Fat Joe outs New York Knicks' Anthony Mason as subject of Notorious B.I.G. song, affair

Alex Butler

MIAMI, May 20 (UPI) -- Sometimes mysteries are better left unsolved.

After revealing the late New York Knicks star Anthony Mason as the subject of Biggie Smalls' 1997 song "I Got A Story to Tell," Fat Joe almost immediately felt regret.


The rapper's reveal that Mason was the subject of the song, which is about Biggie having an affair with a New York Knicks player's girlfriend, came Monday on ESPN. Fat Joe also hedged his answer when asked about the big reveal, by saying that rappers often lie in their lyrics.

Mason died last year from congestive heart failure. Puff Daddy and former Knicks teammate Charles Oakley have since confirmed Fat Joe's answer.

Fat Joe said he regrets revealing Mason's identity to Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones on Highly Questionable.

"I regret saying that," Fat Joe told HipHopWired. "I didn't know, I don't know if it's my place to say that. I just knew about it so much 'cause I knew. I don't know if it was my place to say that. I ain't taking nothing back, it is what it is."


Oakley told TMZ that Fat Joe disrespected his deceased friend.

"You don't talk about a guy after he's deceased," Oakley told TMZ. "...definitely disrespectful."

Mason averaged 10.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 13 seasons for the Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, and Milwaukee Bucks.

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