‘Got the White Boy Dunking Up on Us’ – Naomi Osaka’s Boyfriend Cordae Gets Playfully Candid About Black History Month Infront of Shaquille O’Neal at NBA All-Star Game

Published 02/21/2023, 7:46 PM EST

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The world is stunned after the dunking contest at the recent NBA all-star game! While Mac McClung practically “saved” the dunk contest according to Shaquille O’Neal, he has turned many heads by doing it. One of them is Naomi Osaka‘s rapper boyfriend Cordae. Cordae’s comment during the NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest has sparked discussion on Black History Month.

After Mac McClung’s impressive performance, Cordae was on Shaq’s cam with many other players of the night. He made a playful comment about how McClung is beating down the records of many players of color. McClung also became the first G League player to participate in the NBA All-Star game. The soon-to-be father Cordae‘s comment is an acknowledgment of the month-long celebration. It also highlights the importance of recognizing the achievements of black athletes and their contributions to sports.

Naomi Osaka’s boyfriend calls out the “White Boy”!


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Shaq O’Neal recorded the shocked reactions of the “star” audience present at the game. The videos on the “Shaq-cam” are now going viral. As Shaq turned to Cordae to register his response, Cordae said, “Got the white boy dunking up on us, on Black History Month!” While this comment can come off as playful and a sign of Cordae’s respect for McClung, it is also a reference to the importance of Black History Month.

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The NBA has a long history of celebrating and recognizing the achievements of African American athletes, and the Slam Dunk Contest is no exception. Many of the greatest dunkers in NBA history have been black, and their contributions to the game shape it into what it is today.


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It is clear that Naomi Osaka’s boyfriend’s intention was not to offend or divide, but rather to acknowledge the significance of Black History Month and the role that sports play in its celebration. The comment has also brought attention to the importance of recognizing the achievements of black athletes and the contributions they have made to the game of basketball.

Mac McClung’s victory in the Slam Dunk Contest is a testament to his hard work and dedication to his craft. His absolute perfection in 3 of the total 4 attempts is just brilliant!


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Hopefully, Cordae’s comment will lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the many cultures and backgrounds that make up the world of sports and inspire more conversations about the role that sports play in the celebration of diversity and cultural heritage.


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Annesha Banerjee


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Annesha Banerjee is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in English. Her love for tennis and other sports is influenced by her mother, who was a remarkable athlete back in the day.
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