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Trae Tha Truth Rescues Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Simmons After Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston

Ron Jenkins, Getty Images / Florida National News via YouTube
Ron Jenkins, Getty Images / Florida National News via YouTube

Days after Hurricane Harvey devastated his hometown of Houston and much of Southern Texas, Trae Tha Truth‘s heroics are quickly becoming the stuff of legend. Hopping into a boat, the rapper has saved more than a few people in the flooded streets of Houston. It turns out one of those people was former San Antonio Spur and current Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Simmons.

On Wednesday, John Denton of the Magic’s official website passed on Simmons’ recounting of the situation, which was clearly a pretty harrowing one.

“Trae tha Truth, the rapper, is from Houston and we know a mutual friend from San Antonio. They brought a boat to Houston because (Trae) had to evacuate as well,” said Simmons, who attended the University of Houston before he began his NBA career. “They came and got (Trae) and then he came and got us right away. Luckily, I had a friend in the area who could help us out.”

From there, Simmons says he traveled to a friend’s house in Richmond, Texas with a few day’s worth of food and supplies. The home held at least 20 other people seeking refuge from the storm, so the food didn’t last long.

“We were good for three days, but my other friend’s house had started getting flooded early, so he came there to the house, too,” Simmons explained. “So that gave us another 11 extra people and most of them were kids. We had to let the kids eat first, so most of the last two days it was kind of rough (without food).”

It was a dangerous ordeal, but Simmons is happy with the way Houston has handled the disaster. “I’m also proud of how the city of Houston has come together to help one another,” he said. “On the upside and the brighter side, there’s that seeing how people have been there to help one another.”

For his part, Trae, who spoke with XXL about his Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts, is grateful for what he has after surviving a storm that, as of Wednesday, took over 30 lives.

“I tell ’em at the end of the day I’m just blessed to be alive,” he affirmed before ending his call with us to continue his rescue efforts on a boat. “At the end of the day, we’re able to fight another day.”

Trae isn’t the only rapper who’s done their part to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Drake just donated $200,000 to Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt’s YouCaring fund, which has thus far generated over $10 million. Bun B has announced a primetime telethon to raise funds for the ravaged city.

You can donate to Watt’s YouCaring fund here. Watch a video of Trae discussing his rescue efforts below.

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