News: T.I.'s Attempted Suicide Victim's Mother Speaks, "I Wish It Was A Publicity Stunt"

Sunday, Oct 17, 2010 10:14AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Days after T.I. helped convince a suicidal man from plunging off a building, the jumper's mother has come forward to speak on the situation.

According to the attempted suicide victim's mother, her son's act was not for publicity purposes.

"I wish it was a publicity stunt and my son wasn't hurting as bad as he is and to get up there and do something like that. It's an embarrassment really and it's like my God, thank God for T.I!! So I'm just saying that it's crazy for people to think that someone would do that as a publicity stunt. It just bothers my mind...My son was on top of the roof. I was speaking to an officer on the phone. He would not come down while I was on the phone because I was still at work and I need to try and keep my job, okay. That's part of my son's problem, he can't find work in Atlanta and he has other issues/problems. He's thinking that's where it ends and that's when it hit, he didn't want to live any more..." (Necole Bitchie)

Following the rescue, T.I. addressed what took place.

"I'm not taking any credit," T.I. said in an interview with radio host Ryan Cameron. "It could have been resolved in another way. The fact of the matter is God put me in a position, and put in my spirit to be in the position to help, and 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 a ledge. I don't think that could be in anyone's plan of action. I don't expect this to have any different impact on any of my circumstances. That wasn't my motivation." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Details on T.I.'s heroism hit the Internet earlier this week.

T.I. saves the day. Or at least the possible Midtown jumper's life. Atlanta Police tell CL the rap star visited the scene of today's incident and told officers he wanted to speak with the unidentified man who around 4 p.m. had threatened to jump from the 22-story Colony Square Building. (Creative Loafing)

The man was reportedly given a personal message from T.I., stating that the rapper wanted to speak with him.

Investigators sent in a hostage negotiator to help talk the man down. Atlanta police said T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was in the area and stopped by the scene to see if he could help. Police took a message from T.I. to the man on the roof, saying the rapper was downstairs and wanted to talk to him. According to police, the would-be jumper got down from the roof and walked down to the lobby, where he talked to T.I. for a few minutes. (My Fox Atlanta)

Check out T.I. speaking on the incident below:

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