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Brooklyn basketball court to be renamed after Biggie, despite backlash

Crispus Attucks

Just a couple months after a Biggie mural in Bed-Stuy was saved comes more news about the Brooklyn legend being honored by his home borough. At a community board meeting on June 23, Bedford-Stuyvesant councilman Robert Cornegy proposed renaming the basketball court at Crispus Attucks Playground in Clinton Hill in Biggie’s honor, and the community board approved it on Monday, News 12 Brooklyn reports.

Though it was approved, there was some resistance from the community to rename the court. 68 year-old local Lucy Koteen told The NY Post, “He’s an inappropriate role model for kids. Somebody who was regularly arrested for selling drugs and carrying illegal guns and rapped about being misogynistic to women, shouldn’t be celebrated.” Koteen said she handed out the lyrics of “Juicy” at the board meeting to make a point, and asked “Who will read this out loud?” but got no takers. 63 year-old Clinton Hill resident Roger Barnett added, “I don’t like what he represents. He spreads stupid ideas like gang violence and drugs. Name it after Michael Jordan, or someone good who everyone likes.”

Cornegy, who grew up in the same building as Biggie, said “Part of this is very personal. I made his mom a promise that I would do everything I could in my power to help honor his legacy. It’s not about the lyrics. It’s about his legacy … commitment and artistic contributions to the hip-hop music genre and the industry itself.”

Cornegy says the ribbon cutting will take place this summer:

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