News: Dame Dash Talks Jay-Z & Chris Brown Controversy, "I Don't Believe In Publicly Punishing People" [Video]

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2009 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash recently spoke on the rumors surrounding Chris Brown's absence from last month's BET Awards and why Jay-Z should embrace the young singer.

In addition to giving his opinion on why Jay would block Brown from appearing at the ceremony, Dame also touched on the singer's mistakes as a youth.

"Are you surprised [Jay would do that?]," Dame said in an interview. "Wasn't I his best friend? Did he do that to me? So he can't do that to Chris Brown? It's just a little bit more flagrant, but that's how he moves...I don't believe in publicly punishing people...At the time, maybe Chris Brown had some emotional things going on and somebody didn't teach him right. That's when you're supposed to nurture him and be like, 'Hey, that's not the way you do things.' You don't school him by punishing him, you school him by teaching him...He's taking money out his mouth. I'm sure Chris Brown is feeding a lot of people so I know a lot of people probably mad. You can't mess up other people's money, that's not fair and that's why I don't play those games. Like I ain't gonna call you out there, I'ma let people experience you. But then again, I'm not judging what anybody do, I'm saying what I would do." (SmackTube)

Juelz Santana recently said he thought Jay was behind Brown's no-show at last month's awards ceremony.

"i take nothin away from Jay-Z," he wrote via Twitter. "i dont wanna sound like a Hater but his swagger was on Zero yesterday. & i just heard thru the grape vine that Jay-Z said he would not Perform if Chris Brown was gonna perform... SMH Sucker Move I woulda rather seen Chris Brown come out & do his tribute to [Michael Jackson]. It woulda been the 1st time he Performed since ? I know he woulda Killed it. ok Tweople. Yall do the Math. MJ just died the show as a Tribute to MJ. so not only does he say he down want chris to perform & do what would of been probably the best MJ tribute, but he coulda atleast did H-to tha IZOO cuz it has the MJ beat and Put MJ's name in it." (Juelz Santana's Twitter)

One of Brown's alleged backup dancers, Brandon Shaw, reportedly said Jay forced BET to not allow the singer to perform.

"So Jay-Z tells BET that if Chris performs that he will not perform," tweeted Brandon. "Ummmm........ Wait for it........WHO CARES!!!!!" (Jacksonville News)

Despite numerous claims, the network addressed the recent rumors.

Reports said Reverend Al Sharpton, who has been a spokesperson for the Jackson family in recent days, had a hand in quashing Brown's appearance (Sharpton told MTV News on Tuesday (June 30) that the rumors have no validity). Although Brown himself has not commented on the reports, a source close to his camp told MTV News that Brown was never confirmed to be a part of the show and the rumors regarding Brown and BET were untrue; a spokesperson for BET corroborated that information, adding that "the rumors are false." (MTV)

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