NBA superstar James Harden has stirred up some controversy. After the Houston Rockets leader posted up in a mask with a blue stripe on it, social media has erupted on him over the outfit’s pro-police affiliation including R&B singer Trey Songz.

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Heading into Friday, the Houston Rockets’ Twitter account posted a flick of Harden donning the mask. Many are saying it looks very similar to a bandana being sold as the “Thin Blue Patriot”.

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Atlanta rap star Young Thug, a close friend of Harden, defended his bud on Twitter. He says Harden doesn’t currently have internet and also didn’t know the meaning behind the mask. Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill also came to James’ defense.

Just so u know James harden is my brada… btw he don’t have internet so he obviously don’t know what’s right or wrong if he posted something that’s against US…but I hate when rappers get in niggas biz like it’s can’t happen to em buster let niggas clear they shit up activist”

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“Y’all know d*mn well Jh don’t know what that mask meant because I don’t! He donate millions in real life to our people! End of story.” -Meek Mill’s Twitter

Wait, There’s More

The end of Thug’s tweet seemed to be a response to veteran rapper Trey Songz, who also weighed in on the matter. Songz dissed Harden over his mask choice.

“This certified clown sh*t. I’ll say it for everybody who scared to. FOH” -Trey Songz’s Twitter

Before You Go

James Harden has since come forward to address the situation. Harden said his decision to rock the facial protection ultimately came down to its overall appearance and covering his beard.

“It was just something that covered my whole beard. I thought it looked cool. That was it.” Harden said he’s in process of determining how he will voice his support for the Black Lives Matter while in NBA bubble, including whether he will have a message on jersey.”