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'SNL' Star Cecily Strong

Cracks Racist Cops Joke on Obama ...

As Baltimore Riots Raged

4/26/2015 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cecily Strong went in HARD on President Obama and the Secret Service with an envelope-pushing joke about cops killing black men -- and she did it just miles from the Baltimore riots over that very issue.

Cecily hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, and got the biggest reaction from the room when she said the Secret Service is "the only law enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot."

The crowd was still gasping when she unleashed another racially charged follow-up.

0426-baltimore-orioles-jumbotron-warning-TWITTER-01Around the same time -- 30 miles outside the Beltway -- the Baltimore riots over Freddie Gray's death in police custody turned so violent police told Orioles fans to stay inside the stadium after the game.

We're guessing Cecily's jokes were written long before Baltimore erupted -- still, it was front page news all day leading up to the WHCD. So, we gotta ask ...  

Drake

Blasted By Canadian Politician

Paul Pierce Handshake Was B.S.

4/26/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A Canadian politician is BLASTING Drake ... claiming the rapper offended his fellow countrymen when he shook Paul Pierce's hand this week -- and now he's warning Drizzy, DON'T DO IT AGAIN! 

The man with the beef is Councillor Norm Kelly ... a Toronto legislator and die hard Raptor's fan ... who says he was sickened when he saw Drake dappin' up the Washington Wizards star while they're in the middle of a heated playoff series. 

"For Drake to have any recognition of Pierce, offended a huge number of fans," Kelly tells TMZ Sports

"We have no problem shaking hands. Just wait to do it until after the series."

Kelly -- who happens to be a HUGE Drake fan -- says he's not the only Torontonian who feels this way and has some advice for the 28-year-old hip-hop superstar: 

"If [Drake] really has his ear attuned to the people of Toronto, we won't see a repeat of that behavior again."

Jameis Winston

SHOWERED IN CRAB LEGS

... If Drafted By Bucs

4/26/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0424-jameis-winston-getty-01Jameis Winston will NEVER have to steal shellfish ever again ... 'cause a Tampa restaurant is promising to hook up Winston with more crabs than a Tijuana hooker -- as long as the Bucs draft him #1.

Here's the deal ... there's this place in Tampa called Skipper's Smokehouse that's FAMOUS for it's crab legs -- and the owner of the joint happens to be an FSU alum who graduated in '68.

The people at Skipper's told us they're well aware of Jameis' penchant for crab -- and want the QB to know, if he signs with the Bucs ... they're gonna "hook him up" with all the legs he can eat. 

Of course, he'll be a multi-millionaire who can afford whatever he wants ... but hey, free stuff is how the rich stay rich. 

ESPN's Britt McHenry

Back to Work

... I'll Never Be Rude Again!!

4/25/2015 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0425-brit-mchenry-facebook-01ESPN reporter Britt McHenry is finally back to work after serving a week-long suspension for berating a tow truck employee ... and she SWEARS she'll never bitch anyone out again.

McHenry has been assigned to cover the NHL playoffs ... but before she goes back on the air, she issued ANOTHER apology.

"Now that the suspension is over, I want to say again that I'm so sorry for my recent hurtful actions."

"My remarks were completely out of line. Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to speak to another human being in the manner in which I chose that night."

"That's not who I am as a person and hope those who only know me from this incident will give me a second chance to prove to you how much I value integrity, character and treating people with respect."

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Justin Bieber

Ringside for BFF's Boxing Debut

... Lil Za Wins!!

4/25/2015 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber was part of ANOTHER boxing entourage last night ... to watch his BFF Lil Za get in the ring during a college fight night in Los Angeles ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

Bieber -- who's usually in Floyd Mayweather's corner -- sat in the front row and held up a sign saying, "WE LOVE YOU ZA" ... as JB's posse member made his boxing debut. 

Once the bell rang, Za actually held his own ... and looked PRETTY GOOD as he traded blows with his opponent at the gym at Valley College.

Ultimately, Za WON the fight by decision ... and even got some props from pro boxing superstar Andre Berto, who happened to be in the crowd.

Check out the footage -- Za's no Mayweather ... but he was pretty damn good for a rookie.

NFL's Chris Johnson

My Arm Is STRONG!

... Despite Gunshot Wound

4/25/2015 11:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Johnson is FLEXIN' again ... showing off his arm strength last night -- nearly 7 weeks after getting capped in the shoulder in a drive by shooting.

The NFL running back was leaving Hooray Henry's on the Sunset Strip -- when we asked how his recovery has been going ... ever since the incident in Orlando, FL in March 8th which left one person dead.

Chris has been training like a maniac over the past few weeks -- so we had to ask ... where do you want to play next season? His answer is about as honest as it gets. 

Check out the clip.

WNBA's Brittney Griner

Wedding Is Still On

... After Dom. Violence Arrests

4/25/2015 11:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0425-britney-griner-fiance-instagram-01WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are NOT cancelling their wedding ... despite the fact they were both arrested for domestic violence this week ... but say they are actively "seeking help."

As we previously reported, the two -- who are set to be married on May 8th -- were busted at their home in Arizona after cops say they attacked each other during a heated argument.

Now, Johnson has issued a statement ... accompanied with a pic of the two looking chummy ... saying, "WE'RE OK! @brittneygriner and I are home, injury-free, and still wedding planning!"

"We know we must set better examples, even during the most trying times, and we are EXTREMELY sorry for all the negative attention we brought to ourselves, our family, and the league."

"We are actively seeking help in order to do BETTER."

"Thanks for all the Love, Support, and Prayers that were sent our way. #LoveLife #StillBlessed."

Kris Humphries

'Apologizes'

'I Was Too Vague'

4/25/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Kris Humphries seemed pretty clear about Bruce Jenner when he said last night he got outta Dodge just in time, but he says he's now apologizing for being "vague."

Humphries -- who was married to Kim Kardashian and then fought the divorce tooth and nail -- tweeted last night, "Man, I'm glad I got out when I did #gottadoyou."

He just tweeted again, "I have and always will support Bruce hence #gottadoyou. Now recognize I was too vague and sincerely apologize for the way this came across."

0425-sub-kris-humphries-post-twitter-01It seems he's now saying he supports Jenner but is glad he's out of the Kardashian magnetic pull ... or something like that.

Lance Armstrong

Ice Driving Was a Bad Idea

[Video]

4/25/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lance Armstrong is not an idiot ... he knows he screwed up in Aspen last year -- and now, he's finally talking about it. 

Armstrong appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" this week to talk about why he's participating in Bo Jackson's "Bo Bikes Bama" charity ride on May 2nd. 

During the conversation, Lance talked about how much Bo's support has meant to him during some of his tougher times. He also talked about spin class and beer pong. 

That's when he brought up the incident in Aspen -- where he pled guilty to careless driving after crashing into two parked cars back in December. 

It's the first time he's mentioned the incident ... and he took total responsibility.

Check out the clip. 

Deontay Wilder

I'll Fight Shannon Briggs

... But He Needs Practice!

4/25/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0424-deontay-wilder-shannon-briggs-TMZ-GETTY-01Boxing stud Deontay Wilder -- the reigning WBC heavyweight champion -- says he's ready and willing to fight Shannon Briggs ... but says the guy needs to PROVE himself before he steps in the ring. 

Wilder and Briggs -- a FORMER 2-time heavyweight champ -- went ballistic on each other during a boxing event in NYC on Friday. And now, Wilder says he's ready to back up his smack talk. 

"If he wants to fight me, I'll fight. Enough talking," Wilder tells TMZ Sports ... "But he needs to get some fights under his belt first and get back into the top 15."

Briggs has been gunning for a fight with Wladimir Klitschko ... but now it seems he may have a new target. 

Stay tuned ... 

Kris Humphries

During Bruce Jenner:

'Glad I Got Out When I Did'

4/24/2015 11:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0424-bruce-jenner-interview-04While the rest of Hollywood was praising Bruce Jenner as a "hero" and "brave" for talking openly about his sexual identity, Kim Kardashian's ex-husband Kris Humphries took what appears to be a direct shot at Bruce and the family.

Right in the middle of the west coast airing of Bruce's interview with Diane Sawyer ... as Bruce was discussing how his decision to go public has impacted his family ... Kris went to Twitter and wrote:

"Man, I'm glad I got out when I did. #Gottadoyou."

You stay classy, Kris.

Diddy

$250,000 Bet with Mark Wahlberg

Over Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

4/24/2015 5:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wanna see a couple of rich guys demonstrate their richness in ridiculous fashion? 

Well, here's Diddy and Mark Wahlberg making a $250,000 bet on the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight ... like it ain't no thing. 

Diddy's got Floyd. Mark's got PacMan.

The best part of the video is how casually these guys throw around their dough. In fact, the bet started at $100,000 ... but Mark wanted to know, "Why so little?"

For the record, the man who's wagering the MOST on the fight isn't even in the video ... it's 50 Cent -- who says he'll be plunking down $1.6 MILLION on Floyd. 

#EvenIfHeLosesHesStillRich

Mark Wahlberg

Ringside Seats To Watch Pacquiao

... Train

4/24/2015 5:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ Sports

0424_manny_pacquiao_mark_whalberg_photos_launchMark Wahlberg might've been a week early and minus a Floyd Mayweather ... but he still had the best seat in the house to watch Manny Pacquiao today ... dropping in on Pac Man's gym session.

Wahlberg brought his entourage (see what we did there) to Wild Card Boxing in Hollywood and got an up close and personal look at the Filipino slugger just days before the May 2nd mega fight.

Things had been really tight at Wild Card recently -- with Manny's trainer Freddy Roach restricting anyone who wasn't on the training staff from watching Pacquiao work ... including Dave Chappelle.

Guess Whalberg can keep a secret ... 'cause it was all smiles and handshakes today as Mark's crew got full access to watch the strategy that could finally put a blemish on Mayweather's record.

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