T.I. Denies Helping Jumper Was Publicity Stunt, Date Falls on 3 Yr Anniversary of Gun Bust

They say no good deed goes unpunished, and T.I. is learning that firsthand.

As previously reported, Tip helped talk a possible jumper down from a 22-story building in Atlanta yesterday (October 13)—which coincidently falls on the same date that he was busted three years ago for gun possession. The rap superstar was reportedly leaving his house when he turned on the radio and heard about the incident, which was unfolding on top of the building where a local radio station, V-103, is located. Upon arriving at the scene, the Bankhead-bred wordsmith sent a video message of positive and inspiring words to the 22-year-old. The man ultimately came down and was greeted at the elevator by the rapper.

Soon after news surfaced of tragedy being avoided—and, specifically, T.I.’s hand in the resolution—there were murmurs that it was possibly a publicity stunt. As T.I. is set to appear in court this Friday, the timing seemed opportune, some thought. However, the star of the recent film Takers denied such allegations to bet.com.

“I’m aware some people are saying this was a publicity stunt,” he acknowledged. “That’s preposterous. People refuse to acknowledge that God has a purpose for all people. Fate and destiny, all these things, they put us where we’re supposed to be. This was not a coincidence. I didn’t wake up in the morning knowing this was going to happen. This wasn’t on my list of things to do today.”

“If anything, I’ve known it before, felt it before, but in your darkest hours you lose sight of the fact that you can help people,” he continued. “This isn’t out of the norm for me to go out of my way to help people, regardless of my circumstances. That isn’t out of character for me, but I still have a hard time taking any credit for this. It was God’s work, God’s plan, I just happened to show up at the right time.”

T.I. is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow facing a probation violation. —Adam Fleischer

  • W. J. Rice

    It’s definitely a publicity stunt because he actively drove or arrived on scene after taking note of this potential jumper.

    He knew what the outcome would be doing that, automatic publicity.

    So he was trying to pull a sly pub stunt which is fine because the jumper didn’t jump.

  • shaun harlem

    what ever yo. dudes act tough but when it hits the fan dudes singing help me JESUS! two days before court date. i hop everything works out for TI though.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Warren D

    yo T.I did something good y everybody hating?? i think yall want to belive that ti snitch and does this shit to help himself for 1 wheres the proof he snitvhed? and second who gives a fuck is this was publicity stunt i hope it fuckin works IF it was there aint to many good rappers left and TI is one of them lsat thing we need is him in jail im sick of drake ross waka and all the other fucks out right now

  • Gerv

    How the fuck somebody gonna call this a publicity stunt?????

  • Anonymous

    every time someone is about to get their ass in trouble, they always seem to find “god” or do some type of spirtual bullshit. let it be known, if the nigga is so helpful and smart, why cant he keep his own shit in order?? TI has got to be one of the dumbest to ever do it..

  • lostgyrl

    All of you leaving negative comments need to shut the f*** up!!!!!!!!

  • El Tico Loco

    It just so happens to be on top of the radio station roof, THE ROOF. You how tight security is just for the lobby alone? So it does stink to me, and if I’m not mistaken it was in the afternoon, is anyone familiar with that traffic? I’m still a TI fan, but I deal with people trying to bs me during the day for a living so I have keen eye for bs and I won’t put anyone above it when things are fishy, I don’t care who you are or what you did.

  • SOMETHIN NEW

    What T.I should’ve done was wait until he had gotten to the video shoot and then had his homie climb a building across the street from it.That would’ve made more sense.

    But somehow i think he won’t be going to prison anytime soon.If he has money to pull a stunt like this,he has money to make sure he won’t do any real time like before.

    That’s just my opinion.

  • Eric

    some things you all may not have thought about…

    If it was a stunt, maybe it wasn’t about the jail time. TI has an album coming out, maybe it was a different (yet stupid) way of getting some attention.

    Or, and this is what I believe, maybe the “jumper” was the one trying to get the attention. I don’t know anything about the jumper, but what if he chose the radio station because all his demos keep getting denied? Or maybe he is a local artists who is pleading with the station for airplay? Or maybe he is just trying to get the attention of some record execs (which TI is)? We gotta stop jumping (no pun intended) to conclusions!

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    “…Date Falls on 3 Yr Anniversary of Gun Bust”

    ^ wow

    just wow

  • john cochran

    If he dont do time this time i dont know. They makin a mockery of the system.

  • T.I.

    Ay!

  • T.I.

    What chu know about that? It’s the King patna!

  • farty plarty

    def a publicity stunt. funny he picked that day

  • CRIM6RAPP

    IT STILL AIN’T GONNA DO NO GOOD. HE DONE FUCT UP SO MANY TIMES. HOW MANY CHANCES THEY GONNA GIVE HIM TO “CHANGE” & LET HIM KEEP ON DOIN SUM BULLSHIT. THE REST OF US AINT NEVER GET NO CHANCES LIKE THAT—OH YEAH, CUZ IN TI’S OWN WORDZ WE WAZN’T DOIN SHIT WHILE WE WAZ OUT HERE.

    FUCC IT MAN. IT IS WHAT IT IS. TI FAMOUS & GOT MONEY SO THAT MIGHT HELP HIM. SOME WACC ASS SHIT LIKE PRETENDIN TO SAVE DUDE’S LIFE IS FUCCIN LAME THO.

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