Jalen Rose, a former NBA star and current ESPN basketball analyst, came to the defense of rapper E-40 on Sunday after the Golden State Warriors fan was ejected from the team’s playoff game against the Sacramento Kings.

E-40 claimed there was «racial bias» in the security decision to eject him, but a source familiar with the situation said the rapper was refusing to comply with requests to sit out during the game.

Rose said in a nearly four-minute video that he was «disappointed» that E-40 was ejected from the Golden 1 Center on Saturday night. The former Chicago Bulls forward said a lady behind the rapper was bothering him throughout the game and when he turned to respond, security approached E-40.

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ESPN analyst Jalen Rose speaks before Game 7 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on May 29, 2022 at FTX Arena in Miami. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rose posted a video from a different angle of the incident on her Twitter account.

«He doesn’t even move like that,» Rose said of E-40. «He moves with integrity.»

Rose noted how Andre Iguodala and Gary Payton II walked E-40 back to the locker room because he is highly respected within the organization.

«And then the Kings, who I’m not saying are a racist organization. They’ve been leading the teams when it comes to social and political issues particularly for black people. So, I’m not saying they’re a racist organization.» Rose said. «What I’m saying is that these particular security officers completely failed this scenario, mishandled it and overreacted.

«And then the Kings got aggravated by issuing a statement and basically saying he was standing around excessively. Clearly, I know there’s a label to that as someone who played in the league and who frequently attends games. But they never gave him a warning. for that.»

Rose predicted that the Kings would eventually issue an apology to E-40.

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«The Sacramento Kings take these claims seriously and are investigating the facts and circumstances regarding the situation, as we do any time an allegation such as this is made,» the Kings told Fox News Digital in a statement.

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose poses for a photo during Game Two of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors on June 5, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose poses for a photo during Game Two of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors on June 5, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco. (Mercedes Oliver/NBAE via Getty Images)

E-40 told The Athletic that he was subjected to «disrespectful interruptions» during the game.

«During the fourth quarter, I finally turned around and addressed one of the hecklers in an assertive but [polite] manner. However, shortly thereafter, Kings security approached me, assumed that I instigated the encounter, and proceeded to throw me out of the arena,» the E-40 statement said.

«Unfortunately, it was yet another reminder that despite my success and accolades as a musician and entrepreneur, racial bias still prevails. Security saw a disagreement between a black man and a white woman and immediately assumed I was to blame.

«I have attended countless NBA games throughout my life and have always prided myself on my professionalism, so this experience has been jarring. I was absolutely humiliated by the Kings security team and I ask the franchise to investigate the egregious conduct.» what happened

«I am truly grateful for my fans and supporters who have reached out to express their concern and disappointment regarding these dispiriting circumstances and I hope those involved are held accountable for their behavior.»

Rapper E-40 yells at arena security before being escorted from courtside seats during Game One of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on April 15, 2023 in Sacramento, California.

Rapper E-40 yells at arena security before being escorted from courtside seats during Game One of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on April 15, 2023 in Sacramento, California. (Loren Elliott/Getty Images)

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The Kings lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is scheduled for Monday at 10 pm ET.