LOS ANGELES -- Lil Wayne said that after a recent NBA playoffs ticket dispute, he felt unwelcome and "unwanted" at the Oklahoma City arena and isn't planning to return.
"That's not the point, though," he told The Associated Press in an interview Friday night. "It's the players stepping up but of course the players aren't white. I don't want to be sitting there on behalf of you and I'm sitting next to a (person) that's like, 'I don't want this (guy) sitting next to me.' (Forget) you ... I'm in Forbes," he said, laughing.
Lil Wayne said in a tweet Thursday night that he had been "denied by the team to be in their arena." The team responded by saying the seats he wanted were already taken.
But the Grammy-winning rapper, during an appearance in Los Angeles, described a more complicated scenario.
He said he typically procures tickets for such games "from this guy named Mike." Lil Wayne said Mike had requested special security, parking and entrance for the rapper, but Mike said the team responded that it would sell the seats only for Mike's personal use.
Lil Wayne said a manager had advised him not to return to the city's arena for sports events or concerts, but "I never say never."
He said he felt welcome at other arenas including Miami and likes being able to energize players -- many of whom are fans of his music -- on their home court.
"That's like me going on stage and ... seeing LeBron (James) in the crowd with his hand up. I'm going to perform a little bit harder," he said.
But in Oklahoma, he said, while "the players want me there, I don't want to feel -- I'm going to still feel unwanted."
A team spokesman has said Lil Wayne's representatives insisted that he sit in the front row, and none of those seats were available. Oklahoma City sold out every home game during the regular season and playoffs.