Chris Brown just can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. Apparently, growing up, he failed to learn the cardinal rules of no hitting, biting, or name-calling.
On Sunday night, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean allegedly got into a scuffle reportedly over a piece of prime Los Angeles real estate: a parking space at a West Hollywood recording studio, reports TMZ.
In true school yard fashion of “He started it!” sources connected with Brown are pointing a finger at Ocean and his camp for instigating the altercation.
Brown was at Westlake Studio listening to a new track by an artist he has signed. An unnamed source told TMZ that as Brown was exiting the studio, Ocean and his crew blocked the exit. The source claimed Ocean said, “This is my studio, this is my parking spot.” After an exchange of words, Brown allegedly went to shake Ocean’s hand, which led to one of Ocean’s people taking a swing at Brown, igniting a brawl between the artists and their entourages.
Brown had already fled the scene by the time the police arrived, but Ocean talked to the responding officers. Ocean is being referred to as the victim in the case that reportedly involved six men, after he had told police that Brown punched him after the parking spot dispute.
Ocean tweeted around 10:35 p.m. PST, “got jumped by chris and a couple guys, lol. I only wish everest was there.” Everest is Ocean’s dog. He later added, “cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.”
Police officers said the investigation is ongoing and they will contact Brown. "Of course, we are going to investigate," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Monday. "It is our understanding it does not rise to the level of an alleged assault. As a matter of fact, it could be a minor scuffle over a parking spot. "Chris Brown is a named suspect in a battery report," he continued. "The victim is desirous of prosecution."
The two men have a history. In June 2011, they got into a Twitter war when Brown posted a comment that Ocean took as an insult. The virtual feud went haywire with Ocean's Odd Future captain, Tyler, the Creator, getting in on the action.
Brown has quite the angry outburst rap sheet. He is still on probation for brutally assaulting his on-again and off-again girlfriend, Rihanna, in Los Angeles the night before the Grammys in February 2009. In March 2011, Brown had a violent outburst and threw a chair through a second story window at ABC’s studios in New York City after Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts, asked him questions about his domestic violence history with Rihanna. He reportedly got into another brawl with singer/rapper, Drake, at a New York night club last summer. Brown was also involved in a vulgar Twitter fight with comedienne Jenny Johnson, which prompted him to briefly depart from the social media platform in fall 2012.
All of this, leads to the question, is Chris Brown a lost cause? Once a hot-head, always a hot-head?
You would think that after completing a yearlong court-ordered anger management course in December of 2010, Brown would have learned how to turn over a new leaf.
In some regard, Brown has. In spite of dealing with what seemed like a fatal blow to his own career, he has managed to salvage his career and make-up with Rihanna. The controversial pair has recorded four singles together, including “Nobodies Business” on Rihanna’s most recent album, Unapologetic. They have been spotted back in the recording studio working on, yet another single last week and there are speculations that the couple may reunite on the Grammys stage on February 10.
Brown recently wrapped his sold out “Carpe Diem” world tour in Europe. He has even extended his brand into the fashion world, launching his clothing line, Black Pyramid, a street-wear fashion line in collaboration with Pink + Dolphin founders, Neima Khaila and Cena Barhaghi. Brown is also an up-and-coming artist, often posting his works of art on his Instagram.
Unfortunately for Brown, despite displaying his more redeeming qualities, indiscretions like his brawl with Ocean continues to suggest that he is, in fact, hopeless.
Brown has not learned or does not seem to care that the media has framed him as a volatile individual. Unfortunately, there are people out there like Ocean and Johnson, who revel in drama, and want to provoke Brown just to see how he responds. Sadly, he has not learned how to be a mature adult and not feed and play into the drama in his life.
Chris Brown’s story very much so parallels R&B singer Bobby Brown’s. Bobby Brown is known for his tumultuous relationship with late, Whitney Houston, and troubled career, involving out-of-control drug abuse as well as frequent arrests for drug possession, driving under the influence, a high-speed police chase, and resisting arrest. In fact, Bobby Brown has a history with domestic violence like Chris Brown. In 2003, Bobby Brown was arrested for misdemeanor battery, allegedly striking Houston while shouting derogatory statements. Following his separation and divorce from Houston, Brown said he stopped using cocaine, crack, and heroin, although he admits that he still drinks. It seemed Bobby Brown was getting his life back on track after reuniting on tour in 2012 with R&B group, New Edition. However, he was arrested twice that year on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol may prove otherwise.
Both Browns represent what happens when someone is given too much fame, money, and freedom at too early an age. If Chris Brown is anything like Bobby Brown, there is much more trouble ahead.