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Jermaine Dupri has commented on video footage released last week that shows him encouraging Adam â€œPacmanâ€ Jones to â€œmake it rainâ€ at a Las Vegas strip club, shortly before a shooting involving the NFL player took place outside.
Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œIâ€™m from a city where in Atlanta, we do this every day,â€ Dupri said, according to Allhiphop.com, of the pastime in which money is tossed at strippers. â€œYouâ€™ll hear this in Jeezy records. When Jeezy say he spends $10,000 on one song? That s**t is for real man. It ain't no play."
Â Â Â Â Â Â "A lot of yall comment on how stupid it is. It might be stupid to you, but this is what we do," Dupri continued. "We eat, we kick it, we throw money. Donâ€™t make this one situation blow the whole thing out.â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Dupri also explained why he was scolding the strippers for picking up their money on the floor while they were still performing.Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œYouâ€™re not supposed to get your money until the dance is finished,â€ he said. â€œThese girls was picking the money up [as] soon as the money was flying, like someone was going to steal it. That kind of gave me an idea of the place that we were in. I was like â€˜oh these girls are going to start fighting or something because they donâ€™t know understand what the f**k is going on in here.â€™â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â ESPN last week released the never-before-seen footage that will be used as evidence in the attempted murder trial of Arvin Edwards, the man accused of shooting three people in 2007, after Jones had an altercation with security inside of the venue.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â The incident started over $40,000 that had gone missing during an alleged fight between Jones and two strippers. After the shooting, Jones denied any involvement or knowledge of the shooting, but seven months later, he told investigators he had been approached by Edwards outside of the club. Jones told police Edwards said he would retrieve the missing money for him.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Moments after speaking to Jones, Edwards allegedly fired into the crowd striking three people, including the strip clubâ€™s shift manager, who is permanently paralyzed from the waist down.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Edwardsâ€™ trial was supposed to start last week, but was moved to February 2010.