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Meek Mill’s controversial Kobe Bryant lyrics get surprising support from ex-NBA champion

Meek Mill, Lakers, Kobe Bryant, Kenny Smith

Kenny Smith isn’t heeding the call of fans to outright cancel rapper Meek Mill after he dropped a rather questionable line referring to the tragic death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

In a leaked song in collaboration with Lil’ Baby, Mill referenced the fateful January 2020 accident that took the life of the Lakers icon and Gianna Bryant, as well as seven other passengers. In the song entitled “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe),” Mill’s bar goes: “Yeah, and if I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe,”

Though fans are outraged, Smith isn’t budging. For the NBA on TNT analyst, he’s giving Mill a pass.

“I’m a Meek Mill fan,” Smith said on Meek Mill’s Kobe Bryant lyrics, via TMZ. “I know that he’s a huge basketball fan, huge Kobe fan. Whatever he says, I’m always going to give Meek a pass.”

As a fan of the rapper, Smith isn’t just being biased. The former NBA champion is giving the rapper the benefit of the doubt and is letting his track record do the talking.

“I always give Meek the benefit of the doubt,” Smith added. “He has a track record that speaks pretty long and pretty positive in the past year.”

To be fair to Mill, his bar wasn’t as bad as other people portrayed it. Though the timing could’ve been better, Mill didn’t disrespect the Lakers great in any way. He even dropped another line saying that he wants to “have a son, so I can name him Kobe/Daughter Gigi.”

He also seemed to be unbothered by all the hate he’s been getting from Lakers fans, saying on Twitter that people are just following on the hate after someone made an ugly narrative on his track.

It’s 2021 and cancel culture should just stop.