Flo Rida and manager claim Popovich banned them from Finals

Apparently Flo Rida has beef with Gregg Popovich

6/18/13 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   452 respect

Blog Photo - Flo Rida and manager claim Popovich banned them from FinalsThe above headline is not a typographical error or unintended use of the space bar. Worlds have collided for two massively different human beings -- extremely dour and distant San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and 11-time platinum hip hop artist Flo Rida -- in a bizarre liner note to the 2013 NBA Finals. Flo Rida alleges that his manager has been banned from sitting courtside at the Finals games in Miami, and that the ban was personally engineered by Popovich.

Mr. Rida and his manager are airing their grievances publicly. Popovich has not commented on the matter publicly. But if he  were asked his opinion he'd probably growl, "I can't tell you that."

We have perhaps our stupidest storyline to this Heat-Spurs NBA Finals, as the Miami Herald reports that Flo Rida's manager claims that Gregg Popovich has had him banned from courtside seats. The allegation was aired the Hochman and Zaslow Show on 104.3 The Fan in Miami, so you know it must be true.

Blog Photo - Flo Rida and manager claim Popovich banned them from FinalsFlo Rida's manager is one Lee "Freezy" Prince, the less handsome, less muscular and less telegenic one sitting next to Flo Rida in the image at right. He's the one holding the cocktail, and Freezy regularly sits with Flo Rida courtside near the visiting bench at Heat games. (Are we still nicknaming all hip hop personalities with words that rhyme with "eezy"? Isn't that kind of spent by now?)

Audio clips of Freezy's allegations can be found at sports blog The Big Lead. He claims that his carryings-on so enraged Popovich that the Spurs coach has ordered Freezy banned from the arena. "I am not an outside celebrity. I am a local fan and I’m gonna get emotional watching my team play," Freezy is quoted as saying.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/18/3457547/rapper-flo-rida-manager-will-be.html#storylink=cpy

Flo Rida will reportedly also refrain from attending Game 6 or Game 7 in Miami in a show of solidarity with his manager. The seats will be sold on the open market.

The Herald estimates that those courtside seats next to Popovich can be sold at the price of $25,000 a "pop".
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