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Olympic Protester Tommie Smith I'm Boycotting James Woods ... Calling Kaep A 'Dirtbag' Is Wrong

9/17/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0916_tommie-smith-james-woods_nfl_tmz_gettyTommie Smith ... one half of the iconic Black Power demonstration from the '68 Olympics ... says he's done watching James Woods movies ... 'cause Woods called Colin Kaepernick a "dirtbag."

Woods has been all over Kaep -- and the NFL -- telling our cameras he's boycotting the league for it's refusal to discipline the 49ers QB over his national anthem protest.

But it's Woods' name-calling of Kaepernick on Twitter -- where he called Kaep a "piece Of S@#t" and a "dirtbag" -- that has Smith steaming mad.

Of course, Smith and fellow sprinter John Carlos are the OG's of the sports protest game ... creating an iconic image at the '68 Olympics in Mexico by raising their fists in the air for Black power.

0912_1968-Olympic-Games_tommie_smith-sub-gettyTMZ Sports spoke with Smith and he told us the personal insults aimed at Colin aren't fair ... and because of them, he can no longer support Woods' movie career.

"James Woods used to be one of my favorite actors ... but if he thinks he is dirt because of what he did then I am crossing him of my list because he is wrong."

Smith went on to say he totally disagrees with Woods' view that Kaerpernick's protest is disrespectful ... and is urging the Academy Award nominee to take a hard look at the issues.

"I think James should look a bit deeper, and focus on the reason [Colin] did what he did."

James Woods Kaepernick Is a Piece Of S*** 'I'll Never Watch NFL Again'

9/16/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Woods says Colin Kaepernick is a "dirtbag" -- and he's so pissed at the NFL for not punishing the QB over his national anthem protest he's boycotting the league ... FOR LIFE!!

Woods unloaded about the situation to our photog -- "I will never watch the NFL again, ever."

So, why the hostility?

Woods is downright offended by Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the anthem -- and railed against him on Twitter ... calling him a "dirtbag" and a "P.O.S."

Long story short ... Woods wants the 49ers or the NFL to force Kaep out of the league because it would send the message to other players that "tarnishing the flag" won't be tolerated.



Kanye West Blasts Kid Cudi for Diss ... 'Respect the God!'

9/15/2016 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West ain't happy about Kid Cudi accusing him of not writing his own lyrics ... and it sparked a vicious rant during 'Ye's Tampa concert.

You gotta watch ... but some of the highlights include: "I birthed you!" ... "I got called names before you, bro!" ... "I wore skinny jeans first!" ... and of course, "Respect the God!" 

Kanye was responding to Cudder's own rant on Twitter ... calling out him and Drake for not working with him and for having other people write their lyrics.

0915-sub-kid-cudi-tweet-twitter-01It was a shocking move from Cudi because he walked away from Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music. Also, because ... Meek Mill

Drake took a less dramatic approach, but also responded to Cudi Wednesday night in Oakland.

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UFC Champ Stipe Miocic I'll Fight Jon Jones ... He's a Nice Guy

9/12/2016 3:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Jones' wish to fight UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic may come true ... 'cause Stipe says he's absolutely down ... as soon as his body heals up. 

Miocic joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) -- and was asked how he felt about Jon essentially calling him out on social media. 

FYI, Jon tweeted after Stipe beat Alistair Overeem at UFC 203 ... "I'm starting to realize the hype is real with that guy. He's legit, it would be the challenge of a lifetime."

Stipe heard the challenge -- but didn't respond with the vitriol of Daniel Cormier. Instead, he praised Jones ... and essentially welcomed Dana White to make it happen. 

There's A LOT more in the full interview, which airs tonight on FS1. 

Ted Cruz Boycott 'Rich Spoiled Athletes' Who Protest National Anthem

9/12/2016 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0912-ted-cruz-tmz-02Senator Ted Cruz is furious with Colin Kaepernick and other "rich spoiled athletes" protesting the National Anthem ... and is now calling for Americans to boycott them. 

Cruz spoke out on Twitter -- after ex-NBA star Jalen Rose tweeted out a "salute" to "all NFL players & teams that peacefully did protests for change."

Cruz responded, "To all the athletes who have made millions in America's freedom: stop insulting our flag, our nation, our heroes."

Then the call for the boycott -- "Here's a peaceful protest: never buy another shoe, shirt, or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag."

Of course, Kaepernick's protest has caught on with other players -- including Broncos' linebacker Brandon Marshall, Arian Foster and Kenny Stills. Other players raised a fist during the anthem including Marcus Peters and Martellus Bennett. 

NFL's DeAngelo Williams Damn Right I Stiffed Waitress ... 'Service Was Horrible' (UPDATE)

9/12/2016 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar7:52 AM PT -- More bad news for the server ... 

TMZ Sports spoke with Jimmy Marcos -- co-owner of Ledo Restaurant in Maryland -- who tells us DeAngelo's server will be TERMINATED over her handling of the tip situation. 

Long story short ... we're told the restaurant policy is "the customer is always right" and tipping is a reflection of the service -- not mandatory. 

"We were in the wrong," Marcos says.

He also has a message for Williams -- "I want to offer anything I can do. I'll be sure to apologize in person next time he visits and pick up his next meal."update-grey-gray-barPittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is blasting restaurant workers who called him out on social media for not tipping ... saying point-blank -- THEY SUCKED AT THEIR JOBS. 

It all started when the bartender at the restaurant went to Facebook and wrote:

"Just now at work I had Deangelo Williams come in and I waited on while tending bar. His check was $128.25. He left me $129 with no tip but .75 cents. So there you go Stealers fans, your running back is cheap as s**t!!! Smh."

Williams found out about the social media shaming and lashed back -- claiming the service was so terrible, a 75 cent tip was TOO GENEROUS. 

"I tried to leave exact change but couldn't," Williams said ... "I waited on my food for over 1.5 hours."

(For the record, the waitress claims he was only there for 45 mins). 

So, what was allegedly so bad?

For starters, "She never asked for refills," Williams says.

But what really pissed him off -- "I ordered chicken and shrimp in my pasta they put it on my salad."

When he pointed out the mistake, "They took it back and removed it from salad and put It in my pasta leaving a shrimp tail in the salad."

Williams says "terrible service" means terrible tip. 

"I use to wait tables and use to be a bag boy so I know what I'm doing here."


Wiz Khalifa to Amber Rose I'm Not Your Rebound Guy! But We Can Chill in Bed

9/9/2016 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wiz Khalifa wants Amber Rose, and everyone else, to know he's not sitting around waiting to fulfill her sexual needs after her "horrible" threesome -- but he'll still let her in his bed. 

If you missed it ... Amber said she'd simply rely on her ex from now on, after she had a crappy menage a trois. Wiz fired back Friday morning, saying ... "If I were to say 'I f----- two bitches last week and it was wack. Ima just call my baby's mom.' Would you feel flattered?" 

He was clearly pissed, but the weird part is shortly before he tweeted ... Amber had posted a video of her, Wiz and their son, Sebastian, chilling in bed. Now, we'll say this -- it hardly looked like a cozy, romantic setting.

More like good co-parenting.

Just a guess, but Amber might have to look elsewhere for sex. Wiz doesn't sound like he's down to be her booty call.


iPhone 7 Debut Apple Screws Itself

9/7/2016 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0907_apple_iphone7_leak_twitter-2Apple's big reveal for iPhone 7 was upstaged thanks to its own Twitter account ... where images of the new phone were leaked even before CEO Tim Cook could unveil it.

Cook was right in the middle of the iPhone debut presentation from San Fran -- but hadn't actually shown the device -- when a few tweets went out from the company's account.

OOPS doesn't begin to cover it.

Sorry, Tim ... but now everyone knows: Water resistant, new camera, stereo speakers, longer battery life. Really no need to continue your speech.

Heads would've rolled under Jobs.


NBA's Brandon Jennings Kaepernick's Afro Is Dope!!!

9/2/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

New York Knicks star Brandon Jennings says there's only one thing he loves more than Colin Kaepernick's $1 million charity pledge ... HIS SWEET ASS AFRO!!! 

Jennings is speaking for millions of people who fell in love with Kaep's 'do Thursday night ... a 'do that sparked a trending hashtag on black twitter ... #KapSoBlack. 

0902-colin-kaepernick-afro-GETTY-01Seriously, go to Twitter right now and type in the hashtag for gems like .. 

"#KapSoBlack he only watches Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episodes with the dark skinned Aunt Viv in 'em."

"#KapSoBlackhe's actually @Rodney_Harrison's father."

"#KapSoBlack he wears these to the church picnic ..."

0902-shoe-kaepernick-meme-church-TWITTEr-02Kiss the rest of your Friday goodbye ... 

'Lost' Star Emilie de Ravin Battles Airline Over Breast Pump ... Gets Apology

9/2/2016 9:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0902-emilie-de-ravin-getty-02"Lost" and "Once Upon A Time" star Emilie de Ravin says an American Airlines gate agent attacked her because she was trying to fly with her breast pump bag, but the airline is calling it a big misunderstanding.

American Airlines tells TMZ it's still investigating Emilie's claim she had one of her 3 carry-on bags forcibly ripped from her while boarding a flight Thursday at LAX. The extra bag was for the pump, which she's allowed to bring since it's considered a medical device.

Sources tell us the flight was at capacity and the gate agent wanted to have one of the bags tagged, but Emilie wasn't having it. She was eventually allowed on with her pump and the other two bags, but still went off on Twitter.

AA says it's apologized for the inconvenience.


Paul van Dyk I Was Hacked ... I Don't Hate Black People

9/1/2016 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0901-paul-van-dyk-racist-tweet-GETTY-TWITTER-01DJ Paul van Dyk shot off a shockingly offensive tweet to his 1.37 mil followers Thursday afternoon, but he's dismissing the message ... saying he's the victim of hackers. 

First, the tweet: "RULE #1: No black people allowed at concerts from this point on. No exceptions."

Now, Paul's explanation. His rep tells us the popular DJ 100% did not compose the tweet, and points out the cyber attackers hit Paul on other fronts too. Hackers also got into his website, posted several credit card numbers and deleted the rest of his site.

Paul's team eventually regained control of his accounts and restored the website.

Most importantly, the rep says that tweet contradicts everything Paul's ever stood for.


T-Pain Help Me Find My Niece's Killer

8/30/2016 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0830-t-pain-TMZ-01T-Pain is begging the public to help him and authorities find the suspect who fatally stabbed his niece Tuesday morning in Florida.

Tallahassee cops say they responded to a call of someone getting stabbed at a Walgreens. When cops arrived, they found the victim bleeding heavily and she eventually died from her wounds. 

0830-sub-javona-glover-wctv-02Law enforcement has confirmed the 23-year-old victim was T-Pain's niece, Javona Glover.

Cops are looking for a black male suspect.


Rodney Harrison I Didn't Know Kaepernick Was Mixed

8/30/2016 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0830_rodney-harrison_colin_kaepernick_gettyRodney Harrison is in full backtrack mode -- apologizing for saying Colin Kaepernick is NOT a black person ... saying, "I never even knew he was mixed."

Harrison's explanation seems almost IMPOSSIBLE to believe -- considering Kaepernick's story is pretty well-known and Rodney has been a co-host on "Football Night in America" since 2009. 

That being said, here's what Rodney posted on Twitter: 

"I never intended to offend anyone, I was trying to speak about my experiences as a African American. I apologize to anyone that I offended, wasn't meant to be hurtful to anyone. God bless."

"Last point I want people to know. I never even knew he was mixed."

Question is ... you buyin' it? 

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