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Iman Shumpert supports DaBaby after his recent shooting incident

Shumpert applauded DaBaby for taking matters into his own hands when someone trespassed on his property, and says he would have handled the situation similarly.
DaBaby and Iman Shumpert

DaBaby and Iman Shumpert

We may have seen the last of Iman Shumpert on the basketball court. He spent time with the Brooklyn Nets during the previous two seasons, but he spent the 2021-22 season out of the game, and there’s a chance that teams are no longer willing to take a shot on him anymore. That doesn't mean you've heard the last of Iman. 

Iman Shumpert is turning his attention to his rapping career

Shumpert was never much more than a role player throughout his career, though he was a vital part of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 championship team. With his basketball career on hold for the time being, Shumpert has decided to work on his rap career. Shumpert dropped his debut EP in 2018 titled “Substance Abuse” and claims he has an album set to drop soon.

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While his EP didn’t gather a lot of traction, Shumpert drew some praise from rap fans when he posted himself freestyling over Baby Sitter, a hit song dropped in 2019 by DaBaby. Shumpert has clearly been a fan of DaBaby’s for some time. When discussing his upcoming album on a recent episode of VladTV, he began discussing the topic of gun control in America. He referenced DaBaby, who recently faced scrutiny for shooting a person who was trespassing on his property:

You can’t (shoot people) in certain places where you know people can carry their gun, because anybody in any aisle might pull that gun, and as DaBaby said, ‘we are gonna neutralize him until you all get here, he will be neutralized.’ - Iman Shumpert, VladTV

Iman Shumpert uses DaBaby as an example of the good that guns can do

Shumpert discussed previously in the episode that there’s a stigma that comes with owning a gun, when they are really used as a form of self-defense by many. And he references DaBaby’s recent shooting controversy as an example of how sometimes you don’t have the option of waiting for law enforcement to show up and diffuse the situation.

DaBaby has had his fair share of controversies involving guns and shootings, but Shumpert explained he believes his most recent shooting wasn’t his fault. DaBaby tried to tell the trespasser to leave his property, but when he refused, he shot him in the leg and called the police to let them handle the situation. Many criticized DaBaby for not letting the police handle the situation, but the police eventually ruled that he did it in self-defense.

Shumpert says he would have done the same thing and wants to eliminate the stigma people face for owning guns. While many rappers like Shumpert own guns and flaunt them on social media, they are often owned for self-protection because you never know when he may get attacked, like in DaBaby’s case here. As America continues to grapple with a heinous amount of mass shootings, Shumpert provides an interesting perspective on how guns can protect people from harm rather than cause it.

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