Muhammad Ali's Ex-Wife I Love LeBron ... 'But He's No Muhammad Ali'


Muhammad Ali's ex-wife -- who was married to him during his Vietnam War protest -- says she wishes LeBron James would have stood up for the people of Hong Kong, because that's what Muhammad would have done.

TMZ Sports spoke with Khalilah Ali -- who was married to the boxer from 1967 to 1976 -- and she says she was his adviser for his biggest protest ... refusing to fight in the Vietnam war.

Khalilah says she's aware of China's issues with the NBA -- and the pro-Hong Kong tweet sent by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey -- but says she'll ALWAYS support people "who are standing up for their rights."

So, when Khalilah heard LeBron's comments -- which condemned Morey's tweet -- it was clear to her Muhammad would have handled the situation MUCH differently.

Listen to the audio, Khalilah essentially says powerful people like LeBron and Muhammad should stand up for people fighting for their human rights.

Khalilah also says Muhammad was more savvy when it came to his political comments because he was a "man of the world" who was always fighting for the global good.

"They would not take Muhammad Ali's shorts and burn them anywhere, it would never happen."

Khalilah's referring to the backlash LeBron has gotten in Hong Kong -- where protesters are burning LBJ's jersey in the streets.

Critics of LeBron have been trashing him on social media -- saying he's no Muhammad Ali. Khalilah agrees ... but says he "could be" if he changes the way he handles global political issues.

She adds, "I love LeBron James. I think he's the greatest. But, when it comes to people and society and companies, we have to put that aside. Respect it, but you have to stay the course when it comes to human respect and human fight, human liberty."

Felicity Huffman Turns Herself In ... 14-Day Sentence Begins

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10:43 AM PT -- We've obtained the prison menu ... it's a chicken patty, steamed rice, beans, fruit and a drink for lunch today. Tonight, Felicity will eat pepper steak or lentils, steamed rice, green beans and whole wheat bread. Bon appétit!

Felicity Huffman has just turned herself in to begin serving a 14-day sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal.

The actress arrived at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA Tuesday -- just outside of San Francisco -- where she'll be locked down for the next two weeks. As we reported ... Felicity got 14 days, a $30k fine, one year of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.

Prosecutors initially, privately demanded one year in jail, and then publicly reduced their recommendation to 4 months behind bars, but ultimately reduced it to 1 month. But, the judge scoffed at the prosecutors' request ... saying the case amounted to a bunch of nothing because the college admissions system was already broken.

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What helped Felicity ... the judge said she had "near immediate acceptance of responsibility" for her crime, and she paid one of the smallest bribes. Felicity in court apologized in court ... adding, "I have inflicted more damage (on her daughter) than I could've ever imagined."

As you know by now ... Felicity pled guilty to conspiracy charges for paying $15k to give her daughter a leg up on her college entrance exam. That means she's now a felon.

Originally Published -- 9:51 AM PT

Emily Ratajkowski It's Autumn Somewhere ... Just Not Here

Hot Girl Summer might be over for most of us -- but for Emily Ratajkowski ... the heat just keeps on coming, even as we get into fall. Hooray for year-round seasons!!!

The model was spotted out Monday in the Sunshine State, getting her tan on in Miami with a gal pal in tow. No sight of her hubby, Sebastian, here -- but Emily had no trouble holding the spotlight ... showing off her bangin' body in probably the best swimsuit ever.

She was wearing a fascinating little number as she laid out in the rays -- which featured a plunging split neckline up front ... and nothing but a thong bottom for the back.

Safe to say, it helped expose Emily's best features -- hey, ya gotta avoid those tan lines -- which she was happy to facilitate with lots of turning over, bending and kneeling to make sure every angle of her body got the UVs it needed. Yeah, she knows what she's doing.

BTW, the bathing suit is from Emily's own line, Inamorata, and this particular one-piece -- dubbed Encinitas, after her San Diego-adjacent hometown, retails for $160.

No better way to advertise it than with the creator herself. We're not sure many other beach babes could pull this off as convincingly as Emily does here. #TooFineFall

Cuba Gooding Jr. Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Abuse ... Indictment Includes 12 Other Allegations

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11:05 AM PT -- Cuba's attorney Mark Heller responded to the 12 allegations, telling us ... "Cuba denies all of these allegations. This is a typical scenario in which random people come out of the woodwork to accuse a celebrity who has already been charged. They have no credibility because Cuba was not charged with any of those allegations."

10:25 AM PT -- It's a 4-count indictment against Cuba and he's facing one count of forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree for the new accuser -- both misdemeanors. He's facing the same 2 charges for the original accuser from the rooftop bar incident in June 2019.

The incident involving the new accuser went down at TAO Nightclub on Oct. 24, 2018. According to docs, Cuba allegedly pinched the accuser's buttocks without consent. She confronted him on the spot, and Cuba said he'd pinched her on the back.

The accuser claims he made a "sexually suggestive remark" to her earlier that same night.

The indictment also includes 12 allegations, for which Cuba is not being charged. However, prosecutors say they're including them to show a pattern of behavior. Among the 12 accusers are a woman who claims Cuba was at the Yard House in Long Beach, CA and while taking a photo with her he squeezed her butt and said something to the effect "You've got a good piece of ass."

Another accuser says he bit her shoulder a couple of times in the Hollywood bar Chi back in 2006. She also claims he thrust his pelvis against her leg and tried to lift up her shirt.

Around February 2011, another accuser says she had an encounter at an unnamed Los Angeles bar. She claims he grabbed her arm as she walked past him, placed his hand inside her blouse and squeezed her bare breast. She claims he said, in substance, "Sit on my face, pee in my mouth."

In 2014, while at Cafe Havana in Malibu, a woman claims Cuba reached under her skirt and touched her vagina over her underwear. She says she saw him about a year later at another bar in Santa Monica, punched him in the chest and yelled at him for the Cafe Havana incident.

Prosecutors say the 12 uncharged allegations would refute any claim from Cuba's team the 2 NYC incidents -- for which he's been indicted -- are innocent, accidental or consensual.

9:53 AM PT -- Cuba's arraignment is over, and he walked out of court free of handcuffs, and still confident he'll be exonerated. We're about to get details on the new indictment, but we're told it includes TWO misdemeanor charges related to the new accuser, and also charges related to the original accuser.


9:21 AM PT -- Cuba has just arrived to court for his arraignment on the new charge. Although he was smiling, his hands were cuffed behind him and he was flanked by an NYPD detective.

NYPD has a new set of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s fingerprints after booking the Oscar winner on a new charge ... one prosecutors are still keeping under wraps.

Cuba was processed Tuesday morning, ahead of his scheduled arraignment Tuesday afternoon. While that was going on, his attorney, Mark Heller, was in front of the Manhattan courthouse and said Cuba had surrendered to cops.


Heller also took several jabs at the prosecutors, insinuating they only tacked on this additional charge after coming up short on evidence in the initial case -- the alleged groping at a rooftop bar. He also groused at prosecutors moving both cases to New York's Supreme Court because it allows them to start the case all over, and delay Cuba from getting his day in court.

The Manhattan D.A. has remained tight-lipped about what exactly the new alleged victim is claiming. The charge will be revealed at Tuesday's arraignment, and we're told Cuba will plead not guilty.

As we reported ... Cuba's camp believes the woman is making a claim about an incident from 2018, but they're also claiming she reached out to shake him down for a settlement. Sounds like they're prepared to fight this claim in court as well.

Of course, he also denied the allegations against him from earlier this year -- when a woman claimed he touched her breast -- by pleading not guilty, with all smiles through pretty much every step of the case.

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TMZ obtained surveillance footage from the night in question -- showing the alleged encounter, as well as some aftermath ... which appears to show Cuba making contact with her. Cuba and co. insist he touched her hand, and NOT her breast as she claims.

He initially tried getting the case tossed by trashing his accuser's mental state but to no avail.

Originally Published -- 8:13 AM PT

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Drops N-Word While Discussing Racism

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Andrew Cuomo used the n-word -- while reading a quote from the NY Times -- to illustrate his point about racism against Italian-Americans.

New York's Governor was being interviewed Tuesday on WAMC radio when the topic turned to Indigenous Peoples' Day -- which was celebrated Monday -- and he steered the discussion to slurs used against Italians in the U.S. over history.

Referring to a NYT op-ed published over the weekend ... Cuomo said southern Italians, or Sicilians, were called "quote-unquote and pardon my language, but I’m just quoting the Times: ‘n****r wops.’ n-word wops, as a derogatory comment."

Cuomo didn't skip a beat after dropping the n-word either ... he continued by blasting another article in the Albany Times-Union, in which the author criticized Andrew and his brother, Chris, for their alleged misconception of Italian-American insults.

You'll recall ... the CNN anchor went ballistic on a guy in August for calling him "Fredo," and threatened to beat him up. Chris told the man the term is as offensive to Italians as the n-word is to African-Americans.

Apparently, Andrew forgot to make note of that.

Mama June Pleads Not Guilty In Crack Cocaine Case


Mama June's crack cocaine possession case in Alabama is finally moving along ... she and her boyfriend, Geno Doak, both pled not guilty.

The couple wasn't present at the Macon County Courthouse Tuesday morning for their arraignment, but their lawyer entered a not guilty plea for them ... according to the D.A.'s office. They're both facing charges of felony drug possession.

Once again, the We TV production crew was on-site hoping to catch June and film her ... but came up empty.


We broke the story ... June and Geno made a loud entrance to face the judge last month, with Geno yelling out a homophobic slur as soon as he got out of their SUV and telling our photog to "f**k off."

Their plea hearing was postponed, but Geno declared "Not guilty!" anyway as they left. June was quiet and covered up under a hood while entering and exiting the courthouse, even refusing to talk to her sister ... who's been trying to get her help, to no avail.

Amid her legal woes, June also unloaded her Georgia home in a cash deal that amounted to a shocking loss -- the home's current market value is more than double what she got for it.

Last we heard, the couple was planning to hit the open road and live out of an RV instead.

Of course, all of this has gone down after June and Geno were busted back in March for crack cocaine possession.

After Tuesday's plea ... the drama continues.

Todd Chrisley Suing Georgia IRS Honcho You Had a Corrupt Relationship with My Daughter

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Todd Chrisley is suing a Georgia tax official, claiming the head honcho pursued a relationship with his estranged daughter, Lindsie, to smear him.

Todd and his wife, Julie, sued Joshua Waites, the Director of the Georgia Dept. of Revenue's Office of Special Investigation, claiming he got Lindsie to share all sorts of personal info in an effort to gain her trust or intimidate her into cooperating with him.

The docs claim Waites was a media whore, seeking out the spotlight and using Todd to achieve that goal.

Georgia tax officials had been going after Todd for $2 million in tax fraud, but ultimately decided he overpaid his taxes for most of the years in question.

In the lawsuit, Todd attached several texts between Waites and Lindsie. In one text, Waites writes, "So. Some stuff happened today. And we have a meeting the first of the year that is super big. And is all about Todd. Like serious. So. I want to know if you would be willing to talk about him or her."

The docs also say Waites sent Lindsie a photo of a dartboard or punching bag with Todd's face on it, adding the agents threw darts or punches at it.

Cardi B Whopping 7 Figures for Diamond Ring!!!

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Cardi B isn't kidding when she raps about liking diamonds, stunting, shining and million dollar deals -- enter Offset with her whopping 20-carat birthday gift, which IS worth over SEVEN FIGURES!!!

The Migos rapper reached out to Pristine Jewelers in NYC about 9 months ago -- and owner  Avi Davidov tells us Offset made it clear he was looking to score something incredibly special for Cardi's 27th birthday.

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We're told Offset already had an idea in his mind -- a heart-shaped diamond surrounded by smaller hearts. The center stone is a brilliant 20 carats. The diamond ring's been dubbed the Titanic Diamond for its size and similarity to the Heart of the Ocean rock from the movie. It's complemented by a band of smaller diamonds that total 25 carats.

We're told Avi literally hand-delivered the rings on a silver platter last weekend. As we reported ... Cardi was damn near knocked off her heels when she saw the stunning rings.

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Going all out is what Offset and Cardi do best ... from Kulture's $100k baby bling to Cardi's Rolls-Royce gift to Offset for his 26th bday. Ballers!!!

Jeremy Renner Ex Sent My Nudes to Custody Evaluator ... She's Sex Obsessed


Jeremy Renner claims his ex has aimed to humiliate him by sending his nudes to their custody evaluator ... and her obsession with sex makes him question whether she's fit to parent their 6-year-old daughter.

According to new legal docs ... the 'Avengers' star and Sonni Pacheco exchanged nude photos while they were married, but he says over the course of their custody battle she submitted uncensored pics of his genitals to their lawyers and the evaluator "for no other purpose than to cause me extreme embarrassment."

Renner claims Pacheco failed to mention to the evaluator she sent nudes to him first and requested that he return the favor. He says she conveniently failed to send her nudes to the evaluator. He also says she threatened to sell the pics of him to the media.

The docs allege Sonni is obsessed with Jeremy's sex life and the sex lives of those in his orbit, including one of his nannies. The actor claims she tracked down racy internet photos of the nanny and sent those to the evaluator and his lawyers.

There's more ... Renner says his ex's obsession with sex is expressed in her sculptures, which he calls sexually explicit and "disturbing." The legal docs include several examples, including one where their daughter, Ava, is staring at Pacheco's creation.

Jeremy says he's deeply concerned Sonni is "exposing Ava to such dark, graphic, sexual material on a daily basis."

We broke the story ... Renner fired back at Pacheco Monday in legal docs, calling her a liar with drug and mental health issues ... after she accused him of talking about killing both of them.

The 2 have had a long, nasty history since she filed for divorce in December 2014 after being married for only 10 months. There have been multiple child support issues, and last month Sonni filed for sole custody.

He responded by seeking sole custody himself ... and the battle rages on.

LeBron James Hong Kong Protesters Burn LeBron Jerseys ... After China Comments

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12:18 PM PT -- Michael Rapaport just DESTROYED LeBron on "TMZ Live" -- saying he's the "fakest" guy in the NBA. He also blasts Bron's team, including Maverick Carter, saying they're all "yes men" and "flunkies."

Rapaport also says people should STOP comparing Bron to Muhammad Ali -- explaining, "This guy couldn't hold Muhammad Ali's jockstrap."

7:21 AM PT -- As expected, protesters in Hong Kong are FURIOUS at LeBron James for speaking out against Daryl Morey ... and now they're burning Bron's jersey in the streets.

Around 200 people were reportedly demonstrating at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong ... chanting praises for Daryl Morey while trashing James.

In fact, the Associated Press says the chants about LeBron included language that is "not printable."


LeBron James is FINALLY talking about the Daryl Morey tweet that sparked an international incident ... saying the Rockets GM simply "wasn't educated" about China before he posted his pro-Hong Kong tweet.

"I think that's another situation that should stay behind closed doors," LeBron told the media.

Remember, LeBron and the Lakers were in Shanghai to play the Brooklyn Nets in an exhibition game last week when the backlash over the tweet began.

Chinese officials essentially blackballed the Houston Rockets immediately -- taking down signage, pulling merchandise and blocking TV networks from airing games.

But, now LeBron is back in the U.S. ... and he's calling out Morey for what LeBron is describing as a selfish tweet.

"We all talk about this freedom of speech. Yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you're not thinking about others and you're only thinking about yourself," LeBron said.

"I don't want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey but I believe he wasn't educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. And, so many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So, just be careful what we tweet and what we say, and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too."

When questioned about why he thinks Morey -- who had tweeted out "Fight For Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong" --  is uneducated, LeBron had this to say:

"That's just my belief. I don't know. That's my belief. That's all I can say. I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation."

"And, if he was, then so be it, but I have no idea. That's just my belief that when you say things or do things and you know the people can be affected by it, and the families and the individuals and everyone that can be affected by it, sometimes things can be changed. And, also sometimes social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well. But, that's just my belief."

After LeBron made the comments, there was immediate backlash on social media from people upset with his comments. LeBron went to Twitter to defend himself.

"Let me clear up the confusion," LeBron said ... "I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet.  I’m not discussing the substance.  Others can talk About that."

"My team and this league just went through a difficult week.  I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others.  And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen.  Could have waited a week to send it."

Originally Published -- 10/14 7:37 PM PT

Justin Bieber Rich Buyers Want Bev Hills Home ... Thanks to Instagram Listing


Justin Bieber's personal Instagram may be more effective than the Multiple Listing Service in moving real estate ... because his one post declaring he's in the market to sell his house has generated tons of interest ... including from at least one billionaire.

Bieber -- who boasts an insane 120 million followers on IG -- casually mentioned last week he's looking to sell his Beverly Hills home ... "I'll sell it with all the furniture. MAKE AN OFFER."

Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Justin's been contacted by at least 5 prospective buyers ... either directly or through their realtors. We're told one of the prospective buyers is a billionaire from a very famous family.

Justin and Hailey bought the 6,132-square-foot property last year for $8.5 million. A highly respected real estate agent in L.A. tells us the home isn't worth more than that -- but says there are certain buyers who will pay a premium because of the current owner. He says that the buyer would probably offer somewhere in the 9's.

The house has 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and a sunken family room design. It's also got a home theater, wine cellar and a massive kitchen.

We're told Justin and Hailey are actively looking for a new place in L.A. to plant roots.

Jennifer Aniston Hi, Instagram ... Say Hello to MY 'Friends'

Jennifer Aniston just joined the world of Instagram by reminding everyone some of her best friends are their "Friends." Translation: First class clout chasing!

Jen created her first account Tuesday morning on the social media platform, and her first post was a pic of herself hanging out with Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry.

It's unclear where or when the photo was taken, but Aniston was on Howard Stern's show last week and mentioned that she and her former costars were able to grab dinner together recently ... so it might be from that outing.

Jen captioned her pic, "And now we're Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM."

The weird thing is her account was temporarily taken down after being live for less than an hour, but it's up and running again. A few notable stats ... she's already over 120k followers, and she's following her ex, Justin Theroux.

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It appears Aniston commented on LeBlanc's most recent IG post too ... which was a 1994 cast photo he shared last month in honor of the 25th anniversary of the "Friends" premiere.

Jen wrote ... "You don't have to # me anymore."

Now, this is a big deal!

DMX No Relapse Before Rehab ... Checked in to Avoid it


DMX decided to be proactive in his battle with addiction before it led to another relapse -- and potentially more legal trouble -- so that's why he's back in rehab.

Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ ... one of X's kids is very sick -- in and out of the hospital -- and the stress of that coupled with the pressure of performing again made him feel tempted to use.

We're told X knew he needed help trying to balance his home and work life without the use of drugs, so he preemptively checked himself into rehab -- hoping to learn how to deal with his issues moving forward.

Our sources say he knows a relapse could jeopardize his freedom, and wants to stay out of jail so he can support his family and friends -- while still performing for his fans.

DMX is on probation and gets tested randomly for drugs and alcohol ... so another failed test could result in him back behind bars.

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As we reported ... the rapper canceled a couple of gigs this weekend after announcing he checked himself into a rehab facility, and was putting his family and his sobriety first.

DMX has struggled with addiction for many years and has been jailed numerous times for drug-related offenses, and has been in and out of rehab.

He was released from prison in January after serving time for tax evasion.

We reached out to X's attorney, Murray Richman, who declined to comment.

Enes Kanter Goes After LeBron Over China Comments

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Enes Kanter has a message for LeBron James -- "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE."

Moments after LeBron broke his silence on the situation with China, the Turkish-born Boston Celtics player went to Twitter to express his disgust, as illustrated by the green "sick face" emoji.

Oh, and when LeBron pointed out that he and his team had a "difficult week" dealing with the fallout of Daryl Morey's pro-Hong Kong tweets while the Lakers were in China, Kanter essentially had this to say to Bron, "Boo hoo!"

Actually, Kanter -- who's spoken out against the Turkish government for years -- spelled out to LeBron all of the things he's sacrificed to put a spotlight on the injustices and atrocities he feels are taking place in his home country.

"Haven’t seen or talked to my family 5 years," Kanter noted ... while also pointing out the Turkish government has jailed his father, revoked his passport, issued an international arrest warrant and more.

Kanter says he's received death threats daily and was the target of a kidnapping attempt in Indonesia.

While Kanter never mentioned LeBron by name in his tweets, it's pretty obvious he was trying to send a message Bron's way.

Question now ... will LeBron respond?

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy Property Where 33 Boys, Men Were Murdered For Sale at $459k

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Wanna buy the house that sits on the lot where John Wayne Gacy murdered 33 people??? Not exactly genius marketing, sure, but the pad's hit the market and it's getting a lot of buzz.

The house, where police made the grisly discovery of 29 rotting bodies back in 1978, was bulldozed a year later. Seven years later, a new house was built on the lot. It's a modest home and there's not a hint of the horror that preceded it.


The 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house is in the Chicago burbs. It's 2,500 square feet and the lot itself is just under 9,000 square feet. It's going for $459k.

It's marketed as a "beautiful brick home" with an updated kitchen that overlooks a huge backyard. It's been dubbed a must-see house. No mention of its connection to one of America's most prolific serial killers.


In Illinois, the murders don't have to be disclosed, but if a prospective buyer asks about it the realtor must be honest.

Gacy -- executed by lethal injection in 1994 but whose brain is shockingly a hot item -- killed 33 boys and young men in the 70s. He buried 29 of his 33 victims in the trenches underneath and around his home and dumped four others from bridges once his property couldn't hold any more bodies.


After the house was razed in 1979, the vacant lot drew hoards of gawkers ... fans, documentarians and even ghost hunters. A Chicago woman bought the land in 1986 for $30,544 and built the house for her retiring parents, who apparently knew what had gone down on the property.

Robert Picciariello of Prello Realty is repping the seller.

'Deadliest Catch' Star Jerod Sechrist Arrested for Drugs ... Cops Say Heroin


One of Captain Wild Bill's former deckhands on Cape Caution just went overboard with the law -- getting busted for drugs, which cops believe to be heroin.

33-year-old Jerod Sechrist was arrested in Tampa, FL on drug charges -- specifically felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, cops say they arrested Jerod on an open warrant last week for a previous reckless driving case. When they took him to the station at around 3:00 AM, officers say they found a small clear bag in his pocket with a white powder substance inside.

Police say they did an in-house test on the spot, and the results came back positive for heroin.

Jerod appeared in 3 episodes in 2016 but was memorable for having a hard time differentiating between male and female king crabs. He continually pissed off his crewmates due to the potentially costly mistakes, because it's illegal to catch females.