BLAKE GRIFFINTo Kawhi LeonardL.A. AIN’T ALL GRAVY

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Blake Griffin thinks Kawhi Leonard choosing the Clippers is “good for basketball” … but warns the superstar that L.A. definitely has it’s ups and downs!

Griffin would know … he spent 8 seasons with the L.A. Clippers before being traded to the Detroit Pistons in early 2018.

In fact, Blake still spends a bunch of his time in Los Angeles — he was at the famous Comedy Store on Friday night — so, we asked him about Kawhi’s big move.

“I think it’s good for basketball, good for L.A.,” Griffin told TMZ Sports … “I think it’ll bring a little bit more balance to the Los Angeles basketball scene, so its good!”

But, when we asked Blake if he preferred L.A. to other cites, the 30-year-old didn’t try and sugarcoat his answer.

“No, to be honest. I think playing in another city now I see the advantages and disadvantages to playing in different places.”

He added, “Everything has a positive and a negative. It just depends on what you value.”

Of course, the Kawhi news is rocking the NBA world — he’s leaving his championship Toronto Raptors squad to play in L.A. with Paul George.

Meanwhile, the Lakers added Anthony Davis to play with LeBron James … so yeah, Blake’s right — L.A. basketball is gonna be crazy this season!

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COMMONTENNIS PHENOM COCO IS AN INSPIRATION!!!

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Common can’t say enough about tennis phenom Coco Gauff, who he says is inspiring the world.

We got Common at Studio Be Gallery in New Orleans Friday and he went on and on about the 15-year-old, who just advanced to the 4th round at Wimbledon after beating Polona Hercog.

Common says he’s blown away by Coco’s passion and determination … adding she’s become an inspiration for young people.

It’s pretty touching … he says Coco looked to her heroes — Venus and Serena — and is now on the road to achieving their greatness.

Watch the clip … it’s as heartfelt as it gets.

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KOFI KINGSTONJON JONES HAS WWE POTENTIAL… Next New Day Member???

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Could Jon Jones be the 4th member of the New Day?

Kofi Kingston ain’t ruling it out … telling TMZ Sports he’d love to see the UFC star get involved in pro wrestling — but he’s gotta see Jon’s hip-shaking ability before bringing him into the group!!!

Check this out … Kofi says he actually met Jon recently and admitted he was straight-up starstruck — “He’s one of the greatest of all time man!”

“It was a real honor meeting him … real cool.”

And, with former UFC star like Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey killling it in the WWE, Kofi thinks Jon could be the next great crossover.

“He’s definitely got the height, he’s got the skill,” Kofi says. “From what I see he’s got the right attitude.”

“I think a lot of people would love to see Jon Jones in there.”

Of course, before Jon can even consider a wrestling career, he’s gotta get through Thiago Santos at UFC 239 in Vegas on Saturday night.

… and you know Kofi will be watching!!!

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MARK WAHLBERGDOUBLES DOWN ON BAKER PREDICTION… He’s Tom Brady’s Heir!

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Mark Wahlberg is DOUBLING DOWN on his prediction that Baker Mayfield will be a New England Patriot, telling TMZ Sports, “He’s the heir to the throne — to Tom Brady!!”

Of course, Mark has been beating this drum for over a year … it was June 2018 when he told us Mayfield would somehow end up on the Patriots‘ roster after TB12 retires.

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But, since then, Mayfield has become the face of the Browns and the team’s clear-cut franchise QB — and if you’re wondering if that’s changed Mark’s opinion at all — spoiler alert, IT HASN’T!!!

Mark told us out in Bev Hills he STILL thinks Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are going to find a way to make Baker their star QB after Brady decides to hang up his G.O.A.T. cleats.

It all begs the question, does Mark know something everybody else doesn’t???

The legendary actor HAS been working out with Mayfield — the two got in a lift together at Mark’s F45 Training gym in L.A. just a few days ago …

Time to start worrying in Cleveland?!?!

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COLIN KAEPERNICK‘SPOKESPERSON FOR THE BLACK CULTURE’… Says Trinidad James

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Colin Kaepernick isn’t just an athlete with a platform — “he’s the spokesperson for the black culture” … so says rapper Trinidad James.

After Kaepernick reached out to Nike with concerns about their Betsy Ross Flag shoe, Trinidad says the culture immediately got behind Colin because they trust him as a leader.

Trinidad — the guy behind the hit “All Gold Everything” — essentially explains why he believes Kaepernick’s activism comes from a good place … and that’s why so many people are on board with his movement.

As we previously reported, Nike felt Kap had a point with his objection to the Betsy Ross shoe (he claimed the 13-star flag has been co-opted by white nationalist groups) and pulled the kicks from stores.

Several politicians have now gotten involved — with people like Ted Cruz calling for a Nike boycott.

Others … like California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom have praised Nike for representing “the best of our American values.”

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SOCCER SUPERSTAR JEROME BOATENG$350K JEWELRY SHOPPING SPREE!!!

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German soccer superstar Jerome Boateng is on a mission to be the most iced out player in the game … going on a $350k watch and chain jewelry spree!!!

TMZ Sports has learned … the 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender wanted to treat himself with some shiny new gifts … hitting up Gabriel the Jeweler for the job.

We’re told Boateng copped an Audemars Piguet watch with a custom VVS diamond bezel decked out with 30 carat stones … and a 1 kilo Cuban link choker with 120 carat VVS diamonds.

FYI — Gabriel is the go-to guy for guys who play the other football as well — like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham and Amari Cooper.

Boateng — a World Cup Champ with Germany in 2014 — is one of the highest paid players in the game … so don’t worry, he’ll be fine.

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LUKE WALTONFires Back At Sexual Assault Accuser …YOU’RE LYING!!!

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Luke Walton admits he did meet up with the woman accusing him of sexual assault in a Santa Monica hotel room … but the Sacramento Kings head coach says she’s lying about what went down.

In new legal docs obtained by TMZ Sports … Walton claims his accuser, Kelli Tennant, was the person who initiated their meet-up, but he is adamant their encounter was “platonic” and nothing sexual even occurred.

In the docs, Walton claims when he was a Warriors coach, Tennant drove to meet him at a hotel the team was staying at while in town to play the Lakers, something she initiated.

TMZ Sports broke the story … Kelli filed a lawsuit back in April claiming Walton sexually assaulted her and forced himself on her in his hotel room.

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Now, Walton is pushing back against many of her claims from her lawsuit … he says he did NOT write a foreword for her book, says he was NOT her broadcasting mentor and says there was NO sexual assault when she dropped off her book at his hotel.

In the docs, Walton claims Tennant never complained to him or anyone else, including law enforcement, about any aspect of the visit that she initiated … and he points out she waited nearly 5 years to file her complaint.

The Kings and NBA officials launched a joint investigation into the sexual assault allegations. Walton has maintained his innocence, vowing to fight the case in court and saying he will NOT settle for any amount of money.

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COLIN KAEPERNICKNIKE STOCKS $URGING …Following Betsy Ross Controversy

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The heat Nike is taking over the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and the Betsy Ross Flag Shoe is having another effect … enhancing the brand’s appeal to investors.

Nike shares are surging in the wake of the company’s decision to recall its special Betsy Ross Flag Air Max 1 USA sneakers after Kaepernick complained the 13-star flag design was offensive because it’s been co-opted by several white nationalist groups.

Since Nike pulled the plug on the sneakers following Kaepernick’s objections earlier this week, Nike shares have seen a 2 percent increase since Tuesday, adding nearly $3 BILLION to the shoe giant’s market value.

Friday afternoon, trading Nike shares were up slightly to $86.62 and the company’s market value is now $136.38 billion.

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The stock surge looks a lot like what Kevin O’Leary predicted a few days ago … the “Shark Tank” investor told us Nike is taking advantage of the controversy with a firestorm of free marketing.

A similar trend involving Nike and Kap unfolded last year, with Nike stock rising and sales jumping after the Swoosh signed Kaepernick as a spokesman.

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EX-NFL PLAYER TEDY BRUSCHIRECOVERING FROM STROKE

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Tedy Bruschi, a three-time Super Bowl champion and New England Patriots legend, is recovering after suffering a stroke … according to the former-NFL player’s family.

Tedy’s family shared a medical update Friday afternoon on the current ESPN analyst, saying he’s recovering well after suffering a stroke on the Fourth of July.

The statement from the Bruschi family says … “Yesterday afternoon, Tedy had a stroke, known as a TIA. He recognized the warning signs immediately: arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties. Tedy is recovering well, and would like to thanks the nurses, doctors, and staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for all they have done.”

The statement continues … “Tedy and his family thank you for your ongoing encouragement, and kindly ask for privacy at this time.”

Tedy, now 46, also suffered a mild stroke way back in 2005, when he was 31 and still playing linebacker for Bill Belichick‘s Patriots defense.

Bruschi recovered well enough from his 2005 stroke to return to the gridiron, playing pro football for another 4 seasons. All told, he played 13 seasons for the Pats, winning three Super Bowls as the heart and soul of the New England defense.

Tedy hung up his cleats in 2008 and has since been working as an NFL analyst on TV.

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ALEX MORGANTea Backlash Is ProofTHERE’S DOUBLE STANDARD BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN

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USA soccer star Alex Morgan is upset that people are upset with her for daring to be brash after her team defeated England in the World Cup and she pretended to sip a cup of tea.

Morgan just said, “I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports,” adding, “to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate, but not too much or in a limited fashion. You see men celebrating all over the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is. And when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I am a little taken aback by the criticism.”

Alex went on to say her gesture was in-part an homage to “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, who famously offers opinions on Instagram stories and ends with the phrase, “And that’s the tea” as she sips from a cup.

The women’s team — which can we say is awesome — is famous for their play and their after-play, notably Megan Rapinoe‘s comments that she’s not at all interested in trekking to The White House to visit Donald Trump.

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L.A. MARATHON RUNNERFOUND DEAD …AFTER DISQUALIFIED FOR CHEATING

A 70-year-old marathon runner who was just disqualified for cheating in the L.A. Marathon back in March was found dead in the Los Angeles River.

Dr. Frank Meza, a retired physician, told his wife he was going for a run and that’s the last time he was seen. His body was found Thursday morning in the River lying in shallow water.

Dr. Meza was distraught over the cheating allegation … he had set a Marathon record for his age class — 2 hours, 53 minutes, 10 seconds in the March Marathon, but officials became suspicious. Officials found video and eyewitnesses who said he had left the course and reentered from a different location.

L.A. Marathon Officials officially disqualified Dr. Meza Monday … 3 days before his death.

Dr. Meza acknowledged he left the course, but only to find a bathroom.

His wife said running was extremely important to Dr. Meza and he strongly denied the cheating allegation.

It wasn’t the first time Meza was accused of cutting corners.  He had twice been disqualified from the Sacramento Marathon after authorities determined he cut the course.  He was banned from participating in that marathon.

Authorities have ruled out drowning as a cause of death.

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MOTORCYCLE DAREDEVILSCARY CRASH DURING PRACTICE JUMP!!!For ‘Evel Live 2’

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A daredevil attempting to jump a motorcycle farther than anyone severely injured both his ankles in a super scary crash during a practice jump for HISTORY’s live TV special … and the video is gnarly.

The rider, Axell Hodges, crashed hard while attempting to beat Robbie Maddison‘s world-record distance for a motorcycle jump — 378 feet and 9 inches — tumbling off his bike while trying to stick the landing.

Ya gotta see the video … Axell is flying through the air on his dirt bike, but when he finally comes down on the other side of the jump, he loses control of the bike and his body goes skidding down the pavement.

You’ll see more footage of Alex’s crash Sunday night during HISTORY’s live TV special, “Evel Live 2,” when female rider and four-time X Games medalist Vicki Golden attempts to set a new world record in an epic live motorcycle firewall stunt.

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JIMMIE WALKERRIPS KYRIE, LEBRON‘Stop Complaining, Stop Getting Political’

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TV legend Jimmie Walker is sick and tired of NBA stars complaining about life — telling icons like LeBron James, KD and Kyrie Irving to keep quiet and just be happy to be making so much money.

“The thing that upsets me the most about NBA players is they’re so upset, they’re so angry,” the former “Good Times” star told TMZ Sports.

“Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant … what are you upset about? I’m happy if I’m making that kind of money! They’re always complaining.”

72-year-old Walker says NBA stars have lost touch with reality — “They don’t understand what it’s like to be in real life. Real life is getting your own bags off the [luggage carousel]. No charters, no limos waiting for you … that’s what real life is about.”

Walker also went off on NBA stars for getting too political — saying, “I think that when you’re making $150 million a year, people don’t want to hear your political views.”

He added, “They should have NO political views. They should be very happy to say, ‘I’m doing good.’ Donate to charity, do your basketball charity benefits or whatever, but don’t put people down.”

“Just say, ‘I’m very fortunate to be here. I’m lucky and I’m very happy.'”

What’s interesting is that Walker — who played J.J. on “Good Times” back in the ’70s — is pretty political himself … publicly supporting Donald Trump.

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NFL’S MALIK MCDOWELLTURNED PALE DURING STOLEN CAR PROBE… Cops Say

Malik McDowell — a Seattle Seahawks’ 2017 2nd-round pick — turned pale, began to sweat profusely and began “breathing very heavily” when cops questioned him about a stolen vehicle that was parked in his garage, this according to police officers themselves.

The interaction is all in police docs obtained by TMZ Sports … which give explicit detail into how the 23-year-old defensive lineman tried to explain how a stolen, $75,000 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor ended up at his home.

Cops say two 2019 Ford F-150s were stolen off a Ford Motor overflow lot in Michigan in late March or early April.

One of the stolen vehicles — which you can see in pics obtained by TMZ Sports — ended up sending a GPS signal that led cops to McDowell’s Southfield, Michigan residence on April 8.

That’s when officers say they found the truck in McDowell’s garage … and when they began questioning him about the vehicle, they say, “Malik was breathing very heavily, sweating and had a sallow look to his face.”

Cops say Malik explained he purchased the vehicle in March for $5,000 from a random man on a local street in Detroit.

Cops say Malik didn’t know the seller’s name or phone number … but said he was supposed to receive the proper paperwork from the guy for the car at a later date.

When cops asked how he would do that without the man’s contact info or even name … cops say McDowell “could not answer.”

Then, cops say when they pressed McDowell about possibly lying about buying a brand new 2019 vehicle for $5,000 from a random person on the street … they say McDowell changed his answer.

“I actually only bought the vehicle for $3,000,” he told them.

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Cops ended up towing the car out of McDowell’s garage, and eventually arrested the 6-foot-6, 299-pound NFL player for felony receiving and concealing stolen property.

It’s the second time in the last few months McDowell was arrested in Michigan … back on Feb. 18, a Lathrup Village police officer spotted him driving recklessly in a Jeep Grand Cherokee and tried to question him.

When Malik became combative, the two walked toward a nearby gas station and got into an altercation.

Per police records, McDowell and the officer wrestled — with the cop hitting the NFL player with a taser.

Eventually, McDowell was subdued, arrested and charged with several serious offenses, including felony assault/resisting arrest.

Malik — who’s still a free agent after being cut by the Seahawks last summer — has been in court the past few months fighting the charges.

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I'm a Journalist,Activist, Publisher, Journalist, Entrepreneur, Orator and Film Maker. Attended the University of Northwestern where I studied Biblical theology and Film. I’ve traveled around the world met some greatest leaders in the world and worked with some of the greatest religious leaders of our times.As a Journalist and an Activist, I’ve dedicated my career highlighting black/brown people struggles through my films,education and creative world.

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