April 28, 2008
: MediaTakeOut.com told you last week about the rivalry developing between NBA’s DeShawn Stevenson and LeBron James. The two are playing each other in the NBA Playoffs and they’ve been talking trash for days. But now Jay Z apparently has gotten involved in their beef.
The Washington Post has been covering the entire saga. Here’s what they say happened on Friday night:
In the wee hours of Friday night at Love, the Northeast club which hosted Gilbert Arenas’ million-dollar 25th birthday party last year, the deejay played a new cut by Jay-Z. The hip-hop icon actually cut it Friday and had it downloaded for a party hosted by LeBron James at the club that night. Stevenson was told that the lyrics just eviscerated him — in his own town.
Then teammate Damon Jones, who last did something to collect an NBA paycheck two years ago, took the microphone and talked junk about Stevenson.
And here’s how the Post reports DeShawn’s reaction to the Jay Z diss:
He says he has a lot of swag, but I don’t think that’s something to do,” Stevenson said about James. “This is basketball. I’m not worried about the song. I’m not worried about what he did. But for Damon Jones to get on the mic. And I heard he was saying foul stuff about me and stuff like that, they’re taking it beyond basketball to me. When I had Soulja Boy here. It was on the court,” Stevenson said. “It was nothing disrespecting him or his family or even foul language.”
Here is the diss song
O.K. we have a couple of observations here –
First, why is 40 year old Jay Z getting involved in beef between two twenty-something NBA players.
Second, why does Jay feel its appropriate to use the wackest beat known to man for that track
Third, isn’t Jay Z supposed to be an NBA team owner??? It’s not only tacky to diss a player – it’s bad business