Keenan Allen Crushes Le’Veon Bell’s Hip-Hop Dreams

The Jets’ high-priced free agent wasn’t ready for an NFL peer to dump on his other craft.

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell had a lot of time on his hands while sitting out the entire 2018 season in a contract dispute with his former team. When he wasn’t trolling the Pittsburgh Steelers on social media, Bell was promoting himself and crafting hip-hop magic.

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Or so he thought.

Bell premiered his video for his single “Winsday” on Twitter and asked the audience if it was flames or trash. San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen chimed in with his honest opinion. While he may be a fan of Bell’s business sense and dual-purpose football skills, he’s not feeling the music at all.

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The criticism immediately torched Bell’s ego and he responded as if he never asked for Allen’s opinion in the first place.  The 27-year-old All-Pro seemed really offended by Allen’s honesty. Bell was enjoying the love from the women and fans who were telling him his joint was hot.  He wasn’t ready for a peer to dump all over his other craft.

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Allen didn’t apologize. In fact, the 26-year-old NFL vet responded to Bell’s emotional Twitter burst with some more brotherly advice concerning the strength of Bell’s friendships.

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Then, Allen wrapped up his ego-check with one last philosophical Tweet about what the world needs. 

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Allen is obviously a guy that believes that honesty is the best policy. What started as a fun moment for Bell turned out to be a slight blow to the ego. Bell has been riding such a high since signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal ($35 million guaranteed) with the Jets, that maybe he needed a quick ego hit. 

Getting a reality check isn’t the worst thing in the world for Bell. He needs to lockdown his emotions before coming to the media capital of the world, where they eat diva dudes for lunch every day and leave tough talkers and self-promoters little margin for error.  

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.