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The Golden State Warriors played the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and some high-profile fans were in attendance – among them, singer and LeBron James supporter Rihanna, and top Apple exec and known Warriors superfan Eddy Cue.
But one moment from the game has led to outrage from Rihanna fans on Twitter: After Rihanna bows to LeBron James, Apple exec Eddy Cue appears to say something and makes a “sit down” gesture to someone nearby. Cue is a longtime Warriors fan, even making the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle last year when the Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs.
A Tweet containing a GIF of Cue yelling and pointing has since been deleted, but we were able to capture the Tweet before it was taken down. Take a look:
Here’s another angle of the incident, at about the 0:14 mark:
After doing some lip-reading, we have some guesses what Cue is saying, but we’ll let you form your own opinions.
Cue quickly put out a tweet claiming that he wasn’t yelling at Rihanna, but was instead talking to a friend a few seats away.
Nothing but love for Rihanna (and KD, too!) As usual I was excited about our lead and actually talking to Marissa, 8 seats to my right.
— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 2, 2017
Regardless, Cue’s actions are now getting him in hot water with Rihanna’s fans on Twitter:
Oh cancelling my Apple Music subscription @cue – no one yells at Rihanna, especially not a grown white man telling her to “sit down”
— Eileen Carey (@eileenmcarey) June 2, 2017
— karlie jenner. (@clapbackanna) June 2, 2017
— Faiz (@Faiz_Fenty) June 2, 2017
Either way, Apple might have to smoothing over to do if it wants to secure Rihanna’s next album as an Apple Music exclusive.