In a video posted to his Instagram page on Tuesday night (August 30), the H-Town rapper shared his side of the story of the physical altercation, which took place after 50’s celebrity basketball game at the Fertitta Center over the weekend.
Trae refuted the narrative that he “ambushed” Z-Ro (who is his cousin) and revealed they spoke for roughly two hours the day after the fight. While he didn’t go into detail about what sparked the scuffle, he chalked it down to family drama that has been brewing for some time.
“I’m going to address this one time and one time only,” he said. “I feel like I’m at a point in my life where I’m not finna sit here and let stuff just linger around. But I do feel I owe it to people to know — especially people who really rock with me and know the situation that they trying to paint, the narrative they’re painting — that shit is false.
“It wasn’t no 7-on-1 situation. It wasn’t no blindside ambush. That’s not what this is. This is family business, internal stuff that’s been going on for 10, 15 years that’s probably been building up and just spilled over into shit.”
Trae also shut down the chatter from those who don’t know the full facts of the fight or their family history, while reiterating he has “no hate” for Z-Ro.
“If any way I feel disrespected, I’ma stand up,” he added. “I’m a man, I’m human. Sometimes we do things out of emotion that may mess us up sometimes. Sometimes we do things that we feel is right … We’ve been fighting our whole life, our whole family always fight. It’s just different now because it’s always cameras, it’s always social media and people with opinions.
“It ain’t no hate for that man. I’m never going to let nobody hurt or harm him. As far as the blogs, as far as everybody who had something to say that I’m seeing, you gotta keep that same energy. For those that really rock with me, if I let y’all down, that’s on me, I stand on that and I accept my accountability … I’m not gonna let people keep adding fuel to the fire.”
Footage of Trae Tha Truth and Z-Ro’s fight surfaced on Tuesday, showing Z-Ro balled up on the ground as someone repeatedly punches him. Several people pull the man off Z-Ro, who then quickly gets back up ready to fight.
Trae can be seen restraining the man attacking Z-Ro. Trae and his entourage then appeared to make verbal threats until police ultimately intervene.
“[I was] minding my business and when I walked outside, I’m called over to the side of sprinter van and [Trae] was like, ‘Ay, when you get finished doin’ that, come take this walk with me right quick,” he told TMZ.
“I was like, ‘You talkin’ to me?’ I had to make sure he was talking to me ’cause I mean, I see you everywhere, you see me everywhere. So when I walked over there, the only thing I saw after that was this [gestures to being punched in the face].”
He continued: “When the video comes on, it’s me making sure, like, you know, I’m not gon’ go home looking like I just fought a football team. I don’t even live my life like that. I got too much positive shit goin’ on, I obviously didn’t expect no shit like that, really.
“I thought it was gon’ be where it’s a change and to be honest, I thought it was a conversation that needed to be had, I guess for the last decade … It would have been something that I would have appreciated, the conversation.”