Bryan “Baby” Williams — a.k.a. Birdman — reached out to MTV News on Wednesday afternoon (November 28) to talk about his arrest for marijuana possession on Tuesday night . According to a copy of the report from the police department of Kingsport, Tennessee, Williams was among 16 people charged with possession of nearly a pound of marijuana after the RV they were riding in was pulled over for weaving on Interstate 81. Officers said they found a plastic bag of “plant material” believed to be about 1 pound of marijuana.
“We was on the bus. I was asleep in the back,” he said. “Why they pulled us over, I don’t know. The people are making the situation out worse than what it is. We got arrested for a misdemeanor amount of [marijuana] — we didn’t have no pound. The police just found something minor in a garbage can the dog sniffed. We all got out on bond.”
Baby also maintained that he is not in trouble with the law for carrying guns. He said he and his security personnel are all licensed gun carriers and their weapons were returned by the authorities.
“The guns we had were good,” he said. “I do carry a gun and I am licensed. Tennessee is one of the states I can tote in. We know the guidelines [for carrying weapons]. They make you aware of everything in [marksmanship] class.”
Birdman also emphasized that he is not married, as has been widely reported. He said the young woman mentioned in the reports was a friend of one of the guys traveling with him.
“I’m not married,” he insisted. “Never! Been! Married! Plus, that girl was 18! I don’t get down like that! Plus, if I was married, why would I keep it a secret?” However, he did allow that perhaps the right woman could make an honest man out of him one day.
Baby is on the road promoting his new LP, 5 Star G, which comes out on December 11. He said he’s due back in court on March 18.
“Hopefully all the charges will be dropped by then, and we won’t have to go to court,” he said. “But we good. Everybody is fine.”
Police had not returned MTV News’ calls for comment at press time, however WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee, reports that Baby was charged with possession of more than a half-ounce of marijuana and released on $1,500 bond at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, along with “several others.”