A Black man is outraged after his recitation of Jay-Z‘s classic song “99 Problems” triggered a domestic violence call to his home in Spring Hill, Tenn., last week. It turns out his nosy neighbor was to blame.
In an interview with TMZ, Davon Eddington said he was in his backyard chopping it up with his brother on the phone about NBA star LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. When Eddington’s brother dubbed him a bandwagon fan, the Tennessee man says he shot back with a classic line from the song: ‘I got 99 problems, but a b—h ain’t one.”
Eddington’s neighbor overheard their conversation and misinterpreted the lyrics, however. The man dialed police and said he believed Eddington was beating on his fianceé, who was upstairs taking a bath at the time.
“I ended up walking around to the front of my house, and that’s when I was met by police with their guns drawn,” Eddington recalled. “Then another officer came around and said, “No, no, no, this isn’t happening. We heard the conversation and he’s been on the phone the whole time.”
In a police report obtained by TMZ, officers arrived to Eddington’s home after the neighbor told them he heard Eddington say he had “99 problems and this bitch ain’t one.” It wasn’t long before authorities realized the whole thing was a misunderstanding and went on their merry way.
Eddington said officers apologized and said it appeared that he’d been “swatted,” a term used to describe the harassment tactic of making false calls to police, triggering them to respond to a person’s address. Eddington added that his neighbor has a two-story home and can look through his window down to Eddington’s backyard.
“I’ve never met the guy at all, so maybe he doesn’t want me in the neighborhood,” he added, which is most likely code for “Dude is a white racist who is trying to intimidate me into leaving.”
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