Boosie Badazz found himself in the hot seat when he sat down for a conversation with Mike Tyson on his “Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson” podcast. In the episode published on Saturday (Oct. 24), the former professional boxer was quick to address the Louisiana rapper’s recent transphobic comments about Dwyane Wade’s daughter, Zaya.
Before the 10-minute mark, Tyson cornered the rapper and asked him why he felt the need to get involved in a conversation that had nothing to do with him. “Why do you say things about people who might be a homosexual? Why do you say that about them?” Tyson asks in the video. “Do you feel there’s a possibility that you’re a homosexual and by disrespecting them you further yourself from being a homosexual? I’m thinking you may like homosexuals.”
“No, I’m straight as an arrow,” Boosie responded.
“If you’re straight then why do you offend people?” the boxer responded.
“I really commented on the Dwyane Wade situation because I got offended because it’s a child. That’s why I really got offended, you know,” Boosie said. “If it was a motherf-cking 19-year-old, 18-year-old, grown person, I probably wouldn’t have, I know I wouldn’t have said anything.”
“I just felt like that’s a child. A child at 12 can’t make that decision,” he continued. “That’s just how I feel, and certain things I talk about, I just felt like that was going too far. You calling him a ‘her,’ that’s going too far. At 12 years old.”
“I agree with you 100 percent, me, I agree with you right, but check this out. Who the f-ck am I to say anything?” Tyson responded. “What I think don’t mean a motherf-cking thing.”
Boosie said after stating that sometimes he needs to just “shut the f-ck up” but at the end of the conversation he said he “stands” behind his initial statements regarding Wade’s child. The rapper was under fire for making transphobic comments about Zaya Wade, Dwyane Wade’s transgender daughter. The Wade family went public with their support for Zaya’s transition in February and Boosie took to Instagram pleading to the basketball star to not let Zaya “become a girl.”
“Don’t cut his d-ck off, bruh,” he said in a video at the time. “Like, bruh, for real, if he gonna be gay, let him be gay. But don’t cut his d-ck off, bruh. Don’t dress him as a woman, dawg. He’s 12 years old. He’s not up there yet. He hasn’t made his final decisions yet. Don’t cut his f-cking d-ck off, Dwyane Wade.”
The “Wipe Me Down” rapper spoke about the situation on “The Breakfast Club,” and said he was not interested in apologizing to the Wade family, even after JAY-Z tried to facilitate the conversation. “Nah… They already tried to do that,” he told radio host Charlamagne. “They were trying to hook up some shit with a meeting with uhh, JAY-Z. They say JAY-Z was gonna get him on the phone and all that shit, I need to apologize to save this, and save that.”
DJ Envy then asked the rapper if he had any regrets about what he said about Zaya, and he replied, “Sh-t, it’s kind of f-cking with my money, but I meant everything I said and I’ll say it again.”
Watch the full interview below.