Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com 22-year-old boxer Evan Holyfield's favorite fighter is NOT his legendary father, Evander Holyfield ... it's Filipino star Manny Pacquiao. Yes ... NOT his dad a.k.a. George Foreman/Mike Tyson (twice) slayin' Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield. TMZ Sports talked to the younger Holyfield -- who's dominated his first 2 professional fights -- and asked, who's your favorite boxer? "Manny Pacquiao. I love Manny Pacquiao. Besides my dad, of course. I'm gonna take some stuff from him, but Manny Pacquiao. I watch that man before I go to sleep, I watch that man when I wake up, when I get bored." "Manny Pacquiao's my guy. I watched all his movies. I stole so much stuff from Manny Pacquiao, it's ridiculous." Suffice it to say, Evan likes Manny ... and is super pumped about the prospect of having some face time with his hero in the future. "I haven't had a chance to meet Manny yet, but I'm sure if I was ever to meet Manny, I don't know what I … [Read more...] about Evander Holyfield’s Son Says Manny Pacquiao’s His Favorite Fighter, Not My Dad!
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Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Isaiah Thomas is siding with Kyrie Irving in his feud with Celtics fans ... saying the crowd should consider players' mental health before booing the hell outta them. Remember, fans were pissed when Irving sat out his highly-anticipated return to Boston last week, chanting "Kyrie sucks" throughout the game. Irving responded by RIPPING the fans, saying "This Game of Sports entertainment matters more than someone’s mental health and well being right? Or the real life things that happen to people everyday but they still have to Perform for the NBA and its fans? Right?" You can read the whole thing below. Irving didn't hold back. Enter IT -- who famously got a huge tribute from the Celtics in his first game back in Beantown -- and he tells TMZ Sports the fans should've thought things through before throwing out the boo birds. "He might've been going through some real-life stuff," Thomas says. "I understand how the fans are, but … [Read more...] about Isaiah Thomas Says Fans Should Considered Kyrie’s Mental Health Before Booing
Breaking News 1:22 PM PT -- Enes has expanded on the arrest -- saying, "I woke this morning to the news of my father being arrested by the Turkish government." "The police raided our home in Istanbul, something that is happening to many innocent families across Turkey just because they are members of Hizmet, inspired by Scholar, Fethullah Gulen." "My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party. He may get tortured for simply being my family member. There are countless stories that Amnesty International has published about rape, torture, and sodomy in the Turkish prisons following the alleged failed Military Coup attempt on July 15, 2016, that is blamed on innocent individuals of Hizmet. You may clearly see that benefactor of this failed coup was the Turkish Government." OKC Thunder star Enes Kanter says his father has been arrested in Turkey -- and fears he could be tortured by government officials. Kanter didn't get into details but tweeted, "MY DAD … [Read more...] about Enes Kanter Says Father Arrested In Turkey By ‘Hitler Of Our Generation’
Play video content Exclusive TMZ.com Presidential candidate Julian Castro says the NBA should seize the opportunity to push America's constitutional principles in China, even if it ends up costing the league millions. The Democratic hopeful came on "TMZ Live" Wednesday to discuss the international feud between the league and the Republic, over Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey's comment supporting Hong Kong protesters. Julian firmly believes the NBA -- and other American companies doing biz in China -- have to draw an ethical line in the sand ... even if that means pressuring a foreign country to adopt America's ideals about freedom of speech and the right to protest. ICYMI ... Morey -- whose team is among those playing preseason games in China -- tweeted his support of Hong Kong protesters fighting for more freedoms. Since then, China's dropped the hammer -- refusing to televise the games, and demanding the NBA censure Morey. NBA commish Adam Silver's defended Morey and … [Read more...] about Julian Castro Says NBA Should Pressure China, Defend Freedom of Speech
Play video content EXCLUSIVE TMZSports.com Adam Silver is vouching for Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri -- saying the guy is a good dude ... but the NBA commish tells TMZ Sports he's still investigating Ujiri like he would anyone else. Of course, Ujiri is facing some stiff allegations after shoving a cop after Game 6 of the NBA Finals ... with the officer's attorney saying his client suffered a concussion and a jaw injury in the altercation. ALTERNATE FAN ANGLE: You can see Masai Ujiri apparently yelling back and forth with the Police Depty he had an alleged incident with.#Raptors championship.pic.twitter.com/LH6tZote2J @ClutchPointsApp In fact, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office says it's pursuing a criminal misdemeanor battery charge against Ujiri ... saying it's set to meet with prosecutors this week. When we got Silver out in NYC on Tuesday ... he told us he's known Ujiri for years -- but has still launched a full investigation into the allegations nonetheless. … [Read more...] about Adam Silver Says NBA Investigating Masai Ujiri, We’re Gathering Facts