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WNBA's Breanna Stewart 'I Was Molested' as a Child ... Time to Speak Out!

10/30/2017 6:51 AM PDT
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WNBA star Breanna Stewart says she was repeatedly molested by an adult man from ages 9-11 ... and she's sharing her story to help other abused women find the strength to seek help.

"It's not a dirty little secret," Breanna wrote in The Players' Tribune. "When you're comfortable with it, and when you're comfortable being open about it, you could save someone's life."

Stewart describes her abuser as a construction worker who "lived in one of the houses" of a relative.

She says the man would molest her when she slept over at the family member's house ... and the abuse continued for 2 years until she finally told her parents, who reported the man to the police.

Stewart says she's never been to therapy, but the basketball court "became a sort of safe space for me."

But basketball was just an outlet to help her cope ... and Breanna urges fellow victims to step forward the moment the abuse begins.  

"If you are being abused, tell somebody. If that person doesn't believe you, tell somebody else. Help is there."

L.A. Sparks' Essence Carson: WNBA Finals Protest ... NOT ABOUT THE FLAG!

9/28/2017 10:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

L.A. Sparks player Essence Carson is telling TMZ Sports why the team walked off the court for the national anthem during games 1 and 2 of the WNBA Finals this week ... and why it's NOT about the flag.

FYI, the Sparks were booed in Minneapolis when they returned to the floor following their demonstration -- but Carson says people are completely missing the point of the protest.

"Everyone's so focused on the flag. It's not even about the flag. It's about racial equality, criminal justice reform, police brutality and everything along those lines and I feel like people are forgetting that."

Carson says she hopes "one day [people] will finally understand the point of it all."

Essence also says she feels like she's truly standing up for something she believes in -- and it doesn't sound like the team will stop the demonstration anytime soon.

Albert Haynesworth & Baby Mama Cops Called Over Argument About Cheating

9/22/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Albert Haynesworth and his baby mama, Brittany Jackson, went nuclear on each other during an argument about Albert's alleged cheating ... and it got so bad, cops were called. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Albert claims he's the victim of domestic violence -- alleging his baby mama abused him physically and emotionally during their rocky relationship. 

We did some digging and found multiple incidents with couple involving police -- including one altercation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in which the ex-NFL star says Jackson was berating him in front of their 3-year-old son. 

The officer who responded to their home said, "Brittany told me that she was upset that Albert has been talking to other women and they had an argument over his infidelity."

Brittany told the cop the alleged cheating was "an ongoing issue between them."

Brittany denied physically attacking Albert. Albert denied physically attacking Brittany. 

Albert admitted they did argue over "claims" of infidelity -- and he tried to ignore her but she wouldn't drop the issue. Albert says he just wants to be left alone. 

The cop advised both parties to cool off. No arrests were made. 

As we previously reported, cops were also called to a home in Tennessee the very next month -- where Haynesworth claims Brittany kicked him in the groin twice during an argument. 

We reached out to Brittany for comment. So far, no word back. 

Albert Haynesworth: My Baby Mama Attacked Me ... I Have Witnesses

9/20/2017 11:21 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NFL superstar Albert Haynesworth claims he's the victim of domestic violence -- alleging his baby mama physically and verbally abused him ... and TMZ Sports has the police report.

The drama between Haynesworth and his ex, Brittany Jackson, went public Wednesday when she accused him of skipping out on child support for their young son. 

Jackson's a former college basketball star who says she also played in the WNBA. 

Haynesworth -- who reportedly made more than $50 MILLION during his NFL career -- fired back with allegations of his own. 

"Not only has she called me unthinkable names she has been extremely violent," Haynesworth claims.

The 6'6", 350-pound defensive tackle says he called police on the woman more than 10 times during their rocky 2-year relationship. 

"I have witnesses and bruises but me for some reason still tried to protect her by not sending her to jail bc I didn't want to ruin her so called career and name."

TMZ Sports obtained a police report filed back in January in which Haynesworth told police in Tennessee that Jackson kicked him in the groin twice after an argument at a friend's house. Albert told cops she had been drinking wine. 

According to the police report, Haynesworth refused medical attention. Albert never pushed forward with charges. 

Haynesworth claims his ex, who is white, would call him the n-word -- despite the fact they have a mixed race child together -- because "she said she wanted me to feel hurt bc I didn't show her affection."

Haynesworth adds, "Being a man I am a provider and protecter I have millions of faults that are not flattering but NO ONE deserves to be mentally and physically abuse!!!"

We reached out to Haynesworth's ex multiple times for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Kobe Bryant Daughter Doin' Hoop Work ... Introducing 'Mambacita'

9/18/2017 7:17 AM PDT
Breaking News

Hey WNBA (hell, maybe NBA), Kobe Bryant's daughter is coming to dominate you all ... here's video of the making of a new Mamba -- and it seems like the snake doesn't slither far from the father.

Kobe posted video of his 11-year-old daughter, Gianna, getting some work in ... and that work was learning some signature Bryant moves -- the same moves that dominated the NBA for 20 years.

Bryant explained the workout in one of his captions, saying they were both inspired to get up and sweat by the upcoming WNBA Finals rematch ... and debuted a new nickname for her -- "Mambacita."

Yeah, it's on. 

WNBA Star Sue Bird I'm Gay & Dating Megan Rapinoe!!

7/20/2017 10:14 AM PDT
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WNBA star Sue Bird is going public with her sexuality for the first time ... revealing she's dating U.S. women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe!!

The 36-year-old All-Star opened up about her relationship with Rapinoe ... saying she's never purposely kept her relationship with the 32-year-old Seattle Reign star a secret to her close friends, but explains why it was time to finally go public.

"It's happening when it's happening because that's what feels right," Bird told ESPNW.

"So even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn't right for me at the time. I have to be true to that. It's my journey."

Bird -- who's played in the WNBA for 14 years -- says she realized she was gay while playing at UConn, but considered it a "non-issue."

Diana Taurasi Marries Former WNBA Teammate Day Before Season Opener

5/15/2017 7:53 AM PDT
Breaking News

WNBA superstar Diana Taurasi tied the knot with ex-teammate Penny Taylor this weekend ... less than 24 hours before Diana hit the court for the Phoenix Mercury's season opener.

Taurasi and Taylor won 3 WNBA championships together with PHX ... before Taylor retired in 2016 to become the team's director of player development.

The 2009 MVP scored just 3 points in the Mercury's 68-58 loss to the Dallas Wings ... but Taurasi says that didn't take away from her special weekend, telling reporters "It's going to be one of those days we'll remember for the rest of our lives."

Taurasi is one of the biggest names in women's basketball, but kept her relationship with Taylor out of the public eye until discussing the wedding after Sunday's game.

Congrats!!

WNBA Legend Chamique Holdsclaw Calls Out Jameis Winston ... Women Have A Voice, A LOUD One

2/23/2017 3:34 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

One of the greatest female basketball players ever is calling out Jameis Winston ... saying the time of women being silent, submissive and meek is OVER ... and he'd better get used to it.

TMZ Sports spoke with Chamique Holdsclaw, a former 2-time NCAA player of the year and 6-time WNBA All-Star who says Jameis was WAY OFF when he told elementary school kids that women are "supposed to be silent, polite and gentle."

"Young girls to be silent? That's not the way that I was raised," Holdsclaw told us.

"When I'm out there ministering to young girls, I'm telling them you gotta be your authentic self ... you can't be stuck in a box. You can't heed to traditional stereotypes of what a woman should be."

She didn't stop there ...

"We have to teach these men and boys not to tear us down either and not limit us with their expectations or perceptions of us."

Best part of the vid? When we asked how a group of WNBA players woulda reacted to Jameis telling THEM that ... here's a hint, he probably would've needed an Uber.

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

11/9/2016 2:54 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

WNBA 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. 

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

10/21/2016 3:46 PM PDT
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
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
EXCLUSIVE

Glory 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
Breaking News

WNBA 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!

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