I know what you’re thinking, there’s no way a nosy white person would call the cops on a black man because they were eavesdropping and heard him reciting lyrics to a song. Well, you would be wrong.
According to TMZ, Davon Eddington was having a beer in his Spring Hill, Tenn., backyard, talking with his brother about the Los Angeles Lakers’ newest superstar LeBron James, insisting that he would not become a Lakers fan overnight.
“He was like, ‘You’re already a Lakers fan!’” Eddington told TMZ in a video. “I was like, ‘I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.’”
Eddington says he walked around to the front of the house and discovered police with their guns drawn. The police eventually told him that his neighbor had listened in on his conversation and called the authorities, alleging that Eddington was beating his fiancee, who was upstairs taking a bath.
A police report obtained by TMZ shows that Eddington’s neighbor called 911 after hearing him cursing outside in his yard, informing the call operator that Eddington said he had “99 problems and this bitch at [sic] one.”
Eddington says that the cops told him it was a misunderstanding, but he says that this isn’t the first run-in he’s had with the neighbor, even though he’s never met the man personally.
“Maybe he doesn’t want me in the neighborhood,” Eddington theorized.
The police didn’t press charges; that may be the surprise here. But, we can now add “reciting rap lyrics” to the list of things [whatever adjective you can come up with that’s vastly greater than triggered] white people will call the cops for on black people. The list includes:
- Sitting at Starbucks with other white people
- Playing golf
- Being 9-years-old and your backpack accidentally brushes up against someone
I think you get where I’m going here… It’s exhausting being Black in America.
h/t The Root