A Miami man was assaulted in Brooklyn apartment yesterday for
affirming his heterosexuality. Amidst a debate about rappers Drake
and Eminem, the conversation between 26-year-old Patrick Lewis and
20-year-old Kardeem Taylor transitioned to Lewis not qualifying a
statement with a “pause” or “no homo.” In African-American
culture, the phrases are colloquial qualifiers used to clean up
statements that could be perceived as sexual innuendos toward the
same sex.

“We were talking about a Drake-Eminem rap battle,” Tyrone Cobbs noted.
“Then my man Kardeem said ‘I ain’t even gonna hold you, I think
Drake would wash Eminem.’”

It’s alleged that Lewis laughingly replied, “I don’t know, I’d
have to hold you all night debating that one.”

After the group screamed “ayo!” in unison, Lewis was pressed
to apologize for his statement. After he refused, Taylor allegedly
told him he was “gay”—even as Lewis’ girlfriend was in the
apartment with them..

Lewis became incensed, going on a diatribe about his bank account
and the size of his penis. He even implored Taylor to look at a nude
picture of him, before telling him to (Editors note: Cobbs asked
that Lewis’ phrase be removed for fear of him being associated with

The argument then got physical. A grainy video of the men
shuffling throughout the living room, with their pants down and
shirts tattered, appeared on Facebook. The police were called, but
Lewis refused to “snitch”—even though the fight was live
streamed on Lewis’ girlfriend’s Facebook account.

Cobbs notes, “we was just trying to tell him: code say if you
say some weirdo s**t just ‘pause’ it and it’ll be cool. But if you
don’t, it doesn’t matter if you have a girl you just gay. But then he
said some s**t you never say to another man.”

Cobbs denies subscribing to hyper-masculinity, noting he’s a “chill ass n*gga,” then nervously repeated what Lewis said, uttering an
elaborate coding of the final word to assure us he was heterosexual.

“He told him to suck his D-Mississippi, I-Georgia, C-Alaska,
K-Latvia.,” Cobb said. “That’s a no no, Snapple cap facts.”

Lewis was in town visiting his cousin, who is a friend of Cobb and
Taylor and was present in the room. The cousin didn’t intervene in
the “fair one.”

Apparently Lewis didn’t have a firm grasp of New
York slang, and thought he was playing off the “hold you” term
correctly. Though Cobb says he doesn’t know the use of saying “I won’t hold you” before stating a point–and admits that it does hold up the actual statement–he has no sympathy that Lewis’ mistake ended up in a fight. The scuffle ended up knocking
over a glass urn carrying Cobbs’ grandfather’s ashes.

“My granddaddy was a real man,” Cobbs says. “I think the
ashes knocking over and getting in Patrick’s eyes was his way of
letting the boy know not to say some f**k s**t in his spiritual