Just days before the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson performed at a pre-game party featuring dozens of guests in a hangar at Albert Whitted Airport.
The following day, the “Candy Shop” rapper received criticism from Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman.
“This isn’t how we should be celebrating the Super Bowl. It’s not safe or smart. It’s stupid. We’re going to take a very close look at this, and it may end up costing someone a lot more than 50 cent[s],” Kriseman said on Twitter.
Along with the tweet, Mayor Kriseman shared a TMZ report that included images of 50 Cent’s event, “where no one appeared to be wearing a mask despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” People reports.
City officials are now investigating the party, a spokesperson from the mayor’s office told the Tampa Bay Times.
According to TMZ, the event was supposed to have a limited audience with a mask requirement.
Health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned the public to avoid attending large gatherings during Super Bowl weekend because of the potential of spreading COVID-19.
However, images suggest that many have decided otherwise.
“Enjoy the Super Bowl, but don’t do it with a large crowd of people in your house in a place when it’s cold and you don’t have good ventilation,” Fauci said, according to Politico.
“It’s a perfect setup to have a mini super spreader event in your own house. Don’t do that for now. There will be other Super Bowls.”