Vin Diesel Backs Tyrese With 'Brotherhood' as The Rock Is Blamed for 'Fast' Family Split

Gina Carbone

UPDATE: Vin Diesel later followed his "Brotherhood" post with Tyrese with a second "Brotherhood" post with The Rock -- but this one has more "complexities" to it. Read the caption for more of his thoughts on the "Fast 9" delay:

Brotherhood... and all it's complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer... and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, 'who they would like to see me work with?' She said would love to see me work with Dwayne... I listened to her request and he became Hobbs. I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed... but it would be unfair to say it is anyone's fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan's perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon... stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways

A post shared by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Oct 6, 2017 at 8:15pm PDT

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Vin Diesel was *thisclose* to not even being a part of the latest "Fast" feud, but he pulled himself back in.

If you've been following "The Fast and Furious" developments, you know "Fast 9" was delayed until 2020, with that news very shortly followed by confirmation of a spinoff starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham. Now that will open in 2019 instead.

Tyrese Gibson is not happy. He's been lashing out at The Rock on Instagram, blaming him for breaking up the "Fast" family with this spinoff. Tyrese was already firing warning shots even before the spinoff was announced.

But now Vin Diesel has stepped into the fight through the side door, simply sharing this throwback photo with two of his "Fast" boys, Tyrese and the late Paul Walker:


A post shared by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Oct 5, 2017 at 6:57pm PDT

That definitely suggests Diesel has Tyrese's back through Tyrese's very public attacks on The Rock. That's not too shocking, since The Rock played this Instagram game last year while they were filming "Fast 8," and his "candy asses" comments were said to be directed at Vin Diesel. So this could be considered payback.

What would Paul Walker make of this, do you think? Would he be disappointed in them? Laugh it off? Take a side? He and Diesel were as close as brothers, so he'd probably stand wherever Vin stood.

Tyrese did not fail to notice Diesel's Instagram post, and he reposted it with his own note:

#Repost #SwipeLeft - @VinDiesel - Never confuse determination with desperation..... What's understood don't have to be explained...... 44 million just got the memo.... Although it appears to be.... I've never been in this alone........ #PerceptionVsReality #FastFamily like I said we don't fly solo. President Obama's integrity teachings is of a man who makes everyone feel like they MATTER.....

A post shared by TYRESE (@tyrese) on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:41pm PDT

The "44 million" comment is probably a reference to the number of followers Vin Diesel has on Instagram.

The Rock -- who has 94 million Instagram followers -- has yet to respond to any of this. He might, though, since he basically bragged that his "candy asses" rant was great publicity for "Fast 8." Jason Statham is also part of this spinoff, but history suggests he'll try to "stay out of any bickering" between the lads.

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