It can be common to hear critiques of referees, especially during the NBA playoffs, but Scott Foster and Ed Malloy made it a little easier to appreciate the men under the zebra stripes.
The duo went viral during the series opener between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks when Foster posed a simple question:
“Who is Jack Harlow?”
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Harlow, a Grammy-nominated rapper, was being shown on the jumbotron at the time.
The Kentucky native has some pretty impressive basketball ties.
He played in the 2022 All-Star Celebrity Game, where he dished a dime to Myles Garrett and showed off his long range jumper. He also dedicated a song to 2022’s Sixth Man of the Year, Tyler Herro, after the Miami Heat’s run in the 2020 NBA Finals. Not to be outdone, it was announced in March that he will be reprising Woody Harrelson’s role in a remake of White Men Can’t Jump.
Harlow is probably used to being recognized for his day job, as his single “First Class” is the No. 2 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. After Milwaukee’s 101-89 win, he trolled Foster and Malloy for their inquiry.
The official NBA referees Twitter account had a bit of fun with their response as Foster led a quartet of refs rapping along to Harlow’s song, “Nail Tech.”
We would like to refute @SportsCenter’s claim that we don’t know you. pic.twitter.com/YRUvCDzq1y
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) May 4, 2022