*That didn’t take long. And why are we so NOT surprised.

Now that the news of him being accused of sexually assaulting a woman last year is out, former NBA player Steve Francis is fighting back. According to TMZ, he says the allegations were concocted by a “broke ass dwarf who can’t sing.”

Via Twitter, Francis went off on the woman accusing him of the groping allegations: Shauna Simien, a singer who was signed to Francis’ record label at the time of the alleged assault.

Her’s what Francis wrote:

“Well since it’s a lockout. I got a new job responding to people askin’ me about grouping [sic]a broke ass dwarf. Who can’t sing. What can a G do??”

It’s unclear if Francis dropped her from the label, but the former Houston Rockets star pretty much says that Simien’s accusations are sour grapes — writing, “If you can’t sing, you can’t sing. Keep it moving.”

Simien filed a police report over a year ago — claiming Francis assaulted her outside his office, grabbing her between the legs.

As we wrote earlier, so far no charges have been filed.