On Friday May 12, Maverick Carter gave the commencement address at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and welcomed the more than 900 graduates to the real world.
Carter used a blend of personal anecdotes, learned advice, and inspirational material to encourage the new grads to aim beyond the safe, low-risk career path and always bet big on themselves. The lessons he imparted came from his experiences of working with LeBron James, but also growing up around his grandmother’s basement casino. Between the two, Carter said he learned how to measure risk versus reward, instantaneously calculating each decision based on upside and downside, and being prepared to take a risk.
Michael Rapaport took to Twitter to chime in with his own thoughts, basically saying he didn’t approve.
Rapaport posted a portion of Carter’s speech along with the tweet: “Ok GRADUATES, this year’s USC Commencement Speaker... LeBron James best friend. GTFOH.” Needless to say, members of LeBron’s team saw the tweet and chime in with their own thoughts. Jimmy Spencer—VP of Uninterrupted retweeted Rapaport and said “This the same Rapaport who’s been trying to work with us?” This prompted LeBron James to respond with a bunch of laughing emojis. Take a look above.
Basically he called maverick carter “lebron friend” and discredited his grind. Typical yakubian shit— s*chee (@sacheeisdead) May 12, 2019
Maverick Carter is the same individual who picked up the phone when I called and made sure Nipsey’s “Celebration of life” was at the Staples Center. Respect that man.— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) May 12, 2019
You make it hard to like you when you could hate on a man who is giving a morivational speech. Maverick Carter has literally been a very successful business man and had taken advantage of his opportunities. You’re such a hater. Pains me to say Bc you’re a funny dude. But too far https://t.co/yONCmEQ0SJ— Mark Francis Jr (@MarkFrancisJr) May 11, 2019
Rap—you’re a funny and talented actor but you’re wrong on this one. Maverick Carter took a chance on me as a showrunner for Survivor’s Remorse. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve worked with in my career. Loyal, creative, kind, and immensely talented. He deserves this honor. https://t.co/Zh75mCoS2u— Mike O'Malley (@TheMikeOMalley) May 13, 2019