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Basketball Thong Model Gilbert Arenas Ain't Wrong ... WNBA Needs a Makeover

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

One of the hot basketball playing thong models in the video Gilbert Arenas used to bash the WNBA says Gilbert is NOT entirely wrong ... the league needs to sex it up if it hopes to survive. 

And get this ... the model is a former college basketball player who says she knows firsthand the challenges female athletes have when it comes to getting respect. 

Her name is Melody Rae --who played at the U of Tennessee at Martin -- and she tells TMZ Sports, "I'm all about empowering women ...and if wearing sexy attire helps to promote the game in any way I'm all for it."

Gilbert posted a video of Melody and another model, Tamra, hoopin' around in their undies ... a video that was a behind the scenes moment for a calendar shoot for SmilePillows.com. 

Arenas said all WNBA players should look like them -- and the ugly players should get the ax

Melody says Gilbert's approach wasn't exactly ideal -- but she agrees with his message. 

"Look at our video for instance. We were doing a calendar shoot and this fun video gets released and goes viral. The only reason people are paying attention to it is because of what we are wearing."

At the end of the day, Melody says she just wants more people to watch women's basketball. 

"The women in the WNBA are prominent athletes that should have their arenas filled. I'm glad our video shed light on a league that deserves it and I support them whole heartedly."

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John Salley There Are NO BEANPIES In the WNBA

12/17/2015 6:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

John Salley says Gilbert Arenas is CRAZY for claiming the WNBA is packed with ugly women -- 'cause he's NEVER seen an unattractive woman on the court! 

"There's not an ugly woman in the WNBA," Salley said ... "Not one."

Check out the clip ... Salley DOES give Gilbert props for staying relevant -- but says when it comes to calling out female ballers, Arenas has his head up his butt. 

WNBA's Mistie Bass Rips Gilbert's Sexist Rant ... 'I'm Not Ugly'

12/16/2015 4:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"I think what he said was sexist and I'm not ugly. I know that and I don't need him to tell me I'm not." -- WNBA champ Mistie Bass on Gilbert Arenas

This video is awesome ... the Phoenix Mercury star joined "TMZ Sports" (tonight on FS1 at 9:30 PM PT, 12:30 AM ET) ... and sounded off about Gilbert's "sexist" tirade about female basketball players. 

Bass is great -- and spells out her issues with the ex-NBA star ... telling him he should RESPECT female athletes instead of objectifying them

BTW -- Mistie is the daughter of Chubby Checker -- how cool is that!? 

Gilbert Arenas Slammed By WNBA 'Utterly Disrespectful & Wrong'

12/16/2015 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1216-gilbert-arenas-wnba-getty-01The WNBA is coming out swingin' at Gilbert Arenas -- saying his comments about WNBA players are "repugnant, utterly disrespectful and flat-out wrong."  

A league spokesperson issued a statement on behalf of the WNBA and the NBA condemning Gilbert's suggestion that the league get rid of ugly players ... and force the hot ones to play in more revealing uniforms. 

"WNBA players are strong, talented and determined individuals who give it their all on the court and serve as inspiring role models to millions around the world. They should be celebrated for their accomplishments, not disparaged with ignorant insults."

WNBA Star Fires Back at Gilbert Arenas ... Don't Objectify Us!

12/16/2015 11:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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WNBA champ Swin Cash has declared WAR on Gilbert Arenas -- and people like him -- saying she needs to save strong female athletes from sexists who are trying to shame them on social media. 

Cash was clearly upset after Gilbert blasted the WNBA -- saying the league needs to ditch the ugly players and make the hot ones play in less clothing.  

"[Gilbert] obviously needs a hug & attention so y'all give it to him," said Cash ... a 4-time WNBA All Star and 3-time WNBA champ.

"To all my smart, beautiful young female ballers... No one ever asked NBA guys to hoop in a speedo so laugh at haters & Dab on dem folk."

She added, "We are at war trying to save our young girls from a lot of social media shaming & I am not here for it!"

Meanwhile, Arenas has doubled down on his comments -- writing, "MEN DON'T WANNA WATCH WOMEN ACT LIKE MEN ... NOW GIVE US WHAT WE WANT and unveil them bodies."

Gilbert Arenas Most WNBA Players Are Ugly Lesbians

12/16/2015 7:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1216-gilbert-arenas-tmz-01Gilbert Arenas says he can save the WNBA -- get rid of all the ugly chicks who look like they belong in "Orange is the New Black" ... and swap 'em out for hot chicks in thongs. 

Sexist? Very ... but Gilbert doesn't seem to care -- essentially saying the WNBA's biggest problem is that it's overrun with unattractive women. 

The ex-NBA superstar posted a video of 2 hot models hoopin' around in thongs and wrote, "NOW this is what america was hoping for when they announced the #WNBA back in 1996... not a bunch of chicks running around looking like,cast members from #orangeisthenewblack."

1216-sub-gilbert-arenas-lrm-03But wait, there's more ... 

Arenas added, "Dont get me wrong, they have few #cutiepies but theres a whole alotta #beanpies running around."

"If Skylar Diggins came out like this, I dont care if she missed every layup ... imma buy season tickets and I dont even know where the f*ck #tulsa is."

And to his critics, Arenas says ... "If u think this is sexist,9 times out of 10 u the ugly one and we didnt pay to come see u play anyway."

WNBA Star Skylar Diggins Face Down, Ass Up That's Da Way We Like To Train

10/26/2015 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

WNBA star Skylar Diggins is a very serious athlete ... so if you can't take your eyes off how hot her ass looks in the very serious training video you're about to see ... it's not her problem.

We tried ... we failed.

Happy Monday.

Glory Johnson to Brittney Griner You Don't Deserve an Annulment ... We're in This Together

8/14/2015 7:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0607-glory-johnson-brittney-griner-GETTY-01Glory Johnson's reaction to Brittney Griner's annulment filing getting shot down is ... the judge did what's right and fair -- and she says Brittney can't run from their marriage.

The pregnant Tulsa Shock player tells TMZ Sports ... "I am thankful the annulment was rejected because an act of marriage did occur." As we reported ... an Arizona judge just rejected Griner's request to annul their marriage.

Glory adds, "Together we made life changing decisions which impacted our lives collectively, and we both should be held responsible for those decisions."

Translation: I'm having twins, we're still married, and YOU are the breadwinner for this family.

We've reached out to Brittney's camp ... no word back yet.

WNBA Star Brittney Griner No Annulment! Still Married to Johnson

8/14/2015 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0814-brittney-griner-glory-johnson-01Brittney Griner's attempt to annul her marriage was shot down in an Arizona court.

WNBA superstar Griner had filed for the annulment back in June ... right after fellow hoopster and wife, Glory Johnson, announced she was pregnant with twins. An AZ judge rejected the annulment case on Thursday.

It's unclear where that leaves the unhappy couple -- presumably headed for divorce court. 

It's been an insane year for Griner and Johnson -- they both got arrested for domestic violence in April, got married May 8th ... and 28 days later, Griner filed for annulment.

According to People, which first reported the failed annulment ... Johnson is now living in Tennessee near her family. Griner is still in AZ, playing for the Phoenix Mercury.

A rep says Glory is just focused on having a healthy pregnancy.

Brittney Griner I Busted Glory Johnson ... Creeping with Her Ex-Boyfriend

7/23/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0604-brittney-griner-glory-johnson-instagram-01Brittney Griner was a woman scorned when she pulled the plug on her marriage -- because she learned Glory Johnson was texting an ex-boyfriend on the down-low ... during their engagement.

According to new annulment docs -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- Griner says she found out Johnson had been texting the guy in early April ... months into their engagement. Griner's point is she would never have married Johnson if she knew the old flame was still flickering. 

Griner also says she's learned Johnson was still boning a guy in the summer of 2014 ... early on in their courtship. She doesn't say if it's the same guy in the texts. Again, Griner says had she known, she wouldn't have popped the question in August 2014.

And Brittney doesn't want to be an ATM -- saying Glory doesn't deserve spousal support because they were only married for 28 days. Plus, neither got paid during that period due to their WNBA suspensions for domestic violence.

Glory's rep, D.J. Fisher, calls the cheating allegations false. He added, Glory is "popular and beautiful, so she's going to have male friends." He says only an insecure person would think it's more than that.

Brittney Griner I Knew About Pregnancy 'Surprised' By Announcement

6/8/2015 2:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Brittney Griner says she was blindsided by Glory Johnson's pregnancy announcement -- but it wasn't the fact she was preggo that shocked her, it was the timing.

Griner sat down with ESPN's Kate Fagan and said she was surprised that Johnson went public with the news when she did because "it's very early. It's too early to post or say anything about it."

As TMZ Sports previously reported, sources connected to the couple tell us Johnson has only been pregnant for less than a month. 

It's still unclear whether or not Griner wants to have a relationship with the child -- or if she plans on helping out Johnson with the financial situation. 

During the interview, Griner re-stated that getting married to Johnson was a "huge mistake" and said she only agreed because she felt pressured into it. 

"With everything going on ... counseling, classes ... it wasn't the right way to start off a marriage like that."

Glory Johnson Brittney Griner Is a Liar ... She Blindsided Me

6/5/2015 4:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0605_gloria_johnson_brittney-griner_gettyGlory Johnson says she was "blindsided" by Brittney Griner's decision to file for an annulment today -- telling TMZ Sports she's "extremely hurt" by Brittney's actions. 

We spoke with Johnson's sports marketing agent, D.J. Fisher, who tells us "Glory was unaware of the filing and still loves and cares for Brittney."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Griner filed the court docs Friday -- saying Johnson essentially threatened her into getting married ... and claims the whole thing was a fraud. 

Griner issued a statement saying, "Last Wednesday, Glory and I agreed to either legally separate, get divorced, or annul our marriage. In the week prior to the wedding, I attempted to postpone the wedding several times until I completed counseling, but I still went through with it. I now realize that was a mistake."

But Johnson's camp says Brittney's full of crap -- saying they NEVER agreed to annul the marriage.

Johnson's rep adds, "Glory loves Brittney and made a huge sacrifice to carry a child, put her career on hold, to invest in their relationship and their future. As a result she won't be playing this season."

"Glory wouldn't intentionally do anything to hurt Brittney and has tried her best to protect her and their marriage. Obviously this marriage was about them starting their life together. Glory is the sweetest thing in the world and she was dedicated to their partnership."

"She knows how important marriage is and made a lifetime commitment and decision to spend the rest of her life with Brittney."

WNBA's Brittney Griner My Wife Is Preggo!

6/4/2015 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0604-brittney-griner-glory-johnson-instagram-01WNBA superstar Brittney Griner is going to be a mom ... 'cause her WNBA wife Glory Johnson has announced she's got a bun in the oven. 

The couple is obviously moving quickly -- they were just married last month. 

Sources close to the couple tell us they found out just a few weeks ago -- and insist Johnson was NOT pregnant at the time of the domestic violence incident in Arizona back in April.  

Clearly, the couple used a sperm donor ... though the donor's identity has not been revealed at this point. 

24-year-old Johnson made the announcement on her Instagram page -- showing a picture of a bun in an oven ... with the caption, "#WelcomeToTheJohnsonGrinerFamily."

0604-subasset-britney-gringer-instagram2The WNBA season is set to begin Friday -- we're told Glory will NOT play this season.

No word on how this will impact her 7 game suspension stemming from her domestic violence arrest back in April. 

Sources close to the couple tell us Griner and Johnson had been planning to have a family through artificial insemination for months ... and they began trying right around the time of the wedding.  

Congrats! 

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