Jay-Z‘s status as a cultural icon and media influence has spread far beyond the world of Hip-Hop, and Mayor Welborn Adams is the latest music outsider to highlight the connection. In reaction to a 2015 DUI case that ended in his favor, the Greenwood, South Carolina elected official tweeted out a lyric from Jay-Z in response.
The Index-Journal reports:
That’s what Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams had to say after being found not guilty of driving under the influence. In a tweet sent out after the trial, he quoted rapper Jay Z, saying “not guilty, y’all got to feel me.”
It took a six-member jury about five minutes to come to their decision, after more than three hours of trial and legal motions.
The charge stemmed from an early morning checkpoint on Sept. 19, 2015.
Adams was driving to his Cambridge Avenue home with his wife, Ericka, after her 40th birthday party. He was stopped at a state Highway Patrol checkpoint on the short stretch of Main Street between Main Street United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches. The checkpoint was just yards from the couple’s Cambridge Avenue home.
More than two years later, the case came to magistrate court at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The trial happened opposite the State of the City/County luncheon, which Adams has typically attended in the past. Judge Belinda Johnson presided, and before the jury was brought in, Adams’ attorney Billy Nicholson III and trooper Derek Johnson worked out a number of court matters.
The outlet adds that much of Adams’ legal undoing wasn’t the fact he allegedly had too much to drink, but that field sobriety tests were not a good determination of his ability to drive as his wife says he’s famously clumsy.
This was a lot less weird than that time Harvey Weinstein quoted Hov.