Tribble's Sorry He Got Out-of-Line

Tribble apologizes for the fight -- but not for standing up and defending Emily or for speaking his mind.

So this is a little combo blog from last episode and this episode. I was out of town for the night that everything went down at the club with Vawn and Africa. To sum it up, I am starting to see Emily get a feel for what Vawn is really all about. The conversation on her deck gave her some one-on-one time and gave him a chance to be straight-forward and her to actually hear it from the horse’s mouth.

Anyway, when we start off this episode, you get to see me doing the damn thing on the football field. I really do love sports and they are my getaway from all the drama that happens in my life. Even though it is just a local flag league, I still get REALLY competitive. I can't help it. But with that being said, I think that was the only game that we won because our team likes to go out Saturday night before our Sunday morning games, thus resulting in a really hungover football team. But what can you do.

I guess y’all also got a chance to hear what my FIRST name is. Yes, it is Herbert. Herbert Tribble Reese. I have always gone by Tribble and I have grown into it. Herbert, ehhh, not so much. So the secret is out.

I was excited Emily came to the game with Chris. Apparently she was the good luck charm. We also got to talk about Vawn’s seminar that is coming up. Definitely going to be an interesting event now that he is going to include men AND women to be in the audience.

The whole scene with Vawn and Africa at the studio was crazy to me. I feel that Vawn might have known that he messed up so he came in on the defensive already. He flipped the script on her real quick and almost tried to turn it on her. She let him do it. This scene just boggled my mind how she was so receptive to what he had to say, but props to Vawn, that dude is smooth.

Let’s get to the meat of this episode, which was Vawn’s “Man U All” seminar. Let me just go ahead and say that I, in no way meant to disrespect Vawn, any of his board, the event, or anything else. I am truly a lover and not a fighter, and things got heated, quickly that night. But, I am a man of character and I will stand my ground on what I believe. Even though Vawn and myself have different opinions, I still wanted to say what was on my mind and I felt that I wasn’t really given the chance. I know that it was his event that he put on, but I felt that some of the members of his panel were a little rude to Emily, and I wanted to speak up for her. I was honestly about to leave the room until I heard what they said.

With all that being said, I felt that even some of the women in the room had crazy opinions on how they should be treated. It is evident that the world we live in today is very different than it was when I was growing up in Alabama ten or 15 years ago. It is almost scary to me, but I am going to remain the man that my mom and dad raised me to be.

I was also disappointed in what Africa said about me being out-of-line. I realize that she chose Vawn in the beginning and that’s fine, but I don’t think it was her place to call me out as the one “being out-of-line.” Both Vawn and I were out-of-line because we let our emotions get the best of us. I am sorry of how it went down, and it is completely out of character for me to get like that, but I will stand by that I WILL stand up for what I believe in, even if I am in a room full of people that disagree. I wasn’t trying to force my opinions on anyone, but simply wanted my voice to be heard.

Thanks for reading and as always, feel free to check me out on Instagram (@tribblereese) and Twitter (@tribblereese). I’m always on those and will be able to get back to you faster. God Bless!


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The Fighter is Not Who Tribble Is

Tribble on why he apologized to Vawn, what he won't apologize for, and why he shouldn't get thrown under the bus.

So this show starts off with the "fall out" from the episode before. Emily came over to my house and brought me doughnuts (thanks for the temptation). Vawn is talking about "being grown men and not letting it spill in the streets," but he was the one that came after me. I never put my hands on him until after he touched my face. I was happy to get out of there, trust me. I wasn't going to wait around when it was about me versus the world in that room.

And I don't remember ever actually touching him. He ripped the mic violently from me when I was trying to finish what I was saying. Did I go too far? Maybe. But I felt what I had to say needed to be said, and just because it didn't coincide with Vawn and his panel's views, doesn't mean that he can come rip the mic from me. That, combined with him touching my nose, was what really set me off. I know for a fact that I didn't put my hands on him until after he touched me. Twitter comments reflect this.

I’m glad that Emily is saying I almost got my ass beat. Thanks a lot Emily for believing in your boy! I stood my ground until about 10 of his boys came after me. Plus, I wasn’t dealing with a rational person at that point.

All that being said, I am over this whole situation. I have apologized to Vawn about HOW I approached the situation and getting heated in the moment, but I am not going to apologize for WHAT I said. That is my viewpoint and I am completely entitled to stand up for what I believe in. When I apologized to Vawn, it came from the heart. That dude -- the fighter, the aggressor -- that’s not me. I acted out of character and I am sorry about that.

This is the second show in a row that Africa has completely thrown me under the bus. I realize that you are being loyal to your man, but baby girl, you don’t know me. Saying I came incorrect and not to play, as well as saying I was completely in the wrong about what went down at the forum is a little ignorant. I realize that I am not your man, but at some point I feel like she needs to take a step back from the situation as a whole and look at the writing on the wall. I just think she is caught up right now, and I hope she doesn't mean some of the things she is saying. Same goes with Alex. Just because both of these girls are going after Vawn, doesn’t mean they have to say I am in the wrong. Did anyone see Vawn’s actions that night? No one wants to call him out on ANYTHING that he is doing and when I decide to stand up, I get crucified.

I am glad that my girl is mending her relationships in her life. With Emily 2, I love those two together, and being that they are both feisty as shit, things are gonna come up, but it’s no reason for them to stay mad at each other. With Justin, I am glad that there is some closure. It is sad because I have been through so much with those two, but at this point, I feel like some total time away from each other is best for both of them.

Africa’s show, however, was awesome. Her Lipstick Junkies have come a long way, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here!

Thanks for watching this season of The New Atlanta. Stay tuned for what happens from here, and as always, feel free to check me out on Instagram (@tribblereese) and Twitter (@tribblereese). I’m always on those and will be able to get back to you faster.

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