Incarcerated southern rapper T.I. has broken silence on his publicized Los Angeles drug possession arrest which landed him behind bars serving an 11-month sentence.
Reflecting on the arrest in a pre-jail interview, TIP recalled initially not being concerned upon getting stopped by police.
T.I. told Vibe, “When the cop pulled me over, I wasn’t thinking nothing. At that point, I didn’t even know what was in my pocket,” T.I. explained. “So I’m thinking, Here’s my license, come on with the ticket. And he immediately opened the door like, like, ‘Get out!’ [I thought,] This is different. You haven’t even ran my license, the tag, nothing. You just pulled me out the car and put my hands behind my back immediately. So right then, I was like, ‘This is some bullsh*t.’ And then he started patting me down, and he went in my pocket and found the pills. And I was like, ‘Ahhh sh*t!'”
T.I. also said he did not possess marijuana when arrested.
“I don’t smoke weed. I don’t allow anybody to smoke weed in my car. Just as sure as you don’t smell weed in here right now, I don’t see how he could have. I’m not going to point the finger and call [the officer] a liar. It doesn’t benefit my situation much to stand on a soapbox and say, ‘He’s a liar, he’s a liar.’ But there were no ashes in the ashtray. There is no weed in my system.”