Flavor Flav is well-known for wearing a giant clock. So it was a question of when someone was going to ask him for the time Martin Lawrence-style, not a question of if they would. It finally happened in Las Vegas when a man ran up on Flavor Flav and started swinging, seemingly without explanation.
According to TMZ, Flav was at the South Point Casino when a man named Ugandi Howard approached him. Howard quickly accused Flav of disrespecting his mother and started throwing punches.
Flav was hit in the face and fell to the ground where Howard kicked him. Flav says he went down because he has a pulled groin muscle. According to authorities who spoke to the gossip website, Howard was snatched up by casino security and then handed over to police.
Surveillance footage backed up Flav’s story that Howard swung first and seemed entirely unprovoked. Howard was cited for battery and then released by police. Flav reportedly suffered only minor injuries in the dust-up.
It is easy to see how Flav might be making enemies. Tensions are high around the Public Enemy hype man even among people you would expect to be his closest friends. Flav is suing Chuck D over Public Enemy’s surprise-release album Nothing Is Quick In the Desert. Apparently, the release was as much a surprise to certain members of the group as it was to fans.
Flav said he never gave his consent to have the songs released and that he was not informed that a new album would be dropping. Court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter allege that the critically panned album was news to Flav.
“Drayton was shocked to see that a new Public Enemy album was being released, and his image was being used in multiple media outlets to promote the album. He had never heard of the album, nor heard any of the final mixes,” they said.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Flav thinks he’s also being cut out of his fair share of the Public Enemy royalties for the songs that people do love. Their big hits like “Fight The Power” and “911 Is a Joke” no doubt continue to rack up streams and spins as fact which Flav says his most-recent checks haven’t reflected.
Beyond getting sued by his one time hype man, Chuck D has been busy with the Prophets of Rage a
middle school gym sock come to life supergroup made up of the backing band of Rage Against The Machine and Chuck on vox. Zach de la Rocha is still frittering away on that solo album and missing that sweet, sweet festival circuit cash.
See the Video
The video of the fight has been released, and the raging man can be seen punching Flav repeatedly while he lays on the ground in a Muhammad Ali “Rumble In the Jungle” jacket. Security yells at the man to stop and, when they get involved, he squares up on them too. The man eventually walks away as the guard tends to Flav and gets the star back onto his feet.
What do you think? Was Flavor Flav dropped in the middle of a casino or was it really a muscle problem? Is their any shame to losing a fight when you’re 58 years old? Check out the video up top via TMZ and sound off in the comments. As always, don’t forget to SHARE this article.