Flo Rida's Manager Blames Spurs' Gregg Popovich for NBA Finals Ban

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJune 18, 2013

Gregg Popovich has to worry about LeBron James' all-around talent, Ray Allen's sharpshooting and Dwyane Wade's ability to take over a game, but he chose to concern himself with Flo Rida's manager before an all-important Game 6.

At least, that's what Flo Rida's manager Freezy is saying.

Freezy was on 104.3 The Ticket's Hochman & Zaslow show on Tuesday morning to expound on what is a growing controversy before the NBA Finals kick off once again (h/t Big Lead).

Freezy claims Pop had him banned from AmericanAirlines Arena. In a show of solidarity, Flo Rida is now refusing to go to the game as well.

You can listen to audio over at The Ticket's website, but here is what Freezy had to offer:

Nah I ain't going to (inaudible), because they already said they were going to have me arrested and all that nonsense...

When asked about being arrested, Freezy continued:

Yeah they won't even let me in the building. It don't matter where I sit. It don't matter if I go to the top of the ceiling; they don't want me in the building.

When asked if that meant Flo Rida was going to stay home, the manager stated:

...We ride together. None of us are going to be there for the next two games, but we ride together.

Freezy then explained that the NBA started by sending him emails and then lawyers became involved, telling him that he was no longer welcome in the building.

When he took officials to task about why he was banned, they didn't give him a specific reason, but claimed he had "too much energy" and "the head coach complained about it."

When pressed by the host to confirm it was Popovich who complained, Freezy verified it was and continued, "Them cats want an easy win. They ain't used to that Miami Heat support right next to them in their ear."

Some might remember a similar circumstance that involved Lil Wayne proclaiming he was banned from Heat games because he was rooting for the Lakers. According to a TMZ report, a league spokesperson stated that was false and he was never banned.

As for Pop, I have a hard time believing he would concern himself with silly peripherals like which fans get to sit behind him in the arena.

This is a man who is renowned for his one-word answers during interviews.

Perhaps a league official was polling coaches before the game about Flo Rida's manager because of an incident that happened during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Freezy did mention the Pacers series and called that team "disrespectful." For those uninitiated, officials ejected Freezy during Game 7 of the Heat's series with Indiana.

There is a line between rooting for the home team and being a complete distraction to the actual game at hand. It seems Freezy crossed that line during the Pacers series and may have been asked to stay clear because of that.

Until we get clarification from the NBA, we can only speculate about why Flo Rida and his manager will be watching Tuesday night's game from the comfort of their own home.

As for the rest of us, let's just hope someone asks Popovich about this silly controversy, because the answer is sure to be a classic.


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