Former Laker Matt Barnes weighed in with some strong words after Kayne West tweeted Saturday that he was going to run for president.
"This is a dangerous game he’s playing," Barnes wrote on Instagram on Sunday. "If this is serious, he will definitely divide the minority vote!! Just remember comments like 'slavery was a choice' and how buddy buddy he is w trump! Much respect for the artist & his impact on fashion but this is a 🗣HUGE F---- NO 4 PRESIDENT‼️"
Barnes was referencing an interview West had with TMZ in 2018 in which he said, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice."
Barnes, who played 15 seasons in the NBA, including two on the Lakers from 2010-2012, reposted a photo to Instagram of President Donald Trump and West embracing above a quote from DJ Hed, a deejay mixer on REAL 92.3 KRRL FM Los Angeles radio.
"No more voting for celebrities who have never held public office," DJ Hed wrote. "If you wouldn't hire a plumber to work on the electrical wiring in your house, why would you vote this way? America's obsession with fame / celebrity is the endgame."
West, a vocal Trump supporter, declared Saturday in a tweet that he apparently intends to run against him in the 2020 elections.
"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future," West tweeted. "I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION."
Current Laker Kyle Kuzma also chimed in, urging his nearly 952,000 Twitter followers to take this election seriously.
"This one of the most important elections in American history," Kuzma wrote Sunday. "Don’t vote for people as a joke people."
The presidential election is four months away.