“For me, it was tough to watch because it was so unexpected,” the Brooklyn native told NBC Miami. “It’s cowardly. When I look at it, I just see hate, right? Imagine being someone who doesn’t know someone from a hole in the wall. I’ll give you an example: today is the first day that I meet you, I don’t know you from anywhere, I could have heard something about you that I may have an opinion on, but I don’t know you to hate you.”
He continued, “Does that give me the right to attack you? To ambush you? I think it was cowardly. I think it was opportunistic, but again I’m not mad because I know in the streets there are no rules. I’m at a loss for words because they saw an opportunity and they took it.”
He clarified that the attack wasn’t staged. “I can capitalize off of anything, I’m that talented. I don’t need to get beat up to sell a record.”
The rapper’s comments follows a statement he issued on Instagram last week, where he shared the fact that he hasn’t had security for some time now.
“For 2 years I been walking around with no security,” he wrote, alongside a clip of the assault. “Not saying I promote that but now you see I really never hid from anything. … You know how many of you people seen me in real life by myself in gas stations, supermarkets, restaurants, etc.”
Three men were later arrested for the in attack 6ix9ine; 43-year-old Rafael Medina Jr., Octavious Medina, age 23, and Anthony Maldonado, 25. In addition to assault charges, they’re accused of stealing Tekashi’s $3,000 Balenciaga shoes, an iPhone, and the $1,200 key fob to his Lamborghini.
Watch 6ix9ine’s entire interview up top.