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Racist: Ryan Seacrest Gets Tickets to Spurs vs. Thunder Game, Lil Wayne Doesn't

| by Alex Groberman

A few days ago, in the lead-up to Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals showdown between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, there was a whole big brouhaha involving Lil Wayne. Apparently, Weezy made a late request for courtside seats to the outing and, for whatever reason, got that request rejected by the powers that be.

Understandably irked at what happened, the Worst Rapper Alive tweeted this:

Was going to go to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena. Wow. Smh. Go Spurs!

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) May 31, 2012

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At the time, we at Opposing Views were extremely sympathetic. Per our original piece on the matter:

Now, seeing as Weezy is an awful rapper ("Don't f*** up with Wayne/ 'Cause when it Waynes it pours." #neverforget) and an even worse bandwagon basketball fan, there really doesn’t even need to be a good reason for OKC’s decision. It could just be one of those, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Skills, No Service type deals.

In the days following this hilariously stupid story first emerging, several conspiracy theories began floating around regarding why precisely OKC brass had rejected Weezy’s ticket request.

Some suggested that The Bearded Warrior, James Harden, had something to do with it. (We won't expound on that because we don't buy it.) Others (read: the team) noted that it could just be a case of the Thunder, a squad known all over for having the most hardcore of hardcore fans, reserving their best seats not for celebrities, but for folks who actually take the time to buy tickets (the way you’re supposed to).

"We'd love to have him at a game, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket," Dan Mahoney, vice president for communications and community relations, told the AP on Thursday.

Weezy, however, had his own theory (via NewsOK):

The controversy over Lil Wayne’s inability to attend Thursday’s game lingered, though, as the rapper told The Associated Press on Friday night that he felt unwelcome, even after a pair of Thunder players reached out to say they would help him get tickets.

“That’s not the point, though,” Lil Wayne said. “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.

They're racist? That’s a pretty harsh charge. If you’re going to call folks racist, you better have some solid proof. And it’s not as if an organization as smart as this one would ever give Wayne and his supporters additional ammunition for that racism charge a day after this whole mess came to light, right? It’s not as if they were going to go and give some big time white celebrity tickets to the very next game, right?

Wrong.

Via @cjzero:

Look, we’re hardly the biggest Weezy sympathizers around. Again, he’s a terrible, terrible rapper. Once upon a time he was solid, but years of take one too many sips out of that cup of his have done a number on his brain. Seriously, Tha Carter IV's best tracks were the ones he wasn't on. 

None of that changes how bad this now looks, though. There may not have been any racist intentions behind the initial rejection of Wayne’s request, however, giving Seacrest tickets to the very next game doesn’t help you make that case. It's just bad optics.

What would have simply been written off as the Thunder organization refusing to accommodate a well-known bandwagon fan as he tried to steal seats from a legit fan has now turned into a, Seacrest-Gets-Tickets-at-the-Last-Minute-but-Wayne-Doesn’t-I-Wonder-Why thing.  

Will this be that huge of a deal? Probably not. Will it be a much bigger deal than it originally needed to be? Yup.

Best tweets on the topic came from Twitter must follows, @netw3rk and @mdotbrown:

The Thunder continue to be unbeaten in games where Lil' Wayne is banned/can't get a ticket/is generally not in attendance.

— netw3rk (@netw3rk) June 3, 2012

"Mr. Weezy, we aren't racist; just extremely superstitious. Thanks for understanding, Sam Presti."

— netw3rk (@netw3rk) June 3, 2012

He's just trying to convince Presti to sign Lamar Odom. RT @netw3rk: I love watching Ryan Seacrest pretending to like sports.

— Myles Brown (@mdotbrown) June 3, 2012

(Kudos Clarion Ledger, NewsOK, @cjzero)

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