P.J. Tucker officially re-signed with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. It wasn’t surprising because it’s been more than a week since he reportedly came to an agreement on a three-year, $16.5 million deal.
But a month ago, some Instagram users got rubbed the wrong way when Tucker used the hashtag #ImOutchea in a post about his upcoming free agency. It didn’t help that it was posted around the same time Tucker’s Twitter profile went dark. The post, one that included a picture of Tucker in a Suns uniform, read:
“Heart of a lion!!!!!! #July1 #Freeagent #ImOutchea #IMustHaveJustHitAThree #IWasHype #ShoutsOut.”
Apparently, enough people didn’t understand that “outchea” is not a literal “I am leaving,” but rather a “I’m out here hustling and working hard at my job.”
People got on their jump-to-conclusion mats quickly, criticizing Tucker for ditching the Suns while assuming the “ImOutchea” meant he was out of here (here being Phoenix). The comments were nasty at the time, and it appears some may have been deleted. Tucker actually needed to follow up his post with a clarification, writing in a note:
“PSA!!!!!! ‘Outchea’ does not leaving, wanna leave, or I’m gone ..#CanILive”
And when Tucker officially re-signed on Wednesday, he got in one more little reminder that trying to read too much into Instagram posts isn’t something fans should do. He’s still outchea.
“It’s official!!! #weoutchea nah but seriously this has been a long road and today I’m excited to say I’m still a Phoenix Sun.. Thanks to everyone that has supported me through the years. Now it’s time to put in work and take it to another level #PhoenixRising #WeMadeIt”
If we’re going to double-check our slang dictionary facts here instead of taking my word for it, ‘Outchea’ is a song by Ace Hood and Lil Wayne released in 2013. A quick search on rap genius gives us a solid definition by analyzing the hook, which includes the word “outchea” 11 times.
Outchea is slang which literally means “out here” — and it basically refers to the fact that Ace & Weezy are out in the streets (because they’ve earned the respect of their hood to do so) or that they’re in the studio grinding all night in order to achieve success.