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?

President Trump 'Photograph' Vid Aimed at Biden ... Removed After Complaint

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7:15 AM PT -- The takedown notice was made Wednesday by Warner Music Group, which is the parent company of the record label that produced Nickelback's 2005 album containing "Photograph."

Donald Trump's video aimed at taking down Joe Biden by using a meme inspired by a Nickelback song has been taken down ... because of a copyright infringement claim.

In case you missed it, in the midst of the President's Twitter rampage Wednesday, he posted a video of Biden claiming he's never talked to his son, Hunter, about his overseas business dealings ... which then transitions into an edit of Nickelback's music video for its 2005 single, "Photograph."

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The memeing involves replacing the photo in the music vid with other pics -- in this case, Trump replaced it with a 2014 photo showing Joe and Hunter on a golf course with Ukraine Gas Exec Devon Archer. He captioned the tweet, "LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH" ... which are the opening lyrics from the song.

The video was removed from Twitter early Thursday though, and replaced by a notice saying ... "This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner."

So, it seems Nickelback -- or its label -- doesn't want people looking at the Biden photograph ... at least not via the Prez ripping off its song and music vid. We've reached out to the band to confirm, so far, no word back.

The takedown doesn't seem to be working against the Trump family so far, anyway -- Donald Jr. just reposted the meme in the last hour, practically taunting Twitter and the band to remove it again.

This issue is nothing new for Trump either -- in April he had a campaign ad removed because it sampled the soundtrack of "The Dark Knight Rises." POTUS has also been slammed for using music by bands at his rallies without permission ... but it doesn't seem to be fazing him.

Originally published -- 6:43 AM PT

Racist CVS Woman Costume Designer Sorry For N-Bombs ... Celebs React

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The woman who went on a racial tirade against black people at a Los Angeles CVS is a Hollywood costume designer ... and some celebs are rightfully calling her out.

Heather Lynn Patton is the woman dropping n-bombs and screaming that she wants to kill black people in this viral video. Her racist rant, which went down Tuesday at a CVS in Eagle Rock, sparked outrage online and left some famous people she worked with stunned.

Audra McDonald reacted on Twitter, with the actress writing, "Wow. Apparently she worked on Private Practice. I don't remember her but apparently if not for the law she would've killed me and Taye? Harsh."

Patricia Arquette says the woman worked with her on the NBC series "Medium" for 2 seasons and says one of her friends from the set told her, "This is really sad. Holy s**t. Wow I'm actually shaking. This was not who she was at all ... It's like I'm watching a person that has completely come undone."

Heather apologized for her racist rant in an Instagram story... calling her actions inhumane and disgusting. She says she's lost her job as a result."

She claims people have been harassing her online and even showing up on her doorstep.

Heather deleted all her IG posts and her bio now reads, "Please do not contact me. I was intoxicated and I sincerely apologize to everyone whom I disrespected and let down for my actions. Please forgive me."

Lizzo Postmates Driver Living in Fear ... I'm Not a Food Thief!!!

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The Postmates delivery driver Lizzo publicly accused of food theft says her days since then have been the worst of her life -- she's humiliated, terrified and worst of all ... it's a bum rap.

The driver, Tiffany W., tells TMZ ... her world was turned upside down when the "Truth Hurts" singer excoriated her on Twitter -- to her near-million followers -- saying, "this girl Tiffany W. stole my food she lucky I don't fight no more." Lizzo also included a screenshot of her profile photo.

This has scared the crap out of her. She's afraid to leave her home and even go to work, for fear someone might harm her or even worse.

As for the delivery incident ... we're told Lizzo's order was supposed to go to a Boston hotel, but there was no room number listed and no one answered the phone linked to the account.

We're told Tiffany went the extra mile and hit up the hotel concierge. She says she went into the lobby and continued to try to contact the customer and heard nothing back. Tiffany ended up waiting for a total of 10 minutes and finally left.

As for the food ... it was seafood, which Tiffany doesn't even eat.

A Postmates spokesperson tells us ... "As soon as Lizzo reached out, we looked into the matter and quickly resolved the issue. We apologize to Lizzo for any inconvenience." However, we're told the company determined Tiffany waited at least the required 5 minutes and wasn't able to reach the customer, so she moved on like she's supposed to do.

Lizzo's since deleted her original tweet putting Tiffany on blast and issued an apology ... but it seems like it might be too little, too late.

Popeyes Sandwiches Sold Out ... But There's a Tasty Life Hack!!!

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If ya can't get the recipe for Popeyes' stupidly popular chicken sandwich, here's the next best thing -- a tasty loophole to get around the national shortage, and all ya need is some buns, hun!!!

The chicken joint tells us it's really simple to recreate the taste of their sando, which became a cultural phenomena when it debuted last month. We're told if you stop by a Popeyes with a bun of your own, order a 3-piece tender. Put 'em in between the bread and ... voila!!!

Think BYOB ... for buns.

As you know ... Popeyes sold out of their sandwiches in stores across the country only days after igniting an all-out chicken war with Chick-fil-A. They thought they had enough inventory to get them through September, but it wasn't even close due to the insane public response.

Lines at Popeyes were incredibly long, and people even put the snack on eBay during the craze, which spread across the nation like wildfire.

Popeyes says it's busting ass to get the item back in stores -- in its original form -- but for now ... necessity is the mother of culinary invention.

Lenny Dykstra Catches Hell Over Bad 9/11 Tweet ... Blames College Intern

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"#911 ... Neither here nor there, but just think: If you were born on that terrible day, tonight is your last night of being jailbait anywhere in this country"

Yep, those words were tweeted out from Lenny Dykstra's verified Twitter account the day before the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Yeah, that's bad ... yet somehow, it was made even worse because the tweet included a map of the U.S. showing the age of consent in each of the 50 states.

Bad.

But, the ex-MLB slugger INSISTS his fingers were not responsible for typing those words -- instead, blaming the whole thing on his "college-student intern."

Of course, there was blowback from some rightfully offended people ... so Dykstra went back to Twitter to try and explain his way out of this.

"The college-student intern responsible for the tweet about age of consent and 18 years since 9/11 is going to be taking a break to focus on schoolwork," Dykstra said.

"I had indeed mentioned to her how quickly time had flown by. She meant no harm and will learn from the experience."

Right ...

The only issue is ... Lenny stuck to his guns and defended the tweet all day Wednesday (unless his intern was VERY passionate about the topic) ... firing back at the "fake outrage" he was getting.

"No one cares about the 'how many years have passed so quickly' thing when it’s just some ordinary August 23rd or whatever."

"And if u have a problem with 18 years old having sex, make a push to change the law. But I’m guessing so many of the middle-aged men showing their 'outrage' now would much rather sleep with someone born 9/11/01 (or, in a few hours, 9/12/01) than someone born the same day as them."

A bit of advice, Lenny ... a simple "#NeverForget" will suffice next year.

Chrissy Teigen I Won't Swear in Front of My Kids ... But Trump's an 'Asshole'

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Chrissy Teigen tried so damn hard not to use foul language while talkin' Trump -- and she almost made it ... almost.

We got the supermodel/TV personality mom out Tuesday in L.A. with her kids, Luna and Miles, making a Shake Shack food run and hitting up a kids clothing store, when our camera guy asked some solid questions about her expletive-laced weekend feud with the Prez.

You'll recall ... Trump called out Chrissy -- not by name -- as John Legend's "filthy mouthed wife" ... to which she fired back, calling him a "p***y ass bitch."

So, the question ... will she double down on the "filth?" Chrissy was determined not to use profanities in front of her kids, and you could feel her struggling for restraint as she jawboned with our photog. She made it all the way to her car, when she just couldn't hold back anymore.

Another good question ... if we dare say. How are Chrissy and John super close to Kim and Kanye, when both of whom interact with Trump and may even have an influence over him on prison reform. So, what pray tell does Chrissy think about that?

One thing's for sure ... she's not fearful of a fight with 45.

Chrissy Teigen to Prez Trump What a 'P***y Ass Bitch' You Are ... John Calls 45 'Exhausting'

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12:25 PM PT -- John just directly responded to Trump calling his wife “filthy mouthed” … he says the Prez is downright “exhausting.”

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The singer says there’s not much else to say on the Twitter spat, because everyone already knows this is Trump’s MO.

President Trump got into some name-calling online with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen -- and the latter cranked things up to 10 by calling DT a "p***y ass bitch" in response.

The vulgar insult was fired off Sunday after 45 tweet complained about no one in the Democratic Party giving him props for doing some major work in criminal justice reform -- taking aim at John and Chrissy in the process, but avoiding using Chrissy's name.

The Prez wrote in reference to the First Step Act he signed into law last year ... "But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise. Guys like boring musician @johnlegend, and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is - but I didn’t see them around when we needed help getting it passed."

Well, Chrissy absolutely took notice of the omission -- she's pretty good at this whole Twitter thing, in case you didn't know -- and clapped back at POTUS with a vicious reply.

She wrote back to him, saying ... "lol what a p***y ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president." Chrissy said she did NOT want #PresidentP***yAssBitch to trend ... sarcastically, of course -- but #filthymouthedwife ended becoming a top-used term, instead. #TeamChrissy is trending now too.

Worth noting, Trump blocked Chrissy on Twitter back in 2017. The federal appeals court has since ruled Trump can't block people from his official Twitter account -- but it's unclear if he has UNblocked Chrissy.

John got in on the mud-slinging as well, begging Melania to basically come get her man ... and give him the attention and praise he's so desperately craving.

Guess who's not gonna be Chrissy's #MCM?

Originally Published -- 7:02 AM PT

Chris Jericho Stolen Belt Found Along A Roadway ... Cops Say

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1:00 PM PT -- Cops are now saying they have in fact found the championship belt ... and say the hardware had been valued at $29,250!!!

The Tallahassee Police Department says a citizen found the belt along a local roadway and returned it to the TPD headquarters on Wednesday.

Dramatic twist of events in Chris Jericho's famous stolen belt case ... cops say they found the wrestling legend's hardware -- but then quickly backtracked, and said they didn't!!!

As we previously reported, after winning the AEW championship on Saturday ... Jericho filed a police report with the Tallahassee PD in Florida on Sunday, claiming his belt was jacked.

The story is confusing ... but according to police docs, Jericho says there was some kind of mix-up involving his limo driver at the airport that led to his belt's disappearance.

Fast-forward to Wednesday morning ... when cops heroically announced on social media they found the belt, with a picture of what appears to be a TPD officer holding the hardware!!!

But, when TMZ Sports called to confirm the news ... they would not say if the belt had been indeed found, saying only, "It's still an open and active investigation."

Then, the department deleted the social media post AND the picture of the found belt ... which has us all wondering, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!?!

Either way, doesn't seem Jericho's all that concerned about it ... dude just posted a vid of him sipping champagne in a hot tub!!!

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Cops say they'll make an announcement about the belt later Wednesday ... so stay tuned.

Originally Published -- 7:48 AM PT

Popeyes We're Out of Sandwiches Thought We Could Make it Through September!!!

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Popeyes says they're going to run out of chicken sandwiches in stores across the country this week ... even though they thought they had enough to keep selling them through September.

The chicken joint shared the gut-wrenching news Tuesday afternoon ... telling us they tried to forecast demand through the end of next month, but people's hunger proved too much.

It's pretty crazy ... Popeyes just started selling the sandos earlier this month, igniting an all-out chicken war with Chick-Fil-A, and they promise they're busting their ass to make sure the item is back in stores ASAP.

Lines at Popeyes have been crazy ... and some people even put the sandwiches on Ebay ... and in the craze, Popeye's apparently managed to run out of fried chicken, pickles, sauce and bread.

The good news ... Popeyes says the sandwich won't be gone for good, and they've got an app to let you know when it'll be back in stores.

Doug Gottlieb Defends Luck Retirement Tweet ... 'I'm a Smart Ass'

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Doug Gottlieb says his Twitter shot at Andrew Luck's retirement was supposed to be a joke ... and wants to make it clear he's actually a big supporter of the ex-NFL QB.

The Fox Sports Radio personality got a TON of flak for his shot at Luck on Saturday ... when he said, "Retiring cause rehabbing is 'too hard' is the most millennial thing ever #AndrewLuck"

Gottlieb addressed the backlash on Monday ... saying the tweet was supposed to be funny, but people took it WAY too seriously.

"I'm a smart ass. I always have been. I always will be," Gottlieb said on his show. "And, if I can't find something funny with the things in life, well then you know what, strike me down because I like to make fun of things in life."

The tweet caught the eyes of names like Torrey Smith, who quickly brought up Gottlieb's past troubles with the law that famously got the former basketball player expelled from Notre Dame.

"If you wanna go to me stealing credit cards 23 years ago, you're gonna have to deal with the fact that those questions have been asked, that has been answered," Gottlieb said. "We've all moved on."

Gottlieb defends his take by saying Luck's reasoning for hanging it up falls under the "millennial" mentality ... and goes on to make a comparison to Luck's predecessor, Peyton Manning.

"And, the new generation, maybe they're smarter, maybe they don't care as much about the ultimate success, maybe they just get that it's a short-term profession -- get a lot of money and get out."

Of course, Troy Aikman was the strongest critic of Doug's tweet -- he called it "total bulls**t" -- so ya gotta wonder if Troy will chime in after Doug's explanation.

Trae Young Defends Booker's Pickup Tantrum ... No Double-Teaming!!!

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Trae Young is going to bat for his NBA buddy, Devin Booker ... saying the dude had every right to throw a tantrum in a pickup game Monday -- adding it's insane people were double-teaming him!!!

"DBook speaking facts," Trae said of the Phoenix Suns superstar Wednesday ... "There should be NO Double Teaming in pick up."

Of course, Booker went off on some guys in an open-run sesh earlier this week when he was doubled on the baseline while trying to attack the basket.

"Hey, bro, we not doubling in open gym, bro!" Booker yelled.

Devin caught a ton of heat for the blowup, with people claiming he was being a baby ... but Trae came to his defense on Twitter, saying Booker SHOULDA been pissed.

"When you trying to work on your game, and work on the moves and things you do individually in pick up... it’s annoying getting double teamed in that type of setting."

Trae added, "Just Sayin.. #OnlyAFewUnderstand"

For his part, Booker clearly appreciated the backing ... writing, "Only a few."

NBA season tips off in two months ... hold off on the doubles until then????

Jerry Rice Supports Jimmy G After Awful Game ... 'Go Miners'

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Jimmy Garoppolo sucked on the field Monday night ... but Jerry Rice is giving the NFL star his unwavering support ... going to Twitter to defend the QB with a hilarious fail as bad as Jimmy's performance.

The 49ers signal-caller went 1 for 6 with 0 yards and an INT in his first game back since suffering a season-ending ACL injury in Week 3 last season ... resulting in an incredibly bad 0.0 QB rating.

But, don't freak out, fans ... the G.O.A.T. is here to make everything better!!!

"Relax everyone jimmy G . will be fine this year!!! Go miners" the G.O.A.T. tweeted.

Yes. Miners.

Hey, we all know Rice meant well after the team's $137 million man stunk it up, but the fumble on the vote of confidence is hilariously ironic.

As sure as Jimmy G will get to see another game, Rice got another shot at the tweet (which was deleted) ... and got it right the 2nd time around.

"Relax everyone Jimmy G will be fine this year. It takes a while coming off ACL injury!!!! @goatfuel #Neverstop #Neverquit #begreat"

Nicki Minaj Mrs. Petty's in the House!!! ... on Twitter, Anyway

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Nicki Minaj has answered Shakespeare's famous question, "What's in a name?" And, the answer is marriage.

Nicki just told her 20 million Twitter followers her account name from here on out is Mrs. Petty. As you know, her man is Kenneth Petty and there's been plenty of smoke she either gotten hitched or the nuptials are imminent.

TMZ broke the story ... Nicki and Kenneth hit up the Bev Hills courthouse earlier this month and got a marriage license. Our Nicki sources at the time told us her real name will change to Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty.

We heard rumblings she may have actually tied the knot days after getting the license, but we couldn't confirm that. We knew a bunch of friends flew out to L.A. that same week, but everyone was mum.

The marriage license is good for 90 days, but the reason it seems she wanted a quick marriage is because she had already announced earlier she and Kenneth took out a license in New York, so if there was no hurry they would have presumably just used that license to get married.

Dave Bautista Goes Scorched-Earth On Movie Theater .. Over Late Entry Refusal

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Dave Bautista is PISSED -- claiming he was denied entry into a New Mexico movie theater because he arrived a few minutes late ... a violation of the place's strict no late arrival policy.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star hit up the Flix Brewhouse in Albuquerque ... a movie theater and brewery all in one. The place also has a policy DENYING entry to ticket holders if they arrive late to their scheduled movie.

Bautista bought tickets to a 3:15 PM showing of "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" -- but arrived to the theater at 3:30 and was subsequently turned away. Dave claims the feature hadn't started playing when he arrived, they were still showing trailers for other flicks.

Bautista called the place out on social media ... saying, "Worse experience at a novie theater in my life. Yourr manager Tiffany needs some serious help with her people skills. You’re welcome for taking pictures with all your customers while Tiffany was treating me & @OmariHardwick just like 💩 #badbusiness"

The Flix Brewhouse responded to Dave ... saying, "We do try to protect the movie experience for our guests which is why we don't allow late arrivals. We'd welcome the opportunity to chat with you and try to make it right."

Bautista responded again ... "Policies are policies but how about treating people with some sense of courtesy!"

BUT THERE'S A TWIST -- Dave suggested the reason he was late was because he was taking pictures with fans in the lobby who recognized him.

"Maybe you can protect your guests novie experience by not allowing a photo session in your lobby while being turned away for being a minute late from the theater doors closing. I didn’t mind because I like to treat people with courtesy. But that’s just me."

Seems like a pretty valid excuse ... and guess what -- the movie theater agreed!!!

"You’re right, we could have done better. We’d like to make it right now. Is there a way we can follow up directly to do that?"

So far, no final public response from Bautista ... but seems he got the acknowledgement he was looking for.

LeBron James Rips New NCAA Agent Rule ... 'They BIG MAD'

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LeBron James is taking shots at the NCAA's new agent certification criteria ... claiming the organization is directly attacking his partner, Rich Paul, but "nothing will stop this movement."

The NCAA sent out a memo to NBPA certified agents on Monday ... saying any players looking to test the NBA Draft waters must be repped by an NCAA approved agent -- if they want to keep the door open to return to college.

The criteria to become an approved agent ... a bachelor's degree, certification from the players' association for at least 3 years, and pass an in-person exam at NCAA headquarters.

These guidelines will preclude Paul -- who reps Bron, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and other huge names -- from repping this group of college players ... 'cause he doesn't have a bachelors degree.

In a memo sent by the NCAA to agents, obtained by the Athletic, the NCAA's reasoning behind the rules is to "protect collegiate eligibility of their athlete clients."

LeBron -- who dubbed the new criteria the "Rich Paul Rule" -- doesn't see it that way ... tweeting "Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop! They BIG MAD and Scared. Nothing will stop this movement and culture over here. Sorry! Not sorry.."

As for Paul's roster of superstar clients ... the new rule will have no effect on their representation.

But, if Rich wants to rep college stars considering a jump to the league while still maintaining college eligibility ... enroll in school and hit the books???