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Lil Wayne, 30-year-old New Orleans rapper and music mogul, recently alleged that he was kicked out of a Miami Heat Game after cheering for the opposing Los Angeles Lakers.
The rapper, born Dewayne Carter, took to his Twitter early Saturday evening to make a claim that he was asked to leave the Heat's American Airlines Arena in Miami after he decided to root for the Lakers.
"So I'm @ da Heat game right, rootin 4 da Lakers kuz dats my team & would u believe they got police 2 make me leave?! Wow(SIC)," Carter tweeted to nearly 10 million followers on the social networking website.
However, a number of other people had other accounts of the rapper's story. Lorrie-Ann Diaz,
Heat spokeswoman, insisted that Wayne left the Heat game on his own in an email to USA Today sports.
However, an NBA fan named Danny Vega took to Twitter to claim that he was seated near the rapper and watched the entire episode take place. According to Vega's tweets, Wayne was asked to leave the game when he made a gesture to American Airlines Arena security that insinuated he had a weapon.
"Random guy yelled at Lil Wayne at #MiamiHEAT game. Weezy looked back, gave him a mean stare & gestured he had a gun," Vega tweeted. "Weezy just got into argument with security at the #MiamiHEAT game. He got kicked out for gun gesture.(SIC)"
This is not the first time the rapper has complained about being mistreated while attending an NBA game. Last year, Wayne attempted to attend a playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs at the former's Chesapeake Energy Arena.
However, he tweeted his discontent when he was not allowed to watch the game in the arena.
"Was going to go to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena. Wow. Smh. Go Spurs," the rapper tweeted last June.
Dan Mahoney, Thunder spokesman, said the rapper left the arena because he insisted that he sit in the front row at the game despite not having a ticket.
"We'd love to have him at a game, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket," Mahoney told The Associated Press last year.