The host of “Drink Champs” apologized to the George Floyd family after inviting Kanye West on the program over the weekend.
The controversial Kanye West found a voice on Drink Champs after his interview with LeBron James on HBO’s The Shop was cancelled. N.O.R.E. being a rapper felt Kanye was being censored and believes in free speech. However, regret has set in after the backlash of the interview.
“I just wanna be honest, I support freedom of speech,” N.O.R.E. said. “I support anybody, you know, not being censored. But I do not support anybody being hurt. I did not realize that the George Floyd statements on my show was so hurtful. And you gotta realize, it was the first five minutes of the show When he walked in, he told my producer, he said that if he’ll stop filming, he’ll walk out.”
The apology comes after civil rights attorney Lee Merritt confirmed on Twitter that the family is considering a lawsuit against West.
“I watched the George Floyd documentary that Candace Owens put out. One of the things that his two roommates said was they want a tall guy like me, and the day that he died, he said a prayer for eight minutes,” West had said on the podcast. “They hit him with the fentanyl. If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that.”
N.O.R.E. also addressed the Drink Champs backlash to the interview in a separate appearance on Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning, admitting that he regrets how he handled the situation.
Check out N.O.R.E.’s comments on The Breakfast Club and Hot 97 below.
Social media was mostly negative towards the the popular podcast and believed N.O.R.E. was irresponsible with his platform. Kanye West is now looking forward to creating his own social media app with Parler, so he could continue his thoughts online without censorship. Check out the social media reactions below.
Not I regret it Lmfaoooo what about the views that you were just boasting about? pic.twitter.com/u6knpAO2k5
— Voyage To Atlantis Stan✨ (@Shanice_Alsina) October 17, 2022
Them sponsors started pulling out so now niggas wanna fake having a conscious… smh the OGs really going out pathetic
— 🦾Ramba MuhFckin Raw🦚 (@nobuniqqa) October 17, 2022
and Nore is setting himself up to be sued. He definitely owes both the culture and Kanye more than this. Black folks have WAY too many issues to be drunk and talking about major issues. Jews would never do this and that’s why Kanye is jealous of them. Discipline is important.
— Shirley (@Shirley80581669) October 17, 2022
Exactly….cashed the check then said "my bad" pic.twitter.com/XFlEKfpPPW
— Dear, sweet brother Numsie (@YourMomsfave77) October 17, 2022
— GetOffThePlantations (@HisChosenFew) October 17, 2022
What mistake did you make?
— Cyborg 001 (@bunnybunnywings) October 17, 2022
None. He's just feeling the pressure from the backlash
— Deric Foreal 🏴☠️ (@dericforeal) October 17, 2022
It's cool g we know what's going on the pressure was applied if anything this just validation that what ye spoke about in the interview is true sad to see but it is what it is in the words of pusha if you know you know
— Hip Hop Head (@nefu23) October 17, 2022