Less than 24 hours after havoc took over last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards taping, the network has issued a statement on what exactly went down in Atlanta.
According to BET, local police are currently investigating Saturday night’s incidents.
“BET Networks works very hard to bring the best in entertainment to the city of Atlanta. For the past 7 years BET has celebrated the true art form of Hip Hop. Due to some misjudgment of select attendees, it is unfortunate that certain incidents took place. BET Networks does not condone any type of violence. Local authorities are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.” (BET)
Reports of what exactly went down hit the Internet late Saturday night.
During Saturday’s (September 29) taping for BET’s 2012 Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta Rozay and the Snowman reportedly got into a shoving match backstage before the scuffle spilled outside into the parking lot. Shots were fired and at least one man was said to be arrested. That’s not all. Multiple sources who witnessed the fray confirmed to MTV News that Ross’ protégé Gunplay was also involved in fisticuffs with members of 50 Cent’s G-Unit camp. Gun was seen with visible wounds and a witness told us that the Miami MC was put into handcuffs and detained, but a separate source close to Gunplay told us that he was not arrested. (MTV)
Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, who previously made headlines for their renowned mysterious feud, reportedly performed during the evening.
Most of the crowd inside the Atlanta Civic Center, where the taping took place were unaware of the drama that jumped off around the same time that A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes paid tribute to fallen music mogul Chris Lighty. 50 Cent and Fat Joe, who have quarreled repeatedly semed to have put their differences aside for the moment as they too appeared on stage to honor Lighty. Both Rick Ross and Jeezy also performed different sets during the award show. (MTV)
Hours after the smoke settled, a police representative cleared up what exactly took place.
A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department tells TMZ, “Shortly after 7:15 pm Saturday, a fight broke out in the parking lot at the Atlanta Civic Center (where the BET Awards were being taped) between two groups. Atlanta Police Department officers on scene responded to break up the fight and used OC spray in the process. Individuals fled the scene. There were no arrests or reports of serious injuries. Reports of shots fired appear to be untrue.” Our sources maintain shots were fired. We’re also told that 50 Cent got into it with a rapper named Gunplay, a protégé of Rick Ross. Can’t we all just get along? (TMZ)