Hours after a video was released by tmz.com of Paul Wall beating a concert-goer during a concert, the People’s Champ has sent XXLMag.com a statement apologizing for his actions.

“I want to sincerely apologize to my San Antonio Fans as well as Paul Wall Fans worldwide for allowing myself to become distracted during my recent performance at the Low Low Car Show in San Antonio, Texas,” he said. “My goal as a live performer is to always provide my fans with a great show experience and I apologize for temporarily taking my eyes off that goal. We all learn from experiences both good and bad. I will learn and grow from this incident and be a better person, artist and performer as a result.”

As previously reported, the Houston native was on stage with his former Swishahouse labelmate Slim Thug when a fan near the front of the crowd gave him the middle finger, according to TMZ. The two then exchanged words, leading to Wall swinging at the unidentified man with his microphone several times. Security then stepped in and reportedly kicked the victim out of the venue. [Watch below]

The incident came in the midst of Slim Thug leading the crowd in an “R.I.P. P-I-M-P” chant in memory of the late Pimp C. —Elan Mancini