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Wale and John Wall

(Courtesy Wale)

If anyone's wondering why Wale was at John Wall's introductory press conference last week, wonder no more. The two men share a mutual friend -- Drake, naturally. Wale said he wanted to help welcome Wall to D.C., and Drake helped make the link.

"A lot of us are young, we're entertainers, we like what each other do," Wale told me. "There's a connection."

Wale, of course, has already met Alex Ovechkin. He's friendly with a whole bunch of Redskins. And he sees a potential golden age of D.C. sports dawning.

"I'm just excited," he said. "We never really had anything like this. We've never really had a true great quarterback. Mark Rypien and Doug Williams, they weren't great quarterbacks; they were Trent Dilfers, they were managers. We've never really had anything like this, and now we've got four of them: McNabb, Wall, Oveckhin and Strasburg. It's like, thank you, Sports Gods, for finally shining the light on D.C. Thank you. At least we've got a discussion piece. All the hope we've had has just been overly optimistic fans. Now, it's like you really have a reason for hope."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 6:33 PM ET
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Hold on a sec there, Wale. Last year you said you weren't even a Wizards fan. Now suddenly we get the whiz kid and you're excited?

Posted by: brian71490 | June 29, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

wait, the paralyzed kid from Degrassi introduced these two? That's like Keith Richards and Joe Theismann needing Chunk to introduce them.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | June 29, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Lindemann777 | June 29, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

When did Wale say he wasn't a Wizards fan? That doesn't even make sense. He rhymes about Arenas in one of his biggest songs.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 29, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

theismann, jurgenson call for a boycott of wale music in 3, 2, 1... ;-)

Posted by: 3tripleiii | June 29, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse


Wale has repeatedly said he's a Cav's fan. It's all over on, because they give him a hard time about it. From what I've read, this kind of talk is pretty hypocritical for him.

Also, I'm not sure if Flyerssuck is thinking of the right Drake. If anything, Drake is definitely the Keith Richards in this over Wale. Drake has, like, hits; not just songs about DC which DC people like 'cause DC doesn't have any other rappers.

Posted by: Urnesto | June 29, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a flying @uck?

Posted by: nativedc | June 29, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Now we just gotta get him to do a "Do the John Wall" remix

Posted by: DWil2 | June 29, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

What is Wale? Never heard of it (him, her, them). Is it the guy on the left? Please tell me who he is and why I should care about what he, she, it, they think(s) about the Wiz.

Posted by: photoassign | June 30, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Urnesto, Yea he is definitely talkin about the same Drake, he got his start on Degrassi on Nickelodeon before making it as a music artist.

Posted by: SkinsWizStangs | June 30, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

lol wale u was trash you not even from dc. this dude is dude said he dang sure nuff said he was not a wizards fan lol this dude is a joke. how he gonna say we had nothign like this be4 what about chris webber lol. wale ur trash you will never be a top 10 rapper in the hihphop game lol dc folks dont even like ur music

Posted by: SMOKEONLYGREEN | June 30, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm just excited," he said. "We never really had anything like this. We've never really had a true great quarterback. Mark Rypien and Doug Williams, they weren't great quarterbacks; they were Trent Dilfers, they were managers.
I wish this chump Wale would shut up and go back to Gaithersburg where he's really from. For him to compare Mark Rypien and Doug Williams to Trent Dilfer is a crime. This why guys like this should just shut up when they clearly do not understand or watch sports. And who died and said Wale was a entertainer? This guy is a joke of a "rapper" and I will never support him!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 30, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Wale is GAY!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 30, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

As a Wale fan, a life long Bullets/Wizards fan, and a John Wall fan I do not see the point of this article. I do believe Wale is entitled to his opinion about great QBs even though I disagree with comparing Rypien and Williams to Trent Dilfer. He probably knows more about football than most people. I wonder how many of you know he played football in college for a few seasons which is more than what the average Al Bundy can claim to have done.

Posted by: tywill28 | June 30, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Wale, your youthful ignorance is on full display when you say Doug Williams was not a great quarterback.

Doug was a fine QB that got ruined in Tampa behind the worst OLine in history, then on 2 scrambled knees he led the Skins to a crushing Super Bowl victory AND was the first Black QB to win a SB.

You young cats always think history begins and ends with YOUR generation; you wouldn't be YOU without Lil Benny and Funk and Sugar Bear and Chuck and all the Go-Go 'talkers' who have done it for 30 plus years plus Go-Go rap cats like DC Scorpio and Stinky Dink and Rodney.

Go be quiet; you don't have to talk just cause a mic is in your face.

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 30, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

A large fraction of this generations African-American community celebrates individuals, not teams. Therefore, it's no surprise to see Wale hop on the Wiz bandwagon once a "star" arrives; he did the same with Ovie. It's the same reason you'll see millions of Lebron James Bulls or Knicks jerseys in a month.

Posted by: fushezzi | June 30, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Wale is dead to me for the Doug Williams diss.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 30, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Wale is the man, quit hating on him. Attention Defecit is a solid album, the mans rising up in the rap game and he reps DC when no one else in the music biz does. whats not to like

Posted by: DMoney28 | June 30, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Victor from Gaithersburg does not equal DC.

Posted by: j00_suxor | June 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

wow, hate is bad for ur blood y'all, if u dont like him, why u checkin for the story? i follow him on twitter and seen picks of him at bunch of wizards game (and not only when the cavs played) so u obviously dont kno wut ur talkin bout. just cuz ur a fan of a team, doesnt u cant b real bout how their playin

Posted by: jlp1234 | June 30, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

*doesnt mean

Posted by: jlp1234 | June 30, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news? Why is anything Steinberg reports on news? It really isn't, it is just sports/entertainment mixed in with humor and local flavor.

Who cares if Wale isn't from the city limits? Only like 600K people live there anyway. Just because you are from Gaithersburg or Arlington or Bathesda doesn't mean you can't identify with the area.

This is the main problem with the people in D.C. The bipartisanship of congress has spewed over to our local media and sports teams. Fun and entertaining stories like this are met with unjustifiable criticism over nothing really. Just because we live in the land of politicians doesn't mean we need to act like them.

Posted by: mtorioles | June 30, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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