Whitney Didn’t Play That: Details Reveal The Racial Fist-Fight Many Never Knew She Had

Posted On : March 17, 2023
Whitney Houston

If it’s one thing that we always loved about our beloved “Nippy,” it was her bubbly, feisty, take-no-mess personality. Whitney Houston, her brother, and best friend, once got in a hotel brawl and it was NOT pretty, but one thing’s for sure – she wasn’t gonna let NOBODY mess with her family! Solange Knowles & Jay-Z weren’t the only ones fisticuffing at hotels.

It all went down in 1991, when Whitney Houston was in Lexington, Kentucky, relaxing at the Radisson Plaza Hotel with her brother Michael & friend Robyn. They went to the hotel lounge to watch the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman fight. When the crowd saw Whitney, they surged around her, but her bodyguard informed them that Whitney wasn’t signing autographs, she just wanted to relax and watch the boxing match.

What Had Happened Was…

Whitney Houston with her brother, Gary Houston, and their mom, Cissy Houston

According to Kevin Ammon’s (Whitney’s former associate) book, Good Girl, Bad Girl, it all went down in 1991 when Whitney, along with her friend, Robyn, her brother, Michael Houston, and her bodyguard went to watch the Evander-Holyfield fight at a hotel lounge in Lexington, KY. The three had been staying at the hotel and wanted to take a break by watching the fight. Whitney had her bodyguard inform anyone who asked, that she would be signing autographs, nor taking pics that day. Apparently, three Caucasian men took offense to that. The three men were seated near Whitney’s table, laughing and joking loudly as they watched Whitney. Then all hell broke loose after the men brought race into the equation:

Via PanacheR: Whitney had enough. She had tried to ignore them and watch the fight but they wouldn’t leave her alone. She said, “Come on, let’s get out of here. We can watch the fight in our rooms.”

Everyone went their separate ways and Whitney, Michael and Robyn took the elevator up to their rooms. When they got off at their floor, the same three men were waiting for them, insisting that Whitney give them her autograph. Michael told them to back off and one of them threw a punch at Michael. He punched back knocking the man on his ass. The guys friend’s jumped in and racist slurs started flying. One of the men called Whitney a “stuck-up nig&er bitch,” and that’s when Michael lost it. He wasn’t about to let a bunch of rednecks insult his baby sister.

Whitney with her brother, Michael.
Whitney with her brother, Michael.

Fists were flying. It was three against one but Michael was holding his own and then Whitney jumped on the back of one of the men and began slugging him and then she delivered a solid blow to the his jaw, knocking him off Michael. Everybody was cussing, punching and rolling around the floor. Doors were being flung open down the long corridor. Guests couldn’t believe their eyes. The elegant and beautiful Whitney Houston, cussing like a sailor and delivering punches that would have made George Foreman proud. One of the guests said they heard Whitney yell, “You’re going to die, you son of a b*tch!”

Eventually, somebody called the police and broke up the fight. Then the three men had the nerve to file a lawsuit against Whitney and Michael, blaming them for assault, but of course that didn’t stick and the lawsuit was dismissed. Seems, there were too many witnesses.

Wow! Who knew Whitney had it in her?!! One thing that we do know about “Nippy” is that she was always down for her man and her family- you messed with one of them, you messed with her! And Whitney that’s why we’ll “always love you!”

[Source: Good Girl, Bad Girl]