BET Hip-Hop Awards Suspended After Rick Ross and Young Jeezy Fight Erupts (Report)
UPDATED: The Atlanta Police Department says no arrests were made and no shots were fired in a brawl allegedly involving entourages connected to the Def Jam recording artists. BET blames the incident on the "misjudgment of select attendees."
A feud between Def Jam artists Rick Ross and Young Jeezy reportedly came to blows—and possibly gunfire—during Saturday’s taping of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The confrontation between the men’s entourages escalated from words to “pushing and shoving,” reports HipHop Dx, citing on-the-scene tweets from HOT 97's Funkmaster Flex.
Jeezy and Rick Ross just had words backstage!! Pushing and shoving!!!— Funk Flex !!!!!(@funkmasterflex) September 29, 2012
Beef just spread to the parking lot!!!— Funk Flex !!!!!(@funkmasterflex) September 29, 2012
Shots fired in parking lot!!! Gunman arrested!!! Back to the show and Club later!!!— Funk Flex !!!!!(@funkmasterflex) September 29, 2012
Complex reports the fight moved to the parking lot, with the sound of gunshots and a police arrest of a gunman following. Machine Gun Kelly tweeted he was injured in the fracas: "Got mase in my eyes. That beef shit just got real outside."
The awards show taping was reportedly put on pause and the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center was locked down. The awards resumed soon after, and Ross is said to have made an appearance onstage to perform “Hold Me Back” and “Ice Cold." It's unclear whether this happened before or after the alleged brawl, though multiple people claiming to be at the show have tweeted Ross appeared after.
TMZ is reporting an Atlanta Police Department spokesperson confirmed there was a fight, but said no arrests were made:
"Shortly after 7:15 pm Saturday, a fight broke out in the parking lot at the Atlanta Civic Center (where the BET Awards were being taped) between two groups," the spokesperson told TMZ. "Atlanta Police Department officers on scene responded to break up the fight and used OC spray in the process. Individuals fled the scene. There were no arrests or reports of serious injuries. Reports of shots fired appear to be untrue."
Ross and Young Jeezy were once collaborators, but have been involved in a feud for the past several years. Reps for the artists did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
BET later issued a statement that read:
"BET Networks works very hard to bring the best in entertainment to the city of Atlanta. For the past 7 years BET has celebrated the true art form of Hip Hop. Due to some misjudgment of select attendees, it is unfortunate that certain incidents took place. BET Networks does not condone any type of violence. Local authorities are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."
The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards air Oct. 9.