‘There’s a better way his time could be utilized … to help the community,’ rocker tells Entertainment Weekly.
By James Dinh
T.I. may be optimistic about his second stint behind bars, but friend and collaborator Kid Rock doesn’t agree with the rapper’s recent legal sentence. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the rocker expresses sympathy for T.I., who turned himself in to a low-security prison in Arkansas on Monday for probation violations.
“It’s sad. He’s such a nice guy. It’s a tricky situation, but I feel bad for him,” Kid Rock said. “I understand someone’s gotta learn their lesson, and I know they gave him a chance, but there’s a better way his time could be utilized to help other people, something to help the community.”
The two recently collaborated on “Care,” which will appear on Kid Rock’s forthcoming LP. He went on to say that there are other things the legal system should be focusing on, adding, “Some of these jail things, I don’t agree with them, especially when you got so much horrid sh– going on in the world.”
T.I., who was sent back to the same facility where he served nine months last year, was arrested with his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, in Los Angeles. The two were charged with drug possession, a violation of Tip’s probation.
Kid Rock recently had his own legal troubles when a man named Harlen Akins sued him for his involvement in a 2007 scuffle that took place at an Atlanta-area Waffle House. The singer appeared in court to testify on his own behalf that he did not attack Akins and that the fight hadn’t even occurred until the man instigated Rock. Akins, who was seeking $6,000 in medical costs, was awarded $40,000 in compensatory damages.
In an interview with MTV News, Kid Rock explained why he felt compelled to get personally involved in the case. “Do people really think I was down there because I was being sued for $6,000?” he asked. “They wanted $2.9 million in punitive damages. But that didn’t get printed anywhere. I had no choice but to go down there and state our side of the story. At the end of the day, they wanted $2.9 million and they got $40,000. I consider that justice done.”
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