/  01.18.2022

Big Daddy Kane is offering a sincere apology for shoving an American sign language (ASL) interpreter to the side of the stage while he was performing.

Video of the Jan. 14 incident went viral on social media. However, the “Ain’t No Half-Steppin'” emcee says it was all a misunderstanding and once he found out that the ASL interpreter, whose name is Billy Sanders, wasn’t a rowdy fan he immediately apologized to him. “So, I know a lot of people out there saw this…but see what y’all didn’t see was this,” he said in an Instagram video, which showed the incident. “I’ve done a lot of crazy stuff in my life. But I would never try to disrespect an interpreter that’s doing sign language for the deaf community onstage.”

Kane said he thought Sanders was just a fan and he didn’t know that an interpreter would be on stage with him. “No one told me what was going on,” he added. “No one told my manager that there was going to be an interpreter. We were clueless, so when I came on stage and saw someone just mouthing the lyrics, I was trying to get them off the stage.”

The Brooklyn rapper said that “no one showed the clip of me apologizing to the brother and allowing him to stay on stage and finish the show. No one showed the clip of me apologizing to the crowd. Because as I said on the clip, I want everyone to enjoy the show, and that means even those that can’t hear it.”

Next month, Kane is set to perform alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff, Michel’le, Yo-Yo, Rakim, Monie Luv, DJ Kool and more at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament in Baltimore, Maryland.

Check out Kane’s apology video below.


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