade Runner.
Sanya -- who won FOUR gold medals from '04 to '12 -- was out in NYC when we asked her about the International Paralympic Committee's pending decision on whether Oscar should be able to compete in the next Paralympics.
Of course the controversy stems from the fact that Oscar was convicted of manslaughter in the death of his GF Reeva Steenkamp ... and the IPC has said it would make a decision about Oscar's future based on his upcoming sentencing.
But Sanya has already made up her mind -- "At the end of the day, there was a woman that ended up dead. I don't think he should have the privilege of competing in the sport anymore."
Sanya says the two were close friends before the incident -- and she never would have guessed he had it in him to kill someone, but it's clear from the video that Sanya firmly believes Oscar should be persona non grata on the track for the rest of his life.
SENT BACK TO LOCKER ROOM
After Taking Field In Full Pads
9/20/2014 5:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jameis, HAVE YOU NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THE NEWS??!?
The Florida State University quarterback was sent back to the locker room before the FSU vs. Clemson game tonight when he took the field in full pads.
Winston was confronted by his coach Jimbo Fisher -- who appeared angry and confused -- and forced Jameis to change back into street clothes.
Of course, Winston was initially suspended for the 1st half of tonight's game after screaming "F**k her in the p**sy" on a table in the middle of the FSU campus ... but after public outcry, school officials later decided to suspend him from the entire game.
Apparently, Winston didn't get the message.
Or ... he's in the middle of the worst case of denial ever.
Rocks $50k Watch
To Hollywood Nightclub
9/20/2014 12:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James hit the L.A. club scene last night -- rollin' into Hooray Henry's in West Hollywood with one of his boys ... and a sick $50k watch on his wrist.
The NBA superstar didn't say much on the way out of the place ... but if you wanna see what a guy who reportedly made $72 million last year rocks out to the nightclub check out the clip.
Snapback -- check.
Wedding ring -- check
$50k custom Audemars Piguet watch -- check.
It's good to be rich.
I'm NOT Meeting With ISIS
9/20/2014 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman is NOT en route to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to engage in peace talks ... contrary to a ridiculous report that almost seemed believable ... because ... well ... he's Rodman.
Earlier this week a story surfaced saying Rodman told was on his way to the airport to leave for the Middle East when he said, “I think if I could just talk with the leaders of ISIS they would see the errors of their ways."
But Rodman's rep says the report is total crap ... telling TMZ Sports the retired basketball player is in Hong Kong for business meetings.
So, if you're keeping score at home ... North Korea, yes. ISIS, no.
'Dancing' Judge to Lolo Jones:
... Move On Already!
9/20/2014 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Truth bomb from "Dancing with the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli to Lolo Jones -- STOP CRYING ABOUT LOSING ALREADY AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE!!!
This video is great ... we asked Bruno how he felt about Lolo's emotional breakdown after she became the 1st person eliminated from the show last week -- and the guy didn't hold back.
As we previously reported, Lolo expressed her devastation on Facebook after she was 86'd -- saying she was sick of being a loser ... and wanted to use the show to redeem herself after multiple failures in the Olympics.
But as Bruno says ... "s**t happens. Move on."
For Chicken & Waffles Run
9/20/2014 11:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's the best fighter in the world -- by far -- but Floyd Mayweather still invests in protection ... bringing SIX huge dudes to watch his back at one of the most famous chicken joints in the world.
Floyd and his posse hit up Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in L.A. on Friday -- and on the way out, Money hid behind his wall of muscles as he and his lady friend made their way to a waiting SUV.
Shockingly, nobody messed with Floyd in the restaurant ... or in the street.
Shaq Bon Jovi
Frontman In Rock Band
At LSU College Bar [Video]
9/20/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Call him the Black Bon Jovi ... because Shaquille O'Neal got on stage at a college bar at LSU this week and belted out "YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME" ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
The Diesel hit up Fred's In Tigerland near the LSU campus Thursday night -- his old stomping ground -- when he decided he wanted to jump on stage with a local band and jam out to a rock song.
We're told ... Shaq told the band to "follow my lead" ... and then busted out some Jovi.
As you can see in the clip, the crowd went NUTS ... and Shaq jumped around on stage like a maniac while screaming the lyrics at the top of his lungs.
The best part -- we're told Shaq was dead sober for the whole thing ... not one drop of alcohol.
But we all know Shaq's comfortable when it comes to performing on stage ... right Kobe?
BENCHED FOR ENTIRE GAME
For 'Right In the P***y' Incident
9/19/2014 11:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Florida State University has finally realized their 2-quarter suspension was a JOKE -- and now FSU has decided to pull Jameis Winston from the ENTIRE GAME this weekend as punishment for his "F**k her right in the p**sy" outburst this week.
As we previously reported, the Heisman Trophy winner got into hot water after climbing onto a lunch table on campus and screaming the phrase in front of tons of students ... who immediately tweeted about it.
Initially, FSU announced Winston would be suspended a whole 2 quarters when the Seminoles faced Clemson this weekend.
But after taking heat from critics who accused the school of dishing out B.S. justice so the school could have a shot at winning, officials have decided to double his punishment.
"Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night," interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement Friday night.
The school did not announce what new information caused them to change their mind ... we're guessing the public shaming of the school played a role.
Fires Thiago Silva
After Gun Video Surfaces
9/19/2014 6:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The UFC has fired Thiago Silva ... again ... after footage of the fighter holding a GUN and accusing his wife of hiding a man in the house surfaced online.
The footage was shot by Silva's estranged wife Thaysa in early 2014 ... when Thiago pulled out a pistol and began threatening her because he believed she had another man in their home.
At one point in the video, Thaysa says she's recording so officials would have proof in case he killed her that day.
Of course, Silva was recently let off the hook in Florida -- where he was accused of pulling a gun on Thaysa at a martial arts studio and threatening to kill her in February -- because prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to get a conviction.
UFC honcho Dana White had initially banned Silva from fighting in the octogon ever again ... but reinstated him when charges were dropped.
Now, with this new footage coming to light ... White has fired Silva again. We're guessing Thiago has finally run out of of second chances.
Thaysa told a Brazilian media outlet that she has moved on from Thiago -- and is now living in Abu Dhabi with "a real man by my side."