Drugs are bad…… m’kay? Especially for your career.
T.I., the Atlanta MC caught with drugs along with his ex-singer wife, has been sentenced to 11 months in a federal prison. And Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch company that sells Vaseline, Axe body spray, Ragu, Lipton tea, Good Humor, Ben & Jerry’s and Breyers ice creams, and many other well known brands, has dropped the MC from his endorsement deal to hock the Axe brand. SOHH.com has the scoop right here.
T.I., born Clifford Joseph Harris, and his wife, reality star and former Xscape member Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested in September in West Hollywood, California for being found with ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine and tested positive for opiates.
At the sentencing, T.I. regretted his actions in front of U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr., says CNN:
“I screwed up. I screwed up big time, and I’m sorry. I’m truly and sincerely sorry. I don’t want and I don’t need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life. (I have been) “sincere in my message to kids that guns, gangs and drugs threaten your life and I mean it. I’ve lived the same life that those kids have. As I discovered in talking to my probation officer, I had many problems from my childhood. Now I am down to the disease of addiction. I need help. For me, my mother my kids. I need the court to give me mercy. Judge, don’t send me back to prison.”
A lot of good that did him.
T.I.’s lawyer Dwight Thomas told FreddyO.com about his disappointment:
“Of course we’re disappointed in the sentencing. At the same time, it’s far less than what the government asked for. [As far as serving the full sentence,] that’ll be up to the Bureau of Prisons, that’s not their usual policies but their policies are what were governed in this case. Of course he’s disappointed. This is not what he expected, this is not what he wants in his life at this point. The judge is giving him two weeks to self surrender…”
Pernell said during the sentencing:
“Mr. Harris has had the limit of second chances. (He) “dumped a lot of smut over all the experiment.”
But U.S. Attorney Sally Yates only got a raw deal, as she attempted to get the MC two years. Here’s her closing arguments:
“There has to be a significant consequence for undermining the [plea] agreement. He was supposed to be living what he was preaching.”
Earlier this month, T.I. saved a man from jumping from the Colony Squar Building in Atlanta. T.I. said in an interview with radio host Ryan Cameron:
“I’m not taking any credit. It could have been resolved in another way. The fact of the matter is God put me in a position, and put in my spirit to be in the position to help, and I can’t take any credit for that…I didn’t wake up this morning with the intentions of going down and helping hostage negotiators talk someone down off a ledge. I don’t think that could be in anyone’s plan of action. I don’t expect this to have any different impact on any of my circumstances. That wasn’t my motivation.”
A Unilever spokesman told TMZ.com that it was troubled by T.I. and offered only the following addendum:
“We will no longer feature T.I. in our promotional campaign.”
Nuff said about that, then.
As ye sow, so shall….. you get the idea.
See you in September 2011, T.I. Hope you learn from this. For real this time. No AXE in jail.
Columbia, SC, tell us what you think.