Bay Area rapper and longtime Warriors fan E-40 issued a statement this weekend denouncing “racial bias” after security disqualified him from Saturday night’s NBA playoffs between King Sacramento and golden empire warriors.
Video footage from the event showed E-40 interacting on the sidelines with security guards, who proceeded to escort him out of Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center. After the rapper spoke out, Kings told The Times that the group takes “these claims seriously” and is “investigating the facts and circumstances related to the situation, as we will whenever we do.” There’s no such thing as an accusation.”
In a statement obtained by the Associated Press on Sunday, E-40 said that other attendees criticized him throughout the game. The “Choices” artist, whose real name is Earl Stevens, added that he engaged a slanderer “decisively but politely” before security kicked him out of the arena.
IN a clamp shared on Twitter, several members of the crowd could be seen waving and shouting at E-40 as security officers forced him out of his seat.
“Unfortunately, it’s another reminder that – despite my success and acclaim as a musician and entrepreneur – racial prejudice is still pervasive,” said E-40. said in a statement.
“Security saw a disagreement between a Black man and a white woman and immediately assumed I was at fault.”