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Lil Wayne has been vocal about his issues with the National Basketball Association as of late, but now the league is refuting some of his most recent claims.
Lil Wayne, the 30-year-old rapper born Dewayne Carter, recently attended a birthday celebration for his friend and Cash Money record label CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams. While there, he alleged that the NBA was keeping him from attending their All-Star Game events.
Entertainment writer Shaheem Reid was reportedly in attendance at the party and tweeted about Wayne's rant during the NBA All-Star weekend.
"The NBA banned me from all NBA events ... Because the Miami Heat told them to ban me," Wayne said, according to Reid's tweets.
However, NBA Senior Director of Basketball Communications Mark Broussard told TMZ a different story. According to Broussard, there is "no truth at all" to the rapper's claims.
This is not the first issue that Carter has had with the league. The rapper took to his Twitter earlier this month to make a claim that he was asked to leave the Miami 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," Carter tweeted to nearly 10 million followers on the social networking website.
However, those claims were also refuted by an NBA executive. Lorrie-Ann Diaz, a Heat representative, insisted that Wayne left the Heat game on his own in an email to USA Today.
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.
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.