T.I. is opening up after confronting Apollo Nida about a tweet he sent his followers regarding the Atlanta rapper. Last week, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast mate pled guilty in an Atlanta courthouse to charges of mail, wire and bank fraud. While Nida faces up to 30 years in prison, he copped a plea bargain with the government, and part of the terms include agreeing to become an informant.
Nida took to Twitter to defend his decision, and implied that T.I. had agreed to a similar deal when he was arrested in 2009. Nida, whose real name is Clifford Harris, since deleted the tweet. In 2009, T.I. was sent to prison for one year and one day on federal weapons charges.
T.I. did not appreciate being called a snitch. On radio show “The Big Tigger Show” this week, he said: “I don’t have no slandering. If you’re going to tell the truth on me that’s fine. Anybody got something to say about me, make sure it’s the truth. If it ain’t the truth, just be ready to see me [sic].”
After Nida posted the tweet last week, the rapper confronted him in a parking lot. In a recorded video, T.I. can be heard telling Nida that their cases are not similar at all, apparently to keep his name out of it.
On the radio show, he encouraged people to look up the information themselves before believing Nida. “The wonderful thing about the federal government and the United States is that all agreements, plea agreements are public record so you can pull Clifford Joseph Harris,” T.I. said. “It’s all out there, man, so you can pull my agreement up.”
Meanwhile, Nida has been under investigation by the federal government on charges of stealing people’s identities to apply for loans and create more than 40 fraudulent bank accounts. An investigation into the operation began in February 2012, and he was subsequently charged with bank fraud and identity theft.
In court, Nida said he takes "full responsibility for my actions" and admitted "it was a dumb situation I put myself in." If he serves time in prison, it won’t be for the first time. Nida served time from 2004 to 2009 for auto title fraud.