A day after Reebok ended its relationship with Rick Ross, the rapper acknowledged that his lyrics on Rocko's song "U.O.E.N.O." were "offensive." In a statement Friday, Ross said being a musician is "a great responsibility" and that his choice of words in the song "does not reflect my true heart." In the song, Ross raps about giving a woman the drug MDMA, known as Molly, and having his way with her, The Associated Press reports.
"Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets," his statement said.
On Thursday, Reebok said it had terminated its contract with Ross because the rapper wasn't living "up to the values of our brand." Ross has appeared in a commercial for the Reebok Classic sneakers.
"We are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse," the statement said.
The Miami-based rapper first addressed the song two weeks ago in a radio interview, saying "there was a misunderstanding with the lyric." A week after that, he tweeted an apology.