OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder say Lil Wayne is welcome to attend a playoff game in Oklahoma City, but he needs to buy a ticket just like everyone else.
The rapper created a stir Thursday night by posting on Twitter: "Was going to go to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena. Wow. Smh. Go Spurs!"
In a text message to ESPN's Colleen Dominguez, Lil Wayne wrote, "They denied me the tix. Didnt want me in their arena. They also said if I do come, I can only sit behind the bench, not on the floor & that I wouldn't be able to get any special escort nor entrance. They said its the 'Oklahoma way'."
Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney says Lil Wayne's representatives did contact the team requesting tickets but insisted that he sit on the front row, and none of those seats was available. Oklahoma City sold out every home game during the regular season and playoffs this season.
Mahoney says: "We'd love to have him at a game, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Lmao i guess his celebrity status aint as big as he thinks it is. isnt he a LA fan anyway? then he was ridin wit the heat but was partyin wit dallas when they won? homie seems like a bandwagon jumper to me
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Lil Wayne said that after a recent NBA playoffs ticket dispute he felt unwelcome and ''unwanted'' at the Oklahoma City arena and isn't planning to return.
The rapper said two Thunder players - Kevin Durant and James Harden - had reached out to offer him tickets to Saturday's fourth game of the Western Conference Finals.
''That's not the point, though,'' he told The Associated Press in an interview Friday night. ''It's the players stepping up but of course the players aren't white. 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 claimed in a tweet Thursday night that he had been ''denied by the team to be in their arena.'' The team responded by saying the seats he wanted were already taken.
But the Grammy-winning rapper, appearing at a Macy's store in Los Angeles to promote his Trukfit clothing line, described a more complicated scenario.
He said he typically procures tickets for such games ''from this guy named Mike.'' Lil Wayne said Mike had requested special security, parking and entrance for the rapper, but Mike said the team responded that they would only sell the seats for Mike's personal use.
Lil Wayne said a manager had advised him not to return to the city's arena for sports events or concerts, but ''I never say never.''
He said he felt welcome at other arenas including Miami, and likes being able to energize players - many of whom are fans of his music - on their home court.
''That's like me going on stage and ... seeing LeBron (James) in the crowd with his hand up. I'm going to perform a little bit harder,'' he said.
But in Oklahoma, he said that while ''the players want me there, I don't want to feel - I'm going to still feel unwanted.''
A team spokesman has said Lil Wayne's representatives insisted that he sit in the front row, and none of those seats were available. Oklahoma City sold out every home game during the regular season and playoffs.
Maybe if he didnt dress like a damn fool wearin womens pants saggin down to his damn knees.....he needa stop being so damn sensitive, drake rubbin off on him too much.
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