Tekashi 6ix9ine, the controversial rapper, was attacked and beaten by a group of men inside a sauna at a South Florida gym. His attorney, Lance Lazzaro, stated that the assailants attacked 6ix9ine without any warning, and he tried to defend himself, but they were too many, leaving him severely beaten. The rapper did not have any security with him at the time of the incident. Gym staff called the police and EMS, and he was rushed to a hospital. He suffered gashes, swelling, injuries to his jaw, ribs, and back.
The next step for 6ix9ine’s attorney is to call the Federal authorities to ensure the rapper’s protection. 6ix9ine received early release from federal prison after cooperating with authorities in securing the conviction of some gang member cohorts. His cooperation is currently not linked to the gym attack.
The rapper’s life has been marred by legal troubles, gang violence, and online trolling. He pleaded guilty to nine charges, including racketeering, conspiracy, and firearms offenses, but was sentenced to two years in prison with five years of supervision. As a result of the conviction, he was granted early release due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The gym attack raises questions about the rapper’s safety after cooperating with authorities against his gang affiliations. 6ix9ine is known for his brash personality, online trolling, and gang affiliations that got him involved in legal troubles. With the Federal authorities seeking protection for him, it remains to be seen how extensive his protection detail will be in the coming weeks. The incident also raises questions about the security measures at the gym and whether it should have increased security detail due to his past gang affiliations.