Diddy’s former bodyguard is raising eyebrows over a new claim he’s making over Tupac’s death.
During an interview with The Art of Dialogue, Gene Deal accused the Los Angeles Police Department of being responsible for the West Coast hip-hop legend’s passing, referencing remarks Suge Knight allegedly made that implicated the agency.
“Suge said that Rafael Pérez and David Mack was trying to kill him — those are the same people that was trying to kill B.I.G.,” he said about the former officers accused of conspiring with Suge to murder the Brooklyn rapper. “‘Cause David Mack and Pérez were seen at the scene! They got pictures of them at the scene! Pérez was picking up bullets at the scene! Cops know you do not mess with the evidence… They couldn’t get Puff, and B.I.G. was collateral damage.”
The interviewer then retorted: “So you’re saying that the same people that killed Biggie are the same people that killed 2Pac: LAPD?”
“If Suge says, ‘If you solve one murder, you solve them both,’ I gotta go with the eyewitness,” Deal replied. “I don’t know why Suge would say that when Keefe D says that it was him, Orlando and Dre and them in the car together, but why would Suge say [that]? He said that in the documentary.
“I just believe that somebody was made to say something, and I hope the Vegas Police Department do their due diligence and get down to the bottom of it and make the truth come out,” he added. “It don’t take a rocket scientist for this, man.”
When pressed on a possible motive for the LAPD to want Tupac dead, Deal said the rapper suspected that someone at Death Row Records was stealing money from him and implied that the alleged thief had hired dirty cops to carry out the hit.
“What’s the root of all evil? Money,” he said. “Somebody wanted control of some money. Some people were spending money that they shouldn’t have been spending money. Some people were stealing money that they shouldn’t have been stealing. Some people had money that they shouldn’t have had.
“I think, if I heard correctly, 2Pac put an audit in two or three weeks prior to his murder and started firing people and trying to figure out where his money was at and where it was going. So now, if you’ve been stealing money and you inside and everything could be connected to you, what are you gonna do?”
Watch the full interview below.