T.I. Talks Suicidal Man off 22-story Ledge
This story is so ridiculous I had to cross-reference it on three different websites before taking it seriously. Via the Associated Press:
Police got unexpected help talking a suicidal man down from an Atlanta skyscraper on Wednesday when rapper T.I. showed up.
Officer James Polite says the hip-hop star joined the crowd outside the 22-story office building in midtown Wednesday and told officers he wanted to help. Police said the man agreed to come down in exchange for a few minutes face-to-face with T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris.
“I told him it ain’t that bad. It’ll get better, to put the time and effort into making it better,” T.I. said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “I just reminded him know that I know. It looks bad right now, but it can turn around.”
T.I. said he heard about the situation on the radio and drove to the building to help. He recorded a video of himself on a cell phone and rescue workers took it to the man to prove the rapper was really there.
This stunning display of humanity from the rapper couldn’t have come at a better time. T.I. is facing jailtime after being arrested on drug charges, a clear violation of his parole. Who knows how this could help him in the sentencing phase of his crimes, but it definitely can’t hurt him. To listen to T.I. discuss the jumper incident, click here.