The Hornets declined comment on Nelly’s arrest Saturday. Nelly, 42, was part of the original ownership group formed by founder Bob Johnson in 2004, when this expansion team was called the Charlotte Bobcats. In the spring of 2010, Johnson sold controlling interest to Michael Jordan.
An NBA source described Nelly’s percentage of the Hornets as very small, adding he does not take an active role in the Hornets’ operation. The Hornets’ media guide for the 2015-16 season listed Les King, an executive of Nelly, Inc., as the rapper’s representative in the ownership group.
Rick Bonnell: NBA spokesman: League aware Hornets minority owner Nelly was arrested over the weekend. NBA monitoring the situation. Nelly’s tour bus was pulled over by Tennessee state troopers who discovered drugs. Attorney representing Nelly told AP he’ll be exonerated. Nelly has owned a small percentage of the Hornets for several years and occasionally attends games at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Once upon a time, according to the Washington Post, Bradley Beal was just a kid who was a family friend of Cornell Haynes. Haynes, who is older, would occasionally walk him to school. Beal grew up to be an NBA player. Haynes, not long after those walks to school, became a rapper better known as Nelly. The two kept in touch and Nelly even got some courtside seats to the All-Star events on Saturday night (though it’s not clear if they’re from Beal or just from being Nelly). So when Beal did this in the first round of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, the St. Louis rapper was incredibly excited.
Most know him as Nelly, platinum-selling rapper and part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Bradley Beal also knows him as Cornell Haynes, the family friend who would occasionally walk him to elementary school before hitting it big. Nelly was a former star athlete at University City High in suburban St. Louis, where Beal’s mother, Besta, was a physical education teacher and athletic director. So, Beal can’t remember the first time he met Nelly, only that it was “ages ago.” “I knew who we was, but I didn’t know,” Beal said of the now 39-year-old Nelly. “He wasn’t as big as he is now, but he was an up-and-coming rapper and eventually ‘Country Grammar’ came out” in 2000.