“Do you really think he killed a man?” Iman Shumpert slams NBA for shutting down legend Allen Iverson’s rap career over controversial lyrics

Iman Shumpert speaks out on NBA hindering Allen Iverson's side rap career while blaming it on lyrics for portraying gang violence and murder.

The NBA is filled with individuals rich in talent not just pertaining to the sport of Basketball but also other things. We see numerous players be very smart with their money and invest in it a good franchise or company. As you would have heard, LeBron James recently became a billionaire, why? He simply invested.

Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson

There are other areas that players often spend their time and money towards. Some of them invest their time in other sporting activities such as Golf or even American Football. Music and Hip Hop culture has been a heavy influence on the league. Earlier in the day, Allen Iverson took his talents behind the mic but unfortunately the NBA quickly shut his dreams out.

Allen Iverson made attempts to live as a part time Rapper

Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson is one of the biggest game changers that the league had ever come across. He was a top level scorer in the league during his time who had the capability of scoring 40-points at any given time. The Philadelphia 76ers legend became the league MVP in 2001 after averaging 31.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.6 rebounds.

It was around the same time that Iverson also ventured out into the music industry to pursue a career in rap. During the summer of the year 2000, the player released his first single, “Jewelz” and then his next hit “40 Bars” shortly after. It was the second single that had a controversial look since it involved violent, misogynistic and homophobic lyrics. The NBA obviously did not take it the way AI had probably intended on conveying the lyrics and immediately made him call it a musical career.

Iman Shumpert defends Allen Iverson’s short lived rap career

Iman Shumpert
Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert is someone you can consider who would know a lot about the NBA and what happens within it. He defended Iverson’s intentions and slammed the NBA for stopping him from living his dream. “But it’s like what I’m saying. It damn near made it. Because when they present it they try to make him sound stupid. This is what I’m getting at. Motherf***ers tried to make it seem like that he was stupid, why would he talk about killing people.”

“I’m saying that’s the damn (thing). They’re saying, he snitched on himself saying that he killed somebody and that’s why the league… I’m going to keep it a bean.” Shumpert’s case was that AI had only tried to portray the life he had lived in his hometown. Gang violence was and sometimes is still a problem in small neighborhoods in the United States. Iman claimed that AI would never have participated in gang violence because he wished to play in the league.

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