Rick Fox – a former NBA player – tweeted that Kanye West had informed him Twitter removed the rapper from the platform for 12 hours. Fox tweeted, “My friend @kanyewest wants you all to know that he was kicked off of @Twitter for 12 hours.” Fox has yet to follow up the claim.
— Rick Fox (@RickFox) September 17, 2020
West’s alleged removal follows his accusations against Randall Lane
On September 16, the presidential candidate shared a screenshot from his phone which appeared to be the contact information for Randall Lane, the editor of Forbes, after calling him a “white supremacist.” Lane is the editor of Forbes Magazine as well as the chief content officer of Forbes Media.
The tweet – which Twitter removed within an hour as “This Tweet violated the Twitter rules” – read, “If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist … this is the editor of Forbes.” West attached a screenshot of a contact in his phone listed as “Randall Forbes,” including the phone number. Public records have confirmed that this phone number belonged to Lane.
By sharing such personal information on Twitter, West violated the Twitter guidelines and policies. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to NBC News that the tweet was in violation of the rule, but the spokesperson didn’t detail any further details in regards to West’s alleged removal.
West has been on a Twitter spree since September 14
Since September 14, the rapper has tweeted a variety of unsupported claims. On the night of September 14, he accused Sony and Universal of slavery. “I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony,” he wrote. “I’m not gonna watch my people be enslaved. I’m putting my life on the line for my people. The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships. I’m the new Moses.”
On September 16, West shared an eight-second video that shows what appears to be him urinating on a Grammy Award with the caption, “Trust me … I WONT STOP.” The video point-of-view shows someone with white and black shoes and light blue pants urinating on a Grammy Award thrown into a toilet.
West has not directly said if he is the one urinating on the Grammy Award. He doesn’t speak in the video, but there’s conversations from other people going on in the background. The video is also too blurry to tell if West’s name is on the actual Grammy Award itself.
Prior to the urinating tweet, West released over 100 individual screenshots of pages from various contracts with Universal. He tweeted, “Here are my ten Universal contracts … I need every lawyer in the world to look at these.”
West hasn’t tweeted for several hours
West’s final tweet of the day came 20 minutes after sharing his personal contact information for Lane on September 16. His last tweet – published at 11:29a.m.ET – accused record labels of unfair contracts. Fox sent out his tweet regarding West at 6:24p.m. ET that same day.
Since his final tweet sent out early afternoon, West has stayed quiet until Fox’s tweet suggesting why he has done so.
Rick Fox formerly played for the NBA Lakers
Fox is a retired basketball player, actor, businessman, and former esports franchise owner. During his basketball career, he played for two NBA teams: the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. After he retired from the NBA in 2005, Fox acted in a series of shows and television moves, including The Big Bang Theory and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. He also enjoyed the reality television scene, with appearances on Dancing With The Stars, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? and the Chopped Star Power actors competition.
Fox was also notably married to actress and singer Vanessa Williams. The two eloped in 1999 and had a daughter in 2000, but the two divorced in 2004.
West and Fox are close family friends
The rapper and former basketball player have been hanging out more in the last few years. Earlier this year in August, West got dinner at Chik-Fil-A up with comedian Steve Harvey and the CEO and senior vice president of Chick-Fil-A. When the two met up, Fox also tagged along.
West also supported Fox to help those in need in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian in October of 2019. Rick – the president of the Bahamas Relief Foundation – and West spoke with local government officials about rebuilding efforts shortly after the hurricane.
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