By Gabriel Baumgaertner
May 07, 2014

Mike Wise disapproves of the Pacers' music. (h/t to @mdotbrown) Mike Wise wants the Pacers to turn that racket off and turn up the Dave Clark Five. (h/t to @mdotbrown)

Mike Wise is an established sportswriter, winner of multiple awards for feature writing and considered one of the nation's top columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors. But he is not a fan of the rap music that blared from the visiting Pacers' locker room before their Game 2 bout with the Wizards.

Oof. For those lucky enough to avoid 2012's endless loop of "Rack City," this is Tyga (Wise should stick with "Tiger"), whose other notable ballads include "Faded" and "Make It Nasty." We assume the song Wise heard from the locker room was "Switch Lanes," a music video that features Lamborghinis speeding with their doors open, Tyga wearing a red "187" hat, and The Game donning what appears to be a leather executioner's mask, perhaps to conceal his face tattoo or his liver spots. Watch the video or listen to the lyrics and there is, as Wise points out, some pretty noxious stuff here. And the crude, unimaginative lyrics aren't even redeemed by a decent beat. I'll agree with Mike about this much: This song, like most of Tyga's work, is awful.

The problem is how Wise objects to all that hippity-hop before a playoff game. This isn't the case of a dad confiscating a Parental Advisory labeled album from his adolescent son. Wise finds the music so odious that he wants the commissioner, Adam Silver (who should be preparing for the Donald Sterling's impending storm of litigation) to do what? Ban objectionable music from the locker room? Have the players submit their iTunes collections to an NBA decency czar? SOMEBODY must determine what constitutes proper locker room music, right Mike? The Pacers players need to know what is good for them.

The "dawgs" that Wise adds before his second tweet is ill-advised and unfunny, and his string of tweets leaves us with a moralizing old-world conclusion. "Senior columnist disapproves of pregame music, advocates for broad censorship."

Wise is right that the song is terrible and explicit. Yet it remains more concerning that he's patrolling a locker room of grown men and tweeting from his sportswriter pedestal.

Lil' Durk

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