The Knicks forward was left fuming after comedian Chris Rock made public advances towards the Power actress on the Wendy Williams Show, sources tell DailyMail.com.
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While promoting his Total Blackout World Tour on the daytime talk show, Wendy asked Chris, 52, if he was friends with Carmelo and La La.
The comic said they weren’t friends, but ‘friendly’ and then used the moment to express his desires for the actress.
‘If La La is interested in going short next time,’ Chris began. ‘La La is bad, woo! Hey, they’re married; you’re not supposed to mess with other team’s players. But she’s hot though!’
‘She looked great the other night,’ Chris continued, speaking about a photo of La La at the Met Gala in New York City. ‘La La will you? La La let’s go to ‘La La Land!”
The studio audience laughed at Chris remarks, but the one person not amused was her estranged husband.
‘He was really upset,’ a source close to the player told DailyMail.com.
‘He sent a text to several of his friends asking “Did y’all see this bulls**t? This n**** on TV trying to scoop up my wife.”
‘He then called famed film director Spike Lee to tell him to tell Chris to back off before it became a problem,’ the source added.
But La La was flattered by Chris’s flirting. The actress told friends she was very tempted to post the clip on her Instagram with three heart emojis as a caption.
She felt like Carmelo needs to realize that just because he didn’t respect his marriage vows doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t want her. The only reason she didn’t post the clip is because she knew it would fuel more headlines about their split,’ the source revealed.
Two of La La’s closest friends are encouraging her take Chris up on his offer. DailyMail.com is told best friends Kim Kardashian and Ciara have both been pushing their friend to quietly go out with Chris.
‘They both know she’s clearly not ready to date anyone, but both feel she may as well go out with a man that thinks she’s hot, have a good time and a whole bunch of laughs while doing it. Both feel it would really teach Carmelo a lesson too,’ the source revealed.
Chris, who has since divorced his wife Malaak and is dating actress Megalyn Echikunwoke, has yet to comment.