Dr. Cornel West is calling his good friend, Jay-Z, out, asking that he be more truthful about his NBA business venture. Specifically, the very vocal author/activist, wants Jay to be honest about his Brooklyn Nets ownership. During a recent speech, West alleges that Jay owns much less than the public knows–one fifteenth of one percent. In fact, he says the person that owns the majority (80%) of the team is a 'Russian Gangster'. He explains:
"Jay-Z came from the Marcy projects, but look at him now. He owns the whole – no, he owns one-fifteenth of one percent of the whole stadium. Let's get it right, now. They got a Russian gangster who owns 80 percent. Now I love Jay-Z, I've spent much time with the brother. He's a lyrical genius. But we've got to tell him the truth."
So what's motivated West to speak on this publicly? He says that Jay should be accountable and honest–and his words (West's) are out of love. Peep the clip.
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What do you think of West's claims? Do you believe Jay only owns one fifteenth of one percent? Does it matter? And is Cornel right or wrong for speaking out publicly?