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Somewhere in an ivory tower in Manhattan, there are legal eagles sharpening their talons and getting ready to swoop into The Pro Era offices with paperwork in hand. Upon leaving Yeezy’s Season 3 launch Thursday night, Joey Bada$$ was simply trying to smile for some cameras and get into his awaiting ride when he got himself caught up in Kanye-like drama involving photographers and flying fists. Does everyone remember how this story ends?
As the flashbulbs popped and the crowds cheered, a few of the less-current cameraman called for “A$AP” to turn around for a photo. Ignoring them as he strode to the vehicle, an overzealous photog swung at the back of Joey’s hood, prompting a return flurry of fists right in front of the NYPD. The light scuffle, which drew no blood and appeared to offer no serious shots, was over in seconds as Police standing on the carpet ushered the photographer out of the way. Video at the 0:26 mark shows the police officers saying “You hit him first,” an on-the-scene assessment that could be hard to overturn.
Nevertheless, with the all-seeing eye of TMZ and the omnipresence of their thousands of knock-off websites buying any and call camera footage that will earn clicks, a lawsuit or mixtape is surely coming from the injured-ego camera man. Until then, Joey can return to his usual demeanor of traveling the globe and spreading “Nothin’ But Love.”