Troubled rapper T.I. has been through the ringer over the past month. After being released from an Arkansas prison to an Atlanta halfway house on Aug. 31, T.I. was removed the next day and sent to an Atlanta prison after prison officials claimed he violated his furlough agreement. Now, as T.I.’s legal team works to clear up the issue, his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, has stepped forward to defend her husband, claiming prison officials are targeting him because he’s a famous rapper.
“It’s important that the world know how unfair he’s being treated on such minor charges … all because he’s T.I.,” said Harris in a recent interview with TMZ, adding that her husband is a victim of celebrity and the government’s attack on rappers. “There are way more dangerous and carefree [celebrities] that get slapped on the wrist and sent on their way.”
Harris also explains that T.I.’s prison drama has not only affected her, but also the lives of their children.
“Our family needs [him] … and because of someone’s personal vendetta against him, we have to watch our kids’ sad faces everyday when he still doesn’t show up at home,” said Harris.
Harris, who’s stood by T.I.s side since their drug-related September 2010 arrest and his subsequent 11-month prison sentence, quickly came to his defense, last week, when the rapper was first sent back to prison.
“T.I. is one of the strongest individuals I know … and they just trying to break him in more ways than one and it’s not gonna work! ‘Cause what God got for him, can’t no man take that away … period!” said Harris.
T.I. is scheduled to be released from custody on Sept. 29. – nicholas robinson