Rapper Wale got into a shoving match at the Verizon Center on Monday

Wale photographed in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)
Wale photographed in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Homegrown rapper Wale had one of his infamous and eponymous “Wale moments” last night when he confronted a social media heckler in 3D during a live taping of WWE’s Monday Night Raw at the Verizon Center in Washington.

The 29-year-old rapper and Joseph Stefanacci, a 26-year-old from northern Virginia, got into a shoving match that was quickly squashed by security, an eye witness tells the Reliable Source. Both parties were then escorted from the main arena into a hallway and were returned to their seats moments later.

TMZ originally reported that Wale punched Stefanacci, who’d been taunting the rapper via Twitter during the wrestling match, but video of the fight on WorldStarHipHop.com reveals more pushing than punching. Jawn Murray, who was siting in the same section as Stefanacci and watched the dust up unfold, said “There was a verbal altercation and there was shoving. It wasn’t a full on Mike Tyson boxing ring brawl.”

Stefanacci declined to comment, as did Wale’s publicist, Jason Davis of Atlantic Records.


In a series of tweets Stefanacci, who goes by the handle “@Chefboyrnach,” called Wale “talentless,” threatened to give the rapper “the walls of Jericho” (a wrestling move) and suggested Wale “come collect this fade,” which we’re told is slang for “get the fight started.” Stefanacci even tweeted a photo of himself and a friend with Wale in the background. We’re assuming that’s how the rapper recognized him. 
Most of Stefanacci’s tweets have since been deleted but can be viewed here.

“I don’t know if he just didn’t think Wale was paying attention or he just didn’t care,” said Murray, editor-in-chief of AlwaysAlist.com, an entertainment website.

Wale is known for not only paying close attention to his Twitter feed but caring–a lot. At a Wizards vs. Raptors game in February the rapper confronted a Raptors sportscaster who’d made a joke about not knowing who Wale was. In December Wale called the offices of Complex Magazine to complain that his album “The Gifted” wasn’t included in a year end list of the best albums of 2013.

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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