Chris Brown; ABC/Randy HolmesSocial media attacked Nick Cannon for casting Chris Brown in his women’s basketball film, She Ball, because of Brown’s history of domestic violence.
Now, the Wild ‘N Out host is defending his decision to work with Breezy.
When told by TMZ, “People are hating because Chris is a part of the project because of his past,” Cannon responded, “What about Sean Penn? They ever hate on him because of his past?”
While Brown will be forever linked to his assault on his former girlfriend, Rihanna, Penn has been accused of attacking his ex-wife, Madonna.
Cannon added, “Definitely a double standard. They want to turn a black man into a monster anytime they can.”
The Drumline actor host will direct, write, produce and star in the independent film about women’s street basketball.
The movie will center around Nick’s character, Avery Watts, the manager of an embattled community center in Inglewood, CA.
He recruits the “baddest women’s streetball league” in town to help him save the center, while dealing with the challenges of raising his seven-year-old daughter.
Cedric the Entertainer, Evan Ross, Faizon Love, comedian-actress Lunell, The Jeffersons’ Marla Gibbs and Rebecca De Mornay have also signed on to star alongside Cannon and Brown.
She Ball will also feature athletes from the WNBA, Basketball Beauties League and Ball Up streetball team.
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