Centino Kemp’s Closest Friends Say He Hasn’t Proven He Had Relationship with Bishop Long
Centino Kemp was able to waltz into town during an ongoing high profile lawsuit and — without joining the suit — walked away with at least $94,000 in his pocket. Some of his closest friends in Atlanta find it all hard to understand.
After the suits were filed, Centino Kemp showed up in Atlanta . He had been living in South Florida and North Carolina and was never a member of New Birth Missionary.
Mr. Centino Kemp’s closet friends in Atlanta have doubts about his story and don’t understand it. Willie Alexander and Jayson Cobb met Centino after the Bishop Long settlement. After hanging out with him for months, they both questionhis story.
“He came here, had his story together, and he got money off of it,” said Willie Alexander. He sits up all night on the Internet and watches Eddie’s online sermons,” Alexander said.
Both of Kemp’s friends say Kemp had no pictures, notes, e-mails or anything from Bishop Long. They also commented on the tattoo on Centino’s wrist that says Eddie Long. “He told me he had it some years ago but that tattoo looks recent.”Alexander said.
Kemp told Dale Russell that his friends are just mad at him because he stopped giving them money. After Centino Kemp sat down for the I-Team interview, his publicist released promotional material for an autobiographical book called “First Lady.”
His friend Alexander has read a draft of the book.
“He hasn’t had a relationship with nobody. He don’t know how to deal with people,” said Alexander.
Kemp’s friends say they saw the settlement documents that showed Kemp was paid $150,000. They say legal fees and expenses were deducted.
The I-Team confirmed the amount paid to Kemp was $94,149.81.
Kemp collected his settlement check in May and moved in with Willie Alexander in a Peachtree Street high rise. But then, after a few months, like a ghost, he vanished, leaving behind a box full of his music.
Jamal Paris and Spencer LaGrande, both New Birth members, went on Atlanta radio station V103 recently and said they never met Centino Kemp and never once saw him at the church.
We have doubted this kid’s story from the beginning and we are glad, even his strange looking friends, can see this. We figure either Centino Kemp met Long somewhere and had an encounter with him or he never met him and Centino used all of the facts and news to frame Bishop Long. If it is the latter, Bishop Long would probably pay anyone while up against four other lawsuits.