Houston Rockets: James Harden’s conundrum
But Trae and James Harden were in a sticky situation when the two crossed paths at Harden’s JH-Town weekend, which put both of them in a tough spot. One of the sponsors for Harden’s event was 97.9 The Box, which is the same FM station that banned the Houston rapper back in 2009, which is a ban that’s yet to be lifted.
Trae had been blamed by one of the station’s former DJs for a shooting that took place following one of his concerts at Texas Southern University, who stated that his lyrics incite and spark violence.
Trae’s natural reaction was to defend himself and his response to the DJ ultimately got both his music and advertisements banned by the station. But not only that, there were at least six other DJs who lost their jobs as a result of playing his music on the station during the ban.
Rockets guard James Harden was unaware of what transpired to cause the rapper to get banned, as this happened well before Harden’s arrival in the Space City. In fact, this transpired during Harden’s rookie season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which is an example of how time flies.
It didn’t take long for the 2018 MVP to realize the risks associated with having someone who’s involved in a legal battle with one of his sponsors in attendance of his annual event, but the way Harden handled it was noteworthy in the eyes of the Houston rapper.
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