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Johnny Manziel Twitter Is a Distraction 'I Need to Shut Up and Work'

1/24/2017 10:28 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel says Twitter has been nothing but a "distraction" for him -- and that's why he deleted his account ... telling TMZ Sports he wants to focus on "bettering himself."

Manziel's account suddenly disappeared from the Twittersphere on Monday after the QB offered up some social media advice to President Donald Trump ... begging the question: What happened?!

We reached out to Johnny who explained, "Twitter has been nothing but a distraction for me. I've said all I can say."

"Now I need to shut the hell up and work on bettering myself and my situation."

As we've previously reported, Manziel says he's sober and working out again with the hopes of getting back to the NFL.

He's also said he wants to be like Tom Brady ... who also doesn't have a Twitter account.

Trump Inauguration Pic Wrong Date ... Alternative Fact

1/24/2017 9:33 AM PST

President Trump proudly flaunted a photo from his inauguration, but there's one problem -- it has the wrong date on it!

The portrait -- by Panoramic Visions Photography -- touts "The Ceremony of President Donald J. Trump" going down on January 21st, 2017. Juuust a bit outside. It actually went down on Jan. 20 -- as it always has since 1937.

Chalk it up to alternative facts. Maybe that's why the prez says he's hanging it in the Press Hall.

Panoramic Visions tells us the flub's being corrected.

'SNL' Writer Suspended, Apologizes for Barron Trump Tweet

1/23/2017 12:47 PM PST
Breaking News

'SNL' acted swiftly to punish one of its writers after she tweeted a tasteless joke about 10-year-old Barron Trump.

A source familiar with the situation says 'SNL' has suspended Katie Rich indefinitely, and the suspension came down immediately after her infamous social media post on inauguration Friday. 

Rich tweeted, "Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter."

Rich has since deleted all her tweets, with the exception of an apology she posted Monday.

Deadline first reported her suspension.


Trump to Protesters If You're So Upset, Why Didn't You Vote?

1/22/2017 6:49 AM PST

Donald Trump sent 3 different messages to America via Twitter re: Saturday's protests:

1.   You sat on your hands. Trump said, "Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!  Why didn't these people vote?"

2.  Celebrities are a turnoff.  It's a theme Trump has carried forward since early on in his campaign.  He said, "Celebs hurt cause badly."  Lots of celebs spoke at the rallies, including Scarlett Johansson, Ashley Judd, Amy Schumer and Madonna.

3.  I'm not against protests. Trump ended with a conciliatory thought, saying, "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy.  Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."

Prez Trump and Melania We're @POTUS and @FLOTUS Now

1/20/2017 9:58 AM PST
Breaking News

Twitter's official POTUS and FLOTUS handles have changed profile images to President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

Twitter made the switch almost immediately after Trump was sworn in as the 45th Prez. Meanwhile, the Obamas are now @POTUS44 and @FLOTUS44.

This appears to be the first time in history Twitter's done this. Tweeting wasn't nearly as widespread in 2009, and @POTUS wasn't created until 2015.

Peaceful transition ... on social media. Just as the forefathers wanted it. 

Johnny Manziel Denies Charging Fans For Selfies 'Dumbest Thing I've Heard'

1/19/2017 11:06 AM PST
Breaking News

Johnny Manziel is refuting reports that he's planning to charge fans $50 to take selfies at the Super Bowl ... saying it's "the dumbest thing I've ever heard."

Promo flyers circulated social media last week detailing Johnny's appearance at several Stadium Signature stores in Texas during Super Bowl week ... offering autographs for $99 and selfies for $50.

The Heisman trophy winner went to Twitter Thursday morning claiming the reports of makin' money off the snapshots are totally false ... and he's just looking to give back to his fans.

"Just had this brought to to my attention. I'm not charging a penny for a damn 'selfie' at the super bowl," Johnny tweeted.

"I'm doing this signing for the people (especially Texans) who have stuck with me through all the mistakes I've made these past years #tru"

As for the $99 charge per autograph, Johnny didn't confirm or deny that. 

'A Dog's Purpose' Actor, Director Shaken Over Terrified Dog Video

1/19/2017 5:53 AM PST

The actor who voices the German Shepherd shown in the extremely disturbing video posted by TMZ says he's "shaken and sad" ... and the director echoed the sentiment.

Josh Gad, who appears in the upcoming film as the voice of the dog, says he's seen the video, which he describes as "a scared German Shepard being forced to perform a stunt." He says he doesn't have the full context, but adds, "I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will."

Gad is calling for "an explanation," and so is director Lasse Hallstrom, who says "I have been promised that a thorough investigation into this situation is underway and that any wrongdoing will be reported and punished."

Donald Trump FL Man Arrested for Assassination Threat

1/18/2017 12:49 PM PST
Breaking News

A man who posted a video threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump at the inauguration has been arrested in Florida.

Miami Beach PD arrested Dominic Puopolo Tuesday at a Subway restaurant. He had recorded and tweeted a video on Monday ... saying he intended to go to Washington D.C. on Friday and kill Trump. He said he was "following orders" and challenged the Secret Service to stop him.

Puopolo also referred to himself as Lord Jesus Christ.

He's being held on a million dollar bond. Police say he will undergo a mental evaluation.

Story developing ...

Antonio Brown Apologizes for Locker Room Video ... 'Wrong of Me'

1/18/2017 6:02 AM PST
Breaking News

Antonio Brown says he's genuinely sorry for live streaming private moments from the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room ... explaining, "I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me."

Brown got ripped by his head coach Mike Tomlin and QB Ben Roethlisberger for broadcasting the video ... which contained Tomlin referring to the Patriots as "a-holes."

The WR went to social media Tuesday night to issue his public apology. 

"First, I'd like to take this opportunity to say that I'm sorry for my actions and behavior after Sunday's game," Brown wrote.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans."

"It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions."

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while preparing for a big game on Sunday."

D.L. Hughley MLK III Betrayed John Lewis With Trump Meeting

1/18/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

D.L. Hughley isn't trying to hide his anger at MLK Jr.'s son for betraying Civil Rights leader Rep. John Lewis during his beef with Donald Trump ... in D.L.'s eyes, anyway.

D.L. definitely got some stuff off his chest when we asked about Martin Luther King III's meeting with the Prez-elect. He flat-out rips him for not calling out Trump for his Twitter rant against Rep. Lewis ... who walked shoulder to shoulder with MLK Jr. in the '60s.

As for why MLK III really had the meeting -- D.L. offers a mercenary theory.

The outrage is real.

Tony Romo Trolled By EA Sports Only Way You'll See The Superbowl ... Is On Madden

1/17/2017 11:30 AM PST

Here's the definition of kicking a Cowboy while he's down ...

EA Sports -- the company that makes Madden Football -- just trolled the hell out of Tony Romo, basically saying the only way Romo will ever reach the Super Bowl is in the game.

It went down on Twitter when NBC Sports tweeted out a story about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying he thinks Romo will one day play in a Super Bowl (lol).

EA Sports was quick with the zinger.

MLB's Matt Garza Blasts Jessica Chastain Over Birth Control 'It's Called Abstinence'

1/13/2017 6:30 AM PST
Breaking News

Jessica Chastain should quit her bitchin' about birth control costs and start preachin' about abstinence ... so says Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza

Garza -- who has 6 kids -- went after the "Zero Dark Thirty" star after she tweeted about a Senate vote this week that struck down an amendment requiring insurance companies to pay for contraceptives. 

Chastain wrote, "#BirthControl is no longer covered by health insurance. Congrats USA, you're doing your part to keep women out of the work force. #smfh."

Garza no likey ... and responded, "It's called abstinence, a word that has been forgotten amongst this generation... it's the best contraceptive... #juatsayin."

So far, Chastain has yet to reply. 

Randy Moss' Baby Mama Denies Blowing $4 Mil On Drugs 'I've Been Clean For Years'

1/12/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Randy Moss' baby mama is calling BS on the ex-NFL receiver after he claimed she blew $4 MILLION on drugs ... telling TMZ Sports, "I've been clean for years."

Moss called out his ex on Twitter last month ... claiming the mother of his 5 children refused to get treatment for a drug addiction in order to see her kids.

We spoke to Libby Offutt ... who says Moss' allegations are completely untrue and an attempt to keep her from seeing her children.

"I went to rehab TEN years ago and have been clean ever since," Offutt says. "He’s just saying that to keep the kids. I’d be dead if I spent $4 million on drugs. Where’s his proof?”

Offutt -- who provided us with documentation of recently passed drug tests -- says she believes Moss unleashed the Twitter rant because he was upset she tried to connect with the kids around Xmas. 

“I drove 4 hours on the 26th to take my kids their Christmas presents and his wife wouldn’t let me see the kids or even leave their presents for them."

"He was mad and acted very immature, saying false things that the children are gonna read eventually, subjecting them to more unnecessary emotional stress. And why bash the woman that brought 5 of your children into this world?!"

"He should have respect for me. Not try and publicly harm me.”