A Black man at home minding his business and jamming to some old-school hip hop, had the cops called on him because his neighbors thought he was beating up his fiancée but instead he was spitting a line from Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” rhyme.
And if you’re familiar with the tail-end proclamation of the song’s chorus — “a b*tch ain’t one” of the 99 problems the rapper professes to have.
However, Spring Hill, Tenn., resident Davon Eddington explains to police were called to his home due to a nosey neighbor who was eavesdropping and got the facts all wrong.
Eddington said he was in his backyard and talking on the phone with his brother about basketball and LA Lakers’ star LeBron James.The conversation got animated as if often does with sports enthusiasts, and Eddington said his brother called him a bandwagon fan, he hit back with the line from the popular rhyme, “I got 99 problems, but a b*tch ain’t one.”
The nosey neighbor took that as a cue to intervene and called the cops and reported that Eddington was committing a violent act on his partner. His fiancée, however, was busy taking a bath.
“I ended up walking around to the front of my house, and that’s when I was met by police with their guns drawn,” Eddington recalled. “Then another officer came around and said, ‘No, no, no, this isn’t happening. We heard the conversation and he’s been on the phone the whole time.’ ”
TMZ confirmed they received a police report which says the officers arrived to Eddington’s home after the neighbor told them he heard Eddington say he had “99 problems and this bitch ain’t one.”
Once the officers realized it was a misunderstanding, they apologized. They called it a case of being “swatted,” which means the neighbor made a false 911 call as a harassment tactic and to trigger police to respond to a person’s address.
“I’ve never met the guy at all, so maybe he doesn’t want me in the neighborhood,” he added.