Rivalries usually are between two sports teams (Dolphins versus Jets) or between two rappers (Tupac versus Biggie). A battle between music and sports was unheard-of until things deteriorated the way they have the past few years between NBA champions the Miami Heat and Lil Wayne.
To prepare for Lil Wayne performing at the Cruzan Amphitheatre, we presented five reasons why Miami Heat fans should forgive Lil Wayne. Through the comments section, Heat Nation has proven it possesses a long, unforgiving memory. To explain the loathing and hatred in South Florida toward Tunechi, we present to you the history of the Weezy-Heat rivalry.
November 6, 2010
Thirty-six hours after being released from Riker's Island prison for attempted criminal possession of a weapon, Lil Wayne is given tickets by New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul to watch the Hornets play the visiting Heat. Miami loses the game (its second loss of the LeBron era) and loses a fan.
February 3, 2011
In a Rolling Stone cover story, Lil Wayne discusses the hurt of not being shown love by LeBron or Wade before games. "Them niggas never speak to a nigga. They don't chuck me the deuce or nothing! Nigga spent all that money on them fucking tickets... Come holla at me!
"They think I'm gonna kill 'em or something? Them niggas is LeBron and D-Wade! They don't be intimidated of anything.
"I asked my ho why they don't speak to me, and she said, 'Cause you always rooting against them.' But everybody they've played, I'm cool with a nigga on the other team! We sit right there by them little bitch-ass niggas. At least come ask me why I'm not rooting for you."
June 12, 2012
At game one of the 2012 NBA Finals in Oklahoma City, Lil Wayne expressed dismay that he would have to pay for courtside seats to watch the Thunder play the Heat. Using the old the enemy of the enemy is my friend, Lil Wayne tweeted:
Again I was treated like sh!t by the Thunder arena staff...dam..I hope da Heat beat da dog sh!t out em!!
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 13, 2012
Was Weezy's support for the Heat the tipping point? After game one, the Thunder did not win another game as the Heat took the championship.
February 10, 2013
This is where things got ugly. As the Miami Heat trounced the Los Angeles Lakers, Lil Wayne was ejected from the game at American Airlines Arena.
This is Lil Wayne's tweet about the incident.
"So I'm @ da Heat game right, rootin 4 da Lakers kuz dats my team & would u believe they got police 2 make me leave?! Wow! F#€k da Heat"
This is the Miami Heat's spokeswoman's response to USA Today on the incident:
"Lil Wayne was not kicked out but instead chose to leave."
And this is what a witness who claimed to be seated next to Lil Wayne tweeted about the incident.
"Random guy yelled at Lil Wayne at #MiamiHEAT game. Weezy looked back, gave him a mean stare & gestured he had a gun. LOL what a douche"
"Weezy just got into argument with security at the #MiamiHEAT game. He got kicked out for gun gesture."
February 17, 2013
During All-Star Weekend in Houston, Lil Wayne voices his displeasure at not being a part of the official festivities. At an off-site concert Lil Wayne calmly announced, "The NBA banned me from all NBA events." After some boos from the crowd he explained, "It's because the Miami Heat told them to ban me." He then led the crowd with this chant, "When I say fuck, you say NBA! When I say fuck, you say Miami Heat!"
After this exchange he yelled, "Fuck LeBron. Fuck She Wade. Fuck Chris Bosh. Fuck all y'all." But then came the lowest blow when he added, "And I fucked Chris Bosh wife."
No one from the Heat organization responded to Lil Wayne's jabs unless you count winning 20 more games in a row in a historic 27-game win streak a response. Bosh did, however, play some of the worst ball of his ten-year career after the cuckolding by Lil Wayne.
June 12, 2013
A month after being hospitalized for seizures, a healthy Lil Wayne appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Lil Wayne called LeBron James a "stand-up guy" for sending his concerns during his troubles. Kimmel pressed Lil Wayne on his feud with the Heat. Lil Wayne said the Heat organization "did tell me I'm allowed back whenever I want. I don't think they want me there, so I won't make it hard on either of us." When Kimmel asked him about sleeping with Bosh's wife, Lil Wayne looked surprised. "I said that?" he asked puzzled. "I was too turnt up that night."
June 20, 2013
The Miami Heat wins its second consecutive championship. When asked about the criticism he and the Miami Heat have received over the years, LeBron quotes a Lil Wayne song, "I ain't got no worries."
June 24, 2013
At the Miami Heat Championship Parade, not only does LeBron reiterate the Lil Wayne quote "I ain't got no worries." He asks the crowd of Heat season ticket holders to chant the Lil Wayne line along with him and succeeds.
Perhaps LeBron is training for a postplaying career in diplomacy. If he can get Lil Wayne and Heat fans to forgive each other, Israel and Palestine will be a piece of cake.
Lil Wayne. As part of America's Most Wanted Music Festival, with T.I., Tyga, Hit-Boy, and G-Easy. 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25 to $89.75 plus fees. Call 800-745-3000, or visit livenation.com, youngmoney.com.
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