The Blast just spoke with Tip minutes after he was released from custody in Georgia, and he says the entire argument was with a security guard outside of his gated community while returning from the studio and started because the dude was allegedly asleep in the guard shack.
T.I.'s lawyer, Steve Sadow, released a statement that said T.I. returned home and, having lost his key, tried to wake a sleeping guard to let him into the gated residence. When things escalated, T.I. called his friend, Marquinarius Holmes, 40, who was arrested on outstanding charges from Clayton County and for not having proof of auto insurance, the sheriff's office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to the police report, T.I. argued with the security guard when he discovered he was asleep on the job, was eventually let in, then drove home to park his auto and walked back to get the security guard's name. "Don't you know who I am?" he reportedly asked the guard. "Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police", Sadow said.
According to Tip, his arrest is ultimately a result of calling out his gated community's security guard for sleeping on the job. "When the police arrived, they were not interested in hearing Tip's side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip".
T.I. was eventually arrested around 4:30 a.m. early Wednesday morning.
The 37 year old attributes his arrest to "white cops in a very white area", and claims the security guard was the one who "antagonised" him. A year ago he used his star power to fuel a boycott of Houston's restaurant after allegations of racial discrimination surfaced.
T.I. has since addressed the arrest in an Instagram Live video while celebrating his youngest son Major's 10th birthday, calling it "nonsense" and "small potatoes," adding that God "will deal with the craziness". So, whatever they're concerned about right now, those are the things that stand the most opportunity for change.
"I'm here, present at school".