By now you would think all celebrities, especially those in the New York City area, know to take anything said by Charlamagne Tha God with a grain of salt.
Nevertheless, star NY Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has found himself in a back and forth exchange with the controversial radio and TV personality.
The conflict started when Shumpert took shots at Charlamagne and his “The Breakfast Club” co-host DJ Envy, presumably for some on-air remarks by the radio hosts on a rap song he recorded.
At first responding to the song on Twitter, then in an interview with TMZ Sports, Charlamagne says Shumpert ought to focus his attention on his first profession.
“I think Iman Shumpert just needs to be somewhere focusing on his offense and defense, and not be so defensive and take so much offense when I criticize his rap skills,” said Charlamagne.
According to Charlamagne, he never publicly criticized Shumpert’s rapping skills, but he did share his thoughts privately with Shumpert’s girlfriend Teyana Taylor.
Shumpert says “The Breakfast Club” was doing damage to his brand and the diss track was in retaliation for that. Charlamagne thinks Shumpert may be thinking too highly of himself as a rapper to be so new to the game.
“If you’re talking about rap, Iman Shumpert, you have no brand,” Charlamagne says. “Nobody knows Iman Shumpert as a rapper. I don’t understand how me saying you’re wack as a rapper is detrimental to your brand as an NBA player.”