Arrested, convicted, and shot, each many times over, rapper Calvin Broadus (aka Snoop Dogg) has been convicted of several serious crimes. Only to live another day. He sill faces a number other charges that have accummulated in a series of arrests over the last six months. Paris Hilton may face the threat of real jail time for driving with a suspended license, but the Snoop Dogg has managed, through charges as serious as murder, to avoid spending time in the big dog house.
How many lives does this cat have?
The notorious Dogg currently faces felony charges stemming from the September discovery of a collapsible baton in his bag while travelling through John Wayne Airport in Orange County. He was arrested the very next month, outside another sourthern California airport after police found a handgun and marijuana in his car. He was then arrested again in November outside NBC Studios after an appearance on “The Tonight Show” when police found the cocaine, a semiautomatic firearm, and a large amount of marijuana in his possession.
All this alone might explain why the British refused the entertainer an entry visa he was seeking late last month in order to perform at London’s Wembley Arena with Diddy. But the real reason is an even earlier arrest at yet another airport. In April of last year Dogg and his posse started a brawl at Heathrow Airport when they were denied entry into British Airways’ First Class passenger lounge. He is now banned from enterting the country.
The 35 year old rapper has survived many close calls with justice before these most recent incidents. He plead guilty to cocaine possession in 1990. When a man was killed by gunfire from the vehicle in which he was traveling, he was acquitted of murder charges with the help of Jonny Cochran who got the jury to deadlock in 1996. In February 1997, the resilient rapper pleaded guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a handgun in exchange for three years’ probation and a promise to make anti-violence public service announcements. In October 2001, he pleaded guilty to possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Today, the 35-year-old rapper agreed to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service for the October gun possession by a felon and transportation of marijuana charges. Two down, several more charges to go. We’ll see if this Dogg will live again…. a cat may have nine lives, but this Dogg may spend some of his in jail.
DOGG ON IMUS: The Courts have been lenient on Dogg. Is he sympathetic to Imus who has been convicted in the court of pulic opinion?
“Kick him off the air forever,” Dogg told reporters today. “We [rappers] ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them [bleeps] say we are in the same league as him…. [Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports… We’re talking about hoes that’s in the ‘hood that ain’t doing [bleep], that’s trying to get a [bleep] for his money. These are two separate things.”