You know you’ve made it when your name is plugged in a rap lyric.
San Antonio Spurs rookie, Victor Wembanyama, was noticeably absent from the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, where the nation’s top athletes gathered.
However, despite his absence, Wembanyama was still mentioned by singer Lil Wayne and sports talk show host Pat McAfee during the event.
McAfee, who delivered the opening monologue of the show, made a joke about Wembanyama and the Britney Spears incident.
He humorously suggested that Wembanyama should apologize to the singer.
McAfee was referring to Spears’ allegations that Wembanyama’s security had hit her when she tried to approach the NBA player in Las Vegas. Despite this, there was no evidence of the incident in a video released by TMZ.
Wembanyama, in an interview with KSAT, claimed that he was unaware of Spears’ attempt to get his attention and only found out about the situation later on. McAfee also made a joke about watching Wembanyama take on the Kardashian family, implying that their lifestyle is similar to facing NBA challenges.
Later in the show, Lil Wayne performed a sports-themed version of his 2008 hit “A Milli,” energizing the crowd. In his performance, Lil Wayne referenced Damar Hamlin’s recovery, the Denver Nuggets’ recent championship win, and praised the new Spurs player.
Watch the Wemby reference below:
Lil Wayne- “You pop ‘em ‘cause we pop ‘em like we coaching Wembanyama.” pic.twitter.com/sn178826DK
— TMSPN.com (@sportsgossip) July 13, 2023
During the ESPY Awards, the San Antonio Spurs were recognized as ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year for their efforts in Uvalde’s recovery.
Since the NBA Draft, Wembanyama has been busy with various events, celebrating in San Antonio and playing in the 2K24 Las Vegas Summer.
Additionally, he announced his partnership with fitness drink brand Barcode, becoming their newest investor and brand partner.