- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2020

Ice-T said his father-in-law is in serious condition with coronavirus-related illnesses, which the hip hop legend attributed to the older man’s skepticism about the value of masks.

The rapper, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, announced the illness Sunday on Twitter, saying Steve Austin, 63, has been close to death and will be unable to breathe normally for the foreseeable future.

“My father-in-law ‘Coco’s dad’ was a serious ‘No Masker’ COVID hit him. Pneumonia in both lungs.. 40 days in ICU close to death.. Now he’s on Oxygen indefinitely,” Ice-T wrote.

Then the actor-musician concluded in the tweet that included a photo of Mr. Austin that “Ohhh he’s a Believer now.. #COVIDisNotAGame.”

The blunt tweet created a stir on social media, with some users blaming Mr. Austin for his illness and others criticizing Ice-T’s remarks as cruel victim-shaming.

But Ice-T was having none of it, doubling down on his words and rebutting numerous criticisms.

He said he was not wishing ill on his father-in-law and was trying to raise awareness of how serious the virus is.

“I would NEVER wish ANYONE sickness… I don’t need that Karma,” he wrote.
Still, he did ridicule skeptics of the benefits of masking with “I don’t really care what you believe… And you probably won’t care until YOU can’t breathe.”

The rapper addressed one person, who noted that mask wearers have gotten the virus and accused him of schadenfreude, as “Clownass” and said he had “a lotta nerve.”

“Clownass, If I’m willing to use a family member that I love, as an example of someone coming close to death from a virus that I assume you think is fake.. And I’m trying to warn people.. Then it must be serious to me. Brandon you’ve got a lotta nerve,” Ice-T wrote.

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