President Barack Obama has been slammed for fundraising with a ‘pro-drug, anti-police’ activist who allegedly cavorts with gangsters.
Obama is in New York City raising campaign cash with ‘NBA Heroes’ — a selection of former and current basketball stars including Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning.
But the all-star line up also includes New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony, who is currently seen in a YouTube video and DVD that promotes drug use and threatens people who ‘snitch’ to police about drug dealers and other criminals
The underground DVD, called ‘Stop Snitching’, has popped up on the streets of Anthony’s home town of Baltimore in the past week, selling for $10, according to The Denver Channel.
The controversial production shows the basketballer standing next to an alleged drug dealer laughing as the man talks about life on the street and what happens to people who cooperate with police.
Later in the DVD, Anthony’s companion explains that ‘snitches’ get ‘a hole in their head,’ according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Anthony also confesses in the video that he threw his Olympic bronze medal in a lake.
The DVD has clips of men stuffing wads of cash in their pockets, driving convertibles, smoking marijuana and flashing diamond-encrusted watches, and credits a special thanks to ‘Melo’ at the end, which is the 28-year-old’s nickname.
Anthony’s agent, Calvin Andrews, said the sports star had no idea he would be in the video.
‘I don’t think he ever knew that this was going to be on a DVD and, if he did, I don’t think he would ever get involved with it or have any affiliation with it at all,’ Andrews told The Denver Channel
But Anthony himself wasn’t fussed by his on-screen appearance.
‘You watch music videos all day and see that,’ he told the TV station. ‘You could say the same thing if I was in a music video. I’m not really concerned about it. … I don’t hang with drug dealers. I surround myself with good people.’
The basketballer proudly tweeted a photograph of himself and his partner on his way to Obama’s fundraising event, which will raise around $3 million.
Meanwhile, the president was comparing the presidential contest to the fourth quarter of a basketball game while in New York today
Obama told a small group of donors gathered at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the campaign is like a hoops contest in the final minutes.
His team has the lead, Obama said, the other side is coming on strong and, in his words, ‘they play a little dirty.’
Obama also used basketball imagery to describe his team as having foul trouble and some injuries but ‘one last run in them.