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WNBA's Candace Parker Husband Files for Divorce ... I'm Leaving You, Pay Me!

11/9/2016 2:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1109-candace-sheldon-tmzWNBA superstar Candace Parker has just been hit with divorce papers from her husband, a former NBA player, who's demanding spousal support from the 2016 Finals MVP ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We obtained court docs filed by Shelden Williams -- a former Duke star who was the #5 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Williams played in the NBA for 6 seasons.

Williams and Parker were married back in 2008 -- and have a 7-year-old daughter together.

According to the divorce docs, Williams says the two separated back in August and are living apart. Now, he wants to officially end their 7 year marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. He's asking for joint custody of their kid.

But get this ... Williams -- who reportedly made more than $12 MILLION during his NBA career -- is demanding spousal support from Parker. He also wants her to pay his attorneys fees. 

FYI, Parker reportedly makes in the low 6-figures with the L.A. Sparks -- but crushes it overseas, where reports say she hauls in more than $1 MILLION per year. She also has major endorsements including a deal with Adidas.

We reached out to Parker's camp. So far, no word back. 

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L.A. Sparks We Raged After WNBA Championship ... Strip Club Next???

10/21/2016 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

THE CHAMPS HAVE RETURNED!!!

The WNBA champion Sparks made their triumphant return to L.A. moments ago -- so, we had to ask the obvious question ... HOW'D YOU CELEBRATE?????

Clubs? Yes. Boozing? Absolutely. Strippers??? Not exactly ... at least not yet.

But according to rookie Evgeniia Belyakova (she's from Russia), it ain't outta the question!

Congrats to the most dominant pro sports team in L.A.!!!

Candace Parker 'Devastated' By Brangelina Breakup 'They'll Get Back Together'

9/21/2016 12:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

WNBA star Candace Parker says there's NO WAY we've seen the last of Brangelina ... telling TMZ Sports she thinks -- and hopes -- the two will come to their senses and stay together.

The news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's decision to split took pretty much everyone by surprise ... and Parker was no exception.

"I'm devastated," the 2 time MVP says. "I still think they're gonna get back together. I'm still going for they're gonna go to court and they're gonna throw it out."

Here's to wishful thinking ... check out the clip.

WNBA's Glory Johnson Arrest Warrant Issued Blew Off Dom. Violence Program

8/6/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0805-glory-johnson-USA-TODAY-SPORTS-01Glory Johnson is a wanted woman ... a warrant was issued for the WNBA star's arrest after officials say she did NOT complete a court ordered domestic violence program, TMZ Sports has learned.

It all stems from the violent altercation with her ex-wife, Brittney Griner, back in 2015. Both Johnson and Griner were arrested for attacking each other in their AZ home.

Part of Johnson's sentence was to complete a 6 month domestic violence program by Sept. 25th -- or else she could face up to 6 months in jail.

But according to court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Johnson didn't keep up her end of the bargain -- and as of May 2016, hadn't attended a single session.

Do the math ... impossible to complete a 6 month session in 4 months ... so a warrant was issued for failure to comply. Court records show the warrant is still active.

For her part, Johnson has been incredibly busy ... she gave birth to premature twins back in October and has been raising them by herself. She also divorced Griner and went back to work in the WNBA.

A rep for Johnson insisted "Glory's doing everything the court ordered her to do," ... telling us the warrant is a result of "a paperwork issue that we had assumed her attorney handled."

WNBA Star Elena Delle Donne I'm Engaged ... To A Woman!

8/3/2016 4:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0803_Elena-Delle-Donne_gettyWNBA superstar Elena Delle Donne -- the reigning MVP of the league -- has come out publicly for the first time ... revealing in a piece for Vogue magazine she's engaged to a woman.

E.D.D. had never addressed her sexuality in public before ... but in the Vogue piece acknowledges her fiancee Amanda Clifton ... with whom she lives.

It should be noted that Delle Donne and Clifton haven't been shy about being seen together ... regularly posing for pics on social media.

Delle Donne is currently in Rio to dominate the rest of the basketball world with Team USA and we only have one thing to say to her ...

(watch out for Zika) CONGRATS!

Tamika Catchings WNBA Backs Other Causes ... Why Not 'Black Lives Matter??'

7/24/2016 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

WNBA superstar Tamika Catchings is severely disappointed in her league for its reaction to players supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and thinks something needs to change quickly.

We got the Indiana Fever star at LAX, and she didn't hold back her feelings about the league fining players from several teams for wearing 'BLM' t-shirts during warm-ups. In Tamika's eyes, there's a double standard, since she says the league gets on board with lots of other movements.

She believes this one is especially important because the vast majority of WNBA players are African-American.  As it turns out ... the WNBA dropped the fines a few hours after we shot this video, and says it plans to work with the players to come up with a solution.

Catchings is President of the WNBA Players Association ... so she'll likely be in on those talks. Check out her perspective. 

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Team USA Hoops Star I'M NOT AFRAID OF ZIKA ... I'm Getting That Gold Medal!

6/29/2016 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Good news, America -- one of the best basketball players in the country says she's NOT SCARED of Zika -- and will absolutely travel to Rio to lock up that gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. 

We spoke with WNBA superstar Angel McCoughtry -- 4-time All-Star, 2-time scoring champ -- who tells us she believes the Zika situation is being blown WAY out of proportion. 

"There's always something that comes out every year," Angel said. 

"Last year it was Ebola. Before that it was swine flu. It was something before that ... guess what 00 we ain't worried about that Zika Virus!"

In fact, Angel says she already has plans for that gold medal Team USA is gonna lock up -- check out the clip. 

Brittney Griner I'M SINGLE AGAIN ... Divorce Finalized

6/27/2016 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0627-brittney-griner-glory-johnson-tmz-instagram-02WNBA superstar Brittney Griner is officially out of one of the WORST marriages ever -- because a judge just finalized her divorce from Glory Johnson ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Griner and Johnson -- both WNBA players -- got married back in May 2015 ... right after they were both arrested for domestic violence for attacking each other in their Arizona home.

The marriage lasted only 28 days before Brittney pulled the plug ... while Johnson was pregnant with twins! Griner claimed Johnson was cheating on her with an ex-boyfriend. 

Johnson had claimed they both agreed to parent the children -- and demanded financial support. 

A judge saw it Glory's way and ordered Griner to fork over $2,516 per month PER KID in child support ... PLUS another $2,835 per month to pay for daycare services. 

Griner will NOT have to pay spousal support. 

So, that's it ... it's over. 

Meantime, Johnson has reportedly already rebounded ... with a guy. 

WNBA's Candace Parker WATCH ME DUNK ... We Don't Need Lower Rims!

4/1/2016 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Candace Parker just issued a statement on the whole "should the WNBA lower the rims" controversy ... and it goes a little something like, "BOOOOM!"

The WNBA star just posted a video of her dunking on a regulation size rim ... and then tells the camera, "8 feet, 10 feet ... it don't matter."

This comes on the heels of WNBA star Elena Delle Donne suggesting the league lower the rims to make the game more exciting ... you know, with crazier dunks and alley-oops.  

But Parker ain't buyin' it ... adding a caption to  the video that included some strong hashtags: 

"People WANA know how I feel about the "rim discussion" .... Here's my ANSWER. #Dunk #WhyIsntThereABallDiscussion #SinceWeMakingThingsTheSameWhyCantWeMakeMenPlayWitCramps #BarefootAndPreggoInTheKitchen #Equality #10Feet8FeetDontMatter #Controversy #SpartanWoman #BEASTMom #Mama."

FYI -- The ball discussion refers to the fact the women already play with a smaller ball than the men. Clearly, Parker doesn't like that either.  

Michael Cooper We Want Kobe's Daughters In WNBA!

3/4/2016 11:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kobe Bryant's daughters to the WNBA??? 

It could happen ... because Lakers great and WNBA coach Michael Cooper says he can't wait to sign 'em if they're anything like their dad on the court! 

The 5-time NBA champ -- who now coaches the ATL Dream in the WNBA -- was at LAX when we asked if he had any advice to Kobe in retirement. 

That's when he brought up Kobe's daughters -- 9-year-old Gianna and 13-year-old Natalie -- and said, "I hope one of them turns out to be like Kobe-ish ... 'cause I'm still looking for that player!" 

For the record, Kobe DID brag that Gianna is starting to shoot like him ... 

SIGN HER UP! 

WNBA's Brittney Griner SCREW GILBERT ARENAS ... I'll Never Forgive You

12/22/2015 5:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Will Brittney Griner ever consider forgiving Gilbert Arenas for the stupid sexist comments he made about the WNBA??

"Hell no."

Griner says EVERYONE in the league knows what Gilbert said -- and personally, she doesn't ever want to see him at a WNBA game ever again. 

Check out the clip ... she's pissed -- and quite frankly, can't really blame her. 

MTV Star Stop Hating On Gilbert Arenas ... You Hypocrites!!!

12/19/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

MTV2 "Guy Code" star Andrew Schulz is clapping back at Gilbert Arenas haters ... saying his controversial statements about the WNBA wouldn't matter ... if the people who are mad actually went to the games. 

Andrew -- who's currently starring in the IFC channel show "Benders" -- was out in NYC when we asked his thoughts on Arenas' explosive statements about female basketball players.

In case you missed it ... Gilbert pissed off most of the known world by criticizing the WNBA for not having hot enough players to capture the male audience.

Check out the clip -- Andrew doesn't hold back ... saying that he thinks some of the outrage is totally hypocritical ... and coming from people who don't support the league they're sticking up for.

We're just gonna stay out of this one ...

Gilbert Arenas I Won't Apologize to Ugly Women ... 'I'm Not Sorry'

12/17/2015 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Gilbert Arenas is not backing down ... saying he refuses to apologize for the comments he made about the WNBA -- because he's NOT SORRY for saying the league is packed with ugly women. 

Arenas joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" show on FS1 -- and said he firmly believes the only way to save the WNBA is by appealing to horny men.  

We asked what he would say to his daughter if she wanted to play in the WNBA without having to wear a sexually suggestive uniform ... and his answer was pretty shocking.  

There's A LOT more -- you can see the whole interview tonight on "TMZ Sports" on FS1 at 9 PM PT, 12 AM ET. 

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