Basketball-loving Labour MP quotes Ice Cube in the Commons

Written by Rod Muir on 20 February 2018 in Diary

Alex Sobel lifted a couple of lines from ‘It Was a Good Day’.

After the SNP’s Hannah Bardell channelled her inner rapper during a Commons debate on trade agreements after Brexit, now another MP is at it.

Having secured a Commons debate on the future of basketball in the UK, Labour MP Alex Sobel implored sports minister Tracey Crouch to find more cash for the sport.

"Let us not be remembered for throwing an air ball; let us do what is right for basketball and slam dunk the ball right into the hoop for our GB players," began Sobel, who is co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on basketball.

"At the moment, the ball is in the hands of UK Sport, and I am concerned that it is double dribbling with its decision not to fund GB basketball. I see an opportunity for the Minister to make an offensive turnover, and her assist could provide the opportunity for British basketball to score the winning three-pointer that sees those women through to EuroBasket in Serbia and Latvia in 2019."

With no more basketball metaphors left, Sobel then quoted from the Ice Cube song ‘It Was a Good Day’ in a bid to extol the benefits of '3 on 3 basketball' that the rapper is supporting in the United Sates. The MP for Leeds North West told the Commons:

"Which park, are y’all playin’ basketball? / Get me on the court and I’m trouble."



Alas the nod to the famous rapper went uncommented upon by a series of MPs, but it was finally recognised by the SNP’s Gavin Newlands.

"I congratulate the honourable Member for Leeds North West, not only on securing it, but on getting on the parliamentary record what I think is the first reference to Ice Cube. He will be remembered for that, if for nothing else," he wisely stated.




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