E-40 has released a statement after he was ejected from Saturday (April 15) night's NBA playoff game between the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors.
The Bay Area rap legend said that racial bias was the reason behind his removal and he is calling on the the Kings to investigate the incident. According to the statement, E-40 was having verbal altercation with a white woman when security was called on him.
“On Saturday night, I was subjected to disrespectful heckling over the course of the Warriors-Kings game in Sacramento," he started. "During the fourth quarter, I finally turned around and addressed one heckler in an assertive but polite manner. Yet, shortly thereafter, Kings’ security approached me, assumed that I instigated the encounter and proceeded to kick me out of the arena.”
The statement continued, “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. I’ve attended countless NBA games throughout my life and have always prided myself in my professionalism, so this experience has been jarring. I was absolutely humiliated by the Kings’ security team…”
"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," the Kings said in a statement regarding the incident.