NBA baller Iman Shumpet has more than a few things to say about the characters being portrayed in Fox’s hit series Empire. Iman pointed out various similarities he shared with a Hakeem’s role on the show. For those who dont know, Hakeem is the youngest son to Lucious Lyon, the founder of the company. Hakeem is a rapper who rocks a box with designs and his girlfriend on the show, a young hot recording artist with big hair named Tiana.
When you think about it, these two do resemble Iman and his girlfriend Teyana Taylor, but was that on purpose? According to Iman, the couple was blindsided by the informal identity theft and had to hear the news from friends and family. Iman is not necessarily upset about that them stealing or joking his swag, but more so that his girlfriend didn’t get the chance to audition for the role.
Here is what he had during an interview with Cleveland.com
They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it,” Shumpert said of Taylor. “They didn’t even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely.
And come on man, they’re really using a guy with a flat-top like me. Come on. That’s ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired.”
Well, when you put it like that, Iman may have a point. Only thing different about he and Hakeem is that hes in the NBA. Then again, who knows what the writers have in store for next season lol