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Joe Budden Apologizes For Disrespecting Kawhi Leonard's Father

By Daryl Nelson
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Joe Budden apologized for speaking about Kawhi Leonard's late father after getting a lot of criticism for how he did.

Joe claimed that Leonard's father was locked up for killing someone, but his co-host Rory corrected him and explained Leonard's pops was actually shot and killed in 2008.

But Joe still went on.

"Okay, rest in peace to Kawhi's dad," he said. "That doesn't change my story at all. Alright, so he's not here. But guess what? In the articles that I read before he left, he was getting busy. And to my knowledge, I think the uncle's gettin' busy."

Joe apologized for those comments Tuesday on his podcast.

"I need to apologize to anyone that was offended by any of my or our Kawhi commentary last week," he said. Some of you said it was in poor taste. I recognize how it can be taken that way. We were talking in code, or I was talking in code, alluding to some things that are not important and I totally did not see that outlook, so I do want to apologize if anyone was offended."

"I never thought that would be looked at as joking on death," added Joe. "I just don't play that way. I don't joke on the dead, any of that. No need to get a long, drawn-out explanation. I certainly was not joking on the dead and never want that to be taken that way. So let's issue an apology to anyone who was offended, as well as Kawhi, as well as [his] uncle. You in the finals, you don't need any of this mess right now. My voice shouldn't be the one to do that."

You can listen to the apology here at the 11:30 mark.

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