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T.I. Says Prison Will Make Him Better, Reunites With Suicide Jumper He Saved

In a very honest radio interview yesterday, rapper T.I. talks about his upcoming jail bid, lessons learned, and reunites with the man whose life he helped save last week.  Watch the interview inside...

 

 

In an interview on V-103 Monday, T.I. spoke about his approaching 11-month jail bid saying, "After this, I will become a better person. I am not without flaw. One thing from my flaws that I have always done, I have accepted responsibility."  

Back in 2008, Clifford Harris aka T.I. plead guilty to a weapons charge in exchange for a light prison sentence and probation. But during his probation, police in California arrested him on a drug charge several weeks ago. Now he's been ordered back to prison for violating his probation.  

One of the issues he opened up about was the betrayals he has seen in his life.  He says the same people who laugh and cheer for you on your way to the top, are the same ones who laugh and cheer on your way down.  It's a wound that seems very fresh in response to how he feels he's been treated by the public. 

TIP says his very public mistakes may be unacceptable and inexcuseable, but that does not make them unforgivable.  He expressed that the people who point fingers and judge his actions are no better than him. And most of those people don't contribute to the community like he does.  

During the interview, TIP was reunited with Joshua Starks, a man he helped talk out of suicide in Atlanta, last Wednesday.  Joshua said that TIP's appearance was unexpected and not staged.  He thanked him for showing him that "things will get better."

As for his own legal problems, Mr. Harris says "I'm truly sorry and apologetic for having to put people who have supported me in this position. I won't say I'm sorry. I'll show I'm sorry. I'll speak with my actions."  

He reminded the audience that he was not prepared for manhood growing up, saying he learned everything by trial and error and that's been his biggest issue.  He ended by saying this latest arrest was his final lesson.

So what changes will T.I. be making?  While he didn't get into specifics, he says, "I'm going to take it a day at a time," but the public will see that change in the music.

 

Watch the entire interview here:

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I'm so sick of hearing about

I'm so sick of hearing about dumb people and TI is one of those people. Real talk, this man should not be looked up to as a role model he's had to many chances and keeps making poor choices it time to grow up. He no one I would want my child to look up to.
Anonymous's picture

Different scene...Same

Different scene...Same script....B!t@h please!!! I don't sympathize with this dayum fool....too much money, and too much time on his hands....it's a shame that a man with so much talent is wasting it sitting in jail when some of these people out here would give a limb for his lifestyle...SMH
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It woud no b so bad 4 me TI

It woud no b so bad 4 me TI if was weed dey caught u wit but xpills come man dat 2 me is just fuqd up!
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tip u are gone but we still a

tip u are gone but we still a team i will be waiting for your album when u get back god is with you never loose hope
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I am very dissapointed in Mr.

I am very dissapointed in Mr. (Kermit) Clifford and Mrs (Piglet) Tiny Harris. Mr. Harris, I had faith in you after the gun issue and hoped that you and your wife would get it together, let the B.S. go, and get some treatment for your extrtracurricular activities. By making that dopefiend (see "extracurriucular activities") move and getting busted again proves a significant point that, you and the Mrs. are developing and/or have a drug problem. You have a total of 6 little people who not only depend on you, but also look up to you. Drugs play with your mind and cloud your judgement which has led you to TOTALLY forget that you are on PAROLE. Mr. Harris, you have been to the pokey (as my father calls it) too many times and you should know better, but mabey this time, like a whole lot of other brothers out here who are repeat offenders, you may learn your lesson and realize that life is too short. Get it together bro and think about it- you are blessed with not only finances but opportunities that the average joe can only dream about and if you are not careful, everything that you have worked for will go down the drain(or up in smoke). Your kids will lose faith and trust in you , have you guys even had the thought of losing the kids? Don't think for a minute that CPS isn't watching, do you want them to make an example out of this situation? ( ex. look up Courtney Love) Seriously,Tiny- Imma need you to get a backbone and stand up to your husband (get a real stylist, stop the botox of the lips, and realize that wearing all the colors in the rainbow at one time is not a good look, the drugs got ya fooled) Tip- Imma need you to do right by your wife,stop cheating, leave your old homies alone and really practice what you preach and (realize that you are NOT above the law- drugs and ego got ya fooled) put your heads together and get into treatment pronto! Your kids need you guys at home, clean sober, and outta prison!!
Old School's picture

I really hope T.I. and/or his

I really hope T.I. and/or his wife reads this post and see your comment. Its tough love and real talk that they need right now. No doubt prayers, family, friends and more jail time is needed as well but if we all, his fans, just give hm pass after pass and another pat on the back we are condoning his actions
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jocaso's picture

Can someone explain why paris

Can someone explain why paris hilton and lindsay lohan get therapy and TI gets 11 months.
Mon Cheri's picture

simple. TI is getting sent

simple. TI is getting sent BACK to prison for violating his parole on his FELONY gun charge. this new sentence has absolutely nothing to do with the recent drug possession. he hasn't even had his trial for that yet. he violated his parole and therefore forfeited the terms of his early release sooo he's going back in to serve the full time he should have the first go 'round.
dEE's picture

Honestly, because he's a

Honestly, because he's a convicted felon...on parole and they're not. He violated parole so he has to do the time...I think that he should be in a drug treatment program also. We shouldn't judge...we should try to understand.
Tanya's picture

I'm still waiting for someone

I'm still waiting for someone to explain how Paris get arrested in Nevada and goes in front of a Judge in Los Angeles...and I believe it was the same judge that had been giving her pats on the hand since the beginning...the judicial system in the South don't play that sh*t...as you can see...in Texas they will literally try and hang your ass...racism is alive and well down hurrrr...lmao
Anonymous's picture

They're white women.

They're white women.
Anonymous's picture

Yes, it may not be right that

Yes, it may not be right that Lindsay Lohan and Paris aren't in jail, BUT this man has an arsenal in his possession, enough to start a small war. He too is really getting a slap on the wrist. Felony gun possession is a mandatory two years...flat out. Then if you're doing anything else on TOP of that, they sentence you to more time. He should not have been out of jail prior to two years anyway. It's all unfair justice compared to what you or I would've received. In another note, I respected TI and I'm super disappointed in his decisions post jail.
Anonymous's picture

he does accept responsibility

he does accept responsibility each time though everyone makes mistakes I just can't support celebs- your money goes to 100 white folks pockets before your favorite artist or athlete receives any of it!!!! Not sure if there is such a thing as support black-outside of tyler perry
REAL BLACK KINGS HAVE BLACK QUEENS's picture

how many times have you done

how many times have you done things that were wrong repeatly and everytime you get in a jam whethers it minor or major.it effects you or your family and love ones.what he did was wrong in which alot of us do wrong and it just hasnt caught up with us.so i'm not going to put him do he got his self to do that.i know i have mess up on many levels.and it may not cause me any time but he has cause me problems and greif.so to you Mr.Harris i will pray for you and your family cause i know how it feels to fall hard.Thank goodness i had someone in my corner to say give me hard words with love.You not an Idoit or dumb you like everybody else Human you just got caught up like many of these people it was your time and when there time come they will have there critics.death is the only that can stop change.
nikki's picture

He obviously really doesn't

He obviously really doesn't have people around him that truly care about him because if he did he would not still be going around trying to state his case. He really just needs to shut up go home spend whatever time he has left with his family before he goes back to jail for the umpteenth time PRAY none of his kids repeat him and Tiny's mistakes and REALLY TRULY move on and change. He has to stop looking for gratification because he is not gonna find any u can't change people's mind with a speech that we have heard times and time again. And to use the excuse that u grew up in the hood and since you were taught how to be a certain way then u didn't know any better until u got caught are you serious??? NEWS FLASH your way out was your career IDIOT u never had to look back on those old ways and u really could have been that example to the young people in the hood that u didn't have but the streets were callin' that much huh?? It's such a slap in in the face to the people that actually made it out and never went back to that lifestyle and when they did go back they truly were changed and gave back with their actions not by giving speeches. I'm SO over this guy...UGH
claudette's picture

I hope TI gets his ish

I hope TI gets his ish together! I read where we'll see a change in his next album. Forget the change in his album because we all know he's a great talent. That MAN better make a change to his addiction!!! Good luck!
Happy Lady's picture

TI did not make any Mistake.

TI did not make any Mistake. I get so sick of people making excuses for this THUG. TI made the decision to do the wrong thing but he got caught. TI is not like some person who made a poor decision and now has to face the consequences. TI had a SHOW called the Road to Redemption in which he spoke with AT RISK youth and told them what they needed to do from his past mistakes. TI was also, as a condition of this reduced sentence speaking with more at risk student about his past Errors this is all BEFORE he went to prison for the umpteenth time. While TI was in jail he had nothing but time to review why he was there. When TI got out he was on a promotional tour giving interview spewing the same nonsense of what he learned at every given opportunity. Then he gets busted AGAIN. Let's not forget that TI is also a FATHER and a Husband do you think he was thinking about that in that CAR while he was smoking dope? TI had his chances and just like Chris Brown he has the NERVE to have attitude because people in society want to hold him accountable for his actions or they make the choice to not forgive him. TI is just STUPID and ARROGANT. He should be in JAIL but LONGER.
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

You are so ignorant and full

You are so ignorant and full of yourself. Every where I read your comments I wonder what terrible upbringing and education produced someone who doesn't even comprehend principles on a basic level. TI knows he did something wrong. He's the first to say it. He isn't looking for sympathy. He's telling people to look at themselves. Because for all the bad that he's done he has done a lot of good for himself and the communities around him. He knows whats wrong with him and he's trying to fix it. You keep citing the time he was put in jail last year as if its the exact same thing this year. Last year he went to jail for having weaponry on his person. Not illegal weaponry but it was illegal for him as a former felon to have it. He had this weaponry because he felt it was necessary to protect himself. Now he was caught for possession of drugs. This is different. He is right there in the video saying he accepts his punishment and responsibilities. Also you spout on about how he was smoking in the car and relate it to how good a father he is. His kids weren't in that car and that makes him a better father than a lot of men already. At least he is there for ALL of his children. And he doesn't involve them in his messes. You should really start learning how to listen.
Anonymous's picture

TI should stop talking about

TI should stop talking about others and concentrate on hinself...HE IS THE ONE IN TROUBLE!, he start to walk the talk and not talk the walk...Am so sick of people like TI, who thinks everything revolves around them...If you act like an idiot, you shall be treated like one
ebel8's picture

He made a mistake which we

He made a mistake which we are all capable of, there will be reprecussions for> I think alot of you are mad because you supported him through his late situation and you feel let down . I wish the best for him and his family.
What the H**L's picture

This Is what I have to say to

This Is what I have to say to the "GANGSTA THUG" lol" MAN-UP AND STOP BEING A PUNK
Pamela's picture

Giving a few thousand dollars

Giving a few thousand dollars out of your millions and some turkeys during the holidays is a nice community contribution. I think, though, a better one would be leading by example. It's people out here who have way less noteriety and money and they lead, serve, and contribute to their communities everyday. Its just tough to work on community building when our people are more familiar with TI's story than Ben Carson's. So is it nice that he "gives back"? Sure. But the Good Book says that's the job for all of us, to give to others, especially for those who have been immensely blessed. "To whom much is given, much is required." Its our JOB to look after one another, not something you get points for.
Anonymous's picture

and how can we look up your

and how can we look up your contributions to your community?
MasterMind's picture

YADDA YADDA YADDA! How many

YADDA YADDA YADDA! How many times have we heard this same old tired script coming out his mouth? Super Negro has been locked up off and on all of his life and jail hasn't changed him or made him a better "man" yet. And it's a damn shame that JAIL has to make someone a better a person. Can we please let this dude go on about his business? There are too many other up and coming rappers out here that are ready to take his place. If he wants to be a jailbird, let him go on and do him. He's no longer making "mistakes". T.I. just has blatant disregard for the law and his fans. The only thing he is sorry for is getting caught.
Get it Together Black People's picture

YADDA YADDA YADDA! How many

YADDA YADDA YADDA! How many times have we heard this same old tired script coming out his mouth? Super Negro has been locked up off and on all of his life and jail hasn't changed him or made him a better "man" yet. And it's a damn shame that JAIL has to make someone a better a person. Can we please let this dude go on about his business? There are too many other up and coming rappers out here that are ready to take his place. If he wants to be a jailbird, let him go on and do him. He's no longer making "mistakes". T.I. just has blatant disregard for the law and his fans. The only thing he is sorry for is getting caught.
Get it Together Black People's picture

First thing T.I. needs to do

First thing T.I. needs to do is get rid of his entourage. and yes, that includes Tiny, because she's been caught with drugs several times. You can't get in trouble with a bunch of people, go to jail, and go back to the same people thinking the same ish won't pop off. He should consider moving away from the Hollywood/ATL/NYC scene if he's not working. Get a house in Nowheresville, Maine.
Jessica's picture

Do you really need someone to

Do you really need someone to tell you not to continue to do drugs and carry weapons as a felon??? I like TI the rapper alot, but Im not quite sure about the people we choose to glorify. We can all talk about the latest news on TI, but when's the last time we saw Ben Carson praised in the news or by our peers? Anybody know who Paula Giddings is? Last time we read a book by those two? Excuses are tools of incompetence that lead to monuments of nothing. Those who dwell upon them seldom succeed at anything.
Anonymous's picture

TI doesn't have much choice

TI doesn't have much choice he keep messing up they goin to give him some real time. www.theblackcouple.com
Anonymous's picture

that's what he said the LAST

that's what he said the LAST TIME! next.
Miss GQ's picture

He a damn lie. I don't

He a damn lie. I don't believe nothing this nigga says anymore. Hasn't he said the before? Probably. Atleast Chris Brown hasn't hit another bitch again!
Chelsey M.'s picture

Ti shud just shut the fuck up

Ti shud just shut the fuck up smt everytime he caught up in sum shit he talkin bout he gon be a better man etc smt like he want someone too feel sorry... bitch plz
Selita's picture

TI is a JAIL BIRD

TI is a JAIL BIRD PERIOD...Some negros actually like being on lockdown...See ya when you get out for the umtenth time...LOL.
anonymous's picture

This should be posted under

This should be posted under B*tch Please!
dee's picture

Yall are on a roll today but

Yall are on a roll today but this is sooo true!
NicNax247's picture

I am BEYOND sick of T.I!!!!

I am BEYOND sick of T.I!!!! Stop blaming the public for being disappointed in the stupid shit YOU do and accept responsibility for your actions! He keeps singing the same ol song about how the public would rather "see you suffer." That's not true! People get tired of celebrities acting like they're god like they can do whatever they want and get away with it. I'm in no way perfect, but I think everybody who knows me will agree that I'm stupid if I'm on probation, and I go smoke weed in the car, and disobey basic traffic rules and call attention to myself. Man the f*ck up T.I. and stop blaming us! Yes, we think you're stupid and yes you are! Damn! I use to smoke weed in the car with my home girl, but you aren't gonna see me run red lights and bust illegal u-turns while doing it! Dammit. Shut the f*ck up with this sh*t. We wouldn't be calling you stupid if you didn't subject us to re-runs of Road to Redemption or if you didn't take your ass to schools talking about doing the right thing, while at the same time you were popping pills. This is stupid, man.
Sarcastic Chick's picture

he didn't say anything worth

he didn't say anything worth listening to...and these silly radio hosts are sitting there lapping it up...black people are doomed
STOP THE MADNESS's picture

I agree. He won't stop making

I agree. He won't stop making excuses. And you would think man to man Ryan Cameron would stop him and say something. Instead, he blames us, addiction, etc. Take responsibility T.I. and stop being a dumb ass! We don't owe you sh*t and if we see stupid, we're gonna call stupid!
Sarcastic Chick's picture

he didn't say anything worth

he didn't say anything worth listening to...and these silly radio hosts are sitting there lapping it up...black people are doomed
STOP THE MADNESS's picture

I will make this short and

I will make this short and sweet. TI is not a dumb man but yes he made a not so bright decision. Yes, it's also possible to make a mistake more then once and sometimes we have to go through it more then once to learn. Also just like another poster stated, when you are trying to conduct positive behavior you need positive people around you and someone that will keep you in check. Obviously Tiny needs to straighten up also because all they will keep doing is bringing each other down. I wish TI the best and hope he comes back a better man and greater father. Always remember people, places and things will either make you or break you. Only you can choose the path you want to be on.
fabwtalk's picture

FOR ALL OF YOU PERFECT

FOR ALL OF YOU PERFECT PEOPLE, YOU SHOULD JUDGE OTHER BECAUSE YOU ALL JUST THAT PERFECT. SO YOU ALL THINK.
Anonymous's picture

STFU this entire blog is

STFU this entire blog is about judging whether good or bad. ur opinion is a judgement so get off ur moral high horse. yall get all sanctimonious when it is a celeb u like. Why yall dont be so understanding about shit when it is a beyonce or Rihanna post. fucking hypocrits.
Anonymous's picture

How old are you? You sound

How old are you? You sound retarded. Okay that was wrong. But you do demonstrate the problem mindset of many folks. It's not about perfection. It's about a rich grown man who can't get out of his own way and can't admit that's the problem.
dee's picture

This is not about

This is not about "perfection". This is why so many African Americans are nowhere in life. And just listening to TI you can see why he keeps making poor decision. TI is just DUMB. TI is CLEARLY not an intelligent person he can barely even speak...."me, myself, personally" LMAO. TI also keeps making up excuses for the things he does he does not seem to have the capacity to LEARN. The reason why he's going to jail has nothing to do with the PUBLIC but his own poor decisions. And I'm very happy most people have dropped TI and that TI knows this. TI needs to improve for his family so we don't have more idiots in the criminal justice system from his FAMILY. THE END.
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

i have much respect for ti

i have much respect for ti but this the dummt thing hes ever done.you have six kids to take care of and feed and now your going to be going to jail for year over some bullshit that didnt have to happy.do you ever think about your kids and all the kids that look up to you.tiny ass should have gone jail time to.you know what you wast suppose to do but you did it anyways so no i dont fill sorry for you i feel so about the kids
Anonymous's picture

What makes you give him so

What makes you give him so much respect? Just curious. A father that continues to do stupid things that get in the way of properly raising his many kids deserves no respect.
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