Former UFC star Thiago Silva has been cleared to fight again ... not by the UFC (Dana White banned him for life) ... but by a judge, who says Silva has the right to earn his living.
As we previously reported, Silva was finally released from jail (on bail) after allegedly grabbing a gun and threatening to execute his wife and her boyfriend outside of a FL martial arts gym last month.
The judge slapped Silva with several restrictions (no drugs, booze, anger management, etc) ... but Silva's attorney Scott Saul tells us he DID allow Silva to resume training for his MMA career.
Weird, since one day he'll be learning how to manage his anger ... and the next he'll be training himself to pummel another man within an inch of his life.
We're told Silva -- who's under house arrest and wears an electronic tracking device -- has permission to train at a nearby gym. He's also allowed to visit with his attorney and his manager.
Since the UFC is off the table, Silva will try and book a fight with another organization -- and once that happens (if it happens), the judge will have to give approval before Silva can enter the ring.
Arizona Cardinals Star
Darren Sharper Is a JOKE!!!
3/10/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Darren Sharper" is apparently becoming a slang term for raping a woman ... at least according to Arizona Cardinals defensive stud Darnell Dockett.
The 3-time Pro Bowler went on Twitter the other day and spelled it out ... writing:
"My boy just said 'Man I saw a girl so bad today I wish I had that DS for her.' I said what's DS? He said that Darren sharper."
Sharper has been charged with drugging and raping 2 women in Los Angeles ... and he's facing similar allegations in 4 other states, including Arizona.
One guy gave Dockett the "too soon" treatment on Twitter. What do you think?
'Hills' Star Doug Reinhardt
Neighbor War BACKFIRES
Judge Orders Neighbor to Pay $50K
3/10/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Doug Reinhardt's neighbor is really eating his hat now -- after he took the former "Hills" star to court and demanded a restraining order ... the judge ordered the NEIGHBOR to pay $50,000.
TMZ broke the story ... Reinhardt's real estate agent neighbor obtained a temporary restraining order against the reality star back in December, claiming Reinhardt had threatened to "beat the f***" out of him for complaining about his late night parties.
The neighbor was back in court recently -- to see if the judge would make the restraining order permanent -- but not only did the judge deny the neighbor's request ... he ordered him to pay $49,500 to cover Doug's legal fees.
Doug's attorney tells us, the judge ruled in Doug's favor ... finding the neighbor's complaint was frivolous.
Regrets N. Korea Trip ...
I'm Not the Devil!
3/9/2014 9:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman now knows what we all figured out from the beginning ... his trips to North Korea were NOT a good idea.
Rodman appeared on ESPN today where he was brought to tears when talking about the negative reaction he received following his visits with Kim Jong-un ... particularly the time he sung the man "Happy Birthday."
But Rodman said he believes that one day he will be vindicated and that relations with North Korea will improve, and when they do, "Watch all these people kiss my ass."
Forgive us if we don't hold our breath.
Did He Drop an F-Bomb
During NBA Broadcast?
3/8/2014 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
During last night's game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls, ESPN's Jon Barry either dropped a very causal F-bomb or ... well, we really don't have another option.
As Grizzlies center Marc Gasol drained a midrange jumper, Barry remarked, "four f**king jumpers he's knocked down."
It's possible Barry said something else (one site postulated he was trying to say "flat-footed" jumpers), but it's clear he got a little tongue-tied.
[h/t the ironically named Fire Jon Barry]
Habitual Gambling Debtor
Ran From 2 Other Casino Debts
3/8/2014 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
He might be the welcher-weight champion of the world ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned Antonio Tarver was sued over unpaid gambling debts by TWO VEGAS CASINOS before his problems with the Wynn.
According to court docs, Tarver got into some trouble with the MGM Grand and the Bellagio back in 2009 after taking out a heavy-duty gambling marker at each hotel and failing to pay it back.
MGM Grand says ... Tarver borrowed $100k but only paid back $10k
Bellagio says ... Tarver borrowed $50k but only paid back $5k.
They sued -- and according to court records, both casinos got their money back two years later.
But Tarver didn't learn his lesson. As we previously reported, the 45-year-old was locked up for allegedly skipping out on a $200,000 gambling marker from the Wynn stemming from 2012.
Tarver suggested his friend would help him repay the debt -- as long as he gets back in the ring and starts boxing again.
We spoke to Tarver's reps who insist the guy does NOT have a gambling problem.
Hey Judge, Thanks for Rehab
Let's Smoke a Joint!
3/8/2014 12:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like Chief Keef learned tons in rehab ... just weeks after completing his court-ordered stint, the rapper posted a smoked out selfie.
C.K. posted the pic on Instagram Friday night with caption the "At Home" ... showing off his hair in fancy pigtails.
You'll recall ... Keef was released from jail back in December but a judge ordered him to rehab for failing 3 drug tests while on probation.
Keef might consider ... the judge was already pissed off at him.
Note to Keef: Google "Red Flag, Bull."
'Big Brother' Star GinaMarie
Black People Have Forgiven Me
... For Dropping N-Bomb
3/8/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" star GinaMarie Zimmerman -- who called welfare "n****r insurance" on the show and got fired from her job as a result -- says all is now good between her and the African-American community.
GinaMarie was leaving a convention in Queens when she told our photog that all the hate she received for dropping an n-bomb on TV is behind her.
As for the special pass she claims black people gave her ... we'll let her explain that one.
She has a way with words.
Amsterdam Coffee Shop Run
3/7/2014 3:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
... no, not that kind.
The one he went to on Friday actually sells coffee.
Sorry stoners, he's not one of you ... as far as we know.
Called Out Over Carry-On Bag
3/7/2014 11:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Yeah, this sucks.
You know the feeling ... when you KNOW your carry-on bag is too big for the plane, but you hope and pray no one calls you out on it.
Well, the other day at LAX ... Keyshawn Johnson got called out.
Watch the clip ... at the very least, you can totally feel his pain -- nobody wants to check a carry-on bag.
MJ's Alleged Son
DNA Test Results Are Bogus
Ripped from 'Terminator'
3/7/2014 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a shocker -- the DNA test results that allegedly prove 31-year-old Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson's son are BOGUS ... in fact, so bogus ... the logo from the so-called DNA testing lab was ripped from "Terminator Salvation."
As we reported, FilmOn.com's Alki David put on a spectacle Thursday -- claiming he had DNA results proving singer B Howard was the biological son of the King of Pop. He then produced the results showing a "99.99999%" probability that MJ was Brandon's dad.
TMZ obtained a photo of the DNA doc -- allegedly from a testing facility in Ireland called "DNA Lab." We searched high and low but could find no such generic DNA lab in Ireland.
Skeptical, we investigated -- a simple Google image search of "DNA results" turns up a bunch of sample docs with the same exact easily-stealable format as the one we got.
But the coup de grace -- we then Google image searched "DNA logo" and the first result ... literally ... was the same DNA pic used in the "DNA Lab" logo.
And that's not even the best part -- a reverse image search of the logo shows a bunch of results for "Terminator Salvation." A little more digging revealed the logo was used on PROMOTIONAL T-SHIRTS for the movie.
Can't say we're all that shocked.
Obama Has Nothing But R-S-P-E-C-T For Her
3/7/2014 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
President Obama blew one of the most iconic signature lines in the history of music Thursday night ... as he paid homage to Aretha Franklin at The White House.
Obama touted Aretha's iconic song "RESPECT" by calling it "a rallying cry for African-Americans, women, and then everyone who felt marginalized."
Problem is ... he spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T wrong.
Whether you want to hear it or not, Obama got a pass that George W -- the Bush famous for malaprops -- would never have gotten.
By the way ... after the event -- which honored "women of soul" ... we asked Aretha if there will ever be another A-R-E-T-H-A.
Skin Specialist to Stars
Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot
3/7/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A skin specialist who once got into an epic feud with Nicki Minaj is now in jail ... arrested for allegedly masterminding a MURDER FOR HIRE plot.
Dawn DaLuise owns her own salon -- Skin Refinery -- in West Hollywood. Another esthetician moved into the same building where DaLuise works and we're told she went ballistic at the threat of competition under her own roof.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... DaLuise allegedly hired a hit man to kill her competitor. Sources tell us ... the would-be hit man is a VERY large, former Detroit Lions player.
We're told someone had loose lips and told an acquaintance about the murder-for-hire plot, and that person went to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. and blew the whistle.
DaLuise was arrested Wednesday for solicitation to commit murder and is currently being held on $1 million bail.
DaLuise has a huge celeb clientele, including Christian Slater, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Alicia Silverstone and Christina Ricci. She also claims Jennifer Aniston as a client.
Nicki Minaj was once a client, but that didn't go so well. DaLuise waxed Nicki's eyebrows, and Nicki went crazy, saying, "Look what you did to my damn face! You think this s*** is worth $170?!"
As for the arrest ... DaLuise's rep had no comment.