According to MTVs source, the crowd was very enthusiastic when 50 took the stage, and that there was a lot of water being thrown back and forth but 'not in a negative way.' Just like a rock show. 50 jumped into the crowd, not to fight but to get the crowd hyped, then jumped back onstage and continued the song ("Wanksta"). 50 was just beginning his next song when a fight occurred in the crowd. The show was then shut down.
Two 50 Cent fans were arrested on Friday night after a surprise performance by the rapper at a Springfield, Massachusetts, nightclub ended abruptly following a minor brawl, according to the Springfield Police Department.
According to one concertgoer, a small skirmish erupted in the audience after the rapper was allegedly hit in the head by a water bottle thrown by an audience member and 50 leapt into the crowd after the fan.
Friday night's event, Spring Jam, thrown by Hartford, Connecticut, radio station WZMX 93.7, was an invite-only event for winners of an on-air contest, and was billed as featuring Akon, Mobb Deep, Mario Winans, and Lloyd Banks of the G-Unit. Rumors of 50 Cent's surprise appearance were circulating during the week prior to the show, however, as the rapper owns a house in nearby Farmington, Connecticut, about 25 minutes away from the venue.
Club co-owner Michael J. Barrasso told local TV station WWLP 22 News that 50 Cent was not scheduled to appear but showed up at the last minute. The rapper was set to perform a few songs, but, according to an eyewitness in the crowd of 1,400, the rapper started throwing water and water bottles at fans halfway through his first song. The doused crowd, which had suited up to meet the club's strictly enforced dress code, allegedly began throwing water back at the stage.
One concertgoer said 50 was hit in the head with a water bottle, then took something out of his waist band, removed his chain and jumped into the crowd, followed by members of his entourage. "They started throwing 'bows," the onlooker said.
However, a source at WZMX told MTV News that the crowd was very enthusiastic when 50 took the stage, and that there was a lot of water being thrown back and forth but "not in a negative way." Just like a rock show, he explained, 50 jumped into the crowd, not to fight but to get the crowd hyped, then jumped back onstage and continued the song ("Wanksta"). According to the source, 50 was just beginning his next song when a fight occurred in the crowd. The show was then shut down.
Barrasso told 22 News that "police were there, my security were there, it was contained within 30 seconds, then everyone was pushed back onstage. finished the song he was singing, then exited off the side of the stage with his whole entourage." Barrasso told The Associated Press that the club was so packed that he could not tell if the fight ever erupted into anything more severe than pushing.
DJ Buck, Program Director of WZMX, told MTV News that the night's problems were "not as bad as some have portrayed it," and that they were, "unfortunately, the acts of a few local individuals and not representative of the crowd, the atmosphere or the station's audience."
The Springfield Police Department is looking into a shooting that happened nearby, to investigate if the two events were linked, according to Lieutenant C. Lee Bennett of the Springfield Police Department. Police are also continuing to investigate complaints that 50 may have assaulted at least one person.