Nardo Wick Fan Punched, Knocked Out by Rapper’s Entourage
UPDATE (Dec. 2):
The Tampa Police Department told the newspaper that Zachary Benton, 34, and a 15-year-old surrendered to police on Friday. Both men were charged with felony battery. The 15-year-old was also charged with being a minor in possession of a firearm while wearing a mask. The 15-year-old's identity is being withheld because of his age.
UPDATE (Nov. 28):
Nardo Wick has released a statement in the wake of video surfacing on members of his entourage attacking a fan. On Tuesday (Nov. 28), Nardo reacted to the video in a post he shared on Instagram.
"I don't condone what happened to my fan George after my show in any time of way, I expressed to him and his mama how sorry and concerned I was that it happened to him, multiple times before anything was ever posted or on the internet," Nardo's statement reads.
Check out the full statement below.
ORIGINAL STORY (Nov. 28)
Nardo Wick is reportedly under police investigation after two members of his entourage punched and knocked out an eager fan who approached the rapper for a photograph.
Nardo Wick Fan Punched, Knocked Out by Rapper's Entourage
On Tuesday (Nov. 28), TMZ shared a video of the incident. The clip shows an excited fan walking up to Nardo and his team after the 2022 XXL Freshman performed a show at Club Skye in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday (Nov. 26). Almost immediately, a member of Nardo's team lands a sucker punch on the kid's face, and the fan's head hits the brick wall. Another entourage member then tackles the fan to the ground. Nardo then appears to pull the entourage member off the 20-year-old man while he lies unconscious on the ground.
Per TMZ, a source claimed the young man wanted a photo, and told the outlet he was taken to a local hospital and treated for a severe concussion. There appears to be some concerning hemorrhaging. It's reportedly unclear if the fan will sustain any long-term damage.
When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department confirmed they were "aware" of the matter and looking into it.
"On Monday, November 27, 2023, at approximately 1:17 a.m., following a concert at Club Skye (1509 E. 8th Ave), an adult male victim, attempted to approach the performer for a photo, when individuals who appear to be affiliated with the performer punched the victim," Tampa PD said in a statement. "Immediately following the incident, the victim was transported to a hospital located outside of the county, where the report was later made. Following the report being filed on November 27, 2023, Tampa Police immediately began their investigation. At this time, the victim remains in critical, but stable condition."
The statement concluded, "Detectives are aware of the videos circulating social media and are interested in speaking to anyone who witnessed the incident or may have information that would assist in identifying the suspects."
The victim's mother reportedly responded on X, formerly known as Twitter, saying that her son suffered a brain bleed as a result of the attack.
"I want everyone to see what these motherf**kers did to my son!!" she wrote. "At no point was my son aggressive at no f**king point did she show any signs of harm!!!! My son wanted a stupid f**king picture with his favorite f**king artist!!!! And This is what he gets!!!!!!!! I am sick to my stomach to think about how this could have turned out!!!!"
She went on to say that anyone who knows her son knows him to be "the sweetest and gentlest kid ever."
XXL has reached out to Nardo Wick's team for further comment.
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Shordie Shordie Punches Fan in the Face For Throwing Up Gang Signs
The Nardo Wick fan wasn't the only hip-hop supporter who recently got hit in the face. Shordie Shordie was seen on video throwing hands with a supporter while performing in October. The Baltimore city rapper reportedly attacked the fan because he was throwing up gang signs, and Shordie clarified the person he put paws on was no fan of his.
"That was a disrespectful-a*s n***a who needed his face slapped," he said in an Instagram Story after video of the fight surfaced. "And we did that."
Watch Nardo Wick's entourage punch a fan in the video below.