T.I. apologizes to public on eve of probation hearing: 'I'm tired'

TIImage Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesT.I. will face a federal judge in Atlanta this afternoon who could send him back to prison for allegedly violating his probation terms. With that moment of reckoning getting closer, the rapper sat down with CNN’s Don Lemon for a candid interview.

“I’m tired. I’m wore out,” T.I. told Lemon. “I don’t have the age, the energy or just the attitude to move forward and continuing in this cycle in this ongoing process of destruction and disparity in my life. I’ve got too many depending on me and counting on me. I can’t do it.”

He offered a heartfelt apology to those he has disappointed: “The only thing that I can say, man, is that all people who have supported me, who were behind me, who believed in me, who were disappointed and were let down, I just offered my sincerest apologies, and I will dedicate my life no matter how long it takes to earn your trust back and to make you proud yet again.”

T.I. also spoke on how he helped convince a man not to take his own life earlier this week: “I believe that I have been put here for a purpose, and I believe that I have an ability to reach people that most people can’t reach, that I can turn lives around that other people, they can’t have the same effect.”

T.I. and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested in September on alleged drug charges. He was already on probation for a 2008 weapons conviction. T.I.’s hearing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia is scheduled for 2 P.M. today. Check back at the Music Mix for updates on his case.

What do you think of T.I.’s apology? Do you think the judge will send him back to jail this afternoon? Speak up in the comments.

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  • Phil

    This sounds horrible…but I am dying to see if the Smoking Gun or something produces some kind of information that they can prove T.I. put the the suicidal jumper up to it, only so he could talk the dude down & look like a good Samaritan the week of his probation hearing. Maybe he really was just doing a good deed…I’ve been a T.I. fan for years, but seriously, the odds of this kind of thing happening, him hearing about it, getting down there, letting the cops talk to this guy…it just doesn’t add up to me. I’m sorry if this comment offends anyone, but when you got nothing left to plead with, you make your fate. Wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case.

  • Tisia Sims

    T.I, T.I I have a son who keeps saying how sorry he is and he won’t go back to prison, and guess where he is, So no no no I wouldn’t.

  • Jenaett

    he did mess up bad, but that’s HIS life. It is disappointing, and I can’t feel AS sorry for him as the last time, but its only eleven months. He has a chance to get back out there in the game when he’s done and I will still give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • jr

    Look if a man his age cant change for him self then he aint willing to do it of any one so stop with the sorry’s and be about you say i mean he gots all he needs in life wat more could he want?

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