(AllHipHop News) The outspoken rapper-turned-pundit Joe Budden once again found himself in the hot seat. Some listeners of his podcast were bothered by the New Jersey native's comments about the father of Toronto Raptors All-Star Kawhi Leonard.
"Guess who's a killer? You guessed it, Kawhi's dad... It's a fact," said Budden on "Episode 250" of his show. He added, "Dad is in jail, I think for whatever. I won't get into it, I'm afraid. And the uncle is out handling the business. But when you look at Kawhi and his game and his demeanor, don't it sound right? And, then you're happy to know that."
The Joe Budden Podcast co-host Rory Farrell then corrected Budden, informing the audience that Mark Leonard was shot and killed in 2008. However, Budden responded, "Okay, rest in peace to Kawhi's dad. That doesn't change my story at all." On the latest edition of the podcast, Joe offered a mea culpa on his previous statements.
"I need to apologize to anyone that was offended by any of my, or our, Kawhi commentary last week. Some of you said it was in poor taste. I recognize how it can be taken that way," Budden stated. "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."
He continued, "I never thought that would be looked at as joking on death. I just don't play that way. I don't joke on the dead, any of that. No need to give a long, drawn-out explanation. I certainly was not joking on the dead and would 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 [Leonard's manager] Uncle Dennis [Robertson]. You're in the [NBA Finals], you don't need any of this mess right now. My voice shouldn't be the one to do that."