Rick Ross Given The Boot Over Rape Lyrics Controversy

04/12/2013
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(Radio.com) After public outcry over Rick Ross' lyrics that critics say glorify rape, Reebok has dropped Ross as a spokesperson. The news comes a week after activist group UltraViolet held a protest outside Reebok's flagship store in New York City.

"Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so," Reebok said in a statement, according to Billboard. "While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse. At this time, it is in everyone's best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross."

The fall-out began last when Rocko dropped his single "U.O.E.N.O." with a verse from Ross, who raps about slipping a girl a "Molly" (MDMA) tab without her knowledge and later having sex with her.

"I'll die over these Reeboks (She ain't even know it)/ Put molly all in her champagne (She ain't even know it)," Ross raps. "I took her home and I enjoyed that (She ain't even know it)"

While Ross tried to explain that he didn't mention the word 'rape' shortly after online petitions surfaced, the controversy went viral. more on this story

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