When a massive brawl broke out at Minnesota’s Mall of America Monday, it was chalked up to post-Christmas consumerism on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
But the New York Daily News now reports that rumors rappers Drake and Lil’ Wayne were visiting the mall may have sparked the melee instead. A video posted to YouTube, purportedly by a witness at the scene, was titled “Huge fight at Mall of America because of Lil’ Wayne.” But hours after the fight, Lil’ Wayne tweeted that he was “still in L.A” and local police have refused to comment on the rumors about either rapper.
Nine people have been arrested for the brawl, in which dozens of shoppers fought one another for about an hour and some grabbed items from shoppers and kiosks, the AP reports. There were no serious injuries or weapons involved.
Below, watch a video of the fight, via CNN (the original video is profanity-laced):
In August, a mall melee of a less violent kind broke out after Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly told his Twitter followers to orchestrate a flash mob at a suburban mall in Cleveland. MTV reported that hundreds of the rapper’s fans listened, many of them running through the mall screaming as MGK spoke through a speakerphone and encouraged them to climb on mall tables. Kelly was cited with disorderly conduct for his behavior.