Yung Joc Talks Gun Charge, "I Would Never Deliberately Commit An Act That Would Jeopardize My Freedo

ImageAfter facing arrest for bringing a loaded gun to an airport, rapper Yung Joc has issued a statement maintaining his innocence.

"I have the utmost respect for the laws of this country and would never deliberately commit an act that would jeopardize my freedom, my family, or my career," Joc said via his lawyer, Stanley Jackson Jr.

Joc (real name Jasiel Robinson) was arrested at a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport security checkpoint on Sunday, Dec. 23 and charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Authorities found a semiautomatic handgun and ammunition in his carry-on luggage.

Joc failed to appear in court for his arraignment on Wednesday morning, prompting prosecutors to request a warrant for his arrest, which was revoked when the rapper finally showed up seven hours late.

Joc left the courthouse on Wednesday without comment, but according to TMZ.com, issued the statement yesterday expressing frustration that the arrest has overshadowed his positive deeds.

"I've worked very hard to achieve my goals, and it's unfortunate that this current situation has garnered more attention than the many donations I've made and the charitable work I've done with various organizations," he said.

Joc also went on to speak about his innocence; he previously told police he was not aware the gun was in his luggage.

"I'm proud to be a citizen of America, where we are taught to believe that every person is afforded the presumption of innocence," Joc said. "That being said, I have full respect for the judicial system and its due process. I look forward to resolving this situation and moving forward to a positive and prosperous 2008."

The Atlanta rapper's next court date is January 25, 2008.