Fans Drag Sportswriter For Quoting Rap Lyric With Racial Epithet To Discuss LeBron Scuffle

Enes Kanter and LeBron James fight for position during the Cleveland Cavaliers' 104-101 victory.

A longtime sportswriter might want to rethink his online commentary.

After the New York Knicks’Enes Kanter stood up to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron Jameswhile coming to the defense of a teammate (earning them both technical fouls in Monday night’s game), former New York Post columnist and NBC basketball analystPeter Vecsey applauded Kanter’s toughness by tweakinga lyricfrom the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.

“Imagine him being scared of a n***** who breathes the same air as him,” wrote Vecsey, who is white.

When one of many Twitter users confronted Vecsey on his racially charged tweet, the basketball analyst didn’t back down.

And again, a Twitter user objected in a civil manner. And again, Vecsey seemed to take offense.

That prompted another to chime in.

“So white people can’t quote rap lyrics?!?!” Vecsey wrote at one point. 

Um, no, we wouldn’t recommend it in this instance, even with the asterisks.

“For white people, I think the experience of being a hip-hop fan andnot being able to use the word ‘nigga’will be very insightful,” Ta-Nehisi Coates, author ofWe Were Eight Years In Power, said recently.  “This will give you just a little peek into the world of what it means to be black. Because to be black is to walk through the world and watch people doing things that you cannot do.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.