Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert at one point thought “Empire” used his and Teyana Taylor’s likenesses for the characters of Hakeem and Tiana. But then once he got dragged on Twitter by “Empire” fans, he stated he was misquoted.
In an interview with sports writer Chris Haynes, Shumpert compared similarities between Hakeem and Tiana, with him and Taylor. He may have had a point with the “Tiana” character from “Empire” being similar to Taylor, but he was way off base on Hakeem’s character.
They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it. They didn’t even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely.
And come on man, they’re really using a guy with a flat top like me. Come on. That’s ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired.
I don’t see how they can deny it. Everybody knows.
But as usual, once people catch flack for their comments, they then recant them.
Everyone wants a piece of the “Empire”.