Who cares that Rick Ross used to be a Corrections Officer? Who cares that he lied about it to protect his ‘street cred’? Who really mutha-effin cares…!? I really don’t know what the big deal is, but I hope and pray that no one ever sics them gangstas over at the Smoking Gun on my azz! If you haven’t heard by now, Rick Ross denied ever working as a CO in Florida after being called out by Trick Daddy, well…he’s been completely outed!
Apparently desperate to distance himself from any affiliation with law enforcement, the rapper Rick Ross has recently denounced as fake photos purporting to show him in a former career as a Florida prison guard. But Department of Corrections (DoC) records show that Ross, whose raps detail the Miami gangster lifestyle and his supposed days trafficking cocaine, did, in fact, work as a correctional officer for 18 months. Ross (real name: William Leonard Roberts) was appointed a prison guard in December 1995 at a salary of $22,913.54, according to the below personnel record, which was provided to TSG by Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a DoC spokesperson. The rapper’s social security number is identical to that of the jail guard. According to the official document, Ross was earning $25,794.34 when he left the department in June 1997. After graduating from the DoC training academy, Ross was assigned to the South Florida Reception Center in Dade County (the lockup is one of three statewide that serves as an intake facility for new prisoners). When a photo of a uniform-clad Ross surfaced last week on MediaTakeOut.com, the 32-year-old performer claimed that unnamed “online hackers” put “my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples’ body. If this shit was real don’t you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything?” He added, “Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake.” The photo, shows a 19-year-old Ross at a DoC ceremony (he was part of the department’s 60th graduating class). He is pictured shaking hands with Marta Villacorta, who then headed the South Florida Reception Center. Villacorta, now the department’s South Florida regional director, was identified by Rackleff, who examined the photo Ross claims was Photoshopped. In a recent videotaped interview, Ross replied, “No, that’s not true” when asked if he had worked as a prison guard. He claimed that the phony story was being circulated by detractors upset by his success in the rap world, where, “I came out of nowhere and just took over the streets.” (Source)
They ain’t playing! Naming sources and tellin on folks…dayum! I just hope Ross can recover from this nonsense. Who really cares if he worked in the jail…hell…half of them are corrupt anyway. That’s why there’s so many drug addicts in jail, cause the CO’s sell it to em! Remember Oz? Shiiiiit…Ross is still a BOSS, I don’t care what y’all say!