Nelly-Concert Canceled

Nelly (AP Photo/Seivan M. Salim, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A Nelly concert scheduled for next week at Missouri State University has been canceled days after he was arrested in Tennessee on suspicion of drug possession.

Missouri State officials announced the cancellation Tuesday in a statement but did not give a reason. The rapper was scheduled to perform in Springfield on April 23.

Nelly, whose name is Cornell Hayes, was arrested Saturday by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The patrol said in a news release that investigators found five rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and numerous handguns on the rapper’s bus.

His attorney, Scott Rosenblum said in a statement that Nelly will “not be associated with the contraband” once the facts come out.

Nelly was released from Putnam County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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