October 14th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
[Editor's note: To hear more from T.I. about helping to prevent a suicide, tune in to HLN’s Prime News this evening at 6:30 p.m. ET.]
The story of T.I. helping police talk a jumper off the ledge of a building in Atlanta Wednesday has raised a few dubious eyebrows.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, said he heard about a young man threatening to jump from a 22-story building while listening to the city’s V-103 radio station, which is housed in said edifice. The rapper is due in court on Friday because of drug charges that were handed down last month.
An Atlanta Police spokesperson told CNN that the rapper “appeared out of nowhere” and talked to the man about how “a person ‘can make it through anything.’” The spokesperson added that the rapper “just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
It seems some aren't convinced that it's purely coincidence.
Popular celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie admitted that she gave the story “major side eye” at first, and commenters concurred. Over on Gawker, a commenter said that “If it looks like a publicity stunt, smells like a publicity stunt, and walks like a publicity [stunt], THEN, it is a publicity stunt,” to which another commenter responded, “T.I. owns a condo in the same area...you'd have to understand ATL ~ particularly midtown (where this happened) and buckhead ~ to know that [expletive] like this just... happens.”
V-103’s Greg Street also addressed the issue by playing T.I.'s interview with fellow V-103 host Ryan Cameron in response to a caller questioning if the station was sure that T.I. hadn't pulled off a "stunt."
“I’m not taking any credit. I didn’t do it,” T.I. told Cameron. “The fact of the matter is that God put me in a position and put it in my spirit to be in the position to help. I can’t take any credit for that. I didn’t wake up this morning with the intentions of going down and helping hostage negotiators talk someone down off of a ledge. I don’t think that could be in anyone’s plan of action.”
T.I. said that doubters “have every right to be critical," but he added that he believes “sometimes life has things happen certain ways for different reasons that most times human beings can’t understand. But it’s not fit for us to understand, we just have to be here to observe.”
He also said he’s not expecting his actions to impact his upcoming court date in any way.
“I don’t expect this to have any different impact on any of my circumstances at all,” he said in the interview. “That’s not, that wasn’t my motivation.”
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