Footing the Bill
for Murderer's Funeral
12/20/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather is putting aside some brutal facts and paying for the funeral of the rapper who gunned down his wife in the bathtub and then shot himself.
We're told Floyd thinks Earl Hayes' family deserves a proper funeral, despite the horrific thing he did.
TMZ broke the story ... Floyd was FaceTiming with Hayes earlier this month when the rapper snapped as they discussed how his wife, "Hit the Floor" star Stephanie Moseley was cheating on him. He went in the bathroom and pumped 10-12 shots as she lay in the tub. He then killed himself.
We don't know if Floyd foot the bill for Stephanie's funeral Friday in Canada. Floyd was urging Hayes to dump her just before he lost it.
Hayes' funeral is set for today.
Ray & Janay Rice
Handcuffed and Making Out
After Elevator Fight
12/19/2014 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice and then fiancee Janay Palmer were handcuffed the night of the Atlantic City elevator fight ... and even kissed each other in an elevator as police escorted them out of the casino.
The surveillance video posted by ABC News shows cops seated with Ray and Janay at separate tables in the Revel Hotel and Casino.
About 1 minute into the video police start to walk Ray and Janay out, they put them both together in the same elevator. Remember this isn't long after Ray knocked out Janay in an elevator.
Both Ray and Janay were arrested for assault, but charges were quickly dropped against Janay.
Kobe, Hit Me Up!
I Can Save Your Season
12/20/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Master P has a sure fire plan to turnaround this painful Lakers season -- just give him a little run, and he'll do what Kobe Bryant hasn't been able to do ... not yet, anyway.
Mr. "Make Em' Say Uhh" told us he can provide something for the Lake show no one else can. Master P even called out the Mamba, saying ... "I played against Kobe. He knows what's up!"
It's true ... P did play in a couple of NBA preseasons with the Hornets and Raptors in the late '90s. We're guessing Kobe doesn't remember much about their match ups.
Still ... the Lakers season couldn't get worse, right? Check out P's plan -- and also his take on athletes repping the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts. Solid perspective.
O.J. Mayo Sued by Airline
You Are Not Free to ...
Use Drugs Around Our Cabin
12/19/2014 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Milwaukee Bucks star O.J. Mayo has a $19k problem on his hands ... because a charter airline company says he didn't pony up the cash to fly -- and put the crew in danger by using "illegal narcotics" ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to a lawsuit filed today by Quantum Jets ... Mayo booked a flight from Houston to L.A. on July 16th, but couldn't pay for the entire flight. The airline agreed he could give them a down payment, and pay the rest the next day.
But Quantum claims he never coughed up the dough. Further, they say he used illegal narcotics during the flight. The suit doesn't specify what kind of drugs.
Quantum Jets is suing Mayo for breach of contract and negligence. It wants at least $19,200 in damages, plus interest.
We reached out to Mayo and his reps ... so far no word back.
It's Your Lucky Day, Dude!!
Hooks Up Snowboarder
12/19/2014 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor Swift just gave a pro snowboarder a heart attack we're guessing ... 'cause all Greg Bretz wanted for his birthday was for Taylor to show him some love -- and it just happened.
T Swizzle recorded a shout out to Greg -- posted by a mutual friend of theirs -- telling him, "Happy birthday, Greg. Amazing!"
Bretz turned 24 Friday -- and earlier this week he was crushing hard on Taylor. First, he posted videos of himself doing snowmobile tricks ... using "Blank Space" as the soundtrack.
He even came on TMZ Hollywood Sports to talk about how Taylor inspires him when he's on the mountain.
In the video, Taylor mentions something about Greg scoring -- could be a sports reference, or y'know ... ;)
Congrats, Greg! May we suggest Kate Upton for your 25th birthday?
Ex-49er Ray McDonald
Out of Work & Under Investigation ...
12/19/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If Ray McDonald is pissed off about getting cut from the San Francisco 49ers -- he did a bang up job of hiding it outside his attorney's office.
The defensive lineman let out a massive yawn as he strolled to his car after meeting his lawyer in San Jose Friday -- 2 days after he was named a suspect in an alleged rape investigation ... and subsequently 86'd by the Niners.
Ray's pretty chill -- especially for a guy facing his second criminal investigation in 6 months, and suddenly out of work.
Watch ... Ray's got a friend with him who says new information will be "coming out soon." Unclear if he's talking about Ray's future in the NFL ... or the alleged rape case.
Dwight Howard's Son
Cutest Litte Pitchman Ever
... For Michael Vick's Brush
12/19/2014 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Vick is winning -- not with the Jets, but in business -- because his already super popular brush line just got an adorable celebrity endorser ... Dwight Howard's seven-year-old son Braylon.
Dwight's baby's mama Royce Reed took to Instagram to show off Bray using the Wavemasterz brush ... along with a glowing review on how the product makes the little tyke's hair all ocean like.
No word on whether the little man got any Christmas money for his commercial debut -- sure feels like a commercial to us -- but one thing's for sure .. his 'do is definitely poppin'.
Jabs Prez Over Name Screw Up ...
'It's Franco, not Flacco!'
12/19/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Listen up, President Obama ... Joe Flacco wants to make sure you know he's never been in "127 Hours" or "Spring Breakers" ... and he's definitely not the co-star of "The Interview."
POTUS made a huge flub during his news conference Friday -- mashing up James Franco's name with Joe's -- and the Ravens QB quickly responded.
The prez was talking about the Sony cyber attack and "The Interview" ... saying, "a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James FLACCO. I love Seth ... I love James."
Flacco razzed the president by tweeting, "@barackobama: It's James Franco, not James Flacco ;)" He also shouted out James ... welcoming him to the fam.
Still ... imagine Franco putting on the pads to take on J.J. Watt and the Texans this weekend. THAT would be awesome.
There Ain't Nothing Wrong
with a Little Manscaping
12/19/2014 12:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The 1980s are long over and Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley says NBA players have evolved ... and now they shave their armpits.
Jared apparently solved a life-long mystery for our photog when he left 1Oak Thursday night ... because our guy was just DYING to know if the NBA made players shave ... or if it was a choice.
Dudley said that shaving was the thing to do these days ... unlike the Patrick Ewing days of yore.
To each their own.
Christmas Is Gonna Be Sooo Icy ...
Bling For Everyone!!!
12/19/2014 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather is giving Santa Claus a run for his money -- he dropped more than $250,000 in New York City this week on platinum, gold, and diamond encrusted gifts for his family and friends.
TMZ Sports spoke with AVI, Ofir, and Richie -- the guys at Pristine Jewelers and Leon Diamond in NYC -- who tell us Floyd came in after hours Wednesday night ... right after his infamous Saks Fifth Avenue bathroom incident.
Among the gifts: a diamond tennis necklace with 70 carats of diamonds and a matching tennis bracelet, a diamond encrusted watch with over 40 carats of diamonds, and a diamond pendant -- just to name a few.
We're told each piece Floyd picked out ran between $5,000-$10,000.
Merry freakin' Christmas.
Pleads Guilty to DUI
12/19/2014 9:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
10:50 AM PT -- Phelps must abstain from booze, and can't abusively use drugs. He'll have to submit to drug and alcohol testing ...at the discretion of his probation officer ... and attend self-help group meetings.
He will be allowed to travel out of state for training sessions.
Michael Phelps showed up to a Baltimore court Friday morning where he pled guilty to driving under the influence.
Phelps was given a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation ... meaning if he screws up in the next 18 months, he goes behind bars for a year.
The Olympic hero arrived with his mom, sister and girlfriend -- Miss California 2010 Nicole Johnson.
We broke the story... Phelps was busted on September 30 at 1:40 AM for DUI. His B.A.C. was nearly twice the legal limit.
He checked himself into rehab following the arrest.
Get Ready MLB Players ...
Cubans Are Gonna Takeover
12/19/2014 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Major League Baseball's about to be just like kick-ass cigars and Ricky Ricardo -- as in super Cuban ... at least that's what former pitcher John Rocker is predicting.
The ex-closer tells TMZ Sports ... the new warm and friendly relations between the U.S. and Cuba will open up the majors to throngs of badass ball players from the island.
As Rocker puts it ... it's just a matter of time until baseball is full of Yasiel Puigs -- which, c'mon ... would be awesome!
Two bonuses in this clip: 1. Rocker talks "Eastbound & Down" (he's the rumored inspiration for Kenny Powers) and 2. Rocker's smoke show GF Julie McGee ... who he met on "Survivor."
Screw what the tribe said ... he definitely WON.