Report: Rick Ross and Young Jeezy Brawl at the BET Hip-Hop Awards

Despite rumors, Atlanta police say no shots were fired

(Left) Rick Ross performs at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Right) Young Jeezy visits BET Studios on December 16, 2011 in New York City.
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September 30, 2012 9:35 AM ET

A brawl broke out Saturday night at the taping of the BET Hip-Hop awards in Atlanta, the Associated Press reports.

The incident reportedly began in the backstage area of the Atlanta Civic Center with pushing and shoving between the camps of Young Jeezy and Rick Ross. The fight soon spilled out into the parking lot, and police were called to break it up at around 7:30 p.m.

Rumors of a wild escalation quickly spread; Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex tweeted from the show, "Shots fired in parking lot!!! Gunman arrested!!!" But an Atlanta Police Department spokesman said there were no arrests, no shots fired, and no serious injuries resulting from the brawl.

The scuffle broke out while a tribute to hip-hop manager Chris Lighty, who committed suicide in August, was taking place onstage. According the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, most of the fans inside the Civic Center were unaware of the events taking place outside, though the building was temporarily locked down during the fight. 

BET later addressed the incident in a statement on its website:

"BET Networks works very hard to bring the best in entertainment to the city of Atlanta. For the past 7 years BET has celebrated the true art form of Hip Hop. Due to some misjudgment of select attendees, it is unfortunate that certain incidents took place. BET Networks does not condone any type of violence. Local authorities are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."

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