While initial reports speculated that the rapper punched a man that was taunting him on Twitter throughout the event, Wale maintained that he just “mushed him a little bit.” “It was just a dude that was like, ‘I’mma kick your ass. I better not see you here,'” Wale said. MTV reports that the rapper eventually confronted the man once he found out where he was in the audience.
According to HotNewHipHop, the man Tweeted “Did wale just walk by?! Nahhh b he better come collect this fade” as well as “You at Monday night raw fuckboy?”
Describing the confrontation itself, Wale said he was mindful of children in the audience. “I was like, ‘Yo, is this you?’” Wale said. “And one thing lead to another, and I just kind of mushed him a little bit. Honestly, if there wasn’t kids right there, it would have went a little bit differently, but I just wanted to be conscious of them. It’s not to say it was the right decision. But in the moment, you know.”
“People get it misconstrued,” he added. “Like, ‘Oh, you’re so butt-hurt.’ It’s not even that. I come from a place where when we was at the lunch table and niggas was jonesing on each other, I’ll respond. I’m gonna have something better, too. And now we’ve come to a place where, if you respond, you’re a bitch. Somebody could say ‘Fuck you’ 100 times, if I say ‘fuck you’ back, then I’m a bitch. And people be like, ‘You’re famous, you shouldn’t care…I care what people say because I try to be a man of the people.”
“I just don’t understand, [in] society, why we champion people like that in this day and age,” he said. “I remember when people used to admire real people that stand behind their words or are stand-up men. I come from that. I had to address him as such. It wasn’t nothing really serious.”
A short video of the incident is available below.