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Mark Cuban

Warren Buffett Is My Homeboy

5/28/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mark Cuban and Warren Buffett are more than just  billionaire "Entourage" co-stars ... they're also friends in real life who get ICE CREAM together. 

Cuban just appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" to talk about his cameo in the upcoming flick -- we asked if he and Buffett got along on the set since they have so much in common. 

That's when Cuban told us ... he flew out to Buffett's hood just yesterday for a business lunch that was capped off with dessert at Dairy Queen ... which is owned by Buffett. 

Question is ... who pays when two billionaires get dessert??? Check out the clip. 

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weeknights on Reelz.

Wale

Bryce Harper Is My Cousin

5/28/2015 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Hip-hop superstar Wale just revealed a super awesome branch of his family tree ... telling TMZ Sports Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper ... is his actual cousin.

Wale was out in L.A. when we decided to do a little D.C. sports rundown with the DMV representer, asking about the Wizards and then about Harper ... who's currently tearing up the Major Leagues.

That's when Wale dropped the bombshell that's sure to make Donald Sterling's skin crawl ... telling our camera guy that he loves Harper ... mainly because Bryce is actually his cousin!!!

Ok ... so maybe he was joking ... but maybe he's not ... why can't they be related?

Watch the clip ... and open your freakin' mind.

Allen Iverson

I'LL SOCK YOU OUT

I'm Back In Endorsement Game

5/28/2015 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Allen Iverson's endorsement drought is finally over -- the ex-NBA superstar just landed a brand new deal with a sock company ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Iverson was one of the most marketable guys on the planet during his heyday -- but lost a bunch of his deals during his infamous fall from grace. 

But A.I. has been on a serious rebuilding campaign recently -- appearing on morning shows and promoting a new documentary -- and now, he's got a new endorsement campaign to boot. 

The deal is with Stance -- which signed the 39-year-old to a multi-year contract to be a spokesperson alongside NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Klay Thompson, Chandler Parsons and Andre Drummond

A rep for the company tells TMZ Sports, "We're excited to welcome Allen Iverson to the Stance family, and we look forward to working closely with him."

John Wall

Kicked Off Plane In Vegas

... After Altercation

5/28/2015 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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NBA superstar John Wall was kicked off an American Airlines flight in Las Vegas this week ... after someone in his crew allegedly threatened another passenger ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the Washington Wizards star had boarded a flight headed to D.C. on May 26th -- but before the plane took off, his crew got into a verbal argument with someone else on the plane and a threat was allegedly made from someone in Wall's group. 

We're told someone from the flight crew called the Las Vegas Metro Police Department for help -- and cops boarded the plane to deal with the situation. 

The alleged victim told cops he did not want to press charges -- but the pilot of the plane decided he did NOT want Wall and his crew to remain on the flight ... so they were escorted off. 

We're told Wall and his party left without further incident. 

Calls to Wall's rep have not been returned. 

John had posted a photo of his crew on the way to Vegas on May 22nd ... though it's unclear if the same guys were involved in the incident on the flight home. 

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President Obama

J.R. Smith Can't Outshoot Steph Curry

5/28/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0528_OBAMA_GETTYPresident Obama just took a stand on the NBA Finals ... saying there's no way J.R. Smith has a chance to outshoot Steph Curry ... despite the fact Smith has been ON FIRE in the playoffs. 

Obama went to Twitter to answer some questions ... when someone wrote: 

"Can JR Smith out shoot Steph Curry and lead the Cavs to a championship?"

Obama's response -- "jr smith having a great season but the heart of the Cavs is Lebron. And no one can outshoot Curry - maybe Korver if wide open."

So far, no response from Smith ... but we're guessing it's coming. 

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Verne Troyer

Farts on NFL Legend's Wife

... In Protest

5/28/2015 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Verne Troyer let his ass do the talking for him during an argument with Hines Ward's wife -- ripping a fart on the NFL star's spouse in protest ... and it was all caught on video. 

It all went down on Wednesday night's episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap" -- when Hines' wife Lindsey Georgalas moved in with the "Austin Powers" star and tried to redecorate his game room. 

But Troyer HATED the feminine touches Lindsey was trying to put in the room -- and to show his discontent ... the little guy let out a big one. 

It's hilarious. 

Boxer Jermain Taylor

Arrest Warrant Issued ...

Over New Alleged Attack

5/28/2015 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0528-jermain-taylor-instagramFormer boxing champ Jermain Taylor is a wanted man -- TMZ Sports has learned an arrest warrant has been issued after JT allegedly attacked a man at a rehab center. 

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department in Arkansas tells us the warrant was issued this morning. Taylor is suspected of 2nd degree battery. So far, he is NOT in police custody. 

As for the backstory ... law enforcement sources tell us Taylor allegedly attacked another patient at a rehab facility in Little Rock on May 13th ... knocking the man to the floor. 

We're told the alleged victim was transported to a nearby hospital -- and was treated in the intensive care unit. 

Taylor has been in rehab on a court order since March following a string of disturbing incidents -- including an altercation at a parade where Taylor allegedly pulled a gun on a family and another incident where he shot his cousin.

Taylor's attorney Christian Alexander says he believes the complaint is "frivolous" -- and says he's already spoken with witnesses who believe the whole thing is a shameless attempt to shake down a famous athlete.

Story developing ... 

Brittney Griner

7 Game Suspension Is Ridiculous

... Says WNBA Players Association

5/28/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0528-griner-johnson-wnbapa-getty-instagram-01Brittney Griner is getting SCREWED by the WNBA -- so says the WNBA Players Association, which claims Griner's 7 game suspension for domestic violence is "excessive and inappropriate."

We broke the story ... Griner and her wife Glory Johnson were each hit with 7 game suspensions after they were both arrested for attacking each other at their AZ home on April 22nd. 

So far, neither woman has appealed the punishment -- but the WNBA strongly believes they should.

"There is a significant segment of the WNBA players who feel that, while a suspension may have been warranted, a suspension of seven games (20% of the season) is excessive and inappropriate," a WNBA P.A. rep tells TMZ Sports

The P.A. says it's concerned that the punishment would set an unfair precedent for the league -- considering both women were first time offenders. 

The P.A. also says a 7 game suspension would have a "significant economic impact" on the WNBA as a league. 

But the biggest problem, according to the P.A., the organization says it can't formally fight the league without Griner and Johnson giving their blessing -- and so far, they've been mum. 

There's a deadline for the players to appeal -- June 4th -- so, the clock is ticking. 

Steph Curry's Daughter

Hijacks Press Conference Again

... Sings Big Sean Song

5/28/2015 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Best video of the day. 

Steph Curry's adorable daughter, Riley, stole the show at the Warriors post-game press conference -- AGAIN -- and this time, she capped off her performance by singing some Big Sean into the mic. 

Watch the video ... just when you think it can't get any better, Riley kicks it up a notch. 

Remember when those reporters complained that she was detrimental to the press conference process?

Yeah, screw those people. 

Dwyane Wade

I Still Paint My Toenails

... So What!?

5/28/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0528-dwyane-wade-instagramDwyane Wade is more polished than we thought -- and the proof is in his toes. 

Wade has been documenting his weight loss in a 30 Day Transformation challenge by posting pics on social media of his weight on the scale in his home. 

We learned 2 things: 

1) He's lost about 12 pounds ... so congrats! 
2) He still paints his toenails. 

The NBA star first started polishing his piggies back in 2008 ... simply because he thought it would look cool. 

In fact, in 2011 he talked to GQ about the first time he showed his colorful toes to his pal LeBron James

"I was on vacation in the Bahamas with LeBron and when he saw my toes he was like, 'Something is seriously wrong with you.' But eventually Bron was like, 'You know what? You're crazy, but that's just you.' When I first got into the league, I tried to fit in. Now I don't care." 

Dwyane Wade -- putting the MAN in manicure. 

Terrell Suggs on Deflategate:

Patriots Got Off Way Easy

5/28/2015 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

We already know he doesn't like Tom Brady ... and Tom Brady's hair -- but now it seems NFL superstar Terrell Suggs doesn't like TB's Deflategate punishment either. 

The Baltimore Ravens stud was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills last night when we asked if the Pats got what they deserved -- $1 million fine, loss of draft picks and the 4-game suspension for Brady. 

Sugg's response -- "I don't know. That's not my job. I'm glad I don't got it ... but the last coach that got caught cheating got suspended for a whole year. So ..."

Seems he's strongly suggesting Brady and the gang got off SUPER EASY compared to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton who was banned from the league for the entire 2013 season for allegedly covering up Bountygate, where players targeted opponents for cash bonuses. 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he will NOT appeal the team's punishment ... maybe he sees Terrell's point -- it could've been worse. 

Bruce Buffer

Crappy Mayweather Fight

Was Great for UFC!!!

5/28/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight was so bad, it actively HURT the sport of boxing ... but it was GREAT for the UFC ... so says UFC octagon announcer Bruce Buffer

Buffer -- the voice of the UFC -- was brutally honest about the fallout from the bout that was supposed to be the fight of the century ... saying it was a HUGE flop. 

"When you create something with so much hype, you have to deliver. And if you don't deliver, then instead of getting a shot in the arm, you get a shot in the leg."

"That night was really a shot in the leg for boxing in my opinion and a shot in the arm for UFC."

So, why was it so great for the UFC? Check out the clip. 

BONUS -- Buffer also addressed criticisms from people who say UFC fighters are underpaid ... saying Dana White has done a helluva lot to make sure the checks are bigger than ever. 

Buffer also mentions how much Rampage Jackson got paid for his first fight back in the day ... and the number is pretty shocking!!!

Ray McDonald's Mom

My Son Is Innocent

But His NFL Career Is Over

5/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ray McDonald's parents are adamant their son did NOT attack the mother of his child ... claiming he's a good man whose NFL career has been destroyed by his accuser's lies. 

Labrina McDonald tells TMZ Sports she and her husband have spoken with Ray since his domestic violence arrest and he says there's a WITNESS who can prove McDonald never laid a finger on his accuser. 

"[Ray's] personal driver witnessed everything that happened. He never touched her."

As we previously reported, Ray's ex-fiancee claims McDonald was drunk and aggressive toward her and their baby during an incident early Monday morning

But Labrina says her son was NOT the aggressor -- adding, "Ray is never going to hit a woman. He may say some stuff to piss them off, he may kick them out of his house. But he'd never lay his hands on them. We didn't raise him that way."

Ray was arrested for a second time on Wednesday for violating a restraining order when he returned to his ex's apartment.  McDonald's father tells us bluntly, "He should not have been there."

Ray's dad says the family knows the reality of the situation -- that Ray will likely never play in the NFL again -- but it could be the best thing for him.

"He can move on from football, develop a business mindset like my wife and I have. He'll be okay.  He's going to be successful. He comes from a great family."

"He just needs to get the hell out of Dodge and get his life together."

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