T.I. Takes Stand In Murder Trial

While T.I. waits to receive the remainder of his own sentencing in March 2009 for federal weapons violations, he appeared in a Cincinnati courtroom today (November 21) to testify about what happened on the night his friend and assistant was shot to death in May 2006.

The Associated Press reports that Tip described the shootout that took place between his entourage and the main suspect, Hosea Thomas during the testimony. T.I. told the jury that he took cover in a van as it was riddled with shots during a wild chase. Tip said that when the van took off he noticed Johnson on the floor with blood running down his face from the bullet hole in his temple. T.I. wasn’t injured, however, three other members were reported to have suffered injuries. Hosea’s brother, Pardon, also testified against him despite his own involvement in the shootout.-Michael Cohen

  • http://xxlmag.com Bobby

    Mr. Do the right thing

    Good look T.I.

    Keep moving forward and put the past behind you.

  • g

    that pussy a rat

  • steezoValenti

    Is is just me or is this a huge story for Hip-hop. A rapper with know street cred on the witness stand. Has tip changed from street thug to a regular guy. If us regular guys go into a bar and a fight breaks out and one of our boys is shot we jump on that witness stand. But if your a street cat where two sides war out and the loser snitches for revenge of his dead homie doesn’t that make the playing field unbalanced. I think snitching is a complicated issue and I’m a big t.i. fan but I think from now on he can only rap from the perspective of what he used to do. He can’t say “Don’t think tip in the streets, oh is that what he said.” The thing that pisses me off in hip-hop is that artists never grow. Too many rappers are 35 pretending their 17. And doesn’t the theory go that these guys are like this because they have no opportunities. But when they get opportunities and wealth and everything else they still try to act like they did before. Can T.I. be just a non-criminal. Is that so fucking bad. Are these guys really that tough or are they too pussy that they will look soft if they live straight. Anyone who gambles knows you bet the thoroughbred. To me going thug is like betting the fattest, oldest horse with a limp and letting everything ride on it.

  • D MaJ0r

    stop snitchin!!!!

  • kj

    This is called snitching right? Practice wut u preach!

  • http://myspace.com/certifiedgmusic Bizzerk

    Damn Tha government makin tip change his whole persona, thats the only reason he doin it

    check out my shit
    myspace.com/certifiedgmusic

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      Nigga ya mans a snitch stop coping pleas for him

  • http://www.rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    I can’t believe the immature ass attitude that we as a culture have in regards to “snitchin.” It’s not “snitchin” if you look over at your man and you see blood draining out of his head because of some jealousy shit. I’m sure that some dumb ass goon wannabe is gonna be on here sceamin his ass off about some stop “snitchin” shit. I know he’s probably gonna get on here and go to the extent to even call me a snitch.

  • http://www.rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    I can’t believe the immature ass attitude that we as a culture have in regards to “snitchin.” It’s not “snitchin” if you look over at your man and you see blood draining out of his head because of some jealousy shit. I’m sure that some dumb ass goon wannabe is gonna be on here sceamin his ass off about some stop “snitchin” shit. I know he’s probably gonna get on here and go to the extent to even call me a snitch.

    http://www.rapaveli.com

  • http://www.myspace.com/commissioncartel BeatZ Supplier

    Hold ya head up TIP
    Do what u gotta do homie;
    If a nigga calls him a snitch for this;
    Lets see how he reacts when he loses a relative he was close to;;
    Stupid ass dudes i swear to god.

  • droopey

    Seeing a hole in your friends temple who was sitting next to you in a vehicle.

    Hopefully this sets an example, do the right thing and come forward, pride and not snitching bs needs to stop your preventing justice.

  • steve

    how he snitchin?you clowns are dumb.all he did is say what happened.the shooters brother is the snitch.he got a full pardon.

  • A

    It would be a big deal if TI didn’t come off as some gangster type. I would understand if it was Soldier Boy here testifying. But this is indeed snitchin. If you call yourself a gangster you shouldn’t even be in court testifying. You should be out plottin the get back. I don’t ever wanna hear a TI tough guy record.

  • A

    Wouldn’t ***spellin correction

  • http://www.rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    CHANGE… how can we expect it if we don’t do? We gotta stop being dumb ass niggas and start the transition to successful black people!

    http://www.rapaveli.com

  • steezoValenti

    Is is just me or is this a huge story for Hip-hop. A rapper with know street cred on the witness stand. Has tip changed from street thug to a regular guy. If us regular guys go into a bar and a fight breaks out and one of our boys is shot we jump on that witness stand. But if your a street cat where two sides war out and the loser snitches for revenge of his dead homie doesn’t that make the playing field unbalanced. I think snitching is a complicated issue and I’m a big t.i. fan but I think from now on he can only rap from the perspective of what he used to do. He can’t say “Don’t think tip in the streets, oh is that what he said.” The thing that pisses me off in hip-hop is that artists never grow. Too many rappers are 35 pretending their 17. And doesn’t the theory go that these guys are like this because they have no opportunities. But when they get opportunities and wealth and everything else they still try to act like they did before. Can T.I. be just a non-criminal. Is that so fucking bad. Are these guys really that tough or are they too pussy that they will look soft if they live straight. Anyone who gambles knows you bet the thoroughbred. To me going thug is like betting the fattest, oldest horse with a limp and letting everything ride on it. And I hate to admit it but a convicted felon on a federal gun charge (the feds conviction rate is 98%) is probably going to have to give more than what he saw the night of the murder of his own friend to get only 1 year. And remember we our hip hop fans but I think that most of the Feds and the judge were never bumping Trap Music before this. We would want to give an artist we like a light sentence. What was the judges motivation. A known ex-drug dealer and 7 time felon isn’t high on the list of soft penalties.

  • tony grand$

    Wait, wait!!! Did anybody else see that! For a couple days us bloggers have been going @ it over the whole “snitch” thing. But, did yall just read the lil article up there. It said the defendants own brother testified against him, despite his “involvement in the shooting”. Now, don’t really think TI’s a snitch, but it all depends on how a person was raised, his belief system, etc, but his own brother testified against him despite his own involvement in the shooting. I’m just sayin………

  • http://yahoo oas

    u dumb asses if u wit some1 in any type of bullshit ur goin 2 have 2 mgo 2 court or face more jail time

  • Oneofthemyo’s

    This is a very important topic,and is being debated heavily over web sites its a lot more 2 it and also a lot of questions the lawyers missed, but that can stay on the LO(lol)

    THE BIGGER REASON Y THIS IS IMPORTANT CAUSE THIS TOPIC IF U LOOK AT THE RESPONSES SEPARATE THE; NIGGAS FROM THE BLACK MEN. NIGGAS VS BLACK PEOPLE WHO WILL PREVAIL???????

  • Laron

    Ya’ll need to realize it would be a slap in the face to Philant’s family if he didn’t testify. And tell me how it’s snitching when you decribe the situation in the Van during the shooting, your not saying this person did it, that person did it. Your just describing the shooting.some of you have no idea what a snitch is. It’s like you don’t want anybody in this world to speak about anything period.Just going around saying nothing to each other like were some mute.

  • amfv

    Yall are forgeting about what ti was saying before this. motherfucker was all about not snitching, not testifying, not taking the stand. now he’s doin the same shit he was talking about. i dont blame him for telling what happened. i blame him for being one of the loudest motherfuckers speaking against taking the witness stand and now look what he’s doin. that right there is the definition of fake. if someone else had taken the stand pointing the finger at him that same motherfucker would would be yell snitch on every song. A real motherfucker aint go to be a mobster goin around killin every body, he just got to practice what he preaches.

    • A

      Cosign

  • B Knife

    yo TI aint a snitch for fuckin testifying 2 1 of his friends fuckin murders snitchin is cuttin deals rattin people out being an informant shut ur fucking mouths all of u dat is hatin

  • T.C.

    I look at snitchin’ as turning someone in to get out of jail time or get a reduced sentence. That is clearly not the case here he is simply standing up for the fact his friend didn’t deserve to die and the man that killed him needs to man up and accept the consequences of his actions.

  • steezoValenti

    Either you live that life or you don’t. You know the rules. If you live that life. I repeat if you live that life you suffer the consequences. You go to war you go to war. If they hit one of yours you hit one of theirs. Now if every time the loser in a beef ran to the cop than the loser wins. I love t.i. I still love t.i. But convicted felons do not get one year for having an arsenal of machine guns. And telling the events on the witness stand on your friends murder when they don’t even need your testamony is not going to be enough for the feds. No matter how much you like the kid who stole the cookie out the cookie jar the cookie still got took. Remember the bigger the charge the larger the sentence. The Feds and district attorneys get paid to put people away. It looks good on their resume. Putting out a rapper who talks the thug life is a huge win for them.

  • steezoValenti

    What if Philant didn’t get shot but that dude who returned fire killed one of the brothers that were blasting on them. If the brother that lived went on the witness stand what would you think about him. And what if he only did it because of his own weapon charge where an agreement was reached but he had to testify against tip and his boys. Is he who gets who first gets testified by the last.

  • Rex Banner

    haha this nigga’s street cred took an L, if it was a regular clebrity that didn’t claim to be a celebrity I wouldn’t bother questioning his motive. But for someone who says in his raps fuck the police, I don’t snitch and all this gangsta shit and is cooperating with the police, hes an asshole. What will he rap about now? To anyone who thinks he is growing up, no he’s not. He only did that commercial for crimestoppers because he HAD to. He wouldn’t have done shit if he never got knocked. Do the time nigga, I thought you were gangsta SMH

    • Rex Banner

      if it was a regular celebrity that didn’t claim to be a gangsta I wouldn’t bother questioning his motive** fixed

  • Mika

    Rex…..thanks for saving my time.

    YOU, REX ,SAID THAT SHIT PERFECT.

  • diggsy

    Everyone keeps saying that T.I. snitched, but it never once says where he pointed a finger at someone. So unless you have a court transcript of what he said, you don’t know. He was a witness to a homicide. You can still get subpoena to be a witness even if you say you don’t know shit. Most of the people on here saying that he snitched have probably never even seen a courtroom.

  • Tony Tone

    Thats fucking ignorant to say t.i is a rat….i dont think hes ratted on nobody.yall niggas just wanna believe that if you dont get proper jail sentence you must be a rat.how low is that!!!if you are celebrity people you get slap on your wrist,if you are known rapper you get sentence like prodigy or T.I…not the full jailtime like normal grimey niggas get but you get sumthing tho.dont be a hater nigga just support T.I for not goin to jail 4 life.peace

  • amfv

    hey yo fuck ti. yall need to stop dick ridin this SNITCH already. as it says dudes bother was the one that testified, so that means ti just cooberated the story. which means he didnt have to say shit.Fuck what a schoolboy bitch got to say.

  • geico lizard

    busta rhymes was in this same situation and he didnt testify. it depends on who are you if you will or wont talk.

  • http://xxlmag.com m3mphis

    keep your head up T.I., I saw him in the airport in Atlanta on the 21st after seein this i guess he was headed to Cincinnati

  • simpleTOM

    aitch
    bitch
    citch
    ditch
    eitch
    fitch
    gitch
    hitch
    iitch
    jitch
    kitch
    ……..
    SNITCH

  • simpleTOM

    cooperation = snitch

    testify = snitch

    any questions?!?

  • TEZZY

    Did he snitch yeah
    But he should do it cause his man died over some rap shit and he wasnt even a rapper tip probably know his whole family a mother who lost a son aint trying to hear a gotdam thing about some not snitching rule that man died for some shit tip get rich off of thats the least he can do if you know a nigga moma and you know who killed him but you gonna let him get away cause of some street rule? i dont know yeah busta rhymes knew who killed his boy and didnt testify but was busta really his friend its different if a nigga shot YOU over some shit you do but if a nigga shot yo MAN for some shit you do it’s a whole different story

    • A

      Why am I not surprised that you would make statements like this? You’re a fuckin clown. You obviously don’t know the streets so you shouldn’t speak on the subject of snitchin. Just like TI shouldn’t rap like he’s some tough guy hooligan. When you make the choice to play the streets and claim gangster you signed the contract to play by the rules. This dude snitched twice as far as I’m concerened. 1) Got a light sentence for semi-automatic weapons and ammo, while he was a convicted felon. 2) Instead of plottin the get back he’s in court testifying.

  • yaOK

    you mother fuckers are so retarded, get in the real world and stop thinking your “gangster”… snitching shut the fuck up fucking fags

  • the87man

    IT AINT SNITCHIN, U HAVE TO PUT YOURSELF IN HIS POSITION.. HE KNOWS HES GOING TO JAIL.. AND WHO IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF HIS FAMILY. DOES HE WANT THIS GUY THAT SHOT AT HIM OUT THERE WITH HIS FAM WHILE HES LOCKED UP.. THE WAY I SEE HES A SMART MOTHER FUCKER HE KNOWS HES NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BE OUT THERE TO PROTECT HIS FAM

  • opm509

    you aint got shit to lose then dont snitch but if you gots digits riding on it then well….. but seriously musics entertainment what the hell about c-murder testifing on his own behalf none yall said he snitched.wut cuz whoadie still got a long sentence? anybody will try to get a reduced sentence givin the chance all I say is dont snitch on your fam and if yous is in the game be ready for reprocusions if you do

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