The story of T.I. helping police talk a jumper off the ledge of a building in Atlanta Wednesday has raised a few dubious eyebrows.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, said he heard about a young man threatening to jump from a 22-story building while listening to the city’s V-103 radio station, which is housed in said edifice. The rapper is due in court on Friday because of drug charges that were handed down last month.
An Atlanta Police spokesperson told CNN that the rapper “appeared out of nowhere” and talked to the man about how “a person ‘can make it through anything.’” The spokesperson added that the rapper “just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
T.I. said that doubters “have every right to be critical,” but he added that he believes “sometimes life has things happen certain ways for different reasons that most times human beings can’t understand. But it’s not fit for us to understand, we just have to be here to observe.”
He also said he’s not expecting his actions to impact his upcoming court date in any way.
“I don’t expect this to have any different impact on any of my circumstances at all,” he said in the interview. “That’s not, that wasn’t my motivation.”