Marv Albert vs. 50 Cent Actually Almost Happened
This story definitely goes in the “last thing I would ever expect” category. Rappers feud with each other frequently, and even occasionally get in scuffles or full out wars. To have a rapper get into it with an old, white basketball announcer is extremely odd. As odd as the Devils shootout goal the other night? Maybe. But apparently it happened just the other night.
Marv Albert, a basketball announcer for many years, was in LA for TNT’s broadcast of the Bulls-Lakers game Thursday night. On Wednesday, he was a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel show, and 50 Cent happened to be the musical guest. Albert arrived with a single person. As they arrived, the bumped into 50’s crew, which was obviously far larger than Marv’s. Here’s how the incident unfolded:
As Albert arrived, with an entourage of one, TNT public relations specialist Jeff Pomeroy, there was a sudden scuffle when a multitude of 50 Cent protectors seemed unfamiliar with Albert. There was shouting (“It’s Marv Albert,” yelled a Kimmel show guard, a pronouncement that seemed to have no effect on the 50 Cent phalanx.) There were obscenities. A fist or two flying. A “Don’t you put your hands on me” pronouncement.
And finally Albert made it to his waiting room, relatively unruffled but slightly puzzled. “Did you see that?” Albert said. “I thought they were kidding, but then I realized they weren’t.”
Here is the problem with the whole thing. Even if they didn’t recognize Albert, how was he threatening to them in any way? A small white guy in a suit walking down a hallway is going to somehow cause trouble for who knows how many large men that comprised 50 Cent’s entourage? It seems very odd. I’m sure it wasn’t a serious brawl like the one over Niedermeyer’s hockey stick, but some shoving is all it can take. In the end, all that matters is that Marv’s toupee managed to stay on alright. Whew.
Hat Tip – [LA Times]