Indiana Pacers guard (and sometimes singer) Victor Oladipo released his latest single "Rope A Dope" on Wednesday. On the 2 Chainz-assisted track, Oladipo addresses Donald Trump's comments about athletes who kneel during the playing of the national anthem.
"I wanted to address what was going on and bring awareness to it, but in a positive manner," Oladipo said in a press release, per For The Win. "I want people to feel inspired and motivated to be great, and to stand up and have confidence. We need to come together as a country to deal with these problems. We aren’t going to solve anything unless we’re united."
"Rope A Dope" comes less than a month after Oladipo released his debut track, "Song for You." When asked about dropping music which features him showing off his pipes, V.O. told Complex, "What inspired me to put out my own music now is that I believe it is a gift of mine and when God blesses you with a gift you should share it with others. If not then you're doing yourself and Him a disservice."
Given his platform as an NBA player, Oladipo seems to be taking that same approach with "Rope A Dope." As the world around us slowly crumbles, he needs to utilize this outlet to help and inspire those who look up to him. "So wave your flags, you don’t want no smoke because everything you got still won’t come close," Oladipo sings on the hook. "I came into this world with my back against the ropes, so watch this footwork, it’s the rope a dope."