Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young has the internet buzzing again.
After appearing in viral offseason videos of playing pickup basketball with rapper 2 Chainz and actor Adam Sandler, it was a tweet of Young’s own that brought the social media wrath upon him.
“Yo when we gonna say Drake passed Hov?” Young tweeted at 2:52 a.m. ET, 52 minutes after Drake’s latest album “Certified Lover Boy” went live online Friday morning.
“Hov,” as Young refers to in his tweet, is rapper Jay-Z, who many hip hop fans consider one of the greatest, if not, the greatest rapper ever. As of Friday afternoon, Young’s post has over 3,000 retweets and over 13,000 quote retweets, which are mostly filled with users who disagree with him.
“Stop It!” Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell tweeted in response to Young.
Even his father, Rayford Young joined in on the ratio.
“NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!” Rayford tweeted.
Then, the elephant in the room popped up. Jay-Z is a proud Brooklyn, New York native.
“You’re gonna get boo’d in Madison Square Garden the rest of your career,” user Colb responded.
In the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the New York Knicks, Young embraced the villain role after Knicks fans started chanting “F*** Trae Young” at the All-Star point guard in the first quarter of Game 1. Young hit the game winner layup in his postseason debut and shushed the crowd on his way back to the Hawks’ bench. After New York won Game 2, Young threw up the “A-Town” sign popularized by Usher in 2004 while saying “see y’all in the A!”
The Hawks didn’t lose another game in the series.
In the closing moments of Game 5, as Knicks fans gave the home team a standing ovation for making the playoffs, Young pulled up for another deep three-pointer before taking a bow and waving goodbye to the fans.
“Trae Young has a vendetta against New York now,” HotNewHipHop tweeted.
The Hawks are set to face the Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day, Atlanta’s first Christmas Day game since the days of Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.
“Another reason why the Knicks will have to handle the Hawks accordingly on Christmas Day,” Sports Illustrated and New York-based host Ashley Nicole Moss tweeted.
Young later clarified Jay-Z is his No. 1 rapper of all-time before posting an apology meme.
To all my Hov fans.. pic.twitter.com/cVEDntmpMa— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) September 3, 2021
On a basketball note, Young appeared to be in the gym with the Oklahoma men’s basketball on Friday as well.
When @TheTraeYoung talks, we listen pic.twitter.com/dRY55AV5m2— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) September 3, 2021