E-40 will not be at Monday night’s NBA playoff game between the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors. The “Snap Your Fingers” rapper said that the Sacramento Kings’ venue security had “racial bias” because they kicked him out of the first game of the series after he got into a fight with another fan.
In a statement to PEOPLE, the Bay Area rapper and prominent Warrior’s devotee claimed he was “subjected to disrespectful heckling” throughout the Sacramento game.
E-40 claimed he “finally turned around and addressed one heckler in an assertive but polite manner,” but arena security came over and “assumed I instigated the encounter” and threw him out.
E-40’s statement read –
“Unfortunately, it was yet another reminder that — despite my success and accolades as a musician and entrepreneur — racial bias remains prevalent.”
“Security saw a disagreement between a Black man and a white woman and immediately assumed that I was at fault.”
The Associated Press says that the Kings said they would look into the issue. The team told the AP –
“The Sacramento Kings take these claims seriously and are investigating the facts and circumstances regarding the situation, as we do anytime an accusation like this is made.”
On Saturday, a video of the fight between E-40, whose real name is Earl Tywone Stevens Sr., and a woman a few rows behind him was posted on social media. In the video, they can be seen fighting and pointing at each other. When security comes over to talk to E-40, the woman is using her phone to record their conversation.
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Then, a security guard from the Warriors steps between E-40 and the security guards at the stadium and leads him off the court. After the game, players and stars from all over the league came to E-40’s defense.
Jalen Rose, a former NBA player who now works as an ESPN reporter, said on Twitter that E-40 “should be given an apology.” E-40 often posts pictures of himself sitting near the Warriors’ bench at Golden State games.
Rose said –
“The players know and love him.”
AP reports that Warriors guard Klay Thompson said the situation was “unfortunate.”
Thompson said –
“I love 40.”
“He’s been our biggest supporter for years. I hope they right that ship because he deserves to be there by our bench. In my time knowing him, he’s always been respectful. He’s always been considerate of those around him. Very weird to see, and I hope it’s resolved.”
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