WASHINGTON — Most Penn State fans were smiling at halftime of the Nittany Lions’ tourney opener against Nebraska on Wednesday. But the smile of one Lions fan in particular was a bit more noticeable than others: that of hip-hop icon/actor Flavor Flav.
“The first half was amazing,” Flav — born William Drayton Jr. — told Land of 10 with Penn State up 38-33 at the break. “Not only that, it’s entertainment, man. You know what I’m saying? I’m not going to lie. Like the NBA is not the only place where amazing happens. It happens right here on the college courts, my man.”
What brings a rapper and reality star to the Big Ten’s first men’s basketball tourney outside the Midwest? It’s all about family — Penn State guard Shep Garner is Flav’s cousin.
“Right now, I’m going for my cousin all the way, the Penn State,” Flav said of the Lions. “That’s why I’m here. I just flew out all the way from Vegas for this.”
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And no Cornhuskers love, Flav?
“I love Nebraska,” Flav said. “I’ve always loved Nebraska, you know what I’m saying? Not only that, I’ve got a big fan base in Nebraska, you know what I’m saying? But right now, I’m here to support my cousin. My cousin and Penn State.
“Hey, I love Nebraska. I love Nebraska. But my cousin’s more important. Don’t believe me. Ask him.”
Flav says he plans to stick around as long as the Lions, a 13 seed, are still alive and kicking in the bracket.
“I hope Penn State (wins it),” he said. “I hope they do it, man. Because if they win (Wednesday), then I’m going to keep staying all the way.”