Well, more like they made it into a rap video. Unfortunately, though, the clip by Seattle crew Cali & Cavalli is drawing controversy for B-Roy and Crawford — two of the NBA’s genuine good guys — because of the marijuana images involved. In a common-sense world people would understand that just because athletes know weed smokers doesn’t mean they are weed smokers, but that’s not how we work. B-Roy has issued a public apology, which you can read after the jump.
BRANDON ROY’S STATEMENT
“The first thing when I seen it, I was really disappointed with myself. I’m usually a guy who’s very conscious of what’s going on around him. It was a situation where I was at a tournament that I regularly attend every year. It’s for a really good cause. A couple of old friends of mine asked at first could I just take a picture for their website. I didn’t even look into it. I just took the picture. Later on, they asked if it was ok to shoot the video in our area. Initially I didn’t think anything of it. There wasn’t any music, it was just two guys talking to a camera, from what it looked like to me.
“As I thought about it, I said let me step away from this just in case. I never really looked back into the situation. I should have asked those guys what were they actually talking about. It’s something that I don’t want to make any excuses for.
“It’s something I shouldn’t have been involved in. I don’t smoke marijuana. I don’t think kids should do it. I’m against those things. I just feel really bad that that’s something that’s associated with my name and my family. And that’s not what we’re about.
“I think the biggest thing is I don’t want to shine a lot of light on the video because it’s something that I don’t want kids watching and saying, ‘Hey, Brandon Roy was in there.’
“It’s a situation where I should have been more responsible. Usually I am. I don’t want to sound naive. Like, ‘Hey, I didn’t know nothing about what was going on.’ I did know the guys were shooting the video but I wasn’t participating in what they were talking about. I didn’t even know what the topic of their video was.
“They’re old friends. For me, I was trying to be nice but at the same time I don’t want to be a part of something like that.”