Rap star empathizes with Trayvon Martin's parents.
T.I. is very clear on how he would've reacted to George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict, if he were Trayvon Martin's father. With six children, Tip certainly has no qualms about defending his offspring, which he explained during a stop at North Carolina's Power 98 FM.
After calling the verdict "bulls---," the Hustle Gang leader (in town for the America's Most Wanted tour) commended Martin's parents for their non-violent reaction. "My hat goes off to the Martin family because if it was me and my child, it wouldn't have been no trial," he said. “I’d have been on trial. It would’ve been the trial of the father who killed the man who killed [his child]. That would have been my story. My hat goes off because [the Martin family] are much more clear and level-headed thinkers than me.”
Zimmerman's controversial acquittal has drawn ire from many, including entertainers. Among those siding with the Martin family are Jay Z and Beyoncé, who recently attended a New York City rally alongside Trayvon's mother, Sabrina Fulton. Rick Ross jumped in the fray this week with "I Wonder Why," a track in which he references the youngster's last night alive: "Now I'm being followed by some creepy a-- cracker/ Stand your ground, stand your ground/You gotta' stand your ground."
Zimmerman hasn't been seen publicly since being absolved in the shooting. Over the weekend the 29-year-old was reportedly pulled over for speeding in Texas and told cops he had a registered gun in the glove compartment. He was let go with a warning.
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