After writing a cutting editorial about Jay-Z’s decision to move the New Jersey Nets to a new arena in Brooklyn, a New York Post columnist has come under fire, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Phil Mushnick, who has made headlines before for his no-nonsense writing style, took to the pages of the Post to express his dismay with the rap mogul’s control over the Nets, which played their last game in New Jersey last week.
“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new ‘urban’ home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?” Mushnick writes. “Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s?”
The rant didn’t end there. He went on to write: “The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”
Mushnick exchanged emails with The Village Voice when the controversy broke and defended his words saying: “I don’t call black men ni—s; my kids never heard the word until folks such as Jay-Z came along. I’d suggest you talk to him about it. What I wrote today was on Jay Z’s artistry, and only the wishful and foolish would so badly misinterpret and mischaracterize it as you plan to do.”