Rapper 50 Cent has defended himself after famously botching the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Mets baseball game on Tuesday (27May14), insisting the ball "slipped" from his hand.
The Candy Shop hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, took the mound at Citi Field at the start of the Mets' home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but his off-course throw was labelled "terrible" and "one of the worst first pitches of all time" by multiple sports commentators.
He laughed off the incident by joking after the game, "50 Cent is the best. Curtis Jackson, I don't know what's the matter with him!" and writing on Instagram.com, "I'm a hustler not a Damn ball player. LMAO (laughing my a** off)..."
However, 50 had another excuse on Friday (30May14) when he was quizzed about the embarrassing mishap during an appearance on breakfast show Good Morning America.
Asked whether the poor pitch was a publicity stunt for his new album Animal Ambition, he stated, "Oh no, it slipped! It slipped out of my hand... I'm not a professional pitcher, I make music."
He then admitted the throw had been so bad, he was even teased about it by a police officer: "I actually got pulled over by New York City police... He pulled me over and I said, 'I got my license, right?', because I was a little nervous when he pulled me over. I was, like, 'Oh no, what did I do?' and then he said, 'You know that pitch was terrible...'"
50 Cent's bad week continued during his GMA appearance in Central Park after technical difficulties blighted the start of his performance. The rapper hit the stage for a rendition of his new song Smoke with singer Trey Songz, but a faulty microphone caused him trouble for the first few seconds of the set.
However, the sound issue was quickly resolved and the 38 year old went to perform his hits In Da Club, Just A Lil Bit and Big Rich Town with singer Joe.