Music: Lil Wayne Basketball Ticket Controversy

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Source: USA Today (Sports)
Posted By: Tyler B. (YDS Host)

An Oklahoma City Thunder spokesman says rapper Lil Wayne’s assertion that he feels unwelcome to attend Thunder games on the basis of race is “ridiculous.”

“Not even worth commenting on,” said Dan Mahoney, Thunder vice president for communications and community relations, of Lil Wayne’s comments to the Associated Press following a ticket dispute with the team.

The Grammy Award-winning musician said he was denied a late request for courtside tickets to Game 3 of the Western Conference finals here. The team said he was welcome to attend.

“We’d love to have him at a game, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket,” Mahoney said Thursday.

The rapper, who often attends Miami Heat games, said he was offered tickets to a future game by Thunder players James Harden and Kevin Durant, but he wouldn’t attend.

Said Durant on Friday morning, “We need people like that.”

Lil Wayne addressed the issue Friday night.

“It’s the players stepping up but of course the players aren’t white,” he said. “I don’t want to be sitting there on behalf of you and I’m sitting next to a (person) that’s like ‘I don’t want this (guy) sitting next to me.’

“(Forget) you … I’m in Forbes,” he said, laughing.

Lil Wayne said an associate of his was denied a request for special parking and security. The team said the conversation never got that far when the rapper was told that four courtside seats were not available.

The Thunder have sold out every home game during this season.

“We just didn’t have the seats available,” Mahoney said. “Its that simple: supply and demand.

“We offered him other locations and probably could have accommodated him. We’ve had other celebrities courtside when it was available. In this case, for a playoff game, there were none available.”

Thunder guard James Harden scoffed when asked if he’s ever felt unwelcome in Oklahoma City because he is black.

“Not even close,” he said.

Said point guard Russell Westbrook of Lil Wayne, “He’s always welcome.”

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