Boosie calls out Pelicans for only offering him $1,000 to perform at halftime with no courtside tickets

Orel Dizon
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Boosie Badazz, whose real name is Torence Ivy Hatch Jr. and is sometimes referred to as simply Boosie, recently called out the New Orleans Pelicans on social media for supposedly lowballing him after asking him to perform twice in one night.

The 41-year-old rapper also claimed that the Atlanta Hawks pay somewhere between $7,500 to $10,000 and courtside tickets for halftime performers. He once said that he has attended each of the Hawks’ home games for the past several years, so he probably has some idea about how much the organization ponies up for halftime shows.

Considering that he hails from Louisiana, Badazz probably wanted to provide entertainment for the fans of his home state’s NBA squad. It remains to be seen if the Pelicans will respond to his accusations.

The artist has been active in the industry since the early 2000s, having released more than a dozen albums already.

However, he is probably best known in NBA circles for his critical comments on Dwyane Wade’s daughter Zaya. He lashed out at the Miami Heat icon in early 2020, disagreeing with the elder Wade’s parenting skills because of the way he has raised the younger Wade, who came out as transgender at 12 years old.

Badazz continued to verbally attack the Hall of Famer and his family over the following months and even earned the ire of boxer Mike Tyson for his derogatory statements.

Even though he has been criticized in return for his remarks that others might think are uncalled for, Badazz has persistently shown up to NBA games. Some of them have even been quite eventful.

For instance, during the Hawks’ matchup versus the Minnesota Timberwolves in October, he lost a chain after it fell off while dancing. He offered a cash reward for whoever returned the jewelry.

Recently, Badazz held nothing back on social media after a jersey Orlando Magic point guard Cole Anthony gave him got snatched while he was posing for a picture with it at State Farm Arena’s Delta Sky360 Club. He eventually got the memorabilia back but still had some harsh words for the perpetrators.

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Orel's passion for sports stems from following Michael Jordan’s last title runs with the Chicago Bulls and his namesake Orel Hershiser’s Cleveland Indians tenure in the late 1990s.