ABC- Rapper Busta Rhymes has been charged with assault after allegedly throwing a protein drink at a Manhattan gym employee.
Authorities say 43-year-old Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr., was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The incident happened at Steel Gym in the city's Chelsea neighborhood.
A spokesman for the New York Police Department says the Brooklyn-born rapper and the worker had been involved in a dispute that escalated. He says Rhymes allegedly threw a 17-ounce cardboard container of strawberry protein drink at the man, hitting him in the head. It wasn't immediately known if there were injuries.
I have one rule about going to the gym. Stay out of people's way as much as possible. No one wants to be there as is, and they certainly don't want to get into confrontations with other people who don't want to be there. That goes ten fold for a gym employee. If we are being honest I don't even know what the fuck gym employees do. I can tell you what they don't do. They don't make sure weights are put back in the proper place. They don't make sure people go about their workouts in a timely manner to ensure the convenience of those waiting on machines. They definitely don't sell memberships. It's a gym. Either you want to work out or you don't want to work out. The person asking you to sign your own death sentence isn't going to convince you to join a gym. Gyms (and the never ending pursuit of a body you aren't ashamed of) sell themselves. The cover of Men's Health or Cosmo has sold more gym memberships than even the most successful manager at Gold's. I can't think of a more self-sufficient business in the world than a fitness center. So when Busta Rhymes ends up getting into a fight with a gym employee it's all but a guarantee that words were exchanged between the two parties. I think we can all agree that any words spoken by a gym worker to a gym goer are fight worthy. Especially when spoke to man that undoubtedly consumes steroids like Tic-Tacs.
When someone wastes something that has a high value in an attempt to shame someone else then it's safe bet that the person doing the wasting is in the right. Have you ever seen a girl throw a drink in a guy's face and assume that the guy didn't deserve it? Hell, throwing a protein shake purchased in a Manhattan gym is like throwing a stack of my money at someone's head. A NYC protein shake probably has the same retail value as a Cosmopolitan at an uppity lower East Side bar. It's the equivalent of liquid gold. If you get your hands on 40 grams of muscle fuel than you never let that shit go, I don't care how rich you are. For Busta Rhymes to throw a protein shake at a gym employee he had to value that man's pain more than a $15, 17 ounce chalky beverage that promotes muscle growth. For someone that looks like he hasn't done anything besides lifting and eating in the last 5 years, risking a longer recovery period is like risking his livelihood. If you make Busta Rhymes risk his livelihood then I have no doubts you deserve whatever comes to you...like an overpriced strawberry beverage to the back of the head.
P.S. 2 to 1 odds this started over a trainer suggesting that Busta mix in some cardio.