Fabolous Says Street Family Are Rappers Not Robbers, Denies Being On Scene Night Of Friend's Murder
Fab's attorney has maintained from the beginning that his client was not at Duvet, a popular Chelsea nightclub in New York City, where last month, Fabolous associate, Shamel McKinney, was stabbed to death.
The rapper (born John Jackson) said he spent Thanksgiving night, the night of McKinney's death, with his family at his New Jersey home, no where near the city.
"On Thanksgiving, I think I came out of the house one time - to go get eggnog," Fab told New York's Daily News. "And there wasn't any eggnog at Club Duvet."
But a promoter puts Fabolous on the scene that fateful night, insisting that he's the one who invited the rapper to the party and that Fabolous and his crew had a verbal altercation with a bouncer at the door.
Fab said not only was he not there, he didn't even find out about McKinney's murder until he "woke up to the bad news" the next morning.
"It was very much a shock to me," the rapper said. "When you hear stuff happened to bad guys, you're like, 'Okay, yeah, it was coming to them.' Shamel's not that kind of person. I was waiting to hear more of the story. Unfortunately, when I heard the story, I ended up being in it.
Police are investigating a theory that McKinney, a father of two with a rap sheet, was stabbed while attempting to rob someone of a chain. Cops believe he is a member of an alleged group of thieves that go by the name Street Family.
Sources have said the group is known for staking out clubs for celebs and snatching their jewelry. Fabolous who is associated with the group, denies those allegations.
"I in no way support criminal activity," Fab said, calling Street Family "a crew of rappers," not "a gang of street homies."
"Most of the people that are around me work in association with what I do in the music business," he continued. "I don't have any hangers-on. I can't really afford them. I'm the kind of person, if I do wrong, I'm going to stand up as a man and say, 'All right I did this and I deserve whatever's going to get done,' But to be wrongfully accused or attacked because of your celebrity, I have to stand up for myself."
A suspect in the murder, 25-year-old Anthony Taylor, was arrested in Atlanta earlier this month and scheduled to be brought to New York for questioning.