News: NJ Nets Owner Responds To Kanye West's Kris Humphries Diss, "I'm On His Side in This Epic Battle"

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 9:04AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West not only has PETA and medicine company Theraflu responding to his new "Theraflu" track, but now New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has spoken out.

Defending NJ Nets player Kris Humphries, who Ye threathens on the track, Prokhorov showed his support via a statement.

West, whose blossoming relationship with Humphries' ex-wife, Kim Kardashian , has been grabbing headlines, declared his love for the reality star on the track. The song, which leaked April 5, features a cheap shot at Humphries. "Lucky I ain't have Jay drop him from the team," West boasts on the tune, inferring that he has enough influence over Nets minority owner and buddy Jay-Z to affect Humphries' future with the team. According to the Nets' principal owner, however, West can't touch Humphries. "Kris has nothing to worry about," Prokhorov said. "I support my players, and I'm on his side in this epic battle." Although Hova has gotten a lot of press indicating that he's an owner of the Nets, his stake in the team is minuscule compared to Prokhorov's. The Russian businessman, who's back in town after a losing bid for president in his native country, paid $200 million for 80% of the NBA team in 2010. Jay-Z reportedly purchased a $4.5 million stake in the Nets in 2004. (New York Daily News)

This comes just a day after Yeezy's label officially changed his track's title.

West's label Island Def Jam issued a press release on Saturday to notify of the change, calling it a "creative decision." The company which produces the over-the-counter cold and flu remedy of the same name reportedly took issue with West's use of their brand, telling TMZ, "We in no way endorse or approve of the references or use of the image and likeness of Theraflu in this manner." (The Hollywood Reporter)

Earlier this month, Theraflu stepped forward to lash out at Ye's record.

Theraflu is speaking ill of Kanye West's new tune, "Theraflu." A company rep tells TMZ, "We in no way endorse or approve of the references or use of the image and likeness of Theraflu in this manner." Kanye named the song after the cold medicine because he's so cold to his enemies they need a big dose. As you probably know by now, the song reveals Kanye's love for his new GF, Kim Kardashian. Theraflu reps did not say they would sue the singer, but their statement includes buzz words -- image and likeness -- that are often used in legal proceedings. And this is priceless. In the statement, the Theraflu rep adds, "Theraflu is an over-the-counter product used to help relieve cold and flu symptoms that millions of consumers rely on." Nothing to sneeze at ... (TMZ)

PETA also recently spoke out toward Ye after getting name-checked on his track.

When PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) learned of 'Ye's defiant lyrics, the animal rights group lashed into him with scathing words of their own. "What's draggin' on the floor is Kanye's reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings," said PETA's Senior Vice President Dan Mathews in a statement sent to XXLMag.com. "He's a great musician but doesn't seem to have the fashion sense to design anything more than caveman costumes. We keep hoping that one day he'll find his heart and join evolved style icons--including Russell Simmons, Pink, and Natalie Portman--who have dropped animal skins." (XXL Mag)

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