TMZ

TMZ SPORTS

  • FS1
    M-T-Th-F:
    9:00 PM PST

    W:
    9:30 PM PST

NFL's Tyrann Mathieu Targeted In $5 Mil Extortion Plot ... Officials Say

5/22/2019 8:04 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

NFL star Tyrann Mathieu was threatened by a relative -- "I want 1.5 million by Friday or I am going to kill all you all" -- this according to federal court documents. 

Officials claim 21-year-old Geourvon Keinell Sears tried to shake down the Kansas City Chiefs safety in April by threatening to contact TMZ with fake allegations of sexual misconduct if Tyrann didn't come up with the money. 

For the record, we were never contacted by Sears. 

At first, Sears' demand was $1.5 million -- but he later raised the number to $5 million, according to the documents filed in U.S. District Court in Louisiana. 

Officials say Sears contacted Mathieu by phone calls and also text messages. Mathieu's family members feared for their safety, according to the court docs. 

Sears was arrested on an extortion charge but was later released on $25,000 bond. He's due back in court next month. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. 

Tyrann has reportedly made more than $31 mil in his NFL career and recently inked a 3-year, $42 million contract. 

We spoke with Tyrann's rep, Denise White, who described the matter as a "very private and personal family issue."

"He's dealing with a family member who is dealing with a mental health issue. Tyrann is fine. His family is fine. They are getting through."

Chris Rock Crossover to 'Saw' Makes Total Sense says Producer Will Packer

5/21/2019 5:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Rock comes from a dark place ... so his jump to the horror genre should come as no surprise, and it's exactly why producer Will Packer says he's anxious to see Chris revamp the "Saw" franchise.

We got Will out Monday at LAX and had to ask him about the famed funnyman signing up to executive produce the next "Saw" chapter ... slated to be released October 23, 2020. It's been 3 years since "Saw IV" was released and now the Emmy and Grammy-winning writer/stand-up comedian will add his own horror spin to the flick.

Check out the clip ... Will -- producer of "Straight Outta Compton," "Think Like a Man," "Girls Trip"  and many more hits -- says Chris' roots is what makes comedians and horror a perfect marriage.

Chris, BTW, will be stepping into a gold mine ... the "Saw" franchise grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. The first "Saw" movie cost $1.2 million to make and earned a whopping $100 million.

Lots of dough to be made for sure, but Will makes one thing clear ... there's one specific comedian he does NOT wanna see dabble in horror. The thought of it alone is just ... scary.

Lil Nas X Buys Billy Ray a Maserati ... Gonna Postmates 'Til I Can't No More!!!

5/21/2019 8:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Nas X is showing the love to his country counterpart on "Old Town Road" ... by delivering him a seriously stylish whip for that ride down Rodeo.

The rapper and Postmates devotee wanted to get Billy Ray Cyrus a gift as a token of appreciation for his support on X's track ... so he utilized the delivery service to make it happen.

Yes, Postmates can even deliver a Maserati sports car.

Lil Nas -- dressed in cowboy boots and a matte black hat -- surprised the country star at his L.A.-area home Monday night, and Billy Ray was stoked. The 2 then hopped in the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible to take it for a spin, and according to Cyrus ... they might still be cruising.

No word if they'll hit up Old Town Road.

BTW -- the 'OTR' remix featuring Cyrus has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week, and the new music vid's already approaching 50 million views. The Maserati appears in the vid ... and now it sits in Billy Ray's driveway.

George Foreman Wilder vs. Joshua ... Could Be Bigger Than Ali vs. Frazier

5/21/2019 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Watch out Ali vs. Frazier ... your status as the biggest heavyweight fight of all time is in jeopardy ... that's according to George Foreman, who says there's one fight that could be bigger.

Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua.

Wilder nuked Dominic Breazeale's face via 1st-round knockout this weekend -- and immediately, ring reporter Jim Gray began pressuring Deontay about when he'll fight Joshua, the most decorated active heavyweight. 

We talked to Foreman, who says he doesn't know when the fight will happen, but he DOES know it'll be HUGE when it does. 

"If Joshua and Wilder fight, it would be the biggest heavyweight fight of all time!"

Just so you guys know, historically all the biggest fights have been between heavyweights ... until Floyd Mayweather came along and changed the landscape.

We asked George again, and he doubled down saying the fight would be "bigger than anything."

Question is ... will it ever happen? Wilder didn't seem convinced after destroying Breazeale and Joshua is busy preparing to fight another dude no one's really ever heard of.

But, if George is right, we're talking about maybe a $300 million dollar event ... SO GET TO IT GUYS.

Morehouse College Grads Getting New Bling To Commemorate Smith's Student Loan Gift

5/20/2019 3:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

9:40 PM -- The jewelers at Jadelle are producing the cufflinks for Morehouse's class of 2019 on their own, and the Smiths will not be involved.

We're told Hope was contacted, but only to request a family logo Jadelle wanted to include in the design.

Morehouse College's class of 2019 is getting another amazing gift to commemorate the Robert F. Smith covering their student loans -- and this one involves a Bev Hills jeweler.

Sources connected to the billionaire couple tell TMZ ... Hope Dworaczyk Smith was contacted by Jadelle Beverly Hills about creating a custom pair of cufflinks for the 396 graduates. We're told the jewelers plan to make something that includes gold, silver, diamonds, the school name and, perhaps most importantly ... the Smith family name.

We're told Jadelle will be footing the bill, which is expected to be around $250k.

Our sources say the jewelers -- a fave spot of Kim Kardashian, Sofia Richie, Jamie Foxx and Justin Bieber -- were inspired after seeing Robert surprise the grads with his plan to pay off their student loans.

We're told Jadelle hopes to deliver the goods to the grads in August. 

The cufflinks won't help 'em pay their bills, but will remind them of the guy who is saving them thousands upon thousands of dollars!

Netflix's 'Jailbirds' Megan 'Monster' Hawkins Arrested ... Back in Sac County Jail

5/20/2019 3:23 PM PDT

One of the female inmates featured in Netflix's new docuseries about life on the inside is right back where she started on the show ... behind bars in good old Sacramento.

Megan Hawkins -- known as "Monster" on the series -- was arrested in Elk Grove, CA Friday after she allegedly tried opening a bank account with an ID with someone else's name on it. Cops say that one of the bank employees recognized her from the show and called it in. 

According to Elk Grove PD ... Megan was gone by the time officers arrived, but she hadn't gotten far. Police say they found her parked nearby in a vehicle that'd been reported stolen ... with tons of credit cards that didn't belong to her and a controlled substance.

She was arrested and booked for five felonies -- ranging from identity theft to forging or altering checks, just to name a couple. She's being held on a $10,000 bond in Sacramento County Jail  -- the same place where she's featured for Netflix's new hit.

Megan is one of the most recognizable characters on the docuseries -- her tongue is split right down the middle ... hence the whole "monster" thing. 

This photo is fitting for the nickname too -- it's one heck of a beast-y mug shot, if you ask us. Stay classy, Sac. 

Rev. Al Sharpton Robert F. Smith's Gift to Morehouse More Than Trump's Ever Done for Students

5/20/2019 9:47 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Al Sharpton's looking up at the scoreboard and it currently reads Robert F. Smith 1, President Trump 0 ... at least when it comes to taking care of America's crushing student debt.

We got the reverend out Monday morning at Reagan National Airport in D.C. and got his take on the billionaire investor's shocking commencement speech at Morehouse College. If ya missed it, Smith told the 2019 class he was paying off ALL of their student loans.

Not surprisingly ... the crowd went nuts and serenaded the richest African-American person in the U.S. (net worth around $5 billion) with "MVP!" chants. If you're doing the math ... school officials believe Smith will drop around $40 mil to cover 396 students.

Al, who in 2012 was honored by Morehouse and spoke to its graduating class, says the gift is nothing short of transformative. The reverend says that single gesture does WAY more than anything Trump's Department of Education has done since he's been in office.

Of course, we know Sharpton's no fan of Trump policies ... even before the White House.

Drake I Craved Lacoste, Wrote 'P****' Songs Proof in My H.S. Notebook

5/20/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Before Drake had his own clothing line, teenage Aubrey Graham daydreamed about Lacoste gear and a diss track he called, "Smell P***y" -- and jotted down all his aspirations in ONE notebook ... and then tossed it.

Drake's notebook, from around 2000, is going up for sale through the memorabilia company, Moments in Time -- and they're hawking this slice of his high school years for a mere $35k.

Drake's love for Lacoste was crystal clear ... he slapped a huge sticker on the notebook cover, signing his stage name above the famous crocodile logo. 

Inside the notebook -- found in a dumpster near his grandfather's furniture factory -- Champagne Papi proudly wrote about buying a Lacoste jacket for $171, and listed another Lacoste shirt and hat under his "must-haves."

Long before "Back to Back" ... he whipped up a song dubbed, "Smell P***y" to rail against some high school wankstas. Just a taste of the lyrics:

-- Sholman's a p***y ... Johnny's a snitch ... You and Rosenblatt are like Abercrombie and B*tch. 

Check out the lyrics to see the full track, and how far Drake's rhyming prowess has come since puberty.

Honey Boo Boo Living with Big Sis While Mama June Hangs with BF

5/19/2019 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mama June's youngest daughter, 13-year-old Alana -- aka Honey Boo Boo -- has been forced to move in with her sister ... while June lives the casino life with her felon boyfriend.

Sources close to June tell us 19-year-old Pumpkin (gov't name, Lauryn), is now serving as a de facto guardian to Honey Boo Boo. We're told HBB's been living with Pumpkin for several months and helps look after Lauryn's 1-year-old daughter, Ella

Family sources tell us, Alana and June's other daughters understand their mom is going through a tough time ... and want to keep their distance from her and the "drama."

We're told June rarely sees her family these days.

TMZ broke the story ... cops were called to a gas station in Alabama back in March after a domestic dispute between June and her boyfriend Geno Doak. According to the report, Doak threatened to kill June during the argument.

When cops arrived they busted June for possession of crack cocaine.

June was ordered to stay away from Doak by a judge, but she's clearly ignoring that ... shacking up with him at an Alabama casino and routinely hitting the slots.

June's family has urged her to get away from Doak -- as they feel he's a bad influence -- but our sources say their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. 

'Star Wars' Blueprints for Original Vehicles Hit Auction Block

5/19/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

George Lucas might wanna pay close attention to this -- original design blueprints for 3 major vehicles from his 1977 sci-fi classic are up for auction, and we know he's got a spot for 'em.

The folks over at RR Auction are handling the "Hollywood Auction" bids featuring blueprints for the iconic vehicles in "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope." First up ... Luke Skywalker's X-34 Landspeeder.

The blueprint features the first design for the desert cruiser used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

There's also the super famous TIE fighter, the Imperial fleet's main ride. If you're more of a Rebel Alliance type ... they've got the Y-wing starfighter blueprint.

BTW ... the designs are the work of Steve Gawley, a model builder who worked on the film. Dude is super famous -- he went on to earn an Oscar nom for Best Visual Effects on "Back to the Future Part II."  

The 'Star Wars' blueprints are pretty amazing, and super fans can place bids now. The auction ends May 23 ... long before Lucas' $1 billion museum in L.A. is completed.

The joint's slated to open in 2021 and will feature his personal Norman Rockwell art collection, as well as 'Star Wars' items like Darth Vader's original mask -- and maybe some original blueprints???

Gucci Mane Postpones Canadian Tour ... I Wanna Do Better!!!

5/19/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gucci Mane is not goin' up North for a series of concerts after all ... at least not for a few more months.

The rapper's postponed his 'Live in Canada' tour -- which had 10 stops scheduled in May -- because he wants to bring a bigger and better show to his fans than he had in the bag ... according to his rep.

We're told Gucci and the promotion company he's working with are planning for early September to make up the shows, and he'll be more equipped to give his fans what they deserve ... because he's currently working on a new album.

Our sources say the September tour will still include stops in the big Canadian cities -- like Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver -- and will hopefully add Toronto as well ... which wasn't scheduled in May.

We broke the story ... the rapper had to obtain a temporary resident permit to enter Canada for his tour, which was no small feat, considering his long rap sheet and the country's tough stance on folks with prior convictions.

Gucci made it happen though, and his rep says his paperwork is still in good order and will be through September ... so he won't have to worry about it when it's time to take the stage.

As for the 10 venues where Gucci was supposed to perform this month ... tickets are being refunded due to the postponement.

Jay-Z Sued Ya Helped Yourself To My Sample ... Time For a Paper Chase!!!

5/18/2019 11:14 AM PDT

Jay-Z didn't bother reaching out to a musician whose song he sampled on one of his most popular albums, and now the dude wants his all these years later ... according to a lawsuit.

Soul artist and guitarist Ernie Hines recently filed suit against Jigga, Roc-A-Fella Records, Sony Music and Timbaland -- who produced the track Ernie's griping about -- claiming they jacked one of his songs from back in '69 and used it on Jay's 1998 record "Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life" without his permission ... and without ever paying him. 

Hines says his track "Help Me Put Out the Flame (In My Heart)" was sampled for the 'Vol. 2' song "Paper Chase" ... but he didn't even become aware of it until last year. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Hines asserts that he's a senior citizen -- he is, the guy's 81 years old -- and that he doesn't listen to rap music ... only learning about the alleged unauthorized use of his song in 2018. Presumably, that's his excuse on why he's doing this now, well past the statute of limitations.

Funny enough, 'Paper Chase' is listed on Tidal as having sampled 'Help Me' on a specific sampling page that lays out all the songs used to make that classic album. So, there's no question Timbaland used it to produce Jay's track. 

There's more ... Hines claims Timbaland also used 'Help Me' on Ginuwine's 1999 album, "100% Ginuwine" -- once again without his permission or without any payment. Interestingly, Ginuwine isn't a defendant on the lawsuit. 

Hines says the songs have been played on a lot of platforms over the years, and that he's owed a lot of dough because of it. He's suing for damages exceeding $2 million. We've reached out to Roc Nation for comment ... so far, no word back.

Tyga Fans Outraged ... No Show at San Diego Concert

5/18/2019 7:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyga must have a lot on his mind, because he apparently forgot he was supposed to perform Friday night in San Diego ... and the fans were enraged.

Kylie's ex-BF was supposed to perform at Omnia nightclub, and the event was pricey -- $100 for men and $70 for women, and that's just to cross the threshold.

As the night wore on, people figured out what was up and things got rowdy.  Eyewitnesses tell us there was pushing, shoving, bottles and glasses were thrown on stage, etc.

The DJ tried to vamp up the crowd from midnight until 1:45 AM, but they weren't having it.

It looks like there may be an issue with refunds, because management told the crowd, "Nothing could be done."  

Check out Tyga's apology ... no excuses, and generally "sorry" doesn't cut it.

Tyga's next performance is Saturday night at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA for the Powerhouse Liftoff Edition, but clearly ... don't hold your breath.   

By the way, check out our story about Tyga and his connection to Tristan Thompson and the Kardashians, proving the Kevin Bacon "six degrees of separation" theory. 

Around the Web