T.I. Put TMZ On Blast For Coverage Of Sister's Death
T.I. has put TMZ on blast and called for a boycott on the publication after they posted a story on the death of his late sister, Precious Harris. The site reported that the Fulton County Medical Examiner found cocaine in Precious' system at the time of her death.
As previously reported, Precious was hospitalized following a car accident. She later passed away.
Following TMZ publishing the story, Tip took to social media to call out the site and its founder, Harvey Levin. The rapper said, "TMZ and Harvey, yall been profiting off of people's pain. People die, people around them, the families who's grieving, y'all are putting information out there that really disrupts their grieving process. But see, for the most part, what we do is, we look the other way. You know why? because those people are celebrities. Ain't nobody feel sorry for celebrities they rich. They live the life that they want, they live the way that nobody else can live. Why should we feel sorry for them? Yeah, I get that."
He went on to say, "And as long as you’ve known me, Harvey, I’ve been respectful, I’ve been cordial, I been polite, I been kind, I been fair … you just burned that bridge. I hope your story was worth it. You just burned a bridge. To not just me, everybody around me. All my family. Anybody who stand wit me, anybody who stood wit Precious … will not stand wit you. That go for the Deltas sorority, I need all ya’ll, stand the f**k up, ok? That go for all the children in the communities that she taught, that she mentored, ok? That go for all the generations, from sh*t, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s to now."
Tip added that those who were affected by his sister need to stand up and boycott TMZ, saying, "Whoever had any kinda love for my sister -- man, stand up and f**k these people, man. I don’t give a f**k about your story. And anybody else who follows behind them and runs that story. N***a, don't come in my... N***a, don’t say sh*t to me, ever. Don’t at me for no quote, n***a, no picture, n***a, no godd*mn interview, n***a. N***a, nothing! Don’t cut that TMZ sh*t on your TV. Don’t go online. If you follow them, unfollow 'em."
TMZ has since acknowledged that they were wrong for posting the Medical Examiber's official findings on Precious' cause of death. In a separate story, titled "T.I. Posting Sister's Cause Of Death Was Inappropriate And Wrong," the site said, "Earlier Thursday, we posted a story about T.I.'s sister, Precious Harris Chapman, and reported the Medical Examiner's official findings on her cause of death ... we were wrong to do it. T.I. and his family are hurt and furious, and they have a point." The site wrote a bio on Precious' life and expressed their regret for posting the Medical Examiner's findings.