Kanye West Reportedly Transported To The Hospital In Handcuffs For Erratic Behavior
Earlier today (November 21), Ambrosia For Heads reported on the cancellation of the remainder of Kanye West’s The Saint Pablo Tour. While many have commented on a number of bizarre incidents regarding the talented artist/producer, the nature and proximity and escalated levels of those incidents suggested that something was very wrong with West. Now, according to multiple sources, West has been hospitalized, due to “erratic behavior,” and was allegedly transported in handcuffs in an ambulance.
According to NBC News, “a source familiar with the case said Los Angeles police responded to a medical welfare call about 1:20 p.m. (4:20 p.m. ET). No criminal activity was involved; the decision to hospitalize West was for his own health and safety, the sources said.” TMZ adds that West was with his trainer at the time, and was “acting erratically.” The publication further states that law enforcement sources told them that “Kanye was restrained by handcuffs to a gurney during transport to the hospital,” and he had been “getting checked out by one of his doctors for severe sleep deprivation,” when the call to the police was made.
As AFH reported earlier, the hospitalization comes on the heels of many events that seemed out of character even for West, who has built a reputation for saying and doing whatever he wants, with no concern of the possible repercussions. In 2005, Kanye infamously said on national television, during a benefit concert for relief from Hurricane Katrina, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” The remarks, which were nearly unprecedented during such a cause, set off a firestorm of controversy. He was again the center of attention after storming the stage at the 2009 VMAs to protest Taylor Swift’s win for Best Female Video over Beyonce.
Ironically, despite his recents comments that he would have supported Donald Trump had he voted, it was his tirade against Beyonce on November 19 that seemed most out of character, as of late. While he commented about Jay Z during the same speech, publicly exhorting Jay to call him, his claims that Beyonce had used her influence to dictate that a recent VMA be awarded to herself over him seemed fundamentally at odds with someone who defended her so staunchly just 7 years ago. His ending that show 30 minutes into it, after repeatedly forgetting the words to his song “Famous,” further suggested something was deeply amiss. Regardless of his opinions, West has always been the consummate showman and his pride in his craft has transcended all.
It has been a difficult year for West who in February claimed he was $53 million dollars in debt, revised his The Life Of Pablo album seemingly endlessly, and whose wife, Kim Kardashian, was recently held at gunpoint and robbed of several millions of dollars worth of jewelry. Whatever the cause of this episode, we wish him a speedy recovery.