Rick Ross: “Offensive” Rape Lyrics One of “My Biggest Mistakes and Regrets”

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Rick Ross released a formal statement on Friday, apologizing for song lyrics that seemingly condoned rape. As Gossip Cop previously reported, the rapper came under fire for the Rocko song “U.O.E.N.O.,” where he rhymes, “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” Molly is a slang term for MDMA, better known as ecstasy.

Ross initially apologized for anyone who “interpreted” the lines as rape, but the firestorm continued amid outcry that he wasn’t sincere or understanding, prompting Reebok to fire Ross on Thursday.

Now, one day later, the performer has issued a lengthy statement, where he said, “For me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.”

“My choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize,” Ross said. He also tweeted, “I want to thank Reebok Classics for their hard work and dedication over this past year.Good partners,good shoe.continued success.”

Check out the FULL statement below, and tell us what you think.

RICK ROSS STATEMENT

Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.

As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize.

I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.

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