*The fan who tweeted a picture of a little girl at gunpoint to J. Cole, demanding that the rapper retweet his message or “I’ll kill my lil sister,” has issued an apology for his actions.
On Tuesday, the same day J. Cole officially released his latest album, “Born Sinner,” he retweeted the threat sent from Twitter user “ @_TzC_” It read in full:
“Retweet me and I’ll buy ‘Born Sinner.’ Don’t retweet me and I’ll kill my lil sister.”
The attached photo showed a girl standing with a gun pointed at her head.
At the time, J. Cole responded to the tweet, “wildest s*** i ever seen on twitter bruh.”
@_TzC_ first posted the statement late Monday night, and since then has tweeted that he’s been “ripped apart” by other users — not to mention that the police have gotten involved.
“My mom is so mad at me…. I gotta go into hiding for a lil while,” he shared, later replying to one inquirer, “(I)t was a BB gun. Cops came to my house and everything.”
In a statement to TMZ, he offered an apology: “I’d like to apologize to America for the photo and to put J. Cole in that position. It was all a joke. It was an unloaded BB gun and my sister was in on it. I only tweeted it because I didn’t expect a response. Mr. Cole please don’t sue me. I want to formally apologize more to J. Cole and yeah my mom made me delete my twitter until I fixed it.”
Police in New Braunfels, Texas, are investigating the tweet’s alleged author. Capt. John McDonald said the BB gun was unloaded and he called the post a lapse in judgment. The Twitter user has been cooperative in visits to the department, he said.
There has been no decision on charges, which would be misdemeanors if pursued, McDonald said on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Twitter user in question was still posting, as he told his followers: “I make terrible decisions. Don’t admire me. … I’m not a bad person, I’m just stupid.”