Rapper/actor T.I. has attempted to extinguish the negative buzz he has received since being sentenced to an 11 month stint behind bars for probation violation last week.
According to T.I., his good deeds have been overshadowed by the backlash he has received over the past few days.
“I have been in a position to see clearly how fast the public will throw you away. They would rather see you suffer then to see you shine. My actions have been unacceptable, inexcusable, but I don’t see them as unforgivable. But I have been approached by the public in such a way that my actions are unforgivable. One bad move, one bad decision has discredited all the good, which I don’t think is right. Especially when all the people that are judging and pointing the finger at me, are doing as bad, if not worse than me, without doing as much good as me. It’s a lot more in the world to frown up on than T.I. It’s a lot more to be upset at rather than me and my circumstances.” (Necole Bitchie)
As a result of the sentencing, T.I. was released from his endorsement deal with the personal care brand AXE.
A rep for the company tells TMZ, “We will no longer feature T.I. in our promotional campaign” — a decision that comes one month after the company publicly stated it was “troubled” by T.I.’s recent arrest for drug possession. T.I. signed with AXE earlier this year … he’s already been removed from their website. (TMZ)
Following the sentence, T.I.’s attorney Dwight Thomas spoke out on the ruling.
“Of course we’re disappointed in the sentencing,” Thomas said outside the courtroom yesterday (October 15). “At the same time, it’s far less than what the government asked for. [As far as serving the full sentence,] that’ll be up to the Bureau of Prisons, that’s not their usual policies but their policies are what were governed in this case. Of course he’s disappointed. This is not what he expected, this is not what he wants in his life at this point. The judge is giving him two weeks to self surrender…” (Freddy O)
During his Atlanta court appearance last Friday, T.I. pleaded with the judge.
“I screwed up,” said the rapper, wearing a three-piece gray suit. “I screwed up big time, and I’m sorry. I’m truly and sincerely sorry. I don’t want and I don’t need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Check out some footage of T.I. down below: