T.I. Responds to Arrest, Says He Was ‘inconvenienced’ by Detainment Outside Gated Community

Rapper T.I. took to Instagram after he was “wrongfully arrested” for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct early Wednesday while he was trying to get into his gated community in Henry County, Georgia, local news station WSB-TV reported. He didn’t have his key on him and argued with the security guard when he wasn’t let in. T.I.’s name quickly became a top-trending Twitter topic Wednesday.

"I guess y'all have been hearing all the nonsense you know saying, I'm looking like yesterday man, I was inconvenienced and arrested, you know what I'm saying,” T.I., whose birth name is Clifford Harris, Jr., said. “With all we been through this is small potatoes, man."

The rapper didn’t let the arrest affect his day and instead went to his son’s school to celebrate his birthday. “I'm here, present at school. Ain't been to sleep, but guess what, God is good all the time," he continued. "Alright, so I'm going to get back in here man and continue to kick it with my 10-year-old, you know what I'm saying, and my 2-year-old, and we're going to let god deal with the craziness, you know what I'm saying."

T.I.’s attorney, Steve Sadow, referred to him as “Tip” in a statement to WSB-TV. “Tip was wrongfully arrested early this morning when he attempted to gain entrance into his gated community - where his wife ‘Tiny’ and his family reside. The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse. It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard. Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry. The guard refused entry,” the statement said.

GettyImages-933485488 T.I. is pictured at the "Rapture" Premiere 2018 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Paramount Theatre on March 17, 2018 in Austin, Texas. He was arrested after he tried to get into his gated community without his key. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW

Despite the rapper’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, identifying him, the guard would not allow T.I. to enter the gated community. “The guard continued to refuse entry without justification. Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police,” Sadow said. “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. has had a history with law enforcement. He was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine and sentenced to one year and one day in prison in 2009 on charges related to buying silencers and machine guns.

The rapper is best known for hits like “Live Your Life, “Whatever You Like” and starred on the VH1 reality show T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle for six seasons.