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Shannon Sharpe Fires Back At Mike Epps After Insinuating He Was Gay

Shannon Sharpe Fires Back At Mike Epps After Insinuating He Was Gay

02/12/2024 03:24 PM EST by WBLS Staff

Comedian Mike Epps recently sparked controversy by making remarks insinuating former NFL star Shannon Sharpe's sexuality, leading to a public exchange of words between the two entertainers.

In a stand-up performance captured on social media, Epps joked about declining Sharpe's interview request, implying Sharpe's homosexuality. "That ni**a Shannon Sharpe called me trying to do an interview," Epps said to the audience. "I said ‘no Madea, I ain’t doing no interview with you’ – so you can sit across from me and look at my balls.”

Sharpe swiftly responded to Epps' comments during an episode of his Nightcap podcast, where he hinted at having direct messages between him and Epps and warned against further defamation of his name. "Mention my name again, and I’m gonna put the DMs [out]," Sharpe stated emphatically. "And I don’t like doing this. But you’re lying."

While Sharpe expressed indifference to rumors about his sexuality, he adamantly refuted Epps' claim that he had invited Epps to appear on his podcast, Club Shay Shay, labeling it a "mofo lie." He also indirectly challenged Epps, suggesting a confrontation if they were to meet in person. 

Epps, in turn, responded to Sharpe's remarks in an Instagram video, acknowledging the DM exchange and accusing Sharpe of instigating conflict during his interview with Katt Williams. He dared Sharpe to confront him during the NBA All-Star Weekend events in Indianapolis and took the opportunity to promote his upcoming Netflix comedy special.

The clash between Sharpe and Epps highlights the potential consequences of public commentary within the entertainment industry, shedding light on the intersection of humor, personal boundaries, and professional integrity.