Columbus Civic Center removes local rapper’s performance from upcoming concert

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) — A concert this Saturday in Columbus has law enforcement officials concerned for the safety of those attending.

A law enforcement official even went so far as to recommend the removal of an artist from the lineup.

“There’s a gig coming up here and one of the local gang members is in it. We’ve made our recommendation and expressed our concerns about it,” Muscogee County Sheriff Greg Countryman said. we’ve seen who that person is, and we’re going to call that person, and we don’t want that person to be part of the concert there because we think that might cause other things. The gang member can see it as furthering his rap career, but we see other things that could possibly happen.

Countryman told News Leader 9 that he recommended removing local rapper Anthony King, also known as “Juwop,” from the March Madness Concert lineup at the Columbus Civic Center.

Sheriff’s deputies provide security at the civic center, according to the sheriff.

He said his “recommendation” was easy, but added that it was up to the civic center to make the final decision on who would perform.

News Leader 9 reached out to Columbus Civic Center manager Rob Landers and he declined to comment on the situation. However, a statement said the following:

“The director of the civic center made sure to inform the promoter on January 31 that this artist could not perform at this particular time due to recommendations from local law enforcement. The Civic Center evaluates every performer and evaluates every performance and we want to make sure everyone has a safe and memorable experience.

“As sheriff, my responsibility is not to a rapper, who happens to be a gang member, my responsibility and concern is to the citizens of Muscogee County,” the sheriff said.

According to event promoter Tyrome Tukes, the rapper’s withdrawal is hurting ticket sales.

Some of the rapper’s supporters even took to social media to express their disappointment with the decision.

“I don’t think that’s fair, I think the sheriff probably should have contacted me and we could have worked differently,” Tukes said. “A lot of his supporters came to see him. He had about 500 shares talking about boycotting the gig because he wasn’t there. I just wish it could have been handled in a different way.

News Leader 9 contacted the artist and his manager, however, under the advice of his management, he would not comment on the situation.

The concert will be here at this Columbus Civic Center this Saturday night.

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