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‘LHHATL’ star Scrapp DeLeon shares insight from his prison experiences

ROLLINGOUT.COM — As seen on “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” rap artist and television personality Scrapp DeLeon is known as the ladies man.

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By Regine Stepherson

As seen on “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” rap artist and television personality Scrapp DeLeon is known as the ladies man who always finds a way inside a love triangle. Now that he’s out of prison and back at home, however, viewers get to see a glimpse of how he’s become a changed man — in mind and in heart.

DeLeon recently sat down for an exclusive interview with rolling out and opened up about his experience in prison and how it has shaped his life personally and professionally.

How did your setback change your mindset from then to now?

When I was in prison, I actually utilized that time to strengthen myself physically, mentally and spiritually. I took that time to develop and mature. When you sit in a cell and you’re by yourself, you have a lot of time to re-evaluate everything and self-reflect, so I just took that time to master self — self-confidence, self-esteem, self-control, self-love, all of these things with myself — so I just really learned who I am and found my purpose.

Do you think being a part of a gang or a mob is a part of the survival guide in prison?

It’s unfortunate, but gangs run the prison. Whether you’re a Crip or Blood, GD [Gangster Disciple], it’s sectioned off into organizations. You have Muslims — and, actually, I’m Muslim — so in the prison system, they like to consider us a gang since there are so many Muslims. But being a part of a gang from what I have seen can make it a lot harder due to the affiliation, so if something is going on with the Crips, you’ve got to ride for them regardless [of] whatever it is. But at the end of the day, when you [are] a solid individual and you [are] a real person, they feel that. So, if you just [are] who you are, you really don’t have anything to worry about.

Would you say that you found people in prison who you could call family or friends?

Most definitely. [There are] a lot of real men in prison — and what I mean by real men, I mean men who just take care of their family despite their situation, what they stand for and their morals and integrity — and a lot of them won’t be coming home to their kids, wives or mothers. I definitely met some people that I would consider friends who kept me on the right path. It would be a time or two where [I was] about to get into something [when they] told me, “Scrapp, you need to go home to your kids. Be real to Papii and King, forget the other two.” So, I definitely have some individuals that I got love for and all my Muslim brothers, of course.

Click here to watch the full interview.

This article originally appeared in Rollingout.com.

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VIce President Kamala Harris confident Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ‘will be 1 of the greatest’

ROLLING OUT — In an exclusive interview with rolling out president Rashad Richey, US Vice President Kamala Harris shares her take on HBCU funding, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Russia/Ukraine situation and more.
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In an exclusive interview with rolling out president Rashad Richey, US Vice President Kamala Harris shares her take on HBCU funding, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Russia/Ukraine situation and more.

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Ex-NFL star Chris Johnson accused of masterminding murder-for-hire scheme

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Prosecutors relied on testimony from the informant, who alleged that Johnson forked over a handsome stack of bills to have rising gang member Dominic Bolden kill the suspected shooters. The informant said Bolden successfully carried out the murderous mission, killing one of the suspected drive-by shooters on Jan. 19, 2016, and the other on June 24 of the same year.

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Former star NFL running back Chris Johnson. (Image source: Instagram – @chrisjohnsontwo8)

By Terry Shropshire, RollingOut.com

Former NFL star running back Chris Johnson is accused of planning and financing a successful “murder-for-hire” scheme that left two dead and being heavily involved in a major drug trafficking operation in central Florida, prosecutors allege.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, an informant claimed that Johnson sought and obtained retribution after alleged gang members shot him and killed his friend in a drive-by shooting in Orlando, Florida, on March 8, 2015.

Prosecutors relied on testimony from the informant, who alleged that Johnson forked over a handsome stack of bills to have rising gang member Dominic Bolden kill the suspected shooters. The informant said Bolden successfully carried out the murderous mission, killing one of the suspected drive-by shooters on Jan. 19, 2016, and the other on June 24 of the same year.

Bolden’s reward was multipronged, the informant said in an affidavit, according to the documents obtained by TMZ. Not only did Bolden get the bag for killing Johnson’s gang enemies, but he also rose up the ranks of the local gang in Florida, eventually becoming the “de facto leader” of the drug trafficking organization (DTO). Thirdly, Johnson allegedly provided seed money and a major contact in order for Bolden to traffic as much narcotics as possible, according to the documents.

Neither the state’s attorney’s office nor the Florida attorney general returned media inquiries to confirm this information.

Johnson, 34, who last played in the NFL in 2017, has not been charged with any crime and vehemently denied involvement in any murder or drug operation through his representative.

The former star running back rose to national fame when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the Tennessee Titans, a rare feat in the NFL. He played six of his 10 seasons with the Titans before being traded to the New York Jets.

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NBA player tests positive for COVID-19, rest of season suspended indefinitely

ROLLINGOUT — Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert has contracted COVID-19 ESPN reports. But the sports news station stated that Gobert was not in the arena at the time he discovered that he has the virus.

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The National Basketball Association has just decided to suspend the rest of the season due to the coronavirus, ESPN reported at about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

The NBA commissioner and the owners have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus after one of its star players tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert has contracted COVID-19, ESPN reports. But the sports news station stated that Gobert was not in the arena at the time he discovered that he has the virus.

When the NBA learned of Gobert’s condition, the NBA leaders met up and decided to immediately halt the current Jazz game and then decided to quit playing.

The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets, however, are allowed to continue to play out their game in Texas as owner Mark Cuban and some in the arena have just come to grips with this shocking news.

Cuban relayed that he is in shock at how fast this pandemic is developing and the catastrophic economic and health ramifications that appear to be headed the country’s way. He also said many of the players know of what is happening as Cuban overheard players talking on the bench about Gobert and the NBA season suspension.

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