Lil Nas X Props To Dwyane And Gabrielle ... Gotta Support Zaya!!!

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Lil Nas X is applauding Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union for supporting their 12-year-old kid who is now identifying as female ... and he's also got some advice for Zaya.

The "Old Town Road" singer, who came out last year, weighed in on Zaya's big announcement Wednesday at LAX ... explaining why it's important for kids to have parents in their corner when they reveal their truth.

As you know ... the NBA legend appeared on 'The Ellen Show' Tuesday and told the world his kid identifies as a female after being born male.

Dwyane and Gabrielle are being super supportive of Zaya coming out as transgender, and their oldest son, Zaire, also says he'll always have his sibling's back ... and Lil Nas X says the family backing is super important for anyone in Zaya's shoes.

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Zaya's also spoken out against folks who may disagree with her announcement ... saying, "What's the point of being on this earth if you're gonna try to be someone you're not? It's like you're not even living as yourself, which is like the dumbest concept to me."

Lil Nas X acknowledges this is just the beginning of Zaya's new life ... and he's got some sage advice for the challenges ahead.

BJ Penn Photos of Wrecked Truck Dispute Report it Flipped

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4:14 PM PT -- We've obtained photos of BJ's truck inside the auto body shop where it was sent after the accident. We're told the damage on the truck indicates the tire blew, causing BJ to crash into an embankment on the driver's side ... it does not appear the truck flipped, as was first reported.

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As far as the investigation, cops say, "There are several cases that include operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, consuming or possessing liquor while operating a motor vehicle and inattention to driving."

Penn, however, has not been charged with anything, the police statement continues, "When the investigation is completed it will be routed to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for screening and potential charging."

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More trouble for former UFC star BJ Penn ... the fighting legend is reportedly under police investigation for DUI after crashing his truck in Hawaii last week.

Police in Hilo tell Big Island Now, Penn was driving a black Toyota Tacoma pickup at around 7 PM on Feb. 7 when it crashed along a main highway.

Cops say a 911 caller indicated 41-year-old Penn had been speeding ... and say the crash was gnarly, with the truck losing control and flipping into an area near a mall.

TMZ Sports has learned Penn was taken to the hospital after the accident ... but we're told he's okay and was released shortly after.

Puna Patrol Cpt. Ken Quiocho says the investigation into Penn for possible drunk driving remains open.

It's the latest in a string of recent issues for Penn ... who was at the center of TWO street fights in Hawaii the last couple months. Most recently, he got knocked out in a slug-fest outside the Lava Shack on the Big Island in a fight captured on video.

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Things have gotten so bad for Penn, at least optically, UFC honcho Dana White said he will never allow Penn to fight again in his league.

"What I saw in that video was sad," White said of the footage of Penn brawling in the Hawaii streets ... "And, I love the kid and I hope he gets his life together."

"If BJ Penn needed me, all he needs to do is pick up the phone and ask."

Originally published -- 6:38 AM PT

Dwight 'Doc' Gooden Training For Celeb Boxing Match ... Intense Workout Video

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Dwight Gooden's got a real-deal boxing match coming up, and he clearly ain't taking his opponent lightly ... 'cause the MLB legend hit up the UFC Performance Institute in Vegas for a hardcore training sesh.

The 55-year-old NY Mets legend is facing 29-year-old "Nitro Comedy Tour" star Catfish Cooley -- who's gone viral on YouTube for his redneck comedy -- on March 7 at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City.

Gooden -- a 4x All-Star and 3x World Series Champ -- recently hit up the PI ... and worked on his striking with his coaches.

This will be Doc's first fight ... but not the first time he's been inside the squared circle.

Back in 2019, Doc reffed a celeb fight that featured Dustin Diamond ... aka Screech from "Saved By The Bell."

As for the tale of the tape, Catfish squats over 600 pounds and is 36 years younger than Doc ... but he's also 10 inches shorter, and not an all-time legendary athlete.

These guys try to kill each other in just over 3 weeks.

Snoop Dogg I'm Sorry, Gayle ... For Overreacting To Kobe Comments

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Snoop Dogg is issuing a public apology to CBS anchor Gayle King after ripping her for the Kobe Bryant interview ... and he wants to hash things out in private.

Snoop just issued his mea culpa to Gayle, saying the way he came at her with a profanity-laced social media rant was out of line.

As you know ... Snoop went nuclear on Gayle last week, heavily criticizing her for an interview she did with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, which included a question and follow up about Kobe's 2003 sexual assault case.

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Now, Snoop admits he was wrong for lashing out at Gayle -- who says she's getting death threats for the Kobe question -- and he says he overreacted because he was rife with emotions and angry at her line of questioning.

Snoop says he was just trying to defend Kobe because Mamba can't defend himself, but he regrets the way he expressed his feelings.

As for why the change of heart ... Snoop says his mom gave him some sage advice. He added ... "2 wrongs don't make it right."

In his initial rant, Snoop called Gayle a "funky dog head bitch" and asked her, "How dare you try to tarnish my motherf***in' home boy's reputation, punk motherf***er? Respect the family and back off, bitch. Before we come get you."

Snoop later backtracked and said he didn't mean anything as a threat ... and now he's saying sorry and hoping to sit down with Gayle to chat behind closed doors.

Blue Jays' Reese McGuire Allegedly Masturbated In Parked Car ... Before Arrest

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2:21 PM PT -- TMZ Sports has obtained the police report from McGuire's arrest ... and cops say a witness told them the Blue Jays catcher had been masturbating in his parked car before they arrived on the scene.

According to the report ... cops say after they rolled up to the parking lot, they saw McGuire with his shirt "barely covering his genitals" and his sweatpants around his ankles.

They claim in the report when they got McGuire out of his car, he "had an erection which was very apparent."

Cops say McGuire apologized to them profusely for the incident ... saying, "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, this is really embarrassing." Cops say McGuire added, "I really shouldn't have been doing that."

In the report, cops claim when they got McGuire's phone to try to find his current address ... they noticed an "extremely pornographic video was playing on the screen."

Officers say they asked Reese why he came to the parking lot instead of just going home ... McGuire responded that he "did not know, it just seemed like a good place."

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire -- a former MLB first-round pick -- was arrested last week after cops say he was caught exposing his penis in a Florida parking lot.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office tells TMZ Sports ... deputies were called to a public parking lot in Dunedin, Fla. on Friday after a man was seen inside of an SUV exposing himself.

FYI, Dunedin is the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays -- and pitchers and catchers were expected to report to camp today.

Cops say when they arrived ... they identified McGuire as the suspect, and say he was "cooperative and did not deny the allegations."

Police say they arrested the 24-year-old ... and booked him for misdemeanor "exposure of sexual organs."

Cops say McGuire is due in Florida court in mid-March -- a spring training off day for the Blue Jays -- to face charges.

For their part, Toronto says it's aware of the allegations against its catcher ... writing in a statement, "[McGuire] has been in communication with the club and we are working to gather more information."

"Out of respect for the legal process, neither he nor the club will comment any further at this time."

McGuire has played 44 games for the Blue Jays since 2018 ... batting .297 with seven home runs.

He was selected with the 14th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2013 MLB Draft ... and was later traded to the Jays in a deal that included Francisco Liriano in August 2016.

Originally published -- 10:45 AM PT

Master P & Son Hercy Miller Fighting To Change Minnesota Bylaw It's Stopping Kids From Hoopin'

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Master P ain't a politician, but he's lobbying the peeps who run H.S. basketball in Minnesota ... pleading with them to change a rule that limits players from crossing state lines to hoop.

TMZ Sports got P -- and his star 17-year-old H.S. hoops playing son, Hercy Miller -- in Beverly Hills on Tuesday ... and we asked them about the younger Miller's basketball career.

P tells us Hercy's Minnehaha Academy squad is killin' it (they beat Bronny James' Sierra Canyon team a few weeks back) ... but says if a rule instituted by the body that governs H.S. sports isn't changed, the team won't get to compete for a national title.

"Minnesota is a great place. A lot of great talent, and I think [the law's] gonna have to change real soon," Master P says.

"This is just high school basketball. This is not a crime or nothing like that. The law should be changed. These kids should have the opportunity to go to other states and play and compete."

Here's the deal with the rule ... high school athletes in Minnesota can only travel one state away to compete, thanks to a rule instituted by the Minnesota State High School League.

FYI, it's not just Hercy and his teammates that are affected ... the girls from Hopkins H.S. -- one of the top-ranked teams in the nation -- also are barred from competing.

But, P says people looking to fight for the kids aren't powerless ... and offer some advice on how to help.

"Man, y'all go out there and protest. Call your local legislator, get the government and all these different places to say, 'give these kids a chance to compete for the national championship.'"

The national tourneys are coming up ... so there's not much time left, but P hopes Minnehaha has a chance to compete.

"Don't you want to see the best play the best? If we're not there you're not gonna see the best."

NHL's Jay Bouwmeester Revived With Defibrillator ... Blues GM Says

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1:52 PM PT -- Blues GM Doug Armstrong just revealed Bouwmeester needed to be revived with a defibrillator after his collapse Tuesday night.

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"Jay became unresponsive," Armstrong said. "And the medical personnel used a defibrillator to revive him. Jay regained consciousness immediately and was transported directly to the UCI medical center."

Fortunately, the GM said Bouwmeester is doing MUCH better Wednesday ... adding, "things are looking very positive" for the defenseman.

Scary moment on the NHL ice Tuesday ... Blues star Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the team's bench mid-game -- and was rushed to the hospital with what officials are calling a "cardiac episode."

The 36-year-old had just finished a shift early in the first period against the Anaheim Ducks in Southern California ... when something went horribly wrong.

You can see in on-ice video of the incident ... Bouwmeester appeared to pass out on the St. Louis bench -- and his teammates immediately called for help.

Reporters on scene say the defenseman -- who's played in the NHL since he was 19 years old -- was stretchered to the locker room and rushed to the hospital shortly after.

Thankfully, in a statement released by the Blues late Tuesday night ... they say the 2019 Stanley Cup winner was "alert" and "conscious" after treatment.

"With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on our bench after completing his shift," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said.

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"Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay. He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center."

Armstrong added, "Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim's physicians. We will update Jay's condition on Wednesday morning."

The NHL decided to postpone the Blues-Ducks game, which was stopped immediately after Jay's collapse. A makeup date for the match has yet to be scheduled.

Originally Published -- 5:48 AM PT

George Kittle Getting Over SB Loss ... W/ My Thonged-Out Wife In Mexico!!!

How's George Kittle getting over the crushing Super Bowl loss? CAKES!!!

Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers were dropped in SB LIV by the Chiefs in heartbreaking fashion earlier this month ... and the All-Pro tight end took the loss pretty hard.

Cameras caught the guy on the sideline toward the end of the game pissed off ... but, it seems his bikini-clad wife, Claire, and some Mexico sun are helping him get through the rocky times.

Kittle, some of his Niners teammates and their significant others made the trip to Cabo earlier this week ... and it looks like they're all having a blast.

There's a boat ... bikinis ... some drinks ... and it definitely appears the bad Super Bowl memories are fading away quickly.

"A lil love & a lil sun cures a lot of things," Claire said of the trip.

Of course, when Kittle gets back to California ... the Mexico sun might not be there -- but at least he'll still have Claire!!!

The Game Reveals Kobe Bryant Face Tat

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The Game will pay homage to the late Kobe Bryant everywhere he goes from now on -- the rapper has revealed a new face tattoo in honor of the NBA legend.

Game added to his ink collection on Wednesday with a sideways 8 and Kobe's autograph above his right eyebrow ... which symbolizes "Kobe Forever."

Game -- who is still grappling with the loss of the L.A. icon -- has also planned a song to honor Bryant and has worn his jerseys during his current tour.

The Compton native is no stranger to face tattoos -- he had a butterfly on his left cheek before covering it with an L.A.-inspired piece. He also has a tear drop under his right eye.

Game hit up Dark Ink Gallery in Glasgow ... just hours before his show at O2 Academy.

NBA superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis put permanent art on their bodies in honor of Bryant ... with LBJ getting a snake with Kobe's numbers and "Mamba 4 Life" underneath it.

J.R. Smith, Shareef O'Neal and 2 Chainz have also commissioned Bryant memorials on their bodies.

Rob Gronkowski Muscles Out, Miami

Rob Gronkowski is making his bid for a cover photo shoot -- for AARP Magazine -- as the former NFL great flexes in the South Beach sand.

Gronk's spending part of his Wednesday showing off his rock-hard abs, toned legs and bulging arms down in Miami, and the retired New England Patriots superstar looks like he's still in game shape.

Sorry, Pats fans ... but Rob looks like he's enjoying life on the other side -- he's got his toes in the sand a huge grin on his face. Sure beats the hell outta frigid Foxborough.

Gronk's spending a lotta time in South Florida these days. Remember, he scooped up a sick condo in downtown Miami for $1.7 million, and a couple weeks back during Super Bowl weekend he hosted a huge party.

It's been almost a year since Gronk walked away from the NFL ... but he ain't spending any less time in the weight room!!!

Ohio State Football 2 Players Charged W/ Rape, Kidnapping ... Kicked Off Team

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3:20 PM PT -- Ohio State head coach Ryan Day says both players have been dismissed from the football team ... saying they "did not live up to our standards and my expectations."

"The athletics department will make sure they both continue to have access to the health and well-being resources available to students and student-athletes."

Two Ohio State football players were arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping Wednesday ... and the allegations against the two Buckeyes are disturbing.

Senior cornerback Amir Riep and senior safety Jahsen Wint are accused of forcefully raping a woman in the Columbus, Ohio area at around 9:45 PM on Feb. 4, according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports.

According to the docs, officials say Riep was having consensual sex with a woman when she stopped, telling him she did not want to continue.

The docs say that's when Wint entered the room ... and the two men forced the woman to commit sex acts against her will.

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The docs say Riep pushed the victim down "by the neck," forcing her onto her hands and knees ... and then began having sex with her from that position.

The docs say Wint then forced the woman to have oral sex with him at the same time.

The docs say after both parties stopped, after several minutes ... Riep filmed the woman and ordered her to say on camera that the sex was consensual. The docs note the woman was crying while Riep was laughing at her.

Ohio State announced the two football players are now indefinitely suspended, saying in a statement, "We are aware that two of our students have been arrested and criminally charged."

"They have been suspended from all activities involving the football program. We will share more information when available."

The two men are due in court for an arraignment hearing Thursday.

Originally Published -- 8:46 AM PT

LeBron James' School Students Get Free College Tuition ... Priceless Reaction

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This is the best video you'll see all day ... nearly 200 students from LeBron James' I Promise school network found out they were getting FREE college tuition, and the moment's awesome!!

The junior class from Bron's program was told they were going on a college visit to Kent State University in Northeast Ohio ... but when they arrived on campus, they got a whole lot more than a tour.

School officials revealed that all 193 kids would have all 4 years of their schooling paid for ... as well as, 1 free year of room and board.

Naturally, the kids freaked out!!

It's not something to take lightly ... tuition for in-state students is around $11K a year. 193 students attending for 4 years costs over $8 million.

While the school won't have to front all that money ... it's still a huge chunk of change.

It's not just a handout for the students ... they have to maintain a good standing with the school by attending class, getting good grades, and volunteering in the community.

This is just the beginning ... remember, when LeBron opened his school he vowed to provide college tuition for all of his students.

Becky Lynch To The Rock's Daughter ... Blaze Your Own WWE Trail!!!

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Becky Lynch is giving advice to Dwayne Johnson's daughter, telling TMZ Sports ... Simone should NOT try to be the WWE's next "Rock"!!!

And, why? The Man says it'll only overshadow her hard work!!!

"I would like her to be seen as the athlete and performer she is, in her own right, and not have her constantly compared to her dad," Becky says.

Of course, the WWE just announced Simone Johnson is training to become the league's next superstar ... and a lot of people want her to reprise The People's Elbow as her signature move.

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Becky tells us she can see a scenario where that would be appropriate for the younger Johnson ... but says Simone would be better off creating her own character and finishing move.

"I think it'll be good for her to try and make her own way," Becky says. "Don't rely on the past. Don't rely on what got other people over. Try to make something new for yourself."

The advice didn't stop there ... Becky also said Simone needs to outwork EVERYBODY -- saying her famous father's shadow is going to create a huge spotlight on her from Day 1.

As for if Becky thinks Simone has the chops to cut it ... The Man says of course -- and tells us she's looking forward to their championship matchup in five years!!

Myles Garrett Reinstated By NFL After Suspension For Helmet Attack

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7:49 AM PT -- Garrett just gave his reaction to the decision ... channeling his inner John Wick.

Myles Garrett is officially BACK -- the NFL has decided to reinstate the Cleveland Browns superstar following his suspension for his helmet-swinging attack on Mason Rudolph.

The 24-year-old met with Roger Goodell and other league executives on Monday to discuss his punishment status ... and it must have gone well, 'cause Garrett's ban has been lifted.

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Browns GM Andrew Berry commented on the decision, saying "We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms."

"We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader."

"We look forward to having his strong, positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community."

Garrett's suspension lasted a total of 6 games ... after he swung a helmet at Mason Rudolph during the Browns' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 15.

Despite the ban, Garrett was still able to rack up 10 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 10 games.

As we previously reported ... Browns QB Baker Mayfield told us at UFC 246 back in January that Garrett was "in a good place" during the suspension.

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"I sat next to him during the fight, he's good, man," Mayfield tells us. "He's in a good place right now, which is good for us as a team."

Originally published -- 7:35 AM PT

Zaire Wade Emotional Post About Zaya ... 'My Best Friend'

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Dwyane Wade's oldest son, Zaire, is making it crystal clear he will always have his sibling's back ... posting an emotional message to Zaya after coming out as transgender.

The NBA legend appeared on 'The Ellen Show' Tuesday and revealed his 12-year-old identified as female ... and shared how his family is supporting her.

18-year-old Zaire is now speaking out on the announcement ... saying "I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years."

"We did everything together...we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried. But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind... "

Zaire continued ... "I’ve told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth."

"I don’t care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there’s no love lost on this side."

Zaire's always been supportive of Zaya ... and even went with her to the Miami Pride parade last year.

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As for Zaya, she spoke out against those who may disagree with her announcement ... saying "What's the point of being on this earth if you're gonna try to be someone you're not? It's like you're not even living as yourself, which is like the dumbest concept to me."

"It's just like, be true and don't really care what the stereotypical way of being you is."

Cam Newton Predicts Tom Brady Will Be A Charger ... Says Shawne Merriman

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Cam Newton believes Tom Brady will be an L.A. Charger next year ... this according to Shawne Merriman, who says the Panthers QB predicted it to him at the Super Bowl this month!

"He thinks that Tom is going to come to the Chargers," Merriman tells TMZ Sports.

Of course, it really could happen ... L.A. just gave Philip Rivers the boot, and TB12 is a free agent.

Merriman, though, says he doesn't see it going down that way -- the Chargers legend jokingly says he HATES Tom -- and tells us the right fit to replace Philip is actually Cam himself!!!

"Tom's a great quarterback, he's just not a great quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers," Merriman says ... "I think if you're going to move from a different direction from Phillip, you go in and get somebody that could do a little bit more -- a little more athletic."

Merriman added, "I just brought up one name, I think Cam Newton is a -- could be a really good choice. Even for the short term. And, you can still go draft."

But, the ex-Bolts superstar doesn't see either Brady or Cam ultimately coming to the Chargers ... telling us he doesn't see the Panthers letting Newton go.

As for his old teammate, Rivers ... Merriman tells us he's sure the guy will land on his feet somewhere -- saying he knows of at least NINE teams that could use Rivers as their starter in 2020.