Why is T.I. Back In Custody?
“The system is
Made to make n*ggas fall, made to make n*ggas fail
Especially if you ball, they don’t take n*ggas well” – Kanye West
Ironically, that’s from a Kanye verse on a T.I. song (“Welcome To The World”) and this is just the way things have turned out for the talented yet troubled rapper from the ATL. As we all know, T.I. went back to prison for drug possession about a year after getting out on the now-infamous weapons charges. He was scheduled to be released, and was released on September 1st but was taken back into custody within one day. Why?
He was headed to a halfway house in Atlanta to finish the month left on his sentence there, and it seems he told authorities he would leave incognito, in an unmarked van. However, T.I. arrived to the halfway house in style, pomp, and circumstance—by way of a luxury tour bus. Authorities took issue with the large, flashy vehicle and immediately whisked the rapper back to jail in what is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
I would love to know what law he broke by taking a tour bus. We’ve seen some of the biggest pop stars, heiresses, and reality show train wrecks (like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan) pretty much make a mockery of the legal system and prison just because of who they are. This guy goes to prison like he is sentenced to (which the three earlier examples never seem to do) and all he wants to do is ride his tour bus when he leaves—and that’s cause to put him in prison?
Here’s what his attorney, Steve Sadow, had to say:
“We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.’s method of transportation, so that T.I. can return to the halfway house to complete the remaining days of his sentence.”
Weirdly enough, there does not even seem to have been a ruling issued by a judge in this matter whatsoever. Currently, T.I. is being held in a federal corrections facility in Atlanta. What the hell?