Imprisoned Death Row founder Marion "Suge" Knight spoke to America's Most
Wanted last Friday night (March 7), and while he didn't exactly reveal the
killer of his "little homie" Tupac Shakur, as promised, the mogul's first jail
house interview since being sentenced to nine years for a parole violation, was
Ironically, Knight's interview aired just one night before
Tupac Shakur's rival in life and hip-hop, East Coast rapper the Notorious
B.I.G., was gunned down in almost the exact same fashion as Shakur was in Las
Vegas in September, in a gangland-style drive-by shooting while Shakur sat in a
car driven by Knight.
Knight, bathed in the kind of odd, soft-focus light
usually reserved for Barbara Streisand, calmly responded to the Most
Wanted interviewer's suggestion that his U-turn away from any hospital
following the shooting of Shakur was an odd choice by saying, "How many people
you know would get shot in the head, where they fracture they skull and...do
you think any person get shot in the head would be thinking, 'Let me see,
what's the quickest way to get to the hospital?' The average person, I think,
would be dead."
When the interviewer directly asked Knight who he thought
was behind the murder, he suggested that Most Wanted had already
revealed the answer. "Whatever your show has and what the police have...it
seems you guys have everything laid out and you guys asking questions that you
guys already know the answer to."
The segment then faded to a blurry
document referred to as an "affidavit obtained by America's Most Wanted last
month," that allegedly contains a statement from a confidential informant
identifying Orlando Anderson as Tupac's killer. Anderson is the man with whom
Shakur and Knight allegedly scuffled the night of his shooting. The segment
also showed footage of that scuffle, which eventually landed Knight in jail and
it clearly shows a group of men in the lobby of a Vegas casino kicking and
beating a black male. It also shows Tupac and an ever-increasing posse of at
least 20 quickly making their way out of the casino's front door. No charges
have been filed against Anderson.
When the interviewer repeated suggestions
she'd heard that Knight, fearing Tupac was planning to leave Death Row, might
have been behind his murder, the mogul responded, "Once again, let's use common
sense. One, I'm going to be behind killing my best friend and tell them to
shoot me in the head. Make sure you shoot me in the head to make it look good.
Knight also answered charges that Shakur's mother, Afeni
Shakur, had suggested that Death Row had cheated her son. "When I was in jail,"
Knight said, "I gave her a check for $3 million, plus, also, you got the
paperwork right there that you can show the screen, the camera, the world, I
think in four-to-five months Tupac spent $2.4, $2.5 million."
As for his
feelings for his slain friend, Knight said, "I love 'Pac then, I love 'Pac now.
He loved me. That's my little homie. And it's always going to be that way."