No matter how you feel about Chris Brown, you gotta hand it to him these days for not faking his own death and disappearing to a remote island someplace. Never mind the relentless unfriendly news cycles; the past couple of weeks, this guy has had more court cases swirling around him over a variety of issues than most people will face in a lifetime—and all of it just keeps making him look worse and worse. So when Brown suffered a non-epileptic seizure in an LA recording studio last week, and when his publicist later claimed the doctors attributed it to “intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity,” you can almost believe it to be true.
As to the “nonstop negativity,” let’s begin with the fact that in the eyes of many in the public, Brown already had two strikes against him. This is a guy who still has people boycotting his records because he beat up Rihanna. So there’s that. From that starting point, let’s take a look at what the R&B singer has been dealing with over the past several weeks alone:
- In late June, Chris Brown was slapped with charges of hit-and-run, driving without a license and driving without proof of insurance, stemming from a minor crash in May. The charges led to the courts revoking his probation stemming from 2009’s charges for assaulting Rihanna. The license and insurance charges were soon dropped.
- Last week, Brown turned himself in and spent about 45 minutes in jail over the hit-and-run charge. This week, the charge was dropped due to a “civil compromise” reached between Brown and the other driver.
- Brown’s probation was reinstated after the dropped charges, but apparently he hadn’t fulfilled his community service requirements from said probation. So yesterday, a judge tacked on an additional 1000 hours of community service while reinstating his probation.
- Meanwhile, there is the matter of various civil lawsuits. While Brown had a bit of good news a few weeks ago when the courts threw out a $16 million lawsuit related to Brown, rapper Drake and a brawl in a New York nightclub in 2012, this week another civil suit was slapped against him, this time for allegedly roughing up Frank Ocean and his cousin during a disagreement over a parking spot back in January.
Now, if you were dealing with all this legal crap from so many directions, and public opinion was already against you to start with…what are the odds you’d collapse from the strain? It’s almost enough to make us feel sorry for Chris Brown.
So lest you think I’m defending the guy…the odds of someone running into the wrong side of the law from so many directions and so many times while being completely innocent are highly remote. It just doesn’t happen that way for the average joe. Brown’s hot temper, volatility and arrogance are all well-documented, and he doesn’t seem to have much of a filter when it comes to expressing his emotions. You can’t act badly toward that many people for that long of a time, and not have it come back on you at some point. It just so happens that it all seems to be landing on Chris Brown all at once.
So…is the “nonstop negativity” a lot for someone to handle? Certainly.
Did Chris Brown bring this on himself? Probably.
But it’s still hard not to feel a little sorry for the guy. Just saying.
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