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The brothers who police say helped Jussie Smollett stage a fake hate attack have issued an apology for old homophobic posts on their social media pages.

Last month, the Empire star was arrested and charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report about an alleged violent encounter with 2 pro-Trump racists outside his Chicago apartment on January 29.

Police officials believe Smollett paid Nigerian-American brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo $3,500 to help him pull off the hoax in the hope it would boost his career and salary.

The brothers were detained after they returned to the US from Nigeria. They were released 2 days later without charges after they admitted their role in the fake attack.

Earlier in the week, Smollett's lawyers uncovered old homophobic tweets on a Twitter page used by the brothers.

In a 2013 tweet, Ola Osundairo chastised a man who was a fan of rapper Frank Ocean. The rapper came out as a homosexual in 2013.

"Why you following Frank Ocean," Ola tweeted in 2013. "you know that ni**a gay right," he added.

The brothers are American-born but their parents are from Nigeria, where anti-homosexual sentiment runs high.

As Smollett's legal team began to push the brothers' homophobia theory, the siblings released a statement to CBS 2's Charlie de Mar via their attorney on Thursday.

"My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves," Gloria Schmidt told CBS Chicago in a statement.

In a previous statement to CNN affiliate WBBM, the brothers said: "We are not racist. We are not homophobic, and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens."

Smollett originally told police two men in ski masks used racial and homophobic slurs and attacked him, yelling, "This is MAGA country," referencing U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again".

He also alleged that the two suspects poured bleach on him and tied a noose around his neck.

A dozen investigators, assisted by the FBI, quickly identified the two brothers as the persons of interest seen in surveillance video leaving the area.

Phone records and text messages further implicated Smollett as the mastermind behind the staged attack.

The feds are also looking into whether Smollett sent a threatening "anthrax" letter to himself at Fox TV's Chicago studio.

Smollett, 36, maintains his innocence, insisting he was attacked. He is currently free on $100,000 bail and is due back in court on March 14.

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  • TawnyDelux

    "tremendous regret" - sorry we got caught

  • Coy little wink
  • LYRICS

    But yet they'll work for and pose with 'Daddy Daniels"?? I'm sooooooo over this! *in my valley girl voice - rolls eyes, and wipes hair*

  • Junkanoo

    People often regret things after they've been exposed they wouldn't be thinking about it other wise.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Coy, you and these gifs. Now I'm going to be thinking about this all day.??

  • Coy little wink

    Chris Tucker stole every scene he was in ?

  • Yoni7

    This was on Tuesday night. LOL

  • Coy little wink

    I missed it ?

  • http://www.legalizemelanin.com Legalize Melanin

    Can we stop calling a dislike for something ---phobic? A phobia is an irrational rear, and I haven't met a single person in my 31 years of life that's afraid of gay people - irrationally or otherwise.

  • Yoni7

    I didn't watch it. Just saw it as I was scrolling through trying to find cartoons for Grand-Sun......so I could "rest my eyes" for 5 mins. LOL

  • Yoni7

    afraid of gay people
    _______________
    THIS!

  • Renee26

    The fear comes from statements such as "if the gay agenda/mafia has their way then society will cease to exist"... "how will mankind be able to continue if all the women are sleeping with women and all the men are sleeping with men"... "oh no they're putting all this gay stuff on TV so that means all of our kids are going to turn gay" sounds like irrational fear to me

  • MsSapphire9800

    FORGET these two....can we get an update on the clown that was caught
    with weapons of Mass Destruction in NC...and got an 80,000 bond....but 45 wants to build a wall....

  • Renee26

    Wasn't one of them reported on this here blog to be having an affair with Jussie ? Or was that just made up to be messy??

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    #niggaplease.

    I'm surprised they didn't say their Twitter account was hacked. ?

  • Whirl

    WHAT

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile !

  • RespectSelf

    I don't think it is irrational to peep something and be concerned about it. I don't like bugs and I will stay clear of them if I can... but I don't have an insectophobia lol. I think we do put a lot on it. Some folks don't agree with the push for acceptance on our society, but it doesn't mean they are scared of gay people or don't have gay friends.

  • T Willis

    Chile there have been so many leaks on this story, who the hell knows facts from fiction at this point ?????. I will say that I do believe Jussie was f*cking at least one of them. And I also believe he was tricking off on one of them but disguised it as “fitness training”. But I do not believe Jussie staged the attack and I’m looking forward to his defense in court.

  • Blak

    Calling someone who is a gay man gay is not homophobia and that assumption based on that statement will be destroyed in court. Interesting how they express remorse for their actions and Jussie is still not only claiming innocence but playing victim

  • Whirl

    Once all the evidence has an opportunity to avail itself I’ll give it some thought and consideration.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Bloop!

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    In most places you can put down like 10% of the bond and you're good to go. So... $8,000 and he's out the door? Doesn't seem right.

  • Renee26

    So much confusion

  • Whirl

    That was the one sticking point I’ve had with this story. The Chicago Police Department is currently subjected to being monitored by a federal court for repeatedly violating private citizens civil rights. The Chicago Police chief admitted to leaks during his interview on Good Morning America. Those leaks run the risk of prejudicing a potential jury. In a sense- violating his civil rights by denying his constitutional right to presumed innocence by way of the alleged leaks. There is no place in our society for alleged crooked cops.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Lane is being held under an $80,000 secured bond. Fox News 8

  • T Willis

    Bugs don’t represent a threat to the political power in this country. Certain groups are singled out as possible “militia” groups who have an agenda to dismantle or disrupt the status quo. Black ppl, Mexicans, immigrants, and members of the LBGT groups are included in that “fear”. It’s their bigoted irrational fear that prevents black women from rocking their natural hair in the office. For fear of what their hair could represent or disrupt. The gender neutral bathrooms. Again, another fear that or prejudice that gays or transgenders are perverted beings who only want access to your bathrooms to rape or m*rder you. It’s the same irrational fear that kept yts segregated from populations that didn’t mirror their own. Our entire country is constructed off of the belief that “different” equals “fear” or a “threat” to the status quo. There’s no way you could be a black American living in this country and be unable to identify why or where these “phobias” come from.

  • Wile E. Coli

    3 of the dumbest people on the planet.

  • Whirl

    I just don’t care who another person is screwing gay or not unless it’s illegal. Why do some people obsess over who is in somebody else’s bed in somebody else’s home?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    If you think those 2 big ol' muscular dudes traveled all those miles in the wee hours of the morning to really beat Jussie up... but he walked away unharmed with just barely a scratch under his eye, then I've got some beach property in Oklahoma I want to sell you.

  • Renee26

    When they take their "concern" over what other people do in the privacy of their bedroom and make ignorant statements like the ones I mentioned above those people are indeed homophobic.

    You aren't that afraid of bugs but there are others who are and they become paralyzed with fear behind bugs... they experience insectphobia aka Entomophobia.

    It's not a one word describes all situation. The comment they highlighted is more anti-gay than homophobic

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Whirl

    I somehow missed that this morning. I don’t see it on cnn or fix.

  • WhoKnew

    I saw a butch on Wednesday and yes, shiver me timbers too. I'm still shivering at the thought. OMG! Her butt cheeks were completely out because she had her sweats pulled down that low and she appeared to be wearing men's boxer briefs and she had the big dark knuckles. I heard they fight a lot. Memba the saying if looks could kill? I was like damn. Let me cross the street.

  • MsSapphire9800

    It happened in King NC...Wednesday

  • Angelique Johnson

    He just need to be honest and apologize for faking this and start healing within himself because he really is crying out for help. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc8ea523fe4e788ccd7278c62b4d0f456b6a145173ca0984b54c111ab896e007.gif

  • Phillybruh

    That usually means more is coming.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Stop!!!!!!!

  • Kanyade

    This .gif.

    This movie.

    This performance.

    THANK YOU for the apt visual on this here first day of March.

  • Whirl

    Another facet about this case that irks me is I don’t want to see a Good Morning America interview by the Chicago police chief discussing celebrity news and gossip. I would like to see coverage by the chief in measure and to the same degree on the atrocious violence happening in Chicago. What are they doing about their violent crime statistics. It’s horrific.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yop...when the story first broke Smallest was having sex wiff one of the bruddas.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    LOL!

  • Coy little wink

    ? my work is done

  • Baaba Sanders

    They have to keep up appearances as hating gay people being that Nigeria is extremely homophobic and they visit there regularly. Can’t have your family and friends suspect you are gay.

  • Calikush

    Lmao @ Smallest ?

  • MyNameIs

    F?ck them and Jussie.

  • Renee26

    I knew I wasn't trippin ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    We ain’t gone ever get a true assessment of wut really happened. But those Nigerians hands are just as dirty as Smallets

  • Calikush

    Word!!!!

  • EMILY POST

    Who cares. Fake people do Fake things. This should be expected Hollywood are a bunch of Phonies and Frauds.

  • GAPeach

    I'm all Jussie'd out.

    Anyone see Gilbert Arenas' post about Khloe K? She gonna be crying in the car off that one.

  • Guess Who

    Why do they have tremendous regret though?

  • Baaba Sanders

    Lol...

  • Alextra Ballard

    We byke on Smallest,we done left Kellz

  • BingBangBoom

    What he saying now? Lol

  • wigmon68

    IF they didn't lie to police, not really. I mean I guess you could try and tie a conspiracy charge to them if you could prove they knew Smollett was going to make a false police claim, but taking money to act like you are beating up someone isn't in and of itself a crime.

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile you believe she cheated? She had a glass of wine before the run tho...

  • Coy little wink

    Post the link he goes hard in the paint ?

  • R in NYC

    Gilbert so messy. What he say?

  • GAPeach

    Said her p*$$y has to be trash because every dude she get with cheats. Said that Tristan didn't even bother to cheat with a "vet", he cheated with a young girl who barely have experience because she so trash. That's gonna be a serious blow to her ego.

  • GAPeach
  • T Willis

    ? I guess we’ll see won’t we ?

  • GAPeach

    I just put it up top

  • T Willis

    Yes! Exactly! Thank you

  • Dowoop

    ????????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Hell yeah if she ran 6.5 miles in 26 minutes lol
    You believe her??

  • wigmon68

    How do you suggest they stop that crime without the ACLU and other organizations calling them racist for putting in practices that would profile black men 16-30 in low income neighborhoods? The other problem is that most of these shootings are done by individuals who have committed crimes before and been released without serving any time. There was an article on CWB Chicago the other day about 2 men that were charged in an armed robbery/home invasion. They met some dude in front of his house pulled guns on him and forced him into the home and robbed him. The one guy was a repeat violent offender, so he got like 6 years. The other guy walked away with no jail time. No jail time for pulling a gun on someone and robbing them in there home.

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  • Whirl

    The other point that doesn’t make much sense to me is why the Chicago police department only gave what seems like two seconds worth of attention to an alleged homophobic case? What was the rush to bring the investigation to a conclusion? Clearly every sone wasn’t left unturned if we are reading posts like this. I thought most cases last anywhere from months to years. Does the Chicago police department rush to a conclusion on all cases against homosexuals? How often does the department conclude that homosexuals who are alleged victims are simultaneously the villain in their own case?

  • Dowoop

    She didn't even go for a believable number or at least even out the two halves.

  • wigmon68

    Not even close. Information put out to the public to quell a false narrative projected by smollett with the intention of creating public discourse is not infringing on anyones rights. If Smollett is innocent, he wouldnt' opt for a jury trial anyway. Judges are much better at determining fact from crap, so if you are innocent, you put your case before a judge like the officers in the Freddie Gray case did.

  • Whirl

    President Trump promised the national guard. We all heard it. What happened to that? Rhalm Emanuel is on his was out. Enough of the excuses. President Trump made a promise and I expect him to keep his word. If he can’t keep his word then I will have to reconsider every nice thing I’ve ever said about him.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • WinterIsComing

    ?????? omg! My feelings were hurt for her! ??????

  • wigmon68

    reference?

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Whirl Jussie begged the police to catch him lying..The end. Smhlol

  • Whirl

    Here’s one source. Feel free to google the 1000’s of news outlets that covered the story.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-trump-feds-chicago-tweet-react-met-20170125-story,amp.html

  • free

    slow news day....

  • Whirl

    We shall see as it unfolds either way. Until such time as all the evidence avails itself I’m suspending judgement.

  • wigmon68

    So obviously you weren't the one complaining below about how much time and effort was being put into this case.

    I don't see any rush. They identified the 2 guys that smollett fingered for the crime through various records. They got Smolletts phone records which also tied him to these 2 guys. They brought them in. They spilled the beans, showing their own records and the cops arrested the guy they believe committed the crime. There has been an indictment issued via a grand jury and there will be a trial at some point in the future. I don't understand the consternation with that process.

  • iWasteTime

    I usually ignore No chill Gil but when it comes to these hoes, I'm with it

  • Dick Steel

    Seems like some homosexual monkey bidness

  • Whirl

    My complaint regarding the “coverage” which is distinct from the “investigation” is as follows- I would hope the Chicago Police Chief might consider giving press coverage to Chicago’s violent crime statistics to the same degree and measure as the coverage being dedicated to celebrity news and gossip in the form of the Jussie Smollet case.

  • wigmon68

    Brothers are lying or smollett is lying. Cops that did the investigation issued an arrest warrant and grand jury that has seen the facts of the case issued an indictment. We shall see what happens at trial, but you know as well as I that cops ain't rushing to accuse a gay, black man of a hoax unless there is hard evidence.

  • free

    gilbert hoe @ss needs to stay in his lane. he'd hit if she wanted him too.

  • Whirl

    I’ll await the evidence to unfold

  • wigmon68

    Well, no one at GMA is calling him up to ask about how many blacks were killed by blacks last week. My guess is when the public cares to ask, he will speak about it. I imagine he would like the violence to stop. What actions would you propose?

  • Dick Steel

    How much for the beach front property?

  • Whirl

    Duly noted. At the same time I am a member of the public. I said many nice things about President Trump when he ran under the assumption he would keep his word on doing something about Chicago. I would like President Trump to keep his word and activate the national guard. Is that asking too much? I’m simply expecting the president to keep his word. How can we trust a man who doesn’t keep his promises? He kept his promises to everyone else. Why are black women the exception to the rule? How many more black mothers from Chicago will be on the news lamenting their child?

  • free

    lol them race chips don't lie. she missed the split too meaning she was off the course. then she posted a pic of the split for "proof"--but who stops to take a pic of an 11-mile marker while running a half-marathon? dumb bytch.

  • wigmon68

    Oh, you are talking about the comment about cleaning up Chicago and Rahm saying he didn't want any help.

    If you would actually like to see the national guard called in, what would you like them to do?

  • wigmon68

    What would you propose?

  • Whirl

    Let me ask you this- am I asking too much for the president to keep his word? Let’s take politics out of it. I don’t care what political party he belongs to. Did then candidate Donald Trump promise to do something about Chicago or not? Am I lying?

  • wigmon68

    Fair enough, we do know Jussie has been lying about a lot of things well before he was considered a suspect. White men, racists, maga hats, broken ribs, etc.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Exactly! See who her man is... Bunch of losers??

  • Whirl

    That is true granted but Rahm is on his way out the door. That can’t be allowed to continue being the excuse. The days of falling on the ole “Rahm” excuse is numbered. Either President Trump will keep his promise or not.

  • T Willis

    Preach

  • MsSapphire9800

    What about his babies momma....he always cheated on her...why do this guy always bring his dirty broom to someone else backyard.

  • T Willis

    Indicted doesn’t indicate convicted. The evidence is circumstantial and we’ll see what Jussie’s team has for a defense.

  • T Willis

    Because they have an irritational fear that is being flamed by the media.

  • shauna

    They regret being involved in the Jussie hoax. They didn't say a damn thing through their lawyer or anyone else about some homophobic tweets and regret. As far as "this situation" goes, I don't know how ancient tweets qualify when there is another situation at hand far larger than that.

  • CPA

    Something is seriously wrong with Jussie. He needs mental help

  • hottlanta

    Still waiting on thé lgtbqftgjrdurpxyz community 2 apologize n take full responsibility for what jussie did. Then l want them to call jussie out for lying.

  • CPA

    How would the brothers know to come at 2am? He told them to. That’s really all you need to know

  • ShWa

    Fishy bidness going on with this case....ijs.

  • RespectSelf

    I think that's where the "concern" comes from. Why is there this push for something that people do in the privacy of their own Home. I do not think that people are really concerned with what people do in their own lives. I think the concern is about what society will look like down the line. What will be the long term effects.

    I think that sandra posted about the mother and son that wanted to get married. One of their points was that if gays can get married then why can't they. When I read that.. I didn't judge them. I was like wow that's wild. But if they started advertising incest relationships, they started putting them on TV shows and cartoons, started teaching kids in schools about it... I would be concerned lol

    I know folks don't think it's the same, but incest been around just as long as homosexuality... if not longer. When you are pushing acceptance for people to be able to love who ever they want. Or for a man to be a woman or woman to be a man... Do you really think it stops there??? I don't... I really don't care what people do as long as it is not harming anyone, but I'm not going to say someone is anti gay or homophobic because they are concerned about the long term effects.

  • Alextra Ballard

    any mofo who wants anotha person too douse dem with gas is certifiable crazy

  • Trace da Ace

    HELL NAW....is friday..no time for Jussie bs today....

  • Alextra Ballard

    lmaoooo... iono wut that mean but its funny

  • Whirl

    Number one- the constitution guarantees him the right to trial by jury in criminal cases. Number 2- the judge is human and comes with human fallacies as any other human being.

  • Guest

    We still on this? Be back later.

  • CPA

    Used his brothers name when he got a DUI

  • Whirl

    A federal judge will announce who will be monitoring the Chicago Police Department today https://www.google.com/amp/s/abc7chicago.com/amp/chicago-police-reforms-take-effect-friday-/5162482/
    This is analogous to the Chicago Police Department having to wear a box on their ankle.

  • J2PC

    That might be true, but it also gives a pass or an excuse to all the white folks who have done the same (where equality of such crime is concerned).

    This mean that they to can backpaddle, jump into a treatment facility, return to court to push the reset button to clear their misdeeds or crime. -many will take advantage of that precedent to use it as an excuse for themselves too.

    Can't have it both ways. Jussie needs to do his time for the crime. Otherwise, he will set back the firing and arrests for the crimes of White folks who were caught lying or staging hate acts while feigning victim just to humiliate & incarcerate Black folks.

  • J2PC

    The same folks complaining can probably be found to have said & texted such a thing in the past too. -long before the days of being considered this thing called phobia or hate.

  • Whirl
  • BingBangBoom

    Chile it takes me 10 minutes to run one on a good day so yeah I don't believe her.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    WHAT??

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    And not a nan NONE of them like fish ????

  • wigmon68

    The mayor said he didn't want the help. What do you propose? Its easy to complain, difficult to come up with a solution. I provided 2 solutions that would help. What do you propose?

  • wigmon68

    I agree with the first statement. Witness testimony is not circumstantial evidence. We've already heard the defense. Brothers are lying (presumably because they hate gays), police are corrupt.

  • nyla00

    ????

  • shauna

    well actually homophobia has been a thing far longer than people texting. And lynching was never considered a "hate crime" just like half of these white men shooting up places are labeled terrorists but......

  • Nik

    If it was all a ruse, they must certainly be embarrassed because their identities were to remain unknown if all went as planned. They look like fools now.

  • Nik

    OMG!!!! What did I just read??

  • Nik

    Very! I am so glad I came up before there was such a thing as a home computer and cell phone. People are ruthless for the whole rascl@@t world to see!

  • Nik

    Right! As if she's the only woman an NBA player has cheated. Good and bad cat get cheated on. He needs to stop because he is already on karma's $h!+ list.

  • Coy little wink

    Sandra just put up a post ?

  • Nik

    Heading over...

  • Satin Panther

    lgtbqftgjrdurpxyz community tho? *DECEASED*

  • Grace Turner

    I believe Jussie. He was attacked by these brothers and I don't believe anything the police say, remember Central Park 5, the police had the whole world thinking they raped a white woman, only to find out they were coerced to admit that crime. I believe the brothers did it, but the police done reversed the whole thing to make Jussie look capable and guilty! #Stay Woke

  • ThunderCat

    Jussie’s dumb pathological lying ass won’t be able to use police corruption to his advantage. Like he tried to use real lynchings, and other hate violence to his advantage. Sick mofo Bye, Jussie.

  • ThunderCat

    It was just bleach and he told them to make sure to miss the water eyes?? bih just never thought he’d get caught

  • Logan Roberts

    ?

  • Ghost

    Sooooo Chicago NBC has more incredibly stupid defense coverage! Now Jussie has convinced (paid) two Empire cast EXTRAS to say they heard the brothers saying fa——t on the Empire set. One prison guard extra and another extra are now saying the brothers are homophobic! They remembered when they saw their faces ???

    I haven’t seen any “meat” in his defense...it’s like they’re just grabbing for straws..I see no defendable defense! And these lawyers are demanding hundreds if not thousands of dollars an hour! It’s like they’ve left him out to dry...???

  • the guest

    You've made me rethink and believe Jussie.

  • mona q

    I still say based on those tweets,they don’t like gays and did this of their own volition. Once caught, they had already decided ahead of time that they would further ruin him by claiming that he set it up. He would not have been friends with them period had he known about their homophobia. It’s clear to me that they did this and he had nothing to do with it. I SAID WHAT I SAID. It’s my opinion so don’t even bother trying to tell me otherwise.

  • XoXo

    And I believe it has a lot to do with Chicago deflecting about something that has been going on in their own back yard. So they are throwing in these distractions. They are deflecting! It’s about the body parts harvesting business that was uncovered. Oh, and no one has been arrested. Why u ask? Because it’s a money making business, and everyone gets a cut.

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    Lmao ??

  • Grace Turner

    Did you here that old tweets the brothers said about Gay people have now surfaced. somebody dug them up like they did Kevin Hart. But Chicago police has yet to speak about that! #Stay Woke

  • XoXo

    I saw that.

  • Grace Turner

    Yes and given that it's Chicago the gun violence and crimes, washes out the attention that should be given to the Body Parts harvesting going on over there!

  • parisjok

    his mother is so pretty and looks so young

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