Looking down at his best friend, his body riddled with bullets he was sure were meant for him, T.I. said something he knows he shouldn’t have.
“I told him that I had him and it was going to be all right,” said the star rapper from Atlanta. “That was what I said. And he said, ‘All right.’ “
But later that morning at a Cincinnati hospital, Johnson died, the victim of a drive-by shooting following an altercation at a nightclub.
Friday, in his first interview since the incident, it was clear that T.I. (born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.) is struggling with the loss of his longtime friend.
“I’m kind of like watching my life change right before my eyes. I’m figuring out whether or not I even want to keep doing this [expletive] right now. I don’t know,” said the entertainer.
In the interview Friday, T.I. said he wasn’t clear about what started the incident at the club. “That foolishness was [not] worth even discussing,” he said. “That’s not what matters.” But he did offer his recollection of what happened when his group left the club.
As their van headed south on I-75, T.I. said, he was sitting on the back bench on the driver’s side. Johnson was in the row in front of him. Their longtime friend Doug Peterson, a manager at T.I.’s Atlanta-based Grand Hustle Records, was seated beside Johnson.
Then came the gunfire. Johnson was hit, and three other people traveling with the Atlanta entourage — Janice Gillespie, Ronald Hausley and Elijah Edwards — were injured.
T.I. helped put his bloodied friend into another vehicle headed to the hospital.
“That’s when I lied to him,” he said.
To read more of this click here. I have to be honest, this interview was a little hard to read, I feel so bad for TI. This is some horrible shit. When will these fools learn that it ain’t even that serious. Shooting people over some nonsense. *shakes head*
Rest In peace, Philant..