Last week Creed‘s Scott Stapp left the internet wide eyed and wondering with his story about the time T.I. came to his rescue after he had tried to jump from his penthouse suite’s balcony. Stapp covered most of the big questions — Did they know each other? Yes, they had worked together on the Passion of The Christ compilation and they both love Alabama football. Why was T.I. there? He had checked into the last room, at the last minute. What’s T.I.’s favorite Creed song? Just kidding, Carrie Keagan must have asked that during the commercial break. — but left us with one nagging one: why would they wait so long to share such an unlikely and miraculous story?
T.I. called in to VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live this morning to share his side of the story, and in his telling he explained why he’s kept the heroic act under wraps for so long. First prefacing that “you got to keep in mind that my life has been rather eventful since 2006,” he took us back to that day at the Delano. He and his crew had just checked in, and they were out on the balcony taking in the view when all of a sudden they noticed a groaning above them:
We heard groans, moans, just sounds coming from the ceiling above the balcony. So we stepped back and looked up and saw there was a dude up there. We didn’t know who he was, he didn’t know who we was, we just kind of exchanged a little dialogue about how he got up there and what all had happened in the hours before. And soon after that, we kind of came to the conclusion that we should call some help. We asked him if he was cool with us calling some help, he said it was alright. So, you know, we called the authorities and the ambulance came and got him down.
Contrary to Stapp’s side of the story, T.I. says he didn’t know that the man he saved was Stapp until days later. And as to why he’s been hush on his heroic act until now, he says that’s just how he does. “We operate on a don’t ask, don’t tell basis,” he explained with a laugh, “and only those that were present need to know.”
In the next round, we hope to hear about the collaborative rap/rock song T.I. and Stapp will write about that faithful day. Carrie, how does tomorrow’s show work for you?