Gospel performer Kirk Franklin apologizes after his son releases obscene audio

(RNS) – Gospel entertainer Kirk Franklin apologized online after one of his sons posted a recording of an obscene and physically threatening argument he claimed was with Franklin.

“We have had a toxic relationship with him as a family for many years,” Franklin said of his eldest son, Kerrion Franklin, 32. “We have tried for many years through counseling and therapy to correct this private family matter.”

Elderly Franklin, 51, spoke in a 59-second video posted on his Twitter account on Saturday (March 13), saying the two had argued over what his son recorded.

“I felt extremely disrespectful and lost my temper during this conversation. I said words that are inappropriate and I am sincerely sorry for everyone,” he said. “I sincerely apologize. I want you as a father to know that during this conversation I called the family therapist and called that therapist on the phone to try to help. He never played that part of the recording. “

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In the 45-second audio recording on @kerrionrashad’s Instagram account, two voices can be heard arguing and yelling at each other. Although there is no indication of who is speaking in the audio, the post caption claims that the audio is on “My Father”.

The older voice can be heard in the audio, talking about not wanting to be disregarded and saying he would “break your neck” or “stick my foot in it, you are a …” if he is.

At the end of the recording the younger voice says: “He just hung up. “I’ll break your neck.” Is that a threat? “

Accompanying the recording, the @kerrionrashad contribution partly reads: “That’s why I’m done. No father should speak to his children like that. If I have any problems, it’s because of this type of treatment that I do behind closed doors. “

The @kerrionrashad post added, “I don’t think I’ll ever trust my father to be alone with him again. I didn’t mean to do that. I probably won’t be releasing the entire recording because it’s too embarrassing to even bother with. No matter what people think, I pray my dad deals with his deep hatred of me. I don’t feel safe at all around him. “

The elderly Franklin ended his Twitter video response by asking viewers to pray for his family.

“I’m not perfect,” he said. “I’m human and I’ll make mistakes and I’ll try to get it right.”

Franklin, unable to play gospel music in public performances for months due to the pandemic, recently appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series and sang with members of his choir and band towards the end of Black History Month.

In an interview with the Religion News Service in August, Franklin responded when asked how he is dealing with the fact that he cannot perform as a gospel artist during the COVID-19 pandemic: “I started therapy again and it was very, very much good for me . I am a black man going to therapy. I talk, I pray and they are synonymous. It was really, really good to have someone who can help you when you are helping other people. “

In September he appeared on “They Call Me Dad” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. In the special, which included Bishop TD Jakes, Franklin happily discussed his youngest son, Caziah, 20, who was going back to college.

“As a black father, it is very important to me that my children get the baton,” he said in a clip of the show on the OWN website, “and that they understand how expensive it is to make sure that you don’t dress Do not drop it. “

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