Hip Hop star 50 Cent has come under fire from the mayor of St. Petersburg after he hosted a Super Bowl party in the Florida city.
Each year the Super Bowl sees thousands attend the pinnacle of sporting events. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the State of Florida limited the stadium’s seating capacity to 25,000 fans. The weekend normally brings mass celebrations. However, given the current pandemic, fans were urged to stay safe and celebrate at home. Unfortunately, this message didn’t reach 50 Cent. The New York rapper performed in front of a large crowd in a hangar at Albert Whitted Airport before the sporting event on Sunday.
He even posted a short video to his official Instagram showing the partying in full swing. Tampa Bay Buccaneers came out on top beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 gaining Tom Brady his seventh title. Not a fan of the runaway scoreline, 50 Cent captioned the clip: “Verified super bowl weekend was lit, but the game was (thumbs down). I like when it’s a close game. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bottlerover.”
The footage eventually reached mayor of St. Petersburg Rick Kriseman who slammed 50 Cent for hosting a “stupid” maskless Super Bowl party on Sunday. Furious with the “In Da Club” hitmaker, Kriseman took to Twitter to show his disappointment. “This isn’t how we should be celebrating the Super Bowl,” tweeted Kriseman. “It’s not safe or smart. It’s stupid. We’re going to take a very close look at this, and it may end up costing someone a lot more than 50 cent.”
At the beginning of the pandemic last March, 50 Cent went suggested that he would abide by the rules. “I feel there are no safer options out here. There’s not much. I guess when I want to go to the gym I’ll go to a track and just run outside. Still, you know what they say, keep your social distance.”