Poll: Does It Bother You That Brandon Roy Is In The Same Rap Video As Marijuana?

This new video (lyrics NSFW), Cali & Cavalli's "What They Want", was a spectacular find by BlazerFan1 last night (via NBA Wrap.) There's a lot going on in the Seattle duo's latest video: some simplistic, repetitive rhymes about making money, a marginally addictive beat, some outdated mobile handheld device technology and, yes, blunt-making preparations.  There's not much original about the song or the video, except for the fact that Brandon Roy --hugger of babies, pristine face of the franchise, NBA All Star -- bizarrely found his way into a cameo role. (As did fellow Seattle NBAer Jamal Crawford.) 

Let's put it this way: Brandon Roy wasn't nicknamed The Natural for his ability to mean mug a camera.

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And, in this shot, Roy actually appears to be lost and asking for directions.

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To be crystal clear, Roy never appears in the same frame as any drugs or drug paraphernalia. This screen grab shows the worst of it. 

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Whether or not Roy knew the content or context of the video he was participating in, it's out there now. He's a role model -- he knows that better than anyone -- and I can't imagine that Roy, his shoe company (he's wearing a Nike t-shirt), his organization or his commissioner is super thrilled about the final product. For a guy whose biggest "crimes" to date were charging for his autograph and praying by himself during the National Anthem, this will inevitably draw a new kind of criticism, warranted or not.

When I watch this video, I see a nice guy (somewhat awkwardly) trying to support two local artists on their path to financial success ("We gettin' money out here") and, in the process, walking into a field of landmines he has no business being anywhere near. I also see some serious unintentional comedy.  Of course, I realize not everyone will see it that way.

Does Brandon Roy's appearance in this video bother you? Please vote and explain why or why not in the comments.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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