Killer Mike was allegedly involved in a “ physical altercation » inside the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Killer Mike was arrested at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, shortly after winning three trophies.
An LAPD source told WECB that Michael Santiago Render (Killer Mike’s real name) was handcuffed and arrested after an alleged ” physical altercation » inside the arena involving a third person. Render was questioned and then incarcerated for assault and battery, according to the LAPD. He was released Sunday evening on his own recognizance.
Breaking: Rapper Killer Mike has been taken away in handcuffs in https://t.co/aF2yiyTHol arena after winning 3 #Grammys during telecast (Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Scientists & Engineers,” Best Rap Album for Michael) “Free Mike” someone shouts as he walks past. pic.twitter.com/4epfmzqMt8
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 5, 2024
Video captured by Chris Gardner, from Hollywood Reporter, shows Render being taken away in handcuffs.
The arrest took place shortly after the rapper went into the press room to answer questions about his victory, delighted to have been recognized after more than 20 years in hip-hop. “ It’s an absolutely awesome feeling.did he declare. If you feel like some people are reaching the finish line first, don’t worry. Keep running your race. The only thing stopping you is your imagination. It is our responsibility to be great in each of our actions. »
This is the first time Killer Mike has won a Grammy for his solo work. His first victory dates back more than twenty years, in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group category, alongside Outkast for “ The Whole World “. Render did not address the incident on social media after his detention.
Ironically, Render’s father was a police officer in Atlanta. In 2014, he told The Fader that his father wanted him and his siblings to be ” good citizens “, but that he did not want them to join the police force. Render referenced his father in 2020, during an emotional press conference, amid intense protests following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. “ I’m the son of an Atlanta police officer. My cousin is a police officer in Atlanta…. I have a lot of love and respect for police officers “, he declared alongside Keisha Lance Bottoms, then mayor of Atlanta, and rapper T.I. He also appealed to the residents of Atlanta to stop looting and burning establishments in the neighborhood.
He stated : “ I have to be here to simply say that it is your duty not to burn your own house down because of the anger you feel toward an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own home so that it can be a refuge in times of organization. »